Friday, September 22, 2017

Song of the Day: "Special" by Angel Olsen

"Special" by Angel Olsen is song of the day on Battlestar Eclectica. For the first time, I've picked a song that makes me feel challenged and ambivalent.

This tune—off Olsen's new album Phases—is eerily low-fi, minor-chorded and minimalist, not to mention slightly off-key in the vein of  Kim Gordon, Nico or Karen O.

I think I like this song, but I'm not ready for it. Keep in mind I have a penchant for Journey and Boston so my taste is questionable and runs to tuneful pop.

The vocals are cool, sort of like if Mazzie Star and the Cowboy Junkies and Courtney Love produced a track by the Beach Boys, but the Beach Boys are girls and also on heroin.

When it comes to rock music, Angel Olsen is peeling off all the old wallpaper layers. For an upbeat palate cleanser, giver her pouty, tremulous "Shut Up, Kiss Me, Hold Me Tight" a listen. 

Oh yeah, and I'll update you if my assessment of this song progresses from one thumbs-up to two. It's about the journey, people. (The life journey, not the Steve Perry one.)

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Epigram of the Day: "Off-grid" by Sarah Torribio

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Epigram of the Day: "Losing It" by Sarah Torribio

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Epigram of the Day: "Why I write" by Sarah Torribio

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Epigram of the Day: "Half empty or half full?" by Sarah Torribio

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Song of the day: "Spent the Day in Bed" by Morrissey

I'm so delighted to hear a cool new song by Morrissey, one that carries his typically subversive message:

"I recommend that you stop watching the news. Because the news contrives to frighten you.  To make you feel small and alone. To make you feel that your mind isn't your own."

It's off his latest album, "Low in High School."

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Epigram of the Day: "Corn Maze" by Sarah Torribio

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Lyrics of the Day: "Queen of Pain" by Alkaline Trio

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Lyrics of the Day: 'Dazzle" by Siouxsie and the Banshees

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Lyrics of the Day: "Interesting Drug" by Morrissey

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Epigram of the Day: "Decline" by Sarah Torribio

Random musing of the day: Sanrio smiles. . .

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Epigram of the Day on Battlestar Eclectica: "The Long Goodbye" by Sarah Torribio

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Song of the Day: "Fire" by Anna of the North

My song of the day on Battlestar Eclectica is "Fire" by Anna of the North. Looking up Anna of the North on Wikipedia to find out where that north is, I learn she is Norwegian.

I find her sound refreshing. In fact, all of northern Europe is full of great music right now.

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New word poem: "Nictitate"

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Oh, snap. . .

When mom says your middle name, and you know you're in all kinds of trouble.

In which I finally confront spellcheck. . .

Needy people all up in my email. . .

I was just deleting the mail in my spam folder and saw an email, supposedly from some hot girl. The subject line was "I've lost my panties again."
And I'm just like, "Bitch, how am I supposed to help with your ADHD? I hardly have a handle on my own."

In which I try Snapchat for the first time. . .

I turn 43 on Monday, so I decided to join the digital age. I tried Snapchat. Got my rainbow headphones on, my heart's beating like a kick drum and I'm sharing a glimpse of my mermaid soul.

Song of the Day: "Into the Light" by Siouxsie and the Banshees

I've got another song of the day because it began playing in my mind, unbidden, after listening to a new Lana del Rey joint. It's "Into the Light" by Siouxsie and the Banshee off their album Juju. It has such a memorable opening and Siouxsie's voice and words are everything.

I was only six when this album came out. Being into Siouxsie and the Banshees when I was in high school made me feel like I belonged to an exclusive club, full of dark dreams and fairydust. In fact, I still feel that way.

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Song of the Day: "Groupie Love" by Lana del Rey

Isn't it nice to see Lana Del Rey smiling on the cover of this album? Here's my song of the day, her "Groupie Love." That's someone named A$AP Rocky rapping up in there. I'd know who he was if I was more abreast of the hip hop world.

BTW, isn't homegirl prolific? I just looked it up and Lana Del Rey is 32. She's released five albums and who knows how many singles since she busted out with Born to Die in 2012. She's got a deep catalogue and is crafting a really unique musical legacy.

Plus, she makes me really tempted to make myself uncomfortable and apply some fake eyelashes—even if they may be slightly obscured behind my glasses—because she's always done up so pretty.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Song of the Day: "Road Head" by Japanese Breakfast

"Road Head" by Japanese Breakfast is song of the day on battlestar eclectica. This lo-fi alternative pop tune is atmospheric and imaginative.

It's just what I needed on a day when, for some reason, so many old songs are boring me. I'd call their album "Music for a Jaded Listener" but instead, their new record is called "Soft Sounds for Another Planet." I love it.

 Japanese Breakfast, Wikpedia tells me, is the solo musical project of Michelle Zauner of the band Little Big League. Little Big League, Wikipedia tells me, is a Philadelphia emo band founded in 2011.

Warning: The video is kinda creepy, with a tall goat-headed looking monster. He's pretty chill until the girl does him in. But if creepy is not your bag, you can play the video and cover it wth a new page or nudge it over to the side of your screen. 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Random Musing: The folks on "Wife Swap"

That moment when you're watching "Wife Swap" and you realize that, dysfunctional as you may be, "My god, these people are batshit crazy!"

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Song of the Day: "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby" by The Smiths

My song of the day on Battlestar Eclectica is "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby" by The Smiths. 
This tune helps me when I get impatient to "blow up," i.e. become noted or at least respected and paid enough to take care of bills AND pursue a bucket list. You know, stuff like traveling to Wales because Alex, 8, is inexplicably teaching himself Welsh.
Like going to Australia and hanging out with my high school chum Catherine—who moved Down Under at age 19 or 20—in an Uluru-adjacent sweat lodge. We'll be sensitive to Aboriginal needs and only climb the Red Heart of Australia, called Ayer's Rock by the uninitiated, in our hearts and minds.
I'm craving resources for self-indulgent activities like building a backyard music studio with room for Brian's drum kit and my new bad-ass bass amp. I want to get the kids a swing set before Alex is too old to care. I wanna go to a fancy restaurant and find out once and for all what the hell "baked Alaska" is.
You can imagine this song's getting "ril" or, as Morrissey croons in another tune, "it's too close to home and it's too near the bone" as I near 43. B-day's coming up on July 17, y'all. Can I get a witness?

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Epigram of the Day: "Call Me" by Sarah Torribio

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Song of the Day: "Titanium" by David Guetta ft. Sia

I really love "Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia. It's blowing my mind. I'm currently playing this vid on repeat because when you first fall in love with a song, why listen to anything else?

Sia's my girl and I think I'm now going to have to explore all of David Guetta's catalogue, because he's a super-talented electronic artist. I probably have already enjoyed some of his work. I just tend to focus on singers more than musicians sometimes. Mea culpa.

There is so much good music out there. I marvel every day at how much and how hard it is to keep up. No once can hope to have an "encyclopedic knowledge" of music anymore. Let's just say that some people have read the Cliff's Notes.

Thank God for Shazam, which identified this song for me as it played on the radio Those bastards on the radio never say the names of songs anymore. You're right, Morrissey. Hang the DJ, indeed.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Song of the Day: "Ablaze" by School of Seven Bells

"Ablaze" by School of Seven Bells is song of the day on battlestar eclectica. I'm told their most recent LP was their last, but I'm ready to dig into their catalogue. This is some epic shoegaze—it's got me looking at the stars.

It has a lighter touch that Siouxsie and the Banshees, but there's a touch of that mystical wall-of-sound magic.

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Song of the Day: "Writer in the Dark" by Lorde

My song of the day is "Writer in the Dark" by Lorde, off her latest album "Melodrama." This is a low-key, melancholy and wistful song by the New Zealand-bred songstress, who has now reached a ripe old age of 20.

Her voice is such aged whiskey, her melodies are lovely and her words are remarkable: "I am my mother's child/I'll love you till my breathing stops/I'll love you 'til you call the cops on me." She sounds like she's been suffering and learning and performing for 50 years.

It's a great slice of indie-pop, and I would do well to listen to the whole album.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Song of the Day: "I Will Spite Surive" by Deerhoof, ft. Jenn Wasner

Today's song of the day on battlestar eclectica is "I Will Spite Survive" by Deerhoof, featuring Jenn Wasner.

I'm told by Wikipedia that Deerhoof is an experimental indie music group formed in 1994 and consists of John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki, Ed Rodriguez and Greg Saunier. I'm told by an NPR article that Deerhoof's recently-released sophomore, "Mountain Moves," features a cast of talented musicians including Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, plus Juana Molina, Xenia Rubinos.

I actually don't know who any of those people are, because my encyclopedic musical knowledge has whole pages torn out, but they're making some good noise.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Epigram of the day: "Cyclical" by Sarah Torribio

I write epigrams for every mood. It's how I figure things out and express myself. They burst out when I don't have the luxury of giving time to larger projects—bigger stories—and when I've been working on a larger project for a long time and long for some quick and dirty creative fulfillment.

One thing remains constant. The em-dash—or should I say the hyphen—is my best friend.

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