I am in Colorado for break again. I always find that it is nice to come back home for a few short weeks while I relax from what my university wants me to learn and I can get into what I want to actually dive into. I'm working on a few performance art pieces for March and May, and I am also working on a TV Bible for a show that I've come up with. I've also been watching a lot of Arrested Development and Strangers With Candy in recent weeks, but that is not what I am going to get into for this journal.
This is about music.
Here are two handfuls of my favorite tracks that I absolutely can't get enough of:
1. Bibio - Lover's Carvings
Yes, it is the song from the Amazon Kindle commercial, but seriously, it is one of the neatest songs that I've heard in a while. Bibio is Stephen Wilkinson, a British music producer that has been making this quasi-folk/pseudo-electronica music that people can't stop dancing to for the last five years. Listen in and fall in love.
2. Dirty Projectors - Stillness is the Move (Hidden Cat Remix)
Now, I do love the original version of this song, but this remix has a fluttering that carries throughout the song that I think makes for a smoother flow than what the original has to offer. Dirty Projectors are great musicians and kind-hearted people, having released a super sweet sounding digital EP with Björk this year (all the proceeds of which goes to help create safer spaces for our marine brethren to swim and such).
3. Yeasayer - O.N.E.
Funny story about this song: I heard it a few months back on a car radio and only remnants of the chorus were all that I could manage to remember when I got back to my computer. I've had parts of the chorus in my head for MONTHS. And then I came across the music video about two weeks back, and it has been nothing but bliss since. Wow, Yeasayer's Anand Wilder is one sexy man.
4. Jaded Hipster Choir - Flood of Light
I love to listen to this song first thing in the morning; it reminds me that I don't know what the hell is going to happen to me from moment to moment. There really isn't much to say about JHC, as there really isn't much out there on the internet about them yet (save for their MySpace page). Out of sorts and seemingly unorganized, their music captures audio treasure from the multiple depths of the musical dimensions and scatters it throughout repetitious rings and bells and dings. I can't wait to hear more!
5. Blue Scholars - Sagaba
The whistling in this song make me wild; I cannot wait to see Blue Scholars live. I have listened to them entirely too much in recent weeks, and lucky for me, they've been making music for years. Lucky for us all!
6. Small Black - Photojournalist
Doesn't this sound absolutely sick in best possible way?! It's the first single off of their EP. Small Black is a delicacy in the modern world, having sounds that feel like they were made back in the 1980s. Prefix did a really good interview with them recently.
This is from the new album MAYA that M.I.A. dropped this year. I cannot find a track from the album that I don't like, and this one is my favorite for the song structure and lyrics. Top notch all around!
9. Of Montreal - The Miniature Philosopher
A little more sad, but it has the most plays on my iTunes. I have been a fan of Of Montreal for a while now, but I think that in all honesty, a lot of the reason why I like their music is because of how fascinated I am with Kevin Barnes. So interesting.
10. OK Go - End Love
I have recently discovered how amazing the music is that OK Go makes. Really. They always dish out super impressive music videos, but their music is just as great as their visuals. This band is the complete package, and I am so pleased to have my own copy of Of the Blue Colour of the Sky.
If you're even slightly interested in sharing what has been playing through your headphones, I encourage you to do so. I am always looking for some new music!
My parents met in August of 1989. They fell for each other, hard, but there were complications. They were both just teens. My mother was a senior in high school, and my dad had just graduated and enlisted in the U.S. Army. My parents had a rendezvous embrace before my dad had a chance to go to basic training, and almost 9 months later, I was born! Despite the fact that my mother was never able to finish high school, she has never regretted her decision to become a teenage mother. My parents were wed on January 18th, 1990.
The year was 1990: rap had just begun to spring into action, synth pop and hair bands were at their worst and grunge started a revolutionary new chapter in the world of popular culture. I had no idea that I would even care about music at all, but fate does what it wants with us. After living two years with just me to take care of, my parents had another child, the best sister in the world, Kelli Rai. In 1994, my parents packed up their stuff and headed towards Kentucky, the state where my dad was stationed. We lived there happily for about a year or so until my father was transfered to Texas. We packed up and moved again.
While in Texas, I met people that have changed the course of my life. Just to name a few: Brittany Gile, Joshua Smith, Jessica Allison, Nancy Allison, Miss Esqueda. I even got a new sibling out of the move: my awesome little brother, Jim Troy! The nights were hot, and the spirit of my youth roamed freely. After living there for a good 4 years, we were then stationed to somewhere unthinkable: Germany. I was depressed to leave at first, but my family found out that the Allison household, our closest family friends, would be stationed not far from where we were for the 3 years we were supposed to be set there. Just knowing that we would know someone there helped me greatly.
Germany was the place where I really grew. Being exposed to such a wonderfully off-beat culture than the one that I had been used to up until then was such a shock. I like to think that it was a shock for the best, though. Some of the people that I'll always remember from there are Jake Purdy, Shabron Dorsey, Marina Ledesma and the dear town of Schweinfurt! I have had the best of memories there that I wouldn't dare trade for anything in the world! The good times have never stopped rolling while I was there. It was honestly like magic. I learned how to be magical, to be alive, in Germany. I owe a lot of my life to the years that I spent there.
Once we lived out our days in Germany, we moved back to the United States and chose Alamosa, Colorado as our hometown. We've lived here for the last 6 years or so, and I have grown a bit tired of seeing the same old place, day after day. So, I have packed up and moved to Chicago. I figure that a change of pace is what is best for me; it's what I've known my whole life. I am a student at DePaul University as off Fall 2008.
If you are ever in Chicago while I am here, hit me up and I'll totally set up dinner plans for us or something! I can promise to show you a fun time! You know you want to have dinner with a total stranger (not that I am; honestly, what you see is what you get). I am not too creepy, but I am neurotic a little bit. Buzznet has a wonderful way of weeding out the creepies. Anywho, the offer is out there for whenever; all you have to do is ask.
In closing, I have developed a mindset of pure happiness and optimism. If you are ever down or need someone to talk to, I am just about always here. Drop me a note, shoot me a message, hit me up with a comment: I am a listener. Through and through, I want to make things more cheerful. Give me a chance, and I can make you smile like you never have before. :*)
Anything and everything!
*Cole Porter*, 20 Mark Helga, 3OH!3, 8 Inch Betsy, AFI, Amy Winehouse, Annie Lennox, Athens Boys Choir, Bananas in Pyjamas, Beck, Bella Ruse, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Big Splashes, Breaking Out Into Song From Words Someone Said In Normal Conversation, Brian Slade and Curt Wild, Bright Like Japan, Britney Spears, Buddy Nielsen, Chaise Marcel, Chiodos WILL suck without Craig Owens, Chris Lowe, Cobra Starship, Colin Healy and the Jetskis, DJ Fierce Tease, Diamanda Galas, Dirty Diamonds, EVERYTHING IS RUINED, Early November, Enrique Iglesias, Erasure, Fall Out Boy, FoFoQUEIRAS (Official), Fox Elipsus, Gabe Saporta, Head Automatica, Hey Champ, John Goldman's QUADRANGLE, Kid Color, Kings Of Leon, La Dolce Vita, Liar vs Lawyer, Lilith Fair, Lionlimb, Lollapalooza, Lucky Dragons, MIA, MIKA, Madonna, Makeshift Prodigy, Marat 14k, Mark Hoppus, Mary and the Boy, Michael Jackson, Moneypenny, Muse, Nancy FullForce, Neil Tennant, New Kids On The Block, Nobody's Stranger, O CHILDREN, Panic! At The Disco, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Plain White T's, Putter Sanford and the Gang, Queen, Queer Control Records, Radiohead, Reckless Place, Schoolyard Heroes, Shakespeare's Dead, Sixteen Candles Band, Space Cowboy, Sum 41, THE BIGGER LIGHTS, Taking Back Sunday, The, The Audition, The Cab, The Clash, The Frantic, The Gay Blades, The Hood Internet, The Names That Spell, The Rapture, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Wombats, Trigger Fish, Twin Atlantic, Tyson Ritter, Unmade Beds Original Soundtrack, What Is Life For?, Yann Tiersen (official), You Me At Six, Your Secret Identity, Zebo, becoming a fan of things, katastrophe
American Bear, Berlin International Film Festival, DAVID LYNCH INTERVIEW PROJECT, Dr, Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, MOON, New Moon: The story of a girls choice between Beastiality and Necrophilia., OUTVIEW FILM FESTIVAL, Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance, Squirt, Taking Woodstock, The 95th: The Iron Men of Metz, The Boat That Rocked, The Last Airbender, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Wintress, Toy Story, Turning your beds into bunk beds so that there is more room for activities, Unmade Beds, Velvet Goldmine, Watchmen, against a trans narrative, illegale scheisse
Favorite TV Shows:
BlahGirls, Caprica, Dexter, Doctor Who, Doctor Who News Page, Doug, Drawn Together, Everybody Loves Hypnotoad, Family Guy, Glee, I Love Lucy, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Just Shoot Me!, LABOR BEAT, My Boys, Neighborhood Watch @theHollywood Web Series, Official CHUCK Page, Original Pokémon, Rick and Steve, Rocko's Modern Life, Saying, Scrubs, Showtime the Show, Smallville, South Park, Spongebob's face when he figured out Squidward likes Krabby Patties., Squidbillies, The Nanny, True Blood, Unsolved Mysteries, queer as folk
A Tale Of Two Cities, Catch 22, Great Expectations, Hearts In Atlantis, Jack The Ripper: Portrait of a Killer, Night, Number The Stars, Papa, Pride and Prejudice, The Picture of Dorian Gray