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July 26th, 2007
03:37 pm


Week 1 : Stories and books
Which is an excellent theme and a good one to start with. Herewith, ten songs that fit it, for your listening pleasure this week. If you've had any more ideas for themes you might like, do keep comments to that effect coming. I have my own inspiration but I really like giving you what you want. :)

Shalott - Emilie Autumn
Much as there are things that I don't like about her, this song is a brilliant bitter doll-like working of the story of the Lady Of Shalott with ribbons of violin, harpsichord (really) and unexpectedly subtle electronic beats. It's all a bit of a cliché, but then she knows that - "I could have guessed it all along, 'cause now some drama queen is going to write a song for me..."

So the story goes, and the lies and the miracle unfold...Collapse )

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July 18th, 2007
10:09 am


I'll be there before you close the door
Hi! God, I have neglected you for much too long. This is because I'm not gathering new music in the way I used to, but really, I don't want to utterly abandon you. So I kind of want to change the way I do things here.

I have a lot of music and I love sharing it with you and talking about it; don't want to stop. So I'm going to share ten songs a week. One post, ten songs, all on a theme of some kind. What I want from you, dear lovely people, is theme ideas. As many as you like, anything that you might be interested in. I'm going to screen comments because I always find my inspiration chased away by what other people say to posts like this, and also because I'm all in favour of multiple people posting the same theme; I'm curious. If you do this for me, I'll cover everything you post, eventually. Even if it means I have to go find new stuff to fit a theme of yours. :)

Or, alternatively, comments screened so you can tell me how not interested you are. That's fine too. :) I'm just trying to get around my enormous writer's block.


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June 7th, 2007
04:53 am


This has made it okay for me to have been awake at four in the morning, with a cold.

JAPAN MACROS, among other wonderful things. Joy of joys.

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May 22nd, 2007
03:41 pm


Do you know what? I'm not ignoring you. No, I swear. It's just that I'm in the middle of a total mental block as to what to post anywhere, my main journal included. I'd love to be able to tell you about some new exciting sensation of some kind or other, but I honestly don't know of one. However, I can't bear the thought of you all sitting out there waiting for me to drop music out of the sky into your poverty-stricken villages (because I know that's what you're doing), so, here is what I have been listening to recently. No, no, don't get up. I do it out of the goodness of my ego.

In One Ear - Formatic
Actually, Formatic are a new exciting sensation, of an electro kind, naturally. I've mentioned them before because they're on the marvellous Robopop : The Return compilation, and here's what seems to be the latest song they've released into the wild. I love how unusual their songs are, all jagged and unexpected, and I love how her voice sounds like Sophie Ellis-Bextor; everything about what they do stands out a mile. I like.

All sorts under here. Something for everyone.Collapse )

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April 26th, 2007
07:18 pm


For sanssommeil - To Venus And Back
Five of my very favourite things about Tori Amos. Because no-one gets away without the Tori for long. Please ignore this if you already know it all, I will post something cutting-edge and electronic at some point, I will. I promise. I am behind on music! Argh.

Excuse me, but can I be you for a while...?Collapse )

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April 23rd, 2007
02:09 pm


Internet owns my soul part 6457
The entirety of Japan's Oil On Canvas video? All fifty-six and a half minutes of it? In my videos folder? Don't mind if I do.

Really, this is very exciting. No, it is. Shush.

I owe you stuff, I know! Don't know what to post, though, any thoughts?


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March 2nd, 2007
02:34 pm


[review] We Are Not Men, We Are Nemo
There are pros and cons to going to small indie gigs. On the one hand, you get to see what's new and electric (or whatever) up close and almost-personal; on the other hand, no bugger ever dances and the dress code is always 'things that stuck to you last time you ran past a tramp'. Last night, feeling both at home - I like the Metro, it's everything a small Central London venue should be - and out of place by virtue of being twice the height of everyone else there, I had come to see Nemo. I didn't even realise there would be support bands; I'm glad I got there early enough to see them, as they were both entertaining. In their own way.

Miss Davina Lee, Eddyfink, Nemo, the Metro 01/03/07Collapse )

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February 20th, 2007
12:58 pm


Construction Time Again; Some Great Reward
See what I did there? Heh. I am moving house tomorrow, and am not sure when I will get my computer hooked up to the internet again, so, much like last time - presents! Presents for you. Because I might not be able to upload any music for a while.

Here's the best of what I've uncovered recently, plus one or two things I've had for a while and only just realised how good they were, because I'm special like that. Lots of songs. Today is a good day to request things, if inspiration strikes.

It's like Christmas. Very much like Christmas in the case of a couple of these songs.Collapse )

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February 18th, 2007
03:39 pm


You cannot possibly overestimate my joy at finding someone with an audio bootleg of the John Foxx gig I went to in 2003.

It's not that I particularly like listening to live versions of songs - I often can't stand them - but that was the first time I ever heard 'Ultraviolet/Infrared' and, although I love the album version very much, it's never quite captured the magic of hearing it in that crowd under those lasers. Obviously I can't find the lasers and I'm not amongst that crowd, but the other thing the album version is missing is the harmonies Louis Gordon added in the live show.

And they're there, on this crackly bootleg recording.

Thank you, internet. I do love you, you know.

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09:34 am


Keyboards! Who knew?
Oh my god, I've just actually had to hold on to the arms of this chair so I didn't fall off it.

Listen to this! It's the upcoming Maxïmo Park single and it. is. wonderful. They always could pretty much do no wrong, but now they've got keyboards in as well. As usual with their songs it feels slightly put together with double-sided sticky tape, but that's one of the things I like about them, to be honest.

Also, since it amused me, the video YouTube decided to recommend me after that was Away by The Bolshoi, featuring some of the most charming overacting by a lead singer that I've seen in quite some time. Ah. I do love the 80s.

But, yes. Maxïmo Park, guys, seriously. Thank you theashtray_girl for mentioning it and getting me to go and look it up. :)


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