October 25, 2013

Tumblr Radio

I don't know if I'm just late to the game and everyone on tumblr already knows about this, but I just found this cool site that lets you play all the music on someone's tumblr in a giant playlist. Just type your username or anyone else's into the search box that says "tumblr user" and you'll get their radio! Mine is here, if anyone is curious.

October 22, 2013

Beauty & Stencils

This Tuesday photo is by Michael John Grist, prolific photographer of Japanese haikyo (abandoned buildings). This particular picture was taken in an abandoned hospital full of this kind of amazing graffiti.

October 16, 2013

Fan-Mades

This Music Video Monday is a double-feature of unofficial music videos edited out of movies by crazy talented fans. The first is for "Knights" by Crystal Castles and it uses footage from "Babel." The second is for "Circumambient" by Grimes and it uses footage from "La prisonniére." I am putting a huge epilepsy warning on this one because the editing is really fast and flashy. It's also mildly NSFW. It's works perfectly with the song, though. The guy who made it (David Dean Burkhart) has more amazing videos in his channel, like this one for Lofticries by Purity Ring (very bloody/violent, but awesome for the song).



October 9, 2013

This is not my desire


Behold, the most played song in my iTunes! This is "Dig for Fire" by the Pixies. I love this band way too much. There's just something about their songs- I can play them on repeat forever and not get sick of them. Especially this one. It's got a lovely hot summery feeling to it and amazing riffs. And that bit that crashes in at 2:09- argh, too fucking perfect. No matter what I'm doing when I'm listening to this song I always want to kick or throw up my hand or toss back my head or something when it starts.

Felicia, 17, on her way to a rave

This picture is by Lauren Greenfield from her amazing Girl Culture project. This is a nice picture on its own, but you should definitely check out the whole project. It explores ideas of femininity (I can't think of a better way to say it than that) through pictures of all kinds of things: strip clubs, weight loss camps, beauty pageants, the average lives of teenage girls and little girls. It's really fascinating.

October 6, 2013

When in doubt, cats

I was working on another translation for this week's Thursday Link, but I'm just not going to finish it anytime soon, so here is a video of a confused cat playing theremin instead.


September 30, 2013

Spending all my time


This week's music video is for "Spending All My Time" by the Japanese girl group Perfume. Perfume is pretty amazing for the bloopy 8-bit synths they use in a lot of their songs (though not really in this one) and how relentlessly catchy their songs are. This song is mostly in English and the lyrics only have eleven words: "Spending all, spending spending all my time loving you, so loving you forever. Spending all, spending spending all my time so loving you I wanna do." There are also a couple lines of Japanese that I'm guessing mean the same thing.

However, even though I love the song, the video is even more amazing. Like most J-pop videos, it's really weird, but it's weird in a very unique way. Its weirdness doesn't come from bizarre outfits or flashy special effects or even an inexplicable storyline. Instead, it has this really odd, fascinating choreography that mostly involves hands and feet, lots of repeated shots, and PSYCHIC POWERS. It's mesmerizing. Watch it right now.

September 20, 2013

New Schedule

Yeah, so obviously the old schedule didn't work out. So here is my new one! I'm going down to two posts a week. Next week, I will post a music video on Monday and a link on Thursday. The week after that, I will post a photo on Tuesday and a song on Wednesday. The week after that I'll post a music video on Monday and a link on Thursday... and so on and so forth. I will not be posting Friday Doodles regularly anymore, sorry. They'll only show up if the mood strikes me and I feel like making one.

September 5, 2013

Dandelion will make you wise

 
It makes me a little sad that so many people ignore The Rolling Stone's psychedelic period to focus on their grittier stuff. It was pretty brief and it didn't go over well at the time either- a lot of people accused them of trying to copy The Beatles and Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which came out not long before. But I think some of the songs are still solid, like this one. It was released as the B-side to "We Love You," but it became the hit. Yes, this song was a top 20 hit in the US! And yet I've never heard it on a classic rock station anywhere ever. Also, rumor has it that Paul McCartney and John Lennon sang backing vocals on this and on "We Love You," but it's never been confirmed. Take a listen for yourself and see if you think you hear them.

Reflection, 1958


Saul Leiter was best known as a fashion photographer for a long time, but he recently started publishing the street photographs he's taken for fun throughout his life and they're fucking incredible. He does a lot of weird, disorienting things with reflections and composition that I just love. There's more of his early street photography floating around on the internet and if you like this picture it would definitely be worth it to spend a bit of time trying to find them.

September 3, 2013

Goodbye, I am dead


This week's music video is for "100%" by Sonic Youth. Tamra Davis and Spike Jonze directed it. The video has a lot of footage of skateboard tricks and I like that because as a child of the nineties skateboarding will always and forever be cool to me. One day I'll try it. Sonic Youth is also in the video playing the song at a house party. Kim Gordon looks cool as fuck, as usual, and Thurston Moore walks into someone while he's playing guitar. (It's only in there for a second, but trust me, it's there.) The song is pretty awesome too. It's about a friend of the band's who got shot during a mugging- the video also alludes to that. All in all pretty great definitely watch blah blah.

I moved back to college this week, so I don't know if I'm going to be able to keep up posting every day. I'll try it for this week and then decide if I need to scale it back.

August 31, 2013

Alter Ego

Last night at around three AM, I decided to use this cool pixel avatar generator to make a special icon for my cute tumblr. I ended up with this weird alter ego of myself:
So tonight, I decided to draw her. Here's my version:

August 29, 2013

Dreck from the Tumblrverse


You know those bizarre, inexplicably funny text posts floating around tumblr? I don't see them a lot of them in my circles, but it's amusing when they do pop up. Anyway, someone's taken it upon themselves to make a weekly compilation of them called Tumblr Gets Deep. I'm not sure what's on the rest of the blog that posts them and I don't really care- these lists are all that matter. They fucking crack me up.

We're just waiting to begin.


Today's weird song is "Chemistry" by Jawbreaker, because school is starting soon.

Mirror Image

 

This awesome picture was taken by Adam Slater in an abandoned insane asylum. I really love abandoned buildings and I have ever since I was little (yeah, I was a weird kid) but I can't try to explore any myself because I have some lung issues and haven't figured out where to get a respirator yet. (Abandoned buildings, especially old ones, are generally full of crap you don't really want to be breathing in.) So I have to be content with looking at pictures for now, and this guy takes some of my favorites. He gets into some amazing places.

August 26, 2013

Tell me when the pain kicks in


This is the video for "Get Away" by Yuck. I love Yuck a lot because they're probably the only band I know of right now who has a very 90s shoegaze warm static sound to them. (Sorry, I have a hard time talking about music and making sense.) And as for the video... well... if you like naked women... especially naked women having oil poured on them...

I give up.

(By the way, I'll be eagerly monitoring my search results from now on to see how many hits I get from people looking for porn after this post.)

August 23, 2013

In the world of tomorrow...

When everyone has personal robot helpers...

Somewhere in America...

This will happen.

 

In case you can't read my shitty handwriting, he's saying "but I just don't know which one you want! medium pulp? low pulp? some pulp? fortified? ugh! you humans are so illogical."

We will also still have cheap flip phones in the future.

This robot is actually a doodle-character of mine and there is a reason he has duct tape over his buttons.

On a related note, because posting my doodles on the internet has given me an inflated opinion of my artistic ability, I've been experimenting with making tiny minicomics using this one page zine-making method. (It's basically the same method Emma Dajska showed on Rookie but for lazy people- it uses a normal piece of 8.5 by 11 printer paper and scissors instead of an X-acto knife.) The result is the size of a playing card and more like a six page comic strip than anything. But if I ever finish one I'm happy with, would any of you cool cats be interested in it? I'd feel like I was ripping people off trading these dumb little things for full-sized zines, but I might consider mailing them out for a dollar.

999-999-9999

Ever wanted to have one of those nifty phone numbers that makes a word? You might already have one.

I found PhoNETic in my Internet & Web Yellow Pages (shut up) and it has been in my bookmarks ever since. Even though the page doesn't look like it's been updated since the book came out in 1999, it is super useful. Have you ever wondered what kind of fun things you can do with your home phone number? Your cell phone number? Your best friend's number? Your mom's number? Your school's number? Or do you want to see what other weird possibilities lurk in a number that already spells something? Well, now you can find out all those things AND MORE. Just keep in mind that you may discover something you wish you never knew. (I'm speaking for myself here. I found out my home phone number spells "vulva.")

Yé! Yé!


This is "Le coeur au bout des doights" by Jacqueline Taieb, a French pop singer from the 1960s. She's usually classified as a yé-yé artist, but as far as I can tell yé-yé is just French pop from the 1960s. Anyway, whatever genre her music is, it's cool as hell. French and from the 1960s is like the holy grail of cool, right? And a lot of her songs are super funky, like this one! They don't sound as saccharine as a lot of other yé-yé songs do to me.

I wish I could translate the lyrics to this, but I couldn't find them anywhere online, which is sad.

Also, writing about this song is reminding me that I'm still failing miserably at finding awesome Spanish-speaking bands. I know they're out there somewhere!!! ARGH

Seminole Mall, 2009


By Brian Ulrich, who takes really nice pictures of dead malls, abandoned retail, and labelscars (outlines of signs that have been taken down).

August 19, 2013

Sugar Water Shower



I've sat on this amazing video too long. Now I have to share it. 

This is the video for "Sugar Water" by the ever-weird, ever-amazing trip hop band Cibo Matto. This song was apparently in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so it could sound familiar to some of you. Anyway, the video was directed by Michel Gondry and it's an amazing mindfuck. I can't say too much without giving at away, but just... Watch both sides. When you figure it out, you'll flip a shit.

August 17, 2013

Eraser



Today's doodle has a lyric from a vocaloid song: Eraser by Gumi. It's not a translation- "sleeping like a deadly dawn" is actually in the song as is. The amount of gratuitous English phrases people manage to include in vocaloid songs is kind of amazing considering Japanese vocaloids don't have many English phonemes so it's always going to sound kind of Engrishy.

August 15, 2013

Undigitized


I love synthesizers, but I also love listening to piano covers of synthesizer songs. Something about it brings out the hidden prettiness and melancholy in what might have been a dancier or harsher song. Crystal Castles has always been a good band for this. This video, though, has an even more interesting idea: replacing all the synthesizers with human voices. This is the Capital Children's Choir's cover of "Untrust Us," and it's awesome. My only complaint is that the two lead singers aren't singing the actual lyrics, but they probably couldn't because it's a children's choir.

If you know any other a capella covers of synthy songs like this, please let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear them!

August 14, 2013

God's Consolation Prize

 

When I was a sophomore, I already listened to a couple punk bands, but I still refused to admit to myself that I actually liked punk. Saying that I liked the thing itself and that I related to it and all that was something that a straight A student who got violent stomach cramps at the thought of breaking a rule shouldn't even consider. I didn't really like punk. There were just some cool songs, that was all.

Then my soon-to-be best friend showed up at my locker holding a stack of CDs tied up with a pink ribbon one morning.
"What are those?" I asked. 
"They're for you," she said, sticking them in with the crap on the top shelf of my locker. "They were my eighth grade graduation gift. They're a bunch of mix CDs that are like the history of alternative music." I don't even remember what my eighth grade graduation gift was, but it was definitely not as cool as that.
"Why are you giving them to me?"
"So you can rip them and listen to them. I think you'll like them."

And that was how I ended up with The CDs. There are six of them and they are, indeed, a history of alternative music. They were put together by a family friend of hers who worked in a record store. To help pick the bands, she asked her coworkers and her friends what music got them through high school.

I was really excited to listen to them, so I decided to start on the first one right after I'd gotten it ripped and finished entering in the track names and artists. The family friend wrote in messy round cursive that made me fuck up some of the band names and song titles. I've figured out what ones are wrong by now, but I refuse to fix them. The first song on this first CD was Blank Generation by Richard Hell & the Voivods (my misreading of Voidoids). 

The second the song came together and Richard Hell himself started singing/yelling the words, my mind was blown. I knew that whatever this twisted swing chaos was, I fucking loved it and I needed more of it. And that's how this song finally made me realize that I wasn't just making an exception for a few bands- it was really punk music itself I loved, as weird and inappropriate as that was for a quiet Catholic schoolgirl.

August 13, 2013

Kyoto (2001)


Jeffro Tull


Here's the video for "U Got the Look" by Jeff the Brotherhood, a super rad band. Yeah, this video is pretty dumb, but that's kind of why I like it. Sometimes it's nice when music videos don't try to be all artsy and meaningful. Also, Jeffro Tull cracks me up every goddamn time I see this.

Friday Doodle

I have no idea what to do for this week's doodle, so here's a picture of an emo kitten. (It's labeled and everything.)


August 10, 2013

Roger Ramjet!


As you probably know by now, one of my favorite things to do is look for weird old shit on the Internet. One of my favorite things I've found is this cartoon: Roger Ramjet. It's a Saturday morning cartoon from the sixties and most of the episodes are around five minutes long including the theme song and end credits, which are both sung to the tune of Yankee Doodle by the most ear-bleedingly annoying children's chorus I've ever heard. According to Wikipedia, though, every episode ran for a full thirty minutes with commercials, so I can only imagine how many commercials they must have had.

In the cartoon, Roger Ramjet is an inventor and full-time hero who is frequently called on by General GI Brassbottom to catch crooks and spies and solve bizarre problems. He's also really dumb. He usually gets caught by the villain and has to rely on the Eagles, who are his sidekick team of kids who are much smarter than he is, or one of his Proton Energy Pills, which allows him to beat the crap out of the enemies with lots of written sound effects, to save his ass. There's also a snarky narrator, hilariously limited animation, an abundance of puns, and lots of running gags. It's great.

Taking it back


This week's weird song is "Sweetie" by Le Tigre. It's my favorite song of theirs- it just has a really nice, chill feeling to it, and I love the weird little loop it's built around.

August 7, 2013

Tuesday Photo

As I mentioned before, Tuesday Photo is replacing Text Post Tuesday. I love photography a lot, even though I've been pretty bad about taking pictures myself lately, so this is going to be fun. Every Tuesday, I'll post one photo that I really love, hopefully with a source link to more of the artist's awesome work. And yes, it is going to be just one. I don't have the patience to put together huge strings of pictures to post like a lot of people do.


This insane picture is by Steven Siegel, who's been taking awesome pictures of New York City since the eighties. Go look at the rest of his stuff. No, really, do it.

August 6, 2013

Life in plastic, it's fantastic!


You probably know the song "Barbie Girl" by Aqua, but do you know the video? If not, you should. It's amazing, full of nineties fashion, oversaturated colors, and ridiculousness. 

Bubblegum pop is an entire genre that came out of mainly Denmark in the late nineties and early two thousands. However, besides sugary synths and weird suggestive lyrics, two of the biggest bands, Aqua and Toy-Box, had something else in common- these crazy themed movie-looking music videos. They're all just as cheesy and fun as this one and are definitely good YouTube binge material.

July 24, 2013

Licensed

my address is made of weird references & in-jokes with myself
A thing I made in honor of finally getting my license a couple days ago.

July 21, 2013

One of those annoying blog posts about blogging

1. Text Posts Tuesdays are really not working for me. I mostly write about myself in them and I feel kind of weird about that. So in August I'm going to replace them with photo posts and write a bit more about the other things I post in their place.

2. I've been wondering if I should try to skew this blog more towards music or weird shit from the internet or something because pretty much everyone giving advice to bloggers says you need a consistent theme to find an audience. I think there is an audience out there for blogs that aren't single-topic- most of the blogs I like best are like that, actually- but it makes sense that that audience would be harder to find.

3. I'm thinking about starting a new separate blogging project where I would share little vignettes based on the moods of songs and photos. So it would be a way to share songs and photos as well as my own writing. If it went well, I might even make it into a radio show on my college's radio station next semester. But I'm still not sure about it. I'm kind of paranoid about putting my writing on the internet for fear of dumb criticism and future publishing issues. Also, I have no idea what I'd name it. At the same time, though, I've been super inspired by writer bloggers who share their work and I'd like to return the favor in my own little way. As a matter of fact, this whole idea owes a huge debt to The Synchronicity of Indeterminacy, an amazing blog which has sadly been inactive for years. I was a regular commenter there while I was running my old blog and both Indie's writing and the writing of the many other fabulous people in that community was so different from anything weird little 12-year-old me had encountered before that it blew my mind. (I also feel like I should apologize to them for how crappy many of my stories there were, but that's irrelevant...)

Here's a little song reward for reading that. So what do all you nonexistent readers have to say about all this?

July 11, 2013

Singing Androids

I made a playlist of Vocaloid rock songs that I like over on 8tracks and you should listen to it.



Track listing:
(English song title- producer/vocaloid)
1. Two Breaths Walking - DECO*27/Hatsune Miku
2. Rolling Girl (Meiko Cover) - wowaka
3. Candy Psychologist - Chouchou-P/Kagamine Rin
4. The Lying Hare & The Silver Cage - Kotsuban-P/Gumi
5. Rotten Heresy & Chocolate - Pinnochio-P/Hatsune Miku
6. Tokyo Teddy Bear - Neru/Kagamine Rin
7. Panda Hero - Hachi/Gumi
8. I Died To Someone's Song - 36g/Yuzuki Yukari
9. -ERROR - niki/Lily
10. Eye Sensor - BuzzG/Gumi
I've linked the PVs on the song title if there is one.

If you know what Vocaloid is, that is awesome and you do not need to read anymore. However, if you're looking at this and thinking "what the fuck?" allow me to explain a bit.

Holy crap, you guys.

I have been nominated for two award things! Sophie from Pretty Passions, Fine Fashions nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award and Batman (!) from Batman is Real nominated me for a Liebster Award. (Who or what is Liebster?) So, thank you so much, both of you! I'm still in shock. I was kind of assuming no one looked at most of the crap I post.

I am going to handle the Versatile Blogger Award first because it is shorter. 



Here are The Rules:
1. Nominate some other bloggers
2. Let them know you have nominated them
3. Share 7 random facts about yourself
4. Thank the blogger who has nominated you and link back to them in your post
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award to your post

I'm going to be a bit rebellious about the nominations for this award, because I'll have to nominate eleven people for the next award and that is going to be hard, man. Instead of picking people, I'm just going to say that if you're reading this and you haven't already been nominated (because I think a lot of people have)- tag, you're it!

Okay, now onto my Seven Facts.
  • I know Spanish, a large amount of French, and a bit of Russian. Russian is actually a very nice language and I plan to come back to it and finish learning it someday.
  • The first language I learned was actually Latin, but I forgot it all because there aren't many opportunities to practice it out there and also because I didn't really care about it. I hated learning it. I think it did help a lot with learning all the other languages I've learned, though.
  • I am listening to music pretty much constantly.
  • However, I also tend to listen to songs over and over again, which is why I will never get a Last.fm account. No one needs to know about that time I listened to Lost in Emotion like five times in a row.
  • I have my computer background set to change every hour.
  • I love cats but I'm allergic to them and it's like the saddest thing.
  • I didn't learn to tie my shoes until a couple years ago... I was 16, and I managed to avoid that for such a long time by wearing flats, slip-ons, and sandals all the time...
Now it is time for the Liebster Award! I'm not quite done with this bit yet, sorry.
Here are its rules:
  • You must share 11 things about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions that your tagger has given you.
  • Choose 11 other blogs for the nomination. Nominees must have under 200 followers on Google Friend Connect.
  • Leave 11 questions for your nominees.
  • Lastly, thank the person that nominated you and link back to their blog.
11 things about me:
  • This isn't entirely about me, but my URL is actually two words: Xyzzy Zzyzx
  • I've seen Robert Pattinson in person unintentionally.
  • I actually taught myself to swim without drowning or anything.
  • I just failed my road test for my driver's license a couple days ago.
  • I went to a writing camp-ish thing once and it was amazing.
  • I like grapes but not grape juice or anything grape flavored.
  • I went to Jamaica once.
  • I only received one detention in my entire school career and it was for violating my high school's uniform by wearing Christmas socks a couple days before Christmas break.
  • I read Animal Farm by George Orwell when I was like 10 because it was lying around the house. I keep meaning to find it again and reread it because most of it went over my head.
  • The Camp NaNoWriMo I'm doing right now is the eleventh event like that I've participated in, and if I succeed, it'll be the seventh one I've won.
  • My very first blog was actually written in the persona of my grandmother's annoying dog. Yeaaaah. I was like eleven.
11 Questions from BatmanIsReal:
1. First of all, how are you?
I'm good, I guess.
2. Favorite album?
Oh God, I have to pick just one? Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth is probably the best album I've ever listened to, so that was my first thought. When I listened to it for the first time I remember thinking "Why haven't I known these songs forever?" because they were just that good. But there are many other albums I love every song on and keep coming back to that I could put here just as easily.
3. Describe your favorite pair of socks.
My favorite pair of socks is black and it has outlines of sitting cats in a bunch of different colors on it.
4. If you could permanently change (or fix) something, what would it be?

Wow, this is a vague, hard question and I feel like I should come up with some big deep thing to say to answer it. But the only thing I can really think of is how greedy some people are, because greed is the root cause of so many problems.
6. Least favorite book?
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. Ugh, that book. I read it for my AP US History class and I had to write a paper about it when I was done and I hated every second I spent writing it because the book was just so bad I didn't want to think about it. Upton Sinclair wrote it to show how awful life as a factory worker was and push socialism as an alternative. Plot and character were obviously secondary concerns. The characters are about as complex and compelling as paper dolls. And at the end, the main character discovers a socialist club and suddenly transforms from being nearly illiterate to being an eloquent advocate for the wonders of socialism so Sinclair can fill the last few chapters of the books with his thoughts on how it's going to SAVE THE WORLD, YOU GUYS. It's just horrible.
7. How much cash do you have on you right now?
None.
8. How old are you?
Eighteen.
9. Film or digital?
I feel kind of like a hypocrite saying this because I own a digital camera, but film.
10. Have you ever taken a stand? If so, how was it?

When I went to my hardcore Catholic high school, we had to take a theology class for all four years and it was the worst. The department was really into theology of the body. So they talked all about how women's Essential Purpose is to have children and how contraception, abortion, masturbation, premarital sex, cohabitation, divorce, homosexuality, and showing skin are all completely against that Purpose and instead of doing all those things, we should fulfill that Purpose by getting married to a nice Catholic man and being a housewife. We actually had take tests on this stuff where we had to pretend we agreed to get an A. This all made me sick to my stomach, honestly, so I tried to argue in class and stand up for feminism and the idea that women are important as people and not just as walking wombs and it, uh, didn't go well. I was the only person vocally disagreeing- there were other people who disagreed but they didn't bother speaking up- and it led to me being marked down on several assignments. And it ended when I was literally cornered by my teacher one day after school and lectured at about marriage for like twenty minutes. After that I gave up too because it just didn't seem worth it. I clearly wasn't about to convince anyone about feminism or get any of the people who disagreed to stand up or do anything at all except exhaust myself, so what was the point?
11. Ever pulled a prank? If so, what was your best prank? If not, what prank would you consider pulling?
Um, this is kind of pathetic, but the most successful prank I've ever pulled was on myself. When I was in middle school, I taught myself HTML and made a whole folder full of web pages I'd put together. A few years later, I decided I needed to go through them and delete a few. And when I opened one of them, I was treated to this youtube video embedded on autoplay and the caption "HAHAHA you just got rickrolled, sucker!" And that's the story of how I rickrolled myself...

July 2, 2013

Music Video Double Feature

Today's videos are for "Eighties" by Killing Joke and "Come As You Are" by Nirvana.




A lot of people think Nirvana stole the riff from Eighties for Come As You Are. There was even a lawsuit about it. The riff is damn similar, but I don't know if there was any intentional plagiarism going on on Nirvana's part. I also don't really care, because the songs are very different and both good. I bet the controversy turned a lot of people on to Killing Joke who would have never heard of them otherwise, too. It definitely did that for me. They're pretty cool.

I don't have much to say about the video for Eighties except that I feel pretty bad for their lead singer trying to make it look like the lyrics are a serious speech through the whole song. They aren't really conducive to that. And Come As You Are actually has my favorite video of all Nirvana's singles. It's very layered and shadowy and the colors are nice.

Now, to other things. It's July now, and I'll be attempting to write 60,000 words in Camp NaNoWriMo. I also have various other things going on this month. So I'm going to be scaling back this blog's schedule quite a bit. I'll post whatever I feel like once or twice a week and tag its category. My posts are probably going to be mostly music, though, because that's one thing I can talk about forever. Things should go back to normal in August.

June 30, 2013

Kick the Tragedy

Finally got around to uploading this week's doodle...
This is part of the monologue in the middle of "Kick the Tragedy" by the Drop Nineteens, probably the most gorgeous two-chord song ever written. This is the full monologue as I wrote it out. Yes, in my drawing I skipped a line and fucked up a word by accident. Whatever. I had a lot of fun drawing this.

"I think it was the first time I realized that I could change the world, or at least change the way me and my sister hit the clock on every tick just to see what happened. The time has really flown by I guess, and it's hard to think of the way it might have been or remember very specifically the words and all the rest of it. I was down, more than I'll ever be probably, but that isn't what to do with it altogether. Like the orange trees in the backyard and it's Easter and it just won't end. Fucking Phil, he's off on his board somewhere and I'm just sitting here getting more and more lost with everything. That was the thing about it, it's not as if a cousin had promised something and taken it away. It was like nobody could share my so-called dreams, which really meant none of it was happening. And that reach around midnight left you with just about that, nothing. There's not anything particular about it either, and I think that the whole thing gets vaguer every second. But I am too and there's nothing wrong with that. It's even funny when I stop and realize I'm just nineteen, how serious can anything be anyway? Not very."

June 28, 2013

Their Circular Life

This is a weird artsy Italian website. It's called Their Circular Life (hence the post title) and basically someone set up a camera to take pictures every so often for 24 hours in different places in Italy and put all the pictures together with sounds and a nifty interface. It's pretty cool.

The Best Senior Quote

This is "I Know It's Over" by The Smiths. And you're going to get a free story with it!! It's actually reposted from my tumblr because I want it on my Real Blog.


My high school had all their old yearbooks in the library going back into the fifties, and I used to love looking at them. Up until maybe 15 years ago they let all the seniors have a quote, so those were always fun to look at. And one day while I was paging through the 1988 yearbook, I saw this under one girl’s picture:

"It’s so easy to laugh, it’s so easy to hate, it takes guts to be gentle and kind." - The Smiths

Yes. Among the sea of bible quotes, inspirational ballads, Robert Frost, and a million variants of that dumb “if you let it go and it doesn’t come back it was never really yours" proverb, one girl had quoted this song. I went back to look at that so many times after I found it. When you’re desperate for people like you, anything helps, even a quote in an old yearbook proving someone you might have maybe liked went to your high school before you.

June 27, 2013

A Mystery

I've been wondering about my aunt my whole life, just about.

She's my dad's older sister, and they're far from close. They leave each other phone messages on major holidays and send each other terse cards.

But I've always known she was a hippie.

Still in Hollywood!

This is "Still in Hollywood," by Concrete Blonde. I don't have much to say about the video, but I really like the song. I know a couple people from high school who moved to LA in hopes of becoming actors or musicians or whatever and I always think of them when I hear this song now. I hope they don't end up stuck there forever in dead-end jobs, but they probably will.

June 23, 2013

Two Ks

I'm quite proud of this doodle. Yes, the band has a stupid name on purpose.


June 21, 2013

Extreme Accounting, Silly Hat Clubs, and Other Fun Things

Wikipedia's list of Deleted Articles with Freaky Titles (DAFT), presented without comment.

Also, as of now I am officially taking Lamestain to v1, so there won't be any more little decimals next to the title unless I make any changes.

I don't want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde.

Happy belated Weird Song Wednesday! I've got a really weird one this time. This is "Israelites," by Desmond Dekker & The Aces. It's a reggae song from 1968 and it was actually a number one hit in the UK and a top ten hit in the US. If only the charts today were as diverse as they were then. Anyway, it was the first reggae song to do that. (Well, it was the second in the US if you count "Red Red Wine," which I do not want to. Sorry, Neil Diamond.) So if you like Bob Marley or ska or if you're curious about the stuff The Clash liked, listen to this. Actually, whatever you're into, listen to this, it's a solid song.

June 19, 2013

Subbacultchas

In seventh grade, I decided I no longer knew who I was and needed to find out. I thought there was only one way to do that- find a subculture. All I had to do was pick one, listen to the music, and buy the right clothes, and then I would have a ready-made identity and a community of friendly people waiting for me. I was lonely. I had always wanted to be part of something. What could be better?

June 18, 2013

Hedoban!

This is "Headbanger" by BABYMETAL, a death metal Jpop band. Weird? Yes. Awesome? Hell yes! Seriously, I'm kind of concerned about how much I like this. Other songs of theirs take their metal/pop mash sound even further. In this video, a schoolgirl prays to her Metal Ancestors and becomes a Metal God of some sort herself. The song ends a bit before the video does, but watch until the end.

June 17, 2013

Tiger Warrior Girl

Here's your Friday doodle. I swear it was actually done by late Friday night, but I was just too lazy to get it off my phone and onto the computer. Yes, I drew and colored this on my iphone with my finger, so please be forgiving...
My idea of this character had a lot more little tiger-y details, along with an actual weapon and, you know, hands, but because of how fucking hard it is to draw on my phone, I gave up on those. I made a better, slightly more realistic pencil drawing of her with most of those details after I finished this, but I don't really want to share any of my attempts at drawings that aren't completely cartoonized yet.

June 14, 2013

Because ideas are hard

This website has random generators for everything. No, seriously, everything. You could plot an entire book using just randomly-generated stuff from this website. It would be a really weird book, but you could!

I honestly forgot all about this website before stumbling across it in the mysterious realm of my bookmarks folder this morning. (I bookmark things all the time, but I never actually look in the folder because bookmarks show up in the URL bar in Chrome. So it's just full of all this stuff and I don't even know what half of it is.) I think I may use it to randomly-generate some plot points for a ten or fifteen minute timed short story. By the way, you could be getting one of these monstrosities for your text post next Tuesday, so be warned.

June 12, 2013

Surfin' Cow!

Your Wednesday treat, by the Dead Milkmen, a band I love very much. Their songs with lyrics are hilarious and awesome, but even their mostly instrumental songs like this one are really cool.

I don't even know

I have literally zero ideas for a text post right now. But something weird just happened, so I'll go with that. My mother, who is sitting in the living room downstairs, just texted me to ask me a question. Truly these are the good old days, where man, woman, and child can all log onto the internet and text message each other across their own house.

In which I try to translate something

This Monday's late music video is for "Sage comme une image" by Lio.


Last September, I started taking an accelerated French class for people who've never taken French but want to be able study abroad somewhere that speaks it by their junior year. I actually have no intention of studying abroad anywhere French-speaking, though. I'm just insane enough to take the intense class for the hell of it. Anyway, one day while I was procrastinating I decided it would be kind of like studying if I looked up every French and Québécois band I had any memory of ever hearing. There were quite a few, weirdly enough. I took Spanish for all four years of high school and I only know two Spanish-speaking bands, and that's because I specifically looked for them. I should probably look for more. Anyway, one of the songs I looked up was by Lio, and I got addicted fast. She's Portuguese, but she's from Belgium, and she was a French pop star in the eighties. Her songs are catchy  and very eighties-sounding and I like them a lot.

When I first thought of posting this song, I hunted around for an English translation of the lyrics to link to because I figured surely someone out there had done one. But I didn't find one, so I decided to try it myself. So here you are, everyone- after the jump is my first attempt at translating something out of French. Behold what eight months of truly insane college language classes can do for you. If you think something in this is wrong, please tell me in the comments. The French lyrics are here.

June 10, 2013

Friday Doodle

It's late, but I hope it's worth it- I drew little kid me meeting me now.


June 6, 2013

Go the Fuck to Sleep

This website saved my ass at the end of last school year when I had papers and projects in everything and I was scraping by on as little sleep as possible. I was still dead on my feet most of the time, of course, but if nothing else it made sure I got at least 1.5 hours of sleep a night.

Anyway, if you're not interested in going out of your mind the way I did, this site is still super useful. If you're a proactive person and you have a certain time you need to/want to wake up, it'll tell you when to go to bed. If you're like me and incapable of planning when you're going to go to bed, it'll tell you the best times to set your alarm for. If you're taking a nap, you can make sure it's the optimum length. All kinds of wonderful things!

God, just thinking about what the end of the school year was like makes me go a little funny. If you're still in school, you have all my sympathy. I will never again underappreciate the ability to go to sleep when I feel tired and not have to force myself to fight the sleepiness and stay awake to work on something or fight being awake and go to bed before I actually want to. Speaking of which, I think I'm going to go to bed now, because I'm tired and I fucking feel like it.

June 5, 2013

Heaven Hill

Today's song is "The Girl who Lives on Heaven Hill" (how does capitalization work again?) by Hüsker Dü.


I just really like this song. It's so nice. I love how the rhythm guitar sounds like a blast of static for a lot of the song. That's one of my favorite things. Actually, it's the reason I started learning guitar in the first place- not to play a solo or a pretty song, but to be able to make a wall of noise.

June 4, 2013

Incoming Personal Shit

UPDATE 6/5: I'm in a better place now than when I wrote this, just so the world knows, even though I will leave this up. And I'm not dropping out of college.

This is my situation.

I want to go somewhere. I want to see sunsets and sunrises and take pictures of everything. I want to meet people and make friends but always have somewhere to go to be alone. I want to visit cities and country towns that usually no one bothers to visit. I know if I actually did this, I probably wouldn’t meet anyone because I suck at that. But maybe the traveling would be enough. But it’s pointless because I can’t. I have to work and figure out my major and then go back to college. 

June 3, 2013

More Music Video Fun

This is the music video for "Stay Useless" by Cloud Nothings, a band/guy I really like. (I say band/guy because it was originally a solo project.) They might have new stuff out by now. I should probably see about that. This is why this is not entirely a music blog- I am exceedingly lazy and can't even be bothered to keep up with bands I like, let alone all the Happenin' New Musicians. Anyway. I have no idea what the fuck is up with this video, but it's pretty cool and I think it fits the song. So here it is.


June 1, 2013

Nerd Cat

I don't even know.


Concentrated Ads

(What is this? Me, getting behind on posts, already? Perish the thought.)

Have you ever wondered what it would look like if someone took all the shitty ads on the internet- scams, porn, poker, questionable downloads, dating sites, diet miracles, Hot Deals!!!- and compacted them into a 1000 pixel by 1000 pixel space?

Wonder no more.

Of course, it goes without saying: if you value your computer, just look, don't click. Also, I've heard that this site has some popups- I have a pretty intense ad blocker, so I haven't seen them myself if they're there, but yeah. If you don't want to actually go to the site, there are plenty of screenshots out there. Your call.

Wikipedia can explain the creation of this strange cyber junk collage better than I can, but basically, a college kid came up with it to pay off his student loan debt and it inspired a bunch of copycat sites that work in a similar way. (So, yes, there is more weirdness like this out there on the web. But this is The Original.) It's kind of fascinating to look at. Most of the ads are so small that they're pretty cryptic, even though they're as brightly colored and garish as all internet ads are. They only have room for a teeny, intensely pixelated picture or a word/short phrase.

May 30, 2013

You better think about it, baby! :)

So I was sitting here tranquilly browsing the internet when suddenly it hit me. Weird Song Wednesday. I had forgotten about Weird Song Wednesday. So here's your first weird song- a cover of the Misfits' "Where Eagles Dare" by Of Montreal. The Misfits are an 80s punk band whose songs have lyrics based on horror B-movies and always sound like they were recorded in someone's garage full of junk. Of Montreal, a psychedelic indie band, took probably their most well-known song and made it from a raw, slightly ominous punk song into a jaunty little keyboard-and-drum-machine ditty. I love it so much. You can actually understand Kevin Barnes, which only highlights how ridiculous the lyrics are. Also it's just hilarious to hear a horror punk song sounding so upbeat on a cheesy toy-sounding keyboard.