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2012-06-16 01:49 am
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Dear Friends....

1/8/11: New year, new obsession, new banner. :P

Locked by friendly; c'mon in brother
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2011-01-08 09:32 am
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Yo, flist like people!

I am desperate for any and all version of David Bowie's classic, "Heroes." *puppy eyes*

Thank you in advance if you can help out!
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2011-01-07 12:50 pm

Books Read in 2010

Book meme for 2010. Read significantly more than I did last year, and I feel good about that.

Books Read in 2010 )
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2010-11-26 09:36 am

Holiday Cards 2010

It's always nice to break out the yearly cookie icon. :)

Holiday Card Post:


I don't know if I'll be hand-making them this year, but if you would like some holiday cheer in the form of a card from my neck of the woods, let me know and drop your address in the comments. Comments are naturally screened. (You are also welcome to PM addresses, if you prefer).

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and that you are being safe on this crazy Friday. I'm off to the library for a few hours of Edgar Sawtelle. ♥
debs: (Falling in love with each second song)
2010-11-09 05:56 pm
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In the plot that you passed through your teeth there was no pity

Given the letter "O" by [livejournal.com profile] dissonant_dream

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.


(all YSI uploads)

Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe by Okkervil River

If you've been around here long enough, you probably already have this. It is (maybe) my favorite song of all time. It's perfect; evocative, cinematic, gorgeous lyrics with epic vocals, rockin' beats, and a splash of 80's pizazz. I love everything about it and when I'm having a bad day I throw it on, turn it up to 11, and dance around my room like a giant spaz. I want to write something inspired by it one day.

Orphans, Kingdoms by Brooke Fraser

This is my favorite song at the moment. I really like this new style of pop/folk that uses foggy percussion; it creates a very specific tone that touches me. She has a lovely voice, too.

Oh Me, Oh My by Abigail Washburn

A delicate love song. It reminds me of rain (which we have in abundance these days). ♥

Once In The Prairie Tall Grass by Peter Ostroushko

A beautiful piece of instrumental music from the soundtrack for a historical documentary about Minnesota. I love the way sweeping string pieces have come to represent the American Experience.

Obstacles by Syd Matters

I think they're using this song in a Ford car commercial these days. I like the fake choir effect--it reminds me of a Karan Ann song--and the memory-feel of it.
debs: (Hard out here for a pimp (Jon Stewart))
2010-11-02 06:31 am

Remember....

If you don't vote, you don't get to bitch about the outcome.

sigh I am very concerned about the future of our country, and about the outcome of this election in particular. Reading statements from folks who are actually on a ballet somewhere that say stuff like "If I'm elected, my entire goal while in office will be to see Obama not get reelected" makes me so helplessly angry. Now, look, I'm not Obama's biggest cheerleader. He's made some good moves, he's made some bad moves, he hasn't explained his reasoning very well so the American public can't see the big picture towards which he operates. (He doesn't seem to get the fact that most Americans can only see about a foot in front of their own noses and are mostly focused on the contents of their own wallets.) But to publicly state that your whole purpose for running for office is to make sure that nothing gets done in the next two years is fucking criminal. Not only should these people not be elected, they should be arrested and possibly jailed for treason against their country. How dare you be so divisive when we're in real trouble as a nation. How dare you.

Bipartisan-ism is killing this country. It shouldn't be about who's in charge, it should be about doing the best for the American People, you know, the VOTING PUBLIC. I look at the state of our public schools, at my Aunt with Parkinson's and her husband with severe diabetes who are already benefiting from the healthcare bill championed by this administration and would be kind of screwed without it, at this 2.1 million dollar mansion that my republican essentially-tea-party bosses are building, and I despair for the possible results of today's election.

So please, whatever your belief system, whatever your feelings about the economy/gay marriage/the healthcare bill/abortion/taxes/*Republican Catch Phrase of the Day*/etc.: Vote. Vote because it's the only way for our small voices to be heard amongst all the bipartisan screaming. Vote your conscience and vote for whoever you believe will actually make a difference instead of just gumming up the wheels of our flailing "democracy."

/psa

eta: Your Misha Collins themed Unicorn Chaser behind the cut )
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2010-10-31 11:29 am

and a wit he has slain with an eye full of ink

Happy birthday to [personal profile] loonilicious! I hope you have/had a wonderful day! *hugs*

Happy Halloween/Samhain Everyone! To celebrate this, our day of Creep, I will round out this year's October Song a Day posts with one of the only songs I can't listen to by myself. The first time I heard György Ligeti's "Musica Ricerrcata, II" was when I saw the preview for Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. I was so disturbed by the preview, specifically because of the music, that I only saw the film under duress. There is something so unsettling about Dominic Harlan's piano playing on this track; even though it's pretty just a half-step being played over and over again it causes goosebumps for me every time I hear it. I have no idea why I own this soundtrack because it's not like I can listen to it without skipping the first and final tracks. So...enjoy?

"Musica Ricerata, II" by György Ligeti, performed by Dominic Harlan
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"Musica Ricerata, II (Metso, rigifdo e cerimoniale) Reprise" by György Ligeti, performed by Dominic Harlan
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And here, have a slightly appropriate unicorn chaser. :)

"Drum" by Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit
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Okay, I guess that'll do us for another year. Thanks for listening; I hope some of you heard some stuff you like. Now: NaNoWriMo. :)
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2010-10-30 07:29 am

who's the television host understands what matters most....

Happy Rally to Restore Sanity Day! Although I am unable to be in Washington this weekend to lend my indoor voice to the proceedings, I can dedicate today's OSaD to the occasion.

The song for today is the only song I know of that's been written about Stephen Colbert. It is so damn catchy you'll find yourself singing it, oh, pretty much all the time.

"Stephen Stephen" by The Apples in Stereo
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In less awesome news, with all my standing around on concrete at work and long-walk taking from yesterday, I seem to have messed up my left knee badly enough that I'm having big trouble going up and down stairs. :( It would be funny if it didn't hurt so much. No running for me today, I see.

Finally, I want to write a review about last night's episode of Supernatural (which was significantly better than 6x05), but I don't have the time. Maybe tomorrow.
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2010-10-29 08:40 pm

I hope he's right in the head even if he have to wrong someone

The last Supernatural-ly themed OSaD post. I really love the dusty/dirty sound of M.Ward's early albums, and this has been a Sam Winchester song for me since season four. It feels particularly apt this season.

"Right in the Head" by M.Ward
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debs: (Music is my boyfriend)
2010-10-28 06:58 pm

so you're wishing that you never did all the embarrassing things you've done

This one has got its hooks in me right now. Sometimes it makes me happy, sometimes it makes me sad. Tonight, I feel nothing, but I've listened to it four times in a row.

"Tightrope" by Yeasayer

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debs: (Sweep my mess away [JF])
2010-10-27 07:17 pm

reams of stories reeled me in, caught my ear and hooked my chin

I love Johnny Flynn so much. You just have no idea. This skinny little hipster Brit who plays way too many instruments captured my heart a few years ago with "The Box" and he released his latest, Been Listening, in the US yesterday. His songs are these little moments of whimsy and Dickensian chaos and they fill me with this incredible longing unlike anything I've felt in a long, long time. I don't know what it is about him and his music, but it makes me want. What, I'm not entirely sure, but that feeling of never getting close enough is very strong. For fans of Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, and Joe Pug.

Still haven't listened to the album in it's entirety, but here are two that caught my ear this afternoon.

"Lost and Found" by Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit
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"Barnacled Warship" by Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit
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2010-10-26 06:22 pm

it almost starts to feels like a crime to follow your own rhythm and rhyme

Happy Johnny Flynn American release day!! \o/ I was going to post something from the new album tonight, but I wanted to listen to it all the way through first and this was more important anyway.

I listened to a lot of Heather Nova when I was in college. I was particularly fond of her album South. This song of hers popped up on my iPod today and I just had to smile. I've been doing a little too much introspection lately, and I've been letting societal norms/expectations get me down. This is my "time-out" song, my reminder that, hey, the folks who aren't following the prescribed path of their contemporaries are usually the most interesting people, and I should be happy because I'm not tied down by anything in this life.

"Virus of the Mind" by Heather Nova
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2010-10-25 06:47 pm

this old world is a new world and a bold world

I am fascinated by Shara Worden's voice, however I find that I have to be in a very specific mood to accurately appreciate My Brightest Diamond. I find myself listening to certain songs of Worden's on repeat for no specific reason, simply because I have to hear them again and again. She's one of the modern incarnations of siren to me, I suppose.

I'm particularly enthralled with her cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" at the moment. A nice mix of the old and the new.

"Feeling Good" by My Brightest Diamond
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2010-10-24 09:15 am

I accept and I collect upon my body the memories of your devotion

Doing this early because it's been a bit of a rough morning and I need to focus on writing for the rest of the day.

It's really stormy here today. On days like this I prefer to listen to artists like Nina Simone, Al Green, and Billie Holiday. Antony and The Johnsons fit into this category as well. I like this song perhaps a bit too much considering that, while I've read other interpretations, I'm pretty well convinced that it's about domestic abuse. But the arrangement is so danceable and smile-inducing. I'm conflicted. I love Antony Hegarty's voice, and any song that has Lou Reed doing a spoken word intro is automatically awesome.

"Fistful of Love" by Antony and the Johnsons
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2010-10-23 06:45 pm

a king of salt and stones, your compass it swings from you to me tonight

It's raining buckets here tonight, so Mom & I have been having a quiet afternoon/evening at home. We watched the film Ondine and I was really charmed by the song rolling over the credits. Unfortunately, it's an unreleased track by Lisa Hannigan (best known for performing with Damien Rice--aka the most depressing musical artist of all time). But I was able to snag an mp3 from a youtube video (it's amazing what the internet can do), so I can use it as my song of the day. :)

I love songs about the sea, and especially when trumpets are involved. This is a beautiful, endearing love song that evokes the same themes of folklore and magic as the film. I want to write something based on it at some point.

"Braille" by Lisa Hannigan

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2010-10-22 08:41 pm

love come down anyway it want to, doesn't ask for you permission

A little drunk from dinner tonight and so nothing of importance to say. Oh, there was this very sweet looking young man who dropped off bagels at our office this morning. He & his partner wanted to talk to my boss who is at a trade show, so I got to talk to them instead, unfortunately I was wearing my zombie shirt and my computer glasses and my hair was all frizzy. *sigh* Isn't that always the way? Anyway.

When people think of Joan Osborne, most folks think of the slightly annoying chart-topper, "What if God was One of Us." Relish, the album that song appears on, is chock-full of some amazing tracks. One of my favorites is "Dracula Moon." This has been a Supernatural song for me for a long, long time and I get the feeling from the preview for the episode for this week that it is particularly fitting.

"Dracula Moon" by Joan Osborne
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(psst - [personal profile] dissonant_dream, we need to talk about this song)
debs: (Singing for the love of it [JR])
2010-10-21 07:27 pm

pretend that the search for another new world was well worth the burning of mine

Today is my sister's 25th birthday. Today is also the birthday of my absolute Favorite, one Mr. Josh Ritter. You've all heard me talk about him before, so I'll just say that he's one of the greatest lyricists recording today, the most engaging performer I've had the pleasure of seeing, and no one on this earth makes me happier. He's playing up in Spokane in a few weeks and I am heartsick that I probably won't be able to make it. It saddens me that he doesn't make to Portland as often as he used to.

I'm putting up two again tonight; the first, "Another New World", is one of my favorite tracks from his most recent release So Runs the World Away. It is also maybe the saddest song I've heard in years. Makes my heart hurt to listen to it, but I can't help it because the images are so beautiful. This particular version is the solo Daytrotter acoustic recording.

Second, I'm putting up a live recording of him covering Bruce Springsteen's "The River". He is a huge Springsteen fan and usually performs this at his acoustic shows. ♥

"Another New World" by Josh Ritter
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"The River" Bruce Springing cover by Josh Ritter
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Okay, Josh. Now you just have to announce your 2011 United Kingdom tour so that [personal profile] dissonant_dream can finally make true on the promise you made me last summer. \o/
debs: (Falling in love with each second song)
2010-10-20 07:08 pm

hey, Tony, what's so good about dyin', think I might do a little dying today

As I posted about earlier, I wore purple today in remembrance of all the young people who feel ostracized and alienated because of their sexuality, and especially for those who have chosen to take their own lives as a result of homophobic abuse in their homes or at their schools. While thinking about what sort of song to post this evening, I remembered Patty Griffin's "Tony", a song that made me sob the first time I heard it alone in my bedroom six or seven years ago. It seems like we, as a society, should've grown in the twelve years since this song was recorded, but I look at those six young men to whom this day was dedicated and I wonder.

"Tony" by Patty Griffin
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In an effort not to be a total downer, I will also post this song in honor of the birthday of Viggo Mortensen. Until very recently (ugh, the film version of The Road) Mr. Mortensen has been one of my very favorites, and this song still makes me think of him.

"World Falls" by Indigo Girls
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debs: (Music is my boyfriend)
2010-10-19 06:00 pm

if I hide myself wherever I go am I ever really there?

I'll admit that I came shamefully late to the Barenaked Ladies party. While I spent a lot of the 90s enjoying "Shoebox", they turned me off with "One Week" (which, oddly, I now love) and I didn't get plugged back in until sometime in college when a friend of mine became obsessed with the Greatest Hits v.I album. Now they are one of the bands I wish I had made the effort to see live while they were still whole.

I find their music to be just the right blend of peppy and poignant, and the lyrics are generally smart and grin-inducing. This is one of their simpler ones, but it's also one of my favorites. I've always thought it as a letter of warning written to me (I identify with it a little too much).

"For You" (acoustic version) by the Barenaked Ladies
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Also, hello new/old Dar Williams album. I do not care that I own everything on here, I'm buying you because of the acoustic recordings with awesome people like Sean & Sara Watkins and Patty Larkin, thank you.
debs: (On the Devil's back until you die [SoA])
2010-10-18 09:43 pm

girls be cryin' 'cause I'm on TV, they even bother my poor father 'cause he's down wi' me

I heard this song in my car on the way to work this morning and it dropped me right back into high school when my friend Shauna & I would perform it in the car/at the park/wherever we could. We were pretty slick, and I still have all the words memorized.

Here you go, the best rap song EVER WRITTEN.

"It's Tricky" by Run-D.M.C.
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Last week's Sons of Anarchy )