Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Knee Deep

Crystal Antler's latest 3 tracks have been on repeat, repeat, repeat.  Hear Summer Solstice and Seance at Room 205 along with my favorite below.

I'll go days without saying anything.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Star Gazer

Star Gazer sounds like the name of a Shetland pony or a cute little electro side project band or the glittery nail polish I might have used as a kid.  Lately, I've been really into watching the night sky.  My head pulls upward like a ventriloquist's puppet trying to focus on those elusive sparkles and I'm drawn to the moon moth-like to note its nightly fluctuations.  The stars here at this time of year seem more close and twinkly than usual, a rare feat in our light-polluted sky.  Sometimes I wish I lived in a less populated city and owned a massive space-age telescope so that the only thought in our pretty little heads could be to spend the evening naming pinpricks of light.

This will be my last post for this holiday week. With the break from work I also realize it's time to take a break from everything else and go a bit analog, surrounding myself with food, friends and frippery .

There is so much for which to be thankful, I  hope you have a lovely time with your loved ones too.

 The Iris Nebula

 The Trifid Nebula

Dust Pillars from the Carina Nebula

   NGC 602


photos See Creatures

Monday, November 22, 2010

Beauty Ain't Dead

Gorgeous harmonies, swoony riffs.

via Secretly Canadian

L'Amour Est Mieux

Model Margaux and her boyfriend Warren made a video and maybe even a blog too called The Kooples.  Admittedly, I can only understand every third word but I love her style.

The Ballerina Project

There's something about ballerinas I just love.  Their grace, elegance and poise which belies an intense strength and discipline, probably because I have the exact antithesis to a dancer's body.  I'm all curves, softness and klutziness.  Or maybe it's because my mother, despite her Venus of Willendorf pear-shape, would go to dance classes multiple times a week and bat her eyelashes at her dance instructor boyfriend while I twirled and mock-pirouetted in a practice room filled with mirrors and ballet bars creating whole schemes in my head of one day becoming a prima ballerina or champion figure skater.  Yeah that's right, feel free to boycott my blog from now.  It's just that my whole life I can remember choreographing dances to songs, this irresistible compulsion to dance and hum every feeling.

The Ballerina Project started in NYC as a collaboration of dance, fashion and photography against the city's backdrop. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Love Love Love is an Ocean

Cliches abound and my heart feels so big today.  One of my best friends got engaged last night and I'm beyond cheesy happy for her.  Now I'm off to a champagne brunch in a schmancy loft.  Could life be more surreal?  Hope you're all having a lovely Saturday.

I thought so long and suddenly I realized, I love love.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Adam Niklewicz

 Adam Niklewicz is an odd one, for sure.  I don't really know what I think of the actual work but I admire his dedication to concepts.  These are a few that gave me chuckles.

Monument to Borscht, 2008

Untitled, 2008 oil paint, bread [bite eaten by artist to reaffirm commitment to art]

Romantycznosc, 2002 Dry Sausage, fully functional "A tribute to the Polish psyche"

Sometime Last January I Had Awoken In The Morning With My Hand Up, 2005 autobiographical

See more here and here.

Nothing Newer than '98, Oops That's Not True

Happy Friday lovelies!  I made a mix filled with happy and sexy tracks perfect to grease those get-over-here-and-sit-in-my-warm-obliging-lap-you-luscious-weekend wheels.

Adam and The Ants - Kings of the Wild Frontier
White Rose Movement - Alsatian
Morrissey - Alsatian Cousin
Air - Sexy Boy
Grant Lee Buffalo - Whole Shebang
The Stranglers - Skin Deep
Echo & The Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me
The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning
The Bolshoi - Lindy's Party
White Rose Movement - Deborah Carne
David Bowie - Love You Til Tuesday
Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World

Thursday, November 18, 2010

He's in Fashion

This is one of my favorite fun silly blogs to follow..  Nerd Boyfriend posts photos of celebrity icons and their corresponding outfits in today's market.  Like I said silly, but I love the vintage photos. Gems upon gems.

source NerdBoyfriend

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ghost Song Revisted

Daniel Knox's Ghost Song has an official video now!  Remember when I mentioned how much I love this song? 

Daniel Knox "Ghostsong" from Daniel Knox on Vimeo.

This morning I received a lovely email from the croonster himself and he's sending me some discs that will include cover songs, instrumentals, live ditties and even music he wrote for a play.  I say all this as calmly as I can muster but I'm beyond excited and I hope this means he'll be putting together a tour very very soon.

Included also, will be some download cards for his Evryman album.  If you're interested, let me know and I'll happily spread the wonder that is this incredible songwriter.

Stay in the loop at his website.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Soft Moon

Luis Vasquez's one man self-titled debut was released today.  Dark, synthy fuzzy noise with a relentless bass line. I'm in love and haven't been this curious to listen to an entire album since I came across Zola Jesus.

The Soft Moon - Parallels

via Captured Tracks

Monday, November 15, 2010

Losing It

One billion expletives are swarming wasp-like in my head.  My friend just got tickets to this because he lives in a cool city where cool stuff happens and if any of you are lucky enough to live in a city where they're playing you would be idiots not to go.  IDIOTS.  Remember when I mentioned this last May?

Peter Hook and The Light play Joy Division - She's Lost Control

Unknown Pleasures Tour

Dec. 1: 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
Dec. 2: Voyeur, Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 3: Webster Hall, New York, NY
Dec. 4: Royale Nightclub, Boston, MA
Dec. 6: Double Door, Chicago, IL
Dec. 7: Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
Dec. 9: Doug Fir, Portland, OR
Dec. 10: Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA
Dec. 11: Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, CA


Rhyme Time

Rhyming really does make anything better.

Pustules and splinters and arsenic snowcones.  Mask-wearing killers and black and blue bones.  Stabbings and bat beatings and worm-covered rings.  These are a few of my favorite things.

Now you try it.

These Days

I've been out walking
I don't do too much talking
These days, these days.
These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do
And all the times I had the chance to.

I've stopped my rambling,
I don't do too much gambling
These days, these days.
These days I seem to think about
How all the changes came about my ways
And I wonder if I'll see another highway.

I had a lover,
I don't think I'll risk another
These days, these days.
And if I seem to be afraid
To live the life that I have made in song
It's just that I've been losing so long.

I've stopped my dreaming,
I won't do too much scheming
These days, these days.
These days I sit on corner stones
And count the time in quarter tones to ten.
Please don't confront me with my failures,
I had not forgotten them.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Dolls Gone Wild!

Marionette dolls reenact scenes from classic slasher movies in a trailer for Fujiya and Miyagi's upcoming January album Ventriloquizzing. Pretty hilarious.

Remember this one loves?  It made it onto last year's winter mix.

Project Jenny, Project Jan [with F&M] Pins and Needles.   Super cute love story between a glove and sock.

Mr. Musicbox Underwater

Video installation.

This song is from a collaboration J. Spaceman did with Sun City Girls and is also on the soundtrack from the movie Mister Lonely. If you've not seen it, the story centers on an oddball group of impersonators and more specifically the relationship between Michael Jackson, Diego Luna of Y tu mamá también fame and Marilyn Monroe, played by Samantha Morton who's childlike wide-eyed primality is breathtaking. As an actress I think she's quite spectacular and this role almost tops Morvern Callar. Almost. Other impersonators include Madonna, James Dean, Abraham Lincoln and Charlie Chaplin [a very scary man!] amongst others. Surprising and raw, it will stay with you as only the best stories can.


Sometimes we sulk, sometimes we burn.

Radiohead - Sulk

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Octo Buster


It's been a long while since I answered formspring questions, I forgot my password and well, I'm just kind of loopy most days.  Many apologies.

What blogs do you read all the time?
Sheesh, too many!  My google reader is 100+ and every time I pare down, almost immediately I add 5 more.  Daily reads include See Emily Play, Owl and Peacock, The Sartorialist, Street Style, Jen Loves Kev, Orchid Grey, and The Daily What.  What about you?

Do you live alone or do you have flatmates?
I do live alone, unless you include my little puppy Mavis.  Most days she resembles a very dirty black dust mop, because her fur is so silky and floppy, not because she's dirty!  Part terrier, part terror, part 10 pounds of pure circus love.

You have to choose - astronaut or deep sea diver?
Haha!  This question is too funny and too hard.  Can I split my work day in two?  Mornings in space, afternoons in the ocean?

Why did you name your blog crank the shiny tune?
My first post on my blog tells the story.  It is so named because I frequently mistake song lyrics and instead of looking for them, I just make up my own.  I thought the lyrics in the chorus of Bjork's song Crying  were "Crank the shiny tuune.. Crank, I can feel you".  But they're not, though it took me years, literally years, to discover otherwise.

How do you find all the music on your blog?
Hmmm well a lot of the bands I love and have loved for a long while.  New things I discover while reading music blogs.  For instance, say I like this band, I'll find out who their record label is and then start researching other bands they've signed and down the rabbit hole I go.  Myspace is a great place for indie bands, probably the only reason I still go to the site.

What is your favorite color?
All of them!  Though I especially like saturated tones, like prussian or royal blue, brown grey, pinks, mod orange, leafy green and fire engine red.  [Edit:  Lately I've been obsessed with bright almost obnoxious bathtime duck yellow.  Over the summer it was a little overkill, I even found some bright banana yellow sandals and wear them all the time.]  These aren't really the style but the color is spot on!

What are you listening to right now?
At any given moment, I'm lily pad hopping from band to band but lately I've been revisiting some old bands.  Today thus far I've listened to these 3 songs on repeated rotation.

Spiritualized - Broken Heart

If fashion is your trade, then when you're naked, I guess you must be unemployed.

Beat Happening - Godsend


Trash Compactor

My friend has started a new tumblr dedicated to wacky Star Wars references called Trash Compactor. I say new because her other one is pretty awesome as well and is called Badass Classical, a collection of really awful awesome classical music album covers.

Anyway, she's invited me to post on it too.  These are my contributions so far.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wow Times Infinity

Best Costume Ever. End of story.

source Charmed

If The Button Is There, The Monkey Will Push It

If you're like me and like to push people's buttons [playfully kind of like a wicked little elf], then you will love these suggestions.  Prepare yourself for a snort fest then go forth and poke the bear.

Is it weird that I've already done a lot of these?  Reference: 2, 7, 8, 12, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 30.  I wish I had thought up 32.
  1. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 99 copies.
  2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sexual favors."
  3. Specify that your drive-through order is "TO-GO."
  4. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
  5. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
  6. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
  7. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what you think."
  8. Practice making fax and modem noises.
  9. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc" them to your boss.
  10. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
  11. Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with prophesy."
  12. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears and grimacing.
  13. Disassemble your pen and "accidentally" flip the ink cartridge across the room.
  14. Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
  15. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."
  16. Staple pages in the middle of the page.
  17. Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a croaking noise.
  18. Honk and wave to strangers.
  19. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints at the cash register.
  21. type only in lowercase.
  22. dont use any punctuation either
  23. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
  24. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times.
    "Never mind, it's gone now."
  25. As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
  26. Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce "No, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.
  27. Ask people what gender they are.
  28. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.
  29. Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
  30. Sing along at the opera.
  31. Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
  32. Ask your co-workers mysterious questions and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about "psychological profiles."

Take me underground
Take me all the way
And bring me to the fire
Throw me in the flames

Show me love
You've got your hands on the buttons now
Show enough
You've got your hand on the button now
    via ArtLung

    The Egg Cremes

    For lovers of Mousetrap .  

    source StumbleUpon

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    Do You Remember The First Time?

    Gasp. Curse. Whimper. Thousands of wordless exhalations. Squeals. Scrowls. After months of speculation...

    Is this a hoax?  Is this a collective mid-life crisis waiting to happen?  Is this the last chance to see the last truly great pop group this country [UK] ever produced?  Is it time to decide who's side you're on [again]?  Is this messing with your head? 

    These and many more questions may be found at PulpPeople.  But, as they urge, all you really have to ask yourself is:


    I do.  And what an introduction.

    All the stuff they tell you about in the movies,
    but this isn't chocolate boxes and roses.
    It's dirtier than that,
    like some small animal that only comes out at night.
    And I see flashes of the shape of your breasts,
    and the curve of your belly,
    and I may have to sit down and catch my breath.

    Oh. What is this feeling called love.
    Why me, why you, why here.
    And why now.
    It doesn't make no sense no.
    It's not convenient no.
    It doesn't fit my plans,
    but I got that taste in my mouth again oh.
    F.E.E.L.I.N.G. C.A. double L.E.D. L.O.V.E.
    What is this thing that is happening to me

    source my darling christine, super researcher who knows how to brighten any day.

    I Believe In Wolves

    Give me your eyes
    I need sunshine
    Your blood
    Your bones
    Your voice
    and your ghost

    We've both been very brave
    Walk around with both legs
    Fight the scary day
    We both pull the tricks out of our sleeves

    but I'll believe in anything
    and you'll believe in anything

    If I could take the fire out from the water
    I'd share a life and you'd share a life
    If I could take the fire out from the water
    I'd take you where nobody knows you
    And nobody gives a damn

    and I could take another hit for you
    and I could take away your trips from you
    and I could take away the salt from your eyes
    and take away the spitting salt in you
    and I could give you my apologies
    by handing over my neologies
    and I could take away the shaking knees
    and I could give you all the olive trees
    oh look at the trees and look at my face and look at a place far away from here

    Monday, November 8, 2010

    What Are They Making a Documentary About You For?

    What are they making a documentary about you for?
    Cuz I'm fascinating.  I write wonderful music.
    What kind of music do you play?
    Popular music.
    What's your last name?
    Merritt? Never heard of ya.

    It's impossible to concentrate on anything today. Tonight is the screening of The Magnetic Fields documentary I mentioned here. We're driving right after work like bats out of hell and then will return home afterwards. 6 hours total just for an 80 minute screening and a Q/A with the director. That's how much I love this man/band.

    I met Ferdinand de Saussure
    On a night like this
    On love he said
    "I'm not so sure
    I even know what it is
    No understanding
    No closure
    It is a nemesis
    You can't use a bulldozer
    To study orchids"

    He said...
    So we don't know anything
    You don't know anything
    I don't know anything
    about love
    But we are nothing
    You are nothing
    I am nothing
    Without love

    Trophy Wife

    Trophy Wife release their debut single today.  The video for Microlite is pretty hilarious.  Message: don't eat junkfood.

    B-side Take This Night

    Won't you show me how to dance, dance, dance?
    Won't you show me how to find ourselves?
    To that secret place
    Take me there
    You can take me there

    Hmmm, possible Bjork reference?

    Sunday, November 7, 2010

    A Beautiful Life

    Yesterday my friend and I went to the beach for a picnic. Nothing fancy, just a mini roadtrip to listen to music, chow on food and lessen the restless wanderlust. Little did we know it was also the Lone Star Rally or some such noise. Something like 300,000 motorcyles will flock there this weekend.

    We were surrounded by about half.

    Despite the cacophony, it was a beautiful spontaneous cold day surrounded by pelicans skimming for food [have you ever had the moment where you realize how beautiful and astounding bird flight really is??] and greedy seagulls only outdone in their fight for food by the old greasy fishermen hungrily watching the brave girls in bikinis. Brave because it was cold!

    We ate tacos from our favorite taco shack whose name translates to Jalisco Rooster.

    The water was a gorgeous aquamarine, a rarity in these parts.

    Too cold to wear just my plaid sunny outfit, I borrowed a hoodie and as is tradition wore funny awkward sunglasses.

    Dipping my toes in the water I found my first sea snail.

    Motorcycle caucus at local watering hole.

    Then we came home and ate a yummy salad.

    Happy days indeed.  Hope your weekend has been just as lovely.

    I introduced my friend to one of my core of core bands.  This album slays me and always will.

    What a beautiful face
    I have found in this place
    That is circling all round the sun
    What a beautiful dream
    That could flash on the screen
    In a blink of an eye and be gone from me
    Soft and sweet
    Let me hold it close and keep it here with me, me

    And one day we will die
    And our ashes will fly from the aeroplane over the sea
    But for now we are young
    Let us lay in the sun
    And count every beautiful thing we can see
    Love to be
    In the arms of all I'm keeping here with me, me

    What a curious life we have found here tonight
    There is music that sounds from the street
    There are lights in the clouds
    Anne's ghost all around
    Hear her voice as it's rolling and ringing through me
    Soft and sweet
    How the notes all bend and reach above the trees, trees

    Now how I remember you
    How I would push my fingers through
    Your mouth to make those muscles move
    That made your voice so smooth and sweet
    Now we keep where we don't know
    All secrets sleep in winter clothes
    With one you loved so long ago
    Now he don't even know his name

    What a beautiful face
    I have found in this place
    That is circling all round' the sun
    And when we meet on a cloud
    I'll be laughing out loud
    I'll be laughing with everyone I see
    Can't believe how strange it is to be anything at all

    Saturday, November 6, 2010


    Today I went to the beach and had an impromptu picnic.  Though a little too cold to enjoy the water, the sun was shining and making thousands of sun pennies.  We listened to Neon Bible and ate tacos.  Pictures to come but now I'm too warm and sleepy to do anything other than listen to these guys.

    Arcade Fire really is the best to listen to on roadtrips.

    I See Who You Are

    You are an incredible creature and I love you for your eccentricities. 

    I see who you are
    Behind the skin
    And the muscles

    I see who you are, now
    And when you get older later

    Let's celebrate now all this flesh on our bones
    Let me push you up against me tightly
    And enjoy every bit of you

    Friday, November 5, 2010

    Happy Friday [with a Smidge of Lust For Good Measure]

    I've had quite the busy week on 8tracks [I think I made something like 5 playlists] though I'm beginning to realize I'm getting lazy with this blog and having way too easy of a time of listening to music over there.  This will [hopefully] be my last 8tracks post for awhile.  I say this but roll eyes, knowing myself I won't be able to let it go.  Bear with me.

    What can I say? Sometimes my love affairs are all-consuming. 

    Florence and the Machine and Beirut- Postcards from Italy [mashup]
    Stereolab - The Flower Called Nowhere
    Wolf Parade - I'll Believe Anything
    Blur - Tender
    Cat Power - Cross Bones Style
    17 Pgymies - Chameleon
    Twin Shadow - Slow
    The Big Pink - Too Young To Love
    Wolf Parade - Fancy Claps
    The Polyphonic Spree - Soldier Girl
    The Killers - All These Things That I've Done

    Quote of the Day "I inject a milky white liquid into the IV line and watch my patient's eyes close in a slow, hypnotic saccade."  -Carol Cassella

    Won't Someone Give Her a Gun

    Last night my friend was feeling a bit blue so I invited him over for dinner. Immediately after the invitation I remembered he not only does not like Indian/curry food, he also hates soup/stew of any kind. Which, unfortunately, was what I was making. Oops. Turns out, like the potato soup I made for him a few months back, soup is not the enemy.  Tee hee bit by bit he will love all kinds of soupish third world dishes.  And you know what?

    He loved it!  I made red curry with tofu, kale, carrots, broccoli and  sweet potatoes [even though I'm not supposed to eat them, such a REBEL]

    "I'm eating tentacles" he says.

    We talked about old friends and bands, like Apocalipstick.  JEEZ I've not thought about them in years!!  They were SO britpop.  Me and the lead singer Zach used to "date", like the kind of dating you do in your early twenties when you don't know any better.   Oh you know what I mean.  Fumbling around in the dark only to pretend you don't know each other in the daylight.  Or will I see him at the club?  Will he notice my Jarvis Cocker move? He did actually and he topped it with Razzmatazz [see below].   A man that can emulate Jarvis Cocker in the midst of running a red light deserves recognition.

     Will he even get the ECHOBELLY reference?  [I punished that poor boy for not knowing about that teeny band].  God the video has only 35 views, homeboy never stood a chance.

    At the time, I dressed as close as I could to a female Brett Anderson [with boobs] and Zach was so The Hives before they were the Hives [i.e. white or black shirt with a white or black belt and polyester pants].

    Damn I'm just remembering when Britpop and polyester actually went together.
    Laugh all you want.  I am.

    Echobelly - Give Her a Gun

    Thursday, November 4, 2010

    Best Coast

    Dawww cutebuster totahl.

    Air Waves

    Cute infectious pop folk. Dungeon Dots due out this month.

    Hah und Mmm

    Finally, finally, finally Hennes and Mauritz [H&M] is coming to Texas.  Many of you are lucky enough to count multiple locations in your city of origin, so for you this is probably a giant yawn, but not for us.  As my best friend says, "I have been waiting for this moment for YEARS".  It's true for me too.  Ever since my first taste of them in Germany and then later in Chicago, my consumer heart has bled a thousand times over looking over their collections and lamenting that they don't have a frigging online store.  Cheap and cute clothes that aren't designed for the mop and broom generation [ahem F21 and UO].

    According to the press release, Dallas' NorthPark Center is to be the location [trying not to be bitter on this one] as early, crossing fingers and wishing on all things lucky, the second half of 2011.  I don't care how long it takes, it's already been almost ten years, what's a few more months?  True [or convenient] love is worth waiting for.  

    Their winter collection is adorable and features Lanvin though I really loved Sonia Rykiel's contribution. Total geek fest to commence in 4,3,2,1...

    This is a bit over the top for me, but I love the accessories and the flirty slip.
     Great hat and jacket.
     Coat to die for.

     The flirty party dress on the right with the purple tights is tooo cute.


    Wednesday, November 3, 2010

    So Romantic!

    It's quite the chilly rainy day here [for us at least]; it's putting me in the mood for new wintry garb.

    Sweden's Ida Sjostedt has an, um, interesting aesthetic to say the least for her Autumn 2010 collection. Part hipster, part Cougar, part witchy woman, but I do love the tights and the first two coats!

    Doesn't this print remind you a bit of Erdem Moralioglu's Spring 2011?

    This dress is from JC + Ida Sjostedt.  So romantic!

    source Ida Sjostedt
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