Friday, September 30, 2011

A Dream Within A Dream

Is this really happening?  Bursting at the seams a la the Big Bang.

Bad Baby -  A Dream Within A Dream

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

All Work and No Play...

So busy my head is spinning.  Go to work at dawn, come home at dusk only to work on more more more projects.  This Jill is turning into a very dull girl indeed.  Stop!  Hammer time!   Some fun interweb hoopla is just the thing.  Who can live without a pair of Fundies - The Underwear Built For Two, I ask you?!  See more snort-o-rific-ness at Extremely Close Couples.

Ladies - can't decide what to wear?  Try Brants - the bra and pant in one!  There's a video, don't miss it.

That's Brants! from Karey Dornetto on Vimeo.


Read McSweeney's Dream Jobs That You're Glad You Didn't Pursue.  Personally, the one titled "So You Wanted To Be A Writer" had me holding my stomach in laughter.

Finally there is this clip from the 1971 film The Point by Harry Nilsson entitled Are You Sleeping?  It's sweet and adorable - much needed after any grueling day.

*For the musicphiles, I did manage to listen to some things today.  I subjected my office mate to ABBA [accordingly I was corrected,  it's pronounced Aaabba, not Ahhbba], The Beatles [sometimes quaint is good] and Austra

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Closer I Get

Morrissey - Hold Onto Your Friends

Morrissey - Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself

Beyond shitty day at work today - ever been on the verge of walking out?  Tonight, after an incredibly brutal few days, my good friend surprised me with a fragrant bouquet of lilies [my favorite flower and she didn't even know it], wine, cheese, art supplies and massive cheer up vibes.  She didn't even complain when I could only stomach listening to Vauxhall and I while we arted and chatted [she said it was beautiful].  God I love her- a beautiful lovely friend indeed and I'm the luckiest to know her. Discovery too, because she found out one of my clay sculptures is 1] something I made and 2] inspired by and named because of song two above.  Take that Evil Boss Man, you can't steal my simple joys.  Now if I could only find a way to stream Morrissey subliminally into his cranky, abusive ears while he's sleeping - he might be more human/e.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Joy To See You

These boys blew through town last week - pie in my face I thought they were playing tomorrow.  Missed connection, how will I hang out with and participate in nefarious activities with Faris now??  Kidding.  I saw plenty of that when I caught them twice for the Primary Colours tour.  This is my favorite off of Skying.

The Horrors - Oceans Burning

Friday, September 23, 2011


Catherine Wheel - Judy Staring At The Sun

This instead of the one I wish I could.  Soon, soon soon... mantra mantra mantra.


Hooverphonic - Renaissance Affair

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Family Is All

The Chapman Family - All That's Left To Break
[this is the best]

The Chapman Family - Lies Lies Lies

XO boys - you make the best music.

The Chapman Family - You Are Not Me

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Scales Are Only For Fish

The Raveonettes - War In Heaven

Judgment is a useless exercise and this blog isn't about politics or prejudicial rants.  But, when faced with blunt force idiocy at work today, it's hard not to feel compelled to speak out, especially when it's about my favorite subject.  Love.   Heaven and the world benefit from so many loving same-sex, transgendered and mixed families coming together to love each other.  Bigots might learn a thing or two from learning to love themselves and others a bit more.  Love, in any form, makes the world better.  Everything is a ripple effect.

So, I'll just say everyone deserves love.  Period.  End of story.

Andre Kertesz [NSFW]

Heart-thumping, thump, thump, thump... who says the 1930s weren't happening?  Kertesz's distorted nudes say otherwise.  Feminists back off, let's not hear any nonsense about objectification, disrespect, misogyny or disarticulation.  In my eyes, this is a celebration of beauty, love in spite of [or because of] distortion/flaws, incredible technique and the joy of mirrors.  Inspired is a limp wristed overused word at best but it's the best I can muster.  This man is a curiosity at least and incredibly ahead of his time. [He would agree].

Monday, September 19, 2011

Fortune Felt

Felt has made its way into the interwebs, quite suddenly again.  Is this a Felt revivial??  You'll hear no complaints from me or Stuart Murdoch, I'm guessing.  And let's be honest, anything featuring Elizabeth Fraser I'm guaranteed to love.  Again faced with choosing a minimal aural taste, indecision reigns.  Especially when trying to choose just one track from the very reverent mostly instrumental masterpiece The Splendour of Fear.

Minks - Fortune [Felt cover]

Felt - Primitive Painters

Felt - I Worship The Sun

Felt - Red Indians and The World Is As Soft As Lace

Postmodern Loops

Why this is playing on a loop in my brain today is a mystery.  Is it the relentless loops and pithy crackling samples?  The heroin model chic we've never ever seen before?  Who knows?  Never question postmodernism.  This and David Cassidy... repeats repeats... wonder what a smash up would sound like?  Pray for me kids, if I wake up with these catchy tunes stuck in my head in the morning I might just go insane.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Kate MacDowell

Kate MacDowell's work is gorgeous.  If anything makes my hands itch to mold clay again these handbuilt pieces are definitely doing the trick. 


I love bones and I am not afraid.

Depeche Mode- Stripped

Saturday, September 17, 2011

It's A Mess

Earlier tonight my internet was down, meaning no internet or cable television.  Down because my landlord is in either prison or a mental hospital - no one actually knows. He's a bit a of a nut.  My friend who works for the court system told me he came before her judge.   Oh shit, I don't know what to say.

This evening, forced into First World Exile, I tried to amuse myself with watching my copy of 24 Hour Party People.  As expected, I was only able to sustain an interest right up to when Ian Curtis dies.  The rest of the film is painful at best - honestly, give me a knife and slit my chest, I hate it.

  Instead, now that my internet is back up, let me share these two amazing songs:

Hohoham - King

The Black Ryder- Outside

Thursday, September 15, 2011


The Twilight Singers - Live With Me

This is a great cover and I included the Massive Attack version on a recent marriage mix I made.  Along with 50 decades of amazing artists, like Otis Redding, The Doors, Japandroids, Le Cansei de Ser Sexy, The Cure, The Magnetic Fields, David Cassidy, T. Rex and Kate Bush.  Yum.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Keeper of the Sacred Flame

Glass Candy - Beautiful Object

The conversation:

Him:  I would discourage you from piercings as a whole but especially those types.
Me:    Umm, no.. this is a temple. [Motions at a specific area of my lower body]
Him:  That's why I always say I'm the Keeper of the Sacred Flame

Did I forget to mention this was a conversation between myself and the lady doctor? Yep, today this actually happened. In honor of Dr. Kooky [and maybe a little bit creepy], Glass Candy's latest seems pretty darn appropriate.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fascinator Panties

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Anneè Olofsson

Olofsson was so inspired by the banned Scorpions 1976 cover for Virgin Killer, in 2011, with the original photographer Michael Von Gimut, she re-enacted the shoot with herself as the model/virgin.  She is such a badass, I can only hope to be that comfortable with myself at the age of 45.  See the film re-enactment, A Demon's Desire, and other fantastic gems here.  But it is her piece, "Say Hello Then Wave Goodbye" that I can't stop thinking about. She made a torso of herself with black ice and filmed it slowly melting.  It probably says something about my maturity level that I can't help but say quietly to myself, "I'm melllltiiiing" a la Oz's Wicked Witch while watching it.

When They Tell Me I'm Wrong

When they tell me how to...  It's wrong, it's always wrong because it always feels like this.

The Veils - The House She Lived In

In a funny aside, have you ever written a word so many times, it looks... well wrong??? Because wrong now looks like something the Alice In Wonderland caterpillar might have a funny to say... Who are you?! Who are you?!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bouquet of Sounds

Gliss - Black Is Blue [Demo Only]

When words won't do, this is gold.  This one works as well.

track via Soundcloud

Hate To Wait

It's no secret, patience and waiting aren't really talents of mine.  Oh sure I talk a good game about "biding my time and when it's right, it's right" but that's a bunch of political crap.  Totally governed by, what's it called?  The Pleasure Principle, which by the way, sounds like a title by Dr. Ruth or those people who wrote The Joy of Sex and More Joy of Sex.  [Have you ever seen the illustrations in the original?  Hilarious!]  Anyway, all that said, this is a good song for the Impatient.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Oh Snap

Everything gets recycled, Duh.  But I am digging the revamped [?] tunes by Inc. and Blood Orange.  Just know you won't catch me doing any dance-offs in an acid-washed denim jumpsuit.  Ever.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Stop the presses! I can't feel the tips of my fingers and my mind is spinning, I'm so excited - my most favorite music crush Finn Vine of White Rose Movement has a new incarnation, Genuflex.  Described by an undocumented source as “Scott Walker singing through a Cocteau wash of Bowie era Berlin” the new tunes are less synth-pop-beat driven than WRM's earlier work but no less haunting and riveting.  I cannot, cannot, wait to get my paws on these tracks. 

Lotus Eats Pale Receipts is definitely not to be missed. Listen to it now and hear more stunning demos here and follow their updates here and here.

Lotus Eats Pale Receipts (Demo) by GENUFLEX

[P.S. If you wanted to super nerd out, you can listen to both Finn Vine and Poppy Corby-Teuch discuss some of their favorite synth bands on their friend's monthly podcast, Synth Heroes posted here.  Finn is so soft-spoken and moody, I can't help but fall further in crush with him.  The interview begins at the 3rd little person icon if you want to skip to it.  There's also an interview with another great band, Neon Indian but that's a post for another time.] 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Dating Muscles

The Kills - Nail In My Coffin

The Kills - Damned If She Do

Dreading a sort of non-date date I agreed to go on tonight.  As a friend once told me, it's important keep your dating muscles in shape before you lose what little game you might still possess.  Pfft, that might be a foregone conclusion.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pop Kiss

I've no idea how I came across Blueboy, but they're beyond lovely.  Sneaking intuition they were from a certain Glaswegian.   Lately, the music on this blog has been a bit on the wet side.  I know!!  Promise very soon, I'll break out of my soft emotional shell... Promise!
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