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current obsessions

posted by:  audra

apparently i’m real good at list-making.  it’s easier, maybe?  this one is not bulleted, but i have faith in you.

whatever, martha!  awesomest show EVER.  maybe not ever, but it’s close.  want to know a secret?  i kind of want to be martha stewart.  i do.  doesn’t every girl want to be attractive, make her own laundry detergent from garden soil, cultivate her own hybrid lilies, make halloween-themed pasta (riga-boni!!), AND launder the sheets every day?!  this show starring martha’s jaded daughter alexis and her adorable, sarcastic friend jennifer takes everything martha does & debunks it like the guys on ghost hunters…and it’s hilarious.  i heart it. 

right?!  fine living network, my domestically challenged beauties.  you will love it.  i promise.

black eyed peas meet me halfway.  god, i hate myself.   is this old-ish or new?  i don’t even know…but i do  know that every time i switch the radio to z100, it’s on.  which is embarrassingly often.  i can only take so much fever ray & animal collective, you know?  it’s SO good…but the video is terrible…brace yourselves:

i wonder if the yyy’s know that they totally stole that maps guitar thing?  hmm.  anyways, my absolute favorite, favorite, FAVORITE song of the moment is this:  the raveonettes breaking into cars: 

i think i put it on my myspace awhile ago…and calm yourself–there’s not a video just yet.  it’s fucking so delicious that i would totally die for them.  fucking BRILLIANT.  love, love, looove.  lyrics are simple, but the sound is dark & sexy like 60s film noir.  the whole record…even the more ludicrously titled songs like boys who rape (should all be destroyed).  a good portion of the tracks are about heartbreak & things you can’t have…always delicious.  i’m a total lyric snob, and upon first listen i thought it was rubbish.  but i kept listening, because they’re like my favorite band EVER, and i wanted to like it.  now i love it for real.  i do!  the raveonettes – in & out of control.  buy it now.  it will make you look cool…because they’re so amazing.  believe it!  what?  i need something to balance out the black eyed peas…

my shower.  when sam & i moved into the house in september, the shower water pressure was AWFUL.  it took ten minutes just to rinse all the shower gel out of my naughty bits.  it was really upsetting, considering our old shower would pelt your clit right off if you turned the water on all the way.  then, one random sunday, i turned on the shower and there was suddenly crazy awesome water pressure.  where did this come from?!  did someone switch a pressure switch?  my theory is that my household ghost was concerned for my well-being–i no longer could have precious “intimate” showers with myself.  now i can, once again.  it IS just deep crevice-cleaning with perks, afterall.  anywaysies!  not only does it come with that  now, but i can shower in half the time! 

pouring salt on slugs.  these fuckers are everywhere.  and i thought the spiders were bad!   now that the icky spiders have gone along their way, i’m now finding slugs on our back patio.  in droves.  i’ve killed at lease a dozen of them in the past month.   last weekend, one of our friends actually petted (petted!!)  one, stating that it was a ‘leopard slug’, or something.  unless it’s wearing a leopard fur coat, i don’t want it on my fucking patio. 

neighbor betsey.  i’m pretty sure we’re meant to be besties.  oh my god, betsey my bestie!!  gross.  it’s too perfect.  she lives across the street.  long black hair, long bangs, super-skinny, retardedly hip…god forbid i ever actually meet her and she reads this blog.  i would die.  like, die-die, not like ‘i die’-die.  jesus christ, how horrifying!  i mean, it could happen, right?!  k-fed stood on my FRONT LAWN last weekend for god’s sake!  you just never know what may happen….

 

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desert island + the l words

posted by:  audra

so, the whole facebook phenomenon…?  i don’t really get it…i’d take myspace over facebook any day.  but i find myself on facebook more recently, for whatever reason — maybe because everyone else seems to be?  anyway.  one of the more intriguing things to me lately is seeing what my facebook friends pick for their desert island collection:

“music that had such a profound effect on you that it changed your life.  dug into your soul.  music that brought you to life when you heard it…”

all that stuff.  and you only get to pick 15.  fifteen?  really…?  i elected to make it 20.

i judge people based on the music they listen to, just as they should judge me as well.  this was a tough one for me, but this is what i picked.  my criteria was this:

  • listenability.  something i can listen to all the way through, have listened to for years and/or months & never get sick of.  duh, if i’m really stuck on a desert island, i’m not going to bring a bikini kill record, for christ’s sake!
  • lyrics.  i’m a huge lyric snob.  a piece of music could be completely amazing by way of composure & delivery, but if the lyrics are dumb, i can’t handle it [see glasvegas].
  • longevity.  i like material that sounds timeless, though not necessarily everything on my list sound timeless; i just prefer it that way.  i like stuff that upon first listen, you can’t tell whether it was just released or was released 20 years ago.  in a good way.
  • love.  i love these records, will sit on their faces, flip them around & eat them.

this was hard, you guys!  but, in no particular order, judge away…

exile  in guyville – liz phair. god, i fucking love this! so much.  i may go as far to say it could be my favorite record of all time?!  could it be…?  i bought exile in 1993 when i was 12:   sassy magazine.  lip gloss.  mascara.  my first period.  the first time i fell in love lust.  i listened to it incessantly & parts of it frightened me.  me & my 12 year old body would lie on my bed & play explain it to me & shatter on repeat for hours while i thought about boys who were completely out of my league.  so dramatic!  i still have the same cd i bought in 1993 & listen to it often.  it’s just that good.  loves:  6’1” , fuck & run, flower, divorce song, shatter, & girls! girls! girls!.

either/or – elliott smith. love, love, love.  it’s a good drinking record.  it’s quiet.  it’s distraught.  it’s passionate.  it’s good to clean the house to it, it’s good in the car, it’s good to makeout to, it’s good background music…it’s just a fucking great record.  loves:  between the bars & angeles.

from the choirgirl hotel – tori amos. i was really wavering for my favorite tori record, between this, boys for pele & little earthquakes.  oh, & scarlet’s walk!  i just love me some tori…older tori, before she got all adult-contemporary(!).  i like this one in particular for its extreme darkness & that it reminds me of being 17 & how fantastically tragic it was.  northern lad got me through the most horrible heartbreak of my life.  loves:  spark, blackdove, northern lad & jackie’s strength.

turn on the bright lights interpol.* i happened to discovered interpol way before they were famous.  i did!  i read the description of them in a tiny little article, saw their picture & was like, omg.  then sam & i bought this record.  what the fuck was wrong with me:  upon first listen, i stated that if a brain aneurysm had a sound, it would sound like this.   really!  i said that!  a few months later, i was in love.  typically though, if i hate a band so much the first time around, they will later become one of my favorite bands.  this doesn’t always happen though, kids.  their lyrics are absolutely amazing.  heartbreakingly sexy.  intelligent.  brilliant imagery.  and i think i maybe would stick obstacle 1 in my top 5 favorite songs ever.  loves:  obstacle 1, pda, say hello to the angels, hands away, & the new.

live through this – hole. oddly enough, this one reminds me of hunting.  not myself hunting, but going up to our cabin on the weekends during hunting season (which i hated) & hanging out with my parents.  i was 13.  mum & dad forbid tv & telephone while we were there.  all i had was music.  so really, that was fine.  i made a mix tape; one side live through this, other side exile in guyville.  i tended to listen to this side more whilst in the woods, for whatever reason.  it’s just bad-ass & it’s still fucking great.  i love me some courtney!  loves:  violet, miss world, plump, softer, softest…really, the whole bit!

to bring you my love – pj harvey. to bring you my love is the epitome of feverish lust.  but also, snarky jesus songs (working for the man!).  i was 14 when this was released…wow, is this a theme?  anyway, the always brilliant peej delivers a perfectly sexy, lusty, delicious & devastatingly desperate look at relationships(?!) with this one.  yum.  loves:  the whole record.  it’s too much rad.

grace – jeff buckley. i heart jeff hard.  real hard.  grace is so very gorgeous.  it’s one of those that sounds timeless.  it’s another clean-the-house cd, but also good dinner music.  or sex music.  whatever.  and i don’t need to tell you this of course, but of all the hallelujah covers out there, his is the best.  it gives me little goosebumps every time, & i don’t even like jesus!  and why the fuck hasn’t james franco starred as jeff in a film about his life yet?  that’s right, you heard it here first!  it was my idea!  sigh…  loves:  mojo pin, grace, last goodbye, so real, halleluja, & lover, you should’ve come over.

walking with thee – clinic. one of my favorite things to do  ever is listening to this in the car on my way to work; super-early in the morning before sunrise, during the winter, in the fog.  preferably freezing fog.  it just is.  i hate being awake at that hour & driving in freezing fog, but this album fits that scenario so perfectly.  it’s cold like that, & i love it…clenched teeth & all!  loves:  harmony, the equaliser, walking with thee, come into our room.

arcade fire – funeral.*  yep.  this is another one that i hated before i loved it.  i think it was just hard for me to listen to because it was so raw & real & somewhat sad…but smart…really smart.  brilliant even.  god, this record is so amazing!  even more amazing live.  loooooves:  all.  everything.  every bit of it. okay, i think my favorite track on here would be neighborhood #2 (laika), if i had to pick.  yes, that would be it!

horses – patti smith. i had a rough time picking  a patti record.  what list would be complete without at least one of hers?!  i wanted to pick easter, & then i thought radio ethiopia, but settled on horses for these reasons:  gloria, free money, land, & an uh-mazing cover of my generation. i love her so hard!  and john cale.  i wanna eat their faces.

aladdin sane – david bowie. man.  this was tough.  my favorite bowie record used to be hunky dory, & i almost picked that.  i decided on aladdin sane though, for these little gems:  watch that man, panic in detroit(!!), cracked actor, time, lady grinning soul…  fuck it, this is hands-down my favorite bowie!

kiss me, kiss me, kiss me – the cure. god!  another torturous decision!  why did i sign up for this project again…?  i realize that i’m a little masochistic, but this is getting ridiculous.  i chose kiss me for the sole reason being that it’s just the one i always seem to listen to the most.  it always sounds good & has a nice balance of moodiness to it.  loves:  catch, the perfect girl, the appropriately titled torture, if only tonight we could sleep, how beautiful you are, all i want, icing sugar.

the stone roses – the stone roses. oh!  goodness gracious, i love this band.  adore them.  honestly, i don’t know what could be better than sitting on the floor with this record on, hugging the speakers & drinking yourself into an emotional mess.  they are terribly underrated, but i think i like it that way.  they’re like a dirty little secret.  i wanna be adored is in my top 5 favorite songs of all time…really!  i say that about a lot of songs, but i mean it this time!  loves:  i wanna be adored, waterfall, made of stone.

meat is murder – the smiths. seriously, how could you not love the smiths?!  i don’t trust anyone who doesn’t listen to them.  oh, really?  you don’t like them?  sorry, we can’t be friends.  loves:  the headmaster ritual, rusholme ruffians, i want the one i can’t have, what she said…oh wait, i’m just going down the track listing.  i just realized there isn’t a single smiths song i don’t like.  nice!

washing machine – sonic youth. everyone needs a little fiber to stay happy & sonic youth can do that for you.  typically with sonic youth, i have to be in the right mood to listen to it, but when i am, it’s extra good!  i was going between dirty & washing machine…but i chose this one for these two loves:  becuz & little trouble girl.

show your bones – yeah yeah yeahs. show your bones is just a perfect record.  i never, ever get sick of it…it seems more mature to me than fever to tell, but not in a boring way at all.   i saw the yyys when they toured behind this album & it nearly killed me.  incredible.  loves:  way out, fancy, honeybear, the sweets, warrior.

lust lust lust – the raveonettes. the first time i popped this little gem in, i just about passed out!  it’s so, so sexy.  i’ve been a huge raveonettes lover for years & this is by far my favorite of theirs.  it sums up lust for someone who’s just a little bit out of  your reach.  sort of if like the jesus & mary chain were dutch & lived in the 1960s…well, they’re just fucking rad.  and hot.  loves:  aly walk with me, hallucinations, lust, black satin, blush.

midnight boom – the kills. best record of the decade?!  possibly!  it always, always, always sounds good to me.  and it doesn’t hurt that alison mosshart & jamie hince are like two of the most ridiculously good looking people ever!  loves:  u.r.a fever, cheap & cheerful, tape song, last day of magic, sour cherry, what new york used to be.

songs of faith & devotion – depeche mode. god.  okay.  so, this is a great record, yeah?  as a whole, i really shouldn’t include it in my topsies, but in your room is so fucking sexy that i have to include it.  knickers torn asunder! sigh…  it it weren’t for that track, i would have chosen violator.

kid a – radiohead. i bet you were waiting for a radiohead something or other, right?!  i chose kid a for it’s consistent listenability, although in rainbows certainly has that down as well.  but, i just really like the way kid a makes me feel.  it reminds me of something weird & uneasy.  i know that sounds kind of fucked up, but i mentioned before that i’m slightly masochistic.  so there.  loves:  everything in its right place, the national anthem, idioteque.

and there you have it!  that was awful.  i left out so many amazing records, & i’m not even going to bother with the honorable mention (the knife, the jesus & mary chain, dandy warhols?!  possibly even fever ray.  oh god.).  it’s too painful…  but perhaps i could do the same with films?  wouldn’t that be fun!

*sadly, i hated these two bands at first listen.  god, i was such a fucking idiot!  they both turned out to be two of my most favorite bands EVER…i’m so glad i made myself listen to them.  sigh!

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Sam: Year in Review

2008 was a pretty good year in music. There were a lot of great albums and songs, and a few nasty train wrecks. Overall it ends on a high note for me. That said, I offer my official recap of the year. Quail at my wonder.

Favorite albums of 2008:


#1

The Kills – Midnight Boom

This is their most polished, and dare I say radio friendly (shudder!), album to date, but it still packs a punch. I almost feel like this album could totally beat me up in some weird way. Full of razor sharp guitars and beats from the drum machine, the record is dark and raw and really fucking brilliant!

#2

The Raveonettes – Lust Lust Lust

Continuing with their signature fuzzed out/60’s pop-inspired sound, ‘Lust Lust Lust‘ just solidified the band as one of my all time favorites. It’s lush and is best enjoyed as loud as your ears can handle. They even experimented with hip hop beats and sing about my beloved city, Portland, Oregon. What’s not to love?

#3

Deerhunter – Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.

Yet another disc this year riddled with 60’s pop influences, sigh! Only this one is tangled with odd noises, feedback and is just plain quirky. When a copy of Microcastle was leaked online before the official release, it prompted the band to go back and record the bonus disc Weird Era Cont. Which, in my opinion, is far superior.

#4

MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

Even though most of the songs on this album are kind of played out and tired, I still really enjoy it. It’s been on constant rotation for a while now. It’s a fun record and makes me feel kind of stoned at times. I heard it described once as, “a college-dorm experiment gone horribly right” and I would completely agree.

#5

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!

Dig!!! absolutely exceeded all expectations and left me wanting more. Nick’s primary inspiration was the actual story of Lazarus, a man who rose from the dead. Only looking at things from his perspective. True to form, Mr. Cave takes you on a dark and glorious trip through the cemetery while reminding you it is okay to dance on a grave here and there.

#6

Wolf Parade – At Mount Zoomer

Only the second full length release from Wolf Parade, and I feel like I know them so well. This is much different than their first effort. It’s very catchy, almost poppy. That formula usually equals a less than savory review from yours truly. Not in this case. In all it’s catchy glory it still remains a bit disjointed and restless and full of spirit.

#7

Sune Rose Wagner – Sune Rose Wagner

The self titled venture for the Raveonettes front man, is his first and does not disappoint. Again, another Spector/60’s drenched offering this year and it makes me sweat like a whore in church. It’s sung in his native tongue, Danish, and you barely even notice. In fact, after listening to it several times I had convinced myself I have been speaking Danish for years.

#8

The Helio Sequence – Keep Your Eyes Ahead

This is the fourth record for the Portland based duo, and is my favorite release from them yet. It’s haunting, and several songs leave you with a feeling of heartbreak. Who knows if that was the intent, but that’s what I got out of it. Full of emotion and energy, the album is stunning and a real treat from a band I had just about written off completely.

#9

Eagles of Death Metal – Heart On

Ooh, what a sexy record. The cover art and title had me sold before I even heard it. Yes, I did it. I judged the record before hearing it. But, it turned out in my favor. It’s a sultry, almost trashy, romp with classic rock and 80’s hair band undertones yet it still sounds new. It makes me want to stuff a sock in my tight jeans, and hit the town for a night of serious dancing and boozing.

#10

The Black Angels – Directions To See A Ghost

They’ve drawn comparisons to The Velvet Underground and The Jesus and Mary Chain in the past, and you can really hear it on their latest release. It is a sonic masterpiece, proudly rhythmic and psychedelic and in some odd way a little cryptic. They make me feel a little on edge at times. Like something big is about to happen, and that excites me to no end.

Honorable Mention:


Magnetic Morning –  A.M.

A lush and mellow debut from Adam Franklin from Swervedriver and Sam Fogarino from Interpol. There are a few moments on this record that make me feel like I am listening to Slowdive, and that’s what hooked me.


British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music?

This is a record filled with gloomy anthems and sounds a bit cold at times. They’ve drawn comparisons to Joy Division and Arcade Fire, but for me BSP sounds more like Arcade Fire and The Psychedelic Furs had a baby.

M83 – Saturdays = Youth

Heavily textured with loud electronica beats combined with soft vocals and a touch of mid-80’s nostalgia is the best way for me to describe this piece. The singles “Graveyard Girl” and “Kim & Jessie” could have both fit in very nicely on any John Hughes movie soundtracks.

Portishead – Third

This one just about landed on the disappointment list this year. On first listen I was not impressed, but it gets better with time. It is much different than the first two albums they’ve done, which is good. I’m glad they switched it up a little. This is a much colder, sharper sound for them and may take a little getting used to.

Bloc Party – Intimacy

I wasn’t sure what to expect with Intimacy, I really loved their first album, Silent Alarm and really hated their second release, A Weekend in the City. I don’t know if they will ever top the jittery goodness of Alarm, but this is their best release since. This too had to grow on me. It’s a deeper and darker sound for them and gets better with each listen.

Clinic – Do it!

I adore this band. They have a peculiar sound and often times sound a bit disjointed. They’re off-kilter antics repeat on their fifth release. It’s not my favorite release from them, but the off-chord chaos is still there and it is fine piece of work.

Disappointing albums of the year:

Disclaimer: I’m not saying these records are horrible, they just didn’t live up to my expectations. Most are critically acclaimed and have landed on numerous ‘best of’ lists this year… just not mine.

  • Scarlett Johansson – Anywhere I Lay My Head = Yawn!
  • Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue = Someone clearly had a bad trip!
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Narrow Stairs = No thanks!
  • The Breeders – Mountain Battles = Really unfortunate!
  • The Secret Machines = Hot mess!
  • She & Him – Volume One = Sounded like a good idea on paper!

My 25 best jams of the year:

#1. “U.R.A. Fever” – The Kills: You’ll have a fever after this track is done boxing your ears with its punchy stomp.

#2. “Black/White” – The Raveonettes: Stark, mysterious, and down right fun… yeah yeah yeah!

#3. “Sex on Fire” – Kings of Leon: All signs point to me hating this song. Not wild about the band & the title is embarrassing… but it is fantastic and has a slight twinge of 80’s Americana.

#4. “Lust” – The Raveonettes: Possibly the sexiest song of the year. Sultry voices in unison singing lines like “I fell out of heaven, to be with you in hell“, Sigh!

#5. “The Captive Mind” – The Helio Sequence: A song about a broken heart and willing someone back into your life. It isn’t as depressing as it sounds.

#6. “We Own the Sky” – M83: This song sounds big. It’s luscious and full and really badass.

#7. “The Handshake” – MGMT: A trippy psych-romp with a little Prince-ish vocal (circa the Purple Rain era) mixed in.

#8. “Credit in the Straight World” – SSION: One of my favorite cover songs ever. It’s jams, straight jams, and will make you want to move.

#9. “Blood Red Leis” – The Raveonettes: An electronic departure from their signiture sound, and it totally pays off. Sexy vocals, dark lyrics and juicy bass. Delicious.

#10. “Last Day of Magic” – The Kills: There’s only so much you can hide“… it’s true. The song will find you, and wail on you like a little tornado.

#11. “Waving Flags” – British Sea Power: An urgent, and soft anthem that aims straight for the gut and sticks.

#12. “Kim & Jessie” – M83: Like I said earlier, this song sounds like something out of a John Hughes movie to me.

#13. “Hairy Candy” – Tobacco: Another psychedelic-drenched track that makes me feel very, very stoned just listening to it.

#14. “Vox Humana” – Deerhunter: A 60’s inspried gem, with a shared drum intro and some of my favorite lyrics of the year.

#15. “Time to Pretend” – MGMT: The song is a little tired now, but it was quite refreshing at the begining of the year. I’m still hooked, just not as hard.

#16. “Kissing the Beehive” – Wolf Parade: An epic song! It’s a little on the long side, but you never really get bored. The many peaks and valleys keep you interested.

#17. “Náttúra” – Björk featuring Thom Yorke: What an odd song this one is. It’s quirky, aggressive and a little spooky. Oh, and it’s all sung in Icelandic!

#18. “Rockferry” – Duffy: I can’t believe this song made my list. I don’t like anything else she has done, but when I heard this song I fell in love with it immediately. I think it’s the passion in her voice… perhaps.

#19. “Starstruck” – Santogold: Her record was decent, but it was all over the place. This track stuck out though, thick bass and good vocals get me everytime.

#20. “Language City” – Wolf Parade: Loaded with echoed guitars and organ, its hard not to like this song. Plus, I absolutely love his voice. It gives me the grrr.

#21. “I Will Posses Your Heart” – Death Cab for Cutie: I can’t even beleive I am going to say this, but I think I perfer the radio edit over the album version of this song! Yes. I said it. The intro on the album version is too long and irritates the shit out of me. The rest of it is outstanding though.

#22. “4 Minutes” – Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland: Slap JT’s name on any project, and I will listen. He saved this track. I think Madge got lucky on this colaboration.

#23. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” – Beyoncé: I’m completely serious. I love this song. It must be my inner-bootyshaker talking.

#24. “Chemtrails” – Beck: I go back and forth with Beck. I usually tend to get tired of him easily, but I was really impressed with this song. I didn’t expect to be at all.

#25. “Wannabe in L.A.” – Eagles of Death Metal: The funny thing about this song is you can’t really tell if they are trying to be serious, or if it is a total joke. Either way it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

Here’s to 2009, cheers!

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audra: see? christmas music really can be cool…

now that my birthday extravaganza is over, i can finally fully immerse myself in holiday splendor.  i think i’m already getting sort of burnt out on my usual christmas music standbys…but thanks to my favorite band the raveonettes i’m void of all boredom(!).

sune rose wagner & sharin foo realeased a series of eps this fall, their final release of the year titled wishing you a rave christmasdownload this immediately.  i’m solidly convinced now that they can do no wrong after nailing a christmas ep.  so good…complete with the signature fuzzed-out bass &  super sexy wallow…it really puts me in the mood to break out the black wrapping paper & white satin ribbon…sigh…  the first track, “christmas (baby please come home)” is so delicious you’ll want to cake your eyes in globs of black eyeliner & rub your naughty bits on the speakers.  who knew that song could be hot?!  i promise goosebumps.  really.  i promise.   and now that i’ve put you in a tizzy, you can buy one or all four of the mp3s here.

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