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(lady sov)

Another rap song that steals so much that it might qualify as a cover.

Why didn't this turn up sooner, it has been around since February?

Lady Sov does "So Human" which is like 58% The Cure's "Close to Me."
(the cure)

If I remember right, Sov got dropped by her label and is self-releasing at this point. Did she just call them up and say, "I'll give you every dime I make on the song, I just need to borrow your hit?"
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Proving that Amazon is running into problems knowing what it sells, I was just suggested a book by someone named Simon Clark called The Development of Capitalism in Russia. I'm into complexity and chaos in large systems, not really as metadata but more from where imagination meets complexity, and economics floats my boat, especially socialism -- but they claimed to recommend it

<<This book is a broad and comprehensive survey of the development of capitalism in Russia from the collapse of the Soviet economic system to the present, including the results of substantial new research on the current state of a wide range of Russian enterprises. >>

because I had purchased or rated a book by Gun N. Smith. (All respect to Smith, but it was his book on creative writing, I'm not sure I've ever finished one of his novels, but maybe that's because he was not the cutting edge by the time I discovered him.)

I think they meant a different Simon Clark.
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Thompson Twins "We Are Detective"

(It's confusing because it already sounds like her, I know)

Sparks "The Rhythm Thief"

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There are a few issues that are innately important to me. Some of them are so important that I proselytize. One of them freaks me out and I just start ranting:

Librarians getting fired because they think freedom of speech is important is dead center in my freakout zone.

Artists getting banned for outlandish statements. Punishing people for talking about sex in ways that sound wrong. Oh, thought police, no.

Here's what I just posted elsewhere when [ profile] snurri talked about how four members of the library board in West Bend, Wisconsin got booted:

<<Wow. One is a middle-of-the-road guide to teen girls' health that must have a passage about lesbianism or masturbation, one is often required summer reading for students in Massachusetts, and I remember hearing about Geography Club but I forget why. I just wrote a little rant in my f-list about this, but what freaks me out is how freedom of speech, by it's very nature, only applies to books a person hates. You want to ban it? You can't. It's freedom of speech. I want to ban it? I can't. It's freedom of speech. Even the most repressive regimes in history have been in favor of speech they liked. How come I live in a world where Ferlinghetti won this one once and for all and other people don't? How come whenever I hear something that offends me to the core, I think, "Awesome. Celine Dion isn't my bag, but I think people have the right to listen to her...">>

I want libraries open. I need books. And I could care less what other people read.

Some people want libraries to be like this:


Above hours valid from:
Valid From August 21 until Further Notice

Holidays Closed:
All legal holidays


[I yanked this table off of a library in Lexington's website where they accidentally list hours for a building that had a serious water leak. But the library got a new building. It is open. I just talked to their reference desk and the librarian rocked.]
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Placebo is one of the only bands where I like every song. Even The Faint has one that sounds too 311-like for me, but this song is like three beautiful songs jammed in one and I swear there's a short videogame solo at around two minutes. I love Placebo. I love Placebo.
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...whle singing in the mirror, these bizarre pop supergroup hooks will pwn your eardrums for a week.
Promo intro clip:
In a fair and decent world "Messing With My Head" or "My Kind of Girl" will be the feelgood hit of the summer...
Um, yes, "Tinted Windows" is a supergroup of James Iha from Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle, Taylor Hanson from Hanson, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick.

No, it really is.

The 80s are dead. Long live the 80s.


Apr. 15th, 2009 03:24 am
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On Syfy (they decided not to do that, right?), I just watched the lead in some Shark Movie: Part 3 forget her line, look over at the director, remember her line, say it, then look back at the director and smile because she was glad she remembered her line. That's not how you do that. I'm too sleepy to finish, but I hope she dies at the end even though she seems like the lead.

A month or two ago, I saw a Tom Petty wannabe in a tiny basement bar. I was there to see an earlier act. I have no use for people who are older than Tom Petty who are trying to act like they were Tom Petty before he was Tom Petty. In the middle of the only halfway decent song, he explained he was having a "Youtube moment," so he stopped playing, went over to the side of the stage where he could look cooler and played the song again a little faster while his friend filmed it to post online. I walked out and I think everyone followed me. That's not how you do that either.

"That shark's not just rare. It's supposed to be extinct."


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Attractive Wiccan bookseller: Check. (Christina Oakley Harrington. I think she's from Treadwell's.)

Freaky ancient grimoire: Check.

Dude from Sotheby's: Check.

Detailed depiction of killing a frog for magical purposes: Check.

Obligatory Susanna Clarke mention where Wiccan smiles knowingly: Check. (I adore Susanna. She even has a picture of me up on her website, it just seems de rigeur for something like this, that's all.)

Talk show format: Check!

Please bring me more tv like this.
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[personal profile] nihilistic_kid in The Smart Set:

I make a cameo in the opening. I think it's proof that I cackle at other people's suffering, even my closer friends.

dear scifi

Mar. 16th, 2009 09:58 pm
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In truth, I don't like the word "scifi" because it is a made-up nonsense word that doesn't even define what I like.

Technically, I would prefer SF and I would pretend it stood for "speculative fiction."

If this is an amazing April Fool's setup and Joaquin Phoenix is involved, you utterly win. I will bow before your greatness despite the fact that I can name three or four incredibly stupid things you've done and I can't actually think of anything profoundly bright other than that you've shown some good reruns of other people's stuff.

If are so stupid that you should have to go on Jerry Springer and explain why you really and truly think that changing your name to Syfy will make you more money or do anything reasonably good for your viewers or your stickiness or anything else that your silly greedy corporate overlords can possibly make sense of.
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Probably just my aesthetics, but the DVD release of the comic where they pan across with voiceovers or whatever might have been more fun to see up on the big screen than this was, even though I liked that Watchmen actually got made into a movie. The things that got changed made little sense to me and seemed not to fit the story. It seemed like added dialogue didn't ring as true to the characters.

Casting iffy. Pacing flawed and uneven. Seemed to flinch on some of the things that the story needed and wasn't able to recover. Lacked the gritty and scary vibe of the comics.

Good sequential art doesn't translate well. Visually astounding. The character I figured they would most mess up was probably the best. I waited 22 years and worked in a low-rent comic store when it came out and I'm delighted to have been reminded of how much I love the comic and comics in general. It was not great on its own or as an adaptation but not as bad as I had expected. Its tone was  all over the place especially in how it made things funny that would have served the story better if they weren't funny. I think it will make a fortune, shape fashion trends and have a sequel.

I look forward to reading the comic for the first time in years. All hail Glycon. I'm certain that there are movies at most gigaplexes that I would enjoy more, but I love the Watchmen and I'm proud that people were able to get it made. When I went to the Hitchhiker's Guide movie (which I often forget existed and then think how it would be cool if Hitchhiker's were made into a movie), I enjoyed it immensely even though it was a lousy movie because I thought about Douglas Adams and when I'd met him and turns of phrase and visuals and it brought a few pieces of the story to life inside my head in a different way.

I bet the biggest side benefit for me is that reminder bins will have Watching the Watchmen and probably other stuff in them in a few years and I'll be able to read more about Alan Moore. I rejoice in this film because it will drive the price of the Absolute Watchman down to where I can rationalize buying it. Which shows how confused I am because I've spent way more than that on books before and I'll be buying Absolute Death regardless of its cost.

I saw it in IMAX, but I can't imagine that made it worse. It was really pretty.
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Soap & Skin's "Spiracle" is like if one person wanted to be a torchier balladier Tegan and Sara. Might appeal if you're into Regina Spektor.
I figure everyone knows the "Living Things," because they're Ramonesy and Iggy-y

And I'm so interested in the Jane's Addiction recording sessions with Trent Reznor that I'm dizzy.
This is just recent Jane's live footage:
 Curve's "Fait Accompli"
And Coil's cover of "Tainted Love"
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Tune in to see how many times you will yawn as you are caught up in the gripping lack of character development...

Fridays on Fox!
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1) Monsters with freaky powers that get looked up in books.
2) Eerie haunted weapons that make up for the fact that someone's life is going to be threatened for the second half every issue.
3) A weird younger sister out of nowhere who is secretly a key.
4) Characters you care about.

I like Fred a lot, even now that her face has healed.

For a two-dimensional metaphor for human trafficking, Echo sure does get some implausibly intense adventuring going on.

I could go on. I just feel like the grand overarching plot that has been charted out for the next 100 episodes was what they spent most of their effort on, which makes it even less powerful that those arcs are being fed with glistening half-baked chunks of exposition that doesn't fit the single ep stories.

The first five minutes of episode 2 are enough to keep me following that story so I'll keep watching, despite a bland predictability that no series should run into after a mere three episodes.

Down with sameness. Up with monsters and haunted weapons.

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I like creepy. The slow-tilt "Someone take these dreams away / that point me to another day" and the Skinny Puppy and most songs that are disturbing, they remind me that the obnoxious negative peace that gets generated by the false placidity of most pop songs is shallow and worthless to me. I don't hate love, I just think that it's easier to perpetuate myths about fluffy bunnies than it is to dig up deep truths about the odder nooks of the human psyche. Even harder is to get all the way out. I hate that pop and almost all radio have lost sight of the "persona" song where someone plays a character. I don't understand why so many pop songs are people pretending to pour out their innermost selves. But I'm occasionally stuck listening to the radio and pop culture keeps on calling me, so I listen. I could deconstruct paint drying, I really could.

Once again, I've stopped paying attention to my own subject line. Dr. MLK Jr., in the Letter from the Birmingham Jail wrote about how letting things slide, letting civil rights get trampled because you want everything to be fluffy bunnies, is "obnoxious negative peace" which does nothing but foster resentment in the long run. However you look at it, I'd rather hear "Red Right Hand" ten times a day for the rest of my life than Whitney Houston always loving you-ooh-ooh because it's a lot harder to sell the great undoing.

Dismantling reality or even going all the way out to cosmicism is a technically trickier move if you're into sweating the technique. It's harder to do. Petting the commonplace and making sure it's still there is a lot easier, from my perspective, than ripping a hole in the sky. It's like how people use the word "universal" to mean something that, from the eyes of the universe, is actually a teensy inconsequential blip of an occurrence on this teensy inconsequential blip of a planet. The universe is big. It doesn't care about the lyrics to "Disturbia."

Sometimes I hear a pop song and I dig it because it's creepy. Now, mind you, I can convince myself that "Pocketful of Sunshine" is a song about the joys of heroin, but "Disturbia" impressed me. I figured it had been written for Manson or something. Like "Coming in the Air Tonight" or "Possession" it was the kind of pop hit that I figured would have a creepy urban legend attached someday, but it's not a legend now...

What's wrong with me?
Why do I feel like this?
I'm going crazy now

No more gas, in the rig, can't even get it started
Nothing heard, nothing said, can't even speak about it
On my life, on my head, don't wanna think about it
Feels like I'm going insane, yeah

It's a thief in the night to come and grab you
It can creep up inside you and consume you
A disease of the mind, it can control you
It's too close for comfort

Put on your pretty lies, you're in the city of wonder
Ain't gon' play nice, watch out you might just go under
Better think twice, your train of thought will be altered
So if you must falter be wise

Your mind's in disturbia, it's like the darkness is light
Disturbia, am I scaring you tonight?
Disturbia, ain't used to what you like
Disturbia, disturbia

Faded pictures on the wall, it's like they talking to me
Disconnecting on calls, the phone don't even ring
I gotta get out or figure this sh** out
It's too close for comfort, oh

It's a thief in the night to come and grab you
It can creep up inside you and consume you
A disease of the mind it can control you
I feel like a monster, oh

Put on your pretty lies, you're in the city of wonder
Ain't gon' play nice, watch out you might just go under
Better think twice, your train of thought will be altered
So if you must falter be wise

Your mind's in disturbia, it's like the darkness is light
Disturbia, am I scaring you tonight?

Disturbia, ain't used to what you like
Disturbia, disturbia, disturbia

Release me from this curse I'm in
Trying to maintain but I'm struggling
If you can't go-o-o
I think I'm gonna ah, ah, ah, ah

Put on your pretty lies, you're in the city of wonder
Ain't gon' play nice, watch out you might just go under
Better think twice, your train of thought will be altered
So if you must falter be wise

Disturbia, it's like the darkness is light
Disturbia, am I scaring you tonight?

Disturbia, ain't used to what you like
Disturbia, disturbia

I liked it because it was darker than pop usually gets to be. It lacked the aghast self-distancing that even most dark acts have.

To find out that Chris Brown wrote it about himself and then decided the version with his vocals was too disturbing so he gave it to Rihanna makes it far more disturbed.

I liked it more when I thought it was a "persona."
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One can only presume that I was trying to put myself into a trance where my own story would make sense to me...

For many years I wrote things without bothering to finish them because it was fun for me to write first drafts. I could dash stuff off, hand it to whoever was nearby and they could say it was kind of neat. I did a bunch of open mics and would read whatever was new and fresh in my head. Now, I'm coming down from too much note-taking, too much order enforced on my nutty ideas. The opposite, really.  Back when it was all personal and odd, disjointed because I was I guess, I started a novel. And made a mixtape that was found in someone's car after the carnage. I think the idea was stolen: The Blair Witch Project did the same thing as a loophole that let them put out a soundtrack even though the songs hadn't been in the movie.

I've lost the tape but I just found an index card where I wrote some of the tracks down. Had to be ten years ago. I tried to find them online, some don't seem to be out there. My sense is that my character was into stuff that I wasn't, but I know that I'm fooling myself.

mixtape that Geoffrey thinks was made based on being in a dead person's car, probably only side one of two

rustic overtones - sector z
[couldn't find the original online easily, david bowie guested the vocals]

ministry - tonight we murder
[pulled from youtube over copyright, this is harder than I thought]

body count - cop killer
[i bet you didn't know that ice-t played guitar with NIN once even though ice-t can't play]

klf - justified and ancient

dead kennedys - police truck

shampoo - trouble

devo - are you ready

melvins - sweet willy rollbar

digital underground - no nose job

living color - open letter to a landlord

voice of destruction (the brilliant california satanist industrial band, not one of the others) - basketcase
[could only find 30 seconds]

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I ph33r the Jackson awards.

I threw them twenty dollars because I know or at least have met lots of the people involved.

I attended the ceremony last year and it was one of the cooler experiences of last year and I figure I'll go again so twenty bucks was my way of encouraging them to keep lauding the kind of books and stories that I like. I could go on and on about the awesomeness of them.

Especially now that they just bribed me into loving them even more.

And it was a cool fundraiser. I've never bothered to have a gambling problem because it seems like a lot of work, but it was gambling for charity, right?

I even managed to overlook how horribly scarred I was that they didn't take a blog entry I'd written for the fundraising antho they did last year... (teasing, honestly teasing)

And I went big of The Darkening Garden. $16 if memory serves.

I was afraid of the dot and Nick Mamatas [ profile] nihilistic_kid 's Tuckerization (which, in my head, started with a different first letter that had clearer connotations) because I saw grave supernatural consequences attached to winning either.

So I threw a buck or two on other things that looked neat.

Laird S. Barron [ profile] imago1  and F. Brett Cox [ profile] parttimedriver  are cool and I love their work. Laird's first book is one of my favorites (I have the trade edition) and seeing something Brett had worked on seemed cool.

So I deleted the response emails and thought, I have to have semi-decent odds on the Clute, but I'm number 180 and there are days to go, so I won't win a thing but it's for an awesome cause so yay them, they even got boingboinged and that's hat really matters, and I moved on.

And I won twice.

I feel that I am now marked out.

If you care about me, please use large stones and aim for my head.
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Okay, now we have a story.
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[ profile] pgtremblay posts about Lost. I rant a bit too much...

{spoilery for those who care}


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