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Tag Archives: music snobbery

  1. Christmas Birthdays

    My love spoiled me completely though, so I can’t complain. Woke up Christmas morning to a birthday card with tickets for us to see James Taylor in April. I cried. Couldn’t be more thrilled!

    ** Get Carole King & James Taylor at Amazon.

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  2. Links for Later

    Time to restart Firefox clean, but I’ve been hanging on to a dozen tabs I keep thinking I’m going to look at later.

    Photos
    Ruby Slipper Bride: South African Wedding Photographer
    Once Wed: Another pretty wedding photography place

    Food
    Scrumptious Banana Cake Recipe: I may have posted this before, but this one is SO yummy and SO easy.
    Recipe Girl: Recipes including how to make adorable marzipan carrots.
    Urbanspoon: Restaurant guide
    Sugar Snap Pea Soup with Parmesan Cream: from my hero Lynne Rossetto Kasper

    Craft
    The Handmade Expo: Ipswich crafty show blog
    My Paper Crane: Super-fun, crafty person’s blog
    Tubby Paws: Cute papercraft

    Other
    Mimicking Birds: Good music. Free downloads.

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  3. Stuff and Stuff

    I’ve got some transcript work again which is keeping me busy. Today was filled with the discovery of Heracleion. Next up a doco on the seven wonders of the ancient world. Woo!

    Ahead of a busy weekend, we decided to head to South Bank for dinner at Ginga, our favourite! Then we had a stroll through the markets, and I ended up buying a big, floppy sun hat from this beautiful Serbian woman.

    And I’ll leave you with a song I can’t stop playing. Some say it’s very Kate Bush. Hans says it’s Clannad-y. And I hear Fleetwood Mac. Whatever it is, I like it.

    Bat For Lashes – Daniel (HD) on Vimeo.

    ** Check out the Bat for Lashes Store at Amazon.

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  4. February Finale

    Well the album writing challenge is complete. The guys are off mastering it today… which means I get to use the computer that works!

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  5. Next to the Noise

    We’re officially halfway through the album-writing challenge. I say “we”, because it’s a challenge for me too. A challenge not to go completely crazy.

    That’s not true. There is some stuff I really love coming through the wall, and I’m actually quite looking forward to seeing them work it out live.

    If you’re of the curious sort, you can hear some snippets here. My favourite at the moment is Day 12 Song 8 Version 4 because of its 80s-licious synth line.

    If you really want to experience what I am, you can try cranking that up as loud as you can in one room, and then go into the next room and try do anything that requires any sort of concentration. Fun times.

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  6. February Failure

    So that self-imposed, nightly photo sorting challenge went by the wayside on Friday and didn’t happen again yesterday. And today I don’t feel like it anymore. But it was fun while it lasted.

    Friday night, Wolfmother were just walking off the stage when we made it to the venue, so I’ll never know. Judging by the sweaty mess of people leaving, I don’t think I would have wanted to be in there anyway.

    Last night we went to the CD launch of a friend, and it was so amazing. I don’t really like watching music much anymore, but I’d even go back tonight for a second performance if they decided they wanted to do it all over again.

    The other big news of the weekend is my new shoes. You can tell I’ve been here too long when I look at a pair of $35 flip-flops and think, “Hey, those are cheap!”

    But they’re called Swamisz. They’re purple. They neither flip nor flop. And best of all, they haven’t given me blisters… yet.

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  7. Shows and Secret Shows

    We’ve got a gig at the Troubadour tonight, but then afterwards we (or at least I) will be sneaking over to the Wolfmotherlnot-really-secret-anymore show. I don’t really care much about them (him?), but I’m just dying to get the scoop from our friends (and venue owners) on whether Andrew’s a prima dona and that’s why the other guys split.

    ** Check out the Wolfmother store at Amazon.

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  8. Providence of Playlists

    I’m sitting here adequately stressed out while putting together the finishing touches on my gigantic package of photocopies and documents to submit with my Stage Two Partner Visa application. I’ve had the MP3s on shuffle and couldn’t ask for a better soundtrack of mellow and moving tunes to keep me going.

    ♥ “Wonderful” – Adam Ant
    ♥ “I’ll Fly Away” – Gillian Welch & Allison Krauss
    ♥ “Mojo Pin” – Jeff Buckley
    ♥ “Fast Car” – Tracy Chapman
    ♥ “Crazy” – Seal

    And then “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie came up and ripped me out of my happy bubble. Hmm, where’d that come from?

    (Also my intense love for Adam Ant has been rekindled, and right now I’m kicking myself for bringing my Manners & Physique album to work.)

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  9. Trust Me

    Okay, so if yesterday’s post didn’t convince you to love Pinback, I’ll give it another shot. (Was I wrong about Family Force Five?) But first…

    I woke up this beautiful, rainy morning with a song in my head. Actually just some doot-doot-doots. While not being COMPLETELY tone deaf, my efforts to sing the melody to Hans were mostly in vain.

    That’s when he introduced me to SongTapper.com. It is so freaking ridiculous. You go there and tap in the rhythm of the song you’re thinking of, and it will spit back a list of potential songs. It has yet to miss for me. The song is always there.

    So I tapped in the rhythm that was in my head, and about halfway down the list I spied Pinback. Of course that was the one. It’s called “Loro”. It’s the last song on their myspace player. It was apparently also on the Elizabethtown soundtrack. (But I don’t endorse that movie, because they LIED. That was SO NOT the Nashville airport.) And it’s stuck in my head.

    ** Previously: My post on “Good to Sea” by Pinback.
    ** Get the Elizabethtown DVD or the Elizabethtown Soundtrack: Volume 2 at Amazon.

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  10. Audio Addiction

    I have been ridiculously obsessed with “Good to Sea” by Pinback… to the extent that I’ve listened to it all day pretty much on repeat. I get this with certain songs that have a particular element that fascinates me and finds a place in my heart. (The prime example being the dun-duh-yeah found at 1:52 in this particular “Head Over Heels” video by Tears for Fears. Watch the video anyway, it’s so awesomely 80’s.)

    So anyway, what I love about “Good to Sea” is that you listen to the first minute and a half thinking that the oh-oh is the figurative answer to the musical question, only to find it as the anacrusis at 2:24. Love it. Listen and love it too:

    **Check out the Pinback store at Amazon.

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  11. And We’re Done

    I have to say that the launch was so much fun and so unbelievable. People came! You know how you plan something big, and then you start to wonder if anybody will even show up? Well, over 250 people did. It was so wonderful.

    I didn’t even take my camera along. Knowing I would be running around the whole day, I didn’t want to have to worry about lugging it with me. (That, and it’s not on our insurance yet… oops.) Plus I knew there would be way-more-competent photographers there. *ahem*McGaws*ahem* So I haven’t seen any shots yet, but he looked pretty hot if I do say so myself. (Although, I think the girl who was bummed to find out that he was married would agree.)

    And then it worked out that a friend was able to come and shoot the set on a Red, which should make for some really great footage. I can’t wait to see that either.

    So we’re just floating in a haze of post-show afterglow. It’s nice.

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  12. We Are All Made of Stars

    Allow me to brag for just one moment. My hunky man has a little article right here. (Also, he got a really good haircut last week, and it’s like he’s my hot new boyfriend or something. *rawr* Is that weird?)

    And also in the Proud Wives Club this week is Brandy, and rightfully so. Waltz for Venus had one of their songs featured on MTV’s Real World. Check it here. (And with the number of RW marathons they have, that will be a sweet little royalty check, I would presume.)

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  13. Come with Me

    Not long ago I was watching a program on ABC2 that finished before the hour, so they played music under a scroll of what was coming up. There was one song that caught my ear, and I knew I had to have the album.

    The group is Idan Raichel Project. Some would call it “world music” (what kind of label is that anyway?), but they prefer to call it Israeli music.

    The song that captured me was called “Mi’Ma’amakim” (Out of the Depths), and it is the first song on their myspace player. It just resolves itself so well. Gorgeous. But it is now the song called “Bo’ee” (Come with Me) that is my favourite. It’s the second song on the music player, and while it starts out a bit slow, the rest is seared into my consciousness. I find myself humming at all hours of the day and night. I blame it on the octaval vocals at the end. (Want to make a brilliant song in my book? Throw in a vocal line an octave lower. Mmm… clinches it.)

    Anyway, check out the documentary videos on their myspace. Maybe you’ll find them inspirational too.

    Sadly they aren’t heading north enough in March.

    ** Check out the Idan Raichel Project store at Amazon.

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  14. Name That Tune

    iden.tify.us: People helping people identify music. Google can only help so much when you’re searching for music, mostly because you need to know what you’re looking for. That’s where iden.tify.us comes in. You can upload a snippet, and people will help you figure out what it is.

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  15. Pride: In the Name of Love

    My main man is on the front page of Triple J Unearthed at the moment. (Triple J is one of the national radio stations, and Unearthed is for mostly undiscovered bands.) So yeah, he works really hard at what he does. And though on rare occasions I feel like music/graphics widow, I really am proud of him and think he deserves the recognition.

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  16. Friends on TV

    Did all ya’ll watch Conan last night? If you missed it, you can apparently watch the whole episode online here… if you’re in America. That’s the 10/17 episode, Act 5 you’re looking for. I’m so proud of those guys.

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  17. Video Killed the Radio Star

    We made the mistake of watching one of the video programs today. I say “mistake” because we’re both way to opinionated for our own good when it comes to musical taste. Some comments:

    • “Emergency Emergency” by Hot Lies: Hopefully my Americans won’t know about this band. I didn’t even know about them until I saw the video today. But yeah, my response was: “Hmm I liked them much better the first time when they were called Jimmy Eat World.”
    • Speaking of whom… hello! New JEW in like a week? I didn’t even know!
    • “It Means Nothing” by Stereophonics: I hate the song, but aside from that in the video I happened to glance up about a minute into it as they showed the woman and the baby sleeping. Then they show him in the hallway with a fire in the bathroom(?) as he walks out the door. And it goes into the chorus of “it means nothing; it means nothing”. And I said, “Nuh-uh, that means arson, buddy.” Ever since, Hans has been going around singing “it means arson; it means arson”.
    • But it not all bad. I have one extremely guilty pleasure, and that is “In This Life” by Delta Goodrem.

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  18. Weekend Update
    Miss Saigon was spectacular. I’ve had a bit of a theatre void in my life in recent years, so it more than made up for the gap. I think my only disappointment was the helicopter (which was the only scene I remember anyone telling me about) ended up being digital instead of being a massive set piece. So yeah, I knew it wasn’t a happy tale, but dang… wasn’t quite expecting the end.

    The rest of the weekend has gone by in a bit of a blur. A bit of cleaning. A bit of grocery shopping. A bit of laundry. New neighbours have moved in across the street today; I’m anxious about whether to introduce us or just cohabitate on the street until they make a move.

    Last night we had the first thunderstorm to speak of for the season. I love thunderstorms… and even more so because here you don’t have to worry about an accompanying tornado.

    * We are going to a preview of Stardust tomorrow night which opens on Thursday here.

    Linky Links
    Pixel remix: the Ann-alog: I don’t know where I came across this, but I need to put it here to check more later.
    Practical Polly: love this girl’s creativity. (found via Web-goddess when she linked to the amazingly awesome Wonder Woman Sweater)

    Gamer Widow
    My husband has downloaded a one-week trial of the Lord of the Rings Online game. Yeah, I don’t expect to see him much until next Sunday. (Though we have made a female elf profile for “Kathedral” should I feel compelled to give it a whirl.) 🙂

    Inexplicable
    I don’t know. Kiwi rappers. Who knew? Saw this video this morning and can’t get it out of my head.

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  19. And Just Like That, Things Change
    ♥ Forget that drought I mentioned. It’s been raining nearly non-stop for the past three days. It’s the perfect excuse to get some cute wellies. (Why, oh why can’t we have real Target??)

    ♥ I had scallops for the first time last weekend. Maybe I don’t hate all shellfish after all. Or maybe I just love things smothered in lemon grass. It remains to be seen.

    Site to Peruse Later
    Mainstream Isn’t So Bad… Is It?. Mostly you should go there for this post and listen to the songs. “Bathe in the River” was playing almost every morning while we were eating breakfast at the hotel on our honeymoon in New Zealand, so it has a special meaning for me. But it’s an amazing song aside from that.

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  20. Cork’d
    Today I joined a place called Cork’d. It’s a place where you can review wines you’ve tasted… even keep track of the ones you have on hand. I keep my labels in a book, but this is a nice little place to keep notes and see what others think. This is me. (Plus the site is really pretty.)

    I’m home alone today. The boys have gone to play the bro-in-law’s new Wii.

    All the cool kids went to see Gotye last night. Sadly, we’re not cool. I hope it was awesome.

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  21. With or Without Rhythm
    The cover band is back. I almost missed them, as I haven’t heard them practice in weeks. I don’t know if they are practicing elsewhere or not, but they don’t seem quite as shocking. Except, that is, for their rendition of “With or Without You” that just ended. (That song is everywhere this week.) Just a little suggestion for their drummer… if you’re not necessarily THAT good to begin with, don’t torture yourself by trying to play it double-time. (I swear the song was over in 45 seconds.)

    In Other News
    We had a half-day of work yesterday. Seeing as it is the end of the Australian financial year this weekend, the “boss” took us out for an amazing lunch (I didn’t even eat supper, I ate so much) and told us to go home. We almost went to see Transformers, but I was too tired and afraid I’d fall asleep. I think we’ll be going tomorrow, if we can get out of a family thing. I’m just excited for the theme song — I’m so proud of those guys.

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  22. No Good Reasons
    We were getting breakfast this morning, and Thirsty Merc‘s “20 Good Reasons” came on… because I just can’t escape that song these days. (Song more overplayed — “20 Good Reasons” or the Silverchair comeback single? Talk amongst yourselves.)

    Anyway, Hans demonstrated how you can sing “With or Without You” overtop of it… which I argue can be done with half the pop ballads released since then. But to me it’s a combination of Train (who I’ve hated ever since they decided they could start using “chicken” in their lyrics), the “WOWY” aspect of U2, and somehow the opening line of the song made me think of “Letter B”— though after watching the youtube of it, it doesn’t seem to be the way I remembered.

    Play Along
    On the train, we somehow got talking about the Mrs. Potter movie. This led us to the question of how many movies we could name that had human/cartoon interaction. This is what we’ve come up with so far, but if you can think of any others, please leave a comment.

    1. Mrs. Potter
    2. Mary Poppins (me)
    3. Pete’s Dragon (H)
    4. Bedknobs & Broomsticks (H)
    5. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (H)
    6. The Incredible Mr. Limpet (me)
    7. Cool World (H)
    8. Space Jam (me)
      UPDATE
    9. Anchors Aweigh (Barry)
    10. Alice in Wonderland (Barry)
    11. Little Shop of Horrors(Barry)
    12. Loony Tunes: Back in Action (Barry)

    There was also an Australian film that came out last year that we were going to count, but neither of us could remember the name. I just remember I fell asleep to it on two flights to/from New Zealand.

    EZYdvd Update
    Further to yesterday’s post which ended with mention of a refund, as of this morning, the money isn’t actually in our account.

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  23. We Are All Just Prisoners Here
    This afternoon I realized how spoiled I am living with a musician whose efforts actually qualify as MUSIC. There is a cover band rehearsing across the street, and I keep thinking it can’t get worse… and then it does. Oh God, they’re playing “Hotel California” right now — if only the microphone on here could pick it up… you just wouldn’t believe it.

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  24. Totally Geeky Voiceover
    Eeee… well I just did my voiceover. Turns out that it’s for a company called Battlefield Sports, and it is going to be used in a game. Wheee! I got to say six or seven phrases like “No Ammunition”, “Reload”, “Dead Already”, “Casualty”, and “Mission Complete”. The lady told me my character is a young American fighter. Hehe. I love it.

    Anyway… show tonight. I’m tired already. Could be a busy weekend as well. We’re going to the Gold Coast on Sunday for the Australian Outback Spectacular. I’m expecting it to be like Pirates… except we get a free hat with our ridiculously-priced admission. Review forthcoming.

    Two commands. Watch this. Love them.

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  25. I [Have] An Everlasting Love
    Am I a bad wife if a little tiny part of me wants to skip the show on Thursday because HOWARD JONES is going to be in town? Oh my gosh. Legendary.

    And speaking of favourites from the past, PM freaking DAWN is playing in Sydney on the 1st. There’s no way I could ever get there, but I’m still excited.

    Pays to Be American
    The audio engineer we work with asked me today if I might be available this week to record a voiceover. His client has an American accent she normally uses, but that person lives a bit far away for such a little job. So I might get paid to read six lines in my native accent. Now I’m concerned I won’t sound authentic, since my new year’s resolution was to embrace the Australian accent and vernacular this year.

    Linky Links
    www.washyourhands.tv – 92% of guys said they washed. 34% were lying.

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