Saturday, October 31, 2015

Satuday Verse: "True Romances: 1" - Margaret Atwood


When I knew them them they were an ordinary couple, she
smiled and laughed a lot, she was a physiotherapist I
think, and there was nothing wrong with him either,
that you could see, except he was a little, you know.
That summer they went on their vacation together,
they always went on their vacation together, to Spain,
that was back when you could still afford it, and
everyone thinks he but her up and left her in four
garbage cans around the city, or maybe not in cans,
do they have cans there? In Barcelona, except it
wasn't Barcelona. It's like that guy who was keeping
his wife in the freezer, you know? And a couple of
kids went looking for some popsicles or whatever.
He didn't even have a lock on the freezer, some
people are pretty dumb. He said they'd gone to
Madrid, except it wasn't Madrid, and one day she just
went out for a walk and never came back, but the
landlady, in Barcelona or whatever it was, says she
saw him back at the flat or whatever it was they'd
rented, after the day he said they'd gone to wherever.
And the cans with her in them were in Barcelona, not
Madrid. So they're there and he's here and naturally
they want him to go over, for questioning they say,
and naturally he won't. He says he doesn't need the
distress all over again. I'll bet. Not that I would either
if I was him. I saw him in the supermarket last week.
He was holding an eggplant and said, Aubergine,
It's a much better word, don't you think? He was
running his fingers over the purple skin. He hasn't
changed a bit.

- Margaret Atwood                                                         

Happy Halloween                                                                           

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Music for your Midweek: Billie Holiday- "Strange Fruit"

Spooked by this haunting track by Billie Holiday. This has always been a favorite, and it never fails to make me sick to my stomach.

Aren't we lucky to live in the year 2015 where things like this never happen anymore? Nothing imagined could be more terrifying than our reality.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday Verse: "The Dream Keeper" - Langston Hughes

Bring me all of your dreams
You dreamers,
Bring me all of your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.
                                                  - Langston Hughes 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Music for your Midweek: Drake - "Hotline Bling"

Drake released his video for "Hotline Bling" yesterday.


I think I'm in love (insert heart eye emoji here)

I mean those MOVES.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saturday Verse: "Weather" - May Swenson

I hope they never get a rope on you, weather.
I hope they never put a bit in your mouth.
I hope they never pack your snorts
into an engine or make you wear wheels. 
I hope the astronauts will always have to wait
till you get off the prairie
because your kick is lethal,
your temper worse than the megaton 
I hope your harsh mane will grow forever,
and blow where it will,
that your slick hide will always shiver
and flick down your bright sweat. 
Reteach us terror, weather,
with your teeth on our ships,
your hoofs on our houses,
your tail swatting our planes down like flies. 
Before they make a grenade of our planet
I hope you'll come like a comet,
of mustang — fire-eyes, upreared belly —
bust the corral and stomp us to death.

- May Swenson                                                                               

Friday, October 16, 2015

October Mix: Children of the Dirt

Isn't it miraculous that anything ever gets done? There's no cure for my anxious nature, but at least this mix numbs it a bit. Big thanks to Julia, Ezra Koenig and the SLC library for leading me to all this music:

1. In the  Morning - Angel Olsen

2. The Way It Goes - Gillian Welch

3. Rotten Human - Youth Lagoon

4. Falling Man - Blonde Redhead

5. Going Underground - The Jam

6. Weather Report - The Tennors

7. Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark) - Unknown Mortal Orchestra

8. Somebody That I Used To Know - Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield

9. My Oh My - Punch Brothers

10. Pretty Pimpin - Kurt Vile

11. UnFuckTheWorld (Angel Olsen cover) - Lowpines

12. Love Is All - The Tallest Man On Earth

13. Seein* Starz - Jessica Lea Mayfield

14. Color Decay - Júníus Meyvant

15. Kid Like You (Arthur Russell cover) - Mountain Man
(Click through above to hear the track)

16.Come Down - Sylvan Esso

1. Got to see her do her thing live and in person on tuesday. She's a tough one with an incredible voice.
3. Also got to see Youth Lagoon last night. Trevor Powers is something else. Came out swingin' both literally and figuratively. Bless my heart all you sweet, sad things.
4. Had to throw in something spooky for the Halloween month. GHOSTIES
6. Thanks Ezra
<3 p="">10. Be still my soul.
11. "Somewhere between midnight and three, maybe the best stuff happens"
12. For all the sensitive ones out there, only curse word is in the title ;) Also, a cover as an excuse to post another Angel Olsen song.
13. FOMO is getting the best of me. I only go to shows. Got to see this guy a little while ago and discovered that he is not really tall. Music still stand on it's own.
14. Jessica Lea Mayfield featured again. She really is a gem.
<3 p="">15. Heard these ladies for the first time in concert 5 years ago, and I'm still haunted.
<3 p="">16. Amelia Meath also making double appearances (Mountain Man and Sylvan Esso). The sweetest song to close it out.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Music for your Midweek: RAC w/ St. Lucia - "Ready For It"

I've held onto this song for years. And then I found this video, and had to share it. Aaron King, you are too much.

That's all.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Music for your Midweek: No Doubt - "Sunday Morning"

On Saturday, it will be 20 years since one of my fave fave fave albums was released. No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom is a soundtrack to my adolescence that will always have a special place in my heart. And it is STILL. SO. GOOD.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Music for your Midweek: Antony and the Johnsons - "Cut the World"

Want to hear the most beautiful thing? Watch this video.
Or maybe watch with your eyes closed...

"This video may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised. 
Willem Dafoe, Marina Abramović, and Carice van Houten star in this quiet, violent clip."

Read an interview with Antony and the director here

Find out more about the opera Antony wrote for Marina Abramovic here.

Listen to Antony talk about "Future Feminism" here.

Tired of all this heavy sad stuff? Listen to Cripple and the Starfish.


OK OK just watch Russel M. Nelson's talk on Future Feminism here ;)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saturday Verse: "Vade Mecum" - Billy Collins

I want the scissors to be sharp
and the table to be perfectly level
when you cut me out of my life
and paste me in that book you always carry.
                                                                     - Billy Collins