jlh: Tori Amos (music: Tori Amos)
I don't exchange presents with anyone so I thought I'd make myself a reminder list of records I meant to buy this year and didn't and perhaps will in the new year as a present to myself:

  • The Light of the Sun | Jill Scott
  • Stone Rollin' | Raphael Saadiq
  • Night of Hunters | Tori Amos
  • Undun | The Roots
  • Chamber Music Society | Esperanza Spalding
  • 50 Words for Snow | Kate Bush
  • James Farm
  • Good Days at Schloss Elmau | Gwilym Simcock


Other suggestions?
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
REM albums in order of preference )

old REM songs you might like )

the part where I have memories and am very old )

Have some super old R.E.M., when everyone was young and had more hair, including David Letterman.

jlh: Erykah Badu smoking (music: Erykah Badu)
Wow, that moment when we could comment on LJ was short-lived, wasn't it? Well, when things are back up and running I'll throw them a few bucks. They're fighting the good fight over there and I'm happy to be patient while they get all that straightened out.

In the meantime here are some short thoughts:
  • The EWFS sequel is so close to being done I can taste it. Seriously: two scenes, one of which I've started, and the epilogue will be done and I'll send it and the reworked final chapter to the betas and then do what I really should have been doing the last two weeks, which is work on the STBB. Though that one is so fun and so clear in my mind that I think it'll go really fast.
  • Oh my god Morissey stop being a dick. People might take your comments about animal rights more seriously if (1) you didn't try to boil down a complicated issue into a sound bite (2) you didn't do this at moments of global sensitivity (3) you didn't also run around saying weirdo racist anti-immigration bullshit. Sorry you don't like all them brown folks in your lily white England, but that's the breaks of being a colonial power.
  • However, Chris Daughtry, you keep letting your geek flag fly. Cosplaying with your kid at SDCC, two thumbs up.
  • My brief moment of reading the newspaper (mostly due to the phone hacking scandal, which I could not get enough of) has ended now that the news is back to "things that give Clio anxiety attacks." You know, like racist massacres and monetary crises and drought-related famines.
  • KENNA IS PLAYING THE TOTALLY FREE AFROPUNK FESTIVAL IN BROOKLYN NEXT MONTH STOP SO ARE JANELLE MONAE SANTIGOLD CEE LO GREEN STOP BASICALLY THIS FESTIVAL SHOULD BE CALLED THINGS THAT CLIO LOVES STOP
  • Love you, Karl, but I'm not seeing Loft. From the summary of the original Belgian film that was posted on tumblr, it just sounds like a movie of men being jerks to women for two hours, and then possibly getting some comeuppance but not really. Yuck, no thank you.
  • I've been actually seeing tons of people on the weekends. It's really fun to be social! And I'm glad the horrible heat broke.
jlh: Jill Scott (music: Jill Scott hair)
So the other day I finally put the ton of music I'd been accumulating here and there into my itunes, and now I'm like, rolling around in new music and it's so much fun, isn't it, listening to a really good song for the first time, and wanting to immediately replay it? I love that feeling!

I still get excited when I can buy records for $10 at Target, which is a great place to find indie bands on sale!
  1. However, a Target in Brooklyn is a lousy place to find any copies at all of the new Jill Scott, which I streamed off NPR a few weeks ago--totally sold out, so I'll have to grab that off itunes itself. You go girl with your #1 album!
  2. I'm a little behind with getting on the Mumford & Sons bandwagon but damn, that record is really excellent.
  3. I also got the new Bon Iver, which is very Bon Iver-y.
  4. I got a Spin Magazine sampler which I haven't made my way through, completely, but which has a ton of great stuff on it.
  5. Foster the People is summery and bright and I highly. recommend it; if you like any of their songs that have been floating around, you'll like the record.


I also got a summer sampler from Nylon Magazine--just go to nylonmag.com and look for the itunes playlist, and you too can get 20 free songs including new Duran Duran and a Florence + the Machine live track.

Gotta say, I'm enjoying music a lot more now that I don't pay attention to the online feminist chatter about music, which I find incredibly narrow in both the artists discussed and the aspects of those artists considered in the analysis. Either no one is interested in reading anything broader, or no one is interested in writing it. I'm getting better at tuning out things that endlessly frustrate me.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (HHr in sitting in great hall)
Yeah, I know, whatever. I can be irreverent on my own journal, damnit!

So first thing's first: He was perfectly fine. the details, if you want them )

So in sum, I don't think the severe pans were really deserved, though I also don't think the show adds that much to, say, the Broadway stage. It isn't something that needed to be revived. But Dan did perfectly well in it, and I'd definitely go to see him sing and dance again.

Oh and [personal profile] pinkfinity also treated me to a tour of the Harry Potter exhibit, which was super cool. Lots of sets and props and costumes, especially Quidditch robes which, yay, and wands everywhere, and the robes they wore to the ball, etc. etc. etc. Definitely gave me some oomph as I head into the homestretch of the HP writing I'm doing right now!
jlh: Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas at the Yule Ball in GoF (SD Yule Ball)
Three things!

So one of the reasons I've been a little out of it the past week and a half or so is that, well, I was actually out of it for a bit, last weekend and early this week, and went underground for a bit. And then late this week I spent time chasing the food truck Colicchio was doing as part of the HBO Game of Thrones promotion. I only caught three nights out of the five, but got to eat a sublime pickled egg, a bit of squid-inked seafood stew, lamb and duck, venison and the aforementioned headcheese, plus a lot of lemon cake.

This morning I wrote two things about Rebecca Black's Friday (here and here) that sped around tumblr, which is a nice but slightly odd feeling. Mostly: there's nothing wrong with the song or the video. And there's nothing wrong with what Fallon and Colbert did last night, either, though I wish some people didn't need their blessing in order to see what was good about that song.

Apparently you can get subscriptions on AO3 now, which is pretty neat. I'm at faviconclio_jlh and fandoms in the immediate queue include Harry Potter and Star Trek! (If you want to do that cool thing, [personal profile] astolat has the code here.)
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
Okay, not original to me--it's the AV Club's AVQA today--but music, memories, and hey, that census meme is already making me feel old so why not continue the trend? So here's the meme for your copying pleasure:

What's the first song you truly remember loving? (Don't worry if it's a little embarrassing; you were just a kid!) Then tag as many friends as you like to do the meme as well!

My parents tell a story that when I was first crawling--this would have been winter 69-70--I would come tearing into the living room from wherever I'd wandered off to if the Doublemint gum commercial was on. But I don't remember this.

Now my parents were a little older and listened to a lot of swing music in the house, rather than rock, so one of the two songs I remember particularly loving as a little kid was Pennsylvania 6-5000 by Glenn Miller. And then in 1973, when I was four, The Sting came out, which resulted in Joplin's "The Entertainer" getting a lot of radio airplay and I adored that song as well. I also have a vague memory of liking "Come Together", or at least the line, "one and one and one is three."

When I was seven, I was really into "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac, though I didn't know what the name of it was; I mostly knew the line "thunder only happens when it's raining." I was an alto even as a little girl and loved that Stevie Nick's voice was so low; I used to sing that song all the time and was really happy whenever it played over the radio in the school bus.

I am officially tagging everyone, but I'm going to nudge a few people whose musical tastes I'm particularly interested in: [personal profile] ignaz, [livejournal.com profile] honestys_easy, [livejournal.com profile] mahoni, [personal profile] sistermagpie, [livejournal.com profile] abigail89, [livejournal.com profile] sangueuk, [livejournal.com profile] slytherincess, [livejournal.com profile] evil_erato and [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne. (This list is a little weighted toward folks my age, I admit.)

So? What about you?
jlh: Nellie McKay (music: Nellie Mckay)
At [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon: The Unpopular Woman Love Post at which I'm planning on commenting in support of Mercedes Jones, Britta Perry and Suki, at the very least. I'm sure you all will find tons of ladies you love as well.

Also [livejournal.com profile] norfolkdumpling, who made a lot of the Trek icons I use, turned me on to [livejournal.com profile] iconomicon and it's flat out amazing. Though given how many folks are following it I'm sure many of you know it already!

And finally, after the one-two punch of a great Glee (finally) and a touching White Collar I'm listening to this mix which my iTunes genius dreamed up for Marching Bands of Manhattan )
jlh: Cindy Blackman playing drums (music: Cindy Blackman)
I was going to do the WIP meme to lay to rest a story I have recently decided to abandon, but the thousands (maybe, 3000?) of words I wrote are so damn lifeless I couldn't find a snippet I liked. Which probably means it was a good idea to abandon the story. Anyway more on that later.

Instead, for today's post, have some videos. Someone on Fandom Secrets was talking about an anime or a manga called Shaft? So of course I had to find the actual theme from Shaft, and got this video, which has Jesse Jackson in it for some reason:

damn right. )

One would think he had better things to do in the 70s than be a hype man for Isaac Hayes, but then maybe in 1973 there was nothing better to do than be a hype man for Isaac Hayes. I love how you can hear him shouting "yeah! yeah!", on the beat, every once in a while, like he's a sample, only live. Someone actually should sample that.

Meanwhile here's something I still love, "Teenage Dream" from Glee. I mean, anyone who thinks Chris Colfer doesn't deserve the accolades should watch him in this scene, where he's not doing much of anything other than reacting and standing there both grinning like a goofball and then looking around to see if anyone is noticing that he's grinning like a goofball, and you can feel his delight in having some cute boy basically serenading him. It's lovely.

you and I, we'll be young forever )
jlh: Sam Phillips playing a guitar (music: Sam Phillips guitar)
So my friend [livejournal.com profile] calloocallay recently mentioned something about a musical Bechdel test, about finding songs about a third person woman whom the singer didn't either want to sleep with or do away with (I presume as a romantic rival?). So of course I had to try and see if it held up through an entirely unscientific survey of my iTunes.

I had thought, going into this, that the problem would be that the vocal music I listen to—pop, rock, soul, rap, dance—is mostly about sex, and that's true. But actually the bigger problem was that many songs that seemed to be in the third person in the verse go into the second person in the chorus. The American Songbook stuff was the worst; it was nearly all first or second person. And of course all that confessional singer/songwriter stuff is entirely in the first person. So the limiting factor here wasn't that there aren't a lot of songs not about romance, but rather that there aren't a lot of songs in the third person.

That said, the question in songs about women is whether saying that they are beautiful or that you love them is making it about how hot they are. In those cases I admit I went extra-textual. For example, I know that "Julia" is about John Lennon's mother, even though he talks about singing a song of love to her seashell eyes.

In the end, I don't think that there really are tons of songs about nonsexualized men in the third person but far fewer about women, so I'm not sure the Bechdel test is really telling us anything here except that popular music doesn't tend to be in the third person in the first place, regardless of the gender of the people writing or who they're writing about. But I only heard about this in passing, so I could be mistaking the point of the test!

songs about ladies I found 25 )

songs about guys I found 14 )

songs about a lot of people I found 18 )

songs discarded for being ultimately in the second person I found 19, though there were more I didn't bother to put down )

songs discarded for ultimately being about the singer
Fleetwood Mac | Gold Dust Woman
Britney Spears | Lucky (you know: she cry cry cries in her bed at night)
most Smiths songs

songs ostensibly about men but actually about awesome music
Stevie Wonder | Sir Duke
The Replacements | Alex Chilton

songs about girls/guys you may want to get rid of but not because they are possible romantic rivals, but more because they make poor choices in eye makeup or are your soon-to-be-ex's asshole buddy
Blondie | Rip Her to Shreds
Erykah Badu | Tyrone

songs not really about people
Flaming Lips | One More Robot

songs that may be about someone, but no one is really sure
Donna Summer | MacArthur Park
jlh: The Beatles in a pile with the banner "love sandwich" (music: The Beatles)
So a little while ago I was opining about lists and voting and all that shite and talked about the whole 1000 greatest rock songs countdowns on classic rock stations and how everyone knows what's going to be at the top, and it's really the lower numbers that are interesting.

Then tonight I sat down and watched one of those silly things you do over a holiday weekend, where VH1 polled a bunch of musicians and put together a top 100 artists of all time thing. And what was remarkable about the list was that the top 20 was actually very different than it would have been had the list been made, say, 25 years ago. Which, of course, is as it should be, but I guess I'm so used to the whole Rolling Stone-led worship of boomer culture that I was vaguely surprised.

This, though. This is a list voted on by people my age and younger, and reflects how completely R&B and rap have been absorbed into pop alongside rock because those artists were invited to vote, too, and it shows. the list ) I keep staring at this list like I can't believe it's real.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Xtina)
Look, I know most of you guys feel this show is mostly full of fail after fail after fail and can't understand why anyone would ever watch it. But you know, so is Supernatural, and I don't hear a lot of people ragging too awfully much on the right of folks to watch two brothers drive around in an Impala chasing ghosts.

So here's why I watch Glee: because I knew what they were quoting (cut for song spoilers) )
jlh: Donyelle from So you think you can dance season 2 (ladies: Donnyelle)
So the backstory is that there have been a lot of photos circulating lately where both H. Urban and Sgr. Pine are wearing three-piece suits. And so I said to [livejournal.com profile] sangueuk that I spend all my dough-re-mi cutie has been going through my head and she was like, ? even when I said, you know! Let me shoop to the next man in the three-piece suit!

So here's the video. The portion I was quoting is at 2:25 but the best verse is at 1:10:



In personal 90s crimes of fashion, I also had a bathing suit with mesh inserts like Salt does in the video. It was actually quite flattering.

And I can't play the above without playing this as well, because it is awesome:



And yes, I had David Cook, Adam Lambert, and Kris Allen smoke pot and do this entire rap on the rooftop of Ryan Seacrest's Chelsea townhouse in Keep Your Enemies Closer. I have a GREAT LOVE for Salt, Pep, and Spinderella.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
You can reply to this post as well, thusly:

  • Reply to this post with the words ALA PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES and I will pick six of your icons.
  • Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose.
  • Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
  • This will create a never ending cycle of icon glee.


[livejournal.com profile] smilingskull chose these icons for me, and I got really philosophical and rambly, so bear with me!

Nocturne Alley, ladies, PR & absent friends, that fic wut I wrote, Ms. Vega & the bff, and that Pine feller )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
Here, this is happier:

  • Reply to this post with the words "TEA. EARL GREY. HOT" ALA PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES and I will pick six of your icons.
  • Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose.
  • Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
  • This will create a never ending cycle of icon glee.


[livejournal.com profile] canis_takahari chose these icons for me:

Dodgeball, Maine, BFQotY, ship, ship, living my life like it's golden )
jlh: Cindy Blackman playing drums (music: Cindy Blackman)
So! My [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang story matched both a mixer and, as of last night, an artist! Also, there are so many fics I'm looking forward to reading! So my own recent freak out about many things writing-related is slightly mitigated.

Unsurprisingly, however, my [livejournal.com profile] rpf_big_bang story hasn't matched with an artist yet, though this is not due to lack of trying by the mods. At least it is, as of this writing, in with 14 other stories that also haven't matched yet. My cynicism about matching with an artist has much more to do with my cynicism about Idol fandom and general fangirl feelings about my ship than anything regarding the rpf BB itself, which has been really well run so far! It's difficult to balance my wanting to have faith with my also wanting to manage my expectations.

I'm thinking about signing up to do a mix for STBB next year, as doing a mix for my own story isn't that exciting but doing one for someone else's story seems sort of interesting. It would certainly give me an incentive to finish the writing early like I did this year to give me time to make a mix. And it's nice to do both sides of the equation, yeah? I mean, I have a lot of music and I like to think my mixes don't suck.

Maybe I'll make my own mix for the [livejournal.com profile] rpf_big_bang story, though, since mixers aren't part of that BB.

thanks!

Aug. 23rd, 2010 10:40 pm
jlh: chibis of seamus and dean wearing party hats (SD birthday)
Yesterday was kind of awful but today was pretty great! It's weird, my birthday is at the end of August but it always turns cold right before it; when I was growing up in Maine I could never have a swimming party for my birthday.

Anyway I slept in just a smidge, then went to work and actually had quite a good day at work, which included work and getting things done and writing about 1500 words of fic. Then I went to a pub that has $5 mussels and had some moules frites and rose with [personal profile] ali_wildgoose, and had a passion fruit mojito for dessert.

I also bought myself some macarons at a little French bakery near my office:



Rose, orange blossom, violetta, cerise, lemon, and rhubarb. AND Ali made me some peach tarts! So I have dessert for days and won't be making that rhubarb crisp for a while, nor am I missing the failed ice cream.

Now I'm going to watch New Jersey housewives be insane, but before then, here's my "card" from my BFF C____, who's a drummer. Everyone cool I share my birthday with is dead—River Phoenix, Gene Kelly, Louis XVI, and Keith Moon here. As C____ said in his email, feel free to fast forward to the good part at 4:33.



Thanks everyone for your good wishes!

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