Thursday, April 30, 2009

metal and skin

(warning: stupidly big pictures coming up. thanks blogspot.)

i became obsessed with piercings when i was 12, i think. i wanted a septum more than anyyyything. a couple of years passed but every solstice and birthday, the right to pierce my nose was always on my wishlist (i was cool). then, the obsession turned to labret. and since i was in india, and nearly every local here have a nose piercing, i thought that automatically gave me the right to get a piercing, too... so the dilemma came to either septum or labret, and at the last minute, i decided to pierce my lip.

after a while, a stud got annoying though... so i put in a ring instead. this was most likely a reaction to the fact that everyone was telling me not to get a septum ring and i just wanted to have a ring somewhere, then.

and then came the fateful day where i decided it would be awesome to get another labret and not clean it at all..

(couldn't find non-douchey photo alors voilà)

... resulting in massive swelling and the whole back-side plate eventually growing into my lip. awesome. and then i lost the ball. awesome. so now, i have an ingrown random ass staff sticking out of my lip. but it really isn't noticeable, especially when i changed my ring to this puppy herr:

so why are a lot of people that i know obsessed with piercings? it's a thing you get together around, i gather. i could spend hours just talking about cleaning, horror stories (like my own little metallic lip tumor, for example), things you'd wanna get, things you really wouldn't wanna get, people who really shouldn't have gotten that, and people who really should get that. considering my best friend (below) has a lottt a lot of piercings (i've given up counting, but there's shiz in her face, a lot in her ears, a lot on her body), it's not really surprising i'm pretty into it..

for people who want facial piercings, really, don't listen to your friends. just talk to the piercer. mine said don't touch it (or actually his exact ├╝bercreepy words were 'don't be naughty with it') so i didn't, and that worked perfectly the first time. kinda not the second time though (ergo my new rapper name Cancerlip). but this whole super cleaning thing is ridiculous though in my opinion.. if it was done properly you just don't touch it and if anything abnormal (ERGO SUPER SWELLING OF LIP RESULTING IN MASSIVE BACK PLATE THING CONSUMPTION) shows up give your piercer a call, but that's just my opinion.. labrets are gonna be a bitch the first weeks if you choose to get a stud, the ball will fall out, get lost, there'll be a little infection, and your teeth will hurt, but it's worth it if you can deal with it, cause after it has healed, infection is very rare. rings are arguably easier because they can't just chill out whenever they want to. nose piercings and ear piercings tend to get infected a lotttt, but in terms of pain, ear lobes are actually the worst, i've found.

would you ever get piercings? which ones?

Seriously I refuse to conform,

Everyone seems to be on Asher Roth's nuts, like really not gonna lie I like my share of mainstream music, but it all sounds the same to me. But really I LOVE COLLEGE is an awful song. I really don't enjoy listening to it, his raps are rather flat if you ask me AND THEY ALL SOUND THE SAME! But he did do this A Milli free style that was fucking killer...


Out side of this song though, I have no feelings toward him and I'd prefer not to listen to his music, along with the numerous other "artists" emerging from Myspace. How does Asher Roth make you feel? Does his music fill you with as much anger as it fills me with?

Monday, April 27, 2009

Should we be worried?

I mean it seems like Swine Flu is spreading pretty quickly, WHO (World Health Organization) just recently raised the alert of Piggy Flu from 3 to 4, which apparently means we are closer to an Influenza pandemic. Although we aren't quite there stage 4 tells us that there is apparent human-to-human transfer of the virus and that it's able to effect full communities. Mexico is the one who seems to be effected most by the virus with a supposed 149 deaths because of it, only 26 have been confirmed though. The US has 40 confirmed cases of people contracting the virus but a majority (all but one I think) have made full recoveries.

If this isn't what's got you worried maybe it's the fact that Little Boots is making her way into America. I'm not too sure what to think of her, I mean I have had my share of pop (via Kylie Minogue, Annie, etc.) But what of this Little Boots character. I actually do like her though, I just wish I had found her to have made her a little part of me before the rest of the world did. Her songs are simple enough with catchy pop lyrics sung over electro beats, but really guys... this electro vibe is really waring me down. Everyone is doing it, so it's not as fresh as it used to be... you kind of expect everything to have a little bit of an electro undertone. Dunno, when will people start using other instruments? Didgeridoo anyone? Do you think Little Boots will replace Gaga on the pop scene? Or do you think maybe they will do some crazy pop collab? We will see.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Are you serious Popeyes?

You done gone and pissed of the black people.

Thanks Father Time,

I'm so glad this week is finally over, it's been too long and too awful to bear for any longer. Hopefully gonna use this weekend to recover ya? Hope so. The weather is finally nice, supposed to hit 80 something this weekend I think so that should be good. People are actually outside walking on the sidewalks of suburbia... I can see them from my window (I actually look for them, I creep fo'sho).

(photo via It's Blitz Album Cover)

Anyway, I just got the YYYs new CD titled It's Blitz, and it's not awful, by any means, I can say I'll probably listen to it more than once there are definitely some songs that I really like on the album (Skeletons, Dragon Queen, etc.). But there is a bit of disappointment that I feel when listening to this CD, if I had heard that it was maybe some other band that wasn't the Yeah Yeah Yeahs I'd probably like it a lot more, Maybe I just set my expectations to high? I dunno guys. But I miss that Fever to Tell Sound. I just feel like it's lacking something, I don't know what it is, but it's not there, maybe it's just more subtle than I thought it'd be. I dunno. Maybe it'll grow on me? Let's hope so.

I wanna go see them live, would the preformance be weak if I do, should I stop wanting to see them? I think I'll look for tour dates. (They're in Europe guys.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

10 song on my mind,

Hey guys, I guess I decided I'm gonna make this a kind of daily thing (and by daily I mean I'm gonna do it when I get bored). That being said, here is another 10 songs that are on my mind!

Christmas Wrapping, The Waitresses

Never Get To Know, Paul Baribeau (He's just sad guys) :(

Milking, Deerhoof

Tout Doucement, Fiest

Japanese Gum, Her Space Holiday (this song gets really loud)

Still Light, The Knife

Cowboy Dan, Modest Mouse

Orinoco Flow, Enya

For Our Elegant Caste, Of Montreal

Classifieds, Marshmallow Coast

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Peep this amazing piece of artwork by Yuta Onoda,

Guys we are discovering things,

So Astronomers have recently discovered a new exoplanet (that's a planet outside of our solar system guys) and it's the smallest one to date. It's only twice the size of earth which is impressive seeing that the last exoplanet to hold the title of "Smallest Exoplanet" was seven times the size of our planet. The planet resides in the Gliese 581 Solar System which orbits Gilese 581 and the planets are named alphabetically in the order they are discovered (first planet always labeled b, I guess cause the star would be labeled a) dunno. Anyway Gliese 581 e may be considered the first in a new type of planets called Ocean Planets.

I also learned this from BBC cause now I'm obsessed with reading it, and it made me think about how endless the possiblities on our planet actually are, honestly. As a general race human beings have discovered so many amazing things, granted it's only a small fraction of what there is to be discovered, but we have done it, and we continue doing it.

It's crazy to think about guys.

Obama just wants the Middle East to know that we are one Chill ass country,

So in attempt to educate myself about current eventz I took a trip to the BBC, and apparently BARACKSTER has invited Middle Eastern countries: Israel, Egypt, and Palestine to The White Haus for some one-on-one confrontation to show that we mean nothing but "peace in the Middle East". The dates for these iledged visits are yet to be finalized but may, or may not take place sometime in early June.

From the looks of things the Middle East isn't like the idea of Peace over where the live too much. You'd think that once Bush was no longer in office things would change but I guess not, they hate Obama just the same, guess they just have something against Amurrikan government. According to the BBC after Obama's meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan he says he's noticed the cynicism surrounding the concept of peace that the middle-east has. Is it really that bad of a thing to want to work together for the greater gewd? Shouldn't of trewps be coming home? What's going on.

BBC taught me somestuff guys. I want to learn more.

Monday, April 20, 2009

World, I think I'm pregnant...

I have these scary food cravings that I can not cure, my metabolism is pretty high seeing that I have to poop almost instantly after I eat, but I'm afraid that I'm going to grow up to be this 30 year old overweight male that American culture sees fit for judging and not talking to. :(

On a different note, I realized that I now have something interesting to write about, kind of... Well it was interesting for me. My Birthday was pretty much one of the best I have experienced so far, if you know me you've heard it thousands of times but it was AMAZING! I would see Of Montreal live thousands of times again. Probably one of the best shows I've been to in a really long time (It actually got me to dance) Crazy RITE!? Anyway, I'm glad to say that Of Montreal made me a lot happier about being closer to my death (of geez why do I think of it that way?). Anyway that was like 6 days ago, and was probably the only interesting thing that has happened in awhile. I found 30 dollars on the ground that night.

(if this picture had been taken a little more to the left I would've been in it)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

i do not like regina spektor

at all.
now this is probably the wrong group of people to say this to...

but oh, how true it is!

i probably have a very mainstream music taste compared to the majority of people who read this or post on here, and i am also very unapologetic about it. i do like alternative stuff, though. i love cocorosie, i love architecture in helsinki, weird japanese techno, friendly fires, los campesinos!, kimya dawson, bright eyes, moldy peaches.. the list goes on, but at the end of the day, it's kanye, my chemical romance, and lady gaga who top my list.

so i like alternative and indie.

but NOT regina spektor.

maybe it's because everyone i know who knows her ADORES every little fricken thing that she does. come on, no artist is all good, all the time... EXCEPT REGINA.
regina spektor fan says: "regina is:
a) ALWAYS ON PERFECT PITCH (even though she barely ever is and that is not a bad thing, Norah Jones does it all the time)
b) always alight with the inner glow of purity
c) a luminous creature of underplayed lyrical genius and light
d) an instrument in her own right, so fuck anything that sounds like it actually was recorded in a proper studio"
now, i suppose that isn't really a fair argument, since it's against her fans, not herself, per se. but it still makes me hate her. cause she inspires this annoyingness in people.

regina spektor, you are not above writing unpretentious lyrics. britney spears feels less fake than you. the pussycat dolls sound more earnest than you, and they don't even write their own fucking songs!

regina spektor, please keep in mind that you are not an 8-year old girl. i know the world is youth-obsessed, but sometimes, it's okay to sound like you're past puberty.

regina spektor, people like dancing (meaning, i like dancing). it is not a crime to include beats and hooks and choruses in a song. no, it will not make you a poseur. it will make me happy is what it will, because for once i can come over to someone's house and not buttrape their dog out of anger once they start playing regina spektor because i cannot outlive my add tendencies by jumping up and down in time with the music, cause your music DOES NOT HAVE TIME! IT IS ABOVE BEING DANCED TO! DIRTY DIRTY DANCING! REGINA SPEKTOR FOR SHARIA LAW '012!

oh hello, i am regina spektor, i steal lyra's hairstyle, have a crack addict face, and am very unlikable in general

wow WoW

i don't know how many of you guys play WoW, or even seen the game before... either way, you will probably appreciate this film noir style WoW video. no speaking, just... nice music.

let it be no secret that i have cried at several WoW videos (do not play the intro of 'Here Without You' by Three Doors Down and look at me with your big brown Tauren eyes ever again). this was one of them.

it's amazing what you can film ingame these days.

wow, and people are right, i really do have too much of an emotional connection with this game...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

white people problems

so tell me, what's your white people problems?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

10 songs that are on my mind,

Like O, Like H, Tegan and Sara
When I was eight I was sure I was growing nerves, like steel in my palms. (this is the demo y'all)

Snake mistakes, Dan Deacon
My dad is so cool, he is the coolest dad in dad school, he does not break any dad rules, he will pick you up if I ask him to.

Up On Your Leopard, Upon the End of Your Feral Days, Sunset Rubdown
You're the one who ran into the wild cause you're the one the wild called. (this is just a random video I found on youtube)

Sea Ghost, The Unicorns
I dove into that freezing sea, with a parasite attached to me, I hoped the salt below would give us what was up above.

Prisoners, Regina Spektor
All of the prisoners, serving life sentences, wait for the earth to suddenly shake, for the walls to somehow come crumbling, tumbling, and for the bars to magically break. (live, which I would KILL to see)

Bird Priest, Ratatat

Alice, Pogo
90% of the sounds from this album were sampled from the movie :)

Unforgettable Season, Cut Copy

Color Bars, Eliott Smith
I see color bars when I come
Werewolf, CocoRosie
In a dream I was a werewolf, my soul was filled with crystal light, lavender ribbons of rain sang, ridding my heart of mortal fright, of mortal fright.

Monday, April 6, 2009

gaga fails in making me gag-gag

terrible titles aside...

What I do is performance art. It's pop music that's meant for the Louvre. -The Queen herself

all it took was bingedrinking in russia to convince me of both 'just dance' and 'pokerface's infesting genius.. and i am stubborn. when it only takes russian borderline alcoholism to give me a revelation of musical genius, whip me with a hot iron, it's a sign.

gaga... she calls herself a lady and looks mostly like a tranny.
so what does this walking mixture of platinum blond wigs and an aversion to pants mean for pop music?
a whole frikken lot.

pop's been dead since britney hopped on the crazy train a couple of years ago. enter (late) kanye, katy perry, enter lily allen. enter gaga. with her batshitcrazy ear for hooks and unapologetically callow lyrics, the lady, and many of these others, haven't exactly revolutionised the genre, but they've certainly revived it and sure as hell helped broaden its demographic.
hipsters take to perry and gaga, fans of indie although hard pressed to admit it probably do like allen, and those more inclined towards r'n'b (which, by the way, is as shitty as ever since r.kelly decided to be gross and usher decided to be crappy) and hiphop still regard kanye as acceptable. then what elevates gaga, armed perhaps with the seemingly most generic and 'pop' attitude of them all, to a league of her own?

of vivid imageries and aversions to pants

Even if you don’t know her current hits — Just Dance and Poker Face (which are, like, beyond catchy) — you know her look. -Times Online

just like bowie was remembered largely because of the makeup, gaga was noticed because of her insane outfits and out-of-control, bordering on illegal, stage performances. she's released five music videos - 'just dance', 'pokerface', 'beautiful, dirty, rich', 'lovegame', 'eh, eh' - and already, she's being hailed as a fashion icon in her own right. the donatella versace in her shines right through and her style spirit is independent, thinking everyone should DIY as much as possible and subscribing to theories alike those of aikiko whom i've posted about before. even more recognisable than her sound is her look, most recently ripped off by Christina Aguilera, and, much like Edie Sedgwick, whether or not lady gaga will be in the public's eye for less or more than ten years, her style will be remembered for a long, long time. it's too distinctive and copy-inspiring not to be.

what the fuck is recession?

consumerism took over the world anyways... joining the cult is the only chance of ever having a voice.
the message is loud and clear. and genius in secessionist times. who doesn't want to forget about money while feeling like the most expensive of hookers? 'beautiful, dirty, rich', 'vanity', 'paparazzi', 'the fame', 'money honey'.. anyone who wanted 'so rich, so pretty' to be played at their funeral (me! meeee!) will keep living thanks to these.

living out the fame

I wrote all the songs — every song! -Miss GaGa

(i'll be looking at the special edition)

having heard 'just dance' and 'pokerface', you nearly don't need a description of lady gaga's style.. gaga continues her dirty-mouthing sweet-sounding 80's synth-pop trip on nearly all of her fast tracks, donning a more island sound on her slower ones, especially 'eh eh' and 'summerboy'. it's all heavily produced, nearly reaching the saturation point, but gaga proves several times that she actually can hold a note, on for example 'again again', 'shake your kitty', 'brown eyes', and 'vanity', though you're hard pressed to guess how much unnoticeable auto-tune has actually been used.
the lyrics are, admittedly, the weaker points of the album, with embarrassments such as the hook on 'LoveGame': "let's have some fun, this beat is sick / i wanna take a ride on your disco stick". the Kelvin Nicolas Dirrty Edit, however, makes these lines' cringe-worthy effects far less abrasive than the original version. but one really gets the sense that gaga intended the lyrics not to stand out too much; dancefloors become boring if people stop writhing in order to ponder lyrics, her opinion seems to be.
especially 'shake your kitty', 'starstruck', 'paparazzi', and 'again again' stand out among the many destined radio hits on the disc.. the idea is thoroughly tedious, but every one of the disc's tracks could easily be turned into a single.
tedious because however catchy they are, gaga's ultimate strength, hooks, try too much to outshine each other, when her true strength lies, in fact, in the verses. 'starstruck', for example, thoroughly disappoints in the chorus, betraying its genius verses. it's a shame.. if not for the overly repetitive chorus, 'starstruck' would without a doubt be the next 'just dance'. one can suspect the repetitiveness is merely there for the easier memorability, but songs like 'right round' by flo rida and keisha prove that melodically, a hook can be memorable and quite complex at the same time. lady gaga should keep that in mind.

and on a completely unrelated note, king kanye himself sampled gaga's acoustic version of pokerface, retitling it "i poke her face".. shit, i knew there was a reason i loved that man.

When stepping out from behind the effects, Lady GaGa -- who wrote, produced and performed most of the record -- unveils surprisingly powerful pipes. -Rhapsody Online

The Fame, though its faults, is a must-listen for 08/09. if you haven't already done so, buy the special edition right now.. if for no other reason than to learn the lyrics before the rest of the country.
all there's left to say? CHERRY CHERRY BOOM BOOM, bitches.

image credits:, and lady gaga's myspace page

(i'm gonna go goldfarm in darkshore now)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

808s And Heartbreak: Lyra's perspective :)

well, he himself calls it 'pop art' - i guess that pretty much lays out the foundation for a major round of bashing to mr. west from his fanbase. add to that a huge lyrical and melodic departure from his previous work, and one could assume kanye was just begging for bashing, and maybe he is, but whether it's a deliberate provocation or not, i think 808s And Heartbreak is a giant leap for the rapper with if not the biggest hip hop cred, then the biggest fashion cred, in the industry.

image source: google images