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02 March 2010 @ 04:36 pm
So for those of you who don't already know, I now have a tumblr account and so far I've updated it a hell of a lot more often than this. Those who are interested in following:

lotophagus.tumblr.com

That is all.
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hodudududuh
04 August 2009 @ 08:39 am
... in honour of the magnificent show I went to last night, I present two albums for your listening pleasure.

The first is "Ta Det Lugnt". This album, released in 2004 by Swedish psychedelic rock group Dungen, hearkens back to music of the same genre that was released in the 60s and 70s at the same time that it is truly remarkable and innovative. I could talk about it a whole lot more, but instead, I'll present you with my two favourite tracks off the album, Panda and Festival.


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Dungen does have one weakness, shared by a great many psych rock bands: they're a bit boring on record. For a band whose music relies so heavily on vocal melodies, they play an awful lot of instrumental stuff, which is not necessarily bad except that it can get a bit dry and same-sounding after a while. Each song on its own is a gem, but put them all together and the impression fades a bit, particularly given that they're pretty much all over 5 minutes in length. I'd say that this is an album best savoured in pieces, though that could be just my own personal impression, I don't know. One thing I can now say is that they're simply amazing live, much better than on the album, so if you ever get a chance, I highly recommend attending a show of theirs. They're energetic, talented, and they make a whole hell of a lot of noise. Great fun.

My absolute favourite tracks: Panda, Sluta Följa Efter, Tyst Minut, Jämna Plågor (in short, the bonus tracks are pretty much the best part of this).

What to listen for: the vocals, of course. The bass. Those drums!


The second album I'd like to offer is Fleet Foxes' lovely 2008 eponymous record. Their music is in most ways radically different from that of Dungen - often soft, more folky than rocky, acoustic and soaring, though still often rollicking and fun. They are, however, bands who go quite well together, as I discovered last night, perhaps because of their shared ability to write damn good vocal melodies. That shouldn't suggest, again, that they are musically uninteresting - quite the opposite. It is undeniable, however, that what stands out most is that honeyed tenor, and the beautiful harmonies that float behind it. Again, I'll let the music speak for itself. Two of my favourite tracks rolled into one (yes, it's live, and yes, the cameraman does feel the need to sing along occasionally, but when he shuts his damn mouth it's pretty amazing - though of course this crappy recording can't remotely capture what it's like actually seeing them).

Simply lovely. I have to admit I wasn't expecting too much from them live, certainly not after Dungen blew the roof off, but when they first began playing, I got gooseflesh. Like Dungen, they're much better live than on record, though this record is pretty damn strong on its own. I recommend them both highly, of course, but if you're going to take just one (and assuming you actually like this sort of music), this'd be it. No doubt that it does have its weak points, but they're more than forgivable. All in all one of the most beautiful albums you're ever likely to hear (only one of; Sigur Rós' "Takk..." and "Ágætis Byrjun" still top that list).

My absolute favourite tracks: White Winter Hymnal, Your Protector, Blue Ridge Mountains, Ragged Wood.


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You can download Dungen's "Ta Det Lugnt" here, and Fleet Foxes here.

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hodudududuh
24 July 2009 @ 11:32 am
hm.  
I have a dreamwidth account now. I got an invite and figured, why not? I plan to use it to post some of my writing-type things. Geeky, fanfiction-y shit, you know.

The interested can go here:

mortigi-tempo.dreamwidth.org/

But beware, here be monsters. Or here will be monsters, once I post something... which should happen shortly, actually. Monsters of the potentially porny variety. If you're not keen on that sort of thing, particularly of the slashy persuasion, then I'd advise passing.

Uh... what can I say, other than that? Nothing. Nothing exciting, in any case.

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hodudududuh
21 July 2009 @ 07:43 pm
I was bored. It's one of those stupid shuffle memes.

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IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
Please Call Me, Baby


WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Everything You Can Think


WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Meet Me In the Back
 

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Peanuts
 

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?


WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Run of the Mill


WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
Les Bourgeois


WHAT IS 2+2?
You Never Wash Up After Yourself

 
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Thick as a Brick


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Love to Love You


WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Monologue - I'm a Ridiculous Person


WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Mr. B


WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Handle With Care


WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Break it Down Again


WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Two Little Hitlers


WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
No Surprises

 
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
Hairshirt


WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Nobody Knows
 

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
I Believe (A Soulful Re-Recording)


WHATS THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Misery


HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Vanille ou Fraise Dans la Steppe


WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Learning to Lie to You (Hi Nikki)


WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
Sweet Painted Lady


WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye



WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
Hey Now!


WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Dissassociation/100% Proof


DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider


IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
The Luck of the Irish (LOL!)


WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
It's Not Right!


WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?
Anyone Can Play Guitar

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That went surprisingly well. Tee hee.
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hodudududuh
06 July 2009 @ 12:19 am
Let's try something new. This probably won't happen often, but I'm going to share some stuff with y'all. Music, to be more precise. I suppose typically I'd start with my favourite albums and move on from there, but I'm not going to do that. Instead... I give you an album I've only heard all the way through for the first time today. Whee!

So here we go.

Loco Locass' 2007 album "Amour Oral".

To the lazy: this is a sometimes angry, always witty, always fun romp of an album. Sounds overall like a call to arms, a rally with blue and white flags; the fierce pride of a nation, wrapped around an urban landscape - city youth, late-night bong hits, spraycans, markers on metro trains and buses, and other mischief. Thank you. Your download link is down the page.

To the rest of you: this is for all intents and purposes a hip-hop album, and moreover a hip-hop album in French, but don't let that turn you off to it too quickly. It is musically ingenious, its songsmiths winding rapid-fire, brilliantly constructed lyrics around unexpected backgrounds. Just as an example, the track "Libérez-nous des Libéraux" (Liberate Us From the Liberals) places quick, witty, and scathing lyrics concerning the Québec Liberal Party (a provincial division of the federal, Canada-wide party) over a mock of a traditional Québecois reel, complete with foot-tapping percussion and fiddle, and they even break down into turlotte at the end, turlotte being a form of wordless vocalization similar to scat but with a completely different feel - though this particular instance is not wordless at all, merely the chorus of the song sung in a mock-turlotte style.

Loco Locass are first and foremost a politically-driven group. Those who don't speak French, or those who do speak French but are unfamiliar with Québec politics, particularly the sovereignty movement (the group are unabashedly and very openly sovereigntist), will be sorely missing out on much of the depth and wit to be found on this album, but they should not find it in any way inaccessible. Nor should you think that all songs on this album necessarily deal with politics - "Bonzaïon", for example, is a fun, rollicking romp of a song about the pleasures of marijuana.  Lyrically these songs also contain a great deal of word-play; it is likely that someone who speaks little French or who is not familiar with Québec slang will not understand some of the jokes that are made. Again, though, the album is good in addition to the lyrical content, not because of it.

All told, "Amour Oral" (the title translating to "oral love" literally or "spoken word" idiomatically; just one example of the double-entendres and wordplay the album is rife with) is fun, brilliantly crafted, and witty - a hip-hop album even for those who don't like the genre. I've only heard these songs a few times and I can already recommend them whole-heartedly. Among those of you who made it through my rambling diatribe, the open-minded can find a download link here. The rest of you, should I decide to do this again, maybe you will find my next offering more to your tastes.

(Oh, and kittylugnut - your favourite tag of mine was used mostly for the somewhat-relevant icon - the members of Loco Locass are not remotely as handsome and thus not quite deserving of the tag. Half of it yes. The first half. Not the other half.)
 
 
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hodudududuh
27 June 2009 @ 10:07 pm
Yeah. Just.

1. Your Middle Name: (if you don't have one, your first name?):
2. Age:
3. Single or taken or never going to be in a relationship?:
4. Favorite Movie:
5. Favorite Song or Album:
6. Favorite Band/Artist:
7. Dirty or Clean:
8. Tattoos and/or Piercings:
9. Do we know each other outside of LJ?
10. What's your philosophy on life?
11. Is the bottle half-full or half-empty?
12. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?
13. What is your favorite memory of us?
14. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
15. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:
16. You can have three wishes (for yourself, so forget all the 'world peace etc' malarky) - what are they?
17. Can we get together and make a cake?
18. Which country is your spiritual home?
19. What is your big weakness?
20. Do you think I'm a good person?
21. What was your best/favorite subject at school?
22. Describe your accent
23. If you could change anything about me, would you?
24. What do you wear to sleep?
25. Trousers or skirts?
26. Cigarettes or alcohol?
27. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together? (If you have no idea, just say something crazy, it'll entertain me!)
28. Will you repost this so I can fill it out for you?

Just fucking do it, all right?
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hodudududuh
05 June 2009 @ 04:59 pm
New icon, snagged from abby_road87 .

Shorty solidarity, yo.

Am simultaneously ready to be out of here and sooooo not looking forward to it. Head hurts. Not going to use requisite personal pronoun in this post if it can at all be helped.

... Success.

Beirut is awesome. The band. Listen.
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hodudududuh
28 May 2009 @ 06:00 pm
Dunno why I'm submitting this here as the only person who reads my journal has already seen it, but whatever.



Tegaki, 10 hours or so.

Ever drunk Bailey's from a shoe?

Wanna go to a club where people wee on each other?

For further information, I direct you to:

Teh Yootoobs

 
 
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hodudududuh
01 May 2009 @ 04:15 pm

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hodudududuh
30 April 2009 @ 07:30 pm


Stolen from 101cookbooks.com with a few minor modifications which I won't tell you about (except that you can use goat cheese instead of labneh if it suits you; it does me, for I am lazy). I always make the couscous version. You can find it here:

www.101cookbooks.com/archives/a-beautiful-bulgar-and-spinach-pilaf-recipe.html

Just the tomatoes alone could be added to any number of things. Or eaten on their own. I don't like tomatoes but I eat these like popcorn. They give me mouthgasms. They're just that good.

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