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Month: October, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Loser Edition

by Ellie McHale

There were riots in the streets of San Francisco Sunday night. Our beloved Giants won the World Series for the second time in three years. That’s wonderful, but it has injected unnecessary violence in many and secured the bandwagon effect in even more. After the 2010 World Series, thousands of wannabe hipsters claimed to be the team’s numero uno fan without watching a lick of baseball their entire lives or even that season up until the World Series. It has been the biggest Bay Area trend I have seen in the last five years. You can only imagine the thousands of fresh faced hipsters that are going to join the gaggle of “Los Gigantes por Vida!” folk.

Therefore, in honest, legit hipster fashion, I’m even more over the Giants now than I was two years ago. While I’m proud that the Bay Area has a strong team, I never was a baseball fan and probably never will be.

So, I give you my top ten songs that celebrate the losers our there in the world. Detroit, this one is for you!

1. The Strokes – I Can’t Win

2. Morcheeba – Everybody Loves A Loser

3. Ray Charles – Born To Lose

4. Beck – Loser

5. Atmosphere – The Loser Wins

6. The Beatles – I’m A Loser

7. Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days (This video is fitting for the season)

8. The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want

9. James Taylor – Fire & Rain

10 Tom Petty – Even The Losers

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by Ellie McHale

The featured song is spectacular, but only one of two ballad-esque song on the album, as Skunk Anansie stuck to the band’s punk roots.

The interview is heartbreaking and eye opening. It is the first interview I’ve encountered with Skin, the frontwoman of Skunk Anansie. She is very eloquent and steadfast.

I cannot wait to sit down with or run to the most recent album.

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This is called Skunk Anansie – I hope you get to meet your hero (official video).

By Will Stone in Britain:

Interview: Skunk Anansie’s Skin

Sunday 28 October 2012

The charismatic Deborah Anne Dyer – Skin – takes no prisoners as she tells why she’s had enough of stereotyping

Skin, born Deborah Anne Dyer, sticks out like a sore thumb in the world of rock music.

She’s a strikingly attractive black woman who occasionally models, is gay and married, has a nine-year-old and also happens to be the frontwoman of an aggressive heavy rock band – Skunk Anansie.

So where are Skin’s peers within the rock industry? When she formed the band in the early ’90s there were none. Now almost 20 years on there’s still none.

Speaking from her hotel room in Germany in between performing tracks from Skunk Anansie’s latest album Black Traffic on a TV show…

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Song I Shoulda Written

by Ellie McHale

You know when you discover a song and think “I so should have written that song”?
That’s how I feel about “Lost & Found” by Lianne La Havas.

Lianne’s album “Is Your Love Big Enough” has been sitting in my iTunes library since sometime in July without a concerted auditory effort on my part. As I was reorganizing playlists, I saw it sitting in my 2012 playlist. “Lost & Found” got me hooked within the first 5 seconds. And, I fell in love. Therefore, tomorrow shall be dedicated to really listening to her album. And, possibly a review!

Until then, I do hope you enjoy this heartbreaking song by a beautiful, powerful woman!

Michelle Williams, FTW!

by Ellie McHale

Again, thank you Pitchfork for being the #1 site for hipster porn. Because of you, my love for Michelle Williams was reinforced in a major way. You shared Wild Nothing’s “Paradise” video & I’m so glad!

Romnesia Abound!

by Ellie McHale

Oh frack. I’m in a pickle here. I don’t really want this to be a place where I discuss the current election. But, Mitt Romney’s minions really forced me into this (because, force is god’s will, right Mitt & your Republicans?).

I get mildly offended when politicians, or any of their camps, use music that doesn’t really embody their mission statement. And, when they use a song by a band that doesn’t them, it’s a righteous smack in the face.

So, you can imagine my dismay when the first article I read on Pitchfork tonight was this one: 

“The National’s “Fake Empire” Used in Ad for Mitt Romney Campaign, Band Is Furious, Of Course”

Sure, it wasn’t Mitt’s official campaign camp that made the advertisement. But, it still pertains to Mitt and is, apparently pro-Mitt. Hey, fellas, looks like you caught a case of the Romnesias. Go get your heads checked, kthxbai.

I Like You!

by Ellie McHale

From my other blog… Check it out. Giving some good people some visibility!

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Just like me, there are people out there with voices they’d like to share. And, as much as I’d like to get known and be talked out, I know that spreading the word of those bloggers and vloggers is only fair. They deserve as much recognition as me, if not more. So, I am going to share with you some of my favorite people out there in cyberspace.

First, let me introduce you to a couple of my favorite blogs:

  1. Beauty Vixen, aka Kate Curry. This lovely woman is a seasoned cosmetics & beauty maven, working as an esthetician and skincare expert at Sephora, among many other fantastic roles. She is very aware of the constantly changing trends in the cosmetics industry and is always willing to try the latest and greatest. I love her writing style. She is very approachable, kind, fun, and hilarious. She gets that just the right…

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Ellie Goulding and some magic

by Ellie McHale

Let’s be real here. I get a little bit irritated when the radio overplays music. And, I fear that the radio is going to do that to Ellie Goulding. It already has, slightly. Whatever the case, I am enjoying her latest single, “Anything Could Happen” from her newest album.

 

 

Within the first fifteen second of the video, I thought it was going to be ludicrous. But, it isn’t, in my opinion. It is magical and cute, just like Ellie. And, I love it.

by Ellie McHale

I totally was going to do a post just like this! This list is pretty rad. Although, I will do one of my own. Don’t worry LBL, I’ll give you credit for the idea.

Little by Listen

road trippin'

Wes is on a pretty epic 12-day road trip out to Seattle, then up to Vancouver, and back to Chicago.  Along the way, him and Jackie (his wife for the uninitiated) are stopping at Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, and many other beautiful places along the way.  In honor of this trip, and in hopes of his safe return, we put our heads together to come up with the top ten road trip songs to keep Wes and Jackie alert, energized, and most importantly awake on this endeavor.

We tried to limit our choices for this list to songs actually about traveling to some degree.  There are many songs and albums that we more abstractly view as road trip songs, but that would have opened this list up to too many options.  We hope you enjoy these songs of the road, and as always feel free to bring more road trip songs…

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“You are marvelous…”

by Ellie McHale

Because, who doesn’t love Tom Waits reading “a laughing heart” by Charles Bukowski? This reading makes my eyes watery every time I hear it.

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Here is something I think everyone should read and/or listen to every single day. This is a well versed love letter to any human who feels not quite right. I cried the first time I watched this clip. Not only do I love Tom Waits, I love Charles Bukowski and his work.

 

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight

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Going Rumspringa Tonight

by Ellie McHale

After a “Breaking Amish” bender, I was quite delighted to have this post pop up on my feed. Alas, it turns out neither of these fellas were Amish. Oh well!

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