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Month: November, 2012

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

by Ellie McHale

Being the libertarian feminist that I am, I always enjoy a song about the horrors of bad relationships. The psychology of abusive relationships is very intriguing, like a massive car crash. You can’t help but stare.

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Today’s post is going to be a bit different…sorry for anyone who does not have an extreme love for the song “My Man.”

Today I discovered 8 tracks (how did I not know about this magical space?) and had a joyous time listening to this playlist: “Act Like A Lady”

This lovely playlist has Peggy Lee’s version of “My Man” and somehow my afternoon turned into the highly important task of discovering this song’s entire history and trying to figure out which version of this song is the best.  This is a very important task so I’m going to blog about it because clearly, everyone on the internet also cares a ton about the different versions of this song. I know this song from Funny Girl.  I’m not even going to try to maintain my dignity by denying the fact that I am a huge Babs fan.  I love

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Hip Hop Heartbeat, Part One

by Ellie McHale

There has been a dvd sitting on my dresser for a month, maybe longer. Ages ago, I found the trailer for it while watching some of my favorite hip-hip artists on YouTube. You know, the likes of Common and The Roots and N.E.R.D., et cetera. Upon seeing the trailer, I put the flick in my Netflix queue and pushed right to the top…

Unfortunately, my mind wandered elsewhere. I still haven’t watched it! Believe me, I do want to watch it. But, it is 1.00am and I’ve got stuff to do in the morning.

As this documentary caters to my inner hoodrat from East Los in the 90’s, I have a good feeling that I will enjoy it. Tribe was gold standard for hip-hop in the 90’s. Everyone loved them. We still do…

I can’t wait. I’m so excited I might even start watching it now…

Celebrate Change

by Ellie McHale

Prez Obama has four more years. We finally got the autumnal weather we so need. I’m finally finding sturdy footing in this journey of mine.

Today, I couldn’t stop listening to one song that put me in the mood for change.

I love this woman and everything she has done and continues to do. Her music is very poignant and is an important addition to any music buff’s library.

by Ellie McHale

See, I’m not the only one. Canada, may you be a role model for the USA. For all those customers who say that not playing Christmas music until later is degrading Christmas with negativity, I have something to say to you: please, please, please work retail for one holiday season. That is degrading enough. When nonstop Christmas music is played for two months, it is ever more degrading. Capitalism officially degraded Christmas a few decades ago.

This Just In

It’s a question most of us seem to have pondered at some point: When should stores start on the Christmas season?

For one Canadian drugstore chain, the first week in November is too soon, at least for the sounds of the season.

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Using Jeans As a Blanket

by Ellie McHale

My last two posts dealt with covers, and I forgot to add one song. But, to be fair, I “forgot” because the song isn’t a true cover. It is one artist’s interpretation of another artist’s song.

In 1996, after two years spent at a single gender Catholic school, my poseur anarchist feminist ideology was in full swing. So, when Nenah Cherry released a certain single, I had found my anthem. Sure, it sounded eerily familiar to my fourteen year old ears, and it took me a couple seconds to figure out that she had taken a very masculine song and answered back.

That song is the ever so amazing “Woman” and I am happy to share it with you.

The song she is “covering” should be obvious. And, if it isn’t do some research. The chorus gives it away.


PS. I guess I am still a poseur anarchist feminist. I’ve just found the right word for it: Libertarian.

Defining Personality

by Ellie McHale

From DJ Toaster Biscuit’s sister blog.
Truth: I’m not conventional. And, in your opinion, I might even be weird. But, please, don’t call me weird. Especially not to my face. That’s rude, as I really don’t like the implication. Thank you.

A Life In Paperback

I’m exhausted.

People need to stop calling me weird. Yes. I’m not conventional. Sure, I go against your grain. But, you try being a tomboy working in an environment dominated with a heavy feminine energy.

If being weird is a good thing, fine. I still don’t want to be called weird. And, if being weird is a bad thing, then stop calling me weird. Especially if you are a coworker. Either way, just don’t call me weird.

All of my life, I’ve never felt that I fit in. I’ve never found my place. Never able to hold on to a stable set of friends, I have always had a hard time connecting with others. Especially women. I have never understood weekly trips to the mall that will last for hours. I’ve never understood the “book clubs” that are just an excuse to get sloppy off wine & vent to a bunch of…

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Covers, Honorable Favorites

by Ellie McHale

I just can’t quit you, bro. So, honestly, there are a few other covers out there that I kinda dig, and I wanted to give them a shout out!

Pixie Lott – Midnight Train To Georgia [Big ups to a white girl from Bromley. This gal’s got soul.]

Adele – Make You Feel My Love [And, I can’t quite stand Adele.]

Dum Dum Girls – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Donny Hathaway – Jealous Guy

Donny Hathaway – What’s Going On?


Shut The Door and Cover Me

by Ellie McHale

Oh yeah, Boss. Anything for you. If I could rock sideburns like you, I would cover you.

Instead, I’ll just share my favorite covers with everyone. Is that cool, Boss?
[Disclaimer: I’m not usually a fan of covers, but sometimes, people really can do someone else’s song justice. There is no particular order, just ten covers that I enjoy.]

1. Placebo – Running Up That Hill (Many apologies if you are forced to watch a Romney-Ryan ad.)

2. Robyn – Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart

3. Sinead O’ Conner – Nothing Compares 2 U

4. Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah

5. Jewel – Wild Horses

6. Yoav & Emily Browning – Where Is My Mind?

7. Guns N Roses – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

8. Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watch Tower

9. Mundy – Galway Girl

10. Nirvana – Man Who Sold The World

Let’s be real for a hot minute. Y’all saw my Prince post, right? When I got the honor of seeing him at Coachella right after an amazing Portishead set, Radiohead’s “Creep” magically happened. It was probably the greatest live music moment in my whole life. Even four years later, I can still say that. Prince’s cover of “Creep” will forever be my favorite cover. But, of course, I can’t share that with you. But, imagine it. It really is that magical. Promise.

iTunes Radio is a Blessing

by Ellie McHale

Tonight, I’m slowly cleaning my room, and can only get motivated by having some sort of soundtrack to get my brain going. I’m not in the mood to listen to any of the usuals, or any of the music I just put into my library. The podcasts waiting to be listened to aren’t appealing. Talk radio doesn’t quite cut it…

This leaves me with picking a radio station through iTunes at random. I went through the jazz stations, but wasn’t inspired. I listened to the Savannah College of Art & Design station for awhile, but the punk music wasn’t what I was looking for (and, I love punk). So, I checked out the Ambient stations. I think I’ve found my new favorite background music option. If you have (US) iTunes & some sort of internet connection, I suggest you check it out. It’s called “DI – Chillout” and is described as offering “ambient psy chillout” music. If you are into electronic music or even general ambient music, this is a great option. It definitely allows me to become almost trance-like, a state I need to be in to organize and clean my room.

Here is a sample of what I’m listening to right now:

Now, I gotta get back to cleaning.

All That Glitters Ain’t Gold.

by Ellie McHale

In the two years my family spent back in the ‘burbs of London, I was in the fray of adolescence. Of course, that’s when we usually start attaching music to our identity. And, let me remind you, this was 1994-96, the penultimate years of the grunge scene. While I was listening to the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Soundgarden, and Guns ‘n Roses, as well as British staples Blur, Terrorvision, The Levellers, Pulp, and Suede, I had a secret soft spot for R&B and Hip-Hop. I still do. I’m everloving when it comes to the majority of musical genres.

There was one song, released in 1995 that I fell madly in love with. So in love that I still dream of it seventeen years later.

Do you want to know what it is? Could you not guess it from the title of this post? ::tsk tsk::

The song so dear to my heart is “Gold” by Prince, when he was known as squiggle/love/symbol/high priest of New Power Generation, with “slave” tattooed on his cheek.

In London, as well as other metropolitan cities in the UK, “Gold” was on heavy radio rotation. [If I haven’t mentioned it before, I’ll tell you now: I can’t stand it when radio stations overplay songs; it’s unfair and annoying.] As I was 13 and impressionable, I didn’t mind to constant airplay. Sure, I probably still wouldn’t mind it today. I love the song that much.

The song is the last track on the album “The Gold Experience.” This album had limited release (meaning, once everything was sold, that was it, no more were made; it isn’t even available on iTunes), so you can imagine my miffed state years later when I wanted to listen to my favorite song, but couldn’t, as I had lost my “Gold” cassette single and the album was nowhere to be found…

So, the other day, I did what I could and scoured the internet for a like new copy of the album. I found one on eBay and paid $11.98 for what they claim to be a “like new” quality CD. Here’s hoping it is! I cannot wait for it to arrive. The moment I get it, it is going into my cad CD player and it’s probably not going to leave…

As many of you know, Prince has taken issue with YouTube, among other online video services. It’s rare for you to find a video of Prince actually performing on YouTube. When you do, it is horrible quality. The videos you will find are primarily interviews. I desperately wanted to share the video with everyone, but I fear I might get reprimanded if I do. I don’t want to offend the fantastic man, Prince. But, if you want to hear it, and even watch the video, you’ll be able to find it. Google will make it happen. I promise…

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