Saturday, October 22, 2011


What I Am Listening To Now: Betty X

Small World. I found her on ReverbNation and didn't even realize that we were once acquainted, back in the old Seattle days. In fact, I played in at least one project with members from Salon Betty, and Retrovirus Lab probably played with them at some point.  (No, I am not really exaggerating when I talk about the foggy wastes of my memory!)

Therefore, I am throwing the "Bands Lost In The Foggy Wastes Of My Memory" label on this one, too... 

From the YouTube description for "Mons Venus":
First released in 2001, this award-winning animated music video is widely recognized as one of the first fully animated music videos done entirely in Flash.

Animated and directed by Nathan Kaylor.

From the ReverbNation profile:
Considering herself first and foremost a conceptual artist and performer rather than a singer, Betty X’s sardonic wit and unapologetic temperament is mirrored in both her music and her powerful stage performances. Her music has been described as everything from enigmatic and surreal to aggressive and hostile, with lyrics that are often cleverly disguised social commentary. With a background in fine art, Betty got her start in music back in the 90's when she formed the sleazy and provocative art rock band, Salon Betty. As the years progressed, her music steadily grew darker, heavier and more politically-charged. In 1999, she formed her current self-titled solo project.

"Thresholds" by Retrovirus Lab

How Franz Liszt Became The World's First Rock Star : NPR

How Franz Liszt Became The World's First Rock Star : NPR: When you think of rock n' roll, Franz Liszt might not be the first name that comes to mind. But the classical pianist, born 200 years ago today, was in many ways the first rock star of all time.

In the mid-19th century, Liszt was tearing up the polite salons and concert halls of Europe with his virtuoso performances. Women would literally attack him: tear bits of his clothing, fight over broken piano strings and locks of his shoulder-length hair. Europe had never seen anything like it. It was a phenomenon the great German poet Heinrich Heine dubbed "Lisztomania."

"We hear about women throwing their clothes onto the stage and taking his cigar butts and placing them in their cleavages," says Stephen Hough, a world-renowned concert pianist.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

oH HELLS YeAH! Generation X Is Sick of Your Bullshit

Cross-posted from Democracy In Distress...

From 2011-05 (May)

Sorry for the french, but NO FUCKING SHIT!
Generation X Is Sick of Your Bullshit
"A majority of Americans say, for the first time ever, that this generation will not be better off than its parents." —New York Magazine
Generation X is sick of your bullshit.
The first generation to do worse than its parents? Please. Been there. Generation X was told that so many times that it can't even read those words without hearing Winona Ryder's voice in its heads. Or maybe it's Ethan Hawke's. Possibly Bridget Fonda's. Generation X is getting older, and can't remember those movies so well anymore. In retrospect, maybe they weren't very good to begin with.
But Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.) Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis.
Generation X wasn't surprised. Generation X kind of expected it. 
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I am not a listable goth. No. Am I? Of course I am not...

Hee hee hee hee... Am I on this chart? No! I am not goth. Besides, goth is dead anyway and has been since the late 1980s early 1990s.

Dead to me, anyway...

About Goth [stereo] Types - All Types:

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Actually, I am not really on this list...  They need a "Recovering Goth."  Someone who still listens to some of the music from time to time and will sometimes reveal themselves in public when one of the old bands runs out of money and hauls its zombie like selves around the country on a tour promoting the live album recorded at their one time only reunion gig...  Someone who still, usually, wears mostly black, but chooses "normal" styles of clothing.  I... er, this type... has also been known to be seen in darker shades of solid colors such as the occasional dark red, green, or blue dress shirt.  The Recovering Goth will, in most situations, refuse to accept the goth label (unless they are in a certain, sentimental mood mixing with other Recovering Goths and, likely, a decent amount of alcohol).


Monday, October 17, 2011

What I Am Listening To Now: "Hold On" by Tom Waits

The theme for life this week in my house is "Getting Back to Basics."  For me, Tom Waits and this song is about as basic as it gets...

YouTube Merch Store to Sell Songs, Concert Tickets and Merchandise

Just reminding myself to look into this more later. Just another item on the endless to do list...
YouTube Merch Store to Sell Songs, Concert Tickets and Merchandise:

YouTube has launched The Merch Store, a tool allowing musicians to sell digital downloads, concert tickets, branded merchandise and more directly from their respective YouTube channels.

The Google-owned video platform partnered with a number of different companies to enable the ecommerce add-ons, including Topspin (for merchandise, concert tickets and other experiences), Songkick (for concerts), and Amazon and iTunes (for music downloads). The company did not disclose whether it would be taking a cut of sales made through those services.

The Merch Store will be rolled out globally over “the coming weeks,”

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