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Music Mondays #3

Back again!  This will be a regular thing now, since I don’t plan on having surgery again anytime soon.

The previous ones have been of the indie rock persuasion, mostly, so something a little different–and heavier!–today.  I love this stuff, probably for the reason detailed in Saturday’s post.  If weird electro-industrial/EBM/Darkwave aren’t your thing (read: if you have no idea what at least two of those things mean) please feel free to back slowly away from the crazy writer-lady.

Spark – Assemblage 23
Künstliche Welten – Wolfsheim
Light – KMFDM
Kiss – London After Midnight
Call the Ships to Port – Covenant
Panzermensch – And One
Standing – VNV Nation
Poltergeist – Hocico
Mindphaser – Front Line Assembly
Sin – Nine Inch Nails

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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Music Monday #2

For reasons that probably only make sense in my head*, this one is listed on my iPod under “Foxfire.”  For me, it’s got that humid, swampy, night-filled-with-fireflies-and-other-glowy-things feel to it.

*Long story short, I considered using it as a book title, just because it’s an awesome word.

  • You Are the Everything – R. E. M.
  • Look Out, Look Out – Perfume Genius
  • Venus in Furs – The Velvet Underground
  • Putting the Dog to Sleep – The Antlers
  • The High Road – Broken Bells
  • St. Peter’s Cathedral – Death Cab for Cutie
  • Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks – The National
  • Hey You – Pink Floyd
  • Ask for Answers – Placebo
  • This Place is a Prison – The Postal Service
  • No Surprises – Radiohead
  • Let’s Get Lost – Beck/Bat for Lashes
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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Something new – Music Mondays

I don’t blog enough, this much I know.  In my defense, I’m usually buried in writing fiction, but I should still use this little web-corner more than I do.  (I have also just put up some links of other places to find me, just over there —>.)  But I’m going to start a regular Music Monday post, in addition to whatever random posts pop up in my addled brain.

The “official” playlist for First Novel (otherwise known as Weird Novel) will remain in my pocket for now, as will the playlists I’ve got for some of the major characters, but my iPod is laden with others that help me get into – and stay in – specific moods for writing.  Most of these *should* be on YouTube, blip, or otherwise available for free web listening.  If you love something, go forth to your retailer of choice.

Just because I’m listening to it as I type this, the first Music Monday is my “Mellow” list.  (Actually one of many that could be described that way.)  Used for getting into that slightly-emo-but-peaceful headspace.  I wouldn’t write comedy to it, but you might. 🙂


  • Cold, Kind and Lemon Eyes – Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s
  • Falling – Wiretree
  • Before the Great War – Vandaveer
  • Dandelion Days – Adam McHeffey
  • Poison Oak – Bright Eyes
  • Cinder & Smoke – Iron and Wine
  • Temazcal – Monsters of Folk
  • Somebody Loved – The Weepies
  • Heart of Love – Army of Me
  • Let’s Dance – M. Ward (Yes, this is a David Bowie cover.  I was skeptical too.)
  • The State I Am In – Belle & Sebastian
  • Holocene – Bon Iver
  • A Bird is a Song – Chris Walla
  • Johnnie – Swear and Shake
  • Love Love Love – The Mountain Goats
  • Poke – Frightened Rabbit
  • After the Storm – Mumford & Sons

Any and all music recs left in the comments will be appreciated.  I feel about new music the way Cookie Monster feels about cookies.

…and now I want a cookie.

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Posted by on September 19, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Go. Buy music. Now. (A huge victim of the London riots.)

Among the many casualties of the riots that took place in London and elsewhere this week, one hit especially close to my heart.  I don’t for a second want to trivialize the horrors of injuries and in some cases loss of life that occurred, and my heart goes out to those people and their families.  I spent several nights worrying about the people I know and love who live there, though thankfully they’re all fine.

However, there was one tragedy which, while not causing any direct human damage, will seriously affect an entire group of people for whom I have respect, admiration, and even love.  A Sony/PIAS distribution center was burned down during one night of rioting, a distribution center for a very large number of small, independent record labels.  Labels for bands like The National, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Atlas Sound, Bauhaus, The Pixies, Animal Collective, Elliot Smith, Okkervil River, Iron & Wine, The Shins, and hundreds of others you and I may or may not have heard of have, in some cases, lost their entire stock of hard-copy albums.  These are artists I love, artists I support, artists I listened to on endless repeat while they helped me write my book.  Artists who instilled such a love of music in me that I felt compelled to write the book I did.  None of them make enough money and many of their record labels are in real danger of going out of business for good, unable to cover what insurance isn’t going to.

I’m doing my best to keep this soapbox as low to the ground as possible, and I actually debated about posting this at all, but I have to.  A huge source of inspiration for me just – literally – went up in flames.  Artists can survive without their record labels, just as self-published authors can be successful without agents or publishing houses, but it’s possible I’d never have heard of some of them, or it would’ve taken me a lot longer to discover music I love.  It’s even more likely that the Next Big Thing was in that warehouse, the next musician to grab hold of my ears and my heart, and now that CD or vinyl will never see the light of day because the label that was about to release now can’t afford to.

And so I ask this.  If there are record labels populated by musicians you love, particularly any on this list (at the bottom of the article), please support them and in turn those musicians.  Buy digital copies through iTunes or Amazon or however you do such things and help out, even if it’s just the cost of one CD, or one song.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go cry for the loss of all that vinyl.  I’m a purist, what can I say.


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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


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In honor of Record Store Day

As with my first post, this one is going to be focused on music.  You’re going to find that a lot on this blog, because it’s about me and my identity – along with writer and various other things – is music nerd to a degree that embarrasses her friends.  As discussed in the first post, I can’t separate the two in my head.  They’re kind of the mischievous twins who rule my life.

Today, as some of you may know, is Record Store Day.  This is an international event aimed at celebrating independent record stores and reminding people what awesome resources they are.  Many bands are offering exclusive, special RSD releases, so check out and find your nearest participating store.  Me, I’ll be heading down to mine soon in the hopes of snagging the new Panda Bear (otherwise known as Noah Lennox) on vinyl, crossing my fingers that it’s as amazingly good as his last, Person Pitch.

On that note, I’m going to share one of the “mood music” playlists I put on when I’m trying to evoke a specific mood or tone from a scene.  I have many of them, and as long as it doesn’t make readers throw whatever the web equivalent of rotten tomatoes is at my blog, I’ll share them with some degree of regularity. 

And because I’m excited about the new Panda Bear, I’m sharing one he makes a few appearances on – as a solo artist, a guest vocalist, and with his main group, the incredible Animal Collective.

This is a playlist for characters sitting on a beach on a summer night, swinging on the swings in the park at 3 am, floating in dreams, or not hurrying that walk in the rain – at least, that’s what it does for me.  Your mileage may vary, but hopefully the trip will go somewhere fun.

  • Atlas Sound – Walkabout (ft. Noah Lennox)
  • Animal Collective – What Would I Want? Sky
  • Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms
  • Delorean – Simple Graces
  • Caribou – Odessa
  • Beach House – Take Care
  • Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire
  • Panda Bear – Take Pills
  • Avey Tare – Lucky 1
  • The Faint – Fish in a Womb
  • Phantogram – Running from the Cops
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    Posted by on April 16, 2011 in Uncategorized


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