Some of us don’t wait for Halloween to wear “costumes.” For us, wearing elaborate or theme-inspired clothing is a daily matter. You call it costumes, we call it a way of living! Last year, I wrote about escaping from “Sartorial Stereotypes” for Halloween with just a quick list of ideas. So, for most people who are just looking for cool and obscure references for their Halloween costumes, how about you take a hint from the lovely Lene Lovich?
Lene Lovich (born Lili-Marlene Premilovich) is an American singer-songwriter New Wave artist from the late 70s-early 80s (my favorite period!). Her most famous hit was “Lucky Number.” This lady, although born in Detroit came from an English mother and an Yugoslavian father. She also went back to her mother’s country for an extensive period to study art. In fact, her iconic hairstyle with scarves came from how she covered her hair to keep it away while sculpting!
Looking at her clothing and hair in plaits, you can’t help but think of traditional Yugoslavian attire, most likely influenced by her father’s side. Below are a couple of photos of the country’s costume for women:
My husband just landed himself a gig as the front man of a pretty good cover band. The set list of the guys before he came along consisted of Talking Heads, Neil Young, The Beatles, Queen, and Van Halen. Good choices, eh? Oh yes! I just picked the best ones, though. The rest of the songs however ranged from okay to just stupid. I think you can do a good cover and maybe even make an existing dumb song better if the band members are talented enough, which I’ve heard they are. So really, I am not dissing the band…because as of last weekend, my husband has been a part of it :)
Anyway, one of the more irritating songs that was on the list was “Got You Where I Want You” by the Flys. Besides being painful aurally (ugh, that sexy voice…NOT.), I’d like to take the first workday of the week (Monday, fyi) to take apart the smart lyrics in the song. The lyrics are in a different color.
Hey what’s the point of this Oh hey, what’s your favorite song Maybe we could hum along
Yeah, what IS the point of this song? My favorite song, at least for today, is this gem right here. That’s why I’m featuring it, OBVIOUSLY.
Well I think you’re smart You sweet thing Tell me your name I’m dying here
He thinks this girl is smart. He already has given her this cheesy pet name, too. All THIS before knowing her actual name? I hope we can all agree that “I think you’re smart” is just a pick-up line catered to girls who are beautiful but are insecure about their intelligence. Girls with low self-esteem (Arrested Development reference)?
Ooh got you where I want you Ooh got you where I want you yeah
Where YOU want her? Hmm, alone and helpless in a dark alley?
Hey, maybe just a smile Oh hey, did you know that I can’t dance Could we talk for a while
Revealing your “safe” flaws? How cute.
Suffer suffer You don’t get no rougher Rub it up baby girl Torture me like no other
Suffer suffer You don’t get no rougher When you rock me baby Put your thing on me lover
Might I ask what “thing” is he referring to? I think sexuality expressed in lyrics is fine. There are some that are well done. The Bible even has buttloads of these references between lovers in the book Song of Songs. My husband and I used to make tons of mixes for each other back when we were dating (and some still on special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays). The Flys are just not clever enough to have some well-written lyrics. And oh, did I mention that this song is just a bit SEXIST?
True, there are worse songs out there–much worse as far as quality and of course, content. This song though, along with the songs I’m going to hopefully be featuring every Monday are subtle at their stupidity. So… stay tuned fellas for next week’s (Stupid) Music Monday!
I am a supporter of underdogs and indie artists, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear about small-time Nashville band Wild Cub‘s being chosen to play at Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2013 runway in New York. Minkoff, according to MTV, at least recently has chosen bands to play at her shows—including NYC native Theophilus London and THE GOASTT (a band members Sean Lennon & model Charlotte Kemp Muhl), a more obvious fashion music choice.
I really liked the clothes, but I can’t pretend that I enjoyed the music nor can I vouch for Minkoff’s statement that Wild Cub’s music matched the the runway’s theme. Her Fall 2013 clothes did have somewhat of an 80s vibe to it, which Wild Cub has elements of. The clothes, however, also had an edgier futuristic theme, which I cannot visualize at all from the music. If the show reminded me of a time, it would be a mix of 1980 and 2020. Wild Cub is 1986-1990, which many can agree, encompasses the worst time in music history.
I am happy though for these guys and their sudden success from being featured at NYC’s fashion week. I hope that gives more indie artists out there hope that they can be instantly recognized through fans like Rebecca (who happens to be a big style icon) without being in the Top 40.
A few of my favorite looks from the show:
It reflects a sad reality, though, that our pop icons don’t necessarily have the best taste in music, and they choose to give the spotlight to whoever happens to catch their attention. That’s how it is on the radio, though, so I guess that’s how it’s going to be on the runway. It seems to be the way most of us non-musicians pick and choose our music. I can’t tell you technically why I don’t like Wild Cub, but I can tell you that they just don’t fit my taste. My husband, who’s a musician, can explain why he didn’t like it either, but I am representing the population who can discern subpar music without being musicians ourselves.
If I had to come up with a comparison that’s not so bad, I’d compare their sound to David Byrne’s late ’80s/early ’90s solo worldy-sounding music. David Byrne is awesome. I love The Talking Heads, but I am just not a huge fan of Byrne’s later work.
Wild Cub, you remind me of later David Byrne. Congratulations and have fun having tons of fashionista fans.
I was going to put up this post yesterday on Valentine’s Day, but I had an unforeseen special evening with the hubby and delayed this! Here is the first ever “Valentine’s Mix: Friends & Lovers.” Okay, so I just meant one lover and the rest are some of my awesome friends whom I handpicked based on their equally good (or just varied) tastes in music. :) I am proud to say that a lot of these gals I chose picked songs I would’ve picked myself if I had to choose more than three top love songs, and picking just three was very difficult to do…
The “best” songs of course usually change from time to time, but these selections are at least the top three love songs we fancy at the moment. Rob and I have exchanged countless of mix tapes from back when we were just dating till after we got married, where more than half were in the theme of love.
For your listening pleasure, in alphabetical order… enjoy :)
Hey all! I’m going to try to write more soon (these promises hopefully won’t be empty again), but for now here are some photos I took from Instagram of shows Rob and I went to and cool people we got a pleasure of meeting in a span of a month. Enjoy!
Rob and I with Irish rock gods Tim Wheeler and Rick McMurray of Ash at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. If you are reading this, sorry about the”contagion” warning. It was truly nothing. Rob was just being extra careful. He is worry nut, but he is sweet and a really big fan. I am equally (if not more) in love with your music! Oh yeah, yay Pixies and Ziggy Stardust, sci-fi, and “stars”! Can’t wait to see you all again and hopefully not sick.
Ash rocking out
It’s Reputante! They remind of Psychadelic Furs. This photo is a reminder to get an album of theirs (update: I don’t think there’s anything that’s available except for the free downloads on their Bandcamp). I really need to keep track… Oh, and nice legwork.
Rob and I bought a replacement copy of our “stolen” Runners Four album from Ed of Deerhoof who was running the merch table. The guy who we lent our album to (who doesn’t have the guts to settle a misunderstanding in person) is still a friend of ours on Facebook, so I have yet to tag the guy on this photo. Is that mean?
I love Satomi from Deerhoof! She is so cute. It was also fun talking to Greg Saunier. To Greg, I WILL try to find that impossible pink camo jacket!
Liam Finn got us a list of cool New Zealand bands to listen to. Liam, it was really nice meeting your girlfriend, and I’m very sorry for having you stand out in the cold for too long!
Liam Finn performing ALL the instruments himself.
Ah, Aubrey of Formica Man is great. They have this song that sounds a lot like Monotrona! Awesome voice. Cool band. Please check this Oregon group out! P.S. ATTN: ESPECIALLY Kate Bush!!!
Cute candid shot. 1 of like maybe 5 shots with really bad lighting.
Formica Man on stage at the Ottobar
Deerhoof on stage at the Ottobar in Baltimore. I was going to take a photo of the wacky Spanish shirt Ed was wearing, but he quickly changed to regular clothes when we got to talk to him because the shirt was too soaked in sweat.
Dopebody is a local band from Baltimore, and below was one of three (I think) older folks standing right in front of the stage!! I’m not sure if they were there together, or if it was someone’s grandma and grandpa from the band? This was definitely one of the most memorable shows I’ve been to (Deerhoof Break Up Song tour ’12)
I took a bunch on low-fi videos (and more photos not online yet), but I’d rather post some better quality ones from Youtube for you to check out if you haven’t heard any of these guys.
The vintage clothing inspiration for today is the gorgeous Michelle Phillips of the 60s pop band The Mamas and The Papas. Michelle’s style back in her day had a good mix of textures—mostly tribal/hippie (trippy?)/ psychedelic. She wore a lot of maxi skirts and flowy free-spirited tops.
A tamer (as far as clothing goes) but louder environment than ComiCon exists at a wondrous and colorful convention called MagFest, a video game and VG music festival held every Winter Solstice on the East Coast. This year, it was held in National Harbor, Maryland. It was a nice 29th birthday treat for my husband, Rob, who is very much into but yet to be fully involved in the chiptunes/8-bit scene (I think it may be my fault that’s he’s not super famous right now, because I enforce a massage-a-day routine and expect to be written a new song dedicated to me every week. Save him from my filthy (non)pedicured paws, please, and support his love for chiptunes).
Virt is playing in the video above. He’s a really wacky guy with pink hair (stole what the idea I originally had for mine), talent, and punk mesh gloves (totally ripped me off that day… I had on the same thing). It’s all good. I tried to act mature about it and decided to whine like a baby here instead. Below, you can see another chiptunes band that played before Virt. They were pretty cool, too—a little more dance-y (though Virt had some super catchy tunes as well. Anyway, they’re Knife City, and please try to ignore my husband’s and my commentary—or, you can listen and be blown away (that is, if you can discern what we’re even saying or talking about).
Dub step from ? (not like the Mysterians… I just didn’t catch who this was!)
There were also VG music cover bands there. Originally, we wanted to see Temp Sound Solutions, but they played during the week, so by the time we got there, they were done both of their shows. This (above) is Random Encounter, the most stylish and color-coordinated band that played this year. It makes me wonder, why don’t I have this girl’s KA military boots yet?
Bit Brigade is playing in the above video with synchronized live game play. So ridiculous! We liked them best until, of course, Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and his band played at the end.
I am not huge on video games myself (not since middle school), but I will watch (and sometimes participate) and be entertained by Rob’s pushing the buttons (not mine). I do love 8-bit music, however, and have worshiped pixel art for as long as I can remember. I was always into Flash when it was still owned by Macromedia, and I have always liked motion graphic designs. I just can’t get myself to be brave enough to play the actual games and face digital defeat.
The other day, our cousin, after taking a break from watching the new Star Trek movie, was humming a tune over dinner that I was familiar with but wasn’t sure what it was or where it came from. So, I hummed the tune back to him to make sure that that was what he was humming. Rob goes, “I think it’s from a movie. Star Trek? The one we’re watching right now…” I sat there the whole time during dinner just trying to figure out what that song was. Finally, after about an hour, I blurted, “That’s Rob’s song!” He was very flattered.
Anyway, Perspection is Rob’s 8-bit handle. I have high hopes that he will continue to make awesome music. I feel the same with his brother Dave’s video game apps. They are extraordinary together.