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Links à la Mode & The Raveonettes Pe’Ahi Tour

Thank you to Independent Fashion Bloggers for picking my post about Raveonettes last week! I didn’t even notice. It was quite timely because Rob and I just saw them in DC (at Black Cat) last Wednesday! Here is a photo and a video from my Instagram. They are definitely one of my favorite modern rock bands ever.

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Lovin’ Lene Lovich’s Plaits & Head Coverings

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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:

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Lene Lovich’s “Lucky Number” music video:

 

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(Stupid) Music Monday: The Flys- Got You Where I Want You

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

Gross.

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!

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Indie Band Goes Mainstream via Runway: Wild Cub @ Rebecca Minkoff Fall ’13

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.

REBECCA MINKOFF FALL 2013 FASHION SHOW 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:

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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.

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(Post) Valentine’s Mix: Friends & Lovers

2013valentinesmix 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 :)

valentinesmixbloggers2013 Bella (Citizen Rosebud) : Avett Brothers – I and Love and You | Cake- She’ll Come Back to Me | Queen- Can Anybody Find Me Somebody to Love

Cameron (33 Avenue Miquelon) : Al Green- Let’s Stay Together | Mazzy Star- Fade Into You | Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Into My Arms

Elisa (Style Bizarre)  : Pearl Jam- Just Breathe | David Bowie- Heroes | Siouxie and the Banshees- The Last Beat of My Heart

Kailey (Mermaidens) : Blur- To The End | Kimbra – Cameo Lover | Pet Shop Boys – Love Comes Quickly

Victoria (Justice Pirate)  : Alton Ellis- Ain’t that Loving You | In Pieces- The Anchor  | Imelda May – Falling in Love With You Again

Rob (linked to my heart): Lykke Li -My Love | Colin Bluntstone- Her Song | his third song… he can’t make up his mind!!!

Moi, yours truly. (à la Mode St.) – Casper & The Cookies – Across the Sea | Black Moth Super Rainbow – Spraypaint – Toad the Wet Sprocket - All I Want

 

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