Despite the varying musical choices I make, I always seem to return to the same few bands.
(disregard that this includes scenes from a movie… it’s the most decent vid I could find)
I’m not normally a sad person, but I like to listen to songs that are sorrowful. Here’s one of my favorites:
The finished piece that will be appearing in Blanket Magazine in June. The project was about astrological signs. I did Libra, since I am a Libra. I could do whatever I wanted for this project, and it was definitely a lot of fun, especially using those warm colors.
Last week I saw two shows – Yeasayer and Beach House (in that order). Loved them both. Yeasayer was just plain fun and Beach House was beautiful- in both sound and venue. The concert was in an old church – 2640 St. John’s Church and put on by a Baltimore co-op coffee house – Red Emma’s.
Beach House, with their hand-made spinning confetti props on stage. Went perfectly with the music – very moody and somewhat haunting, like Victoria Legrand’s voice.
Not dead, but extremely busy. Between working full time, training for a triathlon part-time and hangin’ out in my spare time, I don’t get a lot of sleep.
So… highlights? For brevity’s sake, three updates and a picture.
1. Brown Paper Bag is doing well, and the response is better than I expected. Blogging is hard work! I’m constantly trying to keep it fresh and think of new stuff. Connecting with people across the world is cool too.
2. One of my best buddies, Laura, came to visit me in Baltimore last week. We spent four days hanging out and on Saturday night saw Hot Chip. One of the best concert’s I’d seen in a while. This starts a crazy amount of shows I’m seeing in May/June. In order (after Hot Chip): Yeasayer, Beach House, Wye Oak, The National, The New Pornographers/the Dodos.
3. I got accepted to an artist residency in Vermont. In September, I’m going to spend a couple of weeks in rural Vermont and make some art, listen to artists and writers and generally do arty stuff. Yoga studio on campus. Very exciting. A little concerned about getting all my stuff on a plane, but I’ll figure it out.
And finally, the photograph. What I’m working on. Due May 10. A race against time.
It will be up on God Bless the Tiger’s website soon.
The end of the year is creeping up on us all, so I thought that I’d take a little time and share my ten favorite albums of 2009. I think that this year was a particularly good year for me with music – Neko Case had a new album out and I found some new bands that I really fell in love with. (These aren’t really in any particular order, although Neko Case’s album was my favorite of this year).
1. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone – Neko Case has long been a favorite of mine, and this was the first album she had released since I had started listening to her. The buzz around it was exciting to follow and listen to her interviews while making the album. Although probably not my favorite album of hers writing wise, it is definitely the most interesting for me to listen to. Favorite track: Middle Cyclone
2. The Dodos – Time to Die – The Dodos were a band introduced to me through my ex-boyfriend. Once I started raving about them, it turns out that some of my friends already knew about them – including my friend who went to school with one of the musicians in the band! Steph and I did a band poster for the Dodos (which I have neglected to post). Favorite track: Fables
3. Bowerbirds – Upper Air – Also a new band, but one that I have quickly fallen in love with. I really enjoy their whole package – sweet lyrics with a certain amount of quiet and introspect to them. Favorite track: Northern Lights
4. Wilco – Wilco (the album) – Before this album, I had never really listened to Wilco. I had heard so many great things about them, but never gave it a listen. I finally got around to listening to this album and don’t regret it. Favorite track: You and I
5. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion – The art school kid in me (and the Baltimorean) started listening to Animal Collective a couple of years ago. This album was a real refinement to what they had been doing previously, which I think turned some listeners off (like their tendency to scream). Favorite track: Summertime Clothes
6. Passion Pit – Manners – I avoided Passion Pit for a long time this year, even though I liked every single that I heard. After finally getting the album, I wondered what took me so long! This album is the perfect album for a party. Sleepyhead is one of my jams of the year. What a fun album. Favorite track: Sleepyhead
7. Lady Gaga – Fame Monster – If you’ve read this blog from the beginning, you know I’m not shy about my love for Lady Gaga. I think she is so interesting and such a well-informed pop artist. This album is another feel-good album for me. Favorite track: Telephone (feat. Beyonce)
8. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Another band I sort of avoided for quite some time. My roommate and other friends were really into them, but somehow I just didn’t see it. It took a few singles to get me listening to the entire album but eventually it found its place with me. Favorite track: Rome
9. St. Vincent – Actor – Also known as Annie Clark, I instantly fell in love with her beautiful voice and experimentation on this album. It’s no surprise that I became fond of her – she’s worked with Sufjan Stevens. Favorite track: Actor Out of Work
10. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca – I saw the Dirty Projectors this fall in concert, which was a lot of fun. I love the use of the voice as an instrument, and how it’s projected on this album. Favorite track: Stillness is the Move
What am I missing? Is there something I should have listened to?
This past weekend was Halloween, as most of you were aware. As previously mentioned, I went as the Utz Girl. I was pretty happy with how my costume turned out, but I failed to take any pictures of it (or anyone else’s for that matter). I am hoping that someone, somewhere, snapped a picture of me. It was definitly one of my better Halloween costumes but certainly not one of my better nights.
This past weekend was a 3 day weekend for me and a pretty low-key one at that. I’ll just say that nothing makes me more happy than going to the farmer’s market on Saturdays. I grab a cup of coffee and a croissant and walk around with the yuppies/hippies/hipsters. It’s nice.
I finished my part of the Dodo’s piece. It will be sent off to Steph this week. I also worked a bit with some of the frames I bought last week. Hoping to launch an etsy store before the holiday rush. Anyone use Etsy and have any tips for me?