On Desaparecidos @ Electric Ballroom

2013/02/14 § Leave a comment

This will be short
cause it’s sad to me. Cause it was so good, y’know, it was a good couple of weeks, and now it’s done.

(If you’re actually one of the weird people who wanted a review, I’m a fan of this one, so go and read it.)

I went in to London early (think 10am) on Monday morning, wandered around on LSS a bit before finding myself in Camden Town. Surprisingly easy to find my hotel where fucking Denver was standing in the fucking reception and everything was wonderful and scary. I went and grabbed a smoothie at some sort of raw/vegan/organic café thing before checking in, showering and texting the people I had agreed to meet. They were all between 17-19 y.o.a. and I participated in a lot of weird shit that day that I’d rather not talk about cause I actually physically blush when thinking about it.

The concert was actually amazing. It was so good that I have no words. It was very loud and a lot of screaming and crying and angry fists in the air and whipping my hair back and forth.

An awkward moment was when Oberst threw money to the crowd – “here’s your money back” – (at least I think that’s what he tried to do, but it landed a couple of dm from his feet), which is ironic/sad/awkward/whatever as people are currently silently rioting due to the expensive singles Desa are trying to sell us omg (he’s a goddamn HYPOCRITE get over it). It was also kind of awkward when everything turned very hXc and instruments were smashed etc. (But I mainly go to
.~* swaying, lighters, love *~. shows, so this might be normal, what do I know).

Afterwards, we hung out near the tour bus (gaaaah I know *superblush*) and we talked to Denver (what a STUD in the actual literal sense of the word my lord he is massive (just look at this what)) and he signed my vinyl and I’m dead.

Desa are teh bomb. Teh bomb.

And Denver promised that a new album was on the way so GUYS YES NEW DESA SHOW SOON.

(And Two Gallants are releasing Europe dates next weeeeeeeeeek.)

This was a shitty attempt at a piece of text, I’m sorry, guys. So happy people don’t actually read this for my opinions.

Oh, and here’s a picture of CANAAAAAAR (his birthday is tomorrow, and I actually hope he doesn’t do anything stupid) taken by one of the people I went with (not going to credit in case she finds my blog ): )

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On what to do when you’re scared of something ending

2013/02/13 § 1 Comment

the Scared is scared from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo.

On Two Gallants

2013/02/10 § Leave a comment

I’m not quite sure how I got into Two Gallants.

I think it started with the Saddle Creek Spring 2011 Sampler, on which Adam Haworth Stephens had two songs. After having listened to them a couple of times I went looking for more, and thus stumbled upon the band he and Tyson Vogel have together.

They’re really pretty, though. ):

They’re a Californian folk-rock duo who started up in 2002, and can now be found with four albums and two EPs on their backs. I really like their music, it’s eloquent, (at times) meditative, mature and pretty ferocious. I got to see them last autumn in Norwich, and they were really good live (did you get that? REALLY GOOD! My last post didn’t do it justice, it was actually really great), so go and have a listen if they’re anywhere near (or far, depending on your commitment).

YouTube:
My Love Won’t Wait (Music video | A Take Away Show)
Winter’s Youth
Despite What You’ve Been Told
My Madonna ( <3 )

Ugh, such beautiful music. If you like what you hear, please support them by buying their music from ATO or Saddle Creek.

On Two Gallants @ Norwich Arts Centre

2013/02/10 § Leave a comment

So long ago. This is a bad plan.

Seeing Two Gallants (2GS) live in a church was really really good. I mean, I think 2GS would’ve been good regardless of location (just look at some of their street performance videos), but concerts in churches are special. The support band (from the Netherlands, or Germany or something) was also great, and there was generally a very positive and energetic mood both on-stage and off. There were not a lot of people there, but they made a lot of noise and the performer-audience relationship was excellent.

I had a really bad headache before heading down there, but I felt better once the boys got on-stage, so it really worked out quite well. If 2GS ever play close to you, be sure to check them out – I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

(I realised I haven’t done a recommendation post on them yet, so I’ll try to write one up this evening. Just really need to get my report down on paper first. I am such a big procrastinator.)

On painting ceramics

2013/02/09 § 5 Comments

Today, in yet another episode of K does shit she doesn’t know how to do.

(I feel like TPK never ends. Kind of like the last LotR film. So many potential endings, but it just goes on and on, but you don’t really mind. A good kind of surprise.)

Me and some other people went to paint ceramics today. There is this café in town where you pick out whatever you’d like to paint, and then there’s paint and brushes and stuff on the tables, and when you’re done you pay for whatever you painted and whatever you ate/drank, and you hand them whatever you did and they burn it for you, and you can pick it up in a couple of weeks. It’s really cool.

I decided to paint a cereal bowl, which was £15. I was considering doing a massive tea cup (£18), but I already have one, at the same time as I’m not really well equipped when it comes to having stuff to put my porridge in. So I ended up with a bowl, and I shamelessly copied got my inspiration from the Letting Off The Happiness cover for the inside of the bowl, cause it was that kind of day. The outside of the bowl got a quote (“I’m content to walk a little slower because there’s nowhere that I really need to be”) and the Aum symbol.

Here are some photos of what I did and what other people did (if I am able to edit this post from my mobile phone, where the photos can be found). Everyone did really well, and I’m so impressed with how creative everyone were.

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Don’t mind the random black and yellow sharpie marks, they will hopefully burn away in the oven.

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I must say that I didn’t really get this at the moment. It literally just dawned on me a couple of minutes ago. “I just fed you… Now kiss my d*ck”. He talked so much about ducks, he completely had me fooled.

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It was really fun painting stuff, especially seeing as you (hopefully) end up with something that is actually useful. I will definitely go back when I’m feeling low on creativity.

On the effects of the moon on your yoga practice and body

2013/02/09 § Leave a comment

(I am not sure where this is from,
but it’s informative, so I’ll post it here for future reference.)

In sanskrit, the sun is called ‘Surya’ and the moon is called ‘Chandra’.

Surya is more the symbol of energy, fire, analysis and masculinity, while Chandra is more about calmness, water, creativity and feminity. This is why you are sometimes told to turn on your right side after relaxation – to get energy after this time of quietness. This is also why Sun Salutation is called SuryaNamaskara, because it gives you, between others, a lot of energy!

Our body is made of water. Like the oceans, the moon has an effect on our constitution. If you practice yoga daily you will then be aware of the cycles of the moon. When it’s full moon, you won’t practice or do a very gentle practice (such as Chandra moon sequence or restorative). When it’s new moon, some won’t do yoga but I like to have a more energical practice since motivation and prana (vital energy) are very low.

As we are all a part of nature, it is important to live in harmony with seasons and element cycles, to be aware of them and to understand that they impact our mind and body.

Namaste!

On my first RPG experience + brief character description

2013/02/08 § 5 Comments

I have officially participated in my first ever RPG.

It was a tabletop role-playing game made by some band to fit in with their music and I don’t even know.

I was on a platform city in a dystopian steampunk world, and I had just been taken on as crew on a pirate ship. My previous job was as an assassin vigilante, my name was Agnes and my weapon of choice was the whip (which ended up being a stupid fucking idea). The ship, called The Ritz, was currently transporting a zoo, consisting of, amongst other animals, a dire wolf called Daisy and a giant bird called Jules. It (the ship and the zoo) was owned by Wendy, who was also our pilot, and our captain was named Snaily. There was another girl, also a vigilante, called Ursula (I think), and otherwise 50 anonymous people working on the ship. Anyway, we had just had a massive debate as to who were to be our captain (Wendy or Snaily, in which Snaily won because of his talents) and we had docked to this platform city for some obscure reason (I think we lived on it, IDK). Anyway, Snaily who had one missing eye and thus had superior hearing suddenly heard an explosion, and ordered his crew to follow him as he went to check out what had happened. Snaily knew that the platform city had been sinking slowly for the last couple of weeks, for reasons unknown, but didn’t think much about it. We walked through the city towards the centre, where big gas bags were stored to keep the platform adrift, when all of a sudden a group of people ran past us, with a tied-up woman between them. After much debate we decided to follow them. At the same time, people were starting to notice a slight shaking of the ground, and were starting to come out of their houses, so it was all very chaotic. The people we were following climbed up and into a ship, and we started climbing up after them. However, it soon became clear that we would not be able to follow them into the ship as it started to take off, and so Snaily, Ursula and myself jumped back to the ground. Wendy, however, being slightly opposed to us making Snaily our captain, decided to attempt to climb up and into the stranger ship. Sadly, she failed, and in her attempt to get back to ground level, she fell off the edge, holding on with only her finger nails. Ursula and I tried to help her up, but we’re not really strong characters, and Wendy fell off the platform. Luckily, Snaily is a very intelligent captain and used her animal handling skills to command Jules to fly and pick up Wendy.

A lot of other shit happened, the platform fell down, and we lost the front of our ship, and when we ended I was robbing a gypsy caravan with Snaily when a big beast dancer (?) with attached claws attacked us. The whip was obviously useless (as you can only use it to actually whip people, what the hell? I wanted to use it to strangle etc), and so I am currently badly injured though luckily conscious, Snaily is unconscious on the caravan floor, Wendy is sneaking up on the beast dancer in the hopes of backstabbing him, whilst poor Ursula has been kidnapped and is assumed sexually assaulted before killed.

I actually really enjoy my character. She is not really a physical fighter (despite her past as an assassin vigilante – didn’t think that through), but is very good at picking locks, picking pockets, talking, sneaking, hiding and mentally torturing. She is, however, not one of the “nice” pirates, trying to help the people while stealing from the government – she is a spy for some high up political group, so it will be interesting to see where that takes us. Cold and calculated. Oh, and she’s also addicted to opium.