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27 February 2009 @ 09:24 am
If you ask to borrow a quote with attribution and I give my consent, please do not go about changing it to give it an entirely different meaning before spreading it around the internets.
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26 February 2009 @ 10:26 am
...in the form of the first noise rock band I've become fond of, Steel Pole Bath Tub ( yeah, I know, but noise rock band names are like that ).

Apparently, an ad recently used their song Train To Miami ( a vid with better sound quality than the below ), causing a slight ripple of reminiscence in the rock community. Spawned in the '80s, they've been inactive since the early half of this decade.

A good example of their style is their cover of The Cars' song Just What I Needed - an upbeat, poppy '80s love song turned into something minimalist, ominous and slightly otherworldly.

( I don't know why, but most Steel Pole Bath Tub songs on Youtube are to these of backwards driving videos. A reference to their slightly odd focus on The Cars, perhaps? )
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22 February 2009 @ 01:56 am
..."My Girl's Pussy", from 1931.

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20 February 2009 @ 02:07 am
...step inside the pink insulation vagina and see for yourself.

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15 February 2009 @ 10:46 pm
( Black Math, live 2003 )

Don't you think that I'm bound to react now?
Well, my fingers are definitely turning to black now.
Yeah, well maybe I'll put my love on ice.
Teach myself, maybe that'll be nice, yeah.

My books are sitting at the top of the stack now.
The longer words are really breaking my back now.
Maybe I'll learn to understand,
Drawing a square with a pencil in hand, yeah.

Mathematically turning the page.
Unequivocally showing my age.
I'm practically center stage.
Undeniably earning your wage.
Well maybe I'll put my love on ice,
And teach myself, maybe that'll be nice, yeah.

Listen master, can you answer a question?
Is it the fingers, or the brain,
that you're teaching a lesson?
I can't tell you how proud I am,
I'm writing down things that I don't understand.
Well, maybe I'll put my love on ice,
And teach myself, maybe that'll be nice.
14 February 2009 @ 11:47 pm

Yes, I know what you're thinking - I'm posting Christian rock.

Don't worry, nothing's changed, it's just that WhatWasThatOne throws up weird shit that I just have to post.
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13 February 2009 @ 01:39 am
Another band new to me from Domino - The Threatmantics.

This one is in English, but about half of their songs I've heard are in Welsh ( and surprisingly, it actually works ).

Seriously though, the video looks like someone challenged them to make a video using whatever they could find on the living room floor. Quite possibly one of the worst I've ever seen, and not in a fun, bizarre way.

Ah, that's what an indie rock budget will do...
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11 February 2009 @ 02:10 am
A rather surreal vocal work from Saariaho ( sung by Valérie Gabail ).

I have no idea what this is about, and honestly, I'm not sure I want to - it's beautiful enough as abstract art.

My presentation this term is going to be on Magnus Lindberg's clarinet concerto, so I'm exploring the Finnish modernist scene in general.

From everything I've read, classical music, and modernist classical music in particular, is more alive in Finland than any other country.

Forget Sibelius - Finland isn't important because of what it did then; it's important for what it's doing now.

Considering the entire country has a population smaller than Toronto, I can't help but be impressed.
29 January 2009 @ 11:37 am

They're also notable for doing one of the few versions of Louie Louie I can stand ( and in this case, actually like ).

Anyhow, it's recently occurred to me that I am the only gay man who likes rock music. Seriously, once guys find out my profession, they usually talk about what music they like, and this is one genre that NEVER comes up. I've probably talked to thousands of guys, yet the cliches actually have a firm basis in reality.

Yes, the cliches of Streisand, Celine Dion and Broadway Musicals are largely true. The minority of gay guys do tend to have more diverse tastes - there's a fair amount of country, folk, world, even jazz lovers, and many into classical music ( my only common ground, usually ). Rap is understandably unpopular, but just why rock is almost absent is a mystery to me.

For once I'd like to meet a guy who says he just loves Death Metal. I do not like Death Metal. It sounds like musical entertainment for Throat Cancer Awareness Week ( which, in turn, might be a good name for a Screamo band ). But it would be different, and unexpected. And frankly, I'd rather lose my hearing that way than listening to Judy Garland sing "Over The Rainbow" for the eight-hundredth and forty-second time.

One of the things I DON'T like about rock is how depressingly young white male it is. That being said, leaving out the white, what is so aversive for gay men about the young and male part? For that matter, what is the huge appeal for the average gay guy in older female pop stars?

I mean, I think he's tacky and I'm not attracted to him, but I get why gay guys like Enrique Iglesias. But seriously, have you looked at Liza Minnelli lately? You want that? Really?
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