Sunday, April 22, 2012


The cat reminds me of an Emily the Strange/Hello Kitty hybrid

I discovered this band last Tuesday, and within 10 seconds they became one of my favorite bands. How?
1. "MUSEtta" ... what can I say? Guess I've still got Muse on my mind
2. Ophelia's Song: just watch/listen and you will understand (hopefully!)
3. Musetta cat! 

Ophelia's Song

Red Star


Another Glimpse of Sun

Ophelia's Song (DNA Remix)

This band has been remixed many times by many different DJ's - a DJ's paradise I guess
The DNA remix adds a spooky, almost steampunk feel to the song!

The band was founded in Milan, Italy in 2006 by Matteo Curcio (bass player/DJ) and singer Marinella Mastrosimone. Musetta's image and mood is "inspired by early 20th century arts, film-noir and science fiction - a retro feel with a futuristic edge (" Mice to Meet You is their debut album and they due are currently working on their forthcoming album!

Check out their website - it's one of the coolest I've ever seen for a band!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Hollies

Talk about a blast from the past - I remember listening to The Hollies and the Gypsy Kings as my mom and I went on road trips through the Rocky Mountains. I'd look at the little waterfalls running down the sides of the mountains as my mom drove along the winding curves of the roads. I was listening to The Hollies on YouTube a while back and as "Dear Eloise" came up on my playlist today, I thought I should share my first favorite band!

The Hollies are an English pop/rock band from the 1960s and their music, for me, is synonymous with childhood. I remember telling my grandpa to listen to "Dear Eloise" - apparently my habit of sharing my favorite music started young! 

Dear Eloise

It feels odd to watch the music video and see their interpretation of the song after all this time x) Kinda neat to put a face to the voice though :) 

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

I've always loved the message in this song - even before I had a brother! And now that I do, I can easily tear-up to this song if I really get into the lyrics. 

The Air that I Breathe

Just imagine: driving down the highway as the summer sun is setting and not worrying (as only a kid can) that you might never return to the places you're leaving, and unsure of where you're heading, but loving every minute of the journey. I had NO idea what this song was about ( ie. "making love to you"...) but I knew it was about happiness and simplicity ^^

Bus Stop

Haha, even little me knew this song was about love lost. Ahh, summer romance...
(I also find it amusing how I can only hear the singing from my left speaker. Yup, definitely grateful for stereo recordings ^^)

Long Cool Woman In a Black Dress

Mmm, I can just imagine setting out on our trip with this song. A nice foot-tapping, head-nodding song about some sexy vixen in a LBD (little black dress)... LOL


Aha, oh stop it YouTube, always leading me on and on with your recommendations...

I definitely remember listening to Dusty Springfield at some point - just as an aside, I love the name "Dusty"! I'm pretty sure I remember seeing the Pulp Fiction soundtrack cover. Dayum... my mom was/is cool B) 

Son of a Preacher Man

And thus my fascination with urban street art began...
You can expect a post about Banksy soon!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Battle of the Music Videos!

Nothing to do with the band, just a wicked ring from mylavaliere on etsy!
A most interesting scenario has arisen involving a homemade wedding trailer being better suited to a song than it's own music video! Reading the comments for the bird and the bee's "My Love" it seems that vloger sisters Leyla and Mimi (you can follow their channel at EverythingLuxy) have created a better alternative :D ... I think I agree! 

The original:
My Love - the bird and the bee

The winner (IMHO :P)
Alex and Mimi Wedding Trailer 

This comment sums up my reaction:

Grinning like a photoshopped hyena,

Lhasa - Rising

Earlier this evening my mom was playing "Rising" on a playlist and she called me over to interpret the music video... I haven't stopped listening to the song since. 


The song meanders around and through you, winding around your arms and legs like a smoke snake. The sound of her voice is comforting, like a foggy memory from childhood. The harp reminds me of mourning - I can imagine standing inside beside a window, looking out through the pouring rain and feeling alone. But the idea of "rising up" seems like a salvation, someone is coming to save you and take you away to a better place. Someplace sunny and warm, grass swaying in a soft breeze. Listening to this, my mind can't help but drift off with every passing thought. I thoroughly enjoy this song and I was saddened to learn that Lhasa passed away in 2010 after a battle with breast cancer.

Such beautiful lyrics!
I got caught in a stormand carried away   
I got turned, turned around 
I got caught in a storm
that's what happened to me
so I didn't call
and you didn't see me for a while 
I was rising uphitting the groundand breaking and breakingand windows were breaking 
I couldn't hear what you were sayingI was caught in a storm
things were flying around
and doors were slamming
and I couldn't hear what you were saying
I couldn't hear what you were saying
    I was rising up
    hitting the ground
    and breaking and breaking
Rising up
Rising up

Lhasa de Sela
1972- 2010

Spring & Summer Shenanigans 2012

My prized Raveonettes poster signed by Sharin Foo!!
As a winter storm blows in from the north, my mind is miles away in the hot and languorous days of summer. Sipping on Iced Caramel Macchiatos as I furiously try to collect stars and earn a Gold Card at Starbucks. Running to concerts after work, or reliving my childhood at playgrounds and parks. All that being said, seems like there's also a lot of new music to look forward to as well!

Sharin and I at the Sled Island Music Festival June 2011
Fuzzy photo courtesy of my 2-megapixel not-smart phone...
The Raveonettes are releasing their 4-song Into the Night EP on April 24th! The band is set to release their 6th full-length album later this year. Here's a link to a sample track:

Night Comes Out

Sune and Sharin from my "too-far-to-the-right-side" vantage point
I went to see their show on June 26, 2011 and for some reason I now associate them with summer and summer with them! My ultimate summer song: Dead Sound. Going to see them was an amazing experience! They had two drummers, one behind Sharin and the other behind Sune, and the way they synchronized to "Apparitions" made me realize that even a concert in a smaller venue with not much in the way of lights/smoke/props can still visually stun. It's been nearly a year and I still haven't stopped gushing about them! :D 

Dead Sound 

... Oh. Umm, this was actually the first time I ever watched the music video. It's not exactly what I imagined when I listen to it, but I guess the "dead" sound makes more sense now :x



Here's an interview with LIGHTS in Variance Magazine, check it out! When you click Expand, scroll to page 12-13 and you'll have to zoom in to read it :P