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So, yes, I realize that this is a little late; I meant to get it up last night, but it always takes longer to upload all the songs than I expect. But I figure Halloween is too good a holiday to let it be over just yet!

I tend to make a Halloween music mix every year, though they're usually pretty formless and rough, so I don't think I've posted one to LJ before. This one has an emphasis on slinky, techno/electronica dance music, and real-life horror (serial killers, stalkers) rather than supernatural horror. Let me know if you like it!

Halloween 2010: Your Favorite Nightmare )
brigdh: (nothing will hold you)
Last week, [livejournal.com profile] lunatunes's theme was 'Apocalypse Songs'. Conveniently, I had been working on an Apocalypse Mix, off and on since the global economy collapsed last fall. Here, then, is what I've come up with (not exactly the same as what I posted to [livejournal.com profile] lunatunes, since I've been fiddling with it since then.):

Coming Storm )

Busy, busy

Jul. 27th, 2007 04:16 pm
brigdh: (*laughs*)
Heh, the problem with actually having a life is that it leaves me so little time to update LJ. Or perhaps it just feels that way since my computer's been broken for a while now. I'd brought my laptop with me to Cyprus in the theory that I was promised it would be safe, and there was always a chance I'd find it useful. Instead, of course, two weeks in, I was sitting with it at a table one day, someone tripped over the power cord, and the flow of electricity promptly stopped functioning. I didn't know if the problem was in the cord (in which case I'd just have to buy a new one) or in the computer itself (which would be a much larger problem); I could, theoretically, have taken it to a computer store in Cyprus to find out, but since it took me two weeks just to find a post office that functioned, I was reluctant to hand over my nice laptop. And so I had to wait until I returned to solve the problem: it was the cord after all, and now everything functions again, and after just two trips to a Best Buy. (Which would have been one, but I, uh, forgot to bring the cord with me the first time. Go me.)

I returned to New York late in the afternoon on Tuesday; Wednesday morning someone called with free tickets to a Broadway show. And then last night Racheline and I ate out at JoJo, since it is Restaurant Week here. Um. My life is not always so glamorous!

The show I saw was 110 in the Shade, which was very good, even if I didn't even know what it was about going in. (It's about 1930's small Texas town during a drought, and a girl who would like a husband, in case anyone else is as ignorant as me.) Audra McDonald played the lead role, but I particularly liked Steve Kazee, who played Starbuck, a conman.

JoJo was also excellent; I had the vegetable menu, which had four courses. There was gazpacho with tiny minced peppers and cucumbers and avocado, and big halves of cherry tomatoes in the soup itself; a salad with artichoke hearts and spinach leaves, pinenuts, and curls of lemon peel; a mushroom tart that was perhaps the best thing ever; and passion fruit Pavlova, which is a sort of sherbet thing, bright yellow with the passion fruit seeds in it, in a meringue cup, on cream. All so very good.

Random links:
I am so excited about this movie!
Blossom to Blossom- I posted this story last week, but I think perhaps LJ was doing one of its weird things. Or, uh, you didn't comment because you didn't like it. In which case, feel free to continue ignoring it!
Iron & Wine - Boy With a Coin Iron & Wine has a new CD coming out in September, and I can't wait for it. Luckily, they have already released a single, which is really, really good. It reminds me a bit of the style of Woman King, as opposed to their softer songs.


May. 14th, 2007 11:41 pm
brigdh: (ipod)
I posted these songs to [livejournal.com profile] lunatunes earlier today, but they lock their posts, so I am also sharing it here. The theme was 'Your Top Five Songs At The Moment'.

1. Head Automatica - Please Please Please (Young Hollywood)
You lick the hand that feeds you,
And kiss the blade that cuts.
I wanna fuck you in your god's hands
When your praying bites the dust.

Utterly trashy, cheesy club music, and yet I Cannot Stop Listening to this song. Seriously. Send help.

2. Lamb - Bonfire
Burn like a good bonfire
In whatever you do.
Just burn like a good bonfire,
And I know you'll come through.

Slower, but very intense, trip-hop song.

3. Rufus Wainwright - Everybody Knows (Cover)
Everybody knows that you love me baby,
Everybody knows that you really do,
Everybody knows that you've been faithful
Give or take a night or two.

This is such a bitter, cynical song; I have no idea why I find it so fun. I much prefer this cover to the original.

4. Eliza Carthy - Rolling Sea
Oh, the wars will soon be over,
And the sailors all come home.
Every lass will get a lad,
She won't have to sleep alone.

From the Rouge's Gallery CD, a collection of traditional sea shanties and pirate songs, performed by modern musicians. This is my favorite song off of it; it's excellent to sing along to.

5. Iron & Wine - Gray Stables
Brave lady,
I could see you through the mosses,
Laid, shameless in the sun.
My lady
With her porcelain and her weightless face,
Pleasing everyone.

A gorgeous, slow folk song. All of Iron & Wine's songs are lovely, and often sad, but this is my current favorite.
brigdh: (art)
The Highwayman Alfred Noyes

Cut For Length )

Oh, I was obsessed with this poem when I was little. I adored it. Though I wanted a happy ending instead, for these two to live and go be dashing rouges forever. Musical versions I've collected:
Phil Ochs - The Highwayman
Loreena McKennitt - The Highwayman (I much prefer this version.)

Other things I've uploaded today: The Rogue's Gallery CD
brigdh: (you so cute)
Not that I think there are many people here who aren't already members of [livejournal.com profile] fst, but I thought I'd point out that I made a Richard St Vier (from Swordspoint! Yes!) mix for their current theme of 'Singles'- mixes that are only three or four songs. (Unlocked version posted here to [livejournal.com profile] _riverside.)

Wooooe, it's been far too long since I finished a story for them, but actually I have a [livejournal.com profile] springkink story due on Sunday, so I should shut up and go do the necessary finishing editing for that.

Currently I'm reading Swords and Deviltry, the first one of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd* and the Gray Mouser series, it being one of those books that I kept finding references to for the last few months, and had in the back of my mind that I'd need to buy if I happened to stumble over a cheap copy. This morning I was playing around on [livejournal.com profile] sans_daily, and found that they were apparently turned into a terrible comic in the 70's, which inspired me to walk over to the Strand and see if they didn't have a copy. (A decision probably helped in no small part by the fact that what I was currently reading this morning was Kim Stanley Robinson's Blue Mars, and I seem to have waited too long between the second book of the trilogy and this one, because I no longer care about any of the characters At All. Of course, a cast of hundreds might have caused the problem all by itself.) And oh, this book is awesome! It's funny and entirely in-tune with its wish-fulfillment, but most of all it's incredibly evocative of all the pulp fantasy I used to read when I was little. From the first paragraph, it was like finding something you used to love.

I didn't expect that at all. I expected it to be one of those things that are celebrated because they were influential and important, but which are not, actually, all that good. Like H. P. Lovecraft. (Um, don't kill me if you like Lovecraft. I like the idea! But I don't know how anyone can stand to read more than a handful of his stories; they all start to blur together and seem like the exact same plot over and over, to me.) But this isn't like that at all; it's fun and interesting, and sort of cheesy, but it knows it is and can laugh at that. I'm in love.

*How on earth is that pronounced?


Apr. 2nd, 2007 05:19 pm
brigdh: (dance)
I made a mix that I'm mailing out to people as part of [livejournal.com profile] audiography's Mix Trade, but I decided to share it with you lovely people as well. Locked only because I'm not entirely sure how that fits with the rules of the trade.

Concrete Jungle )

Okay. Now I'm going to go get some dinner, and then I really, seriously, oh-my-god-I-can't believe-it's-due-tomorrow have to finish that one story.
brigdh: (procrastination)
ARGH. I have five hours to finish a six-page paper (of which I've written two sentences) for a professor I hate. Mainly because she grades papers in this way: if I write a sentence such as "The noise of leaves, birds, and insects are important sources of such useful information as prey location for hunting and identification of place and time, and are conceptualized by the Kaluli as the ideal of beauty", she will leave a note saying "and water". Bitch, if I was going to list every single thing in the rain forest that made noise, I could have had six pages of that alone and forgotten the whole theorizing thing. Clearly I was mistaken in assuming which of the two you would rather have.

Anyway, I only have five hours to write this one (and clearly posting to livejournal is an excellent way to make progress on that) because then I have to go pick up one of new graduate students who is attending the university's Open House and staying with me for the rest of the week. Again, argh.

In the meantime I have posted some songs to [livejournal.com profile] audiography, whose current theme is 'your top five songs at the moment'.

Um. Are any of you doing anything interesting? Talk to me while I write this paper, people.

ETA: Hey, now I have more time! The girl's flight was delayed, thus providing the one example ever of airport troubles being to my benefit.


Mar. 2nd, 2007 02:12 pm
brigdh: (holier than thou)
I am currently very annoyed with my roommate (who is, at the moment, actually here). Last night I came into the kitchen to get food out of the oven; she was already standing there, but I didn't say anything to her because she was in the middle of a conversation on the phone (mostly concerning the strangeness of her phone picking up other signals and the quality of the quesdillas she was making, but whatever). I pulled the food out of the oven, turned away, and accidentally bumped the pan. Now, normally I am good about realizing in time what dropped things you should not attempt to catch (knives, pointy things, etc), but last night I went lunging for the metal pan, burned myself, and dropped it again, all with loud clattering and a dash to the sink to run cold water over the burn.

Meanwhile, my roommate stood half a foot away and continued to stare at the microwave, without even glancing over. To ignore all that must have taken some serious effort, I must say.

Of course, possibly I'm just annoyed because today I have a blister on the back of my hand and it hurts.

I've put two posts up on [livejournal.com profile] audiography in the last twenty-four hours: one for the current "remix theme" (which I think has nothing to do with the remix fanfic challenge, but is fun anyway), and one of covers of There Is a Light That Never Goes Out. Go download stuff, if you would like. Also, [livejournal.com profile] esrafil and her friend are coming today! Wheee!

Music meme

Feb. 27th, 2007 10:32 pm
brigdh: (dance)
I actually have several interesting things to post about, having been busy for the last few days, but because I have class for many, many hours straight on Tuesday, I'm currently tired and lazy and want simple things. And comments.

So! Meme. The ipod horoscope: Put iTunes (or whatever other music player you use) on shuffle, and take the first five songs. This is your horoscope for the next week.

Death From Above - Go Home, Get Down
I like this band; they play a fun sort of Indie Rock with techno influences. The lyrics say, "So that you're not alone/ I wanna take you home with me/ Well, let's stay up all night/ Or you can while I fall asleep". Um, I think the music wants me to sleep with someone. But this apparently is not a relationship in which anything is talked about: "So if you tell me that you'll have me, never leave me til I die/ Why try?/ But if we're living and we're happy and I come back when I go/ You will know." Sounds dysfunctional.

Matthew Good Band - Raygun
Ah, Matt Good. My lovely obsession. These lyrics says, "Armour me with futile aspirations". Yeah, that's hopeful. Actually, most of these lyrics make me think I'll be joining a political protest sometime soon. But we also have, "We've never been there before/ You and me", so I suppose it could also be about my crazy relationship from the previous song making progress.

Fisher - Mad Girl's Love Song
Chamber pop of Slyvia Plath poetry! Which I have already uploaded recently. "I think I made you up inside my head" probably does not bode well for my relationship. Or, you know, my sanity.

Sonu Nigam, Gayatri Lyer (Bride and Prejudice Soundtrack) - Balle Balle (Punjabi Wedding Song)
Yay, bhangra! I don't know what the lyrics actually say, since I don't speak Hindi (if it's even in Hindi, I'm just guessing), but that title is sort of worrying to find in a horoscope. I am not planning on marrying anyone this week.

Jeff Beal (Carnivale Soundtrack)- Justin Calls Iris
Which is a good thing, because iTunes thinks my preacher would be a demonic creature in a relationship with his sister. Oh, Carnivale. You were so crazy and fucked up; why on earth did HBO cancel you?
brigdh: (Goku wears headphones)
I've been incredibly busy all week (in case you couldn't tell, from the lack of posts), and now I need to finish writing two papers, read a book plus several hundred pages of articles, find and revise my CV, upload various notes, and probably several other things I've forgotten. Before Tuesday.

But I'm taking a break for a moment, so you all get some of the music I'm currently obsessed with. I'm going through a crazy-loud dance music phase, which is oh so convenient without a player that lets me bounce to it as I walk places.

Matthew Herbet - Birds of a Feather
You're twisting, it's the way you're shifting,
It's the way you're twisting.
We're like a calf and its leather, (how so tell me)
And you know that your skin will always be taut.
We're gonna all hang together, (how so tell me so)
'Cause you know that your skin will always be taut round here.

The slowest song I'm uploading, but probably the prettiest. If you don't like techno, this is the one to take.

Shout Out Out Out Out - Self Loathing Rulz (Malente Remix)
(no lyrics)

I'm fascinated by the title of this song: is it supposed to be "the rules of self loathing" or "self loathing is awesome"? I don't know, but this is an excellent computer disco/synthesizer song.

Poor Leno (Silken Soul Remix)/There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (Acapella) - Erlend Øye + Röyksopp
And if a double-decker bus crashes into us,
I'd die by your side.
If a ten-ton truck kills the both of us,
I'll die by your side,
I'll die by your side,
Such a heavenly way to die.

Alec song, what! I am seriously in insane amounts of love with this song.

Fall Out Boy - This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race
I am an arms dealer, fitting you with weapons in the form of words,
And I don't really care, which side wins,
Long as the room keeps singing, that's just the business I'm in.
This ain't a scene, it's a goddamn arms race,
This ain't a scene, it's a goddamn arms race,
This ain't a scene, it's a goddamn arms race,
I'm not a shoulder to cry on, but I digress.
I'm the leading man,
And the lies I weave are oh so intricate, oh so intricate!

Pop-punk, not techno, but whatever; it's still good to dance to. Fall Out Boy's new album finally came out last week, I think. I've had the leaked copy for a while. I don't like it as much as 'From Under Cork Tree', but this is my favorite song from the new one.

Cobra Starship - Send My Love to the Dancefloor, I'll See You in Hell (Hey Mister DJ)
Let it go, there's no way you can save it now.
Get back, you know that the city is burning.
So the story goes, it makes you wonder.
'Cause if we're trapped and we're never gonna find a way out to
Get out- we're gonna dance now!

Still pop-punk. Seriously, you have to love a song where the title is longer than any line actually sung.

Gogol Bordello - Gypsy Part of Town
Soon enough they all turn around,
Soon enough you'll see them in a different part of town.
Oh, gadjo gets lost in a gypsy part of town.
Let's go!

Gypsy-punk. No, really, it's a genre, though this is the only group I know of that plays it. The main singer's voice is so growly and menacing; it fits perfectly with the lyrics of this song, as opposed to some of their others. Lots of fun, in a strange way.
brigdh: (my OTP has issues)
[livejournal.com profile] lunatunes's theme this week is "love songs that don't suck". Dude, there's no way I wasn't making a post for that. Since they flock everything, below the cut you'll find my post reproduced, instead of just giving you the link. Some of these songs I've posted before, but there are always new people to entertain.

...I feel like which OTP I associate with which song is incredibly obvious, as well as which ones I'm currently writing and therefore have more songs for.

Also, man, it's snowing! The warmest day in a week and a half and it snows; what's up with that? Though I will concede that the flakes catching and sparkling in the light of streetlamps is possibly the most gorgeous sight ever.

31 songs beneath the cut! I, uh, sort of got carried away. )


Jan. 8th, 2007 07:32 pm
brigdh: (Goku wears headphones)
I have a new musical obsession, and I am here to share it with you all. A few weeks ago I was bored and playing around with friendsfriends, and stumbled across someone saying that all of Jose Gonzalez's music (there should be accents over the first e and the a, but I'm too lazy to code it in) reminded them of Richard from Swordspoint. Clearly I immediately had to download everything I could find. And once I'd seen how awesome the music was, I ran to buy his CD the very next day; his songs have already hit embarrassingly high play-counts on both my ipod and computer.

I'd heard of Jose Gonzalez before, but always in the context of his cover of The Knife's 'Heartbeats'. Which is a very pretty song but, in my opinion, sort of insipid; it had certainly never inspired me to go track down anything else by him. WHICH WAS A MISTAKE. Because all of the rest of his stuff is dark and fucked up and gorgeous; one of the songs I'm not uploading starts with the line "Poke the body with a stick, roll it down". I have no idea why the hell the music blogosphere went wild for 'Heartbeats' when they could have been posting 'Lovestain'. He's a Swedish musician, and his style reminds me a bit of Elliott Smith, Iron & Wine or Sufjan Stevens.

Here are my favorite songs of his. You know you need pretty acoustic guitar music with lyrics all about murderers and broken hearts.

Jose Gonzalez - Lovestain
You left a lovestain on my heart,
And you left a blood stain on the ground.
But blood comes off easily.

BEST SONG EVER IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC, NOT EVEN KIDDING, YOU GUYS. This is the CD version; if anyone develops an obsession equal to mine, I also have two live versions I can share. I have live versions of several of these songs, by the way, so feel free to ask.

Jose Gonzalez - Slow Moves
My moves are slow,
But soon they'll know.
My moves are slow,
But soon they'll know.

Jose Gonzalez - All You Deliver
On the verge of ruin,
You'll see it all clear:
How steep the fall is,
How long the way back is.

Jose Gonzalez - Crosses
People staring; they know you've been broken,
Repeatedly reminded by the looks on their faces.
Ignore them tonight and you'll be alright.
We'll cast some light and you'll be alright.

Jose Gonzalez - Storm
All the stars are burning for you,
But none of them is going to last,
So stop chasing the past.
As soon as the storm is over,
And all the fog is clear,
As soon as the storm is over,
I've promised to send out for you.

Junip - Turn to the Assassin (This is a song by his other group.)
Go, repress your prudent side,
It's beautiful but plastic.
Go, reveal darker sides,
Killing is never too drastic.
brigdh: (procrastination)
Oh god, I don't want to write my Yuletide story and I don't want to produce an outline and presentation for my paper tomorrow. Didn't I have willpower at one point? Didn't I have motivation? (Yeah, I know, I'm pretty sure that never happened.)

Isn't there some sort of meme going around at the moment that I could use for a distraction? I could always take drabble requests, I suppose, but heh, there's a bad idea.

Wait- I know one! Comment and I will post a song that reminds me of you. Or hey, request a theme/character/word/whatever and I'll see what song I can find for it.


Nov. 13th, 2006 11:19 pm
brigdh: (mmmmsummer)
One of my very favorite songs is Summertime. Originally composed by George Gershwin in 1935, it has been performed by a *lot* of people since then. Below the cut are some of my favorite covers of it; I used to have many more, but unfortunately I lost them when my computer crashed a while back. If anyone has some more versions, I'd love to hear them!

And the living is easy )

Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] lunatunes, because they lock their posts.
brigdh: (look how I got you bitches rockin' to it)
5 songs from me up for download over at [livejournal.com profile] audiography for their theme of "Your Top 5 Songs At the Moment". Unfortunately, [livejournal.com profile] lunatunes did the same theme just a few weeks ago, and I haven't got a new set of top 5 yet. Instead, have a mix of new ones I'm starting to be fond of and some old favorites.

Speaking of music, clearly none of you love me, because I didn't get any responses to the anonymous music meme. Why yes, this is a blatant attempt at garnering responses by mentioning it a second time, but hey, I'm shameless like that. All you've got to do is upload a song that reminds you of me, and comment with the link to the download.

There are currently 4 fanfictions of the front page of my journal alone (5 if you can't see an irrelevant locked post). Even given that most of them are very short, that is a bizarre level of productivity for me. It feels all weird.
brigdh: (Default)
Man, I thought I wasn't going to manage to finish that in time. But I've posted the Alec soundtrack I've been working on all month. ([livejournal.com profile] fst posts are locked to members, but it's easy enough to join if you just want to see one post. Or I could repost it here if anyone wants, but really, I think pretty much everyone here is a member of [livejournal.com profile] fst anyway.) Contains spoilers, by the way!

Also, [livejournal.com profile] 31_days has put up their themes for November. Check them out, and come join me in playing! Although actually very few of these are jumping out at me at the moment.

Happy Halloween! The Greenwich Village Parade is the best thing evar, by the way.
brigdh: (imonk)
Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] lunatunes for their "current top five songs" theme, but as that's a locked community, I thought I'd share with my own dear flist.

Music downloads! )
brigdh: (mmmmsummer)
Letter Meme: Reply and I'll give you a letter and you have to find five songs that start with that letter and post them to your journal.

[livejournal.com profile] parallactic gave me E.

Explode - Nelly Furtado
You bully, you break, you bully, you break
You fake, you fake, you fake, you fake
You smoke, you toke, you want, you flaunt, you hit it and you're in it and it's spinning

Fast, danceable song with *incredibly depressing* lyrics.

Evening on the Ground (Lilith's Song) - Iron & Wine
Garden wall of eden
Full of spiderbites and all your lovers
We were
We were born to fuck each other

Iron & Wine usually plays country-folk, but this song is much harder and angrier.

Euphony - Matthew Good Band
Happy to be alive
So low it hurts to breathe in
Close to you
It's close to me
Close enough that it's something to believe in

Yes, I am incapable of making a music post without including a Matthew Good Band song, thank you, move along.

Ex-Lion Tamer - Wire
There's great danger
For the loneliest ranger in town
No silver bullets
Tonto's split the scene
Next week will solve your problems

Bouncy indie rock. I have no idea what the title of this song has to do with the lyrics.

Eulogy - Tool
You've claimed all this time that you would die for me.
Why then are you so surprised to hear your own eulogy?

Ah, Tool. Always good for angry music.

On another note, have you seen the Multifandom DVD Commentary Challenge? It's like the meme that went around to do DVD commentary on own of your stories, except you pick someone else's story to do it to. Neat idea, but it needs more representation from animanga fans.

Consider my stories up for grabs, if anyone wants, or at least they will be as soon as I get around to leaving a comment on the post.


Jul. 12th, 2006 10:19 pm
brigdh: (cancelling the internet)
Gayleen Froese- who you may remember is one of my favorite musicians, and I've put up lots of her music- is apparently nor dead nor disappeared from the internet! Her website is back up, and features an entire CD for download.

Speaking of music, [livejournal.com profile] audiography's theme this week is 'road trip music'. Which has not been as fruitful as I'd hoped; I adore road trip music, but too many members on that community just don't share my taste in music. I put up my own post here; there's 13 songs for download.

[livejournal.com profile] reading_mix: a community to post reading lists based around a theme. Really neat idea.

[livejournal.com profile] 20_aus: a community like [livejournal.com profile] 30_kisses or [livejournal.com profile] 100_themes, except the 20 prompts are all to be used for AUs. This is the best idea ever. Ohhhh, I want to do it so badly, but I should finish my other obligations first.

[livejournal.com profile] bb_shousetsu's (original boy's love stories) new edition is out.

Red Thread by [livejournal.com profile] springgreen [Sanzo, G, spoilers up to end of Reload 6] Sanzo and attachment and oh, an excellent story.


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