Saturday, December 31, 2016

Farewell 2016

2016 was a pretty great year - not in the world at large (that's another post) - but in my own life, and I'm very grateful. I don't think I've ever been more excited for what a new year will bring.

For no real reason, I'm going to post a list I made last year of my Top 14 Favourite Songs Of 2015. After my last post, I realized how nice it is to have all my favourite songs from one time period together (and not just the songs, but the videos, too). So, I'm really just posting this for my own sake, but maybe someone else will enjoy it?


Alabama Shakes - Future People
Baroness - Shock Me
Chelsea Wolfe - Grey Days
Christine And The Queens - Tilted
Deafheaven - Come Back
Joy Williams - What A Good Woman Does
Marina And The Diamonds - Forget
Panopticon - Into The North Woods
Tame Impala - Let It Happen
Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile


Anyway, I hope anyone reading this is doing well and I hope your 2017 is genuinely awesome and fulfilling. I'll see ya on the other side.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Favourite songs of 2016

Clearly, I like writing about music (which really just means I like organizing my favourite music), so I've made a list of my Top 14 Favourite Songs Of 2016. I simply listed them in alphabetical order and put a star next to my top 4. :)


Beyonce - Formation

David Bowie - Blackstar

Garbage - Empty

Ghost - Square Hammer *

(I wore this outfit a little while ago, but never posted it. It's a sweater from Nordstrom over a little cropped hoodie from Bob's over a dress from a boutique.)

Iggy Pop - Sunday *

John Paul White - What's So

Mantar - Era Borealis *

Metallica - Moth Into Flame

PJ Harvey - The Wheel

Rihanna - Kiss It Better

Run The Jewels - Legend Has It

Russian Circles - Vorel

Sturgill Simpson - Brace For Impact (Live A Little) *

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Top 5 recent albums

There's been a great number of albums I've fallen in love with over the last few years, so I thought I'd make a list of my top 5. These are the albums I've not only enjoyed blasting in my car and dancing like a freak to, but the ones that have meant the most to me during a difficult time.


Brody Dalle - Diploid Love (2014)

Confession: I have a major girl crush on Brody Dalle. Mostly, I love her songs and her voice, but she's also just an all around badass. As I mentioned previously, I adore all of her music, whether it's with The Distillers, Spinnerette or as a solo artist, but for now I'm going to focus on her recent solo album Diploid Love. This album is an electro-punk rock manifesto that's bursting at the seams with catchy, unforgettable hooks. Aesthetically, it feels both futuristic and like it was pulled from a time capsule planted in 1996. Lyrically, it moves from defiant to joyful to reflective and back and is always empowering. Also, it's the album I've listened to most over the last 2 years.

Favourite songs: I can honestly say every song has been my favourite at some point, but the singles (Rat Race, Don't Mess With Me, Meet The Foetus / Oh The Joy) are as good a place to start as any. Nothing makes me wanna get up and dance like the second half of Meet The Foetus / Oh The Joy. I could listen to those 2 minutes over and over all day and not get sick of it.


Ghost - Meliora (2015)

Ghost is a Swedish metal band I discovered quite randomly in 2013, right before they released their major label debut Infestissumam. I was intrigued not only by their sound, but by their overall mystique, their sense of humour and their unholy ability to combine darkness with pop sensibilities. I've long been obsessed with this particular juxtaposition in music and Ghost are masters at it. They've managed to create a world all their own and it's one I thoroughly enjoy inhabiting (I've seen them live 5 times now). While I love all 3 of their albums, Meliora is my favourite thus far. It's the perfect combination of the 2 that came before it and is near flawless in its execution.

FS: Once again, every song has been my favourite at some point, but From The Pinnacle To The Pit hits me the hardest (more specifically, its second half, when the song shifts and a new chorus comes out of nowhere and takes my breath away - I enjoy this moment now as much as when I first heard it.) Also, what other modern metal band has released a song like He Is? That's why Ghost is Ghost and not just another flash in the pan or gimmick.


Marina And The Diamonds - Froot (2015)

So, this is my favourite pop album this decade. No big deal.

I've always enjoyed pop for what it is, but it's rare that a pop album becomes one of my Favourite Albums. To be fair, though, this isn't strictly pop. It's alternative, electronic, pop, rock and singer-songwriter all in one, illuminated by Marina's gorgeous voice. The songs here are well written and packed with yummy hooks, so much so that it feels effortless. Every song is single-worthy and every song's melody is distinct, but undeniably Marina-esque (a sign to me of a truly talented songwriter). Lyrically, she covers a wide range of topics, from depression to love to murder and war, all without sacrificing her charm, sincerity or wit. After this, I can't wait to see what she does next.

FS - I love 'em all, but Blue is my favourite to sing along to and Forget is my favourite overall.


Queens Of The Stone Age - ... Like Clockwork (2013)

I'm not sure where to begin with this one. This album has meant more to me than just about any other work of art, ever. If anyone reading this has never listened to Queens Of The Stone Age, I command you to do so. Stop reading this blog and go listen to Queens. All of their albums are phenomenal, but ... Like Clockwork holds a special place in my heart. It was written after Josh Homme died briefly on an operating room table during surgery and the depression he experienced afterwards. In his words, this album is about coming out of a black hole. In my words, it's powerful as fuck. Having discovered it during what happened to be the worst period in my own life, this album was nothing less than an epiphany to me. The way in which Josh was able to take so much darkness and transform it into something beautiful and transcendent is as good a testament as any as to what art has the potential to do (both for the artist and the listener). It may seem cheesy to love an album this much, but I don't care. I'm forever grateful for this masterpiece. (Also, everyone in Queens is amazing.)

FS - Every single song. Just go listen to it.


Tribulation - The Children Of The Night (2015)

Tribulation is another Swedish metal band I discovered quite randomly, this time in 2015. I've seen them live twice now (once as an opener for Ghost and once as a headliner) and they put on an amazing show. The Children Of The Night is a wonderfully dark, intricate album that takes me to another place completely (some Gothic cathedral in the middle of the night, lit up only by candles). The music is as primal as it is romantic and feels almost damned, like it's haunted by some long forgotten spirit chained to the ancient world. (Also, guitarist Jonathan Hulten, who drew their album cover, is a very talented artist. You can view some of his work here.)

FS - This album is like a painting, and when I think about it, I think of every song at once, because they all embody the same aesthetic and overall image so well. That being said, Strange Gateways Beckon is absolutely stunning, The Motherhood Of God haunts me and Cauda Pavonis is the best horror film theme song yet to be used in a horror film. (Seriously, I'm calling it now. This will be used in a horror film.)

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Don't let anyone else tell you who you are

Hey, here's a quick post for now. I'm leaving tomorrow for Ohio and then travelling to North Carolina and New York, all as I'm in the middle of moving once again (this time to Brookline, by Boston). Suffice it to say, I have a busy few weeks ahead, but hopefully they'll be awesome and memorable as well.

A Betsey Johnson sweater (one of my favourite pieces) over thrifted dress (The Pink House) over jeans from Gap. I hope anyone who happens to be reading this is doing well. I'll be back here soon. :)

Saturday, September 24, 2016


I found this cape at my favourite thrift shop, The Pink House. I swear, at least half my wardrobe is from this one thrift shop. The pink sweater from the post below (which is easily one of my favourite pieces), and the black dress from this earlier post, are both from there as well. I've been gravitating a lot towards statement pieces lately, rather than outfits with multiple prints and points of focus. I still love a great print combo, but when I get dressed now, I find myself building each outfit around one particular garment, rather than a few different ones.

This shirt is from there as well. I'm kinda realizing right now how much I've been into this black/green/pink colour combo. I almost never go shopping with an exact colour or garment in mind, so it's fun to see how everything I've purchased recently goes together naturally.

Now that I've written the serious post I was inevitably going to write at some point (see below), I can say that 2016 has actually been awesome so far. It's been a year of change and movement. I've experienced a happiness I forgot I could feel. I've made new friends, reconnected with old ones, gone to a bunch of incredible shows (most notably Eagles Of Death Metal, Ghost and Tribulation) and moved into a new place. All in all, I'm proud of myself for turning the lead I was given into gold (again, see post below).

The title of this post is in reference to both a song by Iggy Pop and Josh Homme (off Post Pop Depression) and a song by Josh Homme's former band Kyuss (off Welcome To Sky Valley) - 2 very different songs that I love immensely.