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Fun X 3 November 14, 2010

Filed under: blogging,music — slova @ 7:17 pm

This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest at Waterloo Park had a great lineup. It didn’t rain and it was dusty as hell. In fact, my lungs were filled with so much dust I thought I was going to die after Saturday night. I actually quit smoking then (Thanks, Fun Fun Fun!)

Seeing Polvo, Os Mutantes and Yelle were the highlights of my weekend but I also managed to see these badasses:

A-Trak
Best Coast

Big Freedia
Deerhunter
Delorean
Descendants
Devin the Dude (4th time to see him this year. 5th time free?)
Dam Funk
Gwar
High on Fire
Jean Grae
Mastadon
MGMT
RJD2
Slick Rick
Pharaohe Monch
Toro y Moi

Hooray, music festivals!  But I gotta tell ya: my absolute favorite gem of the weekend wasn’t at the festival. I caught Bon-Jay at the Beauty Bar Friday night and that girl’s voice cut through me with sex-lasers.

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Prophet Royal October 21, 2010

Filed under: art,blogging,music — slova @ 8:58 pm

 

Long Performing Arts Center - Patio

 

In 2006, I posted about seeing Sufjan Stevens at the Paramount.
 
Earlier this week, I was fortunate to attend Sufjan Stevens’ performance in Austin at the Long Center.This was my first trip ever to the Long Center and it is gorgeous. I highly recommend going here for a show.
 
Sufjan’s performance this time around was raw compared to the put-togetherness of the last tour I witnessed. Don’t get me wrong, his performance is still polished – he’s a music-composing genius. But as he himself said during the performance, he has begun to experiment with machines, loop pedals, even playing with autotune (hilarious!) in combination with the usual horns, drums, and strings. His delicate, innocent voice was paired with dark, digital synths. It made me giddy to see that he was reaching into this electronic experimentation.  The “Chicago” wunderkind told the audience that he was happy to share his cathartic “psychotherapy session” while he worked some things out during Impossible Soul: “…love, heartache and the Apocalypse.”
 
(The two dancers and (very-talented) backup singers, danced their butts off throughout the entire show. Sufjan himself broke out into half-choreographed, half-freestyle dance sesh during the dance jam part of Impossible Soul.) 

Future City by Royal Robertson

 

 What really cut me to the core during this performance, what begged my heartswell: The visuals during the show that were inspired by “outsider artist” and self-proclaimed prophet, Royal Robertson.

 [There is something magical about those who have been deemed outsider artists. Many suffer from paranoid schizophrenia and therefore have reclusive lives that make their art inaccessible during their lifetimes and are revealed to us only after their deaths. I am struck much the same way by Henry Darger. Don’t EVEN get me started!]

Robertson said that he was visited by God driving a spaceship when he was fourteen years old. And while he drove his family and friends away because of his mental illness, he produced mesmerizing images of space, monsters, women, landscapes with a futuristic and comic-book quality.  The pieces deal with his heartache, numerology, the cosmos, and the Apocalypse….
 
Sufjan Stevens’ new album Age of Adz was inspired in part, he said, by the art and story of Royal Robertson. Read Pitchfork’s writeup on Sufjan Steven’s Age of Adz tour.

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Postscript: You can take a free listen to the album here.

 

yesteryear + nowadays June 4, 2009

Filed under: blogging,Blogroll,friends — slova @ 10:01 pm

 

Dear Public Diary & Friends:

from my flickr set Bastrop '05

 

Whew! Life, man. I know, right? F’serious. It’s krazazay.

It’s been awhile since I whined about it publicly. Jkjkjk. I do that all the time, with Twitter and Facebook and other futuristic forms of communication. I have sorely neglected this blog thing.

I used to post on the regular. In fact, I just went through and read my old LiveJournal posts (‘member LiveJournal? Didn’t think so…) Oh, me. I was such a bebe. A cute bebe! I also imported all of my silly old posts to THIS blog, for your convenience as well as my own.
Happy archive-trolling! (There’s even a post from ’05. Holy hasenpfeffer!)

Sincerely. Yours. ForEVAR.
Irene

PS: I also updated my blogroll to include some Mighty Fine Bloggery that I read religiously: my dear buddy Louisa Lee’s new heartbreaking, amaxxxing design blogchute (soon to be featured on Chronique) and the ever-jocular and fabulous, many-talent-hat-wearin’ Kate Getty’s new blog-bounce-machine. Gopherit. RSS it. You know you want to.

 

stop spleening me! June 24, 2007

Filed under: blogging,family — slova @ 9:35 pm

i need to start updating more. it gets to the point where so much has happened that i don’t even know where to start. 

i got to see jeaneane garafolo a coupla weeks ago.  aaron’s mom got us tickets for each of our birthdays.  that was fun.

 i am taking dad to see die hard 4 when it comes out this wednesday, as a father’s day gift. i’m pretty excited about it. i grew up with die hard (s) and this is pretty much a bonding thing for me.

 i watched “everything is illuminated”  – the movie… i was nervous about seeing it, but aaron had rented it, and gosh darnnit i was in front of the tv set, so whythehellnot.  it wasn’t exactly bad, but…  i think if Brod had lived today she would have added “the sadness of seeing a favorite book turned into a movie” to her list of sadnesses.

i’m veggie now. for lots of reasons.  i didn’t feel like causing unnecessary awkwardness at dad’s on father’s day, so i ate the ribs, but other than that, i haven’t had any desire to eat meat.

trying to exercise lots before giving up gym membership at the end of last month – and trying to get bike very soon. i am trying to cut out (or cut down) unnecessary bills so i can save money. save money for what, you say? for my plan.

my plan, my plan. oh man, oh man.

 

new year’s revolution. February 14, 2007

Filed under: blogging,jason — slova @ 6:46 pm

i know, i know. it’s february. i’m moving to wordpress because jason persuaded me.

goodbye, livejournal. goodbye.

cleanin' up