Category Archives: Musical Obsessions

It’s Cold In The Arctic

The mark of a truly great song is when it can make you feel something you have yet to experience.

This is the song that will be on repeat for me today.

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Hello Sadness!

Today is the day! Hooray! Yes, today is the day I talked about in my last post on the British band Los Campesinos!; the day that their album Hello Sadness finally comes out! Now, I love Los Campesinos! cover art. I think they are always very interesting. Here, let me show you (kudos if you know what that’s from):

Anyways, I love these covers. I wanted to talk about this because, well, I thought it would be fun to imitate the style of art myself and design my own cover for Hello Sadness. I know this is kind of pointless because the album cover is already chosen and everything, but I had a lot of fun drawing this. Plus, it’s interesting to challenge yourself to draw in a different way. So here is my version:

(I took some cues from “By Your Hand” if you couldn’t tell.)

Alright, well I’m going to give you a short list of my must listen to Los Campesinos! songs before going to listen to the new album in all of its glory. Then, last but not least, I will post the actual cover picture. Have a splendarific day (and I don’t mean the fake sugar sweetener)!

The Must Listen Los Campesinos! List

1. My Year In Lists

(Seems an appropriate starter, doesn’t it?)

2. Death To Los Campesinos!

3. Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks

4. I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know

5. This Is How You Spell “HAHAHA, We Destroyed The Hopes And Dreams Of A Generation Of Faux-Romantics”

(Is that not the best title ever?)

1/4. Blame It On The Trains – Art Brut

(I know this isn’t a Los Campesinos! song but I felt so guilty for leaving this band out of my post yesterday, and I think you’ll notice a similarity to Los Campesinos! in it, anyways.)

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Kills-Tastic!

I know I’ve been a slacker lately, so I’m hoping this post makes up for it a little bit. Lately I’ve been working on a project. “Another one?” you say. Yes, another one on top of this blog and NaNoWriMo. I’m working on a personal art project. I’ve had the idea for a long time, but I’ve finally been putting it into motion.

My idea was to make a wall, which, considering my room doesn’t have an empty wall, will be a considerable challenge, covered with art centered around my favorite couples (real and fictional). Yes, I’m a sucker for couples that look cool. Anyways, I’m taking each couple one by one, replicating pictures of them with my own twists, and planning on putting them all in a huge wall collage when I’m done. I started listing them, and I have split them into real and fictional. I’ve started on the real ones. Which brings me to today’s main feature: The Kills!

If you don’t know already, that is a picture of The Kills. “Who are The Kills?” you ask. Well, if you’re asking that question you have missed out on an amazing musical duo. Technically, The Kills aren’t actually together, since Jamie Hince is married to Kate Moss, and Alison Mosshart is a free bird as far as I know. However, they are a sort of couple, since together they make beautiful music and take amazing pictures. I’m going to be putting a few of my favorite pictures of them in this post, and also, I will let you know which one I copied before I post the picture that I painted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it any wonder that these pictures are some of my favorites? I mean, pictures with coffee… And cigarettes. (Isn’t that a song? Yes it is, but it’s not by The Kills. Bonus points if you know who sings it!)

Anyways, The Kills make amazing music, and their style is always awesome. Look at that scarf Jamie is wearing! It’s awesome! Plus, Alison is always effortlessly cool. Her hair is a perpetual mess, and she wears it amazingly well.

Alright, here is the picture I replicated: (My painting will be the one on the right.)

   So, what do you think? Pretty close, right? I did mine in black and white, because I’m planning on making all the wall of couples photos (the real couples, at least) in black and white with just one bit of color. Obviously, in this one I turned the light in Jamie’s hair into a purple streak. I really like the way it turned out, and I hope you do too.

Alright, now for the music. Firstly, I’m going to post a music video which visibly displays why Jamie and Alison are so perfect for the wall of couples. It’s one of my favorites, but they have a lot of good music videos. It’s for their song, ‘Last Day of Magic.’ This song is from their album, ‘Midnight Boom,’ which, in my opinion, is a must own type of album.

So, I decided to do something a bit different. I’m going to post some of my favorite Kills’ lyrics and tell you what songs they’re from. Then, you can choose to listen if you want. Enjoy!

Kills-Tastic Lyrics

“Tattoo it in the clouds above you.” – ‘Hook and Line’

“Just like a nice, new home needs a mean, stray dog.”

“Don’t forget my cigarettes and get something that we can drink.”

– Both those lines are from ‘Alphabet Pony’ (I couldn’t pick just one).

“Baby says there’s death in these silver curls.” – ‘Baby Says’

“Elevator straight into my skull.” – ‘Black Balloon’

“I’m sick of social graces, Show your sharp-tipped teeth.” – ‘Cheap and Cheerful’

“Shout when you wanna get off the ride.” – ‘Sour Cherry’

Honestly, it’s really hard to pick favorite lines. ‘Getting Down’ and ‘URA Fever’ are amazing all the way through, as are most of The Kills songs. Hope you love them as much  as I do!

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Hello Happiness!

Today is the first day of November. Yes, great observation, but what does that mean? That means the start of NaNoWriMo. If you don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, aka November. This month is a month where lots of people choose to participate in, and some are forced to participate in, a month of writing that is supposed to end in a 50,000 word novel. It  is a fantastic undertaking, not necessarily in quality, but definitely in size, and I will be undertaking it. If you are also a crazy person that is participating in NaNoWriMo, please tell me what you are planning to write about. I, personally, am adapting a rather old project and hoping to turn it into something readable. Maybe I’ll talk more about it in the future.

The point is, I am challenging myself with NaNoWriMo, and hoping to get the whole 50,000 this year. However, I am also adding the challenge of keeping up with this blog. Hopefully I will be successful on both fronts.

So, now let’s talk about something else. Music!

I am more than a music fanatic, and I go through these phases where I literally listen to one song, or a group of songs from the same artists, hundreds of times in a row before I tire of them. When I’m addicted, it’s hard for me to break away from the obsession. That being said, my latest obsession has been the amazing British indie band, Los Campesinos! (Their name has the exclamation point, like Panic! At The Disco used to. Correct me if they’ve changed that.)

Their lyrics are brilliant, and they have the most interesting sound: it’s like an orchestral mix of singing and sing-talking with British accents.  Anyways, their new album, Hello Sadness, is coming out on the fifteenth of this fine month, and after hearing the single, ‘By Your Hands’ I am already hooked. I thought I would share that bit of joy with you all today.

I am obsessed with this video, and, of course, the song itself. (Seriously, who thinks of something this amazing: “You send me lullabies in form of your cat calls?” The answer: Los Campesinos!) Then, whilst I was listening to it on repeat, I noticed the sidebar on youtube. I found a cover of the song that I am also obsessed with. I was curious to see one person adapt this song acoustically, and I have to say that the guy I found did an impeccable job. Here you go!

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