cupcake_goth: A lady always carries a handkerchief. (dainty cliche)
( Jan. 3rd, 2012 02:09 pm)
On New Year's Day, I made a playlist for the upcoming year. This is not something I usually do, but I knew I needed to do.

13 songs to set the tone for 2012:

Pay Attention/In A World Of My Own - Alice In Wonderland soundtrack
Waking The Witch - Kate Bush
Defying Gravity - Wicked soundtrack
Plasticine - Placebo
Army Of Me - Bjork
Destroya - My Chemical Romance
Prodigal - Faith and the Muse
Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind) - Panic! at the Disco
Why Can't I Be You - The Cure
Stand And Deliver - Adam and the Ants
Kiss Them For Me - Siouxsie and the Banshees
Cloudbusting - Kate Bush
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Mary Poppins soundtrack
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Hmmm. Considering how much of an emotional wallop music packs for me, you would think that I would have an answer to this. But long ago I started very actively working on reclaiming songs that reminded me of previous relationships, so that I could listen to them again. There are songs that cause a wince of rueful recognition (Dear Fall Out Boy, thank you for writing "Hum Hallelujah"), but I still like and listen to those songs..

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In other news, I am vaguely considering doing that "30 songs in 30 days" meme I've seen going around, emotional landmines be damned. Is that something you folks would like to see here?
Thank you to everyone who posted about their jewelry and personal talismans! It was fascinating reading. Also, I hold [livejournal.com profile] starpolish responsible for the fact that I am now trying to find a miniature silver version of The Key To Hell from The Sandman. Because ... yeah. Because.

Yesterday's outfit ended up including strands of pearls from both of my grandmothers, along with all the other personal talismans. And yes, all of that made me feel more centered.

Another thing I do in times of emotional stress is make playlists. (Back at the dawn of time, it was mix tapes.) This is the current one, named Invocation. It's a work in progress; it feels like it's almost done, but I can't put my finger on what songs may be missing. Maybe something by Siouxsie? Anyway, yes, all female vocals, and a lot of Faith & The Muse. But at the moment, the most emotionally resonant song for me is Lily by Kate Bush.

Invocation - April 2011 Playlist )
The most recent issue of Rue Morgue magazine introduced me to the music Kristen Lawrence (clicky-link!), and I am very grateful.

She's an organist, composer, and singer, and she's created a lovely collection of Halloween carols. It's the sort of music that would be played in the parlor of a classic haunted house, and I adore it. Between this and my growing collection of music by Nox Arcana, my wish for atmospheric, symphonic-with-a-dark-twist music is being granted. Go give her a listen!
Would you people believe that I had never actually heard anything by Nox Arcana?* I told you, I live in this weird musical bubble.

Anyway, thanks to a random email, I went to their site, and discovered that each release has a sample medley you can listen to. It turns out that Nox Arcana make exactly the sort of spooky, oh-so-gothic, and did I mention GOTHIC, instrumental music I like. Some of it about vampires! Or creepy circuses! I had no idea! I am so gleeful about the instrumental bombast that I am stuck on exclamation points!

I've now put a bunch of their CDs on my wish list on Amazon, so I will occasionally remember to purchase them. Which do I want to get first: Transylvania, Carnival Of Lost Souls, or Shadow Of The Raven? (clicky-links to each release's page.)



* I vaguely remember there was some sort of DRAMA! concerning Nox Arcana, but I didn't find reference to any during my half-hearted googling.
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Ahahahahaha. Have you met me? I traveled to another state to see two back-to-back My Chemical Romance concerts. I'm going to see Adam Lambert next week.

Mind you, I'm almost completely ignorant of mainstream music, just because I don't listen to the radio or watch whatever passes for "music video" channels any more. I learn about new music by friends going "Listen to this! Watch this video!" (Or in some cases "Watch this pretty ice skating boy do a routine to Lady GaGa!") But I think obscure bands becoming popular is a good thing, because that means the musicians can (maybe) start supporting themselves through their art.

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Other stuff: Yes, I did get a Monster High Draculaura doll. She is sitting at home in her box, and I am waiting for the right time to introduce her to Lucretia Evangeline. Who may be slightly miffed about the new addition to the doll family, because HELLO, Lucretia is pining to become a vampire, and Draculaura already is one. I suspect Lucretia is going to be writing some angsty letters to G. (the Infamous BlueJay's vampire boy), while Hellboy shakes his head at her.

From Ye Olde Tumblr Feed: A current photo of Andrew Eldritch. Huh.
(Still sickly. About to go take NyQuil and crash for the night.)

So! Thanks to Rue Morgue Magazine's 100th issue interview with Sir Christopher Lee ::swoon::, I have learned about his new musical project.

Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. (clicky-link!)

It's labeled as "symphonic metal". Rue Morgue says "Charlemagne is really closer to grandiose classical with occasional passages punctuated by chugging metal guitar", and "Lee mostly chant-sings over the top of sweeping orchestral flourishes".

I ... I think I have to own this. Bombastic symphonic metal AND Sir Christopher Lee? I'm kind of agog. This will either be the most amazing thing ever, or I will finally have something to inflict upon [livejournal.com profile] junya and [livejournal.com profile] keonei in revenge for that heavy metal Christmas album they made me listen to. Either way, I win!
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( Apr. 13th, 2010 05:35 pm)
Birthdays! Two very dear and special people are celebrating birthdays today!

Happy birthday to one of the kindest and most talented women I have the privilege of knowing, [livejournal.com profile] kambriel!

Happy birthday to Princess Lillian Tickybox, who is OH MY GOODNESS FIVE today! I am still kind of freaked out by her turning five, because she was a wee tiny infant just, like, yesterday. (That tiny baby I'm holding in my LJ icon? That would be Tickybox.) But five she is, and I'm very happy to be her Auntie Jilli.

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Music! Wow, I ask you folks for music recommendations and you just GO. Which is fantastic, thank you! I have a slew of new artists to track down (I'm going to give Last.fm a whirl later this week), and I'm listening to the Dark Cabaret playlist [livejournal.com profile] smu put together for me at this very moment.

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Hey, let's have an event reminder! This Thursday night, I'm reading at the Night Kitchen here in Seattle!
Dear LJ Hivemind, you seem to be my best resource for finding new music. Sooooo, if I were looking for more creepy/atmospheric/eccentric circus-y type bands, who would you recommend?

What the heck do I mean by the above vague description? Stuff like Rasputina, Jill Tracy, Circus Contraption, Power Circus, Toy-Box Trio, and Ego Plum. Does it sound like strange antique music boxes, a bunch of creepy porcelain dolls come to life, or like it would play on the carousel or calliope from Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show? Great! That's what I'm looking for.
Thing One: I am going to post the list for the closet culling sale on Saturday, February 27th. Probably around noon PST. This is your advance notice. ::grin::

Thing Two: Over on my Twitter, I posted the following: La la la, updating my Modern Victorian Vampires iTune playlist. My, what a lot of cello and creepy circus music I have, but I need more!

I do need more music for this playlist, really, I do. But that tweet had people asking me what was ON my Modern Victorian Vampires playlist, so here it is, under the cut-tag.

Be warned, it's, well, a rather lengthy playlist. )

Are all of those songs "Victorian"? No. Nor are all of them about vampires. But they're the songs that made sense to me for the playlist. But hey! I'm always looking for more music, so do you have any recommendations?
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( Nov. 28th, 2009 02:05 pm)
Last night, after spending quite a long time flopped on the couch with a heating patch and a buckwheat pillow on my neck, I stretched and moved my neck around and was rewarded with an amazingly horrible popping noise. (The reaction from the Stroppy One: "Was that your NECK?!") And then the pain started to loosen its grip on me, oh thank goodness. Today, no migraine! I'm still going to my bonecracker chiropractor on Monday, though.

Hey Seattle peoples! If you don't have other plans, you should go to the Blackbird Orchestra CD release show! I think Blackbird Orchestra are wonderful, and am sad that I will not be able to attend this show.

Mind you, the reason I won't be at the show is because I'm going to a birthday party for one of my dearest friends, so while I'm sad about missing Blackbird Orchestra, I'm happy about socializing. Even if it involves a group outing to go see that movie with the teen werewolves and the sparkly vampires.

Yes. I'm seeing New Moon tonight. But I learned my lesson from when I was carted off to see Twilight, and I'm going to be filling the coffin flask with something stronger than rose liqueur. I'm thinking absinthe is needed.

The other thing that will get me through the Sparkle-Apocalypse is the knowledge that [livejournal.com profile] cass404 is coming up tomorrow so we can GO SEE MORRISSEY!! Dear Powers That Be, it would make me very very happy if the sainted Moz were to perform "Last Of The Famous International Playboys". I'm just saying.

Okay, back to doing laundry, stirring a pot full of pink RIT and a jacket, and figuring out which purse my coffin flask best fits into.
Look, everyone knows I have a tragic weakness for bombast. This is not a secret. Give me power chords and overwrought lyrics with gothy clichés* and I will be gleeful.

With that disclaimer out of the way: One of the munchkins over on the Emilie Autumn forum asked me if I had ever heard the song "Jillian" by Within Temptation. Er, no? I said, but checked it out on iTunes. I liked it enough to investigate more by the band. Do any of you listen to them? Or have suggestions for bands like them?




*Bands I would list in the "Bombast!" category include the Sisters Of Mercy, Queensryche (especially the Rage For Order album), HIM (yes, I own a lot of music by them, and grin whenever I listen to any of it), and Autumn Tears. My Chemical Romance would almost be placed in the "Bombast!" category (especially The Black Parade), but are a little too ... punk-influenced to be strictly Bombast kids.
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A while ago, [livejournal.com profile] water_of_fire described a song I had never heard before thusly:

This Amon Tobin song is really, really icky. For those of you who haven't had the pleasure, it's a downtempo groove under a lot of clanging, banging foley noise... and the snarling of wolves. Really. This wet, hungry snarl. It's disgusting and skin-crawly and irresistable. I'm told Ariellah has performed to this.

While this did not sound like my Usual Sort Of Thing, the description was interesting enough to stick in my brain, and today I finally went and tracked it down on the iTunes store.

Dear [livejournal.com profile] water_of_fire: Huh. It's not at ALL what I normally listen to, but there is something very compelling about it. (Dear [livejournal.com profile] djeternaldarkne, no, I don't know if I'd dance to it. But it's interesting.)
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( Jun. 17th, 2009 10:11 pm)
Have I mentioned how much I love music playlists or mixes that friends give to me? I really do. Whether it be music someone thinks I'd like or that I need to learn about ::blows kisses at [livejournal.com profile] djeternaldarkne and [livejournal.com profile] smu::, or mixes where every song was picked because it reminds them of me, I love them.

Things have been a little ... erm ... hectic, that's the word, here in Cupcake-Goth-Land. No surprise there, what with the job hunting and the OH MY GOODNESS BOOK RELEASE NEXT WEEK (!!!), and a bunch of other stuff going on. So while working on Stuff tonight, I decided to put on the mix [livejournal.com profile] staxxy made for me a few years ago. It's entitled About Jillian, and I really do think it's one of the best mixes anyone has made specifically for me.

A track listing )

Have I mentioned that I consider [livejournal.com profile] staxxy to be the Queen of Mixes? She is.

Okay, break-time is over. Back to work!
Two pots of strong tea, coating my neck and forehead with [livejournal.com profile] staxxy's magical Kiss It Better, and two rounds of Advil Cold & Sinus later, my sinus migraine seems to be abating. Thank heavens. Of course, now I'm all sorts of jacked up on caffeine, but that means I'll be more focused on Getting Things Done, right? (Just agree with me here, people.)

So, having set Renfield the iPod shuffling through my "Ladies Glow" playlist (I'm trying to psych myself up to exercise today), I discovered I do have a shameful musical confession.

I am not much for re-mixes or mash-ups. But A Plus D's (clicky-link!) mash-up of "Sexyback" + "Peek-a-Boo"? I love. I would dance to.

Yes, I will cheerfully and unashamedly admit to my affection for Motley Crue (Nikki Sixx!), but admitting to liking a mash-up of a Justin Timberlake song feels strangely wrong to me.

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I should probably go eat some more food to absorb all this caffeine, shouldn't I?
But it's not. Because honestly? I'm not ashamed of anything in my music collection.

Apparently in times of stress, I default to the playlists with songs about vampires, or to the "Eyeliner and Aquanet" playlist.

::briefly throws the horns, then gets back to working on writing::
I pretty much worked from home for most of December. This meant that my sleep schedule slid back to it's natural setting: falling asleep around 3AM (or later), getting up around 11AM. So this week of catching the bus to the office? Very very tiring. I hope my ability to fall asleep at a "reasonable" time improves VERY SOON.

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It should come as no surprise to anyone that I have a playlist in iTunes named "Children of the Night", and that it's filled with songs that I somehow associate with vampires. But that playlist could use expanding, so hey, suggest some songs to me! (I'll put the playlist under this handy cut-tag, so you can see what I've already got.)

This list is longer than I realized. )

Yes, I know. That's a lot of songs. And yes, while some of them may make the rest of you tilt your head quizzically to the side and say "Vampires? You associate this song with vampires somehow? Oooohh-kaaaay, Jilli ...", but what can I say? My brain works in strange ways. Anyway, please feel free to give me music recommendations!
Over the weekend, we hung out with [livejournal.com profile] minim_calibre and family. Princess Lilybean Squeakaboo Tickybox had recently been introduced to the videos for "Kenya" and "Magical Trevor", and instantly became addicted. Princess Tickybox's new thing to do with grown-ups is to lead us to the computer, point and the monitor, and exclaim "Lions! Grrrrarrrh!" until you load up the "Kenya" animation. She will watch it for many repetitions. Until, that is, she points at the monitor and exlaims "Cows!", at which point you're supposed to find the animation for "Magical Trevor". Rinse and repeat for what seems like forever.

Neither of those (admittedly catchy) songs are what is stuck in my head. No, in an effort to distract Princess Tickybox, [livejournal.com profile] minim_calibre played her this video (clicky link!)

I am going to be humming "Furry Happy Monsters" for the rest of my life. The rest of my life, I tell you!


(I don't suppose anyone has an MP3 of it they can send me? Anyone? Naaaah, didn't think so.)
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( Feb. 19th, 2007 10:49 am)
[livejournal.com profile] djeternaldarkne tagged me with this:

"List seven songs you are into right now, no matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your Live Journal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to."

Okay then! In no particular order of preference:

1. "Kill All Your Friends" - My Chemical Romance

2. "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" - Morrissey

3. "Janie's Got a Dissolve-O Ray" - Zombina and the Skeletones

4. "I Know Where You Sleep" - Emilie Autumn

5. "The Awful Truth" - Carol King

6. "Why Can't I Be You" - The Cure

7. The first song on the second CD by Kokusyoku Sumire. It's the song that sounds like theme music for a Perkygoth Disneyland.

Sometime in the near future, there really an update with, like, content and stuff. I just need to wake up first.
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