Sunday, April 20, 2014

Face Mask and a Haiku

To use a face mask
At first I thought you'd be fun
Now you clog the drain

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Event: Deer Portraits have become my life oh deer

Who: Welcome to Night Vale
What: A play/monologue/comedy/horror/drama/radio thing
When: 2014/3/24
Where: Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI
Why: It's a great podcast

Ok so I think I've mentioned Welcome to Night Vale a few times on this blog (at least once) and last week I saw their live show (called "The Librarian").  WTNV posts their live shows online after a while, so I won't include spoilers.  It was cute.  It was very cute. Everyone squeed and screamed and gasped at points where the monologue dictated so.  The opening act/weather were folk musicians Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin (the latter later cameo'd in the episode).  They played some nice songs with interesting guitar.  Now my week leading up to the event was filled the task of painting a picture.  A very specific picture. A new tradition is to give Joseph Fink, creator of Welcome to Night Vale, a portrait of (paraphrasing) "a deer with a picture of a deer around it's neck like it won best deer". I even glued the second picture to the first picture using ribbon, and it moves around if tilted.

The result:

Spot the painting:

Also I've found my love for making art again.  A new trimester in school means a new painting class.  I'm definitely going to make more art.  I'll make a Bloglovin soon, too.  Seen any shows recently?  Tell me in the comments!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Music For Dealing With the Stress of Finals

Ok so I haven't been updating ROCKPAPERMISC for the past month.  The past few weeks have been a slurry of college placement exams, finals, school projects, and sudden illnesses (NOT FUN).  Victories include getting a perfect score on a big psychology project that took nearly a month of solid work to complete and a research paper with sources from only women!  To deal with it all, I downloaded and listened pretty heavily to some new-ish albums.

The big one is Shelter, a split album by Ramshackle Glory and Ghost Mice from Savage Wasteland/Plan-It-X Records.  It's a folk-punk album about how home isn't where you live, it's about where you're alive.  The music feels like a hug.  It makes me happy.  All of the songs are equally great!  (On a side note, Ghost Mice have a very important song called "Free Pizza for Life" and everyone should listen to it.)

The next one is These Aren't The Songs You're Looking For by Will Dixon, though I'm focusing less on the album itself and more of his collective discography.  He's a rock musician and I first heard his stuff from the YouTube miniseries Project: Library.  I wouldn't mind at all if Hollywood decided to use his song "Watch Your Step" in the trailer for every action movie of the next 2 years.  "Life In The Rear View Mirror" is also really good.

There's Suzy X.'s band SHADY HAWKINS, which is probably the best band name I've ever heard.  Their album DEAD TO ME is a blend of garage and punk and anger with a little bit of dream pop and it's pretty solid.  One of the tags is "Feminist Revenge" which is the (kick-butt) gist of the record.

I normally don't play iOS games.  I heard COOL PIZZA was pretty fun, and it is!  You play as a skateboarder and you smash eyeballs and coffins with your skateboard.  It's simple, but addictive. Tettix's soundtrack is pretty killer, too (the song titles themselves are fantastic).

What have you been listening to?  Should I get on Bloglovin? Tell me in the comments!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sweater Schema and a Haiku

Love to wear sweaters
But I can't stand turtlenecks
Turtles hate them*, too

*Artistic Licence 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Event: Arctic Monkeys 2014/2/12

This is a somewhat open letter to my favorite band.  I ended up giving it to a security guard, hoping that they might see it.
Dear Somebody:
               I just want to put this out in the world. I can't remember exactly when or where I started loving Arctic Monkeys. It was sometime after Suck it and See, and probably involved the song "Teddy Picker" playing on some Internet radio. That summer, I jumped on the teenage music lover bandwagon, somewhat late compared to other kids. It was going to be my freshman year, and I started taking guitar lessons after I realized rock music was a beautiful, destructive thing and piano was too hard to learn at 14.  The teacher asked us if there were any musicians we liked and on a whim, the phrase "Arctic Monkeys"  found its way out. After a tangle of unrecognizable chords, I rushed home and watched multiple music videos in fascination.
               The a-sides are full and meticulously planned. The b-sides are the equivalent of finding a dessert in the back of the fridge that is now yours to eat. Turner's words are absolute poetry, Helders' drums are on their own level, and they way that O'Malley and Cook blend everything together is blissfully beautiful.
               I know they've come a long way, but the idea that a bunch of high schools formed a band is always inspiring to a bunch more high schoolers. Phones aside, my dinged-up tele is my most prized possession.  Even though I'm still trying to find my musical sea-legs, It gives me hope that my mechanical, jumbly playing can be a sliver of worth in someone's ears someday.  So I would like to thank Arctic Monkeys for the music.  This wouldn't make a lot of sense without them.
               And I have one question for you, the reader, to consider deeply: Why did you get here?
With love, Victoria
High School Junior, Cartoonist moonlighting as a Musician

Who: Arctic Monkeys
What: Concert
When: February 12th, 2014
Where: The Fillmore Detroit
Why: See letter above

I've wanted to see Arctic Monkeys play in Detroit since early 2012, when I had to miss their concert opening for the Black Keys.  When tickets were announced back in November, I made sure that we'd go.  It finally happened last night.  I also learned that I am that one person who screams *ahem* sings every line of every song.  With dancing. And hand waving.  I  tried to find a good place to stand to get a good view, but I didn't really find one.  I ended up having to stand on my tiptoes or jump to see more than one musician at a time. The music itself was great, there was a large feeling of deja vu going on the whole time, like it was really chill seeing my favorite band for the first time.

Detroit has an 11 o'clock curfew for minors on weeknights.  Since the concert was on a Wednesday, they ended their set pretty early. The set felt a little bit short and lacked something.  I know that Arctic Monkeys have been getting more popular, and so they've been playing more popular songs.  I was really hoping they would play a b-side, but they still had a very interesting set.  
Even though it was hard to see, I had a fun time.  I hope to see Arctic Monkeys again!