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November is National Novel Writing Month. I don’t know if many of you are writers but I personally couldn’t live without writing. My head is constantly filling up with all these random ideas and if I don’t get them down on paper as soon as possible, they begin to invade my real life. Well, if I really care about a certain character, they end up invading my real life regardless but writing it down at least keeps me relatively sane. Now, I’m not going to build myself up as this excellent writer because I don’t really know how my own writing stands up to the rest of the world’s but I have written a fair few things that I think I can be safe in saying I’m very proud of. (If anyone is honestly interested, I post my stuff here. Two warnings: I write mostly about love and depressed people and, usually, both of those things together; I am also not really a plot person. If that already sounds unappealing to you, please don’t read it and then tell me how much I suck, mmkay?)

Now, back to NaNoWriMo, this is my first year attempting it and I didn’t decide to do so until the last minute so it’s all rather hectic and exciting. So far, I’ve been doing well but I imagine when the things I’ve already decided will happen have been committed to computer screen (that sounds so much less eloquent than paper) I will start having a much rougher time of it. It doesn’t help that I am a notorious procrastinator and a frequent victim of severe writer’s block either. But I am determined to trudge through even if it means wanting to pull my hair out some days. If anyone reading this now is going through the same thing, here are some lovely songs related to reading and writing to help you through. Even if you’re not an author – or at least not an author insane enough to attempt this – I’m sure you’ll find plenty to love in these songs too.

Read more... )

And if the music isn’t enough and you aren’t spending the month trying to write your own novel, here are my reading recommendations for you! Now get to your local libraries, people, (or direct yourself to Amazon using these handy links) and read until you drop!

Yeah, I like to read. A lot. Unfortunately, it’s on the backburner this month as I can only focus on so much at once! Plus, I’m afraid I’ll inadvertently steal from whatever book I’m reading and I do that enough as it is with the books I’ve already read.


Nov. 18th, 2008 10:26 pm
urgencytobleed: (audrey tautou)
So I've been feeling strangely nostalgic lately and now I'm going to put aside any indie cred I may have for a moment to revel in the past a bit. It's good to embrace the cheese every once in awhile, you know? Come be open-minded and unashamed with me! You know you want to.

I don't need nobody trying to make me over. )

Now go listen your little hearts out! You'll thank me later. ;)

Ahem... to reattain that indie cred that I've totally lost a bit, here are a few intriguing tidbits for you all. First of all, you can buy the new Copeland record in mp3 at Amazon for only $3.99 at the moment, so I recommend you do that. It's very, very good and this is coming from someone who wasn't really impressed by them until now. Also at Amazon, if you didn't download the new Lydia record when it was on sale last week, you can get a song from it right now for free - I Woke Up Near the Sea. It's perfect because I'm pretty sure I haven't posted that one here so it's brand new to you if, for some unfathomable reason, you haven't checked out the entire album yet. (Which, need I tell you, you should do right now?)

And with the next post, things will return to normal and we will return to our regularly scheduled programming. Though this one was actually a lot of fun to make.
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So, in honor of last night's Oscars ceremony - which I surprisingly thought were decently interesting this year - here are a handful of songs that work well for the occasion.

First, a few that go hand-in-hand with some of the winners (all very deserving, in my opinion):

And here are a few that have a general actor/movie theme to them:

Enjoy! :)
urgencytobleed: (matthew gray gubler)
I haven't posted any covers in awhile, so here are a few really good ones that I've discovered since... whenever the last time I posted any was. (I think it was that big 5-part covers extravaganza which was pretty close to when I first started posting, so awhile ago.)

urgencytobleed: (dresden dolls hot)
It's past midnight now, so I guess it's officially New Year's Eve and seeing as how I won't be here most of today and Tuesday, there's no better time to post some New Year's related songs, right? Right. The reason for most of these being here is blatantly obvious so I won't bother going into further details, but you may be scratching your head at the inclusion of "Troubadours". But wait - it has the sound of party noisemakers throughout and Jenny (or at least it sounds like her) shouts "Happy New Year!" randomly at the very end. Okay, so, it's not much of a reference, but you know me, always looking for an excuse to post some Rilo Kiley. And on a semi-related note, I just watched the movie Talk to Me which featured Jenny as a drug-addicted prostitute which was a bit odd to see. The movie was completely terrible besides her, unsurprisingly, but it's always fun to catch a glimpse of her acting past. Anyhow, before I veer totally off-course, here are some lovely songs for the occasion!

  • Asobi Seksu - New Years
  • Camera Obscura - Happy New Year
  • Death Cab for Cutie - The New Year
  • The Dresden Dolls - New Year's Day (live U2 cover)
  • The Good Life - New Year's Retribution
  • Rilo Kiley - Troubadours
  • Stars - A New Year (live)

And... yay for rapidly developing obsessions! I present:

Los Campesinos!

So, after dismissing them as annoying in the past, I have totally discovered how crazy awesome these guys are. I swear, this always happens to me! I guess I really need to start listening to things with a more open mind the first time. But I guess that's one of the good things about being music-obsessed: a band you hated in the past you can suddenly adore without any obvious reason for the change of opinion. It kind of proves that your taste is always changing and evolving slightly, even if you can't tell. Anyway, so, yes Los Campesinos! rocks. Their songs are really energetic and fun and make me want to dance and sing along at the top of my lungs. Even though I barely know any of the words. And I think I have a thing for rock bands with strings, ala Stars, and obviously, Los Campesinos! as well. Those violin melodies are so damn infectious. The male lead singer's voice is kind of irritating at first but I got used to it pretty quickly. I can now add them to my list of highly anticipated 2008 releases. They don't have many songs right now, but their upcoming full-length, Hold On, Youngsters..., is due out February 25th in the UK and April 1st in the US as of currently, and it definitely seems promising. Here, have some songs! Be warned, they'll get stuck in your head almost immediately.

  • Death to Los Campesinos!
  • The International Tweexcore Underground
  • Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks
  • We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives

(Meanwhile, that 2007 mix is coming along slowly. I've kind of completely abandoned the original and have decided to go back and listen to some albums I never gave proper attention to and cram in a few that I never got around to listening to at all. I'm probably taking this way too seriously, but it gives me a good reason to listen to things I would've kept putting off otherwise, so I guess that's good.)


Oct. 31st, 2007 11:38 am
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Happy Halloween! I was going to make an entire 80-minute mix of Halloween-esque songs but I didn't think of the idea until yesterday and realized that it probably wouldn't be very good if I tried to compile it in such a hurry. So, instead, here are ten songs that sort of evoke a Halloween-y feeling. They aren't really directly related; most of them just give off a creepy/scary/haunting vibe lyrically and/or musically and then there's a few that mention appropriate things like ghosts, coffins, dead people, etc. I don't know many actual Halloween songs and I guess it's better to go with songs you can actually enjoy year-round anyway! Here they are...

We are the living dead, yeah, the living dead! )
urgencytobleed: (ki i wanna fuck it up)
So, I guess it's officially my birthday now. Here are a few (appropriately depressing) songs that mention this joyous occasion.

  • Carissa's Wierd - Heather Rhodes
There will be no tragedies; your lullabies, they are sounding like sirens now. Just like Heather Rhodes when she was seventeen years old, put another cigarette out in the square of my back. Memories might last for years and birthday cakes, they always taste like crap.

  • Fiona Apple - Love Ridden
Love ridden, I've looked at you with the focus I gave to my birthday candles. I've wished on the lidded blue flames under your brow and baby, I wished for you.

  • The Good Life - Your Birthday Present
Do you wonder how I am or whatever became of me? Do you envision my thin face where the beaten go to drink? I didn't want to cut that cord; you sucked the life right out of me. Do you regret choices you've made? I guess I was a mistake. I guess I'm your big mistake. Well, happy birthday anyway.

  • Sondre Lerche - Happy Birthday Girl
I know it may take some time to get this day off your mind.

  • Tori Amos - Pretty Good Year
Greg, he writes letters with his birthday pen. Sometimes he's aware that they're drawing him in.
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I told you, I come up with the weirdest ideas sometimes. This time, the theme is family members as in father, mother, sister, brother, etc. I started out with quite a few songs and to make the list shorter, I had to cut out a few really good ones because I decided not to include songs I've posted in the past or more than one per artist, but these that are left are still all awesome. In my opinion, of course. Also, I seem to have an abundance of daughter, mother, and brother songs but not much else. Hmm... Anyway, sixteen lovely songs are waiting for you below this cut!


Sep. 23rd, 2007 04:11 pm
urgencytobleed: (dresden dolls hot)
I haven't posted any themed playlists in a couple weeks and I have about half a dozen waiting for me to get around to, so there'll be some new ones over the next few entries. I tend to think of really random ideas suddenly and this was one of those out-of-nowhere ones: song titles that mention "royalty" aka anything with the word king, queen, prince, or princess. There were actually less than I thought there would be but I cut the list down to twelve really awesome songs - seriously, all of them except two I've rated five stars in Windows Media Player (and the other two are at four). So, for your listening pleasure, twelve songs about the royal family, rulers of the kingdom, etc, etc.

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I meant to post this a few days ago and, not surprisingly, didn't actually get around to it until now. Anyway, this is the final set of "color" songs - basically all the leftovers, colors with only one or two songs and songs that qualify for more than one color. So, enough with the talk, let's get to the music!


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