May. 17th, 2012 04:12 pm
moiread: (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA • badassery.)
I am in Montreal for five days with a friend to enjoy crazy industrial music! Wish me fun!
moiread: (DJ EVE)
The Dewarists is a television series, "part music documentary and part travelogue", where each episode features different musical artists traveling to locations across India where they collaborate to create an original song.

The first episode teams up Imogen Heap with the composer duo of Vishal-Shekhar to create a track inspired by the Tagore poem, Where The Mind Is Without Fear. The episode was filmed at the 475-year-old Samode Palace on the outskirts of Jaipur in Rajasthan. And it's up on Youtube.

You should watch it. And then you should download the song, which is currently available for free on their Facebook page for one week only. (They play the full song and the music video for it at the end of the episode, but if you'd rather just skip the episode and hear the song, go here.)

Click me for the video! )
moiread: (DJ EVE)
I'll be covering for DJ Khronos on Saturday October 15th from 11am to 2pm. This weekend was John Lennon's birthday, but Khronos didn't realize until after the opportunity to do a show for it had passed. So in his stead, I'll be doing an all-Beatles extravaganza as a belated tribute to Lennon! Tune in for some Saturday morning feel-good music. :D

Next I'll be covering for DJ Nexus on Tuesday October 18th from 4pm to 7pm. This will be a listening party for bits of several different albums that I think are really neat! I'll be playing selections from the "Verve//Remixed" quartet of albums (where Verve Records invited world-class DJs to remix classic jazz tracks from their vaults; expect things like Tricky remixing Billie Holiday!), from the complete discography of the amazing Matthew Herbert (SO GOOD!), and from the debut album of a super cool electro-swing band called Caravan Palace.

Here are some samples so that you can decide if you'd like to tune in:
Matthew Herbert: "Suddenly"
Verve//Remixed: Sarah Vaughan - "Fever" [Adam Freeland remix]
Caravan Palace: "Jolie Coquine"

I'll ALSO be covering for DJ Cybrid in the wee morning hours of Friday October 21st, from midnight to 3am. Think of it as late late late Thursday night! I'll be doing a show I've dubbed "Psychobitches Outta Hell", after stealing the name from a Horrorpops song I stuck in there. I start off with some rock, move through electropop, and end up in metal with industrial edges. Plus it's largely female vocalists with serious attitude. Also some songs in French. Also also, it will probably run way past 3am, but I'm not saying how long in case I'm too tired. It will be a heavily disclaimered show, so stay tuned after Kai and Thursday Night Trials for DJ Eve getting her freak on!

(Yes, sorry, I totally C&P'd this from my forum on the Cape's website!)
moiread: (MUSIC • guitar.)
So, uh. I'm a radio DJ now. I completely forgot to mention that here when it happened. WOOPS!

I was approached about it a few weeks ago, and had my audition show on the 21st of last month. The audition show was CRAZY -- they threw every horrible listener experience they've ever had at me, all at once, to see how I rolled with it -- but I passed with flying colours and we made it official right after. I have since been catching up (whenever my health permits; it's been a bad run lately) on all the shiny new responsibilities I have with the station. It's an internet radio station, of course, because there's no way my health could permit me to go work at one in-person right now, but I've been helping out there for a year now as a volunteer on the Street Team and I'm thrilled to be part of the actual staff now!

I've told a few people individually so far and, in nearly all cases, the conversation has pretty much gone like this:

"I'm a DJ at an internet radio station now! I'm so excited!"
"Are you a real DJ?"
"So you use turntables and everything?"
"No. That's turntabling. That is a recent niche subset of DJing."
"Oh. I thought that's what DJ meant."
"DJ just means 'disk jockey'. It just refers to anyone who selects and plays recorded music for an audience. Any person you hear on the radio is a DJ. So yes, I am a 'real' DJ, just like every other DJ since the dawn of entertainment radio has also been a real DJ, including before turntabling was a thing."

So now you know! I am a DJ; I do not turntable. Not that there is anything wrong with turntabling, but it is a bit frustrating to have that conversation over and over and feel like my pride and excitement in this new venture is somehow being devalued. So now you know! And we do not have to have that conversation. Awkwardness avoided!

I am really excited, you guys. As many of you know, I am a pretty big music geek and I love to put together playlists and mixes, so this is right up my alley. I intend to play a lot of stuff that the station doesn't see much of, like pop, dance music, 80s, folk, blues, and the occasional stint of world music and ambient. I am going to have SO MUCH FUN. :D

And speaking of which: My debut show is tonight. Well, technically it's actually the wee hours of tomorrow morning, because it runs from midnight to 3am, but who's counting? Because it's such a late-night timeslot, I'm going to be debuting with pop, dance, and techno. If that sounds like your thing, you should definitely tune in by visiting The Cape Radio's website. The link to tap into the broadcast stream is right up there at the top, under "GET CONNECTED". Just select your music player of choice and enjoy!

And I'm sorry if this announcement sounds bleh and cranky. I am super tired and in need of a nap so I can be all happy and high-energy tonight. Hope to see you there!

PS: I've also made a twitter account for my DJ persona, where I will talk about DJ stuff, link to new music I find that I feel is worth sharing, and announce upcoming shows. For the moment, I'm just a fill-in DJ (by my preference), so those announcements are the best way to find out when I'm going to be on. :)

PPS: The station itself is called The Cape Radio, because it's staffed (and primarily listened to) by players of the City of Heroes MMORPG, but we have a lot of listeners from outside the game as well. I just figured I should explain that so you're not really confused by all the fake ads for in-game companies and bumpers full of jokes about the game. ;)

PPPS: Yes, I totally wound up named after my snake. It honestly just worked out that way, I SWEAR.
moiread: (railroad • maria m.)
"Wade into that water. Gonna have to learn to swim. Either I'll sink or I'll float. That's a good way to begin." From the Sun Parlour Players' Pacifist's Anthem. [link]

There is no point in denial. There is no point in saying, "I wish this hadn't happened." Because of course you wish it hadn't happened. Of course it would be better if it never had. And you can take awhile to sit and process -- you can take the time to acknowledge that feeling -- because it's true and it deserves that recognition. Your pain is valid. But staying there does you no good. The only thing you can do is walk on into whatever it is and figure out how to work with it, live with it, live despite it. That's the only way to win. Either you'll sink or you'll float, but you have to begin to find out. Nothing can get better than the misery of the first moment where you were slapped with something catastrophic if you don't move past it. You can't get to the other side if you never wade in. You just stay stuck in that moment of awfulness and pain.

It makes me feel very seventeen again to say this, but music really has been helping me get through the last few months. I have gotten very very good at coping with stuff, thanks to the way my life has gone, but it makes things easier when you feel like you're not alone. And not just from people you know. It's sometimes even nicer to know that there are people out there you've never even met who know this and understand this too. It is that universal.
moiread: (WORK • rainbow coloured pencils.)
Sent to me by a friend to make me smile. And indeed, the lyrics make me happy.

moiread: (give me patience • liv t.)
So here's the sitrep:

Really bad flu, again, since last weekend. Rae ([ profile] soirenoir) wound up back in the ER two days ago re: Crohn's, got re-admitted, and had emergency surgery this morning. (I spent yesterday there for moral support. The place is so full that they have canceled all elective surgeries until who-knows-when and the only bed they could find for her was in the plaster room where they lie people down to put casts on them.) I keep losing my voice and am hacking up giant chunks of semi-solid grey-green gunk, so chances are good I'm heading for a lung infection again like last time. My period started this morning after weeks of indecision, so now there's that hemorrhagic ridiculousness to handle for the next who-knows-how-long and in the meantime, on Monday I've got to call and book all those diagnostic tests my new gyno team wanted done as soon as I started bleeding again. More rushed ultrasounds and biopsies all next week, I suspect, and then immediately after the last one they intend to induce menopause. Previous experience with hormone treatments leads me to expect that'll be hell on wheels, but at least maybe it'll mean my period actually stops after a reasonable length of time and I don't wind up in the ER myself. (Where, of course, they will be unable to admit me; please see above and laugh along with me if you like.) Also on call for emergency childcare, day or night, I don't care, and am determined to make at least three meals that I can bring over. Though I might have to cook sitting in the walker, between the bleeding and the fact that my feet are shot because I've been too sick to go to physio all week.

If anybody knows when life intends to stop beating me in the face with a heavy brick and/or where I can go to acquire an android body, please let me know.

This is what's playing in my head today:

But hey. I could be in worse health, but I'm not. People could be dying, but they're not. ODSP could have fucked up my payment for this month and left me without rent money, but they didn't. I could be homeless, but I'm not. I could be relying on the food bank again, but I'm not. (Hell, I could be living in a place that doesn't have food banks, or that does but they're all the scary religious kind that refuse to serve people like me, but that's not the case.) We could have had a tornado too, but we didn't. I could have nothing good in my life, and no good people to support me, but that's not the case either.

It could be worse.
moiread: (giggle • kristin k.)
Josh Ritter will be at Bluesfest! Opposite A Perfect Circle on July 10th, which is a little sad for me, because I would have liked to go to both, but whatever, Josh wins. Josh absolutely wins.


The VIP tickets are already sold out (Wah! I would have actually bought that for this!), but the regular single-day tickets start selling later today. :D :D
moiread: (bookish • liv t.)
Hey, look! I was at the bookstore today and I found a thing!

It had a familiar name inside.

It was the last copy they had; they got it in a week ago and the rest sold. (Apparently Ottawa has a lot of fans of horror-ific puns. [Da dum ching!]) There would be more coming, but between that and the fact that the store was playing Josh Ritter over the speakers, I decided that clearly this copy was meant for me to find it and bring it home. So I did.

Sorry about the horrible cameraphone quality, but it was the best I could do at the time.
moiread: (hugz • sarah s.)
Jeremy Messersmith's "A Girl, A Boy, and A Graveyard":

I don't want to spend my time waiting for lightning to strike. )
moiread: (boob honk • liv t.)
Another one of those mixtape things. You'd think I'd be too old for mixtapes by now, but I shake my first defiantly in the direction of such notions. They are fun!

( our heads, they hold back / but our hearts run to strangers, saying, "look at me! look at me! look at me!" )
moiread: (sea creatures • jenny l.)
I've had this song stuck in my head all morning. It was even stuck in my head in my sleep. And it's not Josh Ritter's version, either, it's Tim's ([ profile] timprov)*. So I blame him. And I also blame Chuck, because I was introducing him to Josh Ritter last night through Youtube links.

So here, you can listen too! It's a good song to wake up to:

(* For pretty much any song Tim is known to do, his is the version I hear in my head now. I am rather fond of this, if you couldn't guess.)
moiread: (rawk yo • kristen s.)
Me: "If I told you they were like this EVERY SINGLE TIME, would you come again?"
Rose: "Hell yes!"



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