Saturday, 29 March 2014

Spooky Art Quiz

This is one of my favourite paintings. The spooky lady in white, the fact that they all look like they are covering their ears (thunder?) and then there's that swaying tree in front of the brightly lit house. I want to be there!

Stormy Night by Edvard Munch

While searching for Stormy Night I came across this neat "The Stuff of Nightmares" quiz from last Halloween's issue of the Guardian. I didn't do so well, but I learned some neat stuff!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Free all the Monsters!

By, of course, The Bats. Who are from New Zealand! For more info go to Flying Nun Records. And if you like this one check out another of their tracks, North by North. On which I really dig the guitar!

[Anyone recognize the movie?]

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Jordan Reyne - New EP!

Jordan Reyne
I came across Jordan Reyne back in December. You know, in that way we all stumble across things online. Looked up one thing and several clicks later ended up somewhere completely different. Some of these discoveries are timely but many are transitory and fall by the wayside. I don't think Jordan is one of those.

I encourage you to go to her bandcamp page and read more about this new ep - Maiden, Mother, [CRONE].

You might also find her Remembering the Dead project interesting. I do!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Natural/Supernatural music in London

A series of concerts I'd love to go to...sigh.

"Weird, ghostly music arrives to unnerve us all this spring as City of London Sinfonia (CLS) put on four concerts exploring creative responses to the natural and supernatural. Across the five weeks from 27 March-1 May, the London chamber orchestra will use music to examine how the creative process allows us to make sense of the boundaries between here and, er, elsewhere.
Events begin on 27 March, when CLS artistic director Stephen Layton brings the music of Sir John Tavener to Southwark Cathedral. ‘Supernatural Songs‘, Tavener’s ethereal collection inspired by the poems of W.B. Yeats, was written with exotic instrumentation in mind – mezzo soprano, strings, pow-wow drums and a Hindu Temple gong will combine to make for an evening we do not quite know how to describe in the words of this dimension." 

Friday, 7 March 2014

Cat paws ...

Remember the hand print wall at the end of The Blair Witch Project? Creepiest part of that movie for me.

Well this is the cat version...

Although, let me reassure you that despite the death toll of cats in this city, these prints do NOT represent the number of dead kitties in our backyard.

It's only evidence of exactly how dirty our cats' paws get from roaming (and rolling) around the dusty compound.

paw prints below window

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Data Death but MARCHing forward

I know. It's been a while. The drive in my laptop died a horrible death. Luckily I have a friend who was able to resurrect it...but not the data. Hard drive is fried. Had most things backed up but have lost photos from last year and about 40% of my music. Sigh. Live and learn.

But now it's March. And we're moving on.

Even here in the desert of almost perpetual sunshine there can be clouds. AND some trees do lose their leaves. No comfort for those of you still in a deep freeze or floundering in floods. Still, Spring can't be too far off? Despite what Groundhog Phil saw.

Trees on campus