kiki_eng: whale wearing headphones that connect to a heart (whale music)
I'm working on a bunch of mixtapes right now and was doing a sort of youtube crawl and found J't'emmène au vent by Louise Attaque which is amazingly 90s and also has a very obvious celtic influence. It sounds a lot like stuff I grew up around and stuff I listen to; it sounds very Canadian to me because of that, but it's French. So, it got me thinking about similar accents that are divided by language - how there's a set of Quebecois and Ontario accents that sound pretty similar, and some accents in Northern France that sound pretty English, and some accents in Southern France that are maybe more similar to some Spanish accents than to other areas of France in some ways - and about how cultures and technologies develop and spread.

It is very, very cool to me that I can listen to 20th century French celtic-inspired pop music and 20th century English Canadian celtic-inspired pop music, that people with a similar heritage are making this music in the same sort of genre an ocean and a language apart.

I am interested in exploring the shared culture of (French and English) Canada, France, and the UK and Ireland through music. I'm really interested in folk songs, which I really don't have a good background in, and celtic and celtic-influenced music.

I found La jument de Michao (here, have Nolwenn Leroy's version so that I can point out that she released an album titled Bretonne) and I could swear that I've heard that tune before but I do not know where. I mean, I'm tentatively prepared to blame Great Big Sea, but I would really like to find that song.

I asked for recs in [community profile] mix_tape and have a pretty lengthy list now from [personal profile] glinda that I am still working my way through, but am absolutely interested in more recs. Any suggestions would be fantastic. (I'm trying to finish this mix in the next couple of days, but am not sure that I'll get there, given the theme.)

June Media

Jul. 1st, 2014 09:42 pm
kiki_eng: Laena Geronimo of The Like playing violin (Laena playing violin)
This is all of the non-fannish media content that I finished in June. (I did this in March and December, too.)

TV Episode: Book of Hours (White Collar S1E3, November 6, 2009) )

Comic: Young Avengers #11 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Kris Anka, Mike Norton and Matthew Wilson (October 23, 2013) )

Podcast: Dana (Welcome to Night Vale, 30, September 1, 2013) )

TV Episode: The Election Agenda: Mike Schreiner and the Green Platform (The Agenda with Steve Paikin May 21, 2014 )

TV Broadcast: Ontario Election Debate 2014 (June 3, 2014) )

Comic: Black Widow #7 by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto (June 4, 2014) )

Comic: Witchling #1 by Renée Nault )

Short Film: Together Forever (2014) )

CD: Open Season by Feist (2006) )

CD: L'univers de Rajotte compiled by Claude Rajotte (2007) )

Film: Yes or No (2010) )

Podcast: A Blinking Light up on the Mountain (Welcome to Night Vale, 31, September 15, 2013) )

TV Series: Coffee Prince (2007) )

Book: Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (1962 )

Podcast: Yellow Helicopters (Welcome to Night Vale, 32, October 1, 2013) )

Comic: Captain Marvel #4 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, David Lopez and Lee Loughridge (June 11, 2014) )

Book: A Civil Contract by Georgette Heyer (1961) )

Podcast: Cassette (Welcome to Night Vale, 33, October 15, 2013) )

Podcast: A Beautiful Dream (Welcome to Night Vale, 34, November 1, 2013 )

CD: Mischievous Moon by Jill Barber (2011) )

Comic: Lumberjanes #3 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters and Brooke Allen (June 11, 2014) )

CD: Castor, The Twin by Dessa (2011) )

Book: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (1895) )

TV Episode: The Dark Moon (Teen Wolf S4E1, June 23, 2014) )

CD: Sing to the Moon by Laura Mvula (2013) )
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
1) I signed up for the St. Trinian's Fic Exchange (2012) today. (Signups close June 15th.) I'm excited, if slightly confused to be signing up for a fic exchange that isn't yuletide. I haven't done any other exchange before and it feels very odd that it is not November and that I know what fandom I'm writing for. St. Trinian's! It should be good.

2) I found a song about a week and a half ago. It is kind of great. You may be interested in it if you like songs about Canadian cities, feelings, French accents, or Hockey RPF. The song is Winnipeg by Julien Doré. Julien Doré has this really great French accent and kind of texture-y voice; I am not so great at describing it but I find it very enjoyable. It's a really light and happy song. I think the 50 second intro a little excessive, but the song is really delightful, nonetheless. He wants to go to Winnipeg with you! It is great. I have been reading enough Hockey RPF to have decided that this song is, like, Patrick Kane's declaration of love for Jonathan Toews that he makes Johnny listen to, significantly. He wants to go to Winnipeg with him. If that is not love, well. Also: it is sung by a guy with a French accent. He is, like, being supportive of Johnny's culture. That is totally a thing. <3 :)
(It makes me happy.)

3) I am just over halfway through organising my bookmarks. I have a couple thousand and I've never been all the way through tagging things like I'm trying to do now, so it feels significant. It's also my first time changing my tagging system and long overdue, so it's good, if time-consuming, and I have all of these new tags now.
kiki_eng: whale wearing headphones that connect to a heart (whale music)
Smart Bitches linked to a music video yesterday, and that post is really fun for a couple of reasons, or, okay, one reason: Sarah seems to be really enchanted by it. There's the part where romance novels are a kind of recurring theme in the video (it's cute and ridiculous and awesome) that she geeks about and then there's the part where Sarah looks up MuchFACT on wikipedia and is apparently quite taken by the concept. Outsider perspectives: they're interesting.

You should totally check out the video. It's something like what would happen if Taylor Swift collaborated with the YellowJackets.

I'm maybe slightly worried if you aren't a little intrigued by that - embedded video under the cut )
kiki_eng: actress, Billie Piper, wearing red glasses and laughing with her face scrunched up (Billie Piper is happy laughing joyful)
Moving Right Along (from The Muppet Movie)
because singing muppets are wonderful

What Kind of Dinosaur Would You Be?
because this is serious business

The Machine That Made Us - Stephen Fry presents a documentary on the Gutenberg Press
because Stephen Fry presenting is good

(Unrelatedly, would anyone be willing to beta a Lost in Austen story for me in a couple of days?)
kiki_eng: whale wearing headphones that connect to a heart (whale music)
Okay, so, JUST IN CASE ANYONE WAS WONDERING: The Barenaked Ladies' children's album is pretty delightful. I am kind of riding a caffeine and baking high right now, but the first song is called "789", which is about what you'd think it would be. (This is pretty much my favorite joke ever, because I am about six years old.) The second song includes the lyrics "The ninjas are deadly and silent. / They're also unspeakably violent." It contains something called "The Canadian Snacktime Trilogy". (Gordon Lightfoot's favorite snack is pasta, in case you were wondering.) There is also a really delightful alphabet song. (J is for "jalapeno", you guys.)

It's funny, I ended up listening to it because MCR did a children's song - Every Snowflake Is Different - that made me remember how much I like that kind of thing, which, yes, is something that I really shouldn't have needed reminding of. (Jian Ghomeshi interviewed Steven Page after he left the band and the children's album gets mentioned in that interview.)

I don't actually know where I am on my yuletide, and I can't figure out where I was at this time in previous years, but it will be done soon? Because I have decided that this is a thing that is going to happen and then I get to work on other fannish projects. (If I'm good I get to go on a field trip for fluff and generally be a geek.)
kiki_eng: whale wearing headphones that connect to a heart (whale music)
Title: Adventure.exe
Rating: PG-13
Length: 13 songs, 48:10
Pairing: Adam/Kris
Summary: It's a love story about getting to a place where you're ready to have a relationship with someone and ready to take that risk.

Notes )

Mix )
kiki_eng: text: "i ate ALL your bees" (Black Books) ("I ate all your bees.")
It was a nice plan. I was going to do a post on the various Idol series. There are... more than I expected. So, it was the beginnings of a plan, okay?

I was going to link to some of the stuff from Nouvelle Star: Julien Doré's jazz cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit, Lussi Lebrun's Whole Lotta Love, and various things including Ramón and François' performance of Vous permettez, monsieur? I can not actually find that, but it is okay, because I found something better. It's a fanvid! It's beautiful. I am so excited. It is set to Adam Lambert's Fever which just makes it that much better, cosmically. ...and now I ship them.

...that last bit was supposed to be a cultural contrast to American Idol - Vous permettez, monsieur? is the song they're in the matching blue and orange suits for - but, all I can say now is that I was totally distracted while I was watching that season, because I do not remember the ass-touching, or the part where François hoists Ramón up on stage, bridal style, and Ramón kisses him, for no other reason than they were happy and wanted to. I mean, they're both kind of ridiculous as people, and bros, totally bros, but now I am totally wondering if they ran off together after the series, because the part where François is absently caressing Ramón's neck, that was kind of slashy.

...anyway. I was going to link to Kris Allen's version of Heartless, and look up some of the other American stuff, and this is where I started to get into trouble, actually, because the top 10 performances lists that are out there are actually really boring to me, so, I went looking for the Canadian stuff, instead, because I knew, at least, because [personal profile] sinesofinsanity had shown me a clip, that some guy had trolled the show singing Bowie.

...and then I went and looked Jacob Hoggard up, and he's the one from Hedley. So, I watched some more performances, because I wanted to figure out what the heck he was doing. ...and I've probably watched something like eight different clips now, including two Hedley videos for comparison, and I have a working theory now, but I still do not actually know. The only thing that I have been able to ascertain with any degree of certainty, is quite possibly something I only noticed because Ben Mulroney pointed it out: he has, or at least did in 2004, a nice ass. (I mean, I am not really a good judge of asses, but it seems to be very present but not overly large, which I understand is the goal?)

Put Your Head On My Shoulder is the Paul Anka song that he sang for Canadian Hits week. He, on the surface, looks a lot like Gene Kelly or Darren Criss' character on Glee in that performance, he has that kind of '50s dancer/student vibe going on, sort of. He is also himself, kept his lip ring in for the performance, and then after shows off his ass (clad in shiny pants) on Ben Mulroney's instigation.

So, basically, I have questions. Jacob Hoggard on Canadian Idol - what was that? ...and just, you know, because, I am curious, and do not know these things - has anyone else out of Canadian Idol had success afterwards? Also, also, um, is the him getting hit on by that one judge standard?

He placed third that season. I mention this for informational purposes. Also, because I keep watching clips, and... this - he 1) does Gordon Lightfoot, and you do not fuck with Lightfoot (he doesn't) 2) gets hit on by the judge, a little 3) fucks with Ben Mulroney - he sucks on his finger, sticks it in Ben's ear and then trails it down the side of his face and down to his chest before pulling it away. I think maybe I should give up on the clips? I keep thinking that things will make sense, and to some extent that is true, but, there are just new layers of strange. What.
kiki_eng: whale wearing headphones that connect to a heart (whale music)
Good evening.
Do not attempt to adjust your radio, there is nothing wrong.
We have taken control as to bring you this special show.
We will return it to you as soon as you are grooving.

Welcome to station W-E-F-U-N-K, better known as We-Funk,
Or deeper still, the Mothership Connection.
Home of the extraterrestrial brothers,
Dealers of funky music.
P.Funk, uncut funk, The Bomb.


That's how the first track off Mothership Connection starts, and oh, did I have issues finding a reasonable cut off point for that, because P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up) is an awesome song and it has some fantastic lyrics. It is some fantastic music in general; you should listen to it.

George Clinton, who heads Parliament-Funkadelic, has said of the album something like We wanted to put black people where where no one thought they could be, so we put them in space. There is this whole P-Funk mythology spanning several years and albums.

They toured with a space ship. One of the lyrics off this album is "We have returned to claim the Pyramids." There is a song called "Night Of The Thumpasorous Peoples". It is kick-awesome. This is a rec; this is an enthusiastic rec. You need to listen to this album.

I'm really not doing Mothership Connection justice, and I'm not framing it at all within the context of music history. It did things, it was part of things, and it is remembered when people sit down and write lists.

I nominated it for [personal profile] eruthros' Top one hundred speculative fiction works, because it's a sci-fi concept album, because it was and continues to be influential, and because I think its awesome. The long list poll to pare that nominated list down from about 1,000 to 250 works is running right now, closing Thursday at noon, EST. It's an interesting list, being created in response to the predictability of NPR's list of the top 100 science fiction and fantasy novels and [personal profile] eruthros "wondering what that kind of list would look like if a bunch of fannish people made it instead and if the definition of scifi and fantasy were looser." (You should go vote for Mothership Connection things!)
kiki_eng: whale wearing headphones that connect to a heart (whale music)
Hetalia is something that I know pretty much entirely from fannish osmosis. (You've been warned.) It started as a webcomic and has since gone on to become just about all the things. There's a manga and an anime and a video game and a few other things. Hetalia's good if you like historical politics - a good chunk of it is about WWII (apparently), and its characters are anthropomorphic representations of countries. Canada is a supporting character. If you poke around that link there's a lot of info and how fannish people are about it starts to become evident. The fandom's pretty huge, from what I can tell, not being in it.

Also doing the anthropomorphic representation thing is Scandinavia and the World, which I read and can actually talk about. There are 230 comics right now, so doing an archive binge isn't too terrible. It's very much a western-centric thing, but it's a different western perspective than I'm used to seeing and politics that I don't really know, so I find that interesting. The strips tend to be fun and happy.

At some point in the past year [personal profile] sinesofinsanity gave me a copy of Nice, Nice, Very Nice by Dan Mangan and it has since eaten my soul, essentially. I've been listening to it a lot in the past six months. (myspace, Youtube)

Also, [personal profile] readbystarlight? I am in the process of making a Bandom recruitment series. It is coming for you. I realise that this is all very creepy, but seriously, you've read 2/3 of the crossover fics I'm reccing for that already. Do you have any requests? (Tropes that you'd like? A desire to read all the space stories right now or anything?)

Books. Booooooooooooooooooooooooooks. There are very pretty pictures and interesting bookshelves and libraries.

ETA: Also: muppets.

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