Archive | March, 2014

Music To Live By: Guided By Voices

31 Mar

These past couple of weeks, the weather has finally been giving way, inch by inch, to spring here in Mitten State. The last few days I have been filled to the brim with girlish glee at the prospect of driving with *GASP* my windows down!! And when I do dare to let the sunshine in and let a cool (more like cold) breeze drift into my car as I coast down the street (more like loosing my tires in giant gaping potholes) I like to listen to the serenely stimulating sounds of Guided By Voices.


Nothing says “good feeling” like the static rhythms of GBV. Maybe its the changing seasons that remind me of why this band is so great. Rightfully so, since they’ve changed members more than a few times (oh Robert Pollard). Inspired by cult influences of British underground, punk, progressive rock, and all things great, it’s no wonder they’ve released album after album since their start in 1983. My favorite will always be 1994’s Bee Thousand


Simply because, well, I am a big fan of the pig pen. I highly recommend giving them a listen while laying in bed, or the floor. Driving in the car is my personal favorite. Or you can be one of those people and listen to it during your early morning jog (even though I hate those people). So long as the sun is shining and the breeze is a-breezing, you really can’t go wrong. Here are some of my personal favorites to croon to when I’ve got GBV going:

Islands (She Talks In Rainbows)


A Salty Salute


A Big Fan Of The Pigpen



Fashion In Music

30 Mar


When I was about 10 or 11 years old, my dad took me to my very first concert…The B-52’s. The psychotropic guitar riffs. The endless, neon summer lyricism. A sound that can only be described as bursting from a time capsule from outer space. I absolutely loved this band and still do. My favorite beehived Deadbeat Club hopper will always be the delightful Kate Pierson.

Portrait of Kate Pierson

Kate Pierson is the hairdo queen that made an appearance throughout my entire childhood. Yet, what always stuck out most to me was her eclectic and electric sense of style. Go-go boots almost got lost behind all the other junk in everyone’s closet, and she had the great mind to bring them back. Her astro-lounge attire hued in an outstanding bubblegum-pop color palate is fun and exciting. Her perfectly coiffed fiery locks only add to her allure.

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Needless to say, she’s just plain cool. I wanted to be her so badly when I was little. Who am I kidding? I still want to be her! I am still so obsessed by Kate Pierson. I am so enthralled by her bad-girl, baby doll vocals and tubular dance moves. When I tell people I listen to B-52’s, they always reply “What? As a guilty pleasure?” No. There is nothing guilty about their music at all, it’s simply a pleasure. Hell, I may just go and work on my own B-52 before I go for groceries later this week.


Although I usually see her pictured in structural, shirt and pant combinations, I much prefer Kate in her skin-tight dresses or jumpsuits. As for my lesson in fashion, she has always taught me that although I may want to opt for neutral colors, don’t do it unless they’re at least some form of fun pattern. Why not inject a bit of psychedelic into your life every now and again?


Kate Pierson with her fellow B-52ers

I absolutely LOVE this feature of hers on Iggy Pop’s “Candy”! It is my favorite song of all time ever. Whenever I feel down, I watch this video and think “Now, if she can wear and evening gown in an abandoned cocktail lounge, why can’t I wear a wide-brimmed hat to get the mail?” These are the questions we need to ask ourselves people.



Something Thrifted

14 Mar

We all know it’s oh so cool to be a vintage fiend these days. As much as I die for vintage fashion, I just can’t get myself to buy used clothes. The thought of literally walking around in someone else’s shoes is just so unappealing to me. But I do love the idea of taking an afternoon to sort and sift through the treasures of yesteryear and taking them home in order to breathe new life into them. That’s how I discovered that thrift shopping need not only apply to clothing and doilies. Since then, I’ve scooping up oldies but goodies to furnish and decorate my home. Nothing turns a house into a cozy, comforting home quite like a flea market find that isn’t dingy and dirty, but rather “well loved”. On my last antique dig, I came across these pretties:



2 emerald green platers. Circa 1950’s and made in the good ol’ US of A, I just couldn’t pass up on these beautiful little homes for my new cacti. I love the thought of filling my home with gorgeous green things…especially since I live in an apartment with no yard. Which is visually boring to say the least.


my moon cactus “Dominik”

After spotting the brilliant collection of planter in various brilliant shades of green on the stained beige carpet of my local antique mall, I immediately fell in love. I picked out my favorites and had mentally picked out my new house plants names before I even reached the cash register. (As an apartment dweller, I am also not allowed pets, so my plants are not my babies. It’s totally normal.)


succulent twins “Vinnie” and “Bobby”

Added bonus, the pair cost me less than $10!!! For me, that is a Sunday morning well spent.


I hope this inspires you guys to get out and take a look around your local vintage and antique store. Or if you don’t have one nearby, at least some old hoarder’s basement. It’s all about the thrill of the hunt, and nothing beats coming home with a new treasure after an afternoon of digging. What are some of your favorite thrift shop finds?

5 Songs To Give You Spring Fever

4 Mar


I don’t know what I’m more bored with – this non-stop nasty weather or the fact that there is NO ESCAPING IT!!! It’s all over the news and our news feeds; pot holes so big they’re more like a portal to Hell itself, snow storms leaving people stranded in their own homes, and salt stains that have ruined all of my cute winter boots! Enough is enough – here’s a radical way to beat the never-ending winter blues. I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 songs to give you spring fever (in my humble opinion). Just grab a nice iced coffee, put on your sunnies and sandals, and smile as you listen to it on repeat and pray for Mr.Sunshine to do his work already.

5. Black – Pearl Jam


Intimate lyrics and, and hauntingly beautiful instrumentals makes Pearl Jam’s “Black” the perfect song to listen to during warm spring showers.

4. Heavy Bells – J. Roddy Walston & The Business

I have no idea what the lyrics mean. Seriously though, if it makes sense to you, let me in on it because I just don’t get it. All I do know is that this song is fun, electric, and just makes me want to run barefoot in the sunshine. Isn’t that what spring is all about?

3. Sweet Jane – The Velvet Underground


Though Lou Reed certainly had his moments, I can’t help but find this song charming and surprisingly light (we are talking about the Velvet Underground for goodness sake.) Although the Cowboy Junkies cover is probably the best cover of any song…ever, the original still tugs at my heartstrings in a way no other song can.

2. Mean Streets – Tennis


Melodic and just plain cool. It reminds me of the first warm day when you can drive around town with your windows down and the sun on your face.

1. Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol

Nothing is more liberating than finally shedding your coat and swapping it out for a light jacket after a bout of winter blues. And I don’t think anything epitomizes liberation anymore than Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself.” Also, I don’t care what anyone says, this is music video is the shit.

To hear the complete top 5 spring fever soundtrack click this link:

Spring Fever

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