Musical Listicle: Joanna Newsom

Songs that popped into my head while listening to Joanna Newsom for the first time.

iamwhoiamwhoami – y

Jenny Wilson – Like a Fading Rainbow

Rose Cousins – White Daisies

Tuneyards – Hatari *

Theresa Andersson – Birds Fly Away **

CocoRosie – By Your Side

Nabiha – You ***

Sia – Oh Father ****

Joni Mitchell – Case of You *****

Ohbijou – Niagara

Soko – I’ll Kill Her

*also see Gangsta
**also see Na na na
***also see Computer Love
****also see Big Girl Little Girl & Soon We’ll Be Found & Breath Me & Somersault
*****also see James Blake’s Cover and People’s Parties & Help Me
ps. Listicle is a real word. Wikipedia says so.


la bonne vie

Pink Champagne

When I lived in France for the summer in 2010, I kept mostly to Strasbourg. Unfortunately, I never visited Lyon or Tours or Nice. But I was lucky enough to see Paris, Bordeaux and Champagne. My visit to Champagne started – as with most travels in France or Europe for that matter – by TVG/le train. I generally really like trains; it’s like taking a road trip without having to concentrate on the road. And you still get to play mixtapes! Below is the one I conjured for the weekend passing the vineyards and little antique french towns.

Wild Horses – The Stones

Golden Skans – The Klaxons

One More Night – Stars

Superfast Jellyfish – The Gorillaz

Kick In The Door – Biggie

If Only – Sondre Learche

Low Rising – The Swell Season

Music For Life – Talib Kweli

Te Quiero – Stromae

Even in the Rain – Fiery Furnaces

Try Honesty – Billy Talent

Sleepwalking – Whale Tooth *

Prissy Prancing – Eagles of Death Metal **

Disclaimer – The Dears ***

French Countryside Champagne

*I really love this band. You should also check out Hibernation Song and Clever.

**This whole record is great but in particular; Now I’m a Fool is also excellent for road trips and High Voltage is the song I imagine would be my stripper song (you know, in case things became dire…this economy and all…</tragicomedy>).

*** The Dears also featured on my Australia West Coast roadtrip mix tape with Meltdown in A Major. See also: Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Day of the Dead

Cancon count: 4.

And so you’re back/from outer space…

I Will Survive - Cake

It’s been more than a year since I last posted and then abandoned the wordpress suburbs for the new and wild jungles of tumblr. While the safari was fun, tumblr (for me at least)  is not suitable for long form text. You can see a semi-successful attempt here at the travel blog. Which in reality is a photo travel blog or more specifically a food photo travel blog. In the course of my recent travels, one of the many things I have learned is that the wifi connection is never as good as you hope and uploading photos or posting long text is a time suck. And so with my handy little tumblr app, it was easier to take and post photos all on my iphone with little commentary. Looking back at the France trip and now the South East Asia trip I almost prefer the simplicity of a single photo and caption. For me the minimalism evokes greater sensory recall. Pour moi ca marche.

But now I have come back to wordpress. I actually lost the blog; I forgot the name and hadn’t bookmarked the login. In finding it again I’ve reread old posts and have decided they weren’t all that bad. It’s strange that I’m in a completely different place than that girl of a year ago but I still have this need to collect my internet findings. I attempted to do that at tumblr but all it is a smattering of images on a page. Here the minimalism doesn’t work for me and I feel that this presentation of my curation requires more context. And so I’m thinking of reviving the blog. Yes, this one. I suppose tumblr can act as a sort of farm team. ps. I’ve changed the name from wtfalia to the more classic sounding Arts & Crafts & Internet.

So what’s new in alia world? Well lots but for now I only give you one. I am crazy obsessed with this song. It is the theoretical love child of Peter Gabriel and Fleetwood Mac if that child was born in Belgium and grew up in Australia. I am also into guest artist Kimbra’s new album Vows. Specifically; Settle Down and Cameo Lover (check out those music videos too! Artsy!).

Also (ha! I lied. I give you two!) since I’ve found my library card I’ve been reading comics again. I will probably write a post about The Fountain on its own because I think it has some interesting aspects about storytelling and filmmaking. For now please enjoy Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks (creator of Demonology 101, a nice cross between Buffy and Harry Potter and one of the first webcomics I ever read) and the current run of three panel comics that Warren Ellis is running on his blog. Also: Annie Wu.