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29 April 2008 @ 07:49 pm
this chaos, this calamity  
Thank you to all the people who responded to my last post. It was touching - I am often touched by how, well, touching, people I've never met can be - and helpful. I was labouring under the misapprehension that there was a script I was supposed to be following, instead of simply feeling a vague indigestion. It's corny but true, as unfortunately most corny things are. And the reason I'm saying all this here is that I don't think I'm up to replying individually, but I love you all. ♥

My dad's flying out to Australia tomorrow - on a five grand ticket, because of the short notice. I was born and raised in Australia till I was eleven, something I don't mention much because I identify so much as Irish that it feels like a betrayal. And in real life I don't get away with it because, despite the years and the way my accent's changed, people can always tell. (It's the way I say 'no.' And 'presume.' And because I'm the sort of person who says those two words A LOT.)


I'm hearing a lot of buzz about FOB's vid to 'Beat It.' I saw a FOB Beat It video sometime around midnight last night (I don't remember what I was doing up) and - I don't think it's the one people are e-screaming about. It's just them on a stage that's too big, with guitars that are also too big, and several shots of fans looking bored. (I can understand GETTING shots of fans looking bored, but why would you INCLUDE them? What point does that prove?)

That's not it, right? Although, I did quite like Patrick's brown sweater with the yellow Clan bats. It's so cute, the way everyone wears Pete's ugly clothes. Which I will totally be buying some of, as soon as I discover a way and mean. (Sad fact: Pete Wentz is kind of my style icon. Well, him and Cassie from Skins.)

I got my Hush Sound and Dresden Dolls CDs from Amazon. The Hush Sound make beautiful music and that is a fact. However, with the Cab now added to the list of bands I cannot buy in shops, I'm getting rightly pissed. Yeah, there's Amazon, but there's also the fact that not everyone has the access or cards to use Amazon, especially in Ireland, which is notoriously technophobic. On the other hand, it doesn't make sense to spend money distributing albums to such a small listenership, but. Illogically annoyed cat is illogically annoyed?
Current Mood: draineddrained
Current Music: hurricane (the hush sound)
Shezanshezan on April 29th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
Had missed your previous post; so many many thoughts and wishes to you & your family.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Converse kissscoradh on April 29th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks. ♥
murklinsmurklins on April 29th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: FOB: Andy lol'dscoradh on May 2nd, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
murklinsmurklins on May 2nd, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
There are also downloadable versions now: http://icecreamhdaches.livejournal.com/376751.html
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: CS+TAI: Gabe+Williamscoradh on May 2nd, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Cool! Only, I don't think my connection would be any happier about that. Roll on Tuesday...
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: PATD: Brendon's squishyscoradh on May 2nd, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Dude, your reply to my poll! Cause I thought recently it was mainly you putting up with me. :P
murklinsmurklins on May 2nd, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha, who can say? The thing about people who get along with me best is that they tend to encourage my rambling ways by being awesome and chatty themselves. I always wonder if from the outside it looks mutually annoying, when it in fact is mutually fabulous.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: FOB: Pweezy fistsscoradh on May 3rd, 2008 09:12 am (UTC)
I'm feeling guilty about the new-minted bandomers on my list on whom I keep leaping because OMG RYAN ROSS or similar. So it's good to know there's, like, a trampoline. :DDD
mrsquizzical: hushsoundmrsquizzical on April 29th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
oh man. i'll FIND THE LINK ok? the only thing i can say is PATRICK!!!!. oh and JOE'S HAIR!!!! ok there's a few things i could say.

re the aussie thing. i can just smile over that, ok? cos i lovelovelove that you're irish with aussie background. we get a lot of the opposite here, of course. and i was brought up on irish music amongst other things.

i'm glad you're going with the grief thing. it really is something you have to feel what you feel. no shoulds. *more hugs for that process*

hush sound are my favourites.

(have you seen the thing with baby!panic and the dresden dolls mucking about?)

eta - i notice you got the link already for fob. yay.

Edited at 2008-04-29 09:01 pm (UTC)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bookishscoradh on May 2nd, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
This must fucking ROCK, considering Joe's hair is made of awesome just in general.

I never identified as Irish when I was in Australia. I don't identify as much of anything now, it was quite a problem when I was a teenager. On the other hand, an excess of patriotism is not always a good thing *coughAmericanimperialismcough*

mrsquizzical: spencermrsquizzical on May 2nd, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
ok. this is seriously something you have to see. i think i saw it early on, and fell for them hard because of it.

and i agree on the patriotism thing. the thing about aussie patriotism (the usual kind. not the people who are way over board) is that most of it includes making fun of ourselves. politically i think australia pretty much sucks most of the time.

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: FOB: colourful guitarsscoradh on May 2nd, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
*bookmarks for Tuesday, with EAGERNESS*

Ireland hasn't even got anything to be patriotic about, imo, but it tries harder. I suppose there's always the British invasion and subjugation thing, if we get bored.
stellamoonstellamoon on April 29th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
I missed that earlier post, but I want to let you know how sorry I am for your loss. I lost my grandmother last November, and we were actually rather close. Yet, it was still weird trying to find the right level of grief that I thought I should be feeling - which seemed to fluctuate wildly from hour to hour, day to day. I miss her terribly, that's for sure, but I think it's just hard to wrap our heads around something like that when it first happens. So, we are left with this weird feeling, and an overdeveloped sense of recognition for how all the every day things just seem to carry on like normal. Yeah....I'm still not really past it, myself. You have my condolences.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Converse kissscoradh on May 2nd, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks. My grandmother was buried today, and I looked up from my desk at one point and saw her photo on the wall ... it's just weird to think she's gone, not just far away. *hugs*
Lib: hugslibgirl on April 30th, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
I'm glad that things are going a bit better and I know the vid. you saw, but yeah, it was the wrong one ;).

Check out the link...it's ridiculously awesome. Truly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also, I hear you on the music front though from the other side, it's harder than you'd think to get music from other countries if it's not already huge here then you usually can't get it and sadly international suppliers are less likely to ship to the U.S. than U.S. suppliers are to ship internationally. :(
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: CS + TAI: swirly colours Gabescoradh on May 2nd, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Apparently so. My first night back in college will categorically NOT be spent revising pharm essays, but rather surfing youtube for (I hear) JOE'S HAIR AND PATRICK'S SHIRT.

Seriously?! That's even crazier. Grr, grr. And I can't even request these songs on the radio because, if I can't get the CDs, it's pretty unlikely that the DJs will. *shuts head in drawer*
jehnt: btvs - alonejehnt on May 2nd, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
I watched the FOB "Beat It" video because I'm a sucker for cover songs but, eh, Michael Jackson's is much better. FOB can't sustain the funky yearning of the original, and "Beat It" is all about funky yearning, so without it the song kind of falls flat. I'm still working on a Beatles mix for you, btw, it's just that I take mixes Very Seriously and spend months perfecting the flow and angsting about thematic differences between songs. haha.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Balloonsscoradh on May 3rd, 2008 09:14 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHA, I think you're missing the point of the video, which is really JOE'S HAIR. I mean, I listened to the concert vid and the song is pretty flat. Then again, I didn't know Jacko originally wrote it. I'm kind of a musical (and general) pleb, in case you hadn't guessed already.

Thematic differences? Weren't they all about pot, maaaaan?
jehnt: ad - michael bluthjehnt on May 3rd, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
I am contemplating doing a series of posts entitled "let's teach Rach about music," but I tend to get long-winded on the subject and I'd probably just make you listen to opera and David Bowie (I actually have a Bowie post coming up for different reasons, but there WILL be songs! fun dancey songs about men kissing men!) and then lecture you on, I don't know, something really obscure, and you'd be like, "?????" and it wouldn't go well. So I'll just say this: over the summer I will be posting some fanmixes (mostly for fandoms you're not in, but oh well) and you should download the songs if possible!

Haha, I think the Beatles were more into acid. And girls. And world peace. I dunno, they made 'em weird back in those days.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: CS+TAI: stripey hoodie Gabescoradh on May 3rd, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
No no, you really should! I LIKE learning stuff, it's an awful fault, ended up in med because of it. >.> I would like to get into Bowie because it seems no one hates him - the world is just divided into those who've listened to him and those who haven't. But where would I start, seriously? (Except for Starman, I do have that, at least.)

I will dl if you put them up. I trust you! *holds out tightrope*

I saw some John Lennon vid the other day. Very bad hair all round. But there was that shot of him being busted for drugs charges and MY UNCLE WAS THE POLICE MAN IN THAT!
jehnt: wordy - keyboard smashjehnt on May 4th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
haha, well okay, once finals are over I will no longer restrain myself from posting music if I feel like it.

David Bowie is AWESOME. He wins at life, basically. He's my mother's favorite musician, and I think she has had a huge crush on him since she was in HS or college, which is kind of disturbing because I have a huge crush on him too. He was in some fashion advertisements a few years back and I'd always catch my mother ogling them. Seriously, all magazines in the house were always left open to the David Bowie page. Uh, anyway, I have decided that because you NEED more Bowie in your life, I will hurry up and make the epic Bowie post today.

YOUR UNCLE? HE IS A PART OF ROCK HISTORY. Uh, seriously, that's pretty cool. That gives you way more rock cred than I will EVER have. No one in my family was anywhere near John Lennon at any time.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: PATD: Group hugscoradh on May 4th, 2008 11:40 am (UTC)
I saw a photoshoot of him with his wife once in Style. I used his face as a template for all the fanart I did for AGES. It's so fantastically angular. Beautifulest man in the world, etc.

There's a photograph of it in my grandma's house, which is being sold. I wonder who'll end up with it - it probably should go to my uncle, but. He's weird. >.> I want it!