Knackered

I like the word “knackered“. It seems particularly British to me. Sometimes I would describe myself this way but it’s because I go to bed way too late. Ya know what, everybody should make sure they get enough sleep. It really does make everything better when you rest.

Here is a poem for no reason:

Oh boy, it’s time for bed

This long day has me knackered.

Haven’t eaten all day

Does this mean I’m snackered?

Is Aaron Rogers Packered?

I just build this table,

It should probably be lacquered.

via Daily Prompt: Knackered

A Grown Man and His Blankie

I didn’t know I was waiting for a topic until now.


Everybody should have an extra large blanket.

About five or six years ago, during the winter break of some year in college, I bought the most important purchase in my entire life.

That is an exaggeration but not by much.

I have a red, king-sized fleece blanket from Walmart. It has been at my feet through everything. Are my feet cold? Blanket. Do I need an extra layer during the winter? Blanket. Am I locking in for a long night of gaming? Blanket. The use is not about warmth exclusively, the comfort of being covered is what I’ve grown to need. It’s on my lap even during the summer. It usually resides under my desk, so sometimes it smells like feet…but it always smells like me. I rarely wash it, which is probably gross but I don’t care, I’m the only one partaking of its services. The size of Big Red is conducive for cocooning (or burritoing) and I am not a small man so that is a huge plus. I’ve had sex on it, I’ve eaten on it. It’s been to the beach and I think in my backyard in Harrisburg. (I’ve washed it after all of these occasions, I’m not a monster.)

I’ve thought about replacing it with a newer model…but why?

via Daily Prompt: Blanket

Grey*

This counts, right? It’s not my fault Christian Grey spells his name differently.


via Daily Prompt: Gray

I haven’t watched or read Fifty Shades of Grey.  I haven’t really had the desire to ingest the material and not because I’m some uptight, “Sex is icky” person. My problem is that I’m worried that it’ll be terrible. Now I have previously mentioned that I will partake in things that have been popular just so I can be knowledgeable about a craze.  This book was everywhere, hard copies and online book sales were skyrocketing, movies (THAT’S PLURAL) have been made. It was wild.

The whole thing was very interesting to me as not the target audience. The United States is a notoriously sex-negative country. Nudity is frowned upon more than gratuitous violence. I would posit this is because of the deep-seated religious foundation of the United States. Add our comparably long history/obsession with war and that explains that. Now of course, sex and the sex industry has always been there and probably thriving but mostly in the dark. Unless you are comfortable with people or in a designated forum, the topic is met with general weirdness and blushed faces.

Fifty Shades saw people picking up this story in droves. Why was it so popular? Was the subject matter so taboo that this story provided an escape for sexually repressed women? Sure a lot of people could read it on a kindle and nobody would be the wiser but the hard copy was still bought in record numbers.

I have seen the taboo around the topic starting to be slowly peeled back. There is the #FreeTheNipple movement and sex-ed trying to be taught at younger ages. More conservative people would argue that this is because the country is becoming more Godless. I don’t care what you believe but sex is here to stay and the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey was definitely a sign of a more modern America.

 

 

Quickie: Die With a Smile-FKJ

Welp. New week. New song.

So French Kiwi Juice was an album that I was thinking about reviewing in totality but… didn’t. I really liked the project because in general it was a soulful yet bouncy electronic album. It was good but it wasn’t world-breaking, which while an unrealistic expectation, should be noted because the genre he lives in is saturated.  Still, it’s a strong offering. For me, FKJ’s strength lies in dope vocal samples, bass lines, crisp drums and overall feel. I’ve seen his name all over the place attached to remixes or loosies and while I’ve not followed the Frenchmen closely I will check out anything he’s done. Wait…does that mean I follow him closely? :thinking: Anyway in my opinion the highlights under his belt include the tracks “Unchained,” “Lying Together” and a sweet remix of “Pretty Thoughts” by Alina Baraz and Galimatias.

“Die With A Smile” probably isn’t even the best song on his debut album but it does do a feel/beat change midway through that is really special. The track starts in which you will soon find out is half time. A guitar solos between a repeated refrain while drums and muted synths pleasantly plod along while the title is sung intermittently. It is airy and just hip enough to not be considered smooth jazz. Then we get launched into something more in line with the rest of the album. The tempo picks up and instead For me it’s unexpectedness is what got me. In no way is it jarring though. On the contrary, once the switch occurs it absolutely makes sense. The second half the song is also accompanied by perfectly harmonious, easily whistleable (that can’t be a word) horn line. It is short and sweet before the song wraps up nicely the way it started.

So apparently FKJ actually stands for “French Kiwi Juice” meaning the album is self titled. Dude’s real name is Vincent Fenton. That’s not really relevant but I found it out as I was “researching” the artist.

Anyway, song is dope.

Spike to the Heart and You’re to Blame

I wanted a cool title, this article isn’t about Bon Jovi.


Spike was probably my second favorite character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer right behind Anya. His character arc was definitely the most evolving and made an otherwise meh show for me quite watchable and ultimately entertaining.

Justin. How dare you say Buffy was “meh”?!??1! 

So I had just gotten a new girlfriend and her first proclamation was “Buffy is my favorite show and we are going to watch it from the beginning.” I really had no intention on doing this ever. This is well after the show was off the air and I was a 22 year old black guy. Alternatively, I really like watching or experiencing things that have had cultural impact in the media (watched all the Harry Potter and Twilight movies just to see what the hype was about)…and I really liked this girl.

So here we go. My first thoughts were “Wow, this is awful, melodramatic teen drama with terrible fight choreography and monsters from the late 90s-early 00s.” As I continued to watch, I finally started to get it. Some things really didn’t change (cliched drama, sometimes laughably bad acting) and the eponymous character was/is unlikable to me. I was able to see past all its faults to see why this had such a big impact on that generation and especially younger girls. Buffy was tough as nails, super strong teen with the weight of the world on her shoulders, all while trying to deal with boys(or 100 demons), school and family. You can see how relatable this was for the times. Surrounding Buffy was a cast of characters much more interesting than herself. Friends were fleshed out into people you truly cared about. Joss Wheadon also dealt with very real issues that teens would be dealing with in a time that may not have been exploring such topics. It ranged from family death, rape, lesbianism to working at a fast food joint and wild college sexcapades. He also wasn’t afraid to do things that really stuck with you like having episode with no music (UGH, I’M SAD AGAIN), a musical and an alternative reality episode that dealt with mental illness.

Spike went through a lot during the course of the show. He started out as a legitimate threat to the Buffy gang along with Angel who was evil at the time. As the series went on, he became a nuisance, strange tryst partner, stalky lover and begrudging but dependable ally. James Marsters really brought a strong on screen presence and real emotional depth to Spike. You could go from feeling sorry for him to being absolutely disgusted in a couple episodes. I thought it was odd that his character went through so many transformations but it totally worked. Spike was probably the best character in the universe.

I still love Anya the most and was VERY VERY VERY SAD ABOUT TWO BAD (fuck you Xander) THINGS (fuck you…endings) THAT HAPPENED TO HER.
Anyway, I’m glad I watched this show that was definitely not for me. Spike was a big part of the show even though he was a little part of this write up.

via Daily Prompt: Spike

Quickie: Precious Possession-Anna Wise

As I am in full zombie mode after getting no sleep I’m writing this to stay awake.


Spotify knows me too well. I have no idea how I found this song but I’m glad I did. Anna Wise is a Brooklyn-based singer who is largely known for being on every. single. Kendrick. album from Good Kid, M.A.A.D City to DAMN. She’s in several bands outside of her work with K.Dot and also releases her own music. So far she has release two projects: The Feminine: Act I and II, with Act II being released earlier this year. I would say her style is like soulful electronic. It’s extremely produced but still subdued, groovy but odd enough that keeps it right up my alley. Her music reminds of the kind of music I loved when I was in my teens. Not saying Anna’s music is immature but just that I was younger when I discovered this kind of music. Maybe I’m over analyzing it. Anyway, a lot of her message on The Feminine: Act I, from which “Precious Possession” is located has an extremely strong female message. You don’t go listen to a project called The Feminine, look at the song titles and think this is going to be about the struggle of dogs in West Africa. At some points the message is almost too heavy handed but it is still largely enjoyable.

“Precious Possession” is a softer track that still makes me bob my head and brings a slight curl of interested delight to my eyebrow. The songs start with the pre-chorus containing vocal layers and straight forward drums. The feel changes a bit as the electric snares lightly march along with a steady bass drum for the verses.  Lyrically, Ms. Wise speaks about being what guys want and how they should make her their girlfriend. She repeats lines like “Will you call me your girlfriend, I wanna be a princess.” She’s delicate and wants to be owned by a man but also posits that by being all these things she is lying to herself. The ending is seems like some sort of inner turmoil between these two ideas.

“I’m addicted to myself
I’m addicted to my wealth
And lying to myself”

My favorite parts of this song are Anna’s rhythmic singing juxtaposed with monotonic melodies during the verses. I’ve rewound the beginning of the second verse numerous times. Anna’s voice goes from a soft lower almost talking voice to a higher, more melodic singing. There is a sections of “ooohs”throughout the track that I really like. One of my favorite musical happenings appear here with snaps on an off beat (Another example is the claps on Rihanna’s “Work”). The use of space is wonderful and some of it is filled with a seemingly random beep, tone or exaggerated inhale.

This song is entrancing and I can’t stop listening to it. The video is pretty cool, watch it here:

 

 

Ps: Listen to “Coconuts” as well.

Chuckles are Polite Lies!

Chuckles are an interesting tool that I employ often. Some are genuine, many are not. They should convey that something provided a little bit of entertainment but did not warrant a full laugh. At other times, a chuckle could be done out of politeness; signalling that whatever you just showed me wasn’t as funny as you thought or “Please leave me alone but I’m too nice to say that.”

These little laughs can snowball into a constant barrage of memes and stupid videos your co-workers feel they need to show you. All because you chuckled. Oh, so now I’m dull or in a bad mood because that video that I saw three days ago, didn’t make me burst at the seams with laughter? I gave you the bare minimum, read the situation.

This sounds mean. That bum falling from 20 feet, landing onto a car and walking away like it was nothing was actually funny (crack is a helluva drug).

Just be careful, chuckle honestly.

via Daily Prompt: Chuckle