an unexpected (ok, not entirely) anniversary

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2017 by phanteana

long before i became a librarian, i visited plenty of libraries. i borrowed tons of books, even if i never finished all of them. but one which i took out frequently and always completed is one that has withstood the test of time. it has been translated into countless languages, beloved by literary critics, librarians and voracious readers everywhere, has has been beautifully displayed in art and film countless times, and today turns 80 years old…and to think, all this from a book whose central character was created while grading exams. happy anniversary, Bilbo Baggins!

 

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Mr. Moonlight and The Prince

Posted in Music with tags , , , on September 20, 2017 by phanteana

someone’s gettin’ the band back together (or at least part of them): Peter Murphy has announced that an old friend of his will be joining him during a momentous 2-week residency in San Francisco next winter. this is incredibly exciting news, not only because these two haven’t performed together since the last Bauhaus album was released almost 10 years ago, but word of health issues forced Peter to postpone his performances (which were originally scheduled for late June/early July of this year). now that the concerns of Peter’s health have (mostly) been alleviated, let the show go on!

 

(now if only Bauhaus would do another reunion…it’s a long shot, i know. i got to see them twice, but a third time would be lovely)

they keep trawwwling meeeee

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , on September 12, 2017 by phanteana

a long-standing trend in popular music is that of the parody artist, or a musician who spoofs pre-existing songs a la Weird Al (who’s been making fun of the rest of us since the early days of cable TV). among the new breed of parody bands include the fast-food obsessed Mac Sabbath, Tragedy (a heavy metal tribute to the Bee Gees), and Phoenix, AZ’s self-described “Ned-al band” Okilly Dokilly. but just when you think you’ve heard it all comes something from the depths of the ocean (or in this case, Los Angeles): Koi Division. that’s correct…all your favorite Joy Division tunes redone for the nautical set. it may be ridiculous, but it provides a much needed laugh. even if you’re allergic to seafood, you can at least enjoy these carpy cut-ups onstage.

 

clowning around

Posted in Film, Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2017 by phanteana

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the scariest thing about our IT department is when you really need assistance, but their out-of-office notification is turned on!

 

(as for the movie, the reviews are pretty darn good so far)

 

the greatest goths in literary history

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2017 by phanteana

even with Labor Day and the end of summer vacation approaching, the season doesn’t officially end until late September. so while the layers don’t have to be pulled out of storage just yet (especially if you’re in L.A. where September is chock full of heatwaves), the summer reading lists are wrapping up just in time for the school year (or the beginning of the fiscal year for some working folks). reading trends have changed over time, but one genre that has maintained consistency on teachers’ syllabuses is that of Gothic Literature (or, Goth Lit for short). you don’t necessarily have to be Goth to enjoy classics such as Frankenstein or Wuthering Heights, as these publications are universally acclaimed by a variety of readers.

where Goth Lit is concerned, most people often think of Mary Shelley or Edgar Allan Poe. yet there are plenty of other Great Goths in literary history, many of whom you wouldn’t expect to be even remotely linked to the term (save for Nick Cave, who is the only actual Goth on the list)…until you delve a little deeper into their works. you don’t have to wait until Halloween to read these authors, as their works can be accessed year-round. but if you feel the need to get into the spirit (even though it’s still shorts weather), grab a book and put on a classic Goth album of your choosing to enhance the experience.

 

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thrift store jackpot

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2017 by phanteana

i’m quite fond of thrift stores. whether it’s in my own city or when i’m travelling, i make it a point to stop in and see the unique treasures for sale ranging from books (old print smell forever!) to clothing. here’s a recent find for a dollar well spent:

 

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it’s a nice companion piece to the personally autographed CD copy i’ve owned for closed to 20 years (and still plays perfectly). that’s deep.

make a contribution, and you’ll get the better seat

Posted in Music with tags , , on August 13, 2017 by phanteana

just when i thought it wasn’t possible to love Ray Burton anymore than i already do, he makes another outstanding contribution to his son‘s legacy. time to break out the Kleenex and dust off that copy of Master Of Puppets.