days of black

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

i live in a major US city that hosts a lot of popular musical acts on their tours. however, some of the artists i enjoy are European, and rarely cross shores whether it be for travel issues, financial matters, or simply just less of a fan base to perform to. while there are some folks who have the means to travel around the world to see their favorite musicians, others do not and unfortunately miss out on the experience. but again, it costs money to have fun these days.

one group that i’ve been a long-time admirer of is Amsterdam’s Clan Of Xymox. for over 30 years, they’ve cast a spell on listeners with dark & dance-able tunes. they’ve headlined some of the biggest festivals in Europe and South America, but finding a home with US audiences hasn’t been so easy; while the West Coast and the Southeast have welcomed the band with open arms (despite their lack of US appearances, they have played multiple one-off shows in Florida, Texas, and California), parts of the Northeast only contain smatterings of fans and obviously concerns of whether or not audiences will turn up certainly have held CoX back from playing places like New York & Boston (despite both being large cities with rich culture). but both these cities will finally have an opportunity once again to see Clan of Xymox next spring, as they tour the US for the first time in almost 20 years…happy days of black are here again.

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unread, unread, unread

Posted in Art & Photography, Music with tags , , , , , , on October 13, 2017 by phanteana

since it’s Friday the 13th and all, it only makes sense to post something Halloween-related….but instead of bombarding y’all with Jason Voorhees memes, let’s talk about this monster of all coffee table books being (appropriately) released for pre-order on Halloween.

Bauhaus (specifically Peter Murphy) have been in my collection and my heart for decades. they are the band that started it all. without them, none of the artists they influenced would exist. i have seen Bauhaus as a collective twice during their resurrection, and separately (again, specifically Peter Murphy) on more occasions than i can count (most recently was the summer tour of Poptone and their re-imagined versions of some notable works). they may have long since called it quits, but the boys of Bauhaus* still know how to market themselves. well done, gentleman.

 

 

*i was at this performance…still seems like only yesterday, even though it was almost 20(!) years ago.

happy Electronic Records Day! (or, “must have missed that email”)

Posted in Library Science stuff, Techie Stuff with tags , , , on October 11, 2017 by phanteana

Alexa, who you gonna code?

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2017 by phanteana

do you or someone you know own an Alexa? for anyone who might be living under a rock, it’s that wonderful invention that tells you what the weather is or how many calories are in a chicken wing. there have even been cases of individuals getting creative with their Alexas, such as this guy and also this Hamlet-inspired contraption. now…what if you could design your own voice app to interact with Alexa? well, you can thanks to Codecademy, who have partnered with Amazon to teach new and experienced coders how to build their own Alexa skills. Codecademy is already known for its free training in languages such as Python, JavaScript, and Ruby but also offers instructions on how to Make A Website and how to incorporate Responsive Design into said website. not only is the course free, but you don’t have to actually own an Alexa to participate. so go ahead, build you own voice app and ask Alexa all the crazy questions you want!

time to ban some books (again)

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2017 by phanteana

are you still recovering from Banned Books Week 2016? well, get ready for yet another crop of frequently challenged books. and if there’s any literary pieces you think should be included in the list, please post them in the comments!

 

Banned Books Week: Our right to read, September 24-30, 2017

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)