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original sin(ger)

Posted in Music with tags , , , on November 22, 2017 by phanteana

Michael was the epitome of the charismatic front man: his voice, physical presence, and personality made him the Mick Jagger of the 80’s. he was special, whether he realized it or not. i never got to see INXS, and it remains one of the biggest regrets i could have. the proposed 20th anniversary tour, which Michael was rehearsing for at the time of his death, would have been my opportunity to see him in his true form. i never got that chance.

when we mourn artists we’ve never met, we don’t cry because we knew them. we cry because they helped us know ourselves.


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Goth’s not dead…it’s just matured

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on July 5, 2017 by phanteana

despite its association with doom and gloom, Goth is alive and well…or at least is a little more mature. there was a time when Goth was considered youthful, with its “sleep all day, party all night, never grow old” mentality. but since most folks are not members of the Lost Boys they eventually get jobs, have families, pay mortgages, etc. but hey, we can still wear black and listen to Bauhaus!

so what’s the issue? lack of fresh blood (no pun intended). while it’s great that many folks who were teens and 20-somethings during the Goth heyday of the 80’s or the 90’s revival are still enjoying the music and managing to venture out to events when feasible, the younger generation just doesn’t seem to take much notice of it. one factor might be the economy…because let’s face it, having fun costs money. yet there are plenty of free or low-cost events taking place to alleviate this concern. another might be feeling out of place in a crowd full of 35 to 50-somethings who often reminisce about the good ol’ days. in addition, a lot of cities just aren’t hot beds for Goth as they used to be…Los Angeles and New Orleans are still going strong, as are Berlin & London. but places like New York have fallen behind in recent years, due to rising rents and declining attendance. still, those who are loyal will be around for many years to come.


no one sings like you anymore

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , on May 19, 2017 by phanteana

time tested

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on August 4, 2015 by phanteana

the 1980’s brought us countless cutting edge and ahead-of-their-time artists, some of whom are still very much active today. but for every act that ascended to stardom, there were others who were doomed to toil in obscurity or were sadly branded as one-hit wonders. if you’re looking for something new-yet-old to add to your collection, give these guys a listen. i’m pleased to see that two acts i’m rather fond of, Gene Loves Jezebel and The Chameleons, made it to the list!

The Chameleons (UK)

under the april skies

Posted in Music with tags , , , on April 7, 2015 by phanteana

how soon is never?

Posted in Music with tags , , , on October 14, 2014 by phanteana

an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the penultimate honor for any musician. originally, the voting was conducted by journalists and other music professionals but in recent years it has opened up to the public. most of the acts that have been bestowed entry into the Hall of Fame are of no real surprise based on their lengthy careers and iconic presence (Led Zeppelin, U2, Elvis Presley, etc.). but the potential nominees for the class of 2015 includes what might rank as the most left-of-center choice in the Hall’s history: The Smiths.

despite releasing some of the most influential albums during the 1980’s, The Smiths are also known for their highly acrimonious divorce over 25 years ago. critics and fans alike agree that if they had remained together, their success would have been massive. but Morrissey and Johnny Marr have been at each other’s throats for years in a messy legal battle over royalties…or as this recent article from Entertainment Weekly states: “they just plain don’t like each other.” it’s a shame this is the case, seeing as how 2014 has been stressful for both: Marr’s sophomore solo album just doesn’t capture the magic of his former band, and The Moz revealed his constant cancellations are due to his battling cancer. an award like this would truly lift their spirits, and maybe even sway them towards a virtually preposterous (in their opinion, at least) direction: to share a stage for the first time since 1987.

hypothetically speaking, if The Smiths were to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, would they even bother to show up? most likely no. but considering Morrissey has no problem performing some of their hits in concert, perhaps that is a small sign of hope for those of us who dream the impossible dream.

….and this has always been my favorite Smiths song.

wearing the love of literature on a sleeve

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , on April 16, 2014 by phanteana

check out these 24 amazing tattoos inspired by the field of librarianship on the Mental Floss website! while tattoos and piercings can still be a hinderance when it comes to more conservative industries, libraries have proven to be more flexible with candidates’ desire to express their individualities, although there are still some reservations when it comes to the hiring process. a good portion of librarians are tattooed, and it does not prevent them from succeeding in their field. looks can be deceiving, and people can be surprising!