lydia deetz basically represents a cooler version of my nine-year-old self: i remember daydreaming about becoming friends with ghosts and weird things and general beings that nobody wanted to associate themselves with (maybe a result of my obsession with solitary reading and/or ghost hunter). 11 years later, she still makes me wanna dye my hair black and explore dark rooms, looking for things that other people don’t notice.
“well, i’ve read through that handbook for the recently deceased. it says: ‘live people ignore the strange and unusual. i, myself, am strange and unusual. ”
@5 days ago with 2 notes
#beetlejuice #lydia deetz #winona ryder rules #grrrlcrush
You know when you’re at a party and you’re drunk and you and three of your friends start talking about how ‘WE SHOULD TOTALLY START A BAND’ but then you never really do because the next day you’re more focussed on vanquishing your hangover than channeling your ~creative energy~?
Well, The Coathangers actually did that. Apparently they started off as a joke, and if that’s true it’s one of the best jokes I’ve heard in a really long time.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, they make abrasive garage-punk that sounds like The Reatards and Sleeping In The Aviary with a hint of Sleater Kinney. They also did an awesome split 7” with Misery Chicks faves Nü Sensae.
I think I’m in love.
@2 weeks ago with 11 notes
#Women in music #diy music #grrrl bands #the coathangers #nu sensae
it is so cool that with make-up we can be in control of how we look, and that there are people walking around with purple eyebrows and green lips and generally looking how they want to. i like that make up gives you this really great opportunity to be creative and different with your appearance and helps you to feel confident and beautiful. however it sucks that so many women feel so unconfident without make up, seeing it as an essential rather than as a nice extra. it is only recently that I have started to reject that idea, after realising that getting out of bed before your boyfriend to put make up on was kind of pointless and sad and why was i not in the nice warm bed with my boyfriend at 9am? i see issues surrounding make up as similar to those surrounding body hair - it is all about choice and doing whatever makes you feel good. if you want to wear make-up, that’s totally cool (I still wear some), but you definitely don’t have to.
the beauty industry is basically dominated by a small number of multinational corporations. these are a few of the largest:
1. = P&G (Clairol, Olay, Covergirl, Nice n Easy, Herbal Essences, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Duracell, Braun, Gillette, Old Spice, Head and Shoulders etc.)
2. = Nestle (L’oreal, Lancome, The Body Shop, Garnier, Maybelline, Diesel, Ralph Lauren, Yves Sant Laurent, Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani, Biotherm, The Body Shop etc.)
3. = Unilever (Vo5, Tresseme, Dove, Slimfast, Comfort, Vaseline, Sunsilk, Toni & Guy, Radox, Axe)
4. = Estee Lauder (Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Donna Karan, Estee Lauder, MAC, Tommy Hilfiger etc.)
there is this frustrating illusion of choice, and i feel deceived. it makes me uncomfortable to be giving so many hundreds of pounds a year to largely unethical and already very powerful corporations. they make so much money out of making you feel like you need their products to be attractive, and that is so, so uncool. even dove, who has this really great love-your-body marketing strategy, are hypocritical as they are owned by the same company who bring shit like this lynx advert.
when a friend and i were sunbathing on a beach in cambodia (in a bikini – it was 35oc), two khmer girls who were selling jewellery approached us (fully clothed, even wearing socks) and told us how much they wanted to trade their brown skin for our white skin. we laughed and said they were crazy and that we’d much prefer to have darker skin. It was so confusing, all four of us were unsatisfied despite both pairs having supposed desirable skin colour. we were just desperately trying to live up to unrealistic standards set by big and powerful companies who want us to always feel we need to change some aspect of ourselves so that we keep buying their products.
i know how hard it is to want to stop wearing make-up but feeling unable to, and it frustrates me to see friends shame those who take a long time getting ready because i am sure they would rather have the confidence, like them, to go without - rather than feeling like they have to spend half an hour each morning putting product on their faces.
we decided to upload some pictures of us with and without make up to (hopefully) prove that people without make up don’t look hideous and weird and neither do you. a few months ago, i seriously would have chosen buying foundation over food, and spent £22 on MAC foundation every three months. that is so sad when that money could have been spent on better things, like spending time with my great friends.
P&G, Nestle, Unilever and Estee Lauder all test on animals.
@1 month ago with 2 notes
#make up #no make up #beauty industry #choice #we love you
okay so you probably know and love bratmobile, but i can’t stop listening to pottymouth and felt they deserved to take up another tiny space of the internet cause they’re just so great. for those who are unfamiliar, bratmobile were a punk trio from the early 90s, and one of the first bands to be labelled riot grrrl. they’re scrappy and catchy and totally make me wanna form a band.
@1 month ago with 5 notes
#riot grrrl #music #bratmobile #so does anyone have a copy of girl gems?
Sometimes you get sad. Sometimes you get heart-broken.
Sometimes all the time, sadness and heartbreak need a soundtrack.
As I’m no stranger to either, Sharon Van Etten was one of the most welcome discoveries I’ve made recently. Lyrically and musically she somehow manages to find that spot where you hide your most secret feelings and tells you ‘It’s okay- me too.’ Her emotional honesty is something I can’t help but appreciate and admire, and something that particularly affected me when I first heard her song ‘Don’t Do It’, seemingly about talking a friend out of suicide.
She’s probably one of the musicians that I find most poignantly fills me with that indescribable ‘happy-sad’ feeling (you know what I mean).
Her career also has a triumphant story, apparently being initially stunted and delayed by a boyfriend that discouraged her from making music. I bet he regrets ever doing that now.
@1 month ago with 5 notes
#Sharon Van Etten #Music #independent music #women in music #grrrlcrush
helium were a noise pop four piece who were around from 1992 to 1998, featuring mary timony of autoclave on vocals and ash bowie of polvo. as a result this band have lots of those great guitary polvo bits (but different enough to not make you think ‘i wanna change this band over and go listen to polvo’). my favourite thing about this band is definitely timony’s fantastically monotone vocals, think of a singing daria.
@1 month ago with 5 notes
#helium #polvo #music #noise pop
i try to avoid using metaphors when describing music, but listening to ides really is kinda like wrapping yourself in a powerful sadness blanket that you don’t really want to take off because it’s warm and comforting and it’s looking after you. ides is the sadcore-punk solo project of joanna gruesome singer (and our very own misery chick) lan mcardle. if i didn’t like her so much as a person i would probably envy her in that school-playground kinda way for making the music i have always wanted to make: emotionally honest, delicate and memorable. below is her song 16, which is easily one of the best pop songs i have heard in a very long time:
to stream, visit the ides soundcloud or preorder her casette from reeks of effort here.
@1 month ago with 3 notes
#ides #lan #lan is cool #sadcore #punk #sad songs #music #canadian