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  • The broken line that led from you to me.

    17. Jul. 2014, 23:40

    1. What are you listening to right now?
    I'm listening to the Elbow station on Rdio, so it's random - right now, it's Stars Make Progress by Thirteen Senses.

    2. What song(s) make(s) you sad?
    "Sad" is very subjective when it comes to music for me. I could say a lot of Elliott's music makes me sad, but really, he just makes me feel. It's a positive thing, in spite of shedding lots of tears. Of his songs, there are a few that make me legitimately sad, though - True Love reigns supreme in that department.

    Tranquil as a dove
    People that have lost their true love
    They all seem to fit the same description
    I feel cold, useless and old
    I wish I was no one


    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
    On our way to Los Angeles last weekend while scanning radio stations, I was thinking of the 3 most annoying songs I've ever heard in my life. I've narrowed it down to the following, if you care to look them up (don't):

    Adele - Rumour Has It
    Imagine Dragons - Demons
    Fun - We Are Young

    Runner up:
    Colbie Caillat - Bubbly

    4. Your all time favorite band?
    It will always go back to Pink Floyd. Without them, I wouldn't be the person I am today - nothing would be the same.

    5. Your newly discovered band is?
    There are some bands that I've been randomly listening to these days, without actually investing any emotions or time into them. The newly-discovered artist who swept me the fuck off my feet and earned a permanent spot in my heart is Mr. John Grant. ♥

    6. Best female voice?
    I'm a work in progress when it comes to female singers. I am still not too keen on them. Here's the thing: I like them in certain variations, like in harmonization with a man's voice or as a pretty layer, just not on their own. A good example of what I mean is the link I posted directly above. Sinead's voice paired with John's is just heavenly. I can't imagine that song any other way, and it's one of my favourite songs ever. I really don't care anymore - if I never connect with a female singer, that'll be fine with me.

    7. Best male voice?
    Fuuuck. It depends! I mean, it really does. Steven Wilson's voice is just absolutely perfect, and so is Elliott's - two very, very different voices. Then there's John Grant, whose effortlessly velvet voice just turns me into a puddle of poo. I love the angst that's always present in Roger Waters' voice, and I believe every single thing that he sings. Seriously, I don't know. They're all the best to me.

    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
    Probably progressive or indie. Oldies, too.

    9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?
    I never really require "hyping up," but sometimes I need help waking up at work. That's usually when I put on things I'm unfamiliar with, like a station by an artist I more or less know, and just going from there.

    10. What do you listen to when you want to calm down?
    Steven Wilson and Elliott Smith. Works like a charm.

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?
    It's been SO long. Last May, Steven Wilson on his 'The Raven That Refused to Sing' tour.

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
    I've been pretty random lately, but when I need an album I've found myself going to Elliott or Pink Floyd.

    13. Most hated band?
    I don't really have time for that. If I think something sucks, that's the extent of it for me.

    14. Song that makes you think?
    Elliott Smith - Last Call. It's so goddamn realistic, and I get lost in it every single time. This is also one of those "sad" Elliott songs I had in mind earlier.

    Church bells, and now I'm awake
    And I guess it must be some kind of holiday
    I can't seem to join in the celebration
    But I'll go to the service, and I'll go to pray
    And I'll sing the praises of my maker's name
    Like I was as good as she made me
    And I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me
    I wanted her to tell me that she would never wake me [x7]
    I'm lying here waiting for sleep to overtake me


    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
    I really don't care who everybody else likes. I used to; I used to try and convince others to listen to so-and-so. I think the older I get, the more I cherish the bonds I have with certain bands, regardless of who else feels the same. Plus, meeting others who feel the same on their own is such a special encounter.

    16. Coolest music video?
    There's so many great ones! Aye. I really love Radiohead's There There, but Steven Wilson's The Raven That Refused to Sing easily wins this category. It's thought-provoking, heartbreaking, and fucking gorgeous.

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?
    Beck - Sexx Laws. Lookit him go!

    18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?
    Do people preemptively do this? Seems like a lot of pressure to me. I'll pass.

    19. Can you play a musical instrument?
    Sadly, no. One day when we have a house, I plan on getting a badass keyboard - but even then, I know I'll suck. I have terrible coordination skills. Maybe that'll change, though!

    20. Ever been in a mosh pit?
    No. There was one at one concert I went to (Deftones) but I stayed far away.

    21. Are you in a band?
    Nuh-uh.

    23. Ever dated a musician?
    Yiss.

    28. Do you wish that you were a musician?
    I don't sit there and wish it, but it sure would be nice!

    29. Best chick band you know of?
    Oh dude, I have no idea. The 5.6.7.8's? ;)

    31. Last song that you heard on the radio/CD…etc…?
    AKA, the last song I heard? Right now, Leaders of the Free World by Elbow - does this count?

    32. What do you think of Classical music?
    I don't know much about it - but I know it's (for the most part) absolutely beautiful.

    33. What do you think of Country music?
    Back when Johnny Cash was country, I'd say "hell yeah, let's listen!" - but now, no. Get away from me.

    34. What do you think of Death metal?
    I have a friend who loves it. That's all I think about that.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?
    Steven Wilson!

    36. Are you a groupie?
    HA. Oh god, what a sight that'd be.

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
    Kent!

    38. What famous musician would you like to “spend the night with”!?
    I guess we're not talkin' having tea & cookies here. That's all I'd want to do, though! Well, most likely beer & joints, but y'know. I'd love to have some beers with Steven Wilson.

    39. Worst concert moment?
    It was when Jimmy Gnecco was opening for a band called Circa Survive. Everything about it was dreadful, from the hateful fans to the almost-fight that Jimmy got involved in - with the same dude that my husband & I restrained ourselves from getting into an altercation with, no less!

    40. Funny concert moment?
    Steven Wilson during the Grace for Drowning tour: there was a sheer curtain hanging in front of the stage for a good portion of the show, and it was supposed to come falling down during Sectarian - but it got caught. At the end of the song, Steven apologized to the crowd and explained that the curtain drop was "supposed to be sexy, but it fucked up" - it was cute and funny and klsjdfjsjksd.

    41. Sad concert moment?
    At The Beach Boys concert, an older man in front of us passed out and needed medical attention. We don't know what happened - heat exhaustion or just too much stimuli - but it was utterly sad. My husband and I both cried for him.

    42. Best local act you can think of?
    Aw, man. I don't know anyone from these parts! Even San Diego... I don't know!

    43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
    Wat.

    44. Do you listen to the radio?
    The radio back home is really good, but it sucks here.

    45. Do you watch music TV?
    No - I used to back home, MuchMusic was cool... I don't know if it still is, or if it still exists.

    46. Do you follow the music charts, like the top 40?
    No.

    47. Have you met any famous musicians?
    I met Jimmy Gnecco, and I was completely enthralled.

    48. Are any of your friends/family/etc. musicians?
    I have many loved ones with a passion for music, yes.

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?
    I'm at work - there's not much goin' on upstairs.

    50. Song that describes your life?
    Before I moved here, I made a strong connection with Ours' I Ran Away to Tell the World; I even have those words inscribed on the inside of my wedding ring.

    Come on...
    Don't spend your whole life waiting for your whole life
    Thinking that it's over


    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
    Not every single band, no - just the ones who mean anything to me.

    52. Does a musician’s physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
    I do not care about that, no - it's just one thing to get girly about, but it doesn't make a bit of difference.

    53. What famous musician do you want to marry?
    Gtfo.

    53. Favorite movie sound track?
    Oh, goddamn it. Kill Bill vol. 1 & 2 wins for now, at least. Donnie Darko. There Will Be Blood. No Country For Old Men! (lololol)

    55. Any musician pet hates?
    I don't quite understand the question. :(
    Oh, like pet peeves? I don't like hearing mouth-sounds in music. I don't mean breathing, but like, the opening of a mouth. That's my own misophonia issue; it doesn't necessarily prevent me from enjoying a song, but I definitely notice it. I also really dislike repetitiveness, but there are exceptions to that (see: Elliott Smith).

    56. What do your parents listen to?
    They have great taste in music! Anything from Connie Francis to Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison to Pink Floyd - they're old school, and it's awesome.

    57. What are you listening to right NOW?
    Nothing! It's quittin' time.

    58. Do you wear band etc T-shirts?
    I have a lot of them, but don't really wear them. Mainly because most of them are those unflattering men-style shirts with thick fabric. I have a few thin cottony bands shirts that I just love. A band tank top under a cute blouse with the image peeking out is more my style, though, than an in-your-face shirt.

    59. Do you cook to music?
    Oh, yes! And cleaning!

    60. Do you sing in the toilet?
    What a shitty question to end on.
  • Between's all you've ever seen or been.

    22. Jan. 2014, 0:27

    Name your top 10 artists on Last.FM from the last 12 months.
    All of the links shared here will direct to youtube, so please open them in another tab when clicking. :)

    1. Elliott Smith
    2. John Grant
    3. Steven Wilson
    4. Porcupine Tree
    5. Beck
    6. Midlake
    7. Doves
    8. Radiohead
    9. The Czars
    10. Badfinger


    What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    Oh, I am not too sure! It was likely Roscoe - which I heard the other week in the supermarket, to my delight!


    What is your favourite album of 8?
    I think the answer to this question depends on where I am in life. It seems to always be up in the air with OK Computer, Hail to the Thief, In Rainbows... you get it.


    What is your favourite lyric of 5?
    Oh, goodness. He has so many great ones! I suppose I couldn't really narrow that down. Let's just say that Sea Change in its entirety is lyrical-bliss.


    What are your three favourite songs by 7?
    Sea Song, The Man Who Told Everything and Firesuite. I know those are all from the same album; I swear, I do like more than that.


    What are your three favourite songs by 2?
    OH GOD NO. YOU WILL NOT DO THIS TO ME.
    Fuck, all right. I can do this.
    Leopard and Lamb wins it from Queen of Denmark, though I find that album 100% fucking perfect, and It Doesn't Matter to Him from Pale Green Ghosts just tears my whole entire goddamn soul apart - despite that being painful, I find the song simply untouchable. So, there.
    (Psst - I fucking love him. An unabashedly loving thanks to Midlake for instilling courage and having faith in Mr. Grant. What a great - and necessary - gift to the world he is.)
    Edited to add: I just clued in that this asked for 3 favourite songs, so for my third favourite (of which I could choose many) I think I have to stand by GMF, which I just adore to no end.


    What are your three favourite songs by 9?
    Man, not a vast variety of questions in this thing, eh?
    I am very new to The Czars. I checked them out upon being introduced to John Grant - he was the lead singer, after all. His effortlessly beautiful voice is ever-present in their songs, but I have to familiarize myself more with them to be able to answer this. However! Oh, oh! They had an album of covers, so I will pick three songs I love from that. Their cover of ABBA's Angel Eyes, Connie Francis' Where The Boys Are and Tim Buckley's Song to the Siren all deserve massive recognition.
    Okay, fuck it - I am going to list 3 originals. I can do it! Little Pink House, Paint the Moon and Los. Ugh, John Grant. You just slay me.

    What is your favourite album by 1?
    Oooh, I do believe that would be Roman Candle. But please - please - do not hold me to that, because I love them all in their own right.


    How did you get into 4?
    My wonderful friend Darren introduced them to me sometime in 2006, thereby shaping my life in a most-profound way that still leaves me in awe. When you know a musician will be in your life for the rest of what remains... whew, that's pretty goddamn significant.


    What are your three favourite songs by 3?
    Seriously? NEW QUESTION, please! And also, SERIOUSLY? How can I possibly...
    Ugh, I'll try.
    Significant Other still resides as superior, due to an ethereal experience surrounding it - on top of it being staggeringly gorgeous. If you have approximately 24 minutes to travel deep into the morbidity of Raider II, it's worth it - light some candles and surround yourself in darkness - and headphones are an absolute must. But please, don't do his music a disservice: listen to Grace for Drowning as a whole, the way albums are meant to be heard. The Watchmaker is my favourite song from my favourite of his solo albums. Actually, The Raven That Refused to Sing is one of my favourite albums of all time, so do what you will with that little bit of information.


    What is a good memory concerning 4?
    I have many, really. My husband and I have Porcupine Tree as our soundtrack in life a lot of the time.


    Is there a song by 8 that makes you emotional?
    Not in particular. I fall in and out of love with them, so there aren't many heartstrings there to yank on.


    As a final note, what is your favourite song of the 10th artist?
    The very reason they're even in my top ten chart-wise is due to my repeated listening of Baby Blue, all thanks to the one and only Breaking Bad. It was (and will forever remain to be) my favourite television series of all time. This song was played in the series finale - in the final scene. It all paired together so inexplicably perfect to me, to the point where it makes the song feel as if it was created just for that scene. Sigh. I love it.
    ...I also think this was an appropriate last question, given the circumstances. ;) I approve!
    Elliott Smith John Grant Steven Wilson Porcupine Tree Beck Midlake Doves Radiohead The Czars Badfinger