New PAIN Single Black Knight Satellite is Reassuring

Time leaches almost every band’s unique sound more and more every release.  With lineup changes, pressure from record companies, and the pursuit of fame, many bands slowly crumble.  In a world regular humans are incapable of seeing, is a graveyard of bands metalheads used to like, before they sold out, or started to sound too much like pop music.  Any one who’s traced a band’s discography from early demos to their latest music video steps carefully here.  Learning that there is new music from your favorite artist can be bad news.  There’s always a good chance that the tracks are poorly mixed, or worse–the vocals are layered and modified into oblivion.  One’s darkest fear of all is that the new songs will sound closer to Kanye West than Metallica.

Peter Tagtgren has had a lot of success.  Most people know him as the frontman for Hypocrisy, or through his solo project, PAIN.  In the last year, he also released the album Skills in Pills with Till Lindemann of Rammstein, under the name Lindemann.  Peter’s work, whether alone or with others, has earned him an international cult following that mostly lives online.  When I heard the news, that there would be a new album and single, I wasn’t overly worried that the new stuff would be a nosedive in quality.  Peter is capable of making diverse sounding music, but he understands that going in a new artistic direction means a new project, with a new name.

Image result for Pain Dark Knight Sattelite  The new PAIN single, Black Knight Satellite, maintains the sound that fans recognise as PAIN.  This is a relief.  Black Knight Satellite will also be on the new album Coming Home.  I am inferring from this, that the other tracks will sound similar.  If the rest of Coming Home sounds like that, then we can all rest easy that PAIN hasn’t sold out.  That being said, I urge you all to go listen to the new single, protected by the foreknowledge that it won’t be an utter disappointment.

 

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Top 10 PAIN Songs

 

  This September 9th, Peter Tagtgren will be releasing a new PAIN album, titled Coming Home.  Peter released a new single the other day too, called Black Knight Satellite.  Interestingly, his son Sebastian Tagtgren will be the studio drummer for the new album.  I didn’t even know he had a kid (Where did this homunculus of a son come from?!)  I wonder whether Peter Tagtgren will take his son on tour with him as well, although I doubt it…  Randomly appearing progeny aside, I thought it was fitting to celebrate the new album with the top ten PAIN songs according to moi.

The tracks below are listed in order from The Very Best to one-of-the-best, with the album in which they were first released in brackets.

  1. Just Think Again      (Psalms of Extinction)
  2. 12:42      (Rebirth)
  3. Close My Eyes      (Nothing Remains the Same)
  4. It’s Only Them      (Nothing Remains the Same)
  5. Nothing      (Dancing with the Dead)
  6. Don’t Count Me Out      (Dancing with the Dead)
  7. The Tables Have Turned      (Dancing with the Dead)
  8. Monster      (You Only Live Twice)
  9. I’m Going in      (Cynic Paradise)
  10. Computer God      (Psalms of Extinction)

Image result for Pain Dancing With the Dead ArtHonorable mentions go to the song Tear it up from the album Dancing With the Dead and Suicide Machine from the album Rebirth.

Genital Mutilation in the name of Music

Allesandro Moreschi’s voice is preserved in the only recordings to be made of their kind. In 1902, he was recorded singing “Ave Maria” and “Hostias et Preces.” Moreschi was castrated, likely when he was only eight years old, although it could have been earlier in his life. He was a Castrato; a prepubescent boy castrated so that he would retain his high, childlike voice for his whole life instead of “dropping” from puberty. Castrati were so popular, primarily because, in church, women were usually banned from singing based on the Pauline dictum, “let women keep silent in church”(I Corinthians, ch 14, v 34). When church choirs required voices with a range similar to (female)sopranos and mezzo-sopranos, Castrati were used. Castrati were popular in Europe from the 16th century to the 1860s.
The genital mutilation of children is generally accepted these days(although not in all parts of the world) as cruel and unacceptable. Unfortunately, people made the decision to place a boy’s (potential) singing career ahead of human rights. In the end, this is another disturbing example of the ways in which sexism(the banning of women from singing in church) has had negative repercussions on men and boys.


You can listen to the recordings of the Castrato Alessandro Moreschi here, and judge his voice for yourself!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessandro_Moreschi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castrato

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eunuch#Castrato_singers

Suspenders 101

Aren’t suspenders for skinheads/rednecks/men in suits?

Nope! I wear them as a part of everyday street-wear.  If you want to wear suspenders but still look “girly,” you can try wearing them with a skirt. I do that all the time!

Where do I buy suspenders?

Clothing stores; trendy/high-fashion men’s and women’s stores, online, and in consignment stores. Women can usually buy suspenders from men’s clothing stores/sections and vice versa. They are adjustable and pretty much the same product.  I bought my first pair at a consignment store in the men’s section. One can either purchase “X back,” also known as “cross back,” suspenders, or “Y back” suspenders. These are
simply two different styles, shown below.

I recommend Y backs for formal-wear with a suit, and X backs for a casual/punk look. X backs also hold up your pants better, so are more practical.  But really, anything goes!

How do I wear suspenders?

Anyone can wear them with tucked in t-shirts, tank tops, shirts, or blouses. Like I mentioned before, you can wear suspenders with pants, skirts, and pretty much anything with a waistband! I would stay away from wearing them with cheap/stretchy/flimsy materials, though. No yoga pants, please!

Do I wear them “outside” or “inside” my breasts?

If you have breasts, you can put the suspenders over the middle of them, pointing slightly outwards.  If you want them to sit right and look casual, position them so that the straps are going “through” the middle of the nipple. Having the clips, where the suspenders attach to your pants, placed a bit narrower compared to your shoulder width and having the distance between the straps widen as they reach your shoulders, gives you a more curvy/hourglass looking silhouette. Here is what I’m trying to describe:

How do I put suspenders on?

Here is an awesome tutorial: www.wikihow.com/Put-on-Suspenders.  If the suspenders keep sliding around(especially for people with boobs), do not despair. Your suspenders are just not adjusted/positioned right. You’ll have to fiddle with it until it feels right and you can move around without your straps shifting too much.

What color suspenders should I buy?

I recommend black. It goes with pretty much everything. However, suspenders come in a billion different colors and patterns. For example:

 

 

 

 


 

Now go, and enjoy the magic of suspenders, young fashionista!

The Artist Among the Manufactured

Since the death of David Bowie, I’ve been feeling pretty blegh…  I guess I’m having a mini existential-crisis. With him gone, I’m wondering: who will be the “mainstream” face of breaking the line between “men’s clothing” and “women’s clothing?”

I really like movies, and when I was a young teen, I saw the movies Cabaret(with Liza Minelli) and Victor Victoria(with Julie Andrews).  They are definitely on the (non-existent)list of my favorite movies ever. I remember watching them and thinking, “I wanna be like that.”  I wanted to sing and dance and cross-dress.

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Lucas Lanthier

I saw some interesting pictures today of Lucas Lanthier, a musician I found out about only this week(oh, the joys of The Internet).  In one he is wearing thick black mascara, red lipstick, and a ghostly pallor. The other, a lilac dress.  These two photos inspire me, and I hope they inspire those who are looking at them right now.  Lanthier, however, is not a “mainstream” artist, so one must brave the depths of Tumblr to see more of his bold outfits.

To me, David Bowie was a true artist, someone whose life was a work of art. What he wore, what he said, what he did, all created his Magnum Opus.

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Lucas Lanthier(in a dress)

When he left, a hole was blown in the fortress of pop culture. The world needs somebody who will be the artist among the manufactured. Someone who will break barriers, challenge society, and make tunes that can be played on the radio in your dentist’s office.

And so, the crisis continues. To reiterate; who will be the “mainstream” face of breaking the line between “men” and “women?” Is it me?  Is it you? Is it us?

Websites You Didn’t Know You Needed

  1. drinkify.org

    “We take no responsibility for your poor, poor liver.”  Drinkify.org

    drinkify.org  Suggests an adult beverage based on the music you’re listening to.

  2. www.payphonebox.com  Find payphones all over the world and call them up!
  3. robotandhuman.neocities.org  A minimalist webcomic for nerds and techies.
  4. www.poseurpatrol.com  A webcomic about goths and their run-ins with poseurs.
  5. clouds.neocities.org  Quotes. On clouds. What more could a girl ask for?

    Poseur Patrol

    Poseur Patrol by Merrily Duffy

  6. www.metal-archives.com  A classic resource used by metalheads, but still a goodie.
  7. www.cutoutandkeep.net  My favorite site for all things DIY.
  8. dragonquest.neocities.org  It’s a video game???

 

Have a link you think deserves to be on the list? Comment below!

Death, Rockstars, and the Bad Case of Insomnia

I’m an insomniac–I admit it. But you know it’s bad when you’re awake at 2:30am and you check the news after tossing and turning, only to find out that David Bowie is dead. David Bowie is dead.

There was a world before Bowie, and a world with Bowie. I’d never thought about a world after Bowie. Even though he’s stopped breathing, I believe it will be a long time before the world really is post-Bowie.

On a semi-related note, I wanted to just say that personally, I have worry that when my idols die, nobody will care. That is, no newspapers will run front-page in memoriam stories. How would I find out? Would my family/friends know, and we’d talk about it together? Or would I have to explain to them who my hero was? What would I tell them?  Would I talk about the songs they’ve written, their children and husbands/wives, maybe recount their falling out with badmates, dare mention their problems with drugs?

Just a little food for thought. What would you say in remembrance of a rockstar/idol? Is there a musician that you think will die without being celebrated? Talk about them in the comments, what you’d say about their life, etc.–even if they’re still alive!

You Was in the Zone!

So many people make fun of Drake’s “grandpa dancing” in the video for Hotline Bling, and I’m thinking,”that dude can dance.” I’m a definite metalhead, but I watched Hotline Bling out of curiosity after seeing it parodied on This Hour Has 22 Minutes(a Canadian TV show making fun of current events).

I swear I was totally mesmerized by Drake’s dancing. His movements were so smooth, whereas anyone else would have seemed relatively ratchet-like! It seems I’m pretty alone on this opinion. Tell me, what do you think of Drake’s dancing? Which is your favorite parody? Would you dance to Hotline Bling? Comment below!

Yes, I am Cheap

I love free samples, promotions, and sweepstakes!  Free stuff is awesome,

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Image courtesy of digitalart from FreeDigitalPhotos.net

especially if you’re a cheap-o like me! None of the links in this post are affiliate links or sponsored. I’m just sharing the goodies for everyone to enjoy!  Unfortunately, most of these will only work in Canada or the United States.  Sorry to all you guys in the rest of the world.

You will need:

  • A phone number
  • An email Address
  • An address and postal code
  • The Internet/a computer

Enter contests you see in magazines and on websites:

Complete promotions for free stuff or store credit:

Samples! All the samples!

Free Trials: