Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Executioner’s song: one step into the Abyss

I recently finished reading Norman Mailer‘s The Executioner’s Song, a scary-looking 1200-pages biography which I affectionately started calling “The Monster”. I have a history with that book, in that I borrowed it from my town library many times in Norway and fifty or one-hundred pages into the book, I would get unmotivated, annoyed by the […]

Trick or Treat: Halloween vinyl giveaway

A couple of months ago, I wrote a love-gushing, fangirl-like review on Cemeteries‘ beautiful album The Wilderness, which unsuspectingly became one of my very favorite releases of the year because of its eerie atmosphere, heavy with musical influences between shoegaze and 80′s new wave. Prior to yesterday’s album release on Sacramento-based Lefse Records, the following […]

A hymn to solitude

The band Olympic Swimmers, from Scotland, make a really nice, floaty, ethereal kind of dream pop. They’ve recently released their video for Knots, taken from their debut album No Flags Will Fly. As the setting of Knots developed and unfolded, I got thinking about my own childhood and ways in which I played by myself […]

Take Me Home

Perfume Genius seems to have found the right balance between very earnest sadness and straight-forward fun in his last couple of videos: proof is the latest one, Take Me Home. So much can be read between the lines in his new video – the fear of being left alone, the need to have fun until […]