Thursday, 31 July 2014

New Kali Uchis plus my music blogs

The new Kali Uchis song is called Real and it is such a JAM !!!! I am even more excited for Por Vida now. I urge you all to listen to this immediately. If this is not the song of the summer I don't know what is.

Also on a musical note - I've decided to rethink the two music tumblrs I have in existence. Glitter Grrlz will now be a general fan tumblr for interesting pop, hip hop, R&B and electro styles (possibly also a physical zine one day, but I may just stick to having it online) whilst I'm changing what was my music video tumblr Pastel Cassette to The Spider Sapphires which is the name I use for all my music stuff like my soundcloud account etc. On that tumblr I'll mainly post about experimental stuff whether it be folk, noise, electronic or uncategorizable. I have been missing having a blog dedicated to that. My first ever blog was called Other Channels and it was purely about that. I have been ordering a fair bit of vinyl from Eclipse lately and really want to get back into some of that. I'm really more into tumblrs and my writing projects than a blogspot blog lately but I will keep this one up.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Late July Listening

 Copeland - Because I'm Worth It
Maria Minerva - Histrionic

and mixtapes from Kitty Cash (features a new Kali Uchis song Free) and Le1f

Monday, 28 July 2014

Kate Durbin at Salvation Mountain

Here's another E! Entertainment reading by Kate Durbin - this time at Salvation Mountain.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Adi Ulmansky

There has been a bit of a buzz on the internet about Tel Aviv based musician and singer/rapper Adi Ulmansky. Her mixtape is great - very diverse. It takes in rap, unusual vocal stylings, electronics and poppier stuff. Harsh and cute. I'll have to listen to the EP now.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Writer's Diary

This is the point where I’m really deciding what belongs in this MS and what doesn’t. I know that everything in the two key chapters Starlet (the Sue Lyon poems) and I Wear My Heart on My Sleeve (the kind of performance/emotional/new wave/kitsch poems) will stay but the rest seems like a moveable feast, though a lot of it will probably stay. It’s just that I keep coming up with further ideas or else want to do something similar yet different that feels more full length MS-like if you know what I mean.

There could almost be a chapbook offshoot of this Everyday Starlet thing but at the same time there's not actually enough I'm 100% behind to be a book so it's not there yet.

I'm also planning on reviving the story of Daisy and Louis which was a prose poem called Pink Fizzy Crush I did for Birds of Lace last year. It insinuated something vampiric but it wasn't really and the novella isn't likely to be vampire themed either. I'm combining it with this piece from the year before about a girl gang called The Nymphettes. The fact that it is not remotely poetry - it really is prose as opposed to conceptual stuff means it's a weird novella rather than part of Starlet. It's pretty different though I'm still mining some of the same stuff. My style and subjects don't change that much because I am the kind of writer that I am I guess. 

The idea is that I have a tumblr notebook for each project. Starlet here and the novella - whatever it ends up being called here. The aesthetic has changed quite a bit since I created the creepy and cute tumblr though so it will be about gathering together the new aesthetic for the project. Daisy is more Kitty Pryde than Wednesday Addams, though hopefully she will come into her own. The character Louis in the poem was this kind of stereotypical interesting, yet emotionally detached guy. There was also a girl called Marybelle which just sounds too vintage-y a name so that will change and others will join the story. It's not neccessarily highschool, but I do feel these are younger or young at heart characters.

Thursday, 17 July 2014


Kitten are my latest obsession. Kitty recently toured with them plus lead singer Chloe Chaidez is a pal of other fave Charli XCX if the tumblr evidence is anything to go by . . . The album is rad. Definitely recommended for those of you who like your pop new wavey and post punkish.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

July Loves

The reissue of Kate Zambreno's Green Girl from Harper Perennial. I have been tweeting a lot of links to new interviews but here is one here. (with Lidia Yuknavitch - another fave of mine)

New Kitty - I love this song a lot and have listened to it a ridiculous number of times in the last fortnight - her music is just getting better with every release. This interview is great

Saturday, 28 June 2014

My internet feelings

I just re-read all my old blogposts dating back to December 2012 because it's a fun thing to do on a Saturday night?! I don't think that this blog is really a diary of my internet feelings though it could be cool if it was. A few key themes and interests and work on poetry etc projects do come through. I haven't written that much of depth on this blog in that time - I think private stuff tends to stay in notebooks or get channelled into my poetry projects or occassionally spills on tumblr etc. I've definitely written about a lot of favourite art, poetry, books and music though not anything near enough about everything I love. I would love to do more. I made some ridiculous statement about writing a novel. I'm not saying I wouldn't like to attempt one one day - it may even be my next project and of course it would be a sprawling, weird, hybrid novel of some kind. Definitely not a traditional one. For now I am a poet and I'm in a far better place in terms of completing my full length poetry project than I was this time last year. Life can have some lows, but I feel very happy to be enjoying all the things I get to enjoy and/or be a part of. The things that were challenging last year have all happened again this year but my attitude is far different. What place do blogs have in 2014? They definitely have one and I would like to do more with it but for now I'll have to settle for the scattershot approach which has characterized it for this period. Perhaps this post is the most honest thing I've written on it for a while even though it about nothing in particular. But it's kind of taking a step back and actually thinking about what I'm doing and saying hi to you reading this whilst I'm reading you
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Kate Durbin reads from E! Entertainment

I love this new video of Kate Durbin reading from E! Entertainment. She is a one woman pop culture poetry star acting out all these different characters.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Plant Life

Decided to go for something completely different for the final section of my poetry project - weird poems featuring a woman and plants/flowers. Glamorous nature poetry.