If I were to take part in Halloween—which I will not be doing tonight—I would be dressed as this boy. And maybe if a shrunken motorcycle jacket, bleached and bare-knee jeans, and a Ramones tee (and possibly a Gabba Gabba Hey! sign) had shown up at my door in a parcel, I might have backcombed my hair and shoved it in front of my eyes and taken part. I have the completely dirtied Keds. Instead, mochas, popcorn, Mary Poppins, and Esopus Magazine seem more worthy.
Twee As Punk happened as per usual in spite of the building chaos of Halloween surrounding it. "Raised...Recorder" is the name of the playlist of songs—too obscure for YouTube—that steadied on as the lights went down and the crazies came out. And the show started with the excellent Feelies (seen above):
1. "Raised Eyebrows" by The Feelies
2. "In the Park" by Free Loan Investments
3. "Come Get Me" by 14 Iced Bears
4. "My Favorite Dress" by The Wedding Present
5. "Winding Down Again" by The Cannanes
6. "Penelope Tree" by Felt
7. "Friends of the Heroes" by Aislers Set
8. "Searching for a Feeling" by Maximum Joy
9. "Wawa" by Lizzy Mercier Descloux
10. "Skankin Queens" by The Bodines
11. "18:10 to Yeovil Junction" by Bubblegum Splash
12. "Southern Mystery" by The Brilliant Corners
13. "Little Dead Bodies" by Algebra Suicide
14. "Spike Milligan's Tape Recorder" by The Membranes
Friday is tomorrow and with it comes Twee As Punk. Expect to hear contagious post-punk and twee melodies on this tomorrow evening, 8 o'clock on ACRN.com. Aislers Set, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, and The Brilliant Corners (seen above) are among the bands. Listen, please. It will be pleasing to your ears.
The film of tomorrow appears to me as even more personal than an autobiographical novel, like a confession, a diary. It may be the story of their first love or their most recent; of their political awakening; the story of a trip, a sickness, their military service, their marriage, their last vacation...and it will be enjoyable because it will be true and new.
Bon Iver's Blood Bank EP
Chad VanGaalen's Soft Airplane
Deerhunter's Rainwater Cassette Exchange
Dirty Projectors' Ascending Melody 7"
Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca
Frightened Rabbit's The Midnight Organ Fight
I was going to start the show with "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam," but that would have meant creating a playlist named "Jesus...Praises," and that would have been a mistake on so many levels. But instead here is Twee As Punk's latest, "Teenage...Praises," my favorite songs from the Vaselines (seen above), Television Personalities, and Delta 5:
1. "Teenage Superstars" by The Vaselines
2. "Rory Rides Me Raw" by The Vaselines
3. "Dying for It" by The Vaselines
4. "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" by The Vaselines
5. "Sex Sux (Amen)" by The Vaselines
6. "Slushy" by The Vaselines
7. "Oliver Twisted" by The Vaselines
8. "Part Time Punks" by Television Personalities
9. "Where's Bill Grundy Now" by Television Personalities
10. "I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives" by Television Personalities
11. "A Picture of Dorian Gray" by Television Personalities
12. "Look Back in Anger" by Television Personalities
13. "La Grande Illusion" by Television Personalities
14. "Anticipation" by Delta 5
15. "Try" by Delta 5
16. "Colour" by Delta 5
17. "Make Up" by Delta 5
18. "Innocenti" by Delta 5
19. "Singing the Praises" by Delta 5
As already mentioned on the dutiful Facebook page, this Friday's installment of Twee As Punk will revolve around great retrospective compilations chronicling the careers of three beloved twee and post-punk bands. These bands are the Vaselines, Television Personalities, and Delta 5 (seen above), it has been revealed. Friday, 8pm, ACRN.com, you know where to find me.
Phoenix's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Pulp's Different Class
Razorcuts' A Is for Alphabet EP
Grass Widow's Grass Widow EP
Twee As Punk feels like home. I ended the show with a few close, personal favorites and in the middle I included a few newly discovered loves of mine—Essential Logic to name but one. This was the most contrastive installment to date, and it started with Teenage Fanclub (seen above):
1. "Baby Lee" by Teenage Fanclub
2. "I Love My Leather Jacket" by The Chills
3. "Chance Meeting" by Josef K
4. "You Say You Don't Love Me" by Buzzcocks
5. "Suzy Jones" by The Manhattan Love Suicides
6. "All of a Tremble" by St. Christopher
7. "Blue Thunder [w/ Sax]" by Galaxie 500
8. "Shadowplay" by Joy Division
9. "Collecting Dust" by Essential Logic
10. "Bad Hearts" by The Tights
11. "Chosen One" by The Concretes
12. "Beatnik Boy" by Talulah Gosh
13. "I Don't Know What to Say" by Dear Nora
14. "Throway" by Bratmobile
15. "Teenage Kicks" by The Undertones
16. "Another Girl, Another Planet" by The Only Ones
Yes, Twee As Punk is upon us. Tomorrow, Friday, evening at 8, you can listen in at ACRN.com for your weekly, carefully measured dose of twee pop and post-punk. The Manhattan Love Suicides, Essential Logic, and Bratmobile (seen above) will accompany us, and at times we will dare to verge into punk-tinged power pop territory. Oh yes.
In the process of making my own literary magazine, my fascination for literary publications has grown. Zoetrope: All-Story serves as the first subscription I have accumulated, due to the magazine's appointing a different well-known artist to conceive each issue's whole appearance.
I bought a back issue designed by Elizabeth Peyton, and when it arrived in the mail with another issue, actualized by Kara Walker, I had supposed I had selected two back issues. But the fact that the first installment of my subscription came prepared by a second gorgeous artist—an artist whose work I would have indisputably chosen among many—further assures my interest in this publication.
Destroyer's Trouble in Dreams
The Raincoats' The Raincoats
Simon and Garfunkel's Bookends
The Thermals' The Body, the Blood, the Machine
Twee As Punk is over for one week. But the playlist is here to stay. "Say...Milkshake" is its name—not soy milkshake, although that sounds equally delicious—thanks to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (seen above) and Art Brut, who bookended the show with sweet songs. Fun has no end:
2. "Passion for Water" by Liechtenstein
3. "The Birds Were Singing with All Their Might" by Love Is All
4. "I Was Denied" by Thee Oh Sees
5. "I Lost My Colour Vision" by Burning Hearts
6. "Fried Egg" by Grass Widow
7. "Culver City" by Yellow Fever
8. "Thee Only One" by Frankie Rose
9. "Alone at the Pier (with Rose Melberg)" by Gigi
10. "Away with Murder" by Camera Obscura
11. "Absolutely Anything" by Brilliant Colors
12. "I Never Happened" by Comet Gain
13. "Do You Want a Boyfriend?" by Tender Trap
14. "DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake" by Art Brut
Post-punk and twee of the present and near, dear future will be the focus of this week's Twee As Punk. Tomorrow, Friday, at 8pm on ACRN.com, Love Is All, Thee Oh Sees, and Grass Widow (above) will be among these celebrated as heralding today's twee and post-punk sounds.
But I must admit a heavier dose of post-punk-ish bands will be in attendance. Twee fans, don't dismay. Twee sounds will still be around.
Clips of skin and cleverly cut hemlines bring sexiness to Stefano Pilati's dashing collection, which nods to the steadfast house that Yves Saint Laurent raised. Continuing to develop the impeccable reputation of this fashion house, Pilati has presented a diverse season that steers away from his more avant-garde moments, but with a sudden burst of orange or marine blue, a monumental wedge sandal, a diagonal pocket grazing a thigh-high slit, he does not neglect to surprise Laurent's devoted audience.
Never does Phoebe Philo cease to surprise me even though she continues to design with a seemingly bare aesthetic; yet, turning from fall to spring, it all changes. A ring of color contributes a striking boldness to a boxy white blouse. An all-chambray outfit is shape-shifted to be era-less, polished. A deep v-neck dress, at once casual but evening-worthy, in spite of its simplicity, looks undoable by any lesser brand. How she does it we do not know.
My only qualms? White pants do not interest me, and the stiletto sandals are less than enthralling. But the rest captivates.
Intimidating, Parisian elegance is my impression of Lanvin—gorgeous, always tasteful, sometimes impressively embellished. But this season has a streamlined sportiness, a gamine yet vanguard youthfulness that brings daywear possibility to the brand.
This is the third in the Twee As Punk playlist series. "C...Cold?" is its name. So many songs YouTube didn't care to recognize. But it started with Heavenly, led by the one and absolutely only Amelia Fletcher (seen above):
1. "C Is the Heavenly Option" by Heavenly
2. "Where Were You?" by The Mekons
3. "North By North" by The Bats
4. "This Is Your Life" by Glaxo Babies
5. "White Mice" by Mo-Dettes
6. "Politics!" by Girls At Our Best!
7. "Computer Dating" by Theoretical Girls
8. "Second Sight" by Marine Girls
9. "Night and Day" by Everything But the Girl
10. "Apricot's Dream" by The Particles
11. "Carrie Cooksey" by Rocketship
12. "I Need Two Heads" by The Go-Betweens
13. "You Should All Be Murdered" by Another Sunny Day
14. "Is It Me or Is It Cold?" by Boyracer