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Jul. 23rd, 2033 12:22 pm
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i keep coming here for little chunks of time, writing untimed posts that i end up keeping locked, because i haven't had time to flesh them out for you all to read them.

but i do have a pretty exciting announcement, and that is i've finally launched my first-ever kickstarter, to support my illustrations and crowdfund my printed tarot deck. if you're into that kind of thing, please check out my page, and share it:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rhienna/the-violet-ascension-tarot


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it's been fifteen years since i started up an online blog. my first post--on el-jay--said very little of significance, but was an exercise in Getting Used To It. i would've had no way to anticipate how that same space became a god damn lifeline: a portal into other cities and countries, the way i met lifelong friends, and how i chronicled life events of all scales.

i'm giving this a try and there are so many reasons why. i wonder if you'll consider joining me, or at least, following along.

<3.
chouchoot: (dj)
goldfrapp - believer
austra - lose it
OMD - souvenir
klaus nomi - total eclipse
kate bush - hounds of love
the clash - straight to hell
iggy pop - the passenger
the birthday party - release the bats
joy division - transmission
the blow - the love that i crave
health - glitter pills
ladytron - the reason why
scissor sisters - harder you get
simian mobile disco - cruel intentions (feat. beth ditto)
tiga - far from home
janelle monae - dance or die (feat. saul williams)
beck - clap hands
lady gaga - alejandro
patrick wolf - time of my life
mirah - the garden
the ting tings - that's not my name
morrissey - last of the famous international playboys
mark ronson & the business intl - the bike song
kriss kross - i missed the bus
alien sex fiend - i walk the line
sisters of mercy - lucretia my reflection
joy division - she's lost control
beyonce - single ladies
naughty by nature - OPP
dj jazzy jeff & the fresh prince - summertime
pulp - common people
duran duran - the chauffeur (remix)
james - say smoething
wolfram feat. holy ghost! - hold my breath
jesse ruins - dream analysis
jai paul - BTSTU
la roux - bulletproof
debbie deb - when i hear music
fanny pack - camel toe
major lazer - pon de floor
yelle - je veux te voir
yaz - don't go
annie - heartbeat (MSTRKRFT remix)
felix da. housecat - money, success, fame, glamour
morrissey - national front disco
depeche mode - strangelove
q lazzarus - goodbye orses
vanilla ice - ice ice baby
nirvana - smells like teen spirit
cut copy - need you now
rihanna - S&M
l'trim - boom i got your boyfriend
crystal castles - not in love
kim ann foxman - creature
austra - beat and the pulse
beth ditto - i wrote the book
patrick wolf - the city
the human league -mirror man
lil' cap'n travis - get wise to yourself
wham - careless whisper
chouchoot: (back)
heaven 17 - let me go
hopt chip - my piano
i am x - kiss and swallow
jai paul - BTSTU
austra - lose it
cut copy - need you now
david bowie - queen bitch
the smiths - handsome devil
pulp - seconds
the clash - guns of brixton
patrick wolf - time of my life
the human league - mirror man
fabienne delsol - laisse tomber les filles
serge gainsbourg - initials B.B.
yelle - ce jeu
the thing things - great DJ
yacht - the summer song
simian mobile disco - it's the beat
the bird and the bee - fucking boyfriend (peaches remix)
kylie minogue - can't get you out of my head
debbie deb - when i hear music
salt n' pepa - push it
tone loc - wild thing
prince - pussy control
bjork - human behavior
revolting cocks - if you want my body
franz ferdinand - no you girls
imperial teen - yoo hoo
bell x1 - flame (chicken lips remix)
another bad creation - playground
inxs - i need you tonight
le tigre - viz
erasure - a little respect (future retro mix)
peaches - stuff me up
when i'm rome - the promise
stevie b. - spring love
beck - clap hands
gwen stefani - hollaback girl (jan/reverso a+b mix)
robyn - dancing on my own
scissor sisters - comfortably numb
young mc - bust a move
janet jackson - rhythm nation
lene lovich & nina hagen - don't kill the animals
violent femmes - add it up
iggy pop - lust for life
rihanna - s&m
depeche mode - personal jesus
eurythmics - sweet dreams
le tigre - deceptacon
m.i.a. - paper planes
outkast - b.o.b.
boys ii men - mowtown philly
bell biv devoe - poison
salt n' pepa - shoop
lady gaga - bad romance
the gossip - standing in the way of control
depeche mode - people are people
morrissey - last of the famous international playboys
prince - little red corvette
justin timberlake - sexyback
blur - song. no. 2
beyonce - single ladies
vanilla ice - ice ice baby
new order - age of constent
lady gaga - teeth
joy division - love will tear us apart
erasure - chains of love
robyn - fembot
wham! - everything she wants
patrick wolf - the city
beth ditto - i wrote the book
cut copy - lights and music
daft punk - harder, better, faster, stronger
beastie boys - make some noise
major lazer - pon de floor
pulp - common people
chouchoot: (dj)
new cut copy single is the jam.

finally

Apr. 10th, 2011 11:26 pm
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this was so awesome. can't wait to see it again.

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time for possibly over-reactive el-jay external backups, kids.
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this was my day yesterday.

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full set here.
chouchoot: (sundance)
no. 1
title: submarine
director: richard ayoade
category: spotlight
rating: 5 out of 5



no. 2
title: we were here
director: david weissman
category: u.s. documentary competition
rating: 5 out of 5



no. 3
title: page one
director: andrew rossi
category: u.s. documentary competition
rating: 5 out of 5



film reviews forthcoming who knows when; it occurred to me that some of these films might be premiering at festivals/theatres now, so i wanted to put the word out that these are incredible pieces of filmmaking. if you have the opportunity, see them.
chouchoot: (dj)
the lords of the new church - russian roulette
eurythmics - love is a stranger
lightning seeds - pure and simple
morrissey - suedehead
icicle works - birds fly (whisper to a scream)
erasure - always
prince - little red corvette
inxs - don't change
--
bell biv devoe - poison
hall & oates - i can't go for that
billy idol - dancing with myself
new order - age of consent
depeche mode - strangelove
q lazzarus - goodbye horses
soft cell - tainted love
joy division - she's lost control
flock of seagulls - wishing (if i had a photograph of you)
morrissey - hairdresser on fire
--
dolly parton - 9 to 5



(please watch for the dancer who emerges at 0:05, far left!
and of course, my dearest j.w. in the white belt, front & center. <3)

erasure - a little respect
when in rome - the promise
young mc - must a move
noel - silent morning
stevie b. - spring love
tears for fears - mad world
blur - girls & boys
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title: circumstance
directors: maryam keshavarz 2011
category: u.s. dramatic competition; audience choice award for dramatic feature
rating: 4 out of 5



set in modern-day iran, circumstance portrays an affluent and liberal iranian family under schism. while teenage atafeh is exploring her sexuality and the subcultural underground of tehran, her brother, mehran has returned home from rehab with new priorities. once a classical musician and drug addict, mehran renounces his former life and devotes himself to faith and state: as a strict muslim, and as a member of the morality police, respectively. mehran begins spying on his family, and discovers his sister's budding romance with her best friend, shireen.

with a layered, complex plot line, circumstance explores faith, culture, and family with authenticity and style. maryam keshavarz drew from her own personal experiences with repression and politics as it affected people that she knew in iran, and the film conveys a sincerity and truthfulness as the story unfolds. imperfect but compelling, circumstance was the audience award-winner for u.s. dramatic feature, and was the last screening i attended during the 2012 festival.

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all that remains of my film reviews are my very favorites from SFF 2012: submarine, week one, and we were here; these are the only three films i gave a "5 out of 5" rating.
chouchoot: (purple fringe)
ruth - polaroid
gina x performance - be a boy
sparks - angst in my pants
devo - (i can't get no) satisfaction
austra - beat and the pulse
beth ditto - i wrote the book
kim ann foxman - creature
--
tiga - love don't dance here anymore
jogger - nice tights
a certain ratio - shack up
soft cell - memorabilia
the clash - rock the casbah
catherine ferroyer - tu fais le malin
peaches - diddle my skittle
the slits - i heard it through the grapevine
--
bush tetras - too many creeps
nick cave - deanna
sioxsie and the banshees - dazzle
patrick wolf - the city
james - sometimes
suede - trash
yaz - don't go
debbie deb - when i hear music
ELO (jeff lynne version) - xanadu
heaven 17 - temptation
hall and oates - i can't go for that
robyn - dancing on my own
scissor sisters - any which way
beck - clap hands
hot chip - over & over
justin timberlake - my love
prince - raspberry beret
khia - been a bad girl
--
the golden filter - solid gold
snoop dogg feat. robyn - sexual eruption
new order - bizarre love triange
thieves like us - drugs in my body
flat back - sweet child of mine
new york dolls - looking for a kiss
gang of four - damaged goods
notorious b.i.g. - big poppa
the cure - close to me
of montreal - your magic is working
love and rockets - mirror people
florence + the machine - dog days are over
gary glitter - do you want to touch me
yeah yeah yeahs - y control
death from above 1979 - little girl
nirvana - rape me
wolfmother - new moon rising (yacht remix)
bryan ferry - love is the drug
t-rex - 20th century boy
clap your hands and say yeah - skin of my yellow country teeth
outkast - players ball
glass candy - geto boys
joy division - transmission
omd - electricity
visage - fade to grey
q lazzarus - goodbye horse
the cure - the caterpillar
health - lost time
crystal fighters - in the summer
scissor sisters - invisible light
prince - little red corvette
new order -ceremony
leonard cohen - chelsea hotel no. 2
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co-hosting a summer-themed dance party this weekend, which includes making the playlists/DJing. i should've checked through the [livejournal.com profile] coffeefortwo "five for friday" archive. here's what i gathered last night:

animal collective - summertime clothes
bananarama - cruel summer
crystal fighters - in the summer
dino - summer girls
eddie cochran - summertime blues
flying lizards - summertime blues (cover)
beach boys - surfin' USA
jesus & mary chain - surfin' USA (cover)
jens lekman - a sweet summer's night on hammer hill
placebo - english summer rain
yacht - summer song
the champs - tequila
the cramps - bikini girls with machine guns
the surfaris - wipe out
lovin' spoonful - summer in the city
bobby darin - splish splash
the b52s - rock lobster
katrina and the waves - walking on sunshine
beach boys - california girls
katy perry - california gurls
big gipp - hot
the cure - hot! hot! hot!
buster poindexter - hot hot hot
erasure - too darn hot
foreigner - hot blooded
nelly - hot in here
t.rex - hot love
uffie - hot chick
richie valens - la bamba
go sailor - ray of sunshine
dj jazzy jeff & the fresh prince - summertime
montell jordan - this is how we do it
mongo jerry - in the summertime
the weather girls - it's raining men
harry belafonte - day-o
harry belafonte - jump in the line
patrick wolf - the city
the lonely island - i'm on a boat
bob marley - jammin
jimmy buffet - margaritaville
jimmy soul - if you wanna be happy
rupert holmes - escape (pina colada song)
echo and the bunnymen - blue blue ocean
dead kennedys - california uber alleys
mamas & papas - california dreamin'
phantom planet - california
fabian - heatwave
martha reeves - (love is like a) heatwave
the go-gos - vacation
todd rundgren - bang on the drum
beach boys - fun, fun, fun
bryan adams - summer of '69
stevie b - spring love

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am i missing anything?
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from "street haunting: a london adventure," by virginia woolf:

But what could be more absurd? It is, in fact, on the stroke of six; it is a winter’s evening; we are walking to the Strand to buy a pencil. How, then, are we also on a balcony, wearing pearls in June? What could be more absurd? Yet it is nature’s folly, not ours. When she set about her chief masterpiece, the making of man, she should have thought of one thing only. Instead, turning her head, looking over her shoulder, into each one of us she let creep instincts and desires which are utterly at variance with his main being, so that we are streaked, variegated, all of a mixture; the colours have run. Is the true self this which stands on the pavement in January, or that which bends over the balcony in June? Am I here, or am I there? Or is the true self neither this nor that, neither here nor there, but something so varied and wandering that it is only when we give the rein to its wishes and let it take its way unimpeded that we are indeed ourselves? Circumstances compel unity; for convenience sake a man must be a whole. The good citizen when he opens his door in the evening must be banker, golfer, husband, father; not a nomad wandering the desert, a mystic staring at the sky, a debauchee in the slums of San Francisco, a soldier heading a revolution, a pariah howling with scepticism and solitude. When he opens his door, he must run his fingers through his hair and put his umbrella in the stand like the rest.
chouchoot: (dj)
patrick wolf - the city (richard x remix)
beth ditto - i wrote the book
kim ann foxman - creature
simian mobile disco - cruel intentions
alexander - truth
--
jesus & mary chain - just like honey
kate bush - cloudbusting
nick cave - the mercy seat
violent femmes - gone daddy gone
sisters of mercy - emma
sparks - i predict
the young gods - did you miss me?
erasure - hideaway (remix)
icicle works - birds fly (whisper to a scream)
the smiths - that joke isn't funny anymore
adam ant - strip
inxs - beautiful girl
iggy pop - nightclubbing
the chameleons - soul in isolation
siouxsie and the banshees - red light
austra - the beat and the pulse
joy division - she's lost control
--
jesus & mary chain - who do you love?
shreikback - nemesis
soft cell - sex dwarf
the normal - warm leatherette
joy division - love will tear us apart
revolting cocks - if you want my body
tones on tail - go!
peaches - two guys for every girl
depeche mode - master and servant
the normal - warm leatherette
sisters of mercy - this corrosion
--
lene lovich & nina hagen - don't kill the animals
nine inch nails - only
duran duran - the chauffer
depeche mode - i feel you
die form - rain of blood
portishead - machine gun
alien sex fiend - i walk the line
q lazzarus - goodbye horses
the bolshoi - lindy's party
morrissey - every day is like sunday
omd - so in love

--
unrelated: perfect vegan banana bread. ridiculously easy. i sub'd cinnamon apple sauce instead of butter, and it's as moist as cake. now to get the sugar content lower...
chouchoot: (burton stripes)
title: becoming chaz
directors: fenton bailey and randy barbato
category: documentary premieres
rating: 3.5 out of 5



chaz bono is a charismatic human being, who, with his longtime partner sara(h) at his side, undertakes gender reassignment, deciding to document his transition on camera. for a child who grew up literally in front of the camera on the sonny & cher show during the 70s, it's little surprise as to why he feels comfortable with the intimate, sometimes reality-TV style of this documentary. the film focuses on the "everyday," with ample screen time for domestic quibbles, meals, pet affection, family, and friends.

directors fenton baily and randy barbato document the transition with judicious care, and still the primarily heteronormative and close-minded audience at a prestigious film festival made their discomfort audible. while i enjoyed the slice-of-life film, what stands out to me after a few months away from utah was the experience of watching the screening surrounded by people not altogether ready to witness a transman shaving, receiving testosterone shots, or eating sandwiches. apparently.

though becoming chaz was one of the first films picked up by oprah winfrey's network (OWN)--which will feature a documentary club in the spirit of her book club--it is clear that middle-america has transphobic (and, unfortunately, sizeist) leanings, even when the stories are handpicked by oprah, presented by rosie o'donnell (literally. she was in the audience), and handle the hard questions like an after-school special. but if any film has the opportunity to increase visibility of the trans community for a mainstream audience, maybe this will be the one. 
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title: meek's cutoff
director/screenwriter: kelly reichardt
category: spotlight
rating: 4.5 out of 5


in this delicate historical retelling of the traditional western, director kelly reichardt wants us walking along-side our wagons on the oregon trail. the authenticity of this film--even the first twenty minutes, which featured no dialogue just, simply, the act of crossing a shallow stream--was astonishing. filmed in eastern oregon, meek's cutoff tells the tale of stephen meek, a guide who offered assistance to pioneer families seeking the bounty of oregon in 1845. with painstakingly authenticity, reichardt shadows three families, who have entrusted meek but are losing confidence as supplies dwindle, and meek seems to be less and less reliable.

this film was breathtaking, recalling a time of manifest destiny and the western mythology of auspicious pioneers and opportunistic fur traders. reichardt likens meek's deception to the misleadings of a certain current-day politician: "just following a leaders who doesn't know what he's doing, who's maybe ignorant or stupid, that can happen at any time."

the film was scarcely praised nor positively talked about during sundance, but seemed to have received a better reception at the venice film festival this year. (and just look at this gorgeous poster.) regardless, the film haunted and moved me, transplanting me to 19th century western america. it is quiet, understated, and simple, but this is a directorial choice. the stillness, the minimal dialogue, the simplicity all are key players in the storytelling, and, in my opinion, the strength of the piece.
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when i was volunteering at bitch magazine a couple years ago, one of the perks was access to the bitch bookshelf. mostly it contained books--often first printings or bound galleys--submitted by authors and agents, titles hoping for review in an issue. in my constant effort to read every book that i own (an uphill battle, as my collection continues to grow monthly), i finally picked up jill talbot's memoir, loaded: women and addiction.

though flawed, it was a well-written book, like the kind of piece you'd expect to read in a workshop from a writer you know is going to make it. her perspective, whether talking about her addictions or just describing her life, resonated with me; i underlined a lot of passages. amazon reviews criticize her use of "addiction" in the title, as talbot doesn't resolve her addiction (read: she still is drinking red wine with dinner, despite a stay in rehab). personally, i don't think abstinence is the only road to recovery.

--

"happiness, for adults, is as fleeting and surprising as a waiter dropping a tray in a restaurant. so, we create things to look forward to: the after-class cigarette, a drive to a remote place that feels like an escape, the glass of wine after dinner, the out-of-state trip to spend time with someone we trust. we live for the fleeting moment."

"[virginia] woolf articulates what i have always known, that only the unsettled want to go; only the dissatisfied look back to the past for answers."

--

[livejournal.com profile] albertamae, i'm mailing this book to you next week.

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