Music

I’m the latest fan of this kickass bedroom looper, Kawehi.

She recently created a $3000 Kickstarter project to fund her Robot Heart series – a collection of songs created from a robot girl’s perspective – and exceeded her goal by a further $25,000.  People seem to be really, really into this artist and it’s not hard to understand why when you see her perform.

Her cover of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box (above) is the first time I’ve seen another artist attempt this song and do it justice.  Yeah, I’m pretty protective of the original.

Despite her success Kawehi doesn’t take herself so seriously that she won’t hang out in her bedroom with her dogs while she records.  It’s refreshingly “real” for an industry so obsessed with presenting an image, and I love that.  And her dogs, who get progressively funnier during the video above.

And hey, are you into pretty girls who do kickass stuff while singing bad words?

I can’t wait to see what she does next so I’m basically stalking her on social media now.  If you want to do the same here’s where you can find her stuff:

Website: http://kawehi.com/
Facebook:  http://facebook.com/iamkawehi
YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/VideoHalls
Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/iamkawehi
Twitter: http://twitter.com/iamkawehi
Instagram:  http://instagram.com/iamkawehi

Happy Friday everyone!

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32 fingers and 8 thumbs.

by Elizabeth on December 8, 2013 · 1 comment

in Christmas, Music, Videos

Angels We Have Heard on High – The Piano Guys

I’ve been a bit slow getting into the Christmas spirit this year, but I’m glad I took a few minutes out of my scroogecave to watch this video.  These guys are good, and all those string and hammer stunts remind me of Ben Folds when he performs live.

Except I bet Ben swears a bit more than these guys.

 

(Sidenote: I miss my piano.)

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Mumford & Sons – Hopeless Wanderer

by Elizabeth on August 27, 2013 · 1 comment

in Music, Videos

Pretty sure this is the greatest music video of the year.  Rolling Stone have written a couple of articles about the making of the video, and how the band members reacted when they saw it for the first time.

If they were to write a story about my reaction there would be references to weeping with joy and hitting ‘replay’ a lot.  Perfection!

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The friendship contract

by Elizabeth on March 23, 2013 · 6 comments

in Friends, Life, Music, Videos

About a hundred years ago I had a best friend who I adored with all my heart.

The two of us were inseparable throughout high school and she became like the sister I never had; we were almost adopted into each others’ families.  As teenagers we could walk into the other’s house like we belonged there, help ourselves to the food in the pantry as though it was our own.  Her parents pulled me into line when I deserved it and celebrated my successes with me too.  As we got older her dad vetted the boys I dated and made sure they were up to scratch, and my dad checked the water and oil in her car every time she parked it in my driveway.

We laughed all the time.  We took personal responsibility for each others’ crises and wrote pages of letters in class.  I shared a level of intimacy and comfortability with her that I’ve never really known with anybody else, at least until Tim moved in with me a decade later.

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We both moved to different cities after finishing school, and as you’d expect our relationship started to change.  We made new friendships, and both of us had big grown-up experiences that didn’t include the other.  We were best friends still, but our lives didn’t overlap so much anymore.  The years passed and over time our best friendship was a more symbolic one.

She moved to my city when we were in our early twenties.  I had naively assumed that our friendship would once again become as close and easy as it had been when we were kids, but something wasn’t right between us right from the start.  She would say things that assured me of my place in her life, but then do things that made me doubt whether we were ok.  It was a confusing time for me and we never really talked about it properly.

Something terrible happened between us around that time that brought it all to a head.  There was a huge fight, and when we couldn’t patch things up we went our separate ways.  I don’t think we’ve seen each other since we were about 25, and although there were good reasons for my hurt and anger I have missed her every day since.

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Every so often I get tired of missing her and I reach out, hoping like hell that she misses me too.  Each time my efforts have been met with relief and excitement, but whenever it has come time for tough conversations about what happened things have always tapered off into silence.  She told me recently that the guilt she felt made it too difficult, it was easier to give up than to suffer through an autopsy.

But if we can’t talk about what’s broken, what am I to do with these fears of being hurt badly again?  Is it better to protect myself, even if it keeps my old friend at arm’s length?

Am I the one preventing us from moving on?

 

 

I reconnected with another wonderful old schoolfriend recently.  Kate and I went our own ways when we finished school, and although nothing terrible happened between us we drifted apart when we went to uni.  Sixteen years later she recognised my photo on Twitter, reached out to say hello, and now we’re making up for lost time.  It’s such a blessing to have her back in my life and I’m so glad to know her again.

Kate shared an article on her blog that resonated with me deeply: The Friendship Contract.  The author Kate Fridkis writes about her experiences with female friendships and the way that they so often end – in silence.

And the whole thing made me think about how female friendships work. How different they are from romantic attachments, much of the time. We share our souls with each other, our most secret secrets, sometimes, but so often, we don’t know how to fight. We don’t learn how to be hurt by each other and keep going.  […]

I have always had close girlfriends. My friendships with other girls and women have often been profound, supportive, fulfilling, and desperately needed. For a lot of my life, I’ve had a best friend. And inevitably, something has gone wrong, and too often, we have split immediately apart, injured, trailing long filaments of messy emotion, but without attempting to bind ourselves together again. We simply don’t know what to say to each other when things fail. It would be intensely awkward, maybe, to admit that we are angry, fed up, that our feelings are hurt, that we feel neglected or offended. So instead, we just leave. Sometimes, years later, we come together again, once we are fully, separately healed. We politely avoid the subject of our former downfall.

This article was an aha! moment for me.  The uncomfortable truth for me is this: I do know how to fight well – especially with the people I care about.  I don’t seek out conflict, but if something is wrong between me and somebody I love I would rather lay it out and examine it than let it fester in silence.  My ability to put my thoughts and feelings into words are both a gift and a curse, as sometimes I forget that others aren’t quite so willing to fight, to endure a process so painful and risky.

My old best friend and I are trying this conversation again right now, for the first time in years.  I don’t know what to expect, and with so much at stake I’m torn in the knowledge that this conversation could end things for good if we don’t get it right.  I’m trying to balance this love for my old friend with my need for self-protection, and in doing so I’m asking her to engage in a conversation that she might well decide is all too hard.

I’m asking her to let things get worse, in order for us to have a chance to heal.  The difference is that now, finally, I will understand if she says no.  I will know that I did the best I could, and so did she.

The Friendship Contract is something to aspire to for the new relationships I will build as an adult, but Kate’s article made me realise that I can’t ask somebody to simply know how to do this.  There are other needs that must be met, not just my own.

Wish us luck.

 

JAMES BLAKE – RETROGRADE from martin de thurah on Vimeo.

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Walk Off The Earth

by Elizabeth on January 6, 2013 · 3 comments

in Cool stuff, Music, Videos

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Almost exactly one year ago I wrote about this incredible Canadian indie band called Walk Off The Earth.  At the time they had just catapulted to fame after their mesmerising cover of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know and they seemed to be pretty stunned by all the attention.

It was only today that I realised how much other stuff they’ve done since recording that cover.  There is some serious talent in this group of multi-instrumentalists (not to mention the incredible voices), and they’ve made some of the most creative low-budget videos I’ve seen in ages.

So I thought it was time to share more of their videos.  It was hard to narrow it down to just a few, so check out the Walk Off The Earth YouTube channel for heaps more amazing covers.

 

I don’t think I can write about this band without again posting the video that shot them to fame.  Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye & Kimbra was perhaps the song of 2012 so it’s been covered a lot, but this one blows all the others out of the water.

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Dumb Ways to Die

by Elizabeth on November 21, 2012 · 0 comments

in Melbourne, Music, Videos

Do you think a public service announcement as adorable as this can actually save lives?  I’m not sure, but I love it anyway!

(Be safe around trains.)

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I’ve been obsessed with this song since hearing it a few weeks ago.

Good luck getting this song out of your head!

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Currently…

by Elizabeth on November 8, 2012 · 5 comments

in Life, Melbourne, Music, Videos

Danielle from Sometimes Sweet often write little “Currently” posts like this one to get her thoughts out.  I thought it might be nice to join in from time to time – you should, too!

 

WATCHING: Tim and I have so many new TV addictions that we’ve decided to just live until we’re 180 years old so we can fit everything in.  We almost never watch normal TV anymore because I can’t stand being planted on the couch for too long, so we queue up our shows on Blu-Ray and Apple TV and just watch an episode whenever we feel like it.

Right now we’re watching some shows that we discovered on our long flight back from the USA – The Newsroom, Revenge and House of Lies.  And maybe I’ll go ahead and be honest about the Hart of Dixie thing too, because I’m totally planning to be Rachel Bilson when I grow up but perhaps I should stop telling people that.

 

LISTENING TO: A couple of days ago I received an email from the singer of an unsigned Danish pop group who wanted to tell me about their new video.  I hear from a lot of bands because of this blog, but it’s been a while since a new song has really clicked with me.

This song Let It Out by Alex Canasta is a rare gem and I’m really happy to be sharing it with you.  Their new album Safe Inside will be released in March 2013.

We´re a band from Copenhagen, DK, making music because we can´t live without each other and because we can´t live without the music that appears whenever we´re together.”Let It Out” is a song from our forthcoming album “Safe Inside” which will be released in March 2013.

Safe Inside is our second album, our first album “Reborn Tonight” were released in 2008. So you can say it’s been a while since we´ve released anything, and the making of Safe Inside has been a long, loving/hating journey relying on a strong patience and not letting go of the opposite.

The Alex Canasta sound can be defined as pop without being it using ingredients as love, hate, sex and violence combined with a strong friendship. Nothing is sacred though everything is. it sounds a bit confusing, but we totally get it. a typical alex canasta-dogma. We´re open for any definition 🙂

Alex Canasta: Facebook | Website

 

While I was driving to work this morning I heard another new song on the radio, and it stayed with me so long that I had to google it as soon as I got to my desk.  This is Rainlessness played by the Sunwrae Ensemble, with original music by Rae Howell.  It was recorded at the Thornbury Theatre in 2009 and it’s just beautiful.


 

THINKING ABOUT: For some reason lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the person I’m becoming, and the sort of person I hope to be as I get older.  Earlier tonight I was grocery shopping for ingredients for chicken soup (sick boyfriend, entirely my fault) and in the span of about 15 minutes I encountered so many strangers who were just downright mean.  One lady forced me aside with her handbag because she wanted to take something from the shelf where I was standing.  I saw another person dive for the very last punnet of strawberries – almost snatching them from the fingers of somebody who was there first.  The woman who insisted I let her go through the register first because she was “very busy”.  There was road rage in the car park, a cashier who was impatient with her elderly customer’s credit card skills… it just went on and on.  I left there feeling as though the world was full of assholes.

I also noticed the good things.  There was a gorgeous young dad who talked meaningfully with his toddler up and down each aisle, answering every single, “but why?” with a genuine answer.  A teenage boy who jumped in to help when a tiny old lady couldn’t reach the top shelf.  I need to be better at remembering those moments instead of the woman who almost pushed me over in the frozen food aisle.

I hope to always be a person who finds time to have fun, and remembers to smile back at a little kid on the street.  I hope I never get too caught up in the day-to-day crap to enjoy an early morning hot air balloon or an amazing busker.  I hope that I never treat somebody badly just because I’ve had a long day and the supermarket is busy.

 

LOVING: This unseasonably cool November weather.  As I write it’s late at night and really chilly outside where I’m sitting.  I’m rugged up in a big cardigan and enjoying the pretty rain, and subtly eavesdropping on my neighbours’ conversation over the fence.  I don’t feel too bad because they’re being very loud, and it’s not terribly interesting.

Tim just brought me a hot cup of Earl Grey to warm my hands up so now I officially have everything I need.

We’ll get our Summer soon enough (knowing Melbourne, it will be here with a vengeance next week) but for now I’m really loving this borrowed winter weather.  And cardigans and rain and Earl Grey tea.

 

READING: A few days ago I got chatting with people on Twitter about the lost art of blogrolls.  Somewhere in the middle of my rant I realised that my own list hadn’t been updated in a really long time, so I jumped off my soapbox briefly to bring it back up to date.  If you have time to dig through the links in my sidebar you will find so many treasures, so next time you have time to kill just start clicking through.  You will meet some really great people there.

If you’re low on time, start here:

 

MAKING ME HAPPY: I’ve really enjoyed checking in here once per day for NaBloPoMo, and especially discovering the blogs of the other participants!  It’s also been really nice to see some new faces here this month as well.  Hope you’ll keep coming back.

 

So, how about you?  Feel free to do your own “currently” post on your blog and link back for everyone to check out, or just answer the questions right here in the comments!

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That’s it, it’s split – it won’t recover
Just frame the halves and call them brothers
Find your fathers and your mothers
If you remember who they are

Over and over they call us their friends
Can’t we find something else to pretend?
Like nobody won and we’re safe at the end

In the darkness the film machine’s spinning so let’s leave it on
We’ll be out in the street before anyone knows that we’re gone

That’s it, it’s split, it can’t recover
Just frame the halves and call them a whole
And chip at the bricks and fill up your pockets
With the pieces of the wall that you stole

The hunt is on, everyone’s chasing
Everyone’s chasing a shot
A shot rings out, nobody wants it
Nobody wants it to stop

That’s it, it’s split, it won’t recover
Just frame the halves and call them brothers
Find your fathers and your mothers
If you remember who they are
If you remember, if you remember,
if you remember who they are

 

I am super obsessed with this song and video right now. I didn’t want to keep it to myself.

And since we’re discussing Regina, make sure to get your hands on her new album What we Saw from the Cheap Seats. My preorder arrived yesterday and I was nervous that it wouldn’t hold up to her previous albums.  I want to put it on the record that I was wrong, it’s amazing, and you need it.

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Kina Grannis – In Your Arms

by Elizabeth on April 7, 2012 · 1 comment

in Cool stuff, Music, Videos

Definitely one to watch in HD!

22 months
1,357 hours
30 people
2 ladders
1 still camera
288,000 jelly beans

Can you imagine working on a project like this for 22 months straight? Without a green screen? The “making of” video is really worth seeing if you want to know how they did it.

Now I need to find out what else Kina can do – what a cute little song!

 

Edited to add: This cover of Fast Car by Tracy Chapman gave me goosebumps.

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Kaleidoscope

by Elizabeth on February 13, 2012 · 1 comment

in Cool stuff, Music, Videos

I’m not quite sure how it came to be Monday again so quickly (didn’t we just have one of those a few days ago?)  The weeks are zipping by faster than I would like and I’m finding myself swept up in the madness of it all. 

This weekend I finally admitted that I had lost my grip on time when I finally began to put away my Christmas presents.

… in mid February.

 

Each year my parents ask me to put together a wishlist, and each year I try to make it more ridiculous than the last.  I try to include at least one pet (this year it was a pony and a bunny rabbit) and as many age-inappropriate toys as I can think of. 

And that is how I found myself, at the age of 31 (and 11/12ths), with a kit to build my own kaleidoscope.

 

The least I could do for my parents was to put it together and paint it pretty colours!

The kit contains different lengths and widths of cardboard tube, plastic end caps, plastic “lenses”, mirrors and coloured beads.  You need to supply your own polkadots.

I was surprised (and maybe a tiny bit embarrassed) to discover that this kaleidoscope is actually pretty great!  I made a little video on my iPhone so that you didn’t have to miss any of the action.   

(Oh!  But you have to promise to click through to Vimeo and watch it in HD.)

 

And by the way, that incredible music comes from an album called Soundtrack for Everyday Adventures by Lullatone.  I discovered them on the weekend and immediately bought two of their albums.  It’s all toy pianos, xylophones and melodic percussion – and it’s basically the happiest music on earth!

It is a legal requirement of reading this blog that you watch their adorable video. 

 

 

(How was your weekend?  Did you do anything silly?)

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A beautiful cover of an excellent song.

by Elizabeth on January 9, 2012 · 1 comment

in Music, Videos

As far as I’m concerned, the stand-out single of 2011 was Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know, featuring Kimbra.  The video is equally as captivating as the song, so if you’re the last person on Earth to know about this incredible track you really need to watch the video above.  It’s magic, and so is the rest of Gotye’s latest album.

It came as a complete surprise to me that this song could handle a reinvention, but Walk Off the Earth and Sarah Blackwood recently got together and recorded this astounding cover.  Once again, the video is every bit as thrilling as the song and I had goosebumps!

Such a perfect tribute to the original.  I think I’d better go and find out what else this band can do…

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A little mixtape

by Elizabeth on November 14, 2011 · 1 comment

in Music, Photo Posts

José González – Heartbeats / La Mar (The Ocean) – The Beautiful Girls / Stuff and Nonsense – Missy Higgins / Girl with the Red Balloon – The Civil Wars / History’s Door – Husky / Darlin’ Won’t You Come? – Bob Evans / Biding My Time – Busby Marou / Falling Aeroplanes – Darren Hanlon / Give Me Tonight – Art of Fighting / Love Is All – The Tallest Man on Earth / Treehouse Song – Nina Nastasia / Trailed – Gossling

 

I made this cute little mix tape tonight, and thought I’d share it with everybody here!  It’s mostly mellow, acoustic tracks and there’s a bunch of great Australian singer/songwriters in the mix too.  It’s the sort of thing that you should listen to at night, I think.

Get comfy (hot chocolate is optional, but recommended) and enjoy the pretty tunes!

 

RSS buddies: if you don’t see a little flash player at the top of this post you might need to click through to my site to play it.

 



Day 2: Your Closet

Today’s photo for the 30 Day Challenge is a little collection of my favourite colourful dresses.

 

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Charlene Soraia – Wherever You Will Go

by Elizabeth on October 16, 2011 · 1 comment

in Music, Videos

Little blog, I have been very unkind to you this month.  I’ve been having a little too much fun offline!

I have lots to write about over the next few weeks, but I thought I’d start by sharing this beautiful tune by Charlene Soraia while I figure out what to write about next.  Apparently this song was used in a Twinings commercial in the UK and now I need to find out what else she’s recorded!

Enjoy.

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From the Morning

by Elizabeth on August 30, 2011 · 0 comments

in Life, Melbourne, Music, Videos

31 Photos in 31 Days

 

 

Early each morning I am greeted with this pretty view from my bedroom window.  Is it any wonder that I can’t seem to get out of bed and take myself off to work?  Do you think my boss would understand if I was an hour late?

If I was my boss, I would understand.

This morning I took a couple of minutes to soak in all the colours, and I realised that I had Nick Drake’s From the Morning floating through my head.  It was the perfect soundtrack to this pretty, pretty morning.

 

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From the Morning – Nick Drake

A day once dawned, and it was beautiful
A day once dawned from the ground
Then the night she fell
And the air was beautiful
The night she fell all around.

So look see the days
The endless coloured ways
And go play the game that you learned
From the morning.

And now we rise
And we are everywhere
And now we rise from the ground
And see she flies
And she is everywhere
See she flies all around

So look see the sights
The endless summer nights
And go play the game that you leared
From the morning.

 

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