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how for most of these George Michael songs, I literally haven't heard them in decades - but it turns out I still know every lyric cold. "Make it Big" was one of the very first rock albums I ever owned - on vinyl, naturally (along with Duran Duran's "Duran Duran" (apparently the 1983 reissue), Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and Asia's "Alpha," yes that's right, fight me) - and I practically wore the thing out.

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via LGM, here's an interview with Björk:
Pitchfork: When it was originally misreported that Vulnicura was produced by Arca, instead of co-produced by you and Arca, it reminded me of the Joni Mitchell quote from the height of her fame about how whichever man was in the room with her got credit for her genius.

B: Yeah, I didn’t want to talk about that kind of thing for 10 years, but then I thought, “You’re a coward if you don’t stand up. Not for you, but for women. Say something.” So around 2006, I put something on my website where I cleared something up, because it’d been online so many times that it was becoming a fact. It wasn’t just one journalist getting it wrong, everybody was getting it wrong. I’ve done music for, what, 30 years? I’ve been in the studio since I was 11; Alejandro had never done an album when I worked with him. He wanted to putting something on his own Twitter, just to say it’s co-produced. I said, “No, we’re never going to win this battle. Let’s just leave it.” But he insisted. I’ve sometimes thought about releasing a map of all my albums and just making it clear who did what. But it always comes across as so defensive that, like, it’s pathetic. I could obviously talk about this for a long time. [laughs]

Pitchfork: The world has a difficult time with the female auteur.

B: I have nothing against Kanye West. Help me with this—I’m not dissing him—this is about how people talk about him. With the last album he did, he got all the best beatmakers on the planet at the time to make beats for him. A lot of the time, he wasn’t even there. Yet no one would question his authorship for a second. If whatever I’m saying to you now helps women, I’m up for saying it. For example, I did 80% of the beats on Vespertine and it took me three years to work on that album, because it was all microbeats—it was like doing a huge embroidery piece. Matmos came in the last two weeks and added percussion on top of the songs, but they didn’t do any of the main parts, and they are credited everywhere as having done the whole album. [Matmos’] Drew [Daniel] is a close friend of mine, and in every single interview he did, he corrected it. And they don’t even listen to him. It really is strange.

Pitchfork: How does it make you feel when this happens now?

B: I have to say—I got a feeling I am going to win in the long run, but I want to be part of the zeitgeist, too. I want to support young girls who are in their 20s now and tell them: You’re not just imagining things. It’s tough. Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times. Girls now are also faced with different problems. I’ve been guilty of one thing: After being the only girl in bands for 10 years, I learned—the hard way—that if I was going to get my ideas through, I was going to have to pretend that they—men—had the ideas. I became really good at this and I don’t even notice it myself. I don’t really have an ego. I’m not that bothered. I just want the whole thing to be good. And I’m not saying one bad thing about the guys who were with me in the bands, because they’re all amazing and creative, and they’re doing incredible things now. But I come from a generation where that was the only way to get things done. So I have to play stupid and just do everything with five times the amount of energy, and then it will come through.

.... I learned what a lot of women have to do is make the guys in the room think it was their idea, and then you back them up.
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while listening to the Little Shop of Horrors soundtrack.

Good to know.

Dilemmas

Feb. 17th, 2014 04:33 pm
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I'm trying to decide whether to start reading [archiveofourown.org profile] yahtzee's Pantheon now, while it still is one chapter away from completion, or whether I should just wait for the final chapter to be posted. She posts about once a week, and it's over 100K words - so there's a good chance I might still be reading by the time she posts the final chapter. OTOH, the latest chapter was supposed to be the final chapter and then she made it longer, and sometimes posting is delayed, so if I start reading now, there's a good chance I could get caught on a cliffhanger.

This is a terrible, terrible decision. I'm sort of like Charlie Brown here:

Scandal!

Oct. 5th, 2013 12:17 am
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Is still awesome.

I mean, this is a show that refuses to let the good people be good or the bad people be bad - Olivia is positioned as good but she makes a lot of really bad choices, Cyrus is positioned as good but he's really evil, and Mellie and Sally are positioned as evil but they are right in a lot of ways.

Mellie and Sally should really be singing Sondheim about now -
You're so nice. You're not good, you're not bad, you're just nice.
I'm not good, I'm not nice, I'm just right.
I'm the witch - you're the world!
I hate Fitz so much, seriously. Olivia needs to realize she can do better.

Huh.

Jun. 14th, 2013 12:29 am
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Birthday Song’s Copyright Leads to a Lawsuit for the Ages
The song “Happy Birthday to You” is widely credited for being the most performed song in the world. But one of its latest venues may be the federal courthouse in Manhattan, where the only parties may be the litigants to a new legal battle.

The dispute stems from a lawsuit filed on Thursday by a filmmaker in New York who is seeking to have the court declare the popular ditty to be in the public domain, and to block a music company from claiming it owns the copyright to the song and charging licensing fees for its use.

Oscars

Feb. 25th, 2013 06:39 am
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Did they seriously play the theme to Gone With the Wind as Quentin Tarantino was exiting the stage after receiving the award for Django Unchained?

POI 1x14

Feb. 13th, 2013 04:52 pm
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Minor spoiler )


oh god, i'm kind of at that stage where every single romantic song I hear sounds perfect for Reese/Finch
giandujakiss: (festivids)
I CAN FINALLY SPEAK!!!!

*pulls tape off mouth ... ouch!*

Keeping my mouth shut all this time was tough! There was so much I wanted to say about everything but I was afraid that even things only tangentially related to my vids would give it all away.

The first thing I wanted to say was that I personally have been calling this the Bechdel Test Festivids. There were plenty of vids that focused on awesome individual female characters - a Losers vid that focused on Aisha, a Colombiana vid, a Maid Marian from Robin of Sherwood vid, a Mattie vid from True Grit, Audrey from Haven, Cha Song Joo from Capital Scandal, Ma Joad from Grapes of Wrath, and that's only for starters - there are plenty more. But I particularly noticed what felt to me to be a large number of vids that were about women's relationships with other women - Birds of Prey, two Charlie's Angels movies vids, a Charlie's Angels tv show vid, three(!) League of Their Own vids, a Bletchley Circle vid (I never heard of this show and now I want to watch! But all of the *ahem* links at the *ahem* places are expired!), Sense & Sensibility and Lilo & Stitch vids that focused on sisters, two Chak De! India vids, a Daria & Jane vid, the women of Parks & Rec - and that's also really just a small sampling. I mean, I didn't do a scientific comparison to prior years' Festivids, but it felt to me like there were a large number of women-centric - and in particular, women's relationship-centric - vids this year. Let's just say that if VVC ever does another Bechdel-test themed show, they won't be hurting for potential vids to include.

I apparently was caught in the zeitgeist, because both of my vids were about (scantily-clad) women who kick ass -- and, to a lesser extent, about their relationships with other women: Lady Marmalade (Cleopatra 2525) and Titanium (Wonder Woman).

Cleopatra 2525 )

Wonder Woman )

Crossposts: http://giandujakiss.livejournal.com/1649415.html
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to please explain to me whatever it is that's freaking out the MCR people.

However, I fear the answers I might get, and so today is not that day.

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