Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Is She Promised To The Night, And Her Head Has No Room?

I just realized something. We're using a word in two surprisingly opposed senses, given that both senses involve gender. We're talking about racks, people.

We refer to these as such:


It's the antlers that we're concerned with. Antlers, or horns in sheep and cattle, are a giveaway that the animal is a mature male. Meanwhile, we also refer to this with the same term:

Thanks, Wikipedia...

Yes, we're talking about boobs. Again, they're a sure biological sign that we're looking at (and quite distractedly, I must add) a mature woman. So somehow, we took the term the term for the second most distinctive male physical characteristic in the animal kingdom and used it as a slang term for the second most distinctive indication of human femininity. 

Is this a current thing? Is the meaning of rack as slang-for-breasts a recent development, or does it have more of a history than I would guess? The internet doesn't have a clear answer so for the time being I'm at a loss. 

This confuses me, if I think too much:

Uh... nice rack(s)?

Now I Don't Know How To Feel, I've Got Bulldog Skin

I don't understand it.

I'm vacillating - oscillating, really, between two sets of feelings - One shining and pure, the other a sense of waste on many levels and in many interpretations. In order, the last few books I've read (and this might give a clue as to the source of my emotional pinballing) are: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Hobbit, The Fellowship Of The Ring (only so far as Frodo's arrival in Rivendell), and Generation X by Douglas Coupland. The last I just picked up today for 99 cents in a thrift store on the South Side (along with a fistful of oldies on their original labels, natch) and interrupted my revisit to Middle-Earth to check it out. I'm still not finished with the novel, but it's a strange tale of Southern California hipsterism, apparently published just before it was cool. And it's a vividly shitty and emotionally empty view of the world.

My reading list has turned into the emotional equivalent of the liar paradox, almost; and I sit here emotionally supertasking for almost no discernable reason. I can only guess that the sense of depression I got from reading the first Larsson novel and following up a few days later with the second needed healed with Tolkien's fantasy world, about as richly and glowingly conceived as the Sweden of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist seems to be dulled and darkened by filth and sex, the SoCal of Dag, Andy and Claire weatherbeaten and warmed-over (or cleverly hand-distressed to appear as such?). I'm bewildered and depressed, yet again, by Coupland and his knack for picking apart the lives of twentysomethings who feel equal parts smothered and abandoned by the (post-)modern world. Strangely, I feel as though Tolkien gives to the hobbits returning home at the end of The Return Of The King the same chance to remake their world in their own image as the disaffected youth of Coupland's novel seem to long for. Saruman as mass marketer? A strange instance of applicability, especially as opposed to the disavowed allegory alluded to in Fellowship's foreword.

Cut away the garbage, the hype, the careers, the fads and the fast food, and you get to what makes people, well, human. Somehow, tragedy and challenge make characters, make strong and real ones; and comfort and plenty and reward, bizarrely, will in like fashion unmake them. I still don't get it, but I think I know what it is I'm not getting.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Mystery Train, Three Way Plane, And Expressway To Your Skull

Number seven shows the influence of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, as well as some of my deeper delving into current weird alternative music. This one should be from late 2008 or early 2009.

1. All The Small Things – Blink-182
2. Watch Us Work It – Devo
3. Around The Bend – Asteroids Galaxy Tour
4. Rebel Girl – Bikini Kill
5. Kids In America – The Muffs
6. Pretend We’re Dead – L7
7. A Jagged Gorgeous Winter – The Main Drag
8. Float On – Modest Mouse
9. Golden Touch – Razorlight
10. Feel The Pain – Dinosaur Jr.
11. Twice As Hard – The Black Crowes
12. Even Flow – Pearl Jam
13. Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen
14. Almost Easy- Avenged Sevenfold
15. Through The Fire And The Flames – Dragonforce
16. Little Sister – Queens Of The Stone Age
17. Harmonise – Ipso Facto
18. Expressway To Yr. Skull – Sonic Youth
19. De-luxe – Lush

Thursday, December 19, 2013

They'll Be Too Drunk To Know

So like I went down to Dee's Cafe tonight and dang if tonight wasn't the most awesome I've had in so long it's not even funny and I totally owe Max a drink for inviting me to hang with his crowd and like you guys are awesome and I wish Max and Heather the best, and Kate you were cool too, and Heather don't service jobs suck amirite? and I'm so jealous of the dude Max and I lost at darts to cause dang man your holiday sweater was actually cool, like totes? and I was so drunk and that was the most fun I've had at the bar in a long time guys let's do this again sometime?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Welcome To My Christmas Song, I'd Like To Thank You For The Year

Like I did last year, I'm going to post my Christmas list here so that a) some of you have an idea of what to get me and b) so that the rest can point and laugh.

Thickfreakness - The Black Keys
Rubber Factory - The Black Keys
Tempest - Bob Dylan
Up From Below - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
Psychedelic Pill - Neil Young

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson

Like, some more underwear? Since mine is wearing out?
Maybe a pair or two of long johns, now that it's friggin' cold?
A new pair of Chuck Taylors might be a good idea. Preferably in a different color, like maybe green.
This shirt. (XL)