Monday, December 29, 2014

@redemptionalewerks having a great time at the grand opening, love the new sign!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Vinyl Me Please - November 2014: Perfume Genius

The sleeve, white vinyl, and artwork

The November selection from Vinyl Me Please was Too Bright from Perfume Genus.  Perfume Genius is the moniker of Seattle solo-artist Mike Hadreas.  The pressing for  VMP was on white vinyl, the shipment also included a drink recipe, and an exclusive 12″ x 12″ art print by Young & Sick.

This is probably one of my favorite albums of the year.  I had originally heard about it on NPR's All Songs Considered.  Hadreas takes you on a bit of a roller coaster throughout this record.  You've got haunting vocals, erratic sounds, gritty guitars/electronics, and ballads.  A real beautiful album, I wish him many more.

Some of my favorite songs are Queen, Don't Let Them In,  and Too Bright

A1 I Decline
A2 Queen
A3 Fool
A4 No Good
A5 My Body
A6 Don't Let Them In
B1 Grid
B2 Longpig
B3 I'm A Mother
B4 Too Bright

B5 All Along

On The YouTubes

Perfume Genius - Grid

Perfume Genius - Fool


Perfume Genius - Queen


Monday, December 8, 2014

The Secret History - A Book Review

The Secret HistoryThe Secret History by Donna Tartt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this inverted detective story we follow Richard Papen, a California transplant, as he lands in Vermont and settles into Hampden College. Richard wants to study Ancient Greek, but he must convince the eccentric professor Julian Morrow to allow him to study under him. Morrow accepts him with the condition that Richard drop most of his classes to exclusively study with him. He joins a small group of others already under Morrow's study, twins Charles and Camilla, Francis, Henry, and Bunny.

This is no secret, but the book explores the reason and story behind Bunny's murder. Donna Tart does a wonderful job with this story. There is so much going on between the characters before Richard become involved with the group. She explores their dark secrets from incest, alcoholism, controlling nature, homosexuality, and murder. It also looks at the relationships, trust, fear, and allegiances between them as Richard integrates in the group. I like how someone else explained this story, it's not really a who done it, but a why done it.

This is not necessarily the happiest thing I've read, but that doesn't matter. It reads like a Greek tragedy and didn't disappoint, it was beautifully written. I hope to read some of her other works, including the The Gold Finch soon.

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