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Wild Beasts

Diva. The first word that came to mind upon reaching the 1 minute 30 second mark of “The Fun Powder Plot”, the opening track of Two Dancers by the dazzling Wild Beats, was diva. I use the word not in the haughty sense but in the omg-stunning-she-betta-WORK way. I’m not trying to mitigate the wonderful instrumentation by the rest of the band’s members when I say that Hayden Thorpe’s dynamic vocal delivery completely makes each and every one of the songs on this album. It’s that good. Before seeing what he even looked like, I imagined him unbereft of glam-rock apparel, voguing it up–hairflips, wrists, runway, and all–to these theatrical gems; an equal to Maxwell Demon in Velvet Goldmine, a diva in every way. I still imagine him like this, despite what Google Images displays.

Wild Beasts
Wild Beasts by Dan Wilton

I was surprised to see that I had some earlier songs from them since February of last year (somehow labeled as Wild Beats) and that it took me until their sophomore release more than a year later to get excited. For shame! Wild Beasts is a band that should definitely be closely followed and praised. It was not until they coined their style as ‘downbeat erotic music’ that I realized that was precisely what I was looking for.

Wild Beasts – The Fun Powder Plot
Wild Beasts – We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues

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Mysterious Skin

I just finished watching Mysterious Skin and I’m speechless. Greg Araki created such a beautiful, raw, and poignant film that I will definitely remember. The acting was spot on and the cinematography suited the story perfectly. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get a around to viewing it. The end hits extremely cold and hard, especially with Sigur Ros’s classic “Samskeyti” ushering in the credits, and I found myself wide-eyed and open-mouthed for a good minute. There were tears involved.

Mysterious Skin

More than anything, I felt an overwhelming nostalgia throughout the film about my own childhood. How many things have happened during that time that I don’t even recall? How many friends have I made and then subsequently forgotten? What would it be like to see them again? There are so many bits of the past that I’d like to revisit, write down, remember. If only I knew then how much I’d miss them now.

Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd do an excellent job in generating the at-once stark & lush mood of Mysterious Skin with their masterful score. A great musical accompaniment to such an introspective film. Here are three songs from my not-so-distant past to support my wistful thinking:

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Mad About The Boy

What turned into a fifteen minute break from my Gender, Sexuality, and Literature readings—which, by the way are amazing—turned into an hour long scramble on getting videos to play properly on this page. The blog made everything so easy but now I have to upload plugins by myself, edit settings, etc. Don’t they know I can’t be bothered? And it was all because this old Joseph Gordon-Levitt interview had got me swooning. Enjoy!

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