Saturday, August 11, 2012

Blog Posts Will Now Be Posted on My Pop Culture Blog

This is the epiphany I had last night, right after my dream that I was one-upping Poirot because he didn't know that Barnaby was another fictional detective. Oh, Poirot was enraged. Anyways, I decided that since I'm having such a hard time keeping up with all of my blogs, I'm going to fold my music blog (this blog) into my Pop Culture blog. All that really means is I'm going to start putting my music posts on my Pop Culture blog. Most of the music I post is current anyway, so could be considered a part of of pop culture. This is where you will be able to find me on the web:  

Pop Culture (and music!) blog and podcast  
Lola Lariscy (my writing website and blog) 
Twitter (personal)  
Twitter (professional)  
Google Plus (personal)  
Google Plus (professional) 

Cerulean's Love of Music: 2005-2012

"All Great Things Must Fade"

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Review, "The Eventual Champion" EP by Jack Alberson

Don’t worry. That isn’t sadness or regret swirling around you; it’s a song. I know…it’s weird that a song can so accurately convey a sensation. But when Jack Alberson asserts that he “made this happen” in the opener “The Situation”, I feel no other course except to believe him. I accept his complicity in the decimation of everything in his wake. I also take part in his coming to terms with the situation—when the last few notes flicker out, I feel him letting go of the struggle, and I also let go.

The singer gets almost two minutes of respite when he’s cut “Loose”. Then the doubt, the “reservations” seep back in. In the slow burner “Call it a Day” he picks his sores open again, digs at his wounds. Panic, paranoia and remorse are sketched into every industrial noise, every melodic note. He’s “as far from life as one can go”.

Another minute or so of respite with the comparatively bright instrumental “Tigerbaby” and then we’re slammed back down again into industrial toiling and sad reflections. The end comes abruptly “without conclusion” in the “Ballad of the Eventual Champion”. He never states who the eventual champion is, but I’m starting to think misleading ourselves, questioning ourselves and feeling lost are major contenders for the role. In fact, I would tell you to get yourself a whiskey; you’re not going to sleep tonight. Look out into the night from whatever it is you call home. If you have a trench coat, then wear it with all the noir inflections that Memphis inspires.

~~Review by Lola Lariscy
Read my fiction writing here and follow/friend me on all those social media things.

Jack Alberson's Reverb Nation page

Jack is also a singer/musician/songwriter for Shortwave Dahlia and the Near Reaches

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tatiana Moroz

Easter Island, Independence

Easter Island, "Independence" (Thanks to Team Clermont, their promotional company, for the link).


Nice video for a different song, "Hash"

Kalen Nash, "Ramona"

Kalen Nash, "Ramona" (Thanks to Team Clermont, their promotional company, for the link)


No, this is not a flower in my hair. Okay, so maybe it is. What of it?

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Amanda Shires, "When You Need a Train It Never Comes"

What an excellent song. For me, though, it's "when you need a bus it's usually late or sometimes doesn't come". But I'm guessing she's not just going to work...


Saturday, July 07, 2012

Mad Planet, "Pieces of You"

Mad Planet, "Pieces of You" (Thank you to Team Clermont for the mp3)


I wonder if the beginning of this is an homage to Annie Lennox's "Why". I hope so. That would be cool.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Patrick Watson Live Videos


My Writing Website

I know I've been MIA lately, but the reason is a very good one. I've written a novel, and am in the process of marketing myself to agents, and then publishers.

I created a website, purchased the domain name and enabled email services. I did this all on my own, with help from Squarespace. I'm not a coder, but I can implement code tags and I can WYSIWYG with the best of them.

Lola's Writing Website
Lola's Writing Website Email Address

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sean Rowe - Wet

Sean Rowe - Wet (Goes to his Soundcloud streaming page)

Listen to Bring Back the Night (from his upcoming album)

Label site

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Efren, "The Woods and the Wild"

Efren, "The Woods and the Wild" (MP3 courtesy of their promotional company, Team Clermont).


Okay, everyone spread out. If we concentrate in the middle, this old thing'll come down!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Saturday Giant

Listen to their music on their Soundcloud page

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Vitamin String Quartet, "Closing Time"

I've heard VSQ before - I'd just forgotten how fantastic they are!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Norah Jones' new album Little Broken Hearts

Listen to Norah Jones' new album in its entirety at NPR. My favorite is "Good Morning". It's sweetly acerbic. I'm also quite fond of "Happy Pills".

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ane Brun, "Do You Remember"

This song (and video) is helping me get over being so angry at paying bills this morning.


Black Cab Session

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Alabama Shakes, Live at SXSW

Listen to their album and EP on their Bandcamp page

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Valerie June, "Workin' Woman Blues"

Valerie, you don't need no sugar daddy!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Cranberries

Oh, Delores O'Riordan. I wouldn't disagree with you. We should all see life as fun and take it if we can. I can't believe it's been almost twenty dang years. After a decade's hiatus, The Cranberries are back with another album, Roses. It looks like all of the original members are back, after spending the 2000s pursuing solo projects and working with other bands. It always makes me happy when an original line-up is back. As much as I loved some of The Pretenders later songs, it still made me kind of sad to know that the original people weren't playing the instruments (though it wouldn't have been right at all without Chrissie Hynde). In this case, though, all four members are back. I loved hearing Delores O'Riordan sing the effin' hell out of "Ode to My Family" in their recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert. I was going to use the actual word with an asterisk instead of the vowel, but it didn't feel right when referring to such a lovely song about her family, so I didnt.

Last FM
You can listed to a free sampler of the new album via Spotify.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Disco Inferno, "Second Language"

Disco Inferno, "Second Language"

The article on the KEXP page refers to them as being part of the same genre as Joy Division, which is apt, but really I hear more of a likeness to The The and The Communards (and by extension Bronski Beat). My mind also recognizes a kinship to Shoegaze, but of course I tend to go into a trance when I think of Shoegaze, so I can't be sure. A band should be judged only against itself, though. "Second Language" is languid, rich and melodic. It's an example of the best of the unselfconscious 80's and 90's.

Label site

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Saul Williams Performs in the Parisian Catacombs

The Stone Bench | Saul Williams in Paris Catacombs from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Saul Williams' Takeaway Show was filmed in the off-limits section of the Parisian Catacombs. Well, it can't be completely off-limits, because there's graffiti all over the walls. Still, spooky and very cool.


Dirty Three, "Rising Below"

Dirty Three, "Rising Below" (thanks to AOL Spinner for the link)

Label Site
Allmusic page

Sunday, January 22, 2012

St. Vincent on Conan O'Brien

If you've seen Elvis Costello's performance on SNL from the 70's, you'll know why this is funny.

Jonquil, "It's My Part"

                                     The boys sift through the remnants of their Asia phase.

Barry Adamson, "Turnaround"

Barry Adamson, "Turnaround" (Available for download on his Soundcloud page)


Saturday, January 07, 2012

Dark Dark Dark, "Long Long Long"

Dark Dark Dark, "Long Long Long" (Downloadable from The Current Song of the Day's page)

Stream more songs at their Bandcamp

Some videos for other Dark Dark Dark songs: