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Music recs: Boh Runga, Carbon Leaf, Chicago June 22, 2019

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I’ve been mostly doing 3 songs per artist, but some of them really resist limitation. Maybe I should kick it up to 4 as a standard?

Boh Runga: Chinese/Maori pop-rock musician from New Zealand. Originally the lead for the band stellar*, which had a more aggressive sound — I prefer her more mellow solo work. (Boh Runga’s channel.)

Sadly, she’s been basically-retired from music for the past decade, the better to focus on her jewelry design. (Boh Runga’s jewelry Instagram.)

Carbon Leaf: folk-rock, alt-country, apparently with a mix of Celtic and bluegrass influences? Lyrically, they’re kind of like They Might Be Giants — offbeat, sometimes fun, sometimes wistful. (Carbon Leaf playlist.)

Having gone through a bunch of their albums in chronological order now, I’d say the earliest stuff is pretty meh, and Indian Summer is when they really hit their stride.

Chicago: classic rock, with lots of jazzy horns and soft-but-emotionally-wrenching ballads. (Chicago playlist.)

They make the top 20 in a lot of Billboard all-time-best-bands charts! And yet in my corner of the internet, which manages to drop references to Bon Jovi or Queen or Simon & Garfunkel, Chicago barely ever comes up. (I guess they do have a lack of odd-enough-to-be-memeable lyrics.)

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Multifandom Recommendations – Temeraire, The Hobbit, Sailor Moon, His Dark Materials, Madoka Magica, Doctrine of Labyrinths, Beauty and the Beast, To Whatever June 19, 2019

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  • Temeraire, The Hobbit | Temeraire/Smaug, Laurence | M | Thunder On the Mountain
    Temeraire has searched long and hard for his lost captain, in a strange and distant land. One very large obstacle presents itself and demands his attention. And other things.

    Fulfillment of his quest comes with a price, and Middle-earth’s future is subtly altered.
    crossover,series:temeraire,series:lord of the rings,pairing:temeraire_smaug,kink:bdsm,fic:one-shot

  • Temeraire | Laurence/Roland, Tharkay, ensemble | G | One for the Corps
    Life in the Peak district takes a fresh turn when Jane makes an announcement. Laurence is mortified, Lady Allendale delighted, the Corps love the gossip, Temeraire battles jealousy, and Tharkay just wants to read his newspaper (because as we know, all infants look alike).
    series:temeraire,fic:chaptered,trope:kidfic,pairing:laurence_roland

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | Usagi, Ikuko | G | Can’t Let Go
    Usagi shows up at her house the morning after the earthquake with a baby in her arms and tears in her eyes.

    Ikuko opens the door and takes one look at the fresh wounds and the distant, broken look in her daughter’s eyes, and she envelopes Usagi in a hug.
    series:sailor moon,trope:kidfic,fic:one-shot,genfic,kink:identity porn

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | ensemble | T | Last October
    Last October is set five hundred years from now, and uses somewhat sped-up worst-case-scenario official projections of the effects of climate change as a result of unchecked pollution, and the failure of a patchwork half-magic weather and sustainable energy system, and it applies them to the doomsday event that heralds the dawn of Crystal Tokyo.
    series:sailor moon,fic:chaptered,trope:apocalypse,genfic

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | Minako/Kunzite | G | Bottom of a Phone Booth
    And now he was sitting in front of her – the leader of the Sailor Senshi, his murderer twice over, and a woman who he’d… who had meant a great deal to him once. She still did, even though he had never met her, and he did not know her name.
    series:sailor moon,pairing:kunzite_minako,fic:one-shot,kink:identity porn

  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Homura/Madoka, Sayaka, Kyoko | M | Misbehaving Angels
    “I need you to come home. Madoka and Homura are about to start having some kind of deity sex in the kitchen. I’m safe, don’t worry, but there is about to be some seriously supernatural sex going down in the kitchen, any minute now.”
    pairing:homura_madoka,yuri,series:puella magi madoka magica,kink:weird.sex,fic:one-shot

  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Homura/Madoka, Sayaka | G | Shadow of a Doubt
    “Sayaka called earlier. She said she’d been worried about you lately, so she invited you to the arcade for a chat. While she was leaving, she heard a commotion, so she went back in case you’d gotten into trouble. Did you really shoot out the glass of an arcade game and steal that toy?”
    series:puella magi madoka magica,fic:one-shot,yuri,pairing:homura_madoka

  • To Whatever | Ethan, Whatever | G | Correspondence
    After discovering that I’d saved my correspondence from the early days of our acquaintance, the author of these notes asked for equal time. As you might expect for a translation from a pandimensional runic language that is not actually written as much as it is instantiated, this is only an approximation.
    series:to whatever,genfic,fic:one-shot

Music recs: Bat for Lashes, Belinda Carlisle, Blackmore’s Night June 15, 2019

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More recs for musicians that don’t get enough play in my corners of the internet.

…in the process of making these, I’m finding out that there are some artists I thought I’d rec in general, but it turns out their whole discography only has 3 songs I like.

Bat for Lashes: professional name for singer Natasha Khan, who does pretty, dreamy, classical-influenced indie pop. (Bat for Lashes playlist.)

Belinda Carlisle: previously of the Go-Go’s, later a solo singer of new-wave, power ballads, and other pop-rock. (Belinda Carlisle’s channel.)

She did a cover of Won’t Say I’m In Love, and it’s great:

Blackmore’s Night: medieval/Celtic folk rock. Pretty, lyrical, combines the electric guitar with the mandolin and the nyckelharpe. Exactly how you expect a Renaissance faire to sound. (Blackmore’s Night playlist.)

(This last one is 100% Rose Quartz’s theme song.)

Multifandom Recommendations – Hellsing, Addams Family, Stargate, Steven Universe, Fake News, Temeraire, Sherlock Holmes June 12, 2019

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  • Steven Universe | Connie, ensemble | G | The Stranger in Me
    An accident bonds Connie to a strange new entity, one who might not have her best interests at heart. With the threat of a mysterious invasion on the horizon, she and the Crystal Gems will have to look for answers and keep the peace as potential disaster arises from within one of their own.
    genfic,series:steven universe,fic:chaptered,fic:epic

  • Temeraire | Laurence/Tharkay, servants | G | Upstairs, Downstairs
    Mr. Tharkay was entirely clever, entirely self-sufficient, and the Admiral was a true gentleman, respectful and warm towards the servants without being permissive, and they were both, Mary supposed, very great men in their own rights. It was only that, when they were together, she couldn’t fail to think that they were not in their right mind.
    series:temeraire,trope:outsider.pov,pairing:laurence_tharkay,fic:one-shot

  • Temeraire | Laurence/Tharkay | T | This is Your Requiem
    Temeraire is dead. The entire country knows his name after the Battle of Dover, and now Temeraire is dead.
    “Well,” says Admiral Croft, “At least you can join the navy again, eh, Captain?”
    series:temeraire,pairing:laurence_tharkay,trope:trauma,fic:one-shot

Multifandom Recommendations – The Good Place, Harry Potter, Red Dwarf, Star Trek, Temeraire, Discworld, She-Ra June 5, 2019

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  • Red Dwarf | Rimmer/Lister, Cat, Kryten, Rimmerclones | M | Cloning Around
    “Rimmer/Lister, The Great One/Lister. During Rimmerworld, ‘The Great One’, despite finding the human/gerbil hybrid ugly, wants him for himself. Lister still thinks he’s Rimmer, and so is maybe quite up for it.”
    series:red dwarf,pairing:rimmer_lister,kink:identity porn,fic:one-shot

  • Temeraire | Laurence, Temeraire, ensemble | G | Reckless Captain
    The Regal Copper Laurentius accidentally acquires a captain, Tharkay spectates, Temeraire is Not Actually an Orphan, and no one really knows who’s leading France. Someone should probably get on that, considering England is at war with the place.
    series:temeraire,fic:one-shot,genfic

  • Temeraire | Laurence, Temeraire, Perscitia, dragons | G | Animal Husbandry
    Weeks after finding a dragon egg in the Amitie’s hold William Laurence reluctantly turns away and lets the Corps take Temeraire – but he doesn’t return to the Navy.

    He’s not an aviator, but somehow Laurence still ends up going down in history as the instigator behind the Great Dragon Rebellion of ‘06.
    series:temeraire,genfic,fic:one-shot

  • Temeraire | Laurence, Temeraire, OCs | T | Pirate King Laurence
    It’s bad luck to have a dragon aboard a ship, and this tiny black creature can’t be natural at all. Slowed by a gale and bad-luck, the Reliant mutinies and puts Laurence and Temeraire alone on the Amitié. The journey back to England is difficult, and on the way Laurence accidentally finds himself leading a small fleet of fighting ships. As one does.
    series:temeraire,genfic,fic:chaptered

Music recs: Alan Parsons Project, Aldo Nova, Anggun May 30, 2019

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I’m running out of time to fill up my library’s monthly music-borrowing quota…so naturally my soundtrack for this afternoon was “YouTube playlists of singers I already know I like.”

Alan Parsons Project — soft prog rock. Lots of sci-fi-inspired songs, lots of songs about emotions you don’t hear put to music often. (Alan Parsons Project playlist.)

Aldo Nova – eighties glam rock/metal. (Aldo Nova playlist.)

Since the ’90s he’s been singing his own songs less, and working more behind-the-scenes…on tracks including Bon Jovi’s “Blaze of Glory”, Celine Dion’s “A New Day Has Come”, and Clay Aiken’s “This Is The Night.”

Anggun – emotional, rich-voiced pop. (Anggun playlist.)

Indonesian-French, she sings in both those languages plus English. Sometimes she’ll do translations of her own lyrics; sometimes she’ll take the original tune and release it in another language with a new, unrelated set of lyrics.

She represented France (with a bilingual French/English song) in Eurovision 2012:

And she was in the end-credits version of Let It Go for the Indonesian dub of Frozen:

Music recs: 1927, A Fine Frenzy, Adam Lambert May 27, 2019

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So I flipped through my song library and pulled a list of “artists where I have a bunch of their songs, but I never hear the internets talking about them.”

And since I’d done all the work, I figured I’d make a proper series of rec posts out of it.

1927 — soothing Australian pop-rock, with the best of that ’80s vibe. (1927 playlist.)

A Fine Frenzy — stage name for Alison Sudol, who does wistful minor-key indie rock. (A Fine Frenzy playlist.)

Adam Lambert — intense, energetic pop-rock with a romantic edge. Hella gay. (Adam Lambert playlist.)

Multifandom Recommendations – Futurama, Bojack Horseman, Don’t Trust The B, Sailor Moon, Narnia, Temeraire May 22, 2019

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  • Futurama | ensemble | G | Lawyering
    When a mysterious delivery robot passes out at the Planet Express office, it’s up to caffeinated law student Amy and a curious Fry (and the rest of the PE Crew…mostly) to help figure out who he is and what’s in the box he’s delivered.
    series:futurama,fic:one-shot,genfic

  • Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon | future OCs, Minako, Michiru | T | Legends
    Long after the death of the legendary Cosmic Sailor Moon and founder of the Second Silver Millennium, a new terror rises behind the face of an old friend. For everything repeats, and some cycles cannot be easily broken…
    series:sailor moon,fic:one-shot,trope:kidfic,trope:timetravel,genfic

Avengers: Endgame miscellaneous spoilery thoughts May 16, 2019

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This and Captain Marvel are the only two MCU movies I’ve paid to see while they were in theaters. Both late enough that there were only a dozen people in the audience. (I also saw Black Panther and Spider-Man: Homecoming on a big screen, courtesy of the CWRU Film Society.)

Just gonna leave a block of spoiler-space and then jump right in.

(I have a non-spoilery Infinity War post over here, too.)

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Multifandom Recommendations – Red Dwarf, Hitchhiker’s Guide, Doctor Whoniverse, Galaxy Quest, The Good Place, Temeraire May 15, 2019

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