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Well, no regret about the Trippen shoes since I finally got my grandfather's insurance money! I woke up on Tuesday with a migraine (I'm kicking myself because on Monday night I was shivery and exhausted and that was most definitely the aura. Taking a triptan before bed would probably have saved me a headache, quite literally). We had planned to go to the Petit Bain birthday party/KVB/Oiseaux Tempête that night but I felt like as usual the migraine would probably cripple me for a few days.

I took a triptan as soon as I could in the morning and then was knocked down by exhaustion. And... then I refreshed my bank account and shazam! Monies! I know now the remedy to my migraine: getting a big chunk of cash. Might be difficult to put to use, but let's say the excitement compensated quite fairly for the exhaustion. Weird but not bad at all! So after telling Clémentine to find a concert buddy if she could (which she luckily did), I told her we could meet up for drinks at the Petit Bain deck (which is free access).

Concert 

So we met and had a pint, and then the concert didn't seem like such a bad idea after all. So I bought another ticket and went! I wish I had the opportunity to be that carefree and improvise more often. We had a lovely time, Clementine, her male best friend and I. Didn't see a lot of the concerts in fact. Ate fries, chatted, just all around nice.



Out and about

Yesterday I met again with Clémentine for a shopping spree. :)



We met at Sèvre Babylone, to go to the Marlies Dekkers shop. Well, turns out it doesn't exist anymore. Hah. So we walked in Paris, up to Saint Germain, then Saint Michel, where we visited the Un Regard Moderne book store. It's an insane store with thousands of books piled up seemingly randomly. Pretty hard to navigate (put your bag down somewhere). Lots of weird, indie, dark, kinky stuff. I bought a lovely (and oh boy, huge) red Val Denham screen print (in fact the very cover of that book). I might hang it in the bedroom, near the window. It would be smashing in the living room but I didn't realise how big it was! :D



I also bought some black toothpaste tablets at Lush. Boom! Love these. We then walked towards l'île Saint Louis (making a stop at Shakespeare & co and their coffee house). Then we wandered in Le Marais and found a little passage leading to a maze of courtyards with a few shops and restaurants. Amazing. So quiet. In the centre of Paris. It's called Le Village Saint Paul, and, as a plaque told me, it used to be Charles V's private garden. I definitely need to go back.



Then we went through Bastille, I bought a weird top in an outlet store (two circles in knit viscose, sewn together with holes for the neck and arms, cool). We went through another super cute village-like passage (cour Damoye). So many secret places in Paris! :)

We stopped by a small lingerie shop which stocked a bit of Marlies so I could figure out my size, even though I didn't buy anything. The owner was a lovely woman, and self-proclaimed medium. We talked shop (quite literally) as she saw I knew my shit when it comes to lingerie, so I explained HMS, and she was super interested and suggested we might work together. I don't know about that, but I gave her my email address. Talking can't hurt. She also saw that I have a very positive aura, with strong good values. *shrug* Thanks, I guess? :)

Then we walked towards Père Lachaise to make a stop at the Souffle Continu record store. But we passed a street, rue Pache, and my brain clicked. I had no idea where it was and turns out I passed it dozen times recently! So we made a turn and visited the beautiful gourmet food shop my friend Aurélie opened a few months ago. I hadn't seen her in a long while, and had meant to pop by for weeks. It was so nice seeing her again, and admiring the product of her hard work. It's a lovely, cosy place, with lots of great interesting products (including seasoned roasted crickets!), beer, chocolate, preserves... We had a beer and chatted for a while. I stocked up on chocolate and we all went our separate ways. I need to go back with Math, for lunch maybe?



I went on my way home to Souffle Continu and bought a couple of records. A lovely, tiny white cat has adopted the store, and came around after I arrived. Oh my. I miss cat headbumps so bad. I browsed records as she rubbed against my hands, and listened to new stuff as she plopped on the CD player and showed me her belly. It's not like I needed an extra incentive to go to the store often. :) I bought "Too" by Klara Lewis, on the owner's recommendation (neat dark ambient) and got a little something for Math.



Wow, I'm exhausted today. That was quite a walk! I think I managed to avoid sunburns, despite my going out with no hat or sunscreen, like a dumbass.

Music

I've uploaded a new mix. I've had good feedback so far (I'm really interested in critique, as i don't really know what I'm doing, tbh)

These days I've been listening to Boy Harsher, Ash Code, Geistform, Kite, Tiamat, and Ari Mason. it's interesting how Mason's record left me cold when it came out, and had me fall in love 30 sec in when I tried again a few days ago. So sensual, honest, captivating. There's something quite IAMXy to it, and her voice is wonderful.



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Health

Yep, my doc had me stop taking the antibiotics because I'm probably having a (mild) allergic reaction. That's new and very annoying. My throat is better though, fingers crossed.

Concert



I went out last night to the opening of a venue near the suburbs (La Station, porte d'Aubervilliers). it was very nice and we were lucky with the weather (rain was expected but it didn't happen. Good thing since it's an outdoor venue!) I saw (or heard, more like) Cheveu and Scorpion Violente play and it made me curious to hear more. But first and foremost I spent the evening with Baptiste, Clémentine's boyfriend, and we chatted lots and got to know each other a little better. That was really lovely. I got a hug from Oliver for losing Punky too. And I was reminded why I should not drink beer at parties (the queue to the toilet! OMG I was sure I'd pee myself before getting to them).

Music

I listened to Carly Rae Jepsen upon waking up, then TRST, TSTI, ∆AIMON, and my trashy mixtape to fight social anxiety before going out. :)
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Concert

On Monday night was the Psychic TV concert. What a beautiful moment. So warm, and it was delightful to see such seasoned musicians still having a blast on stage. 

Psychic TV
Clicky to see the whole album

Photography

Yesterday, I shot nudes with a male friend. I wasn't sure how I'd go about it but I'm pretty happy with the results! I'll post them very soon.
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Health

I got rid of strep after 3 weeks, finally! It was never too bad, but a bit scary.

Concert

We went to see Peine Perdue, The Horrorist and Xeno & Oaklander live on Friday night, Clémentine and I. We met Lawbenstriel and Clément there. I chatted a few minutes with Oliver too, finally. Peine Perdue was good, I like their new album. I was a bit underwhelmed by Oliver after his show at Cabaret Sauvage last time. It was just so early! So the audience was a lot less responsive. I did take tons of pictures though and they're different, a bit more action, a bit rougher. Xeno was honestly not my thing so we went on the roof with Clémentine to stare at the sky and get drunk.

We went, Clementine, Lawbenstriel, Clement & I, to the afterparty and proceeded to get pretty drunk and dance to EBM classics and newer stuff too (yay!). It was a nice evening, although not exactly how I expected it, and I am sad I missed Mlada Fronta and Hante in another part of the city.

Watching 



I watched It Follows (twice actually! Once when Math was away, and once again today with him).

There was a huge controversy on French feminist blogs when it was released. Reading such wildly contradictory reviews back then made me file it under "I don't know, maybe not" but somehow it cropped back up on my radart.

I really liked it. It's a beautiful tribute to Carpenter, with heavy nods to other horror classics, and a strong Sofia Coppola flavour (both thematically and visually). There are a lot of very subtle clues in the movie (I do not recommend watching it while faffing about like I did the first time because I missed things).

The plot is paper thin, but that leaves more space for certain themes to develop (teenage sexuality, becoming an adult, STDs, parental neglect and abuse).

To address the elephant in the room, I find it odd to condemn a movie for being sexist when it is about sexism. That's how I read it anyway. Yes, the young women in the movie are sexualised and objectified. And while their male counterpart aren't, they are depicted as constantly objectifying women. I don't think it's an accident.

It's a movie about becoming an adult and navigating society's expectations about gender roles. I don't think the objectification of women there as gratuitous at all. It would be like saying that Virgin Suicides (the parallel is quite easy) is a sexist movie when it's a movie about the male gaze.

Anyway, I recommend it. It's slow, scary and rather paranoia inducing.

As far as TW go, there's one sex scene that is disturbing, and an assault scene that you see coming and which I didn't mind it too much, for what it's worth. I can tell more with spoilers in the comments if anyone asks.

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Health

I'm feeling pretty energetic these days. Throat is better (although I yelled a lot last night lol).

Concert

Schwefelgelb!! OMG. They were so. amazing. I wasn't sure what to expect tbh but they were delightful (despite quite a few technical problems) and delivered an absolutely perfect show. Just, wow. The crowd was crazy too (turns out I knew Schwefel fans and didn't even know it). 

Ame De Boue and The Wheal were good too. Pretty short set. The room started getting pretty packed for Schwefelgelb and I took some photos (strobes, so much strobes, ugh) but soon, the heat became rather intense and my lens got all foggy. Everyone started stripping in the front rows. I put my camera away and danced like I rarely do (front row slamming!). I almost passed out twice by the end. The set was quite long and super intense. :D I was surprisingly not in pain from taking pictures or lugging my backpack around. Just, good times.

Schwefelgelb
Gallery here

Bonus dorkface with Eddy:


Music

Listened to Liste Noire, ∆AIMON, Autoclav 1.1, The Virgin Prunes...

Watching

Yesterday, Math, [personal profile] anatsuno  and I rewatched Cuisine Et Dépendances. Classic. Doesn't get old, really. They started watching Un Air De Famille but I had to leave for the concert. 
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Health

Pretty wiped after two evenings out in 3 days. Headachy too. Blah! Nothing big, but I hope I can shake it off soon.

Concert

Clémentine and I went to see Liste Noire on Saturday night. They were very good. The vocalist is super talented! His stage presence and vocal range remind me a little of Brian Molko. I took some pictures of the evening (including the shows from Katzkab and Bootblacks)

Bootblacks

Liste Noire

Go see the full album here

I'm now daring to request invitations to concerts as a photographer (so I have more money to drink, oops), and a journalist approached me at Essaie Pas and asked if she could use my pictures to go along an interview. 

Photography

Speaking of interview, I answered a few questions for Michael's A Darker Figure newsletter. We're talking music, books, my self-portrait project and disability. 

Music

Yesterday we listened to the Mine LP (it's a bit different from the digital file and it feels like I'm rediscovering it, which is wonderful).

Then I listened to the new Schwefelgelb (I seriously can't wait to see them live!!), Cygnets and Seabound.

Watching

Still binging on horror movies (hey, guess what? I had already seen Spoorloos too lol). I really loved The Babadook. It plays with classic horror tropes and adds subtle and interesting twists. The use of music and sound effect is particularly clever. It does a good job building anxiety on mundane things and remains deeply anchored in reality. It's a beautiful exploration of grief and letting go and the cast is really brilliant.

I also watched The Taking Of Deborah Logan last night. So creepy! Creepy old people are a nice change from creepy kids. It is another found footage thing, with a twist since it revolves around Alzheimer's. Maybe a tad too long, I enjoyed the first part a whole lot better than the second part (which reminded me a little of The Descent, which I found very boring). Anyway, avoid if you're sensitive to the subjects of senility and mental decay, because it's pretty rough.

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Health

I'm ok, a bit tired today. Math is in a lot of pain because of his lumbago though. I hope it goes away soon. 

Concert

I had planned to go to a concert near home in the evening with Clémentine but both of us procrastinated on ticket buying, so it was sold out in the morning! I managed to find a reseller for one ticket and to get myself invited as a photographer by someone from the label, so phew! All good. I was really looking forward to going out as it had been a while, even though I had tried listening to the main act on Bandcamp and wasn't exactly wowed. Turns out it was really cool live. I managed to take photos I'm happy with by only shooting the first 2-3 songs and danced like crazy, especially during Essaie Pas.

Essaie Pas

Link to the whole album


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Concert

Here are my photos of The KVB concert (link to the whole album).

The KVB

It was again quite tricky to shoot (because the lights were very dim, but mostly because the venue was packed and it isn't easy to get a good shot from anywhere but in front of the stage there). I'm quite satisfied with the results, although I wish I had better photos of Kat.

The concert itself was very good. Great performance, great sound, super loud bass, which is far from being a problem, but thank dog for earplugs, because I was right in front of the loudspeaker when shooting (protip: people avoid standing there, so it's a good spot for shooting hehe). I wish I had been able to enjoy it more but I took photos for the most part. I still danced for a few songs (including a sepulchral "Sympathy For The Devil" cover during the encore).

Music

Listened to a lot of ∆AIMON, KVB and Velvet Condom.

Watching



I have just watched A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. I had discarded it because I feared it would be triggery, but not at all. And: female vampire eating the patriarchy, do I need to say more?

I loved it. First of all, the photography is breathtaking. The empty and silent city is a mesmerising setting for the story. It is a movie of few words. Characters are little more than quick sketches, but it leaves all the more room for emotion. Music plays an important part, and of course that's something I'm sensitive to.

It reminded me at times of Let The Right One In, but mostly made me want to rewatch Abel Ferrara's Addiction (I haven't seen it in 20 years so don't assume similarities further than the vampiric theme and the black & white image). 

It isn't very gory (some scenes with blood and a finger cut off but you can see it coming and it isn't very realistic or nasty). The music can be quite loud during "horror" scenes but same, you can tell when it's coming (no jump scares).

Very mild spoilers with themes:

Animals: I was afraid for the cat a lot but nothing happens to him.

Coercion of a woman: a woman is pressured and physically forced to take heroin by a man she's keeping company to. It isn't too bad a scene in my opinion, but still worth mentioning.

Crafting

I made myself a water bottle cosy. It took me only two days. It is very effective in keeping the bottle warm (stayed warm for the whole movie!).

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Concert

I went to The KVB last night, it was very good. Their show was impeccable, very moody and sexy. Dim lights (which makes the photographer in me sigh heavily). The opening band was okay-ish but had better lights in that regard!

I'll post the photos tomorrow. In the meantime, here are those from A Place To Bury Strangers.

A Place To Bury Strangers

A Place To Bury Strangers

The rest of the album is here.

Another very, very good concert. I must say I wasn't super familiar with them, as it isn't the music I generally enjoy listening to at home, but would rather experience live. The sound again was perfect (both La Maroquinerie and Le Petit Bain rarely disappoint). I half expected to be bored after some time with super long guitar noise songs but the concert actually went by very fast. The room was packed and the crowd lively. Blurry Mountain, the opening act, were also very good and complimented the APTBS show perfectly.

It was probably my most challenging concert shooting up to this day. The performers moved A LOT, and the lights were non existent for most of the show, excepted for two video projectors on each side of the stage. Which means no auto-focus (I'm very bad at manual focus. I blame my glasses, and I need to try getting daily contacts for that purpose, because I can't see properly in the viewfinder). So I rolled with it and allowed myself to shoot blurry images and tried to capture movement the best I could. In post production, I amped up the contrast and colour saturation, which is practically the polar opposite of what I've been doing so far. And I'm pretty happy with the result! Quite outside of my comfort zone. Jill gave me solid advice and I'm trying less to aim for photographic "perfection" and more to try and capture the moment.

Music

Yesterday, I listened to Gabi Delgado, HEALTH, Encephalon and BQA (while trying to keep my cool as I was wrestling with our dying washing machine, ugh).
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Health

I'm doing fairly well. A bit tired, but only because I'm trying to shift back to my normal rhythm after almost two weeks of freestyle sleep in Ambierle. :)
I was freaking out a little bit these past few days because I am supposed to work this weekend and I couldn't reach the guy. I hate unplanned, uncertain things. It makes me so anxious. Anyway, we finally got in touch this morning and we're all good. So tomorrow and on Sunday I'm selling wine at the Salon des vignerons indépendants in Paris. Wish me luck!

Concert

I went to see Front Line Assembly last Sunday and, well, it wasn't good. They had major technical problems and Bleeb was beyond pissed. I still took some photos but it's tough taking good ones when noone is having a good time.

Front Line Assembly
Link to the album

Music

I've been listening to a lot of IAMX, and to the new KVB, Of Desire. I'm seeing them live in a few days (no photos, just dancing).

Watching

Math and I started watching Mr. Robot (oh jeez, I get Styx stuck in my head each time the title crops up). I really like it so far!

Photography

Yesterday, I spent an hour taking photos of Lawbenstriel. We had a lovely time and I'm very happy with the outcome. :)

Lawbenstriel
The whole series is here (some boobies)

Crafting

I've started sewing another pair of pyjamas, in a bright and colourful Kokka fabric. The shorts are done (I struggled getting my brain to get into "French seam mode" so it took a lot longer than it should have).
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I'm very happy with these photos and very proud that Jill featured them on her blog once again, so there you go:

The Horrorist 29/01/16
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Click here to view the whole set.

Here's also a crappy video (sorry to whoever who took it) I found on youtube to give you an impression of the mood that night.

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What a great night! And I'm not saying that only because I managed to haul my ass out at midnight even though I still have a bad, bad cold.

Yeah, the concerts started at 00:30 (luckily, The Horrorist was first so I was ready to pass out right after). And luckily, again, the taxis had ceased their strike, so I no longer had to contemplate walking back home (I'm about 45 min by foot from La Villette, which would normally not be a problem but oh boy, am I in bad shape!)

It seems that there was a distinct separation between the crowd who came for Salut C'est Cool and those who came for the infamous Oliver Chesler. As soon as the show began, people started getting rowdy but I still managed to navigate easily from one end to the other. I'm very happy with the shots I've got. A lot more diverse than what I've taken previously. Will post the whole set soon!

The Horrorist

The show was great, although very little recent material was played (and way too much from Manic Panic as far as I'm concerned, but I did appreciate the shortened version of "A Night in NYC" skipping the triggery ending altogether). Only one song from Fire Funmania (and my least favourite at that). No weird sex songs, sad Sophie. :P But also some new material! The security guys were more and more panicky as the concert went by as the stage kept catching fire when Oliver put his handheld light down. XD

My main complaint was that it was just too short (while Salut C'est Cool, while super fun and with a huge crowd of hardcore fan, overstayed their welcome. Well, it was their event, I think, so who am I to talk.)

So, yes, Salut C'est Cool gathered a very different crowd (most notably kigu wearers) and by the time their show started (almost 2am) everyone was altready pretty wasted. I sat in a booth and watched my friends and the rest of the crowd flail around and stumble into each other. SCC is a French nonsensical techno project with songs about making mashed potatoes, going to the pool and eating pizza. Fun. Maybe not for two hours. The average age of the crowd must have been around 22. And I thought I felt old at the Soft Moon (btw these guys got their gear stolen so help out if you can).

I waited for Alexander Robotnick but found out his set was very different to what I've heard from him before, not really my jam. So I packed and left (and I FORGOT MY VIAJANTE KILL ME NOW. Oh well, I was considering knitting another one, so I guess that's set. Pondering making it all silk but I'm afraid it would stretch out too much around the shoulders. Thoughts?)

I found a cab (after a 10 min walk without a scarf boo) and we chatted about the taxi strikes in Paris. He was very nice and exhausted (it was around 4am), and since there was no merch booth at the venue and I had a wad of cash left, I left him a big tip. Then, I was too pumped to fall asleep so I started sorting out the photos.in bed haha. I must have fallen asleep just before Math woke up.
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For the second year in a row, Mondkopf was performing alongside other artists in the St Merri church, in the center of Paris. I remember last year's concert as one of the best of the year, no doubt. Math couldn't make it then, but luckily he got a second chance this year.

Les Rendez-Vous Contemporains de Saint Merry

Eglise Saint Merri

I am as godless as they come, but I have profound respect for people's faith (any flavour) and I've always found churches to be awe-inspiring. When I attended the concert last year, I believe it was the first time I ever stepped in a church at nighttime. Breathtaking. I've wanted to take the photo just above for a year. The light coming through the stained glass is just wonderful.

 Les Rendez-Vous Contemporains de Saint Merry

The crowd was a mixed lot. Some were really into drone, some really skeptical. The first set, by THISQUIETARMY was a mesmerizing one man-produced, guitar-based wave of cold and dark waves. 

THISQUIETARMY

THISQUIETARMY

Spero Lucem is a French ambient supergroup, uniting Somaticae, Saåad and Mondkopf (who you heard me talk about enough, I think). I don't know if they're planing on releasing a record together. I believe this was their first show together, and they're planning on playing in a chapel in Brittany in a month. The haunting and hypnotic atmosphere they created together felt at the same time distressing (it was hard not to think of the recent shootings in Paris when they used the sound of an air raid alarm) and respectful and spiritual. It's like they acknowledged through their music that they were playing in a church. Hard to describe. 

SPERO LUCEM (Mondkopf, Saad , Somaticae)

SPERO LUCEM (Mondkopf, Saad , Somaticae)

Unfortunately the stage wasn't set under the organ this time (I only have an instagram photo of it, Le Sigh) but right on the altar, so Jesus makes a cameo appearance on the wide shots. :)

SPERO LUCEM (Mondkopf, Saad , Somaticae)

Have a look at my gallery, as I haven't posted all the photos here.

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It's been a week, so I need to get this blog entry done.



Before/After :D
 

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Link to my live photos
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Health

I've been out almost every day for the past few days (even just to run errands or visit a neighbour), which is a good signs of things improving regarding my mental health.

I'm not so good physically though. I'm weaned off tramadol but I'm honestly pondering going back because my body aches so much again now. I don't think the laroxyl alone is cutting it. I have to see my GP tomorrow, I'll talk to her about it. I've had an on and off headache for the past 3 days too. Blah.

Concert

I went to see Summer live on Saturday. Clémentine's boyfriend plays in it and I took pictures. I was lazy and only took the 50mm lens and I could really have used the 100, so I was moderately satisfied with my photos. With that in mind, the end result is not that bad, actually, I think. 

Music

 

I'm listening to a lot of Ontal and Chelsea Wolfe these days. I'm also really feeling the Blanck Mass album and the Paradise Lost ones. I have lots of music to try and listen to from the end of the year lists that a few websites have published.

Watching

I am currently in the middle of both a Fringe rewatch (wit Clémentine) and an X-Files one (with Math). On my own, I'm also watching The Prisoner, giving a go to Difficult People, and just finished Master Of None.
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Concert

We went to see IAMX, Math and I! It was fantastic. Such a powerful sound! It really rocked, hard. The whole band is amazing, interacting tons with the public (Chris's French is perfect btw). The whole thing ended with Chris encouraging people to dance and eventually come up on stage for a bit of a party. The look of sheer panic on the faces of the security team was priceless.

Health

I was quite tired throughout the whole weekend, though. I only danced for a few songs and then listened to the show seated at a table (I love venues where you can sit, so, so much).

Crafting

NL came on Saturday night to pick up the skirt I made her (from Drape Drape 2). She seemed very pleased with it. We looked together at the books I already had and she found many things she loved. I am also expecting Drape Drape 1and there are many gorgeous things inside.


(it badly needs a press but you get the idea)

Watching

I watched The Affair on Saturday night (while Math was at the Garbage concert) and wow, the character of Alison's mom is such a carbon copy of mine. I really took me aback because we rarely see such realistic depictions of narcissist behaviour in fiction. She act the same, talks the same, the circumstances are strikingly similar. Really uncanny.

It was quite liberating and validating to watch. It gives me just enough detachment to quash any remaining self-doubt when it comes to my own situation.

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Health

I've been well this weekend. I travelled to Lyon on Friday and we went [personal profile] snakeling and I to the Kirlian Camera concert that same night, which I was afraid would be a lot but it went well!

Concert

The opening act was supposed to start around 9pm but of course it started pretty late. Waiting was a bit tough on both of us but I spent an hour gazing at the crowd slowly coming in. Maybe because there was a party afterwards, most were dressed up to the nines (vinyl, latex, cyber goth, the Crow makeup, you name it).

I don't think I've been to a goth club since my early twenties so I had lots of flashbacks from that period. Good ones. Not much has changed it seems regarding looks (not in Lyon, anyways. I can't tell how it is in Paris but I'm sure it isn't much different). I, however, have changed, and found out that hanging out in black jeans, no make up and a Caustic t-shirt was something I felt comfortable about. It was quite pleasant and the DJ span some recent stuff (Soft Moon, Pattenbrigade, and I forgot the rest and it'll come back as soon as I hit "Post").

Qual was a mixed bag. William Maybelline breathes angst and it shows. But not many can perform as a solo artist on stage and produce an entertaining show. It was both a bit dull and very distressing to watch. Which balances it out if that's your kind of thing.





Picture heavy! )

And, well! I'm back home now, and feeling pretty good. Considering I probably never had been as depressed in my life as I was last Monday, that's something to celebrate. Hard.
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Music 

I woke up yesterday morning and listened to Soli Deo Gloria by Apoptygma Berzerk. I probably hadn't heard it in its entirety in 10 years. I was listening to a few old "hits" from goth compilations and among them "Spiritual Reality", then Alex from I Die : You Die mentioned listening to the album so I got curious. Well, I like "Bitch" even less than I used to, but other than that it was a rather pleasant walk down memory lane. I still really like "Stitch" and "ARP" (which pops into my head quite often for a song I hadn't heard in so long. Weird! There are some tunes like that...)

Then some Aphex Twin, Gabi Delgado, Carly Rae Jepsen, mind.in.a.box, Tonikom...

Concert 


Crap cell phone photo, her outfits are so bizarre <3

I decided on a whim on Friday to go to the Róisín Murphy concert and snagged a ticket from someone who was selling it on the Facebook event page. And so, yesterday night I went! I was so so stressed out (because people, social gathering, pain) but once I was there it was great. 

Her show was very very good. She doesn't interact with the audience a lot (a bit, still) but I felt connected to her somehow, still, even though I was towards the back of the room. A strong positive energy emanates from her, it's hard to explain. There was a live band, so the songs were reworked for live performance and tunes like "Simulation" and "Exploitation" got even more groovy and intense. I danced a lot and kicked my self-consciousness to the curb for a while. It was exquisite. The audience was probably 80% gay couples, which probably helped make me feel good. Then towards the end of the show, a couple next to me and a drunken dude started dampening the mood (couple chatting incessantly, drunken dude trying to talk to me about drunken stuff). But hey, I stayed for the whole show (my body screaming, and today I'm a bit of a mess), except the encore. It's nice to sneak out before the general pushing and shoving.

Perfume

I wore Dzing again! I didn't feel very girly to go out, so I dressed with skinny jeans, my Gossip tank top and a hoodie. Dzing is very masculine on me (or very leathery and dry anyway), so it was fitting.

Crafting

I've just finished my qiviut/silk cowl. It's blocking now. I'll try to take pictures tomorrow.
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Health

It's been very hard for me to write lately. I've been feeling very poorly for the pat week or so. Last weekend was pretty bad, I was feeling like I was about to faint constantly, had a pounding headache and had trouble coordinating my movements and even knitting. I reached the bottom on Monday when I couldn't sit or stand up on my own. I'm so grateful for Math being here and taking care of me, especially in these moments. I'm getting gradually better. I saw my GP on Wednesday, and she said it could easily be explained by the heat wave (hotter than we've had in 50 years I think). My BP was 9/6, which is a record for me I think. She still told me to try going to the Swans concerts in the evening (I really expected her to advise me against it). And so I did! It was difficult getting pumped enough to go (but Clémentine was there, which always helps A LOT) and once I was at the venue it was actually very pleasant. I found a spot where I could stand or sit and I just let the music drown me.

Music

It was a very powerful experience. I have to admit I don't know the Swans that well. I was curious and I'm very happy I went. They're very impressive live, although the sound wasn't the best at the venue (well, I know it's their thing to be super loud too, thank fuck for good quality earplugs. It was still a bit painful with them on, and a lot of people in the crowd weren't wearing any. I can't. Even.)

Summer is a bit quiet, apart from festivals, which I don't feel I'd be able to do just yet. We're going to see Miss Kittin & The Hacker in August and I think that's about it for now.



The new Seeming is out this morning (how did it happen at 9am Paris hour? That's amazing) and it's downloading at the moment. Two songs were released in the past few days and I'm beyond excited. (Also, what's with the super slow bandwidth rn?)
 

Out and about

I arrived yesterday night at [personal profile] anatsuno's. Travel was fine. I was in first class but of course (happens every time) I was assigned a seat with no table at all. Thankfully a passenger swapped seats with me, but WTF SNCF?

Watching

I could take my computer out and rewatch Soylent Green. I hadn't seen it in maybe 20 years. I remembered It fairly well still. The opening in particular is fantastic. I couldn't help making connections between the “furniture women” and the wives in Fury Road (particularly the drama around that terrible comic book prequel). We're told explicitly very little about the “furnitures” but a lot can be inferred from context and the numerous juxtapositions of scenes taking place in wealthy homes and scenes depicting the living conditions of the lower class. And even if the main protagonist is far from perfect and is taking advantage of the system (he's very similar to Deckard that way) I can't help but wonder if many people in the seventies, when the movie was released, thought that the women had it good and didn't have a reason to want to escape. Seems like mainstream storytelling in general is getting more and more explicit, in the sense there is little room for the ambiguous and points need to be dumbed down and stated clearly over and over again. And I wouldn't qualify Soylent Green as a particularly subtle movie to begin with. I'm not sure I'm making a lot of sense, but that's all I can manage for now. It's very frustrating at times to be riddled with brain fog all the time and to feel my cognitive functions decline in such a measurable manner. Anyway.

Food

We had dinner last night at Le Prieuré, in the village. It was quite good, although the service was strange. They're trying hard to be posh and formal but fail at the most basic things, like taking bookings properly or showing a little flexibility to please the customer: like, they have this cheaper menu only on Thursday nights I think? Which is why we went that day. John was more interested by à la carte dishes, and they told us that either the whole table could take the special menu, or noone could. I mean, why? There's no reasonable explanation for this, apart from the fact that they want to coerce people into paying more.
We didn't let these little things dampen our mood though. Food was lovely though. Not the most original or exciting, but well prepared meats, tasty desserts (there was a green apple crème brûlée, very interesting and delicious). 
We also drank a fair amount of wine, got pretty merry and it was loads of fun.

melle_chantilly: Vertical Mixes art cover (Industrial)
Health

I'm so tired today. I have absolutely nothing planned before butoh on Saturday so I think I'm going to spend that whole time sleeping. Or at least I should. I really want to start working out again but I feel like I was run over by a truck, so not today.

Perfume

Black Orchid, what else?

Music

We listened to ESA – The Sea And The Silence and Kevorkian Death Cycle – I Am God in the morning.

Photography

I took an OOTD picture. I got a very nice ask a while ago on my blog from someone who said my photos helped them embrace their weirdness and gothiness with confidence. It was so lovely to read, especially since I struggle myself with confidence and I tend to feel silly in regards to how I dress, even though I wear what I like.

Concert


I went to The Soft Moon/Phase Fatale with Clémentine. It was at La Maroquinerie and I really like the place. I'm very glad I saw Phase Fatale. At the moment, I go to venues just to see the main act, as standing for long can be a struggle but PF came highly recommended. When I arrived, the pit was super still, so I went and started dancing. :) I'm about to buy some of his stuff (listening and trying to pick one).

I retreated to higher grounds when The Soft Moon started (the pit got a bit excited, which is great but I can't do it at the moment). It was great! I realized how long it had been since I saw an actual rock band (you know, guitar, bass, drums) band on stage. Probably since The Gossip in (goes to the fridge to check the dates) 2012! I can't say I'm a huge fan of Luis Vasquez' singing, especially live, but the band's live interpretation of the songs sure was great! Relentless and hypnotic, with a furious energy. And man, post punk acts do love their strobes.

The only issue I had was that I picked that night to try the musician earplugs (since it's the last concert I had scheduled in the near future, I could risk inducing an ear infection, to which I am prone) but turns out my ear canals must be really small, as there was no way they could fit in there. I managed to insert them partially but each time I moved my jaw I could feel them about to fall off. And they didn't lower the noise as much as I'd wanted. So, are there child musician earplugs? Because, indeed, the sound quality is incomparable to the soft ones.

Fibery stuff

I spun again. I tried to spin a little longer overall than the day before, with breaks to spare my shoulders. My shoulders were a bit sore in the evening but this morning I'm okay (this is basically my gauge: if I can recover during the night I assume I'm doing fine).

Watching

I watched a fair bit of The Practice. Bobby Donnell is such a child. It's worse with each episode (and this is only season 2!). And we watched Hannibal 2x11 when I came back from the show, so the plan is to watch the end of season 2 and 3x01 on Friday night! :D

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