This week's playlist (08/11/2011) - Nostalgia!

90's flashback time... Memories of summer holidays in England, biking the 6 miles and back between Empingham and Manton, working in the pub, hanging out in the graveyard writing poetry, Shakespeare at Tolethorpe, MTV, Real World London (Neil!), walking round Rutland Water, wearing the usual uniform of Doc Martens, colourful laces, ripped jeans and band t-shirts... Jumping in fountains in Grenoble, smoking cigarettes in the school courtyard, crying my eyes out when Kurt died, screaming along to Hole in the car, smoking joints in the park, running to the other school nearby on every break because there were more cute boys with long hair there than in my school...

Nirvana: Milk It
Alice In Chains: Junkhead
Stiltskin: Inside
Therapy?: Die Laughing
Hole: Jennifer's Body
Pearl Jam: Black
L7: Andres
Sonic Youth: Drunken Butterfly
Gun: Word Up
Skunk Anansie: I Can Dream
Nine Inch Nails: Piggy
The Cure: Friday I'm in Love
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Red Right Hand
Candlebox: Far Behind
The Breeders: Divine Hammer

This one is for Rebecca Marcenac, Shannon Jackson and Andrew Cook.

Frances Bean Cobain by Hedi Slimane

If you haven't seen this photoshoot yet then you must be living under a rock... It's just simply stunning. I have always admired Hedi Slimane's style, but this collection is just extra special. I feel old because I remember when Frances Bean was born and I was a huge fan of her parents, but I feel so happy that she made it, pretty much with her own strength and and sense of responsability into such a smart, talented and headstrong young woman.

Go and admire these wonderful photographs here: Hedi Slimane Diary


Deftones & Alice in Chains @ MSG, 09/24/2010

Whenever I think of 1995 I think of me at 16: long, long hair, ripped jeans, dresses, flannel shirts, Doc Martens (preferably with purple laces), skipping class to hang out in the park and MUSIC. Nirvana, NIN, Hole, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Sonic Youth, L7, Belly etc etc. I still think I was the perfect age during the 90's, but that's a story for another day.

This year has been an interesting one. I have seen Hole ("Hole"), Pearl Jam and Faith No More. Last year I saw Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth (multiple times). In a way it was like being 16 again, and for the forever-nostalgic me it's been bittersweet, although more sweet than bitter.

I bought the tickets months ago when I saw that Deftones were opening for AIC, Meg loves the Deftones, so it was a perfect combination. I some them years ago in Sacramento, and don't really know any of their new stuff, but they put on an awesome show!

Deftones, MSG 09/24/2010
Deftones - 7 Words, MSG 09/24/2010

I didn't really know what to expect with Alice in Chains... I haven't listened to the new album at all, and I can't help thinking about Layne. It's really strange because the new singer (Robert DuVall) sounds SO much like him that you wonder if that's why they chose him. I mean, a lot of the whole AIC sound in the first place, apart from the distinctive guitar sound, was the fact that Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell both sang on many songs, creating some pretty cool harmonized vocals effects. But anyway, what can you do when your lead singer dies? Quit or continue, and I really don't blame them for continuing! They really still do it for me, the sound, the heaviness, the vocals... I just closed my eyes quite a few times and felt myself fall right back in my 16 year old self's brain for an hour.

AIC, MSG 09/24/2010 - 1
AIC, MSG 09/24/2010 - 2