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Jill / Canadian / Writer. Musing on music from the past and present with thoughts, photos, songs, and lol-worthy things. Loves alt rock and great synth hooks. Essentials: David Bowie, NIN, Dave Grohl, U2.


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Art on your sleeve: Classic works of art reinvented as classic album covers, Christophe Gowans

  1. Duchamp
  2. Venus de Milo
  3. Munch
  4. Magritte
  5. Vermeer
  6. Da Vinci
  7. Van Gogh
  8. Van Gogh
  9. Sir Henry Raeburn
  10. Franz Kline

Will you be my Valentine Inch Nails?

Excuse me that is a FABULOUS unit of measurement.


Panic! At The Disco - Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! Tour

Panic! At The Disco lyrics aren’t meant to be sung so much as screamed. Breakups, makeups, beginnings, ends, feeling lost, feeling alive - Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! covers it all with enough pop synths and hip hop beats to dance away your demons.

Watching their sold-out show at Sound Academy in Toronto was literally a blast. Not even the 5-4-3-2-1 countdown before the opener “Vegas Lights” could prepare me for the power surge I got from its slot machine-inspired synth hook. Non-stop jumping? Awesome.

As big as their new dance sound is, Panic!’s stage presence is even bigger. During the driving guitars of “Nicotine,” Brendon Urie sang his way past exploding columns of smoke as Dallon Weekes leapt on and off platforms without missing a bass note. By the end of the night, Brendon did back flips, stripped, beat-boxed, played piano beautifully, and sang higher than an opera star. It’s like scientists genetically engineered a fabulous one-man circus.

The carnival image might be a throwback to “I Write Sins Not Tragedies’” breakout video, and of course we got to scream it for the encore, but this isn’t the Panic! of 2005 at all. That’s what I love the most about seeing Panic! today: they’re proof that dancing is the best cure for sweating off the past. Letting go has never been more fun.

Don’t miss Panic! At The Disco on tour!

This was one of those reviews where my memory was better than my notes. Mainly because I suck at handwriting when I’m dancing. Anyways, Panic! have this amazing ’80s-pop-meets-hip-hop vibe now that you should check out, m’kay?


Nile Rodgers Nokia All Access Moment

Before “Get Lucky” swept The Grammys, riff master Nile Rodgers told me the strangest place he’s heard his Daft Punk hit and the key to great songs. Definitely feeling lucky we got to chat in NYC!

Nile’s excitement for music is so electric it’s as if he’s an up-and-comer who just got a record deal. Thankfully his production resume (Debbie Harry, Madonna, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Daft Punk…) is far more intimidating than the man himself. It was a real joy and honour to pick his brain.

Today is the perfect day for Bowie bling.

Wrote some thoughts on Nine Inch Nails for One Week One Band (super cool music discovery Tumblr). What really makes “La Mer” beautiful to me is how it ended up tying together the worst and best days of Trent Reznor’s life.


Nine Inch Nails - La Mer

The first time I strongly associated the sea with New Orleans, Trent Reznor’s home during the writing of The Fragile (1999), came through reading The Awakening (1899) by Kate Chopin. While “La Mer” and the classic novel certainly both use Creole French at the surface, The Awakening's end and Reznor's mindset at the time share a much greater, darker focus: committing suicide at sea.

Chopin eloquently narrates the struggle between a New Orleans woman fighting for greater independence and the conservative culture of nineteenth-century Louisiana. Sadly, this societal resistance ultimately crushes her ambitions as an early feminist, fuelling her depression to the point of suicide. The final scene memorably depicts her slow, steady waltz into the sea.

So too is “La Mer” both delicate yet haunting. The initial piano hook imitates a peaceful tide flowing in and out before pounding drums, bass and electronic distortion cannibalize the melody. It makes sense that the song came to be in a house Reznor was renting by the ocean. However, as he revealed onstage in 2009, the seaside escape to Big Sur, California was less to inspire the first writing session of The Fragile and more for an idealized suicide during his own battle with depression.

Reznor’s use of contrast extends lyrically as well. The calm Creole French whispers of guest vocalist Denise Milfort, Reznor’s then-girlfriend in New Orleans, are betrayed by the embrace of death apparent in Reznor’s native tongue:

"Et la mer avait embrassé moi / And the sea has embraced me

Et la délivré moi de ma caille / And it has dispensed me from my cell

Rien ne peut m’arrêter maintenant / Nothing can stop me now

Just as the sonic chaos swells to a peak, the calm piano intro reclaims the song for a peaceful conclusion. Likewise, during that same performance of “La Mer” in 2009, Reznor stated his plans to reclaim the seaside house: “It’s weird to think how different things are now. I’m afraid to go back to that place because it feels kinda haunted to me, but I needed that. I’m getting married there.”

 Jill Krajewski (Jill previously wrote for us about U2 in the 90s and Nine Inch Nails.)



Simply put, in American English, we treat band names in the same way we treat regular nouns:





  • NOTE: In British English, band names (irrespective of whether they’re singular or plural nouns) are followed by the plural form of verbs (e.g., are, play, sing, etc.). For instance, “Radiohead are my favorite band” would be correct.



This is the best GIF of 2013


This is the best GIF of 2013

My biggest grievance with mainstream EDM is its over-reliance on volume and shock value to manufacture cheap hits. It’s mistaking surprise for stimulation.

Disclosure really set themselves apart here by valuing space and layering subtle details to craft superb dramatic tracks.Their sense of flow on “White Noise” in particular is so well done that I still never know when the lowest low or highest high is coming.

This is a song I can happily listen to for an hour straight and be just as thrilled every time.