Archive for January 2009

I am lonely...

...and sad, at 3:30 in the morning, or so. That is all. Please continue with your lives.

New Release from Deep Madder Records

Lose My Self in Your Self (DMR003)

A new E.P. consisting of six final versions of Lanterns pop songs previously previewed in I Could Have Been the One Listening:

1. All of You (about interdependency)
2. Under Your Cover (a wish to have a partner and dependency)
3. Lose My Self (about normalcy)
4. Indoor Voices (about the insularity of a song writer)
5. Song to Be Understood (about songs as speech)
6. Why Am I Still Singing? (about the insularity of a song writer)

Made to sound fresh and clean.
Cost: $5 or pay what you want or be my friend.

Obama Inauguration Depression

Am I completely alone in this, as usual? Does no one else have a problem with Beyonce's (not to mention other detestable pop stars) performing at the Obama inauguration thing? Everyone I've suggested displeasure about this with has seemed utterly clueless as to why anyone would have a distaste for Beyonce and her inclusion in said "historic" event. I suppose the fact that she's black makes the sight of Barack and Michelle dancing to Beyonce's singing such a touching spectacle (in that it is meant to symbolise the end of racism or some shit), and this has blinded people to the fact that she's more than just a symbol of racial harmony.

When I first saw that it made my stomach hurt. I, too, had succumbed to the ubiquitous glorification of Obama and the miraculous nature of his presidency. I was unable to resist the belief that now everything's different with him - according to the stereotypes, a city-loving, urbane, sophisticated person - in power. But yeah, seeing that threw my delusions out the window.

What if Britney Spears or Gwen Stefani or Christina Aguilera had been the ones taking centre stage at that shit? If that would make you uncomfortable, then is being black Beyonce's redeeming quality?

I don't know what I would've preferred to Beyonce, but not a fucking super pop star aimed at teenagers that shakes her booty on every screen and advertisement in the world. Couldn't they have found a more mature, dignified singer for such a symbolically epic dance? I don't know, their dancing to Beyonce just seems to make this vibe like "this is the best this country has to offer: pop music for stupid kids as seen on television." It's like more of the same target-everything-to-youth-because-then-it-will-seem-hip-and-everyone-will-like-it bullshit. It's like they went to the nearest MTV outlet or something to look for musical talent for this show. Ugh. I guess I expected too much.

Odd Stipulation

I didn't think it was possible, but they've taken the rules for Deep Madder functions (see the November issue) one step further:

Save the Date

Ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars - Deep Madder's very own Lanterns "baby girl, what's your name?" blues band is publicly performing a scrumptious batch of songs on the 18th day of January, year 2009.

Commencing at 10:00 p.m. at Sneaky Dee's in Toronto, you'll want to make sure that you arrive early, so as to guarantee yourself optimal seating for what has been described (astoundingly inaccurately) as "sweet and happy acoustic folk pop."

For more information, visit this Internet Webpage.

"I will stay here long enough just to be new again."

-Thanksgiving, from "Old Only to Be New Again"