Band Tag

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I have been tagged by the lovely Samm Sanity to do the Band Tag. Thank you so much! Check out her blog Blood, Lace and Faeries if you enjoy epic gothic fashion, badass DIYs, enthralling works of writing and personal stories. On to the questions:

1.) Top 3 favorite bands?

Depeche Mode, The Birthday Massacre, Panic! at the Disco

2.) Top 3 band member crushes?

Brendon Urie (P!ATD) – I’ve been obsessed with him since I was 15.

Adam Levine

Pete Wentz

I never really got into Fall Out Boy or Maroon 5, but that doesn’t stop me from crushing on their band members!

3.) Favorite song?

Right now, “Photographic” by Depeche Mode. I’m just getting into their earliest work, which is much lighter than the rest of their albums. I’ve fallen in love with any bands former Depeche member Vince Clarke has touched (Yazoo and Erasure). His synth work is just so damn unique!

4.) Song that makes you sad?

“You’re Not Alone” by Saosin. I don’t know that the song makes me sad, but I end up listening to it when I’m sad. I’ve cried many tears listening to it.

5.) Favorite song lyric?

“I’m not going down on my knees begging you to adore me” – Shake the Disease by Depeche Mode.

I’ve done this before and it’s not a cute look.

6.) Band member I don’t dislike?

I don’t dislike band members. I did when I was a teen. I didn’t like the lead singer of Boys Like Girls because he was an attention whore. :) And the other band members were way hotter.

I’m tagging whoever wants to do this. Yes, I’m a lazy bitch.

In other news, I’m going to film a birthday haul video showing what I got very soon. I’m only two weeks late since my birthday was on September 16…though anyone who knows me knows I procrastinate a ton. I’m also going to include some of the stuff I bought for myself while on vacation in Frankenmuth. I finally got to go on vacation and had a blast spending loads of money. I wish I could film more videos, but my family is loud as fuck and I don’t have a space to film in. Maybe I should start doing outdoors/party in my car videos? I know you guys want to see me drive around. lol

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Anyways, I hope to see some of you do the Band Tag!

The Hidden Gems of the Music Industry

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Underground or little-known music artists are usually my favorites. Often times, they possess a more original sound and a lot of creativity. Today, I wanted to share some artists that I think deserve more recognition.

Bad Pollyanna

This is a band I think my alternative followers would enjoy. At my first discovery of Bad Pollyanna, I’ll admit I wasn’t captivated. I don’t listen to nearly as much alternative rock music as I used to. I’m all about the synthpop, which I’ll save for another post. However, when I heard the band’s new charity single “Invincible Girl” and researched what the band was all about, I fell in love.

Bad Pollyanna’s website says they represent a mix of both beauty and darkness. The visuals in their music videos are both stunning and scary. Their debut album “Monstrous Child” reminds me of the story of Frankenstein. The concept involves a scientist that kidnaps a girl to try and bring his lover back to life, but his lover turns into a monster instead. The album is her story. It’s a badass idea. I love concept albums.

The song “Invincible Girl” was recently released as a charity single in support of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. It’s probably my favorite charity because its focus is on creating respect for and understanding of subcultures in our communities. As a Goth myself, this message is absolutely vital in a society in which kids are dying for being different. You can learn more about the foundation here and buy “Invincible Girl” here. Bad Pollyanna are very talented and awesome people.

Ricky Rebel

Anyone remember 90’s boy band No Authority or Show Pony from the My Chemical Romance videos? Those were artist Ricky Rebel’s past endeavors. He even got to tour with Britney Spears! Now, Ricky’s a blue-haired solo pop artist with the hottest stage outfits I’ve ever seen. Ricky’s music ranges from dance to rock to pop. He certainly doesn’t mind showing off his individuality in his sassy music videos.

Tara McDonald

Tara is a singer/songwriter from the UK who’s debut album should come out this year. I came across her wild music video for “Give Me More” and fell in love. The video is like a sexy Alice in Wonderland tea party on crack. It reminds me of Kerli’s “Tea Party”. Tara also hosts her own dance music radio show. I wish her lots of success! She’s been hard at work in the music industry for a long time and deserves her big break.

Patrick Wolf

I liken singer/songwriter and violinist Patrick Wolf to the male version of Emilie Autumn. His music is described as Baroque Pop and includes lush orchestration, uncommon musical instruments and pop sensibility. He even has the red hair and eccentric fashion sense that Emilie has. Patrick has mastered making make both dark and light music. “The Magic Position” is a fun love song that even sounds like it could be in a musical. The band nerd in me loves that scales are being played throughout the song.

Lola Blanc

This is one spunky pop singer that I can’t believe hasn’t hit it big yet. Lola co-wrote Britney Spears’ “Ooh La La”, which was originally going to be Lola’s song. She grew up in Michigan and was a ventriloquist in a family full of magicians. Lola’s fashion style is edgy retro and the visuals in her music videos are on point. Even when she sings about a teacher and student high school romance on “Shut The Damn Door”, the song is so pretty that it’s not creepy.

Do you know of any underrated artists that I should know about? Leave them in the comments!

Frankie & Alice

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Frankie & Alice is a drama film set in the 1970’s relating the true story of a young African American woman named Frankie (played by Halle Berry) who has Dissociative Identity Disorder, or DID (which used to be called Multiple Personality Disorder). Frankie works in a strip club as a go-go dancer and prides herself on her ability to step outside her body while she performs so that it’s not really her doing the stripping. This dissociation is revealed further when Frankie gets into a fight with a lover after being triggered by a doll on the floor. She seems to take on a completely different personality and ends up getting committed to a psychiatric hospital. Laying half-nude in the middle of a busy street is going to cause attention, after all. In the hospital, Frankie meets Dr. Oz, who’s convinced she’s not just another druggie on the streets having a meltdown. He ultimately diagnoses her with DID after uncovering her other two alters (names for other personalities), Genius and Alice. Genius is a super intelligent child who’s afraid of Alice, the white older woman who’s racist and despises her host Frankie. Frankie & Alice is definitely not a boring film.

I was drawn to this film because I love psychology. Dissociative Identity Disorder has long been an over-talked about topic because it’s so controversial. Anyone remember the film Sybil? I recall watching it in shock and I think that’s why it’s such an infamous disorder. The revelations fascinate people. There was shock value in Frankie & Alice, but I knew there would be and I eagerly anticipated the source of Frankie’s trauma. Not a super original concept for a film, but Halle’s acting was superb. It’s not easy to portray three vastly different people within one film and she pulled it off.

Frankie & Alice originally came out four years ago, but was only released to a wide audience recently. I thought Halle looked super young in the film and figured out why when I started researching it. Critics seem to hate the film, but I disagree with them. The film wasn’t outstanding, but I was entertained. Watching Frankie’s treatment progression, her interactions with the other patients, and her job at the strip club was fun. Frankie manages to get herself in trouble often when she transitions from one personality to the next. The viewer never can tell what will set her off.

I expect that Halle will be nominated come award season. She deserves recognition for her portrayal of Frankie. I recommend Frankie & Alice to anyone who has an interest in psychology or enjoys a comeback story.

Melanie Martinez “Dollhouse” Music Video Makeup Tutorial

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Asylum Attendant:

Check out my friend Jason’s makeup tutorial below replicating Melanie Martinez’s maquillaje in her “Dollhouse” music video. It’s a little cute, a little creepy, and a whole lot of fun! Jason accepted my request for this outside-the-box makeup look and he did not disappoint. Be sure to subscribe to his blog Beausic and his Youtube channel for all your makeup and music needs!

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You guys know how much I love taking requests, right? The only thing I love more than taking requests, when it comes to the blog and YouTube Channel, is taking requests from my friends! I recently got a comment from one of my earliest followers here on the blog, before there even was a YouTube Channel associated with it, who is also a fellow WordPress blogger, Asylumattendant! If you are not familiar with his blog, or his recent move into the world of YouTube, I highly recommend checking him out! He has a very unique style that I am a big fan of. He writes a lot about music and has a knack for lesser-known but really interesting artists and has introduced me to a lot of different artists I probably never would have found otherwise, (and, let’s face it, that’s saying something!) One artist that we both happen…

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Icehouse

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I did almost nothing but discover and listen to 80’s synthpop music yesterday. It was a very enjoyable experience. During my exploration, I came across a very eerie song and music video by the Australian band Icehouse entitled “Icehouse”. The name alone caught my attention. There are haunting, unsettling parts of this song and also poppy components. As the title suggests, “Icehouse” is a cold, synth-filled love song of sorts. A girl is waiting for love that will most likely never come. As long as she stays within the Icehouse, love cannot find her. That is so hopelessly sad, yet beautiful.

The music video is a depiction of a little girl’s nightmare. It reminds me of both the movie Nightmare on Elm Street and Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” music video. However, Icehouse came out before both of these in 1981, believe it or not. I really think that it was groundbreaking and a grossly underrated music video. I’m genuinely scared by the “Icehouse” video, but it’s not gory or done in bad taste like some 80’s horror films. There is fire, hands reaching up through the water, many strange people trying to grab the little girl (including a very creepy old woman in a rocking chair), and a huge white cube made of white neon tubes of light. The nightmare never seems to end.

Perhaps most fascinating to me is the backstory behind the “Icehouse” song. I don’t know whether this is true or not, but I read that in Australia icehouse means the same thing as insane asylum. Obviously, that makes me like the song even more. Iva Davies, the lovely lead singer/songwriter of the band, wrote the song about his time living in a flat in an old two-story mansion that was always cold no matter what he did. Being in his early twenties and a musician to boot, he kept late hours. Sounds a lot like me. I always feel more creative at night. Anyways, the dilapidated house across the street always had its lights on, even in the dead of night. People would come and go at all times and never stayed long. Apparently it was a half-way house for psychiatric patients and drug addicts. Hence, “Icehouse” was born. Iva is a genius.

Another fun tidbit is that the band started out with the name Flowers, but changed their name to Icehouse after the release of their first album, also called Icehouse. Everything comes full circle. I love their choice. The name is warm and cold at the same time, which suits the band’s sound perfectly.

Have a synthpop-filled day everyone!

Melancholy

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This is my new video in which I get very real with you guys. It’s important to me to share my ups as well as my downs. I don’t know if I’ve discussed my struggle with my weight here before, but my self-esteem has really been affected by it. I feel ugly in everything I wear and wearing form-fitting clothes is out of the question. I also talk about my social anxiety in the video. While it’s not a fun and exciting video, I hope you all get to know me a bit better. I’m vulnerable at times. I am not a robot.