Manic Pixie Sailor Girl

I think I've talked about this before, but I have two problems when it comes to listening to music. 1) I'm a bit of a fuss pot when it comes to what I listen to 2) I need new music all the time to keep me stimulated/ getting bored of the stuff on my Ipod. 

Usually this combination makes for a hellish nightmare of me spending hours to find new music to listen to, but not getting rewarded for my efforts. Somehow in the last few months since I did this last, my googling/youtube skills have improved because I.Found.So.Many.New.Peeps.To.Listen.To!!!! 

Without further ado, here's the first impression of the awesome music I downloaded today. 

Casa Loma: These peeps make this lovely grungy emo heavyish music that I've loved since I was a wee lass. They've only got three tracks available, because according to my internet stalking, they're a pretty fresh band. 

Land Lady: I've mentioned this many a time, but I'm not great with genre categorisation of music, which is great for this band as they describe their genre as "surprise". They're a mesh of all the good things - compositionally sound, dynamic, full of complex vocal harmonies, and feature a range of minimalist and maximalist textures.  

Giraffes?Giraffes!  : Do you like instrumental music? Do you like Math Rock? These dudes have both of these things in their music, and they do them so incredibly well. Their pieces are so intricately constructed with a variety of different textures, and never fall into the "too much going on" trap that some instrumental music falls into. 

The Speed Of Sound in Seawater: What's better than one guitar doing pretty finger picking with sweet lilting vocals? Two guitars doing pretty finger picking with lilting vocals! That's not all this band does though. Aforementioned pretty guitars and vocals are perfectly supported by a super tight bass and drum pairing. Their writing features elements of Math rock, and have a very slight folk sound. It's just good yo! 

Malvador: Sometimes these guys have those oompah circus feels, and sometimes they're more math rocky, but again, they're all things good. They remind me the tinyiest bit of Ungus Ungus Ungus who are a werid amalgamation of circus folk experimental etc. 

Tangled Hair : So much Math rock today! These guys sit down the prettier end of math rock with their glockenspiels and their british indie vocal vibes.  I adore their use of polyrhythms (Which may or may not tangle your hair) 

Delta Sleep: sit on the grungy side of math rock. The rhythms are intricate and complex, interspersed with strong rhythmic unisons. These guys scratch a music itch I didn't realise I have, as they sit partway between various genre spaces. 

Hang In Balance: Do you know what a HangDrum is? It's the mystical spaceship like object that produces the most beautiful singing percussion sound. If flute was a percussion instrument this is what it would sound like. 

The Honey Trees: Do dream pop right. Their vocals are super sweet and floaty (pretty much the sound version of lens flair and bokeh) whilst the accompaniment is moving and light. 

Bolero: Lady Petrova, Shirt: Ebay, Belt: Kmart, Skirt: Home made, Socks: Socks and more, Boots: Dr Martens.

Bolero: Lady Petrova, Shirt: Ebay, Belt: Kmart, Skirt: Home made, Socks: Socks and more, Boots: Dr Martens.

Speaking of dreampop... What I wore yesterday was pretty darn dreampop. I sewed this skirt in 2014 using vintage material I picked up from shop 55 in woy woy. If I remember correctly, it was from the 60's. I only had a small amount of material to work with, so I made this here boxpleat mini skirt! It also looks super rad with the Bolero I bought from Lady Petrova on Tour! :D 

Boats on the water

wpid-pict_20150302_175614.jpg I've got a bit of a nautical theme going on this week. (and believe it or not, I totally didn't do it on purpose)

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Dressing in "Nautical" clothing reminds me of the first trend I feel in love with (and the first trend I ever ever missed out on because I was too slow to pick up on it/ couldn't sew it myself).

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When I was in year 7, the coolest store to shop at was Supre. Supre's clothes were (and still are) catering for the "tween" demographic. They were the perfect mix of cute/effortless/comfy/cheap, and every season their clothes sported a new "trend" (the only trend I ever took part in was the 2007 neon trend)

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The summer trend they had that year was Nautical. The thing I remember most were the anchor prints. The print was pretty simple. Just a solid anchor (they had several different colours, one of which was the "supre" pink) repeated over and over on a slightly oversized cotton shirt.  Unfortunately I wasn't really into shopping (it was still a boring yucky thing that adults did) so by the time I got round to dragging my mum into the fabled Supre, the store had moved onto "better" things.

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Manic Weekends

wpid-c360_2014-11-29-18-01-19-152.jpg This weekend hes been slightly manic. It started friday when I attended my friends bands album launch (They're called Valko http://valkoband.com/, and if they keep heading the way they are, they could find themselves with a spot in "Jen's top 10 favourite bands of all time" list.

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On Saturday I found myself faced with two long gigs with two different Orchestras: The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra, and the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra (Which will be called "Symphony Central Coast" from next year) Both gigs were so much fun, but today I found myself feeling quite dead.

Unfortunately I didn't get to relax. I had my music schools end of year concert. Although it was very long (5 hours D: ) It was lovely to see so many children (and a few adults) enjoying music so much.

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Naughty nauticals

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This weekend was pretty massive for me (which is why this is another double outfit post). I had an audition for a thing called the 'central coast concerto competition'. I played the first two movements of the Stevenson piccolo concertino, and now I am pretty wiped.

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Coat:David Lawrence shirt:ally skirt:hand made tights:eBay shoes:kmart (featured above)

This is what I wore to work of Saturday. The skirt I'm wearing is one that I sewed over summer break out of this great 60's fabric I bought from shop 55 about 2 years ago. (Also, I apologise about the horrid lighting. My phone camera hates darkish spaces with artificial light)

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This is what I wore today. I thought seeing as the piece I was performing was quite folky that it would only be appropriate to dress a bit like a fairy.

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Dress:Fluer wood tights:eBay belt:alannah Hill flower crown:hand made.

I was really happy with how my audition went. Now to play the waiting game to see if I got through.