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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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10th-Jan-2010 08:30 pm
c1 asked about:

I lived in Las Vegas in the bad old days. I write about it quite a lot. My experiences there were not all good ones. Most of 'em weren't; Vegas was, in many ways, my breaking ground. But it was a deeply formative place, and the very particular brokenness of the city still fascinates me.

This was taken by an ex-boyfriend the morning after we gave a friend a threeway for her birthday. More details would be indiscreet, I b'lieve....

Fizzgig from The Dark Crystal, iconified in glorious motion by brujah. A favorite movie. This is my favorite "AAAAAAAAGH make it stop" icon.

Made by thryn. I am a throwback. It took me a ridiculously long time to finally embrace CDs. I still have cases of cassette tapes. This also gets used as a general music icon that isn't dance-specific.

Photo by photognome... 2006, I think? Early in the year? Could be '05. We were doing a photo shoot in the hot tub at RetroHaven (which has a waterfall!), and I overheated, as I am wont to do; I climbed out to rest a bit and just naturally folded in on myself on the lip of the hot tub, and 'gnome said "Don't. Move." and started snapping pictures of me. This is actually a very natural relaxed-'song pose. When I need to Make An Impression, I am expansive; I am bigger than I am, I take up more space so's not to be overlooked. I contract when relaxed. I curl up.
11th-Jan-2010 01:59 am (UTC)
I didn't buy a CD player until 1990. I was a vinyl loyalist. I saw CDs as a bald-faced attempt by the record companies to jack up the price of recorded media by a factor of approximately two, with very little gain in fidelity for those of us who owned non-cheapo turntables and who took care of our vinyl by storing and handling it properly, cleaning it before playing, etc. Back then a vinyl LP cost about $8, and a CD cost about what it does today, $15-$16.

Also a lot of alternative music on independent labels back in the 1980s wasn't available on CD. At the time, pressing CDs was something that was sufficiently expensive that it was only within reach of major record labels.

Alternative band Big Black, longtime vinyl loyalists, put out a CD in 1988 or so called The Rich Man's 8-Track.

(sorry, that got awfully ranty! But I'm a music and audio snob. Pull the string, watch him go. :-) )

Edited at 2010-01-11 02:02 am (UTC)
11th-Jan-2010 03:04 am (UTC)
When Pearl Jam released their first major album, they were interviewed by MTV, and one of their HUGE gripes was that they couldn't release it on 12". Sitting in the MTV studio, talking about their album was fine, but presenting a "tiny" CD with nearly invisible album art was unsatisfying, and they had plenty to say about that.
Ever notice that Roger Dean stopped being so prominent around the time that CDs came into vogue?
11th-Jan-2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Oh yeah. CDs definitely prompted a downward push in the quality of album artwork. Now all you get is a picture of the artist, or some sort of geometric abstract design. Album-cover art is pretty much a dead medium these days. Remember:
--The Velvet Underground & Nico, gatefold version, with the peelable banana, by Andy Warhol?
--Another Warhol, The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers, with the embedded zipper?
--Sgt. Pepper--or, for that matter, any Beatles album? Stoners would stare at those things for days, trying to find hidden meanings. Especially clues that "Paul is dead, man...."
--The Pogues' Rum, Sodomy & the Lash, which was a riff on Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa, with the band members' faces worked in?
--Meatloaf, Bat Out of Hell, by Frank Frazetta
--The designs of 23 Envelope for 4AD Records in the 1980s? (Think Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Xymox, etc.)

Then there's the best 12" single cover art of all time, David Saville's cover for New Order's "Blue Monday," which was made to look like a 12" floppy disk, with cutouts and everything.

We'll never see any of that again.
11th-Jan-2010 03:05 am (UTC)
OK, so now I have to make my own cassette tape avatar. :)
(And yeah, I have a couple hundred, within easy reach, from which to choose. Man, the sound from those things is wonderfully terrible.)
11th-Jan-2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Ah, cassette nostalgia. :)
11th-Jan-2010 03:15 am (UTC)
My Sugarcubes cassette (Life is Good) is nearly worn through. I have a copy of it on CD, but the tone of the tape brings with it certain feelings that just aren't present in the CD. Ditto for a bunch of other tapes.
11th-Jan-2010 03:51 am (UTC) - Confessions of a teenage mixtaper
There were no CDs when I blew through high school, but a sure way to get a young ladies attention was a custom mix that included stuff she knew and things she'd never heard but ended up enjoying more than her old favs.

Your LV stories are dark nights of the soul. I'm not sure how much is your story versus a story... but they remind me of the "bad reality" moments in Charles DeLint's work.

Thanks for sharing the personal shots... they tip the balance so far in the positive... not even bad reality can fight and win. You're most lovely.
11th-Jan-2010 11:32 am (UTC) - Re: Confessions of a teenage mixtaper
Oh, I still have all my mixtapes... :)

Walking on Water is 100% nonfiction. Places You Haunt is 100% fiction. "The Angel of Fremont Street" and "Fortune" are about 90% fiction, with some reality woven through.

11th-Jan-2010 09:59 pm (UTC) - Walking on Water...
One hundred percent true tales of horror and averted doom. Wow. I am glad you no longer live that life. I'm glad you write and help and guide and heal instead. I understand life is choices, that all the choices I reject are not neccessarily bad or evil or vile... but. I'm glad you are here instead.
11th-Jan-2010 10:08 pm (UTC) - Re: Walking on Water...
I kinda had a very strong death wish at the time.

I got better. :)
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11th-Jan-2010 11:37 am (UTC) - Re: Last icon is lovely; larger version available? :P
11th-Jan-2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
he morning after we gave a friend a threeway for her birthday.

You give the bestest presents! :D
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