kshandra: Anthony Ainley from the Classic Doctor Who serial "Survival." Text: "Why, yes, I AM plotting your demise." (Ainley - Demise)
2017-07-08 08:47 pm
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Bitten by the Costume Bug HARD.

As those of you who follow us on the Book of Face already know, [personal profile] gridlore and I went and saw Iron Maiden at the Oakland Coliseum Arena Wednesday night (yes, Oracle, I know, I'm a purist). Opening for them was Ghost, a doom-metal band out of Sweden.

I fell in love with their theatricality almost immediately.

Ghost

Somewhere in the midst of all of this I got it into my head to cosplay their frontman, Papa Emeritus* - or rather, to cosplay as Mama Emeritus, as I'm never going to be able to hide my chest, no matter how shapeless a costume you put me into. I found some amazing reference photos from an eBay listing (including a photo of the costume maker with the band, showing just how good the recreation was). I even found an EtsyStudio listing for a brocade in the same pattern as Papa's chasuble, only worked in black-and-purple instead of black-on-black to make it a little more me. I'm also planning to add bright purple lipstick to the facepaint to highlight the feminine aspect.

What the fuck sort of monster have I become?!

* Officially, the band remain anonymous, though a recent lawsuit has pierced that veil.
kshandra: White text on a blue button: "Better watch now, because things could go wrong in a hurry." (Keith - Better Watch Now)
2017-07-04 10:18 am
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Time marches on...

After an incredible 44-year career, Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame inductee Steven Seaweed retired from full-time broadcasting last week. This was the final song he played, and it's been stuck in my head ever since.



It seems somehow appropriate to play on this Independence Day.
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2017-06-30 01:13 pm
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30-Day Song Challenge #30: A song that reminds you of yourself

There was truly no other choice for this than the song that gave me my blog title.

kshandra: long-haired woman silhouetted against a stormy sky (Bad)
2017-06-27 03:30 pm
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30-Day Song Challenge #27: A song that breaks your heart



I've still only listened to Blackstar all the way through once.
kshandra: Animated text being rearranged from "I think about you all the fucking time" to "I think about fucking you all the time" (One Track Mind)
2017-06-26 05:07 pm
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30-Day Song Challenge #26: A song that makes you want to fall in love

I'm not sure if this one makes me want to fall in love, or just fall in bed...

kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
2017-06-25 10:08 pm
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30-Day Song Challenge #25: A song you like by an artist no longer living

I think I knew what this had to be before anything else on the list.



Almost twenty years later, and this video still mesmerizes me.
kshandra: long-haired woman silhouetted against a stormy sky (Bad)
2017-06-24 10:31 pm
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30-Day Song Challenge #24: A song by a band you wish were still together



...I suppose it's not so much that I wish they were still together, as it is that I wish Jian was still just "the cute one"...
kshandra: pixie with purple wings aloft before a full moon (Good)
2017-06-23 10:24 pm
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30-Day Song Challenge #22: A song that moves you forward

Somewhat ironic, considering the name of the album it's from...

kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
2017-06-20 10:51 pm
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30-Day Song Challenge #20: A song that has many meanings to you

Bear with me on this one...



  • It's one hell of a party song.
  • I associate it (still) with watching World Series of Poker coverage on cable.
  • The first year I drove to Burning Man on my own, it was the last song I heard on terrestrial radio before I lost signal heading into Gerlach.
kshandra: The Sacred Chao from the Principia Discordia, in gold, superimposed on a Bisexual Pride flag (Bi Chao)
2017-06-18 06:40 pm
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30-Day Song Challenge #18: A song from the year you were born

And since I'm running headlong into Pride prep now, let's keep it on message:

kshandra: A spoof of the Guitar Hero logo, featuring a home karaoke machine (Karaoke Hero)
2017-06-16 01:40 pm
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30-Day Song Challenge #16: A song that's a classic favorite

I was struggling with what to choose here...and then I picked the icon for this post and the decision was obvious.

kshandra: A spoof of the Guitar Hero logo, featuring a home karaoke machine (Karaoke Hero)
2017-06-13 02:08 pm
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30-Day Song Challenge #13: A song you like from the '70s

I just looked at Billboard's Hot 100 lists from 1970-1979, and boy, can you ever tell I grew up listening to AM radio, because I recognized almost all of them. But here's another one of the songs from the roadtrip mix I'll never be able to put together. The performance is from '82, but the song was originally released in '77, so it totally counts.