Record Machine: The Art of Drowning by AFI

Released in 2000, The Art of Drowning is one of the few albums I have on vinyl that belonged to my husband first. We’d both seen AFI perform at the same show in Bozeman, Montana, though we didn’t know each other at the time. He had no turntable, but he still purchased the record, and copied a friend’s CD. Two years later, we received a turntable as a Christmas present. My fondness for the album may have a lot to do with our coincidental concert-going, but The Art of Drowning is one of AFI’s best, if not arguably the best album.

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An Incomplete (Play)List And Critical Analysis of Beyoncé’s Feminist Evolution And Praxis Through Music: Part One

I am 100% certain that absolutely everyone is fed up of hearing me talk about Beyoncé. I’ve written about her quite a bit in the last few months. It isn’t because I’m her biggest fan, but more because I recognize what an amazing economic and political statement her latest album was, and it irks me to see the way so many people have been absolutely determined to downplay her accomplishments. Continue reading

An Introduction to German Music

Last week, my ramblings about Polish music consisted of pretty much everything I had come to know and like over the last few years. With German music, it’s much harder to condense everything into a handy guide. Music has always been a big part of my life, and although I came to love Britpop and all things English-speaking, there is no denying that German music formed my understanding of different times and genres. This can never be a complete guide because there are millions of songs I know, so let’s talk about a few highlights. Continue reading

Weekly Anime Review

A new season is upon us. Nobunaga the Fool is the only thing that remains from the winter season, and I added a magic show and two humans vs. monsters shows to my watch pool. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is the magic-based show, although some of it looks more like tech and there are also ninjas. Black Bullet is a human vs. monster show that isn’t future-based, while Knight of Sidonia is a space mecha show against weird monsters. Continue reading

Ask UfYH: Airing Your Dirty Laundry

Q: Do you have any tips or advice for dealing with a major laundry crisis? Basically the situation is such that I have avoided my laundry for way too long. Now all of the dirty laundry is in the walk-in closet such that you can’t walk-in. I can start doing loads, but then I can’t put it away because there’s still too much pile-up to get into the closet.

The image is overwhelming; I keep avoiding it and the problem grows. I don’t know what to do.

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New Show Recap: Elementary 2×20 “No Lack of Void”

This week’s episode is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, we have a brilliant performance by Jonny Lee Miller as he moves through the grief of losing a long time friend to drug addiction. On the other, we have the first introduction of magical realism in the series as Sherlock is visited by the spectre of his old friend. For a series that deals so much in the verifiably real, no matter how fantastic it seems, the introduction of a trope that is somewhat supernatural just feels…off. Continue reading