I just want to check out this nice restaurant. I just want to watch this movie. I just want to go to this show. But I don’t want to do it alone. I don’t want to date you either. Does that make sense? Does such a thing called friendship exist between a single woman and another guy? I hope it does, because I’ve believed in it my whole life, and I hope you can have a little faith too. Now before it gets weird, don’t let it get weird.
Reading today’s listserve reminded me not long ago, one of my coworkers asked me if I am a feminist. My answer was no. I am not concerned particularly about women’s rights. If you have to trace down it’s more about the equality of all human beings. I care about whenever these deserved rights being oppressed. It has nothing to do with gender. Honestly speaking, gender is the last thing I would ever consider when thinking about almost everything.
Yet people get too used to taking things for granted. That’s why I don’t feel comfortable when offered taken care of by some guys because I am confused by the fact that they really *think* they are being nice, while actually I don’t even need it. It’s like “Thank you. But no, thank you.” every fucking time. So they go ahead to call me feminist. Eh, don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel offended if it is a guy who helps me out, only if he is doing it virtually to everyone in need.
Another thing that’s bugging me is how easily people tend to tag others but equally if not more easily got offended by the tags they created. For crying out loud, I just prefer seeing (half) naked women than men in ads because let’s face it, women’s bodies are oftentimes more delicate and beautiful than men’s, well, at least visually. And that’s not gonna change. Fine, call me sexist if you want to. Throw your rocks on me. Just remember next time when you accuse something like this being sexist is the moment you declare women’s bodies are inherently about sex. Oh hey, mr./ms. sexist yourself.
And why am I writing these down? Because they’ve been here for a while and it’s becoming irritating. I am not thinking about them everyday (I got better things to do) but after reading today’s listserve, I feel that these two thoughts somehow got connected. Decompose. Simplify. No more feminist. No more sexist. The world would be a better place if we only treat each other as fellow human beings.
“While there, Parker wrote a letter to the school administration and persuaded them to count the time he spent coding in the computer lab as a foreign language class.”—http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Parker
“You’re born, you take shit. You get out in the world, you take more shit. You climb a little higher, you take less shit. Till one day you’re up in the rarefied atmosphere and you’ve forgotten what shit even looks like. Welcome to the layer cake son.”—Eddie Temple from Layer Cake
Earlier this month I covered Naomi Punk on Wooozy. I first heard of the name while I was still in Brooklyn, but it was not until my friend Zaza told me they play awesome live that I decided to give them a listen. So I went to their bandcamp, there was only one album but all the songs from that album were free to stream, with a link that directed you to buy the vinyl record. It was out in April but seemed that nobody actually knows about it - You couldn’t find a single piece about them on pitchfork, stereogum or whatever hype machine out there.
Since then a little bird told me that they were signed by Captured Tracks, one of the most elite labels these days. In other words, they are on their way becoming a buzzband and their albums will sell out. I could sense the hype is being built, and I was pretty curious about when it would happen and what it would lead to.
So today, there’s an official announcement out from Captured Tracks, right after that, pitchfork post a short news saying Captured Tracks gonna reissue their debut LP and the first single is here blah blah blah. I went to their bandcamp again. The record purchase link was replaced with “LP IS SOLD OUT PLEASE WAIT PATIENTLY”. Most songs were taken down. I listened to the only two remained, but they were apparently too short to remind me of any feeling I had while I was digging the whole album weeks before. And I couldn’t find it anywhere else, since it’s “sold out”. Oh yes, I once thought about scheduling an interview with them, not sure if this is still doable since not too many buzzbands bother to do an interview with an indie music blog in China… What a difference a month can make.
The hype is finally out there, while I am the one not prepared.
My poor brother who doesn’t speak English asked me to translate this thing into Chinese for him today
This who I am：
Smart，sensitive and simple
A Quiet, graceful lady in front of strangers
An active and interesting friend
Serious and responsible co-worker
Easy-going，romantic person with filial piet
And I am looking for：
Someone who can understand almost every words above without looking into an dictionary
Someone who loves the person who I am rather than how I looked
Someone we were meant to be with each other for the rest of our lives
If God give my hand to you, please do take it, and hold it, never let go.
I don’t know which girl he falls for this time, but apparently he won’t get a single chance, since he couldn’t understand a single word in this post. While apart from some obvious mistakes, I found this post irritative, superficial, and most importantly, boring. Therefore, I went ahead to put together my own one.
This is who I am:
Awkward, sensitive sentimental and naive
A nobody in front of strangers
A loyal friend
An unqualified employee
Shy, day-dreaming and able to cook
And I am looking for:
Someone who doesn’t care too much about what I think I am looking for
Someone who believes in what I can be in the future rather than what I am right now
Someone who I can be friends with forever, no matter how our relationship ends up with
If there’s a God, and he decides to give my hand to you, please do take it, and shake it, with a genuine “Thanks for being you”.
Well it happened a few years ago, we’re still pen friends at 17 years old. I waited for your call everyday, did you know? I scared to call you anyway, you didn’t know. Then we met in a rainy day; I remember how you dress that day. I forgot what I wanted to say when I saw your face. It’s just like happened yesterday, but now you fall away. Oh now you fall away. Where are you now? Why can’t we be ourselves just like yesterday? Edward, we were good pen friends and did you ever believe me? When I say ‘ I don’t need to be free if you could only stay with me’. I don’t need to be free if you could stay with me.
For a variety of reasons, I tend to dislike pleas for crowd-sourced help for the arts. I’m not against the method of funding all together, but its become a lazy and indulgent means in many cases. This is not one of those cases.
“In the indie world, it’s been a trend to obscure your message— it’s happened more and more recently, with the whole lo-fi movement and rediscovery of reverb. People over-use effects to cover up what they’re trying to say. To me, that feels really noncommittal. It’s like pretending that you’re apathetic about something, even if you care about it. It’s about being afraid, really. That’s the problem with the culture. There’s not anyone that’s just saying, ‘This is what I am, and here it is.’”—Frontman Chris Chu talks to us about changing his band’s name from the Morning Benders to Pop Etc and the state of indie culture. (via pitchfork)
I am so sorry I have no time to call you. I’ve been so busy recently and I don’t want. Do you recall the park where we’ve spent for whole night? We walked and talked till the sunrise. Public exam’s coming, you’ve got to be hard working. You should not be as lazy as I’m being. I will always stand by you; so don’t be afraid though I can’t give you any note. Coka, Coka, Coka, Coka, if you still remember me, just call me when you are free.
The my little airport lyrics translation project, sort of.
my little airport (pay attention to the LOWERCASES) is an indie pop duo from Hong Kong. P and Nicole knew each other since college and they started doing some bedroom recording ever since. They have 4 albums so far, most of their songs are very short, catchy melodies (tweeeeeee!). However, what impressed me most is the lyrics which, with few exceptions, were all written by P. I’ve never known a band whose lyrics so intensively coincident with my own experience (well, at least the feeling is pretty much the same). Therefore I decided to pick out some of their songs and if it’s in Cantonese, I’ll try to do a translation. The first one is consider to be this.
Digital Music Copyright in China. Is this research topic too general or ambitious? Will I be ashamed of what I find? Will this paper end up in embarrassment? Will I not be able to graduate? How many laws will I have to read? What if that survey is not designed good enough to catch a diverse enough group of people in terms of what music they listen to since the only people I know pretty much listen to the same music? Will no one answer it at all? #pray4China #pray4me