Thursday, August 17, 2017

Substance - Inside New Order by Peter Hook Review

Lazily copied this from my Goodreads review:

Wow, that was quite a journey! Almost 30 years compiled into one book, which explains why it's over 700 pages long - So I spent a while reading it. Prior to this I read The Hacienda (review here), and before that Unknown Pleasures - Inside Joy Division (review here). Those were really fun reads, and so was this, but this takes you on a huge rollercoaster.

After Ian Curtis' death, the rest of Joy Division decide to go on as New Order. This book tells you the entire story; the good, the bad, the ugly, and the utterly insane! Just like in his other two books, Peter Hooks tells the story like he's your friend right there with you. He pretty much leaves nothing out! All the crazy stories from tours which I loved reading - Especially when he mentions other celebrities. He also tells a lot about his own personal life - women, family, his struggles. He didn't go as deep into that in his other books, and it made me feel really connected to him with this book.
He also includes funny top ten (or accidentally more) lists, album track by tracks, and useful timelines. There's also 3 sets of glossy pages of color photographs in the book.

Even though this is a brick of a book, it's not that hard to get through because of the writing style and the way it's built up. So I definitely recommend reading this book if you're a fan of Joy Division / New Order / Peter Hook!

While I was reading this I also had the pleasure of seeing him play a Joy Division set live! An amazing opportunity I never thought I'd get. Plus, on my birthday he followed me on Instagram!

What an awesome guy. Hooky forever!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Phantasmagoria - The Damned Review

I have finally obtained this album! I've adored it for years, but for some reason it's hard to find on CD here in Norway. Last month I finally found it! I also ordered a bunch of other CDs along with it, so there will be a bunch of album reviews up in the near future.
So this album is probably not what most people think of when you say The Damned (well, maybe in the goth community). They are a punk band, but we all know that Dave Vanian is goth as fuck. I'm not sure if he was heavily in charge of this album, but it does seem like it. The album is very gothic!
Also fun fact: The model on the cover is Nick Cave's wife!
I'm just going to review the main nine songs of the album. I have the double disc deluxe edition, but it's mostly remixes and stuff, so I'm not going to bother.

Street Of Dreams
The album starts off with a sexy saxophone, before exploding into a pretty grand atmosphere. Oh I just adore Dave Vanian's deep voice. I love the vocal melody, it's so easy to sing along to. The backing vocals and instruments back it up really well, giving the song a great atmosphere. It's not your classic goth rock song, but I like that it's different! I love the sexy more quiet part and the over the top outro. It's such a grand song overall, but without being too much!


Shadow Of Love
That sound at the very beginning is kind of weird, but the rest of the intro I love. The vocals and instruments work together really well in this. I especially love the twinkly guitar! So I sing along to that too, in addition to the lyrics. The other day me and Simen were kind of making fun of the line ''I experience the most exquisite pain'' - cause it's such a squeeze to sing! The rest works really well though. It fades out well, although too soon!

There'll Come A Day
This song starts off more straightforward, and has really cool keyboards. I absolutely adore the chorus on this! Did I mention how much I love Dave Vanian's voice? I don't think I can say that enough. He was also really adorable around that time!

Sanctum Sanctorum
This is the longest song of the album, starting off with a mostly instrumental atmospheric masterpiece of an intro. You feel like you're inside a gothic church while there's a storm outside. Then it calms down to piano and Dave Vanian's lovely voice and sweet lyrics. It rises for the chorus, and then calms down again to a little bit of that same atmosphere from the start. The next verse has strings added. The outro is lovely. Overall it's a very beautiful song, and leaves you with a great feeling.


Is It A Dream
Then you immediately perk up to this great song! The lyrics are kind of silly, but I like it! Really fun to sing along to. I also love the solo. It's a shame the song is so short! It feels kinda poppy because of it.


Grimly Fiendish
And then we jump into another fun song! Who doesn't love to sing along to ''bad-lad-bad-boy''?

Edward The Bear
More saxophone! This one is different, Dave Vanian doesn't sing on this one. Kind of weird lyrics, with a really obvious english accent, haha. But the chorus is easy to sing along to, and the instrumental parts fit well with the other songs on the album.

The Eighth Day
A beautiful intro! And immediately back to Dave Vanian's voice. Another fun sing-along chorus. The reason why I love this album extra much is the lovely melodic vocals (and backing vocals)! There's some great guitar-work on this song too.

Trojans
A decent instrumental piece, but not quite my style, so probably my least favorite song on the album. I like it much better from when the saxophone comes in. I think I'm glad this isn't the end of my edition, cause that would have been a little boring when the rest of the album is so fantastic.

So while I listen to all the bonus tracks, let's summarize! The instrumental work on this album is absolutely excellent and unique. While it's not your typical goth rock, it's definitely gothic! It has a great atmosphere. Then we also have the upbeat melodies and vocals that makes you sing along, and that's a huge bonus for me! Atmosphere and melodic vocals is what I appreciate the most in music, so when something has both, I absolutely love it!
I don't think I could compare this album to anything else, it's so unique. It doesn't really sound very 80's, goth rock or punk. But I'm sure fans of that type of music would like this album! Hell, maybe even other people who aren't used to dark music. This is probably a good starter album for getting into gothic music. And even if you're not a punk fan, I definitely recommend checking out The Damned's other albums! I'm not really into punk, but I like them. Probably mostly thanks to Dave Vanian. So check out this album if you haven't already! You won't regret it.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I'm 23!

One of the first things I woke up to was Peter Hook following me on Instagram! How's that for a birthday present? I did my make-up with the Too Faced Chocolate Chip Palette that my sister gave me the day before (make sure to check out my last post!). I love it! See more looks below.

Simen was nice and picked me up from work so I could transform before Sandra arrived.

Work look:
Blazer - DIY
Modded Aeternus shirt - Gig
Oriental tights - Bat Attack / Xtrax / EMP

Evening look:
Dress - H&M
Fishnets - Leg Avenue
Boots - Demonia

Sandra presented me with this silly wrapped present!
 
Inside was this Adventure Time mug

And this card! She managed to top the classic Immortal one, hahah!
Posing it with my lovely candle of Fantoft stave church.

And lastly, this album, which I for some reason didn't have!
My likes are all over the place, can you tell?

Then we went to Royal Gourmetburger & Gin!
I had never been, so it was time to try it out.
Ordered a chocolate milkshake with Baileys.
It came with sour apple pop rocks!

My boring burger and fries, but I like it that way.

A fancy drink at Ujevnt called Into The Void!
So I overall had a pretty nice day. I don't really care about celebrating my birthday, but I guess it's an excuse to do SOMETHING. And I got to wear my new dress! I basically only wear dresses for birthdays. They're nice, but they're so simple, so if I want to REALLY dress up, I do something more ''complicated'', that's more me. It's kind of a pet peeve of mine when I get the compliment ''nice dress'', cause I get that all the time - but every time I hear it, I'm not wearing a dress. I put more thought into my outfit than that!

Chocolate Chip look 2!
The day after I got to wear my dress again, as we were invited out to dinner.
We had burgers AGAIN, and went out for drinks after again. It was nice!


Chocolate Chip look 3.
This didn't last long, cause I got an awful coughing fit on the bus and cried it into a mess. I couldn't breathe and was sweating a lot so I had to just get off the bus. I probably looked great in front of everyone on the bus and all the tourists on Bryggen. So yeah, I'm still sick. Fuck you flu.
Simen's dad came to town, so we went out for asian food. This week has been pretty busy, so this weekend I've been taking it easy so I hopefully can shake off the last bits of this flu. I don't really WANT to take it easy, especially since we're moving pretty soon. So I've still been doing stuff around the house, packed, dyed my hair, written blog posts, read and played games. I'm just a person who likes to do a million things at once, and the flu doesn't work well with that. Oh well, I'll live.

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Horrific Birthday Surprise

The day before my birthday my family came to visit. I was forced by my younger sister Silje to go into my bedroom, and I thought WTF? When I got to come out, I found this note on the table:

For those of you who don't know, I collect Living Dead Dolls, and I have series 1 and 2 standing on a shelf in our living room. They actually like to move around in this apartment...
I found this next note at my series 1 Sadie doll's feet:

 This note was at Posey's feet:

Inside our washing machine (yes, we have it in the kitchen), I found this.
It took me a while to unscramble, but I got the name of another doll!

 When I went back to the living room this note was at Eggzorcist's feet:

I thought it meant all the muffins I had found in the kitchen earlier, but it apparently wasn't that.
So I looked in every cupboard, and I found this! I collect Too Faced's ''smelly palettes'' too, but I hadn't been able to get a hold of this one, since it didn't ship to Norway. So awesome!


But wait, there was more!

This took me several minutes. I was told it had nothing to do with Living Dead Dolls. I kept thinking Sadie, as the series 1 doll looks like that. But then... WEDNESDAY ADDAMS! And it was!
My sister then handed me another gift as a prize, and it was this framed piece of artwork!

What a crazy surprise! I can't believe she came up with that whole thing just for me. I appreciated that way more than the actual presents! My parents weren't that creative and handed me a card with money, hahah. And then we had the muffins my sister had made; 3 kinds! I couldn't even finish the third one, I was so full. She's a really good baker, I remember for my 21st birthday she made me this crazy 3-layer chocolate cake that I couldn't finish no matter how many people I invited over.
So that was the day before my birthday, I'll blog about my birthday and the rest of the week on sunday!

Have you ever gotten a fun and well thought-out gift like this, or done it for anyone else?
This could be an awesome inspiration for something to do for a loved one of yours!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Peter Hook @ Kanalrock

I said fuck you to the flu and we drove across the country to Horten / Åsgårdsstrand, where Simen's half siblings live and Peter Hook & The Light were playing at Kanalrock. I'm not letting sickness stop me! Here is the first outfit I wore in probably over a week:

Modded Iron Maiden shirt - Bootleg merch
Plaid skirt - Lindex or something, probably

Look and outfit for the concert!
Fishnet shirt - H&M
Meow Division shirt - Gothicat
See-through skirt - Poizen Industries
Boots - Demonia
I also wore my ''goth blazer'' that you've probably seen in my DIY posts.

Waiting for Peter Hook & The Light!

The man, the myth, the legend!







The set list. Wow!
Dead Souls is probably my favorite Joy Division song, so I'm incredibly happy I got to hear it. I never even thought I would ever hear Joy Division songs live, and now I got an entire concert with just that! Something kind of ruined the experience for us though; drunk norwegians. Guys who had no control over their bodies and thought it was super fun to push and drag us, elbow us in the face and pull our hair - and not to forget the flying beers. The guys had to protect me from getting hurt! So that was pretty distracting from the show, but other than that the show was great. I'd still say it was worth it. It's just that norwegians fucking suck. Metalheads are slightly better, but the best guys are black metal guys. But outside of Norway I've never had a problem at concerts. The security didn't even do shit! Not that I think they were proper security. This was a tiny punk festival that had apparently existed for 26 years, but there were only a few hundred people there - and according to their facebook posts this was a ticket sale record. How they've survived this long I have no idea - I've seen bigger festivals go bankrupt. So it's not exactly a festival I'd recommend! Not that I'm really into punk anyway.

The day after.
When I wear make-up for once, I get proof of it!
My hair is even done (slightly brushed down from the day before).

We grilled in the pouring rain, thunder and lightning - Just norwegian things! The funny thing is that this is in Åsgårdsstrand, so Tor's road is across the road! According to my friend Douglas; ''He was probably angry for not being invited'', hahaha. We spent the rest of the evening playing drinking card games. It was hilarious! Later on the rest went out clubbing, but me and Simen stayed in, thinking of the 8 hour drive we had ahead of us the next day. It sucked. He has a Mercedes convertible, and it's NOT comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. At least we could take the roof down when the weather was nice enough. Overall we had a nice weekend, and it was nice seeing Simen's siblings and their partners again! They're really nice and fun people. It's a shame we live so far away from each other! So we have to see each other during vacations like this - This will be our last for a while.

But the concert year isn't over! There's a black metal festival here in Bergen later this month, and there's Satyricon in.. november, I think. We'll see what else I end up going to! It's been a damn good year of concerts so far. Anyway, I'll be back with another blog post in a day or two, about my birthday! I already got a super awesome present from my sister today, which you will absolutely love, so check back soon! See ya!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I'm In LaceNoir Lingerie Magazine!


I got in touch with the creator of LaceNoir Lingerie, and was allowed to write a guest post for the magazine! While I do love lingerie, I decided to write an article about body positivity. For those of you who don't know, I was in Change Lingerie's Sisterhood campaign, where I talked about my body issues and that I've overcome them - and that everyone who are my size should stand up for themselves and be proud of their bodies. So I decided to bring that message to LaceNoir Lingerie too!
I think it's really important that we petite and / or naturally thin women get attention and love too.
To read the July issue with my article in it, click here! I definitely recommend subscribing.


On a personal note, I've now been sick with a flu-like virus for over a week. It sucks, and it's really boring. So I've been stuck in bed playing mobile games to death. Really hoping to get well enough to see Peter Hook & The Light this weekend! I will make it happen no matter what.
In other news, today it's been 1 year since Simen officially moved in! Time just flies by. It amazes me how quickly we clicked, and how well things have gone living together. I've found the one!
I'll get back to regular blogging as soon as I can. Hope you are all doing well! Until next time.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Religious and Occult Symbols

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Today I want to talk about something a little bit more serious. And that is the (mis)use of religious and occult symbols in subcultures, particularly in goth and black metal (as those are the ones I'm familiar with).
In black metal, it's always been the typical ''I didn't do my research'' (see failed latin album titles). It mostly has to do with being as shocking as possible. For most people it's just part of the image / on-stage persona, and has nothing to do with their own religious beliefs. But for some it does, and good for them, I guess.
In goth, I don't think there has been much misuse up until recently. Crosses and upward-pointing pentagrams have been quite common, the former wasn't necessarily connected to religion, but the latter definitely is, as many goths are Wiccans. But the past few years (I guess the years Tumblr has been popular), the trend of wearing clothes, jewelry or other things decorated with religious and occult symbols have exploded. It's pretty obvious that it is just an aesthetic (Tumblr people have ruined that word for me) thing, and has absolutely nothing to do with their personal beliefs.

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The fact that a lot of people are wearing symbols that they have no idea what represents just because ''it looks cool or edgy'' or whatever, is just wrong - It might even count as blasphemy!

''Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence to a deity, to religious or holy persons or sacred things, or toward something considered sacred or inviolable.''

That a trend like this has popped up in an alternative subculture (where people reject the mainstream), makes no sense. You're an individual, why would you follow a trend so cluelessly? That is very much like how mainstream trends work to me. So I definitely don't understand.
I guess there are young people who aren't really sure of themselves yet who just want to be tough and scare everyone who grabs all these things and use them like that. That definitely doesn't help any subculture, or the religion(s) that uses the symbol(s) they are misusing. So please stop it.

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I personally only wear Wiccan symbols, since that's my belief. But I actually often don't want to, because of this trend. I don't want to give my money to companies that market their stuff to edgy, ignorant teens. If I see something when I shop that is nice, but has a symbol on it that isn't part of my belief, I don't buy it. Because I respect other religions, and even though I COULD wear their symbols, I won't. To me that's just wrong. I wanted to say that religion isn't an ironic t-shirt for you to wear, but OH WAIT - It kind of is now.
Same with that you wouldn't wear a shirt of a band you don't know - OH WAIT, that's a thing too. (Sidenote: It's common that metal band shirts and artwork include occult symbols, which is kind of a pet peeve for me, so I avoid it if I can.)
The latter isn't that serious though, but a lot of people in this world take religion very seriously, and it isn't something you should mess with or take lightly. It's very personal to people! Even if you don't believe in anything or are against them, you should still respect people and their opinions. Cause most likely, if you respect them, they will respect you - and isn't that something a lot of alternative people struggle with? We should all do our best to help our overall reputation.


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I know this post has been very ''oh kids these days are stupid!'', but I just can't help it when people don't use their brains at all and don't do their research. So please educate yourself on the symbols you choose to wear! They are way more than just a decoration. Be your own unique person with your own opinions and beliefs! And be sure to do at least a little research on the things you choose to indulge in (I think that's fun, personally) - just a quick look through a wikipedia page should tell you the very basics about a topic. You kids today have high-speed access to the internet everywhere you go from a very young age, use it! It amazes me pretty often how little kids today use the amazing resources they have available to them. I feel so old and old school now that I'm gonna stop.

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I guess I have made my point across! There's not really much to say about this, I just wanted to bring it up so that the people this concerns can stop and think, and actually do some research.
I have way too many things to complain about. My next post will be positive, I swear!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Haçienda by Peter Hook Review

After absolutely loving the Joy Division book, I ordered this as well as the New Order book - which I have already started before writing this review.

Now I didn't really know about the Haçienda before this. But I'm really interested in Joy Division and New Order and their history, as well as Peter Hook's writing style, so why not.
I already knew that this was going to be the story of a trainwreck - but I had no idea how bad it was going to be. The prologue tosses you into a night at the club in 1991, and my god, it was crazy. I had to read out loud to my partner about three times just from those few pages, cause it was just unbelievable. And there was even more to come.

Each chapter is about a year in the life of the Haçienda. It was a club that was way ahead of its time. It had influences from New York, and everyone involved were so ambitious and had no idea what they were doing. It's funny to read, and you get a lot of insight, but you can't help but being in complete disbelief at all the things that happened.
At the end of each chapter there's a calendar with what was on at each night at the Haçienda, as well as miscellaneous quotes and facts, ''business talk'', and lots more.
In the middle you will find 16 glossy pages of color photographs from the time.

It was really cool to read about what the scene was like back then - especially since Hooky tells it in his way (like a friend sitting with you at a pub). But as I got further through it, it kind of dragged on a bit, I'm not really sure what exactly made me lose a little interest, but maybe it all just got TOO crazy, I don't know. But it ended nicely and on a good note, so I'm at least left sitting with a good feeling. He also recommends media where you can research more at the very end.

Unless you are a VERY big fan of Peter Hook, I wouldn't really say this is an essential read for Joy Division or New Order fans, as it doesn't have very much to do with the bands - He has written books about them now anyway. But if you are interested in the Manchester scene in the 80's and 90's, this is definitely for you!

Here are my favorite quotes from the book: 
“Like the time I threw out Pete Murphy of Bauhaus for saying those six immortal words to Slim when he'd forgotten his backstage pass: 'Don't you know who I am?'
'Ha, ha, yeah, I do,' I said, 'You're out, arsehole'.” 

“Now I don't know why, but Morrissey had always hated Joy Division. Maybe Rob got it right when after a lively debate as the cameras were turned off he turned to Morrissey and said, 'The trouble with you, Morrissey, is that you've never had the guts to kill yourself like Ian. You're fucking jealous.' You should have seen his face as he stormed off. I laughed me bollocks off.” 

“The barrels were on a platform and to keep the platform level someone had shoved a quarter-inch tape box underneath it.
I pulled it out. Covered in old beer and sweat and condensation, it was one of the master tapes of Joy Division's debut album, Unknown Pleasures.
It made me smile. It was an absolutely perfect metaphor for the Haçienda.
Joy Division had held the whole fucking thing up.” 

“Adidas produced a limited-edition pair of Haçienda trainers, designed by Yohji Yamamoto (Saville has worked with Yohji since the late 1980s, creating his catalogues and advertisements).
They retailed for £345 but people queued up from midnight just to be first through the doors to buy a pair. The shoes disappeared in twenty minutes - all soled out.” 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

All The Happenings!

Hello, hello, hello! It's been a while since my last personal post. Most of my previous posts were written a while before they were posted, and some were even posted later than planned. We have to go back two weeks for me to tell you everything that has happened lately!
Simen's family had this huge family meetup, so we drove the six hours or so to his parents (this included two ferries and two underwater tunnels). His family is a crazy bunch, I love them!


Mats and Christine's cat is so weird.

My dad-in-law has now made this the official family song.
You will only get it if you're norwegian, but it's fucking hilarious.
(...if you have dad-humor like I do.)

Let's get the party started!
Me and Simen were glamping with his parents.
Everyone else slept in tents, the peasants.
We had a very cozy time!

I have the worst mother-in-law ever.
LOL JK I love her <3
When she showed up like this I laughed so hard I cried!

More weird cat. Jesus christ! Kids these days and their technology.

Idyllic photo on the way back home...

...and less than three hours later.
Literally minutes after this it was sunny again!


When we got home I got the two other Peter Hook books in the mail!
Don't tell me this is excessive, haha.
Review on The Haçienda will be my next post!

The day after we got home (so a week ago today), I started a new job. I now work at a bookstore, so we'll see how that goes! So far it's been good, I like it, even though it's kind of quiet these days. But I don't mind re-organizing all the shelves in the store, I'm such a nerd. So that's what's been keeping me busy lately! I've felt very disconnected to the internet, which I don't really mind.

Outfit from last weekend
Modded t-shirt - Outfitters Nation, I believe
Underbust corset (that's too big) - Xtrax (now EMP)
Pencil skirt - Gina Tricot
Stockings - Pierre Robert

My family just got home from the Philippines, so we went to visit them!
We stopped by at a little filipino store that has opened nearby them.
Simen needs a little taste of filipino in his life! I don't make much food, LOL.
My uncle and aunt were also there, so I'll be seeing a bunch of norwegian family this weekend.
Can't wait, cause it's been a while! I will also be trying my grandmother's national costume (bunad).
At my parents' house we mostly just ate, and played board games with my sister. Fun!

I don't feel fancy and entitled enough to wear all white, but here goes.
T-shirt - Monki
Slip - Thrifted
Stockings - Dracula Clothing

Today was so hot! 26 Celsius!
It's been like 12 C for months.

I wanted to wear a corset with this, but I guess it's too hot.
Necklace - Alchemy Gothic
Top - JSFN
Skirt - RQ-BL
Stockings - Dracula Clothing

And the after work summer version! 
Shorts - Victoria's Secret
Garter belt - H&M

10 minutes before my shift was over today, Simen walked into the store! He was so nice and decided to surprise me by picking me up. We went shopping around the mall, and afterwards we went to IKEA. It's really nice, we basically agree on everything when it comes to interior design, haha. We also tried out the bed that we want, and loved it! We had dinner there, of course. We only bought a few small things, the typical boring small things you forget that you even need until you see it.
And on the way home we drove through the city with the roof down, all cool in his Mercedes.

So that's it for now! I feel personal stuff is so boring to blog about, so I kind of prefer doing recaps - Though maybe not as big as this. Coming up on the blog is a lot of book and music reviews. I don't feel so bad for doing only that anymore, I like doing it, sharing what I like, and you guys seem to like it too! If there's anything else you like to see (or something you'd like me to review), just say so!
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