This post is going to start with a fictionalized account of events from a recent party that I went to. Naturally the names of everyone involved have been changed to protect their identities and give them an out in case they ever had to pretend that they know me, or – the more likely account- they find my account of the events to be untrue, fanciful and a wee-bit crazy…
Anyway, I met a few friends, David, Chandler and Phoebe (yeah i went with names of friends for friends, because that makes this story a little more relatable) for a light dinner and chatter following which we had to stop by someone’s birthday party. Phoebe was craving some dessert and we had concluded that yes, having something sweet at our next dinner would be a good thing. Arriving at the party 15 minutes later- this is what I noticed-
You can probably get away with entering any party uninvited. You just enter the building and tell the doorman you are here for the party. The guy is immediately going to tell you which floor. And statistically, chances of there being a party in a posh apartment at 10PM on a friday night are pretty good, don’t you think? A member of our group was actually invited to this place though so stop judging. It’s an idea. Gawd, learn to have some fun will ya?
We arrived at the place and at first I was holding back from the crowd. Because just like a wallflower, I’d rather avoid confrontation if I can. So I looked at my phone, the stars, the street, everyone’s shoes, my shoes and then my phone again. At this point David called out to Phoebe telling her he had seen some ‘sugar’ on the table. Instantly my protective instincts took over. See, I barely knew David, but I didn’t think it was a good idea for Phoebe to do any drugs. Oh yea, in my mind sugar=cocaine.
I have been watching too much TV.
Needless to say I soon found out that sugar over here only meant something sweet. Perhaps my idea of a silicon valley party was influenced by the one painted in movies like the social network where smart, talented, and super rich people talk about world changing ideas and smoke pot all in the span of a few minutes. Reality is a lot less colorful.
Thankfully I did not interject and stop Phoebe and the whole thing was really harmless. Unless you are really worried about cholesterol.
Naturally I wish that things were different and anything I witnessed in Pop culture was not an exaggeration of the real world but rather an extension of it. I feel this way because I want to live in a word where Buffy the Vampire Slayer is based on a true story and characters from Mad Men are around still giving interviews about ‘those days’. Pop culture has a way of making everything more exciting. Just watch any biopic and you will see why.
On to music recommendations… (bad segway)
3 new discoveries since my last post.
- St Vincent
I absolutely am blown away by St Vincent who has amazing guitar shredding skills. This live show of her song Surgeon is the best example of this.
Annie Clark a.k.a St Vincent’s music is a lot more innovative and experimental than what I am used to listening. The way music discovery works in most online tools like Play Music and Spotify is that you can spend an eternity listening to music that always sounds the same and then be thrown completely when you discover someone like Annie. Something much like that happened when in my quest to find more artists like her, I wound up with Chvrches and Haim.
Of the two, Haim is likely the more conventional. Three sisters in a rock band. It is difficult to tell apart where the marketing begins and ends with this one. There is definitely a case of how to market this group well that has driven them to dance moves and rather painful echoes of Taylor Swift in the middle of a completely good track. But with tracks like Falling, My Song 5 and The Wire, they have little to worry about. They are going to stay in my now playing section for a while to come.
Chvrches is harder for me to explain. I have just started listening to them and so far I haven’t made up an opinion on them. They have a very interesting sound that reminds me of the Drive soundtrack. Synths dominate. And this is probably the first band that I’ve liked where that is true.
Anyway, have a good one!