I had “Do The Whirlwind” stuck in my head all day today and it reminded that I used to be an Architecture In Helsinki enthusiast. I fell off the wagon with Places Like This, which I feel like I reviewed, no doubt incredibly disappointed, when I was like 13 or 14 on my old blog, which is adorable and funny to me. But anyway, I’ve been listening to In Case We Die a lot, which was always my favorite, and realizing that this band is SO THEATER KID.
"The Cemetery" is literally musical-material, almost like an indie-pop version of "We Go Together." Something about the overly-simplistic piano scale on "Wishbone" gives it this talent-show, solo audition vibe. There are musical theater soundtrack elements to these songs, with all of their brass and background orchestral compositions, and the cheesy "I’m lookin’ for hills to roll" declarations to girls named Frenchy.
In a way, Architecture In Helsinki represents a lot of what I kind of hate in some musical acts. Overly cutesy, too aesthetically faux-arts n’ craftsy, and a little too awkwardly hyper, like an a cappella group who’s had too much soda backstage at Les Mis dress rehearsals. But these songs are imprinted on my brain at this point with a cute tween-aged nostalgia, so imma keep all these damn glockenspiel-heavy songs with pride.
The title Mis(h)adra, in Ata’s words, is a play on the Arabic words “misadra,” which means “seizure,” and “mish adra,” which is slang for “I cannot.” It’s this sort of tonal duality in the title that defines the comic’s youthful, cynical voice that also doesn’t shy away from depicting the seriousness of Isaac’s disorder.
Reviewed this series by Iasmin Omar Ata for The Comics Journal.
Listen, we’ve all been there: You’ve said a few sentences to a really cute boy and then, all of a sudden, he has to go “to work” or “eat lunch.” Just like that, you’ve been TOTES DUMPED FOREVER because he CLEARLY HATES YOU. That shit is hard! It’s painful when men start to date you for three minutes and then dump you. And yes, maybe they never actually said they were dating you, but like, come on, we know when a romance is serious (whenever we want it to be, regardless of whether the other person knows it) and when it’s not (a RARITY.)
Gabby and I wrote a guide to being a female PUA for Rookie.
Although sometimes I like when horror films are over-scored. Like The Conjuring had a lot of problems but I think it has a great, “we’ll tell you exactly when the scares are” score. I loved that ridiculous orchestral score in Shutter Island because an over the top, gothic film like that deserves it. I don’t know if those scores are “Mickey Mouse-ing” per say, but they are certainly a deviation from that ’70s-’80s minimalism Carpenter references here.
A 15th century double-sided portrait painted presumably at the time of the sitters’ marriage. On the front: the couple young and alive, on the back: the couple’s rotting corpses covered in toads and snakes. This front is titled “The Young Couple” at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the now unhinged back called “The Dead Lovers” is in Strasbourg. On each side there is an inscription: “We will give ourselves up to worldly joy…We have lost eternal life.”