Sunday, February 21, 2010


* I never really appreciated the song "Wonderwall" until I heard the Ryan Adams cover, which is choke-you-up gorgeous; it has that atmospheric quality I die for in a song (see also "Father Figure"); now I like the original too, and Oasis in general. I wasn't into them in high school, when they were popular; I guess I thought they were too mainstream; all the aspiring frat boys were into them; also, what the fuck's a wonderwall? The first Oasis song I liked in its own right was "Don't Look Back in Anger." The first time I appreciated "Champagne Supernova," it came on the jukebox in a pool hall and I was like, Oh, I get it. It's weird how you can hate something completely and then one day's it's like, Huh, this is fine. That's happened to me with a few other pop songs from the '90s recently.

* The lyrics to "I Kissed a Girl" (the Kate Perry song, not the better/older song by Jill Sobule) are straight-up offensive, no? "I don't even know your name, it doesn't matter, You're my experimental game." They sound like they were written by the most annoying possible girl in high school, your Basic Skank (standard model) who thinks she's so crazy and out of control. I mean, who hasn't kissed a girl? The line "I hope my boyfriend don't mind it [sic]" is the most obnoxiously disingenuous (not that the whole thing isn't beyond hackneyed), since her music is obviously marketed to a tween/teen audience that thinks girl-on-girl action is live porn for guys.

* I was trying to lay off the perfume buying for a little while but then I read about someone finding Tocade at TJ Maxx and I decided to check out the "deep discounts" at Marshall's. I found a big (where 3.4 oz = big) bottle of Donna Karan Gold, which was on my to-try list, for like $20 and bought it untested. The risk paid off: love at first sniff, as perfume douches like to say. It smells very sophisticated, which is probably more a result of what it's not than what it is (i.e., not fruity, not sugary, not light or "fresh"), and almost savory at first. The main notes are lily and amber; amber is code for resins, the main effect of which is warmth (it's almost impossible to describe perfumes without invoking synaesthesia). Another good daytime perfume, distinctive without being in-your-face.

* John used to ask his mom to make him a few "plain cookies" when she was making chocolate chip cookies, i.e. to leave the chocolate chips out of some. I think that's funny. I also think it would be funny to describe a woman that way: "She's kind of a plain cookie."

* I'm reading next Saturday in the Small Animal Collective series, along with Jessica Bozek, Ori Feinberg, and William Walsh. (I also think it's funny that we're all standing in front of like, art or Europe in those photos, like your typical pretentious poetry dillbags.) Here's the info:

Small Animal Project teams up with Artifice Magazine to celebrate the launch of Issue #1 at Outpost 186. Small donation suggested.

Saturday, 2/27/10
Outpost 186
186 1/2 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA
3 pm

As an added enticement, there will be booze and snacks.


  1. * "So I'll start a revolution from my bed, cause you said the brains I had went to my head."

    That's one of the best. What's the Story, Morning Glory? is the only Oasis album I still listen to.

    I think my understanding of a "wonderwall" comes from pieces of scattered memories from when that song was always in the radio. Times it played in the car, and whose hand I was holding.


    I don't know if Katy Perry even wrote the song. It wouldn't make me hate it any more or less. The Jill Sobule song is kind of the opposite. It's clearly not written for men, since it's about two women "comparing notes" about their respective men, in a not so positive way. She admits she may do it again, but also that it "won't change the world."

    It's honest.

    I have a huge crush on the music video.

  2. Wonderwall was a film with a soundtrack by George Harrison.

  3. (George Harrison, who found Oasis "not very interesting", I once read.)

  4. Yeah Oasis is a really good car band. You can sing along loudly whatever your range/talent level.

    What does "Wonderwall" refer to in the movie, if anything?

  5. haven't seen it myself. i assume it's hippie-related and leave it at that.

  6. Per Wikipedia, to Oasis, this is what Wonderwall means (or does not mean): "According to Noel the song was written about a girl he met at a concert when he was touring with Oasis. It is often claimed that "Wonderwall" was written for Gallagher's then-girlfriend, Meg Mathews. Gallagher married Mathews in 1997, but the couple divorced four years later. Gallagher now claims that the song was not about her at all, but he felt he had to go along with the rumour, saying "The meaning of that song was taken away from me by the media who jumped on it. How do you tell your Mrs it's not about her once she's read it is? It's a song about an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself."

    My half-assed search did not turn up what the term meant to Harrison.

  7. Ah ha, this is from Urban Dictionary:

    An object of fascination. Term originates from the title of an obscure 1960's British arthouse film about a guy who becomes obsessed with the young couple he can see making love through a small hole in his bedroom wall. More recently the term has been revived thanks to a song of the same name by brit poppers Oasis

  8. You're my couple I watch voyeuristically through a hole in my wall?

    That's my brand of romance.

  9. yeah I'll never hear this song the same way again. I'm glad they decided against "You're My Glory Hole"

  10. have you read dan hoy's 'glory hole'? it's totally romantic. katy perry, on the other hand, i want to kick in 'the shins.'

  11. I read it on Sam's couch a few weeks ago!

  12. I made a whole batch of plain cookies once. Two or three turns out to be the right number.