THE BLOG OF ULTIMATE CALAMITY

dannielle:

RMM: What are your dislikes, either musically, or in the music industry, or even in real life? 

LO: Oh boy. Dislikes. In typing out this answer, it kinda turned into an essay. Aren’t email interviews the best? Here we go.

As a woman making music and posting it on the internet, I’ve grown pretty weary of the different standards applied to men and women and the contrasting reactions to very similar products from both. The older I get, the less patience I have for it. I’ve put a lot of videos on YouTube over the years (which one could say is “asking for it”, but fuck that), and it’s unfortunately been pretty illuminating.

Sure, there are people who are trolling and say awful, sexist, sometimes violent things, which is inexcusable. Everyone knows this. What I’m more bothered by is the people who think they’re being complimentary, or at least neutral. It’s mostly comments about my appearance. When I’ve put so much work into this song and video, arranging and playing these parts, mixing and mastering this song, it blows my mind that anyone can think it’s appropriate or relevant to talk about my hair, or weigh in on which of my outfits was the cutest. Tell me the vocals were too loud. Tell me the bassline sucks. Tell me you loved/hated the song and you don’t know why. The visual element can matter, sure. Watching someone perform and be expressive can affect your reaction to the song. But my hair? I’m trying to communicate something, and it has nothing to do with hair. To tell me that you walked away from my video thinking about hair is to tell me that I’ve failed.

But how can I change this? As a musician who is trying to present music to the world, it begins to feel like a lose-lose. How do I make all of this stuff not matter? Is there a way to dress on camera in order to not have people comment on my clothes or my body? My guess is no, but if there were, should I have to conform to that in order for my work to be front and center? It’s hard to know if I’ve succeeded with a message when it’s inevitably weighed down (or raised up, or dragged a thousand miles east or west) by something else that I never wanted to communicate at all.

If a woman desexualizes herself entirely, then that becomes the focus. If a guy is playing music in a hoodie or his pajamas, he’s down-to-earth and it’s awesome (no really, it probably is), but for a woman to dress in unflattering or frumpy clothes is for her to somehow spit in the face of the universe and its gifts (e.g., gossip magazines shaming Ellen Page for wearing sweatpants to the gym). The gifts imparted by the universe unto a woman, it is understood, are intended for the entire world and for her to hide them is selfish and ungrateful (unless of course she’s ugly, in which case a shapeless outfit represents the merciful gift of invisibility). The desexualized woman is either lowering herself or unworthy of interest in the first place.

I also hear from people saying that I should show my face and smile more. If you are my grandmother, this request is acceptable. If you are not my grandmother, I can only assume that you’ve never heard my music.

Then there is the assumption that women are incapable of (or uninterested in) anything requiring technical prowess. When I recorded an EP with my friend Nataly Dawn a few years ago, people were asking who produced it. We did. The recording process was transparent as we filmed it in our home studio, but some viewers assumed they were missing something. If you observe other examples of this video format (known as a “VideoSong”) on YouTube, this is not a question that men are asked. It is assumed, usually correctly, that it is a format for the DIY artist. Apparently DIY for two women just means that we did our own hair and makeup.

To be clear, the world has plenty of people who are listening to music intelligently and not perpetuating these issues. I’m fortunate enough to have many of them as fans. A lot of them do post thoughtful responses to my music on YouTube or on other forums. What’s more, I also try to remind myself that a large number of these listeners who “get it” are not people who comment on YouTube videos, so perhaps the observable ratio of relevant to irrelevant feedback does not represent people’s reactions on the whole. All of this gives me hope. Still, we have a problem.

In conclusion, I dislike that it’s difficult for a woman to have her work be valued as a separate entity from her appearance or sexuality. To be visible at all as a woman, it seems, is to encourage people to miss the point. None of this is news, obviously, but dammit, I dislike it.

Also olives. Never been a fan of those.

20th-century-man:

The Beatles

20th-century-man:

The Beatles

artmastered:

Thomas Cole, The Past and The Present, 1838

REBLOG IF YOU WANT YOUR FOLLOWERS TO ANONYMOUSLY TELL YOU WHAT THEY REALLY THINK ABOUT 13TH CENTURY FEUDALISM
every episode of scooby doo
guy: something spooky's happening
fred: k we'll come check it out
fred: daphne, velma come with me
daphne: lol okei
shaggy: but scooby and i are terrified of everything why do you always fucking send us off alone
velma: shut up you two
shaggy and scooby: *run into monster*
scooby: RAGGY
shaggy: *oblivious to everything*
scooy: RAAAAGGGGGY
shaggy: zoinks!
*the monster chases them accompanied by fun music: part 1*
shaggy and scooby: *meet up with fred, velma, and daphne*
fred: what happened?
shaggy: M-M-MONSTER
velma: uh oh
monster: boo
all: AAAAH
*the monster chases them accompanied by fun music: part 2*
*they run into one room and come out of another one, i don't fucking know how that's possible*
velma: my glasses! i lost my glasses!
monster: *picks up velma's glasses and hands them to her*
velma: thanks. ....JINKIES!
*the monster chases them accompanied by fun music: part 3*
monster: whoops i tripped
scooby: i captured you
*they pull the monster's mask off*
fred: oh look it's the suspicious guy we met at the beginning of the episode who was super suspicious and greedy and he wanted money
suspicious guy: and i would've gotten away with it too if it weren't for you meddling kids and your dumb dog
scooby: ROOBY ROOBY ROO
all: *laugh*

imsoshive:

flawlessvevo:

Oh my god. 

wow lmao

Is there any lost Charlie Chaplin movies?
Anonymous

chaplinfortheages:

There is one - “Her Friend The Bandit” - Keystone film 1914.  Though there are arguments whether he appeared in this film at all.  There is no photographic evidence to indicate one way or the other. Who knows maybe someday  This makes it the holy grail of Chaplin films.

 When you considered 80 - 90% of Silent Films are lost, the fact Charlie Chaplin’s filmography is nearly 100% complete is astounding.  The thing that makes that possible though, his films were in constant circulation, copied and recopied all over the world.  All of his films have now been restored, some to absolute pristine condition.