Anya final stand, S7

Thursday recs: horror stuff

This is a hodge podge of horror-related... things.

Behind You is a completely delightful, quite long series of one-panel horror comics about people with monsters hanging around behind them. I love the style. Only a little bit of stylized gore, very occasionally.

All the Horror Books We’re Excited About in 2020 - a list of cool upcoming releases that I will definitely be referencing in the coming months. Hosted at a Tor blog, but covers lots of publishers.

#31DaysofFemaleHorror (Twitter thread). A big list of recs for horror by female creators, most of which I hadn't heard of before! I'm excited to dive into this list as well.

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Anya final stand, S7

Thursday recs: art recs!

Some fanart for your Thursday!

Twin Peaks: Pinned Down by [ profile] delina - Audrey Horne/Dale Cooper, NSFW. Some delicious frilly femdom bondage.

Marvel comics: Lady Sif redesign by [ profile] thirstastic1 - Sif, NSFW. NUDE with TATTOOS, hot like 🔥🔥🔥.

MCU: i prefer the view from up there by [ profile] vulpesarctica - Carol Danvers, SFW. This has back muscles and stars and Carol in a pretty dress (made of stars), three of my favorite things!! Just gorgeous.

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Noel the cynic, Liam the sentimentalist

(FYI I am probably not going to run out of Oasis thoughts anytime soon, but if you have a paid account, you can filter out my Oasis tag. A paid account lets you filter your reading page in a lot of other ways, too! Support your local Dreamwidth.)

Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (and yes, that is a singular "shoulder," because Noel wrote down the title when he was drunk and stuck to it) is such a weird album. It had a lot going against it: it was their first album after the grandiose failure of Be Here Now; it's Noel's first post-cocaine album, when he was treating his addiction with over the counter drugs and by his own account fairly miserable; it's their first album without Owen Morris, the producer who helped them find their studio sound in the first place; it's their "psychedelic" album, and it turns out the world probably didn't need Oasis's idea of a psychedelic album.

Put all that together, and you've got a lot of mediocre songs with muddy production where Noel is bitter about pretty much everything and everyone - even the songs that don't seem to be about anything in particular at first glance, since Noel's *cough* impressionistic lyrical approach got turned up a few notches around this time.

This comment from him, about "Roll Over It," pretty much typifies his attitude on this album:
It’s just about the inane people you tend to meet when you’re out, who talk to you like they’ve known you for 15 years, whereas they’ve known you for 10 minutes, they’ve just heard a couple of your records on the radio. It’s like, ‘Fuck off!'


I get where you're coming from, but also maybe chill out a little.

BUT. But, this is also the first album with a Liam song on it! While Noel's been stewing in misanthropy, Liam's written "Little James," a song about and dedicated to his girlfriend's son. It is painfully sincere and unbearably saccharine, and I'm sorry to say that it is just really terrible, but at least it is a different kind of unpleasant from most of Noel's stuff on this album. In general, Liam seems more comfortable with sentimentality in songs than Noel does, at least based on this and "Songbird" from Heathen Chemistry, and that kind of fits my perspective of both of them as people.

What's more, this song comes with a weird story that I'd like to know more about. Per Noel:
This is Liam’s first song, it’s dedicated to Patsy Kensit and James, her son with Jim Kerr. One day when Liam was in one of the rooms we put a microphone on when he was singing the song for himself. We recorded it without saying anything to him. Some days later he went on holiday with Patsy and we wrote down the words, made the melody and when he came back from Tenerife the song was finished and he could go into the studio and sing.


I greatly enjoy the image of Liam in the studio singing his song to himself purely for his own entertainment, and I want to believe all the subterfuge was because they wanted it to be a pleasant surprise for him, but it's got a whiff of high-handedness about it. Did Liam want the song to be recorded? If he did, wouldn't he maybe have liked to have some say about the music side of it? I would just like more context here.

In conclusion, this album is a weird one, it's got some weird tonal whiplash on it, and boy do you get a sharp contrast between the Liam song (admittedly a sample size of one) and the Noel songs.

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Anya final stand, S7

Oasis misc

- I think I'm going to make that icon my designated Liam Gallagher icon. Now if I can just find one that says "We are never ever getting back together" for Noel, my Gallaghers-via-Taylor-Swift collection will be complete.

- After writing that line in my Oasis fic where Noel scathingly dismisses American football, it turns out he actually likes it. He acquired a taste for it while touring in the US. I guess it happens to musicians and hockey players alike. Anyway, I'm going to pretend that didn't happen until after the fic was set.

- I'm reading Paolo Hewitt's book Getting High: The Adventures of Oasis, which is half Gallagher biography, half travel diary of their second world tour. It's kind of a weird mix, because Hewitt keeps himself entirely out of the narrative, even the events he was presumably there for. I wish he were clearer which parts he witnessed first-hand and which parts were secondhand accounts.

Also, at first I thought this book was going to be absolutely unbearable to read, because it opens with Hewitt setting a scene in present tense, and Hewitt's present-tense, scene-setting prose is E X C R U C I A T I N G. Like, here are the first few paragraphs:

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Also, for a book purported to be about Oasis, it sure is mostly a book about Noel. Given what I've learned about Noel, both as a story-teller and as someone very concerned with controlling his own narrative (and everything else tbh), I shouldn't be surprised, but there's just not that much about Liam, as opposed to detailed accounts of Noel's entire growing up years, and there's even less about the other band members from this era. In some ways the Paul Gallagher erasure is even funnier; when they and their mother leave their father, the book declares that Noel was the man of the house now, and never says a word about Paul, who's a year and a half older. Presumably he would have earned that title first?? The book barely acknowledges his existence as a member of the family. I'm looking forward to Paul's ghostwritten book to get his perspective on all this.

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Anya final stand, S7

movies watched / books read

I mean to post these on Saturdays, but my Saturdays have been really busy lately, so here we are.

Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock by John Harris, music journalist. I picked this up specifically because a lot of the best anecdotes on Oasis's wikipedia page cited this as a source, but it turns out Harris got all those bits from primary sources that I am now hunting down. HOWEVER. As a history of the Britpop music movement, it was highly readable, really entertainingly written, and very educational.

He conducted interviews with a number of major players (Justine Frischmann, who fronted Elastica and also dated members of both Suede and Blur, gets the lion's share of the quotes). He gets into how the Labour party courted musicians for a while there, which led to situations like Noel Gallagher getting invited to political events, only to be followed around by people trying to make sure he didn't do anything embarrassing like snort cocaine in public. I learned some about the British political machinery of the 90s. I learned about the 80s UK indie music scene.

In conclusion, if you are interested in this period of musical history at all, I highly recommend this book.

-- Midsommar (2019). A grieving college student (Florence Pugh) tags along with her boyfriend and his friends on a vacation to a Swedish commune, where not is all as it seems. This is very much a modern Wicker Man kind of a thing. It's absolutely gorgeous, Pugh is fantastic, the psychological dynamic between Pugh and her boyfriend is deeply awkward and uncomfortable in a very intentional way, and oh yeah, a bunch of people get ritually sacrificed. I loved it, pretty much. This article on Vox talks a lot about pop culture's conversation about community in the 2010s, and it has quotes from director Ari Aster about how he's fascinated by the idea of "toxic catharsis," which he meant to portray in the movie. That's a phrase that really neatly encapsulates an idea I've been interested in fannishly for a while.

-- Bombshell (2019). My first theater watch of 2020! This is the story of the sexual harassment lawsuit at Fox News, which normally I would have avoided like the plague, but it's a movie very much from the women's POV, and there are a lot of women in it, first and foremost Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie, and that's what turned me around on going to see it.

Unfortunately, it wasn't very good. It wasn't a deep psychological study of any of the women involved, but neither did it do a good job of exploring the the structural inequality in society generally and in the culture of Fox News in particular that led to the situation we saw. Despite namechecking Bill O'Reilly here and there, the movie still made it feel like head honcho Roger Ailes was the problem, personally. So since it was neither of those things, it kind of just felt like a recitation of events.

In fact, it was really jarring how little it got into the politics of Fox News. It was like we cast Theron as Megyn Kelly, but then didn't want to give Theron any material that would actually make us uncomfortable about her character. In BlackKklansman, we see how the wife of one of the Klan members if disrespected and treated, practically and ideologically, like a lesser member of the group, and the movie does a great job of showing how she embraces that because she's bought into the ideology herself - both the "woman is the helpmeet" part and the racism. I really believed in her as a character - a character who is understandable and convincing and really awful. There's nothing like that in Bombshell. We're meant to find all the women sympathetic (except one, whose story we never get and who wanders around harassing people into wearing "We Support Roger" t-shirts).

Also, frankly some of the writing was just amateur hour. I had a lot of difficulty tracking passage of time - it turned out from the beginning of the movie to the end, a whole year had passed, which I definitely didn't notice during. And then there's things like when, four-fifths of the way through the movie, Kidman's character says that Ailes plays women off each other, getting them to compete with one another. a) You shouldn't have to tell us that; you should show us. b) You should have shown us that AN HOUR AGO.

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Anya final stand, S7

Thursday recs: Buffyverse

I bring you some Buffy recs this Thursday!

Unaccommodated Man by [ profile] kindkit
Giles/Oz, 6.6k. There's a biting accident, and now Giles has to go in the cage, too - and we all know what werewolves together in cages get up to. Great voices, I really liked Giles and Oz's shared, muffled dismay over being werewolves, and I really loved how the emotional crux of the fic is the aftermath of the dubcon werewolf sex, which neither of them remembers very well anyway.

VID: Die Young by [personal profile] kaydeefalls
S1-3 ensemble vid. I knew as soon as I saw the song choice that I was going to love this, and I was right. A great nostalgia trip.

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very belatedly, a friending meme

Yay, a friending meme! I saw this go by back in December, but didn't want to de-anon about my new Oasis enthusiasm before Yuletide author reveals. (This turned out to be unnecessarily cautious in retrospect, lol.) Anyway, I am now going through and picking up new acquaintances, woo.

Let's Stick Together: a friending meme for a new year. Image is two giraffes, one leaning almost at right angles to put their head on their friend's neck.

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Anya final stand, S7

assorted Gallagher things

This is a mix of music/RL things and RPF things. If I have people here who would prefer I keep the two separate, so they can interact only with the music posts, let me know.

There were times in the mid-90s when Liam Gallagher was just ridiculously pretty.
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(Related: sourcing images from the mid-90s is A CHALLENGE. I have no idea what magazine this is from. Obviously something musical, given the other names listed.)

I'm going on a slow and nonlinear journey through the Oasis disography, and am currently on Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. I knew that album was considered a low point, but it's impressive how little it has going on. So much of it is just really forgettable, even most of the singles, and even the interesting bits tend to get buried by the muddy production.

- I've seen Go Let It Out described as the most classic-Oasis song on the album, and I guess it is, but it's like forgettable, Roll With It-level classic Oasis, and why are we drowning out Liam's vocals? They're not his best effort, but they're the only thing the song has going for it!

- Gas Panic! is probably my favorite, although I liked it better when I thought it was Noel experimenting with a more narrative mode, before I realized it was literally about panic attacks. Also, Liam's delivery of "window" as "win-duh" at the end of the big dramatic line is hilarious to me. Still, I like the narrative elements and the big, very vaguely prog rock (?) sound.

- I hadn't cared for what I'd heard of Noel's earlier singing (mostly Don't Look Back in Anger and Acquiesce). He just made singing sound like so much work. So, I was really surprised by how much I liked him on Where Did It All Go Wrong. He sounds like a whole different person. Maybe this is what being off cocaine for a couple of years will do for you? The first time I heard it, I was like, oh, I could have a crush on that voice, which is emphatically not a response I had had to any of Noel's singing before. That said, I also feel like the song is several genres over from anything else they'd been doing. The sound and Noel's delivery are SO... earnest? Unironic? Emo? I'm not even sure what the right adjective is here.

Man, I could have nominated Liam & Gwyneth Paltrow for Chocolate Box! I wanted to request one or two gen Liam relationships, but I couldn't think of any at the time, and they are such an amazingly odd-couple, blind-leading-the-blind pair of people. I'm utterly mystified that they... know each other? Interact? At least, they knew each other well enough in 2006 for Liam to ask Paltrow for help when he thought his house was haunted. And health product scams aside, I find Paltrow highly entertaining as a human being.

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Anya final stand, S7

Dear Chocolatier

Dear Chocolatier, thank you so much for creating a gift for me! I had a great time with this exchange last year and am excited to get to do it again. I’ve written this letter by stealing from other letters written in a variety of formats, so if one section seems wordier than another or just organized slightly differently, that’s probably why.

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Anya final stand, S7

My Yuletide fic: Oasis a/b/o

I didn't sign up for Yuletide this year, but I'd hoped to maybe write a treat. And I did! was not any of the treats I was expecting to write. At all.

The Swing of the Planets in Orbit (4912 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Oasis (Band)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Liam Gallagher/Noel Gallagher
Characters: Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher (Oasis)
Additional Tags: Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Mating Cycles/In Heat, Sibling Incest, First Time, Knotting, Scenting, Yuleporn, Additional Warnings In Author's Note

Liam's never shared a heat with anyone before. Noel's never shagged his brother before. It's firsts all around.

Sooo you might all remember me mentioning that I'd discovered Oasis, twenty-five years after the fact? Well, that was around 10% Todd in the Shadows's fault (for his Be Here Now video), 20% "D'You Know What I Mean" (which I am aware is NO ONE's favorite Oasis song, and yet), and 70% the fault of a bunch of people on ffa talking for months about how bizarrely shippy the Gallagher brothers are. Around the time I got hooked on "D'You Know What I Mean," I figured I might as well see if there were any Yuletide requests, and THERE WERE. And one of the people liked a/b/o! A fic idea struck me like a bolt of lightning.

...this fic is not that idea. It turned out the present-day a/b/o reconciliation fic I really wanted to write was going to be too involved and way too long to write in the time I had. So instead we have basically a straight-up PWP first-time heat porn fic. But guys, this was an EXTREMELY WELL-RESEARCHED heat porn fic, because I spent a SOLID MONTH reading books and watching interviews, which were highly entertaining, but I couldn't tell anyone about them!! (It is WILD doing RPF research about people this famous, who've been around this long. There's so much material!) Blessings on [personal profile] seinmit, who was willing to be told many, many bizarre Gallagher factoids and also cheerlead me a lot. Anyway, I've got a primer in the works and will probably at the very least be collecting a bunch of quotes from the books I read, before I return them to the library. So uhhhh you all have that to look forward to. I also have approximately five million ideas about fics I either want to read or write or both, so there'll probably (hopefully?) be some more Oasis fic from me.

(Might could use a second music icon soon.)

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