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[FOR SALE] T-Bone Burnett, Bruce Cockburn, Jackson Browne, The Band, and fuzzy Bee Gees!

2020.09.20 03:56 noiseromantic [FOR SALE] T-Bone Burnett, Bruce Cockburn, Jackson Browne, The Band, and fuzzy Bee Gees!

I spent way too much on records the past couple months (many thanks to my transaction partners here, on eBay, and artists on Bandcamp!) so I need to thin out the shelves some. Open to offers and negotiations.
I'll be posting some more later, it turns out.
Shipping is $5 CONUS from Southern California (cough, cough, the sky is weird these days) for your first five records, add fifty cents per record thereafter.

T-Bone Burnett - Truth Decay
VG+/VG++ This is the first edition with no barcode. Sleeve shows a small amount of ringwear but is still in original shrink with original "Music Plus" pricetag! This hasn't come up on discogs or eBay often enough to have a consistent price point. On discogs, one sold about six weeks ago for six bucks (condition unclear) and three are posted for sale at over $20 each! I'm asking $10 since the vinyl is so stinking primo. --- $10
T-Bone Burnett - Proof Through the Night
VG/VG Still in original "Music Plus" shrink with original pricetag! Unfortunately, this shows a bit more handling than its brother above. A crease in the upper right and a crease in the lower left take my smile away. Sigh. It does have the original inner sleeve, so ya got that goin' for ya. And the songs have guests like Ry Cooder, Richard Thompson, Mick Ronson, and Pete Townshend! Sheesh, T-Bone knows people! --- $4
Both T-Bones for $12

SOLD Jackson Browne - For Everyman
VG+/VG Oh man oh man... this sleeve is in SUCH great shape, especially for a diecut job from 1973! I was sorely tempted to grade the sleeve as NM except for two things. First, the vinyl is showing its age. It has some schmutz and a small scratch that I don't feel comfortable calling VG+. And I can't quite handle a NM sleeve and a VG record -- though this might be the time it happens. Second... whatever glue they used on the bottom of the record was for no good. The bottom has come entirely undone. It's so neatly separated that it would clearly be an easy fix for someone with a steady hand. So I'm keeping the sleeve at VG+. It really is so nice. Just needs a fix and a better copy of the record inside it! --- $5
Jackson Browne - Jackson Browne (aka Saturate Before Using)
VG+/VG+ Sleeve does have a small name on rear top but otherwise looks great. Some ringwear visible in the light but not at a straight-on view. Record itself looks good, one side has some visual schmutz but nothing that I could feel with a fingernail, so shouldn't affect play. --- $6
Jackson Browne - Running on Empty
VG+/VG++ Includes original inner sleeve and original 8-page booklet of photos. The ultimate written-and-recorded-on-tour album, this is in really good-looking shape. The outer sleeve does have a few small dings on the edges, but they aren't glaring. With all the original goodies, this is a good grab. --- $7
All three Jackson Browne for $16. SOLD

Bruce Cockburn - High Winds White Sky
VG++/VG++ Sadly does not include the original lyric booklet, but otherwise this is a beautiful copy. --- $12
Bruce Cockburn - Joy Will Find A Way
VG+/VG+ Vinyl shows a bit of sleevewear, but both sleeve and vinyl look pretty great. This does include the lyric sheet. --- $10
Bruce Cockburn - In The Falling Dark
VG+/VG+ This is the US edition. It has the original inner lyrics sleeve. Like the others, in great shape, but the back cover does have ringwear. --- $7
Bruce Cockburn - Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws
VG+/VG+ Includes original inner lyrics sleeve. Some ringwear front and back of sleeve and a spot of schmutz that could probably use a cleaning on one side (otherwise I'd graded the vinyl VG++) --- $4
Bruce Cockburn - Humans
VG+/VG++ Includes original inner lyrics sleeve (one corner got crunched a bit somewhere along the line :-( ) Some slight ringwear on sleeve but vinyl looks great. --- $4
Bruce Cockburn - Stealing Fire
VG+/VG++ Includes original inner lyrics sleeve. Some ringwear but vinyl looks great --- $3
Instant Collection of Bruce Cockburn -- take them all and I'll cover the shipping

The Band - In Concert Rock of Ages
VG+/VG+ A few stray marks on the vinyl, but nothing that alerts the fingernail, otherwise I'd grade these VG++ There is some wear on the spine and the edges, a bit of pricetag residue on the front and some slight ringwear. It looks better than all this would indicate! --- $10
The Band - The Last Waltz
VG++/VG+ Includes original photo booklet and original inner sleeves. A little separation has begun on the inner sleeves and there's a stray mark here and there on sleeves. Vinyl also has a few stray marks and some sleevewear on some sides, but all six sides look pretty stinking good. Sleeve has some slight ringwear but still pretty crisp. --- $22
Both live The Bands for $30

Bee Gees - Odessa
VG++/VG++ (Side four has a mark on it that doesn't alert the fingernail, so I'd grade that side VG+) The flocking on this is beautiful. There's a wee bit of ringwear but this is a gorgeous copy. Original ATCO inner sleeves are a bit of a gas. Apparently comedy records making fun of Lyndon B Johnson were a pretty good bet! Also Acker Bilk and Cream! --- $40
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2020.07.30 01:00 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of the letter ‘R’ in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of the letter ‘R’ under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hrq9bg/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_jl_of_jeffrey/).
I posted letter M on July 20, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/huw0yt/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_m_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters N-Q on July 27, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hyudbz/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letters_nq_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
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Rachline, Nicholas: Best friend of Harvey Weinstein for over 30 years (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/champs-elysees-film-festival-harvey-weinstein-334309), Rachline is a photographer. Rachline was also editor-in-chief of Above, a magazine dedicated to environmental protection, until its final issue a few years later. Contributors to the magazine included David de Rothschild, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Richard Branson, and other well-known figures. The biannual magazine was distributed by Conde Nast, which also owns Tatler, Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and other influential publications. Jeffrey Epstein’s connections to Conde Nast publications - specifically Tatler and Vogue - continues to grow.
Radziwill, Carole: Journalist for ABC News who also wrote a monthly column for Glamour (owned by Conde Nast). Carole was on the Real Housewives of New York City for 6 seasons. Carole was a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell’s in the early 2000s. Maxwell even set her up with Prince Andrew after Carole’s husband, Prince Anthony Radziwill, died of cancer in 1999 (https://www.nickiswift.com/224731/the-truth-about-carole-radziwill-ghislaine-maxwell/). Radziwill was the nephew of Jacqueline Kennedy (JFK’s wife) and son of Polish Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill. He also served as best man at JFK Jr.’s wedding. There are several pictures of Carole and Ghislaine circulating which forced her to make a statement regarding her relationship with Maxwell and Epstein, whom she says she only met once.
Rankin, Mr Gavin: The former Europe, Middle East, and Asia (EMEA) head of managed investments for Citi Private Bank. Now works for HSBC in a similar position. Has ties to the Royal Family. His restaurant, Bellamy’s, is the “only restaurant where the Monarch has ever dined at (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3504185/The-Queen-goes-dinner-Bellamy-s-restaurant.html).” The Queen even celebrated her 80th birthday there. Looking at the menu prices, it seems an odd choice considering it’s not some super high-end eatery. Rankin is also the heir apparent to the Rankin Baronetcy.
Rappaport, Don: Co-founder and CEO of American List Counsel (ALC). The ALC tried to sell personal information on one-million kids (ages 14-17), along with their parents’ names, household incomes, and ethnicities to advertising companies (https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-data-broker-personal-info-20190319-story.html) just last year. In other words, Mr. Rappaport runs a company that collects data on children and sells this information to whomever is willing to buy it. Who else is Rappaport sharing this information with?
Rattazzi, Isabel: Former model. Isabel is a Countess through her marriage to Lupo dei Conti Rattazzi. Her husband is the son of Susanna Agnelli, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament in Italy. The Agnelli family are controlling shareholders of Fiat Automobiles.
Raynes, Patty: Daughter of billionaire oil and entertainment mogul, Marvin Davis (1925-2004). Patty is a well-known socialite in the Hamptons. Raynes hung out in the same circles as Ghislaine and Epstein. Her husband is a real estate developer.
Reardan, Kate: Editor of Tatler (another Tatler connection!) magazine from 2011-2017. Previously worked for Vanity Fair, another Conde Nast publication. Reardon was named one of London’s 1000 Most Influential People by the Evening Standard in 2007. She once dated Rupert Fairfax, aide to Prince Charles.
Reynal Michael: International investment banker.
Reynal, Miguel: There are a few Miguel Reynals. I believe it is the investment banker who once worked for Deutsche Bank because of the connection between Epstein and Deutsche Bank.
Reza, Ali: Founder of aviation company Freestream Aircraft Limited. Routinely deals with the wealthy and powerful (https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/11/sanctioned-russian-tycoon-hands-back-his-private-jets.html).
Ritblat, Nick Rebecca Willis: Nick is the son of John Ritblat, the former Chairman and CEO of British Land, one of the largest property development and investment companies in the UK. Nick has followed in his father’s footsteps, as he is also in the property development game.
Ritson Thomas Rupert: Descendent of James Bond author, Ian Fleming (https://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/community/136373/james-bond-authors-descendents-win-1-2-million-claim-on-school-land.html). Attends parties with royalty (https://www.tatler.com/gallery/royal-ascot-2000). Brother of famous photographer, Hugo Rittson-Thomas, who supports The National Deaf Children’s Society.
Rivers, Joan (and Melissa Rivers): Joan was a very popular comedian and actress who died in 2014 during surgery. Many think she was murdered because of her comments about Michelle Obama’s gender. Joan was friends with Ghislaine Maxwell and knew her since at least the early ‘90s (https://www.salon.com/2019/07/09/i-was-a-friend-of-jeffrey-epstein-heres-what-i-know/). Joan was also good friends with Prince Charles and had a tight relationship with the Royal Family, as she often attended Royal events (https://www.biography.com/news/joan-rivers-prince-charles-friendship). Melissa is her daughter. She has no discernible talent whatsoever.
Robert, Joseph & Jill: Joseph E. Robert Jr. was an international real estate investor. Robert was known for his philanthropy. He donated $25 million (and raised $150 million more) to finance research on reducing the pain that children experience during surgery. He has been credited with raising nearly $1 billion for children’s charities ((https://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/09/business/joseph-e-robert-jr-investor-in-real-estate-dies-at-59.html). Robert founded Fight for Children, a charity meant to support at-risk children in Washington D.C. (https://www.fightforchildren.org/joseph-e-robert-j). Robert also donated a lot of money to Children’s National Hospital (https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2019/10/24/here-s-what-children-s-national-is-bringing-to-the.html), which has scholarships named in his honor. He died of brain cancer in 2011. Jill was his wife.
Roberts, Deb: 99% sure this is the TV journalist for ABC News and wife of famous weatherman/TV personality Al Roker.
Robilant, Mr Edmondo di Maya: Edmondo is a fine art dealer. His wife, Maya, is a University lecturer, journalist, and television presenter.
Robin: Robin DeMetz is a personal friend of Epstein pal/alleged accomplice Naomi Campbell (https://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/30/nyregion/boldface-names-482374.html). She is married to Hasz DeMetz, who is in the diamond mining business.
Robinski, Kasia/Pod: Kasia is an investor and serves as director for several companies. No clue who/what Pod refers to.
Robinson, Jo & Lisa Shields: Lisa is the Vice President of Global Communications and Media Relations for the Council on Foreign Relations, where Epstein used to serve. No info on Joe, although I believe he is the gentleman on the left in this picture (https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/photo/0361960).
Rocksavage, David: The 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley and the Lord Great Chamberlain of the UK. He is a descendant of the Rothschild and Sassoon families through his grandmother, Sybil Sassoon. He is also the descendant of Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. The Marquess doesn’t keep the best company. The Godfather of his twins bilked L’Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt, out of £850 million in 2010 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1295083/L-Oreal-fraud-suspect-Marquess.html). He was convicted of ‘abuse of weakness’ in 2016. Rocksavage’s wife, Rose Hanbury, is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley. She is a patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) along with Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and other royalty. Last year, there were rumors that Rose Hanbury had an affair with Prince William, Prince Charles’s eldest son and husband of Kate Middleton (https://news.yahoo.com/6-things-know-rose-hanbury-164552520.html).
Roedy, Bill: Former Vice President at HBO, former head honcho at MTV Europe, and Global Health Advisor. In 2018, Roedy was named Vice Chair of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance (https://www.gavi.org/gavi-board-appoints-bill-roedy-as-vice-chair), which was founded in 2000 by… the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (https://www.gavi.org/our-alliance/about)! Roedy not only serves on the Council on Foreign Relations just like Epstein once did (Epstein preceded Roedy), but he also had connections to Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine’s father.
Rolfe, Gail: Freelance journalist and fashion editor who once worked for Tatler (again) and The Times (https://www.hachette.com.au/gail-rolfe/).
Ronson, Lisa: Gerald Ronson’s daughter (see below).
Ronson, Mr & Mrs Gerald: British furniture and property development tycoon. Gerald is a big-time philanthropist. In addition to the number of Jewish groups he gives money to, Ronson also serves as Vice President of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). a children’s charity that several others in Epstein’s ‘black book’ (Jemma Kidd, Tim Jeffries, Mary Glanville, Clare Hazell-Ivaegh, Ben Holland-Martin, Manilo Marocco) and Princess Margaret have served. The number of suspected pedophiles and child traffickers that are involved with the NSPCC is mindblowing. As if that weren’t enough, Gerald was also good friends with Greville Janner, ex-Leicester MP who was constantly accused of child abuse before his death, but was able to evade culpability due to police constantly bungling the evidence (https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/ex-leicester-mp-greville-janner-3869479). Gerald’s wife, Gail, is also a philanthropist of Jewish charities. Her first big event in 1983 was attended by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Rose, Wendy & Joe: Now divorced, Wendi and Joe are both real estate magnates in New York. Joe worked for Mayor Giuliani from 1993-2001.
Rose, Charlie & Burden, Amanda: Charlie Rose is a (former) famous television journalist who hosted the eponymous talk show, Charlie Rose. Jeffrey Epstein and Charlie Rose were thick as thieves. In fact, Epstein (and his assistant) called Rose many times and would recommend potential young assistants for Charlie Rose to hire (https://nymag.com/intelligence2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-high-society-contacts.html). Epstein frequently lunched with and attended parties with Rose. Rose’s show was cancelled in 2017 when eight women came out and accused him of sexual harassment (https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/eight-women-say-charlie-rose-sexually-harassed-them--with-nudity-groping-and-lewd-calls/2017/11/20/9b168de8-caec-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html). Since then, 27 more women have accused Charlie Rose of sexual harassment (https://www.vulture.com/2018/05/charlie-rose-27-women-new-accusers-sexual-harassment.html), bringing the grand total to 35. Rose also served on the Council on Foreign Relations, although I am unable to find out if his time there coincided with Epstein’s. Charlie’s former love interest, Amanda, has worked for Bloomberg since 2002, first as director of the New York City Department of City Planning, then as chair of the City Planning Commission, and now as a principal at Bloomberg Associates, a consulting service.
Rosen, Andrew: Fashion designer.
Rosen, Denis & Sylvia: Dennis was a well-respected British scientist. Sylvia was his wife and co-writer of London Science.
Rosencrantz, Ms Claudia: British television executive and journalist. She was Controller of Entertainment for ITV for over ten years. Voted one of Britain’s 50 most inspirational women in 2018 by the Daily Mail.
Rosenfield, Donald: Movie producer. Former President of Merchant Ivory Productions from 1986-1998.
Rosenstein, Rob: Co-founder of Agoda. Similar to Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, etc, Agoda provides its users with information on flights and hotels
Rosenthal, Jane: Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Productions film studio with Robert De Niro. Good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell (https://www.barefootpalmbeach.com/post/epstein) and Peggy Siegal (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/jane-rosenthal-and-peggy-siegal-attend-lunch-in-honor-of-news-photo/591348640), Epstein’s plug into New York celebrity society.
Roth, Peter Thomas & Noreen: Peter Thomas Roth is the founder of the skin care and cosmetics company that bears his name. Roth graduated from Dalton school in 1975, where Epstein taught him during his senior year. Roth has lauded Epstein as a “brilliant teacher.” Epstein later served Roth’s tutor to prepare him for the Wharton School at Penn (http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/ap/how-epstein-went-from-teaching-to-wall-street/article_59c0234e-cf7d-59c3-96a7-bb8a04dacaa8.html). Roth admits to going to Epstein’s mansion once, although he says only middle-aged people were present (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-dalton-teacher.html). This story would be more plausible if Epstein didn’t have eight phone numbers, two addresses, and an email address listed under Roth’s name. It would also be more believable if they didn’t live two blocks away from each other in NYC. Noreen is Peter’s ex-wife. She serves as Managing Director of his company.
Rothchild, Jessica: Actually Jessica de Rothschild, daughter of billionaire financier Sir Evelyn de Rothschild (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/prince-charles-prince-of-wales-speaks-with-with-sir-evelyn-news-photo/467631086?adppopup=true) and Lynn Forester de Rothschild, close friend of Hillary Clinton. Jessica used to be a writer for Tatler magazine, which Epstein is deeply connected to through his contacts. Runs in the same circles as Epstein and Maxwell.
Rothchild, Hannah: The eldest child of Jacob Rothschild (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/lord-jacob-rothschild-attends-the-launch-of-the-stella-news-photo/972453692?adppopup=true), Hannah is a businesswoman and was the first female Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery in London. In 2018, Hannah took over as Chair of Yad Hanadiv (https://www.yadhanadiv.org.il/about-yad-hanadiv), a pro-Israel Rothschild organization/charity which has been running in its current form since 1958. The actual history dates back to the late 1800s when Baron Edmond de Rothschild sought to “support Jewish revival in Palestine.” Yad Hanadiv is responsible for building the Knesset (Israeli parliament), the Supreme Court, and is currently working on the New National Library in Israel. Hannah is also a Trustee of the Rothschild Foundation, which has been a long-time patron of… the NSPCC children’s charity (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/annual-reports/nspcc-annual-report-2006.pdf), where countless other suspected pedophiles and pedophile sympathizers find themselves orbiting.
Rothenburg, Rich: Former portfolio manager and researcher at Deutsche Bank, which was recently fined $150 million for ignoring Epstein’s suspicious transactions (https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/07/business/jeffrey-epstein-deutsche-bank-fine/index.html).
Rotherwick, Tania & Robin: Tania is an old friend of Ghislaine Maxwell (https://www.tatler.com/article/where-on-earth-is-ghislaine-maxwell) and ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew. She is also the sister-in-law of Mark Carney, who served as the Governor of the Bank of England from 2013-2020. Her ex-husband, Robin Cayzer, is the 3rd Baron Rotherwick. He has served in the House of Lords since 1996.
Rothschild, Edouard de: Son of Guy de Rothschild, who was the great-great-grandson of Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the person responsible for founding the family’s banking empire in the 18th century. Edouard was head of the family’s Paris-based Rothschild & Cie Banque from 1987-2004, when he stepped down.
Rothschild, Evelyn de: Businessman and banker supposedly worth $20 billion, although many think it’s actually a lot more. In addition to poking Prince Charles (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/prince-charles-prince-of-wales-speaks-with-with-sir-evelyn-news-photo/467631086?adppopup=true), Evelyn has also asserted his dominance of many companies and corporations by acting as Chairman or Director of The Economist (1972-1989), De Beers (1977-1994), IBM, and many others. Evelyn has served as Queen Elizabeth II’s financial advisor for decades (https://www.jewoftheweek.net/2017/11/29/jews-of-the-week-evelyn-de-rothschild-jacob-rothschild/). Evelyn’s wife, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, was completely enamored with Epstein. Before his death, Epstein claimed that he loaned Lynn money when she was going through a divorce in the early ‘90s, before she became a Rothschild (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/08/the-mystery-of-ghislaine-maxwell-epstein-enabler). Lynn was responsible for setting up an introduction between Epstein and Bill Clinton in 1995 (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8362601/Bill-Clinton-confessed-Jeffrey-Epstein-slept-Monica-Lewinsky.html). Alan Dershowitz wrote an essay earlier this month where he opens by saying that he was introduced to Ghislaine Maxwell by Evelyn and Lynn de Rothschild (https://spectator.us/ghislaine-maxwell-know-jeffrey-epstein-alan-dershowitz/). Ghislaine lived in a NYC townhouse that Lynn (allegedly) sold to one of Epstein’s companies for more than $8 million below market value (https://www.businessinsider.com/ghislaine-maxwell-jeffrey-epstein-father-real-estate-assets-foundation-2019-8#until-2016-maxwell-lived-in-a-5-million-new-york-townhouse-bought-by-a-company-with-the-same-address-as-epsteins-business-office-10). While it is widely believed that Ghislaine introduced Epstein to Prince Andrew, there are conflicting accounts that claim that Lynn was the one who introduced the two (https://nypost.com/2020/07/11/ghislaine-maxwell-didnt-introduce-epstein-to-prince-andrew-pal/). The Rothschilds are also extremely close with the Clintons. They even spent part of their honeymoon in the White House during Bill’s presidency back in 2000 (https://www.politico.eu/article/economist-magazine-shareholders-british-commerce-rothschild/). They remain close to this day, as both Evelyn and Lynn have donated and contributed heavily to Hillary’s past campaigns.
Roumugere, Caroline: Carolyn is a jeweller who makes unique pieces inspired by her upbringing in Kenya (http://www.carolynroumeguere.com/about). Her father was a close friend of artist Salvador Dali.
Royle, Hon Lucinda: Wife of Rupert Ponsonby, 7th Baron de Mauley, a British politician. Daughter of Anthony Royle, Baron Fanshawe of Richmond, a Member of Parliament for Richmond, Surrey (1959-1983) and businessman. Royle coincidentally stepped down as MP shortly after the Elm Guest House scandal (https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/elm-guest-house-abuse-scandal-1857494) became known to the public. It turns out that British politicians and other high-ranking members of society were sexually abusing children. All of this happened in Richmond, where Royle served as MP. Of course, nobody has been charged. Oh yeah, the owner of Elm Guest House, Carole Kasir, who supposedly kept a list of Elm Guest House attendees, died under murky circumstances (https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/secret-files-prove-carole-kasir-11506791). Anthony Royle also famously sided with Michael Heseltine over Margaret Thatcher during the 1985 Westland Affair. Heseltine appeared earlier in the black book (check out the G-I thread for more info). Heseltine invested in Conservative Parliament member Harvey Proctor’s business after Proctor was forced to resign after it was revealed he had sexual relationships with and took nude pictures of male prostitutes aged 17-21 at his home (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/members-interests-top-tories-lose-on-proctors-shop-the-retailer-1445666.html). At the time, it was illegal to have same-sex relations with prostitutes under the age of 21.
Rucellai, Natalie: PR specialist for Rocco Forte Hotels. Used to do PR for Giorgio Armani. The Rucellai family married into the Medici family in 1461. Although the Rucellais are not a Black Nobility family, the Medici family certainly is.
Rudnick, Della: This is actually Della Rounick, the former CEO of the fashion company HE-RO Group. She is now an artist and sculptor.
Russel, Michelle: A senior executive in asset management.
Rust, Marina & Ian: Marina is a former contributing editor at Vogue (again) magazine. She is the granddaughter of Marshall Field III, an investment banker and heir to the Marshall Field department store fortune. Rust often attended the same parties as Ghislaine Maxwell. She is photographed here with Ghislaine, Tom Ford, and Countess Sally Albemarle (https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/photo/0010136), all of whom are in Epstein’s black book. She is also friends with Lauren du Pont of the billionaire family (https://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/traveling-down-memory-lane/). Her husband, Ian Connor is an investment banker at Lazard Freres, a bank that has repeatedly come up during research of Epstein’s contacts. Marina and Ian literally live around the block from Epstein’s NYC mansion.
Rustow, Tim: Uncertain, but my best guess would be the portfolio manager who is the son of Dankwart Rustow, a famous expert in political science and sociology, and brother of historian Marina Rustow.
Rutland Duke and Duchess: David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, is the owner of Belvoir Castle. His wife, Emma Manners (nee Watkins), the Duchess of Rutland, is pictured here in front of the castle (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/emma-manner-duchess-of-rutland-during-the-launch-event-for-news-photo/1206547435?adppopup=true), enjoying her afternoon tea. She runs the commercial activities at Belvoir Castle. Manners has been (allegedly) entangled with Ghislaine Maxwell since the 1980s.
Now for the controversial stuff. The Duke and Duchess hired former MP Harvey Proctor in 2003 to be their private secretary. Proctor is a disgraced MP who was forced to resign in 1987 after it was revealed that he had sexual relationships with and took nude pictures of male prostitutes aged 17-21 at his home (source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/members-interests-top-tories-lose-on-proctors-shop-the-retailer-1445666.html). At the time, it was illegal to have same-sex relations with prostitutes under the age of 21. There is a wonderful and brief expose here (https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/blackmail-the-maxwells-harvey-proctor-and-the-marquis-of-granby/) that builds a strong relationship between Proctor, Manners, and Ghislaine Maxwell, and explains why Manners would hire a disgraced pedophile as his personal secretary, which I will quickly sum up: Robert Maxwell’s newspapers were publishing damaging pieces on Harvey Proctor in 1986, when allegations of his sexual improprieties first started to leak. A threat was made by a caller who said if Maxwell continued running these stories on Proctor, they would reveal that Maxwell’s daughter, Ghislaine, was having an affair with the “son of a Duke.” This would be David Manners, who was not yet Duke of Rutland since his father (the 10th Duke of Rutland) was still alive. Manners dismissed the allegation as “nonsense,” but went on to hire Proctor in 2003, three years after Proctor’s shirtmaking business was liquidated. Some may say that Proctor would have the most to gain by threatening Robert Maxwell back in the ‘80s and that maybe he used that information to find a job with Manners once his shirt business went belly-up. This is all speculation, of course.
Ruttenberg, Eric & Perri: Eric is the co-managing partner at Tinicum, the private investment firm his father founded in 1974. His wife, Perri (nee Peltz), is a former broadcast journalist who worked for NBC, ABC (she worked on the show, 20/20, hosted by pedophile protector and friend of Ghislaine, Barbara Walters), and CNN from 1987-2002. Peltz is a member of the “Tennis Girls” (insert roll eyes emoji), a group that includes Epstein helper Peggy Siegal, Tory Burch, Christina Cuomo (Chris Cuomo’s wife), Ariadne Calvo-Platero, Kitty Sherrill, and Renee Rockefeller (https://pagesix.com/2011/12/23/tough-enough-for-jennet/). Everyone in that group is listed in Epstein’s black book except for Sherrill and Rockefeller. Coincidentally, Perri attended Dalton, the exclusive private high school, in the mid-late ‘70s when Epstein taught there.
Ryder, Mr Nicholas: Uncertain. Some info found but couldn’t confirm either way.
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2020.04.14 22:53 jayjaysortagay Second Chances 2020 - Wizards of Drag Lipsync (Week Fourteen, Part Two)

Ladies, great job tonight. No one is safe.
Katya,
We loved your makeup and we loved the makeup on your partner. You were great fun in the dance portion too. But, you were pipped to the post tonight. You are safe. Please step to the back of the stage.
Roxxxy Andrews and Monique Heart.
You blew the competition away the house down boots. Condragulations, you are the top two of the week.
To the bottom queens...
Manila Luzon, Shea Coulee and Jujubee.
This week, all three of you are up for elimination.
Now the top two All Stars of the week must choose which of the bottom three queens to eliminate if they win the lipsync.
Monique Heart, Roxxxy Andrews, prior to tonight, you were asked to prepare a lipsync to "Oh My God" by Mark Ronson feat Lily Allen to decide who will be the top All Star of the week, and which bottom queen will get the chop.
Good luck, and don't fuck it up.
POLL: http://www.polljunkie.com/poll/qxmqws/second-chances-wizards-of-drag-lipsync
SPREADSHEET: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dMtQeT13c0ugHYb139YdDdlKCL9hpBxi_MtZZvyy-hY/edit?usp=drivesdk
LIPSYNC PLAYLIST: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6IcPRzCD7eZ9xgPYM6QirK?si=TpoVPalKQjGN_LtUcrksAA
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2020.03.10 10:26 the_fancy_alive RANDOM DRAG RACE S1: E02 - "Lip Sync"

RANDOM DRAG RACE S1: E02 -

Top 9
After the queens perform in the morning talk show and serve their best Polka Dot runways, RuPaul is ready to announce her decision.

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"Coco Montrese, Pearl, Yvie Oddly... the three of you are.. safe. You may leave the stage."
Now it's time for the judges' critiques!

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Divina De Campo! You served us some hilarious bits in the DIY segment and you had great chemistry with Pearl. Overall, we think that you did fantastic. And your runway tonight is also very great. Keeping the bar high!

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Mayhem Miller! Despite your runway being one of the best tonight, we feel like your performance in the talk show really let us down. You picked a very big role for yourself as an anchor and we feel like you got really lost and showed zero personality.

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Vanessa Vanjie Mateo! You were hilarious as a gossip reporter. You let yourself shine, yet you didn't overshadow your castmates. So your performance was amazing today. As for your runway, you're serving the same silhouette as last week, so we're hoping you switch it out a little.

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Max! In the performance, you let yourself to slip up many times. You were nervous and your humour was quite dry, so we didn't get much of an anchor vibe from you. As for your runway, it's definitely high fashion, but still not very outstanding and just middle of the road.

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Vinegar Strokes! Your personality shined tonight and you bounced off of your partners really well. You were bubbly, you were funny and we enjoyed watching you. As for your runway, it's definitely not the best, but we feel like you did a great job with the presentation on the runway. Overall, a big step up from your performance last week.

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The Vixen! Your runway tonight is definitely amongst one of the best. In the performance, however, you were really unsure of yourself and were just a nervous mess. Vinegar definitely gave you time to shine, but you didn't use the advantage.
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Alright, I've made some decisions...

Vanessa Vanjie Mateo!
A big step up from last week. You're safe!

Divina De Campo... Vinegar Strokes...
Condragulations, you're the top two queens of the week.

Mayhem Miller...
You're safe.

Max... The Vixen...
I'm sorry my dears, but both of you are in the bottom tonight.
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Two queens stand before me. Ladies, prior to tonight you were asked to prepare a lip sync performance of "Valerie" by Amy Winehouse (ft. Mark Ronson). This is your chance to impress me, win a cash tip of $10,000 and earn the power to give one of the bottom queens... the chop. The time has come for you to lip sync for... your... legacy! Good luck and don't f*ck it up!
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SONG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC2SZOY80Dk
VOTE: http://www.polljunkie.com/poll/cdczno/lip-sync-2
SPREADSHEET: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1M0-CYsSl3j0pIruIN9L0fEeeep5iRO2BcBcLwwerJTo/edit?usp=sharing
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2020.02.03 17:59 ThatParanoidPenguin Over the last year, I’ve been curating a list (with a lengthy description of each track) of the most overlooked, underrated, and slept on tracks. Here’s 50 Pop Songs You Missed in 2019.

Here’s the Spotify playlist!
You may remember this from the last few years (here’s 2018’s post), and each year I spend some time taking note of songs that I feel don’t get enough attention on here. I try to curate a healthy variety of different types of pop tracks, and this year, I’ve ended up with what I consider to be the most diverse list of tracks I’ve done yet.
If you’re looking for music you haven’t heard yet, look no further - I’ve even provided a similar artist for each track, so if you just want to find music that sounds like your favorite artist, you can do just that.
Hope you enjoy the list, and hopefully I’ll have the time to do this in 2020! Thanks for reading!
Without further ado, here’s the music:
Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen
  • for fans of Angel Olsen
Sharon Van Etten’s Remind Me Tomorrow isn’t the best album in 2019 to feature a disheveled bedroom on the cover (Weyes Blood takes that crown, who knows how long it will take to pump the water out of that room), and Seventeen is the star of the album. A powerhouse indie pop track with a ton of pulsating uncertainty, Seventeen is a love letter to New York City. It’s a city that changes constantly, and it’s hard to remain the same when everything around you isn’t. It erupts into a burst of emotion, a rallying cry, a pleading to a past self, and it’s easily one of the best songs of the year.
Little SIMZ - Selfish (feat. Cleo Sol)
  • for fans of Noname
It’s been a great year for UK hip hop, with great releases from Slowthai, Dave, Loyle Carner, and more, but Little Simz may have the crown, as there’s a myriad of cuts on Grey Area that shine above the rest. Most of Little Simz’ stellar record Grey Area is hip hop, but on Selfish she dabbles in a sultry poppy R&B jam. It’s smooth, hazy, and most of all, packed with emotion as Little Simz admits her wrongdoing.
Nilüfer Yanya - In Your Head
  • for fans of Big Thief
British singer Nilüfer Yanya made a bold statement with In Your Head, the lead single to 2019’s wonderful Miss Universe. It’s a brash, bombastic ode to internal monologues and anxious cacophony. It’s a rough track with some raw delivery, and while the chorus is as rock as it gets, it’s perpetually infectious, echoing and blossoming with character.
ALMA - When I Die
  • for fans of Tove Lo
Ironically enough, I started this list before ALMA and Tove Lo collaborated on Worst Behaviour, which is also a pretty enjoyable pop track. However, earlier in 2019, ALMA released this versatile banger that wavers back and forth between a dreamy pop track and a club rager, a perfect fit for an artist who has a fair share of both.
Anna of the North - Leaning On Myself
  • for fans of Shura
Anna of the North is an artist who really should’ve been an internet darling - she excels at chill, ethereal pop music, and Leaning On Myself is one of her best, a daze of self-acceptance that doesn’t reinvent her formula but instead caters to her spacey, airy delivery. It’s a bit druggy, a bit dreamy, and has a lot of self-love.
Mahalia - Do Not Disturb
  • for fans of Kehlani
Mahalia deserves to be in the conversation with the likes of artists like Kehlani, SZA, Ella Mai, and all the R&B pop girls, because her 2019 album Love And Compromise is one of the most cohesive and consistent records of the year. On Do Not Disturb, she makes a chant out of her decision to shut herself out digitally. It’s a catchy track, as are most of the songs on the album, and she pleads over a lush and beautiful instrumental, carefully navigating off rhymes that sound perfect together.
Claud - Easy
  • for fans of Clairo
Non-binary Brooklyn-based bedroom pop singer Claud is the newest in a series of twinkly, lovely DIY pop artists, and Easy is one of the best examples of the genre. Drum machines lace a catchy melody, and their delivery is pale yet lush. It’s got a hint of Frankie Cosmos, a bit of Clairo, and a lot of heart.
Uffie - Nathaniel
  • for fans of Poppy
Yes, it’s that Uffie! Her first album in 9 years may be a bit hit or miss, but the outro, Nathaniel, is a certified banger. It’s loaded with dilating, winding synths, and her vocals echo and bounce around the track, cutting and crushing over the jangly instrumental. It’s a light, sunny track, and exactly the type of comeback I would want Uffie to make in 2019.
Hatchie - Without A Blush
  • for fans of Allie X
Hatchie sounds ripped straight out of the 80s on Without A Blush, complete with a bell-esque synth that dings and drones on. It’s a smoky synthpop track that feels born out of a world with Sky Ferreira and Allie X, and yet, Hatchie makes it her own. She’s definitely been an artist the sub has been sleeping on, and Without A Blush is just another example of her exemplary songwriting that deserves to be recognized.
Stella Donnelly - Die
  • for fans of Kero Kero Bonito
With a pinch of distortion and the twinge of the song title, Stella Donnelly grapples with duality of a happy song with depressing lyrics. Exploring a failing relationship, she pleads to her partner to simply tell the truth. It’s an upbeat, infectious anthem that serves as a great example of Stella Donnelly’s signature quirkiness.
SASAMI - I Was A Window (feat. Dustin Payseur)
  • for fans of Mitski
It’s hard to stand out in the crowded, ever changing genre of dark, DIY bedroom indie rock. Where SASAMI succeeds in the wake of others’ shortcomings is her haunting delivery over rough, distorted guitars that feel part Beach House, part Mitski, and all revealing. It’s a track about taking out self-revelations and insecurities on those you love, and the title is equally intriguing and powerful, becoming a chant in the song’s gripping echo of an outro.
Jamila Woods - Eartha
  • for fans of Solange
Jamila Woods’ Legacy! Legacy! is a stunning record, one forgotten in the throes of early 2019’s pop releases. However, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to enjoy one of the year’s best records, and what better way to start than checking out this poppy, sultry, honest-to-god jam. Pushy percussion and Jamila’s lovely vocals bring this song so much life, and lush synths give this song a cool funk that feels very her, light and summery.
Elise Hayes - Giving Up
  • for fans of Tessa Violet
Definitely one of the smaller artists on this list, Elise Hayes is an artist I stumbled upon on Spotify who has a very cute, very colorful sound - think Sigrid meets Tessa Violet, and I’m into it. There’s a sticky hook, a twang of acoustic guitar, some killer synths and sounds, and a whole lot of charisma.
Lolo Zouaï - Ride
  • for fans of Banks
Lolo Zouaï’s title track on High Highs To Low Lows may have become her biggest hit to date, but Ride is a hell of a track, a bad bitch anthem that proudly asks you to “watch [her] fuck it up.” It’s bustling with energy and intrigue as Lolo taunts and teases with a bass-heavy rhythmic chorus laced with croons and calls that would make a siren jealous.
Maude Latour - Superfruit
  • for fans of Lorde
There’s more to the Lorde comparisons than both artists’ mention of orange juice and dismissal of small talk. Instantly, you hear a bit of the New Zealand singer’s whispery delivery and youthful lyricism in Maude Latour’s Superfruit, a poppy, pensive track that bounces between joyful and abated. “And this is real life, by the poolside/Have I told you that I’m really fucking scared to die” really sums it up.
Burns - Energy (with A$AP Rocky & Sabrina Claudio)
  • for fans of Mura Masa
It’s surprising that Burns hasn’t garnered more attention with this track - A$AP Rocky and Sabrina Claudio are surprisingly fitting on here, and while Rocky is no stranger to a dance beat (his song with Mura Masa is quite great), he sounds so comfortable alongside Sabrina, who gives a mellow yet tender performance over the jazzy and warm instrumental.
SG Lewis - Flames (feat. Ruel)
  • for fans of 5 Seconds of Summer
SG Lewis and Ruel team up for a synthwave banger that would make The Weeknd blush. While Ruel’s vocals are more akin to songs on his discography, the two flood the track with sounds that could go toe to toe with Stranger Things’ signature synths. It’s an instrumental-focused track, but Ruel is more than welcome to bring the instrumental some life.
Ingrid Michaelson - Missing You
  • for fans of Betty Who
Ingrid Michaelson is making music popheads would adore if they actually heard it. Much like Carly’s seminal release of Emotion, Stranger Songs is Ingrid’s slice of 80’s bliss. Missing You is a wistful, simmering pop bop full of passion and regret. Sure, the missing/kissing rhyme has been done many times before, but never quite as good as it’s done here.
Yuna - Blank Marquee (feat. G-Eazy)
  • for fans of Mark Ronson
I think if you listen to one song on this list, maybe consider making it this one. Before you’re scared of the G-Eazy feature, just know that not only does he fit on this song, he actually enhances the narrative - his brief appearance adds another layer to the back and forth of the hook. And Yuna, she absolutely murders this song. Her whispery, sassy disposition sells the shit out of this song, and the spiteful chorus is literally perfect, a funky, punchy display of dominance and independence that makes for one of my favorite hooks of the year. It’s a total jam, and it’s beyond infectious. I can’t help but dance to this one.
Kiana Ledé - Bouncin (feat. Offset)
  • for fans of Summer Walker
In a post-Girls Need Love world, you would think a poppy rap track with an Offset feature (that wasn’t from Tinashe) would be a surefire hit, but despite this song being catchy as hell, Kiana Ledé hasn’t been that lucky. However, this song has it all - charisma, a sticky hook, and a solid rap feature that should have it blasting out of every BMW in Brooklyn, but here we are. When this girl blows up, at least you can say you heard her first.
Shygirl - Uckers
  • for fans of Azealia Banks
The main hook of this track is a looping, unfurling bloodcurdling screech that makes for one of the most interesting beats of 2019. It’s like Cupcakke meets Clipping. and it’s every bit as jarring and magical as it sounds, somehow managing to sound both sexy and disturbing.
Vagabon - Flood
  • for fans of Chromatics
Vagabon is a New York indie rock artist entirely writing and producing her music. 2019’s self-titled release was one of the most underrated albums of the year, lush with ominous instrumentation and haunting delivery. Flood is the wistful lead single, a plead to a lost soul backed by stoning guitars and menacing synths.
Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch - Money
  • for fans of Leon Bridges
This funky, soulful jam is a UK dream collaboration from singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka and producer Tom Misch. It’s nostalgic and retro, but doesn’t feel dated, as cinematic strings and sorrowful background synths back Kiwanuka’s pleads to understand the devilish intent of greed. If you’re into disco and disco-influenced pop, look no further.
dvsn - Miss Me?
  • for fans of Miguel
OVO’s R&B act dvsn may be the label’s best kept secret. Miss Me? is a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement of the duo’s brief hiatus while also asking their love “do you miss me?” It’s a sweet, downtempo Toronto trap tune, and like their contemporaries PARTYNEXTDOOR and The Weeknd, there’s just something about a sad, pitch-shifted love song that hits way harder than it should.
VÉRITÉ - Youth
  • for fans of Sigrid
VÉRITÉ has gotten some attention on Popheads, but not nearly enough. It was a toss-up to feature this wobbly electronic track or the damning, vengeful anthem Think Of Me. In the end, though, I had to go with the bombastic drop of Youth. “I waste my youth on you,” she exclaims, and you are forced to believe her. Armed with a fiery instrumental that sounds like drowning as well as a revenge-addled chorus, Youth is one of the most vulnerable tracks to release in 2019.
Miquela - Money
  • for fans of Rina Sawayama
You may know Miquela as the sentient robot/fashion model/cyborg influencer that’s been making the waves on Instagram. The B-side to this double single, Sleeping In, was produced by none other than PC Music’s Danny L Harle, but this A-side, Money, is a sugary, sassy pop bop. It’s quite odd to realize this is the result of an inorganic character, but with a hook this strong, it’s hard not to dance along.
Kitten - Memphis
  • for fans of The Japanese House
You may know Kitten’s front woman, Chloe Chaidez, as the guitarist in Charli XCX’s favorite girl band, Nasty Cherry. In Kitten, Chloe channels the weirdest of modern electronic mashed with late 90s punk pop. Oh, and the instrumental in the chorus literally samples the sounds of a dying DSL modem. And the craziest part? It works. Chloe’s nonchalant sing-talk delivery fits the wild instrumentation quite well, and as a result, Memphis is one of the most interesting, experimental pop tracks of the year.
Emotional Oranges - Just Like You
  • For fans of The 1975
Emotional Oranges’ aesthetic is as simple as it looks - they like oranges and they’re emotional. More seriously, the California pop duo has exploded in the last year, releasing two exceptional records stacked with simmering, sexy songs that bounce between sultry R&B and uptempo pop. Just Like You is a downright sensual synthpop single, sounding like if Oh Wonder and The 1975 had a baby, and that baby listening to Terror Jr. growing up. A lustful slow burn, the track dances around with innuendos and references to “navels,” a clever nod to the duo’s dedication to the fruit, while also keeping that steamy feeling of missing someone’s body as much as you miss them.
Deb Never - Swimming
  • for fans of Dominic Fike
Deb Never, alongside 100 Gecs, Dominic Fike, Slowthai, and JPEGMAFIA completes the spectrum of weird indie pop/rap artists to open for Brockhampton. However, as talented and incredible as all of these musicians are, Deb Never may be the most underrated and exciting. The angsty singer-songwriter has a very eclectic and visceral style, blending raw trap elements with alternative rock guitars on Swimming, a dark and brooding single that may be her best yet.
Wafia - Hurts (feat. Louis The Child & Whethan)
  • for fans of Zara Larsson
Wafia is best known for her contribution on Louis The Child’s hit single Better Not, and on Hurts, she enlists the DJ duo along with rising producer Whethan to create a slick, futuristic bop with sliding synths and solid vocals. It’s a bit of a vibe, and for a song with so many people producing and writing and singing, things can fall apart, but Hurts never feels like it has too many cooks in the kitchen - it seems like it has just enough.
Roy Blair - I Don’t Know About Him
  • for fans of Kevin Abstract
Roy Blair was Brockhampton frontman Kevin Abstract’s background singer when he was simply a small internet solo act. Roy’s got music of his own, and 2017’s Cat Heaven is a rather slept on indie pop release with some great songs. He graced 2019 with a 3 song EP called Graffiti, where he he delves in a more experimental route, following in the footsteps of other alternative pop artists. The result is a somber, expressive collection of tracks that impress and surprise. I Don’t Know About Him is the first of the three, and perhaps the best. Rife with pitch-adjusted vocal samples, a chant of a chorus, and punchy production, this may be one of the most alluring indie pop tracks you’ll hear all year.
HOLYCHILD - Over You
  • for fans of Broods
HOLYCHILD recently announced they’re going on an indefinite hiatus, but not before dropping a damn solid sendoff of an album. The pulsating, explosive intro, Over You, is a gorgeous synthpop smash - its instrumental marches on and on, providing ample background for anthemic vocals to do their thing.
REI AMI - Snowcone
  • for fans of Doja Cat
REI AMI is my personal favorite new artist of 2019. She only has 3 singles out, but has carved a unique space for herself, with a love for beat switches that halve her tracks. The first half of Snowcone is a certified bad bitch anthem, with quippy and sassy lyrics, cutesy yet menacing delivery, and a raw beat with some clever moments in production. The second half couldn’t be any more different, as she finds herself vulnerable and alone, “a thrift store sweater with the holes.” There’s a nice duality to this one that is shocking in a first listen but seems almost necessary every time after that.
Bermuda - Under The Bridge (Only Pretty People Can Hear This Song)
  • for fans of Kim Petras
This bizarre track is the debut from Lil Miquela’s “hacker.” And just like the digital influencer, Bermuda is a computer-generated personality. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a poppy, autotuned cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers song. On its own, it may not be an interesting piece of music. It’s not quite as abrasive or absent garde as an 100 Gecs track, nor is it as polished as Miquela’s PC music-friendly tracks, but it’s a relic of the zeitgeist. It’s a catchy, infectious clout chasing debut from an artist who doesn’t exist, one that might even be birthed from Miquela’s creators. Why would you make a debut single a pop cover of an early 90s rock track? Who knows. Maybe things aren’t that complicated. Maybe this is just a synthy, self-aware bop.
Tei Shi - Even If It Hurts (feat. Blood Orange)
  • for fans of Empress Of
Tei Shi has mostly been slept on in the pop/R&B spectrum despite releasing quite a few stunning singles across her two solid releases. Even If It Hurts is a smoky collaboration with Blood Orange in the vein of his 2018 album Negro Swan (of which they had a song together called Hope), and fit the most part, it shares a lot of qualities with the record: the dreamy, lush synths that lose you in a daze, the percussion that punches and drags like chains across pavement, and the whispery echoes of vocals that sound both in your face and distant at the same time. It’s easily one of the best songs of the year, and perhaps one of the best in Tei Shi’s career.
Deaton Chris Anthony - Racecar (feat. Clairo, Coco & Clair Clair)
  • for fans of Yaeji
For as small of an artist as Deaton Chris Anthony may be, he seems to have already caused quite the buzz online. In the last few months, he’s met up with Charli XCX, got Tony Hawk to star in a music video, and had this alt pop crew cut named one of the best tracks of the year by Gorilla vs. Bear (think Pitchfork but better). And this Clairo-featuring track is exactly that, a 3 minute rollercoaster ride that swerves and evades any sense of cliche as it dances around vaporwave, brat pop, sassy rap, and everywhere in between. It’s a lot to unpack, but luckily, you’ll be dying to hit replay to figure it all out.
Chelsea Cutler - You Are Losing Me
  • for fans of Sasha Sloan
This soft, Spotify-core vocal chop pop tune is a certified jam, a tried-and-true playful act of resistance. It’s got a really great drop, which bounces and shines in contrast to Chelsea’s hazy, hurtful delivery. It’s a testament to honesty and vulnerability, and while there’s a lot of tracks out there that sound like this, they’re often sterile, whereas You Are Losing Me almost feels unstable, ready to burst at any moment.
Chromatics - Whispers In The Hall
  • for fans of Beach House
For those unfamiliar with the synthpop group Chromatics, they’re one of the most influential modern dream pop groups out there, taking heavy inspiration from film scores and Italian disco. Their music has always skated on the line of horror and suspense, but on 2019’s Closer To Gray, they finally lean right into the spooky side of electronic music, with a downright menacing baseline, a Carpenter-esque melody, and a chaotic hell of an outro. It’s every bit as scary as the cover and title would suggest, and it’s every bit glorious as well.
FLUXX.WORLD - Sit W Me
  • for fans of 100 gecs
Probably the smallest group in this list, FLUXX.WORLD only has a handful of tracks to their name, but released one of my favorite tracks of the year with Sit W Me. It’s a winding, dizzying hyperpop song with a repetitive drawl, an immaculate chorus, and production that would make Charli XCX blush. It’s a fever dream, the closest thing 2019 has gotten to drone pop, and I love it. Definitely check this one out.
Poliça - Trash In Bed
  • for fans of Robyn
Minneapolis synthpop band Poliça has gone under the radar even in indie circles despite releasing some pretty great albums over the last decade, and if Trash In Bed is any indication, they’re going to continue that streak. This dark, brooding pop track oozes mystique, an omen to a past lover. It’s bleak, but enjoyable.
LIZ - Laguna Nights
  • for fans of Slayyyter
LIZ has gotten some traction here, but not quite as much as the other PC Music affiliates. Laguna Nights may be the most pure pop track on the record, but it’s a great one. Britney vibes are abound, and so are references to mood rings as well as the TV show of which the song shares a similar name. Endlessly catchy, poppy, and glittery. What more could you ask for?
Kilo Kish - Bite Me
  • for fans of Grimes
Vicious. That’s the one word I would use to describe Kilo Kish and her brand of industrial pop. Bite Me is every bit as visceral as it sounds, complete with pouncing drums, primal screams, and other various background sounds that make this such a scary, intriguing track. It all accumulated into a rush of an outro, as it feels like the entire song is packed into a 15 second snippet that erupts with increasing intensity.
Perfume Genius - Pop Song
  • for fans of Caroline Polachek
If you don’t listen to Perfume Genius, you’re going to fix that today. One of the best indie pop musicians currently in the game, Perfume Genius is always finding new ways to express himself through lovely and lush compositions. The smugly named Pop Song May be one of his best, a foray into an atmospheric garden of ambient noises and gentle vocals. Don’t let that fool you, though, as this song is grim, violent, and mellow underneath the otherwise gorgeous sheen of instruments that grace this song’s exterior. It’s a five minute song with one single hook repeated twice but it never outstays its welcome, and by the time you’re finished, you would like to play it again.
Låpsley - My Love Was Like The Rain
  • for fans of James Blake
Låpsley is one of the most underrated English songwriters out there. She wrote and produced every track on her bedroom pop debut album Long Way Home, which was brimming with deep, ocean-like downtempo pop tracks. She returns after a hiatus to bring us even more warm synths and haunting vocals on My Love Was Like The Rain. It’s a bit Billie Eilish meets Jamie xx with Adele at the helm, but it’s all full of feeling.
Banoffee - Tennis Fan (feat. Empress Of)
  • for fans of King Princess
Banoffee is still an unknown for many fans of Charli XCX or SOPHIE, but the LA songwriter will be making waves in 2020 with her eclectic delivery and lighthearted lyrical metaphors. Tennis Fan is downright infectious, coupling dancey production with bouncy vocals reminiscent of something from MØ. Top it off with a fire Empress Of feature, and you have a recipe for pop perfection.
EDEN - Projector
  • for fans of Jon Bellion
EDEN makes sad, electronic heavy pop music that’s very similar in vein to someone like James Blake, but his demeanor is far more deadpan, and his production is rather hazy and shoegazey. Projector is full of sorrowful beeps and bloops, downright depressing delivery, and an ominous fog that surrounds the entire track.
Flo Milli - In The Party
  • for fans of Doja Cat
Flo Milli may be the rapper to watch in 2020. Charisma and personality is a huge part of success in hip hop, and the Alabama rapper has it in spades. With a rapid fire, sassy flow like Rico Nasty and raw, hard beats, she has carved out a hell of a lane for herself, and already secured a Tok Tok hit with her debut single Beef FloMix. In The Party is a poppier, more audacious single, with Flo Milli serving various bad bitch aphorisms over a blunt, bodacious beat. It’s a cheerleader anthem for homewreckers and it’s as much of a banger as it sounds like it is.
Eluera - Good When We Fight
  • for fans of Tove Styrke
Eluera is an Australian lo-fi pop artist with a whispery, downtempo songwriting style that’s downright alluring. Paired with a punchy instrumental on her new single, Good When We Fight, she’s making moves. It’s got a damn nice chorus, a hint of vulnerability, and a lot of character. Definitely a must-listen for fans of the light, post-Lorde pop singers.
Torres - Good Scare
  • for fans of Marina
Torres is that one artist who has come so close to releasing that one album to put her on the map. After three great albums (all of which have managed to score an exact 8.0 on Pitchfork), Torres may finally have found her record. Good Scare, the lead single, is an indie pop bombshell, the type of slow burn that is electrifying, revealing, and unyielding. Hopefully the rest of the album can follow.
Teyana Taylor - We Got Love
  • for fans of Tinashe
Teyana Taylor is an artist with quite the crazy career - a debut that should’ve been massive but was anything but, an album infinitely delayed and finally retooled by Kanye West as part of his Wyoming sessions, a smattering of singles reworked and released over the course of 2019, and being so coveted as an opener on Jeremih’s tour she literally kicked out the main act from his own tour. So for all intents and purposes, We Got Love feels like a victory lap. It was meant to be on her last album, K.T.S.E., then intended for Kanye West’s own scrapped record Yandhi, but was shelved and shelved again, and here it is. And it’s great. A soulful Kanye production, We Got Love is a holy, beautiful rap with an endearing hook and ton of positivity and love. It sounds like a classic, nostalgic track hook release, and it’s easily up there with Teyana’s best tracks, with short quips that have West’s lyrical stamp, an organ that feels oh so churchlike, and a background choir sample that elevates this track to another level. Definitely one of my favorite songs of the year.
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2020.01.22 17:33 absolutemadman2019 You're Single, Now What? (A sur-thrival guide to the first month of sweet, sweet singlehood)

I just realized that it's been a month Friday since my ex (23M) and I (21F) split up. I remember joining this subreddit a day or two after we broke up, trying to find anything remotely road map-like to tell me what do now that I was single for the first time in two years. I found a lot of phenomenal advice, and am so thankful to everyone in this group for being so supportive of each other, and now that I'm at the first single milestone, I wanted to pay it forward and offer some advice for anyone still reeling from the drastic life change that a breakup causes. These are the best tips that I learned from friends, family, and getting through the month myself. :)
(Just for background, I was the dumper, but it was not a premeditated dump in any way; it was the result of multiple betrayals from my ex over a three day span, and while initially the dumper, it was a pretty mutual breakup, and I was not at all prepared for it. This was also my first long term relationship, so I had really no litmus test as to what the breakup process would be.)
  1. VIBE CHECK YOUR F*CKING MINDSET
Your emotional brain may be a wreck right now, but your logical brain knows what's up. Remind yourself of these facts as much as you need to. If you were meant to be with this person, you would still be with them. Just because you love someone, doesn't mean they should be your partner. Your relationship was still completely worth it, because you learned and grew SO much. Mourn your relationship because you poured your heart and soul into it and it didn't work out, but honour the fact that it was a big part of your life and wasn't all for nothing-- don't mourn your ex, they're still alive. Plus, we don't go through that many major breakups over the course of our lives, so try to mentally frame your breakup as a really kickass opportunity to be a better partner to yourself and to grow.
2) REMOVE ALL EVIDENCE OF YOUR EX FROM YOUR LIFE, AND COMMUNICATE THIS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
As soon as we broke up, I did a huge social media scrub and unfollowed all of his friends and family and blocked him on everything, including phone. (Yes, I did figure out how to lurk his IG for about two days after, but then I started stopping myself and I haven't had so much as a glimpse of his socials since.) This was not out of spite for him, this was out of love for myself: how would I be able to move on from my ex if I was constantly reminded of him? I also told my friends and family off the bat that I was doing this, and that I didn't want anyone to talk to me about my ex or my breakup unless I brought him/it up. I cannot stress this one enough: the most important part of moving on is being able to forget about your ex, and you cannot do this with constant reminders floating around. Plus, setting a precedent with your friends that you don't want to only talk about your breakup constantly forces you to talk about other things, which helps kickstart your new fabulous single routine.
3) GET THE F*CK OUT OF YOUR HOUSE
Fill. Your. Social. Calendar. Hang out with your friends multiple times a week, take new work opportunities, pour yourself into a hobby. If you need to spend some time alone inside, try rearranging your room the way you always wanted to. Not only does this help ease the pain of the breakup, but it sets your new routine in motion, and who doesn't want their routine to involve a good work-life balance and fulfilling social life?
4) FLIRT WITH LITERALLY ANYONE
I'm not saying go out on dates, or dive into a new relationship off the bat: don't do that until you're ready, which takes time, and I'm not there yet. BUT, getting on Tinder, talking to the cute girl/guy at the office, and letting your friends bring a cute someone you don't know to a group hangout gives you the perfect opportunity to realize that your ex isn't the only person out there that could possibly be interested in you, plus a bit of an ego boost. And, let's be honest, you need an ego boost right now. (Just don't be shitty to people or use them just because you're recently single. Be a good human.)
Addition from u/HeyMotherfucker & u/Bad_Sad_SameThing: Tinder may be more of an option if you're a girl or Brad Pitt; it can be a double edged sword if you don't get the validation you're looking for. Dudes, use your own past experience with dating apps to decide if this is a good idea!
Also, a great piece of advice from u/Aureliol: "What super helps for me is going alone to a bar just start a conversation with anyone it's a huge confidence boost because you stepped over a socially awkward barrier."
5) GET A LITTLE SOCIOPATHIC WITH OPTICS
(Optics: the way everyone not in your situation views your situation.) By keeping optics in mind, your logical brain and your primal need for social approval will keep you from doing anything crazy that you will later regret (sad phone calls, text rants, reconciliation when you really shouldn't, etc). This sounds cold, but it's been super effective for me: when I'm having a day where I feel great about the breakup, I'm happy that I haven't reached out to my ex or done anything spiteful to him (like he has to me) because at the end of the day, even though I'm not in love with him, I still love him and I want him to live a happy and successful life, so I don't want to throw a wrench into his healing process by being mean-spirited or spiteful or otherwise a little nuts. Contrariwise, when I'm having a day where I'm angry at my ex and resentful of what happened, I'm always happy that I haven't done anything shitty to him and that optics kept me in check because I definitely look like the bigger person, which makes me feel vindicated.
6) REMEMBER THAT AS SHITTY AS YOUR EX IS, YOU DID LOVE THEM, AND THEY PLAYED A BIG PART IN YOUR LIFE
This was a hard one to wrap my head around, but once I did, I felt SO liberated. Experiencing a breakup with the perspective of, "this didn't work out but I want the best for both of us, even if it's not with each other" allows you to mourn the relationship from a place of love, not hatred, and it's much easier to process and recover from something you're not holding a grudge against. You have so many better things to focus your mental energy on than hating someone who isn't in your life anymore. You're better than that.
7) TREAT YOURSELF THE WAY YOU WISH YOUR EX DID
Buy yourself flowers (regardless of your gender, flowers are lovely!), order yourself food from your favourite place, buy yourself that present you were hoping your ex would get you, and start talking to yourself like you would if you were your own partner. Compliment yourself in the mirror, take pride in your personal appearance, put yourself in a position where you feel nothing but good about yourself. The other night I made myself a full ass cheeseboard and cuddled up with my dog and watched Netflix. Best date night in ever. Love yo'self.

That's all I have for now, but please feel free to comment any of your own advice or tips, and I can add to the list! Recent breakup sur-thrivers, you got this. As a friend said to me when I told her my ex and I broke up, welcome to your life. It's gonna be an awesome one.

*~*CHEESY POP BREAKUP BOP RECOMMENDATIONS IN CASE YOU GOTTA FEEL YOUR FEELINGS*~*
(I'm LGBT, so please excuse the sheer queerness of my taste in music!)
- You Should Be Sad -- Halsey
- Graveyard -- Halsey (girl pulled thru with the breakup bops for 2020, we have no choice but to stan)
- Kissing Other People -- Lennon Stella
- The Wire -- HAIM
- Don't Start Now -- Dua Lipa (another breakup bop KWEEN)
- Glad He's Gone -- Tove Lo
- Consideration -- Rihanna ft. SZA
- Wild Girl -- Kito & Empress Of
- Fuckin Problems -- A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar & 2 Chainz
- I Don't F*ck With You -- Big Sean (of COURSE)
- Be Alright -- Ariana Grande
- Porsche -- Charli XCX ft. MO
- No Excuses -- Meghan Trainor (so underrated)
- Still Got Time -- Zayn ft. PartyNextDoor
- Attention -- Charli Puth
- Too Good -- Drake ft. Rihanna
- It Ain't Me -- Kygo ft. Selena Gomez
- I Ain't Got Time! -- Tyler, the Creator
- A Little Respect -- Erasure
- Vanishing Point -- New Order
- Nothing Breaks Like a Heart -- Mark Ronson ft. Miley Cyrus
- Kill V Maim -- Grimes
- Pin -- Grimes
- the entirety of Chelsea Cutler's new album, as recommended by u/linlins13!
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2019.10.24 19:26 thefrenchflo [IIL] 2019 Post-Rock, Progressive Rock & Related, [WEWIL?]

Here is the list of all the 2019 albums I listened so far, and my appreciation of them.

Which album out in 2019 have I missed, that would make it to my 4-stars session?
(please note that when I rate an album only 1 star, It's not a judgement about the value of the artist. I admire all artist. It's just that I can't love everything and I wish them to find a big audience elsewhere).

5 stars:
  1. Devin Townsend - Empath (PROGRESSIVE METAL)
  2. Monkey3 - Sphere (PSYCHEDELIC ROCK)
  3. Tool - Fear Inoculum (POST METAL)
  4. Cheeto's Magazine - Amazingous (CROSSOVER PROG)

4 1/2 stars:

4 stars:

3 1/2 stars:

3 stars:

2 1/2 stars:

2 stars:
1 1/2 stars:

1 star:

1/2 star:
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2019.09.23 10:26 glorious_unicorn Confused by all the 'I am [place the latin indication of whatever trait here]sexual'.

Excuse any mistakes, English is not my native language.
Recently saw a title of an article on one of the news portals - 'Mark Ronson announced he is sapiosexual'. So I thought to myself - what the heck is 'sapiosexual'?
A quick google search revealed that it is a person finding intelligence sexually attracting or arousing. So why the hell can't the person just say 'I am finding intelligence sexually arousing'? Do we really need to make out a new word for that? Are there people called 'stultsexual' finding stupidity sexually arousing?
What about all the threads on AskReddit asking 'Girls/boys what do you find attractive in opposite sex?'? There are a lot of women pointing out that e.g. they find muscular hands or beautiful teeth attractive, are they supposed to be called manusexuals or dentosexuals now? What about men finding pony tails or glasses sexually arousing? I don't even know how would 'pony tail' potentially translate to Latin.
Do people, who are actively dating, have to carry dictionaries with them to be sure they will be able to understand the other person after asking them what do they find attractive in a potential partner?

Edit: And I mean sapiosexual isn't even an objective category. It is very subjective, person who may seem to be intelligent to one 'sapiosexual', may not be intelligent enough to be arousing to another 'sapiosexual'. Just wha-a-at? Pansexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals are objective categories, you either are one or not, why introduce something which cannot even be defined objectively?
And then we will have a problem with people gate-keeping sapiosexuality! Imagine 'He said I am not sapiosexual because my partner only has Bachelor's degree and sapiosexuals start with Phd. Intelligence is not defined by education, freaking gate-keepers!'. Duh!
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2018.08.02 12:43 blue_heart_ British Sophomore Stunners: Back to Black vs 21 vs It's Not Me, It's You

British Sophomore Stunners Rate

For those too lazy to scroll down, HERE is the link to send in your scores and HERE is the link to the Spotify playlist.
Good evening! I'm your host, blue_heart_, also known as Remy, and today I have the honor to welcome you to this rate. Thank you mods, and last but not least, thank you god.
This rate is about 3 British ladies and the expectations they met and surpassed on their second albums. Some artists fell into the trap of the "sophomore slump", but not these. Our esteemed competitors are:
What do these people have in common, besides being female, British, musical artists, with an inclination to soul or RnB? Why, it's the fact that they knocked it out of the park with their second albums, of course. Adele attained huge fame with 21, where Rolling in the Deep or Someone Like You attained huge success all over the world. Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, and its lead single Rehab almost earned her a clean sweep of the Big Four at the Grammys. Lily Allen won awards in Britain and the US for It's Not Me, It's You and its first few singles, namely The Fear and Not Fair, and her hilariously upfront coverage of some issues that people rather not talk about was admired. These are the albums we're pitting against one another, and these are the songs. I stole the descriptions from Wikipedia. Sue me.

Albums

Back to Black

Back to Black is the second and final studio album by English singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse, released on 27 October 2006 by Island Records. The album spawned five singles: "Rehab", "You Know I'm No Good", "Back to Black", "Tears Dry on Their Own" and "Love Is a Losing Game". Back to Black was acclaimed by music critics, who praised Winehouse’s songwriting and emotive singing style as well as Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson's production.
At the 50th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, Back to Black won Best Pop Vocal Album and was also nominated for Album of the Year. At the same ceremony, Winehouse won four additional awards meaning that she ties with five other artists as the second-most awarded female in a single ceremony. The album was also nominated at the 2007 Brit Awards for MasterCard British Album and was shortlisted for the 2007 Mercury Prize. Back to Black sold 3.58 million copies in the UK alone, becoming the UK's second best-selling album of the 21st century. By 2018, the album had sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
  • Rehab
  • You Know I'm No Good
  • Me & Mr Jones
  • Just Friends
  • Back to Black
  • Love Is a Losing Game
  • Tears Dry On Their Own
  • Wake Up Alone
  • Some Unholy War
  • He Can Only Hold Her
  • Addicted

21

21 is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Adele. It was released on 24 January 2011 in Europe and on 22 February 2011 in North America. The album was named after the age of the singer during its production. 21 shares the folk and Motown soul influences of her 2008 debut album 19, but was further inspired by the American country and Southern blues music to which she had been exposed during her 2008–09 North American tour An Evening with Adele. Composed in the aftermath of the singer's separation from her partner, the album typifies the near dormant tradition of the confessional singer-songwriter in its exploration of heartbreak, self-examination, and forgiveness.
Adele began writing 21 in April 2009, when still involved in the relationship that subsequently inspired the record. Dissatisfied with once again portraying herself as the musical tragedian of her debut, she had intended to compose a more upbeat and contemporary follow-up. However, studio sessions ended prematurely due to a lack of inspiration. She resumed production immediately after the breakdown of her relationship, channelling her heartbreak and depression into her songs. Adele collaborated with various songwriters and producers, including Columbia Records co-president Rick Rubin, Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Jim Abbiss, and Dan Wilson.
  • Rolling In The Deep
  • Rumour Has It
  • Turning Tables
  • Don't You Remember
  • Set Fire To The Rain
  • He Won't Go
  • Take It All
  • I'll Be Waiting
  • One and Only
  • Lovesong
  • Someone Like You

It's Not Me, It's You

It's Not Me, It's You is the second studio album by English singer and songwriter Lily Allen. It was released on 4 February 2009 by Regal Recordings and Parlophone. It was produced and co-written by Greg Kurstin, with whom Allen had previously worked on her debut studio album, Alright, Still (2006). The album represents a departure from the ska and reggae influences of its predecessor, incorporating electropop with elements of jazz and country.
Upon release, It's Not Me, It's You received positive reviews from critics, praising Allen's "sharp tongue" and calling the album "wonderful". The album was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the charts in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. It was later certified triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), and has sold 1,016,169 copies in the UK alone. It was also certified four times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of over 280,000 copies in Australia. The album has sold over two million copies worldwide.
  • Everyone's At It
  • The Fear
  • Not Fair
  • 22
  • I Could Say
  • Back to the Start
  • Never Gonna Happen
  • Fuck You
  • Who'd Have Known
  • Chinese
  • Him
  • He Wasn't There

Bonus Tracks

These are B-sides, bonus tracks, unreleased tracks, Target or Japanese bonus tracks, covers or whatever that I felt like including. Not all of these are available on streaming services, so I will be linking to YouTube if necessary.
These songs are optional to rate. But please do. I'd like that. Thank you kindly bye.
If any track is not available in your country, and you've tried everything you know how (please use Google first if you can, to find an alternate), message me and I'll try to help you with it.

How To Do the Rate

Here is a prepared link for you to fill out your scores. Please stick to this format! It involves a lot less work for me, which is my favourite kind of work!
Here is a playlist with all available songs on Spotify on it.

And now for some rules. I copy pasted those from another rate, like everyone does. Sue me.

  • Listen to each song and assign each a score between 1 and 10. Decimals are fine, but please refrain from giving decimal scores that have two decimal spots. This means that giving a 7 is fine! Giving a 7.5 is fine! Giving a 7.55 is absolutely out of the question!
  • You may give ONE song a 0 and ONE song an 11. By one, we mean that this is one song total, not one song per album. Please reserve these for your least favorite and most favorite tracks; excessive sabotage ruins rate results and is very annoying! YOU CANNOT GIVE A 0 OR 11 TO A BONUS TRACK.
  • You have to listen to and rank each song! (Except the bonus tracks, but please do those anyway.)
  • Your scores are not confidential!
  • If I suspect you from intentionally giving certain songs or artists low scores for the sake of sabotage, I will not hesitate to tell you to clarify or change your scores!
  • Your scores can be changed at any time! Just PM the corrections to me!
  • If you want to attach a comment to a specific song (which is encouraged!) write it right after your score. Make sure nothing is separating your score and your comment except for a space! Like this:
Acceptable:
Rehab: 0 This song already won a rate!
ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE:
Rolling in the Deep: This song already won a rate! 0
Rehab: 0 - This song already won a rate!
Rolling in the Deep: 0 (This song already won a rate!)
Rehab: This song already won a rate, so I'm giving it a 0!
  • You can give a comment to an album by placing a colon after the album name and writing your comment after that, like so:
Album: Back to Black: Talented brilliant incredible amazing showstopping spectacular never-the-same totally unique completely not ever been done before unafraid to reference or not reference put it in a blender shit on it vomit on it eat it give birth to it
If you do not follow these simple formatting rules, I will probably still accept your scores, but I reserve the right to publicly shame you for your illiteracy.
Thank you for reading, be fair, have fun, and thank everyone for participating!
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2017.12.01 17:01 VodkaInsipido Album of the Year 2017 #01: SZA - CTRL.

Artist: SZA Album: CTRL
Listen:
Apple Music
Spotify
Background:
SZA (Self Savior, Zig Zag Zig, Allah in the Supreme Alphabet), born Solána Rowe, is the woman I’m going to talk about today. Her, and her debut album, CTRL, my second album of the year behind Lorde’s Melodrama. At barely 26 years old, her life has taken a lot of turns: from being a gymnast to working with Beyoncé and Rihanna to being a model for Ivy Park to being a neo-soul superstar. Born in St. Louis, from a black-muslim family, she only could listen to one genre of music in her house: jazz, with the artists her father played, like Miles Davis, Billie Holiday or Louis Armstrong. This would mark the jazzy production on CTRL. Other of her influences would be given by one of her friends, in a Bar Mitzvah: she got gifted a CD mixtape with Red Hot Chili Peppers, LFO and Macy Gray, what she called emo sad white rich kid shit. She loved it.
But that isn’t everything; one day her old brother gave her an iPod. On it, she found artists that completely broke with the styles of music she was accustomed to: Wu-Tang Clan, Björk, Common, Mos Def, Nas and Jay-Z. Her brother (Manhattan) also introduced her to music: when she was 19, he asked her to do backing vocals for one of his songs, Where Do We Go?.
Fast forward a year: SZA self-releases her debut mixtape See.SZA.Run, which included the single Time Travel Undone. Later in 2013, she signs to TDE and releases an EP, S. Then in 2014 she released another EP, Z, including the songs Child’s Play featuring Chance the Rapper and Babylon featuring Kendrick Lamar. Some writing credits with Beyoncé and Nicki, some others with Travis Scott and ScHoolboy Q, a feature with Jay Rock, and we get to the first big jump: Rihanna’s Consideration.
Consideration is the intro track to the 2016 surprise-released Rihanna album, Anti. Well we don’t know if it was a surprise, but Tidal fucked up. SZA had previously spoken about Rihanna in a series of tweets calling her and Ciara out, but they became friends after. Consideration could be considered SZA’s first step into mainstream, especially thanks to that BRITs performance. To the track, SZA does the post-choruses and the outro. They are beautifully written, and SZA’s voice does a beautiful contrast with Rihanna’s.
When I look outside my window I can't get no peace of mind
It’s a pessimistic line, evoking a moment of sadness. The picture of people looking at the window is constant in movies and shows, waiting for something to come or happen. But when SZA looks at the window, she can’t see nothing positive. Those two lines could condense SZA’s lyrical skills.
Review:
That is my greatest fear, that if, if I lost control, or did not have control, things would just, you know, I would be… fatal.
“Supermodel”, the first track in SZA’s debut album CTRL, starts with these lines. They’re not spoken by her, but by her mother. SZA explained what control is for her in a Genius interview:
“I have no control, there is no such thing as control. I’m chasing control. I’m craving control. I’m losing control. It’s a culmination of all these things, of this word, of this concept, that’s just run my life for so long, that’s just been very obsessive. [...] Like, ‘No, don’t put out an album until you’re a better writer.’ And the truth is, sometimes you just have to let go."
We chase control in our lives. For many, our life goal is being with someone we love, in a pretty house, with a job we enjoy. But sometimes things don’t work out like that. Supermodel talks about SZA having a boyfriend, who heads to Vegas on Valentine’s Day. She later receives a call from one of his friends: they all had a orgy that day. This line feels like a bomb in a first listen:
Let me tell you a secret I been secretly banging your homeboy Why you in Vegas all up on Valentine's Day?
SZA spits the lines over the looped chords of an electric guitar, the only beat of the song until the second minute, where some drums kick in. If he can cheat on her, she cheats on him. In an interview with The Breakfast Club, she revealed that after getting that call she started to go after one of his boyfriend’s friends, who she had a crush on. She uses the second and first person to end the verse:
Oh no she didn't Oh yes I did Oh no she didn't I'll do it again
This showcases the surprise of his boyfriend, the second person, to the indifference of her. She will do it again, just to hurt him more if it’s necessary. But at the same time, she isn’t comfortable with her new… Boyfriend? FWB? At all, SZA isn’t comfortable with a man, but she can’t be alone:
Why I can't stay alone just by myself? Wish I was comfortable just with myself But I need you, but I need you, but I need you
That’s a feeling many have. Even if it hurts, you need to be with someone. At the end, one needs to love itself, and move on. But instead, SZA breaks up with her boyfriend to move on with his friend:
That's why I stayed with ya The dick was too good It made me feel good For temporary love You was a temporary lover
Still, she has insecurities she can’t let go. She looks for attention, but instead of love, only gets sex back. But it’s not bad for her, that still makes her feel good. And the chorus repeats again, going back to the wish I was comfortable just with myself lines, but this time it doesn’t apply to her old boyfriend, but to her new temporary lover. She went from a toxic relationship to another one. Sometimes, that person you love doesn’t love you as much, and that house you wanted for your future family won’t be bought. At the end, Supermodel becomes an hymn about letting go. About not being dependant of others. About getting over your insecurities. About being comfortable with yourself.
Then, “Love Galore” does a flash-forward. The second single of CTRL becomes a flash-forward from Supermodel. It starts with an intro sung by Travis Scott, that goes by I need, I need several times, to which SZA’s chorus replies love, love. While he doesn’t know what he wants (sex, love, a family), SZA is sure about her ideas: as long as they have love, they’ll be fine.
But, Love Galore has a special line that hits in the pre-chorus:
Why you bother me when you know you don't want me?
It’s a relatable sentiment. How many times has someone avoided talking with you after they started talking? In an era of digital communication where you can get everything through Twitter and talk with anybody, ignoring someone is easier than ever. Face to face, you can’t just leave running and have an excuse. Ask a girl, she’ll tell you about how she has fifteen guys texting her but none has asked her on a date. In any other context this line would feel pretty conservative, but on SZA’s words it works out. Then, the second line hits:
Why you bother me when you know you got a woman?
Now ask the same girl as before, and she’ll tell you about how half of those guys had a girlfriend and just wanted her to be either a side chick or a plan B. The whole pre-chorus is an oxymoron to the first verse, which talked about a temporary love (just like Supermodel), a summer fling, but now talks about taking any opportunity to be with her lover:
I be looking for ya Got me looking forward to weekends With you baby, with you baby [..] We do whatever we want, go wherever we want Love however we want, it don't matter You'll do whatever I want, get whatever I want Get whatever I need, it's about (love, love)
The last two lines mark a huge change in the song: they might be playing, but now it’s her time to play with him. She wants him, but at the same time she is the one who will decide over him. The one who will leaver her on read. But then you have the gorgeous outro:
I came to your city, lookin' for lovin' n' licky 'Cause you promised to put it down All up in your city, lookin' for you, uh Searchin' for you like love Only thing keepin' me from droppin' you right now Right now, love Only thing keepin' me by your side Only thing keepin' me by your side now
Go back to the same girl you talked with before. Has she been ghosted? Ever? Probably. Maybe the guy got a cold, maybe he was at a party, maybe he just forgot. SZA explains it once again to Genius:
The outro is the telltale story of you be in the area. You said you wanted to do all these things. Like, you wanted to spend time and, you know, talked a good one. Via whatever. Via text, via on the phone, and then you go ghost. That’s happened to so many girls. [...] But, I have been in a place where I felt like I liked somebody and I couldn’t say what I wanted to say. So you just end up being quiet. Like, the whole time, in this place where the other person is. It could be a city, it could be a proverbial city. It could be a room. It could be a party.
Love Galore is as a whole an anthem to digital love, in the good and the bad side. It’s a song that empowers to dump the guys who just want side chicks, to get out of toxic relationship, to recognize what’s wrong with you and your lover.
Fearin' not growin' up Keepin' me up at night Am I doin' enough? Feel like I'm wastin' time
“Prom”, the fifth track, is a come back to the sound of her old mixtapes, doing disco-pop that many other popstars could have done. It’s teen angst, but late teen angst: prom season is coming of age, growing apart, and looking forward to the future. All of this happens while SZA sings about not maturing as fast as her boyfriend:
Please don't take it, don't take it personal Like I know you usually do
While he is caring with her, she just can’t give back. She just isn’t ready for a relationship. One of my favourite lines on the song is at the end of the second verse:
To run and hide out somewhere So far away Hoppin' through poppy fields Dodgin' evil witches These houses keep droppin' everywhere
Which is a reference to The Wizard of Oz. SZA likes to reference movies in her songs, like Forrest Gump in “Doves In The Wind” or Misery in the “Love Galore” video. Those evil witches are those mean girls and high-school, and the houses are her possible futures: what career to choose, who to settle down with… and just as with The Wizard of Oz, what matters in high-school is the journey, not the ending; the friends and experiences you make along the way, not going to university.
Prom feels like a song stuck in a 90’s movie: after the couple leaves town in their convertible, the song starts to play as the camera does an aerial shot of the car far away, driving through the country roads, and then the credits kick in. Maybe it could be the ending of the album, but instead it rolls out to “The Weekend”.
And then there is “The Weekend”.
You say you got a girl How you want me? How you want me when you got a girl?
“The Weekend” starts as every other SZA song, or that’s what many people say: she is a side-chick in a relationship with a man who already has a girlfriend. These lines are from her perspective, facing his partner. The first verse follows:
Of knowin' it's selfish Knowin' I'm desperate Gettin' all in your love Fallin' all over love, like Do it 'til it hurts less
She desperately looks for his attention, trying to love him enough to make him dump his girlfriend and be with her. The irony of the last line is how even if he broke up with the other woman, and SZA became his girlfriend, the man would keep on cheating her with another woman. It will hurt less to be with him, sure, but he still won’t be only hers.
Hanging out the back, all up in your lap Like is you comin' home? Is you out with her? I don't care long as you're here by 10:30, no later than Drop them drawers, give me what I want
The lines are self-explanatory. She went from not caring about the other woman to worry about his relationship with her. But still, she doesn’t care as long as she gets sex. Then you get one of the most beautiful chorus this year:
My man is my man is your man Heard it's her man too [...] Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I just keep him satisfied through the weekend You're like 9 to 5, I'm the weekend Make him lose his mind every weekend You take Wednesday, Thursday Then just send him my way Think I got it covered for the weekend
Where she compares herself as a weekend with him, while his girlfriend is with him during the weekdays. This line also could have a deeper meaning: while he doesn’t enjoy his work (the weekdays, the other woman) and feels stressed about it, the weekend (her) are moments of relax. He enjoys more the moments he spends with SZA rather than with her girlfriend. As she says in “Love Galore” (got me looking forward to weekends), he looks forward to the weekend to be liberated.
I gotta say I'm in the mood for a little bit more of that I mean I'm saying what kind of deal is two days? I need me at least 'bout four of them More of them, more of you on me On us, just tell me you want me, yeah
In the second SZA starts to argue about the arrangement her and the girlfriend did: while one gets 5 days, the other only gets 2.
Monday and I'll be at your door Ready to take her place Ready to give you What you've been missin' on weekdays What you've been waitin' for 10:30, no later than Drop them drawers, I know what you want
Now SZA breaks her arrangement, and decides that she wants the man all for her. One of the most interesting parts is how the last line also references the last line of the first verse: instead of give me what I want now it’s I know what you want, showing that now she wants to take control of the relationship. Another chorus goes, and then an outro.
What a good song, right? The thing is, to see what makes it great you need to switch the view on the song. “The Weekend” isn’t sung from one perspective; it’s sung from two. Both the side-chick and the girlfriend. And not just one side-chick, but two. And if you go back to the Breakfast Club interview I put around Supermodel, you’ll see she mentions how she talks from both perspectives:
A lot of these songs have dual meanings. I’m speaking from the girlfriend and from the other perspective. Like I’ve been the girlfriend that didn’t know and I’ve been the girl that didn’t know you had a girlfriend.
So at the end of the day, SZA isn’t the side-chick. She is the girlfriend, but sings from both perspectives. In some verses you can’t tell who is singing, like in the one that references home. It’s overall a very interesting song, where unless you get some context you’ll just say that it’s just good, where narratives matters.
That's me, Ms. 20 Something
“20 Something”, starts over some subtle guitar chords. It doesn’t sound like something special, but it is because it’s the first time in the whole album since Supermodel a guitar really stand out. It makes it sound like a bonfire song, and the harmonies in the chorus reinforce that feeling. It’s a campfire song, and just like “Prom”, it’s a song about being stuck but wanting to grow up. While “Prom” situated SZA at the end of high-school, “20 Something” is somewhere in her twenties, maybe finishing college, maybe right now. And while “Prom” was teenage angst, “20 Something” has a feeling of... matureness. SZA sings a beautiful chorus that sums it up:
Stuck in them 20 somethings, stuck in them 20 somethings Good luck on them 20 somethings, good luck on them 20 somethings But God bless these 20 somethings Hopin' my 20 somethings won't end Hopin' to keep the rest of my friends Prayin' the 20 somethings don't kill me, don't kill me
Who hasn’t been told ‘good luck with that’ at any stage of his life? High-school, college, and then those twenty-somethings. A moment where you have to act mature, but you aren’t mature enough for some things. Mature enough to party all night and be responsible of your own acts, but not enough to settle down and buy a house. Some want to be stuck in the former, some look forward to the latter. But as she says, *’God Bless these 20 Somethings’. It’s a stage of life that as any other you have to enjoy and live as you want. Don’t look at the future as something perfect, and try to do the best in the time you have. You need to make your way out of the twenties, stand out, but at the same time it’s necessary to spend those years having fun and being happy. And that’s hard.
Finally, the outro to CTRL is a phone call with SZA’s mother, once again:
And if it's an illusion, I don't want to wake up. I'm gonna hang on to it. Because the alternative is an abyss, is just a hole, a darkness, a nothingness. Who wants that? You know? So that's what I think about control, and that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it. That was beautiful mommy, that was perfect.
And this is what connects “Supermodel” to “20 Something”, what connects CTRL. A phone call from which we only know the start and the end. Those are two points of a story, the story of SZA’s mother, and you can connect them however you want. That’s what shines in CTRL, the skill of making songs that people can relate to. Maybe it’s not the same story they have lived, maybe it’s not their story at all, but it sure is one you can feel that has happened, to SZA and to many other people.
CTRL isn’t a perfect album, neither it has a perfect message. It isn’t free of contradictions (first I need you, but now I don’t need nobody) but CTRL doesn’t pretend to be an album of self-help since the lyrics can’t be more full of guilt, low self-esteem and self-embarrassment. As the title suggests, the control SZA assumes sometimes works and other times, just like a keyboard key, doesn’t. This is SZA’s reality, the one of a ‘twenty-something’ woman, and also many other girls’, who will come to this album not to find answers to their questions but to comfort themselves in the experience a person like them had to suffer and later found the strength to tell.
other favourite lyrics, chosen by other users:
Maybe I should kill my inhibition Maybe I'll be perfect in a new dimension
I get so lonely, I forget what I'm worth, We get so lonely, we pretend that this works I'm so ashamed of myself think I need therapy
  • “Drew Barrymore”, second verse, chosen by u/Leixander. It is kinda personal actually. Won't go too deep but in a point of my life I decided that I want to be alone for a while. It didn't go well as you can imagine, but I am way better now. SZA has many lyrics that I found reflecting, like in the later lines of Drew Barrymore's "I am sorry I am not attractive, I am sorry I am not more ladylike" i.e. the lack of self-worth.
How could it be? 20 something, all alone still Not a thing in my name Ain't got nothing, running from love Only know fear
  • “20 Something”, pre-chorus, chosen by u/-dolantello-. i love the lyrics because i think it perfectly captures the solitude and loneliness that comes to many people when they become young adults
I'm sorry I'm not more ladylike I'm sorry I don't shave my legs at night
  • “Drew Barrymore”, second verse, chosen by u/Fledgeland. oh and vodka, its because i think its empowering ofc.
I know you'd rather be laid up with a big booty Body hella positive 'cause she got a big booty I know I'd rather be paid up You know I'm sensitive about havin' no booty Havin' nobody, only you, buddy Can you hold me when nobody's around us?
  • “Garden”, second verse, chosen by u/pasalacquanian. thats my favorite song, and her flow nice there.
Somebody get the tacos, somebody spark the blunt Let's start the Narcos off at episode one
  • “Drew Barrymore”, first verse, chosen by u/ThatParaonidPenguin. and this, i love drew barrymore. the juxtaposition of asking if its warm enough inside and outside. i could gush about this album all day.
Discussion points:
  • It took SZA 3 years to release this album. Was it worth the wait or is the more left to be desired? (chosen by u/pasalacquanian)
  • Are we seeing another rise of storytellers in hip-hop and R&B?
  • With a genre so focused on objectifying women, how does SZA take the concept and turn it on its head? (chosen by u/ThatParanoidPenguin)
  • Based on the content of the album, why do you think the name CTRL was chosen? What do you think it means to SZA, and how do themes of the title play out throughout the album? (chosen by u/Fledgeland)
  • Where do you see SZA going from here? CTRL was an expansive album that covered various different sounds and concepts. Do you think she'll continue with more of the same or further explore different styles? (chosen by u/-dolantello-)
SZA has been called everything in the five years that separate the release of her first mixtape to today. The saviour of female R&B, the female Frank Ocean, the next big popstar, the new Beyoncé. Comparisons are never good, but maybe this time they are. If I wrote this review like this, focusing more on the lyrics than the production (when I prefer production most of the time), it’s because SZA has those lyrical skills that make her stand out. She is a storyteller, and maybe some people compare her with Frank Ocean for that. CTRL is an album full of stories, from falling out of love to parties to growing up, and she tells them all fantastically.
And maybe she is the next big popstar. In a year with few to no female #1s (Taylor, Cardi and Halsey as a feature), pop needs a new star. One with attitude, that is able to make hits and at the same time amazing albums. For me, it’s torn between Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello or Dua Lipa, but SZA is a big contender. She’s had a top 30 single, and her first album debuted at #3 (behind Kendrick Lamar and Katy Perry tho) with 60k copies, half of them pure sales. She has gone on a big Europe tour with Bryson Tiller, got a cover on Billboard and has been working with Kevin Parker (Tame Impala) and Mark Ronson in an album. She has a top 10 hit with Maroon 5. And on top of all, she got 5 nominations for the Grammys this year. Her becoming a star is all a possibility, of course, but SZA sure has a bright future ahead.
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2017.10.13 06:25 JamiroFan2000 COMPLETE Jamiroquai Track-By-Track Remixes/Mixes/Etc. Summaries #29 "Feels Just Like It Should" (2005)

Hello there Jamily!
Upon a great suggestion by fellow member electricmaster23
, I have decided to do a new post series here on Jamiroquai, reminiscent of my 'Automaton Remixes/Mixes' summaries, where I summarize each Jamiroquai single release per post with YouTube Links to each remix/mix/etc.!
Now this post summary series moves onto the 6th Jamiroquai album that saw even more 'electronic experimentalism' being implemented with "Dynamite", here's it's first single, the blistering "Feel Just Like It Should"..ENJOY!

"FEEL JUST LIKE IT SHOULD" REMIXES/MIXES/ETC.

RELEASED AS A SINGLE IN JUNE 2005

THIS SONG'S MELODY/BASSLINE ORIGINATES ON THE 'INTERLUDE #2/AKA BEATBOX' TRACK THAT APPEARED ON THE A FUNK ODYSSEY UK TEST PRESSING

MUSIC VIDEO:
LIVE/TV PERFORMANCES:
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2015.04.15 04:46 CiphirSol "Daffodils": Lyrical analysis after listening a couple dozen times and finding out the lyrics WERE written by Kevin and author Michael Chabon.

So, the last thread I saw seemed to assert that Ronson simply set his own lyrics to a Kevin Spacey jam, and later I found out this isn't true. Kevin co-wrote the lyrics with Michael Chabon in a corner in Memphis.
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jan/12/mark-ronson-uptown-special-exclusive-album-stream
Now on to my analysis of the song... It's pretty straightforward... after wondering a bit on the innocent subtext of the "Daffodils", I now believe it to be a slang reference to the stimulant "Modafinil" (Notice, Mo-DAFINIL, Daffodils).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modafinil
Basically, Kevin Parker wrote this song from the perspective of a guy who stays up all night binging on stimulants "Drop another Daffodil, we can push on through till morning." and having manic sex all night and taking part in some sort of classic 70's drug-fuel debauchery with multiple partners. Six-knees knocking seems to imply a threesome to me...
There are also several references to drugs peppered through these lyrics "vapor wagons" and "Hit that bubble-kit now"' as well as classic innuendo like "Sweet volcano violence" backing this analysis.
So what do you think? It's been a while since this song has been out. Does this hit the nail on the head? Is it too racy? Let me know. Thanks for reading.
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2013.12.21 21:14 tabledresser [Table] IamA psych nurse working in both an acute unit as well as a maximum security unit AMA!

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What made you decide to go into your line of work? What are the big misconceptions about what you do, or what psychiatric hospitals are like, or are the movies/TV fairly accurate? Have you ever needed to use that alarm and why? I have two friends who are schizophrenic, and seeing their struggles made me want to become a psychiatric nurse. I got a job in a housing complex for psychiatric patients and found out that I've got a knack for talking to people, so I decided to go for my nursing degree, which I havent regretted for a moment. - The biggest misconception is that we are prison guards, who just drug patients to keep them quiet. It's also a much less dangerous job then many people think. Most of our patients are only a danger to themselves. Movies like to play up the dramatic side, which is understandable. Most of the day consists of me talking to people and drinking coffee, which would make a boring movie. - I've used the alarm lots of times. Sometimes when I've gotten attacked. The last time I used it, it was because I discovered a patient trying to hang themselves in the bathroom and I needed someone to get a scissor to cut them down. Luckily we got there in time and he survived.
What's a typical day helping patients like? A good day? A bad day? A good day is a day which I'm able to build a good relationship with a patient and get them to trust me. Where we are able to joke around and interact in a good way, regardless of whatever issues the patient has. As I usually say, just because you are suicidal doesn't mean you can't have fun. A bad day is any day where I have to use force, be it to get a patient to take medication or restraining them. It feels like we've failed whenever we have to resort to those means. Although sometimes, it just isn't possible to break through a patients psychosis or delusions without forcing them to take medications. Still sucks.
Worst case you saw in a patient? Some of the worst cases I've seen is in the security unit where you have patients on the highest doses of the heaviest antipsychotics and they are still psychotic and delusional to the point where they are a danger to themself or others. They shuffle around corridors in a daze, terrorized by things we cannot see. It's heartbreaking. Schizophrenia is a shitty disease.
What is the absolute worst you have seen? A patient opened her abdomen with a small scissor, nicked her intestines and were found with half her guts in her hands on the floor. You could smell the shit in the corridor outside. I've had nightmares about that one.
A less gory one is having to force feed an anorexic patient with a history of abuse. Seeing the terror in her face as she was held down by the staff and hearing her scream while we forced an NG tube down her nose is something which I'll remember till I die. She was down to 30 kg and would've died if she didn't get any food, otherwise I would've never done it. We tried to motivate her for a week to eat, but it was clear that she wasn't able to do it. When she got better, she thanked us for it, however the experience was horrifying.
Did the first person survive? That sounds horrifying. Have you had to witness much suicide? I'm glad to hear the anorexic girl eventually got better. Do you know how she's doing now? She survived. Although I'm not certain for how much longer. She's had a lot of serious suicide attempts, and it might just be a matter of time before she succeeds.
I'm not sure how the patient with anorexia is doing. She was discharged some time ago and haven't been back, which is usually a good sign though!
What's the most awww work-related moment you've had so far? A patient knitted a pink hat with a lot of frills on it for one of the older male nurses as a thank you when she was discharged from the unit. He wore it with pride the whole day.
What do you consider the biggest success of your profession? Wow, that's a good question. I think the nursing profession has been very good at standing up for patients rights throughout history, which is something to be proud of.
Fellow psych RN here. What do you do to keep from becoming jaded toward Axis II (borderline, repeaters, etc) patients with parasuicidal behaviors who are unwilling to help themselves? Sometimes I think that not becoming jaded is one of the biggest challenges a psych nurse faces. The best thing you can do is to educate yourself on why they illicit the behaviours they do. Most patients with borderline personality disorder have been severely abused from a young age, and self-harm is one of the ways in which they cope with their inner pain. The more understanding you have, the easier it is to look past the challenging behaviours. If you can change the thought of them being unwilling to help themself, and rather see it as them being unable to help themself(yet!), it's much easier to deal with the frustration.
I strongly recommend Linehan, M. M. (1995). Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder:The Dialectic Approach and Batemans Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice.
How much negligence have you witnessed in this field of work? Is it as rampant as it has been perceived in the past? A lot has happened since the old days of psychiatry, when there were no real treatments and patients were mostly locked up because society didn't want them. The most negligence I've seen is maybe spending a bit too much time in the breakroom instead of with patients.
Also while it probably can't be called negligence, I dislike some of the attitudes I see towards patients with personality disorders and self harm/suicidal acts, as some view them as a nuisance and attention seekers, which I do not agree with.
How can I help someone who needs help psychiatrically and refuses to get it? What should I do to get into this type of field? I'm thinking about being a psychiatrist. Not a question, but thank you for doing what you do! You can't. You can only encourage them to seek help, and support them in their decision. Unless they are severely delusional, suicidal or a danger to others, in which you can contact emergency services and have them committed. But this is a drastic step, which might destroy any relationship which you have with this person, even though it might be needed. To become a psychiatrist you'll need to finish med school and complete a residency in psychiatry. Try /medicine or /psychiatry for tips. If you want to see what it's like, see if you can get a job as an assistant at a psychiatric hospital.
What is the craziest thing that you've ever seen? and what is the craziest story that you ever heard from being there? I see a lot of crazy, most of it from the staff and some of it from patients. Something recent is when an older woman with schizophrenia went off her clozapine(very potent anti-psychotic) cold turkey, which gave her a massive rebound psychosis. She was having conversations with over 10 voices at the time who were trying to hurt her. She would wince as though being physically hit by the voices, and she was so paranoid she'd chase everyone out of her room. She believed she was in a concentration camp, and was terrified. Ended up having to inject her with IM olanzapine against her will, which finally gave her som peace.
What are some of the most obscure cases that you have ever had to work with, witnessed, and/or seen? Also, how profoundly were the other patients affected to some of the other incidents you elaborated on? Were they affected greatly by it, so much as to hinder their path towards a healthy mental state? When we've had a serious episode on the unit which other patients have witnessed we always have a debriefing with both staff and patients. Most patients are actually very understanding, and a great support for eachother. I cannot guarantee that someone hasn't been affected negatively though. Luckily, when you are very sick you are often mostly concerned about yourself and in your own head so often the other patients don't even notice when there is something going on.
My son is an ER nurse and he tells me some sad and strange stories. Education. Everyone should have some knowledge about what it means to have a mental illness, and where they can find help.
Mental illness just seems to leave people on the street hurting themselves and sometimes others. Money. There just isn't mental health resources out there. Those who get treatment are often severely ill, to the point where they are visible in society. That's when they end up in the ER. Most people suffer to themself. If there were enough resources we could help people before they get to the point of needing hospitalization.
My question is - from your perspective what can be done in a practical way to better handle the issue of mental illness leading to a revolving door in and out of hospitals? We need to think about the importance of self-worth. It just isn't enough to get people on drugs and talk therapy, if they just stay at home and watch TV in the meantime. The importance of having a job to go to cannot be underestimated, but many are reluctant to hire people who have a mental illness. Which is a damn shame since most of the patients I meet can work, with just a small amount of assistance.
What is your best "success story" regarding a patient? I got a patient with complex PTSD, history of self-harm, anorexia and borderline personality disorder to tell me that she was having a tough time. She'd been tortured by her parents her whole childhood and taught that any sign of weakness would lead to her being beaten. It took me a month to get her to trust me enough that she could talk to me, instead of resorting to her usually coping mechanisms of cutting or dissociating. It might seem a bit silly to count a conversation as the biggest success story ever, but I've honestly never felt more successful as a psych nurse.
Are psychiatric hospitals different? There are a lot of stories around internet about mistreatment, abuse and abandon of parients from psychiatric hospitals. Do you personally know about such hospitals where patients are treated in unhuman ways, and are disposed on the street like animals for example? Do you know hospitals that on the contrary do care a lot about their patients, even if they are unable to complain? I think there will always be cases of abuse in places where people have power over other people, but I think we've come a long way since the early days of psychiatry. I can only speak for my hospital, but I've never witnessed any form of abuse, and I think most of the people who work there go above and beyond in helping patients.
But we only have to go back 40 years and people were still being lobotomized, and it was viewed as a legitimate treatment. I think it's very important to be aware of what a vulnerable position the patients are in, as we've seen before, when you are "crazy" your complaints can easily be dismissed. Therefore it's very important to have strong rules governing what can be done, and independent comissions who look into any hospitals practices.
Does it ever feel overwhelming? Have you ever had a day where you were close to quitting? What happened? A patient which I worked very closely with almost managed to take his life. He ran off while on a walk with another staff member, took a massive overdose of paracetamol and hid for long enough that administring antidote(mucomyst) wasn't very effective. He spent a week in the ICU. I honestly thought that if he died, I probably wouldn't last very long because of how deeply it affected me. Luckily he made it, but it showed me the importance of learning ways to cope, because losing patients is a real risk. I still struggle whenever something similar happens, but not to the same degree.
Is there a movie/series that represents mental illness and psych care accurately? Alternatively, what movie/series has the most bullshit pseudoscience in terms of psychology? I'm talking '2012' levels of bullshit i.e. "the neutrons have mutated", or something similar. I've got to say I've stopped hoping that my profession will ever be portrayed accurately. However I really enjoy movies with a mental health theme, and I'd recommend Black Swan, Girl Interrupted, Shutter Island. Actually, come to think about it the first season of Homeland is quite accurate when it comes to showing bipolar disorder, especially Carries manic breakdown.
Are suicidal tendencies always associated with depression? Have you, or anyone you know of, ever encountered someone whose life was so bad they coolly chose to end it even without being depressed? Not always. Many patients with borderline personality disorder struggle with constant suicidal thoughts. Statistics say that around 90 % of those who kill themself was diagnosed with a mental illness at the time of their death. Can't say I've dealt with any suicides in "healthy" people.
I don't know if you're familiar with this TED talk, by Jon Ronson, but it basically is about a man who fakes psychosis in order to avoid going to prison, only to be kept in a psychiatric ward for many years before being discharged. It's actually quite often where we have to try to find out if someone is psychotic. Usually it's young people who are admitted for the first time against their will. After a while you get a knack for teasing out psychotic symptoms like delusions or thought control. There are also other characteristics that are pretty hard to fake. I've seen people fake hearing voices to get admitted, often to get drugs, and honestly it's quite easy to spot. You get this gut feeling after a while, where you just know if someone is actually psychotic, or suicidal for that matters.
What is the likelihood of a sane person being mistaken as a psychotic today, and what would it take for him/her to convince the doctors and nurses that he/she is indeed mentally-sound? Or has the diagnostic criteria been improved upon, so that instances like this won't happen again? I don't think you'd be able to fool us, but I can't be sure, we might have some actors in the unit.
I have worked in a state hospital as a Social Worker. Have found that patients are too often told they have a brain disease. Generally its a series of life events that led to their hospitalization. Most of the staff in these establishments believe that a patient's success in the community upon discharge is primarily based on whether the patient is compliant with their medication. There is a large body of evidence that suggests viewing mental distress as a brain disease increases social stigma. Any thoughts? Why not both? Most of the time its a combination between difficult events and a vulnerability in the brain. I agree that the focus too often lays on the medication aspect, but the reason for this is that it's very important. I think if we can get to the point were people don't treat mental illness differently from a physical illness, we've eliminated the stigma. The problem right now is that we treat a disease in the brain, differently from a disease in the lungs based on fear and lack of knowledge.
Have you heard that 3rd world countries have much better patient outcomes and use a lot less medications, usually only using drugs for acute episodes? Any thoughts why affluent countries would be unwilling to try the activities of daily living and support that have proven so beneficial for patients in less affluent countries, rather than insisting on escalating drug cocktails for life? Haven't seen any studies indicating that 3rd world countries have better outcomes, so if you could link some I would much appreiciate it!
I think we often turn to medication because it's very easy to give someone a pill, instead of supporting them in their daily life. Costs a lot more resources, and takes more time. I think it's also due to the medicalization of psychiatry, where we put a bit too much trust into theories around neurotransmitters and think too little about the conditions people are living in.
Do you have any experience with clinical licenced social workers? anything to share about your opinion of that profession? also what do you think about hispanic populations? ever worked with them? thanks for doing this AMA! They are heroes. Doesn't matter how much you improve a persons mental state while they are inpatient, if their living conditions outside will just send them back. Social workers help find people places to live and work, which is just as important as anything else we do.
I'm so glad to see that new healthcare legislation will bring parity to mental healthcare.What are your thoughts on this? have you seen any effects clinically or administratively yet? I work in a country with socialized healthcare, but I'm very happy that the US is finally coming to it's senses.
Hi! Thank you for this AMA. I salute you for handling this difficult job and educating people like myself who know nothing about it. Was there a moment that you were thinking this job is the worst mistake of your life and you just wanted to walk out and never return? (Obviously, a moment that didn't last, but still). If not, what do you think could bring you to your breaking point? Honestly, never. I love what I do. But losing patients is hard, and I'm sure there is a limit to how many I can lose before I can't handle it anymore.
It's amazing that you truly love what you do! Most people wish they could feel like that even one day of the week... If you don't mind me asking, how do most patients pass? In a psych ward, the most logical explanations would be suicide, eating disorder-related complications or OD. Are there any other common ways for psych patients to sadly lose their battle? Other than the things you mention, some patients who've been on antipsychotics for a long time(especially the older drugs) get metabolic syndrome and heart complications. But suicide is the most common.
How long did you have to go to school to get where you are now? 3 years to get a bachelor in nursing, then 2 years to get my master in mental health. You can work in my position with just a nursing degree though.
Have you ever been in a potentially life threating situation with one of the patients? Hope this isnt an inappropriate question. Happy holidays to you all! :) Actually I don't think so. I've been in situations where I've gotten hurt, but never more than a bruise or a bite mark. Our alarms means that help is only a few seconds away, so if I'm in a threatening situation I don't hesitate to press it. We also search all our patients for dangerous objects when they are admitted, to make sure they don't bring knives or other weapons into the unit.
What one change (however majominor) would you make to the way people with mental health problems are supported/treated do you think would have the most benefit? Just remove the stigma, and we'd solve so much. People wouldn't be afraid to talk about their struggles, they wouldn't run from those trying to help and the shame which drives so many of these conditions would vanish.
What is your approach to individuals with borderline personality disorder and psycopaths (antisocial personality disorder)? Treat others the way you wish to be treated, and most of the time you'll do alright. I try to see past the diagnosis(which in the case of antisocial personality disorder and borderline personality disorder carries a lot of stigma) and treat them like regular people. I use mentalization based techniques, and I'm very transparent when it comes to my thought processes.
Have you ever seen somebody committed who clearly should not have been? Sometimes patients with borderline personality disorder get involuntarily committed after parasuicidal acts or self-harm, which really only makes things worse. They get more triggered, and it often leads to even worse self-harm.
Are you happy with your life? I spend a lot of days in a psych hospital, what do you think? ;)
How do you reestablish care and a therapeutic relationship after being attacked by a client? I work in a non-secure residential psychiatric facility and about two weeks ago I had an incident where I was attacked by client for the first time. Thankfully I was not seriously injured but it was still very frightening. Since the incident I'm finding that I am unconsciously on edge around him and he can obviously pick up on this. Since he will be living at the facility for the foreseeable future what is the quickest way I can put this incident behind me? Talk to him. Tell him how you feel. You might discover that he feels bad about what happened as well.
I work in the mental health field as well. We have many folks who aren't court ordered who are non-compliant, and go through a sort of revolving door of psyche hospitalizations, because they are so resistant to treatment. What are your views on court enforced medication? Sometimes it's necessary. It sucks, but some people just don't have enough insight into their own condition that they can take care of themself. We should strive to minimize the amount of court enforced medication, but it would be foolish to think that it can disappear completely.
I am writing a film script where part is in a pysch hosptial. I have been slightly unsure as to when describing patients in general, as to whether there are many who are seen as 'normal' at first glance and also the opposite. Also, do patients make relationships (not as in romanitcally) with workers and nurses? Just looking for some help, ta. It's strictly illegal for staff to have any sort of relationship with patientsoutside of the hospital.
Which patients do you find to deal with the hardest in regards to your own mental health? Manic patients without a doubt. They ask for a hundred different things, talk at the speed of light about nonsensical thing, and all you can do is tell them no, while trying to help them get better. Makes for a lot of agitation both amongst the patient and the staff.
Do most of the patients socialize with each other and if so in what ways? Yeah, most of them do. Playing cards, pool, talking or just watching TV together. Sometimes we have group therapy sessions as well. Patients are encouraged to interact, however they are also told that they can't discuss eachothers treatment or illness just because they often have enough to deal with themselves.
How often do you use four point restraints? Rarely, but it depends on the patient population. Sometimes we get patients who are very psychotic and aggressive, where we'll have to put them in restraints many times a week, while other times it can go months before we use them.
How many of your patients have kids, or a partner? I can't imagine being forced to call emergency services to have someone commited. It must be painful. Many. In fact most. And just about everyone has family. We offer family talks to anyone who is close to the patient, as we know it can be incredibly difficult.
What are the worst self-inflicted injuries you have had to deal with? I've seen cuts to the bone on both arms and legs. A patient who swallowed lots of razorblades. A patient who injected ammonium chloride. People get creative.
:(.. Thanks. You mentioned coping mechanisms earlier, which have you learned so far? Talking to co-workers, working out, getting a therapist of my own(I really recommend this).
What type of training did you go through? I am currently in nursing school and trying to decide where to work. Being a psych nurse seems like it would be an interesting and fun job.. but I was also thinking about doing life flight! Clinical practice for 2 months during nursing school, then a new grad program for the first 2 months at the unit.
I really don't have a question, but as someone who's suffered with depression and knowing a couple of people who have Schizophrenia I think what you're doing is really cool. You seem to care a lot about your patients and your job, so thank you. Happy holidays :) Don't forget to be awesome. Happy holidays! Thank you for the kind words.
As someone who has spent time under a 5150, I'd sincerely like to thank you. The nurses had such a big impact on me, I wouldn't have gotten out as soon as I did without them. You sound like a really great nurse, I appreciate it. You are very welcome! I hope you are feeling better.
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