i’m not used to thinking of actual titles

I’ve mentioned about 6839 times how much I love&adore Cold War Kids, and that has a lot to do with Nathan Willett’s super unique voice. He has a side project called French Style Furs and they just released their debut album and it’s so legit. I’ve been listening to little else for the last couple of weeks.

And Cold War Kids themselves just released the first single from their newest yet-unnamed album and it’s radical. I for real just love them. For real.

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what even are shampoo

It’s now been over two months since the last time I used shampoo and I totally don’t even miss it. I’ve already talked about it a bit [a lot, let’s be real] in my first post and my one month update so this shouldn’t be super long but it probably will be.

In my last post I mentioned that I had started using oatmeal as a cleanser and that it seemed to be working as a standalone product. After using it for another week, however, I realized that although my hair was ultra soft and voluminous, it was looking greasy. So oatmeal ≠ shampoo. So I considered using baking soda again. I used baking soda for the first few days of this experiment but discarded it because it dried out my hair with nothing to counteract it. But I figured that since I have the oats as a conditioner, the baking soda might be more effective than it was last time. I was right. The baking soda cleansed my scalp and left my hair looking and feeling great. I didn’t use the oatmeal on my scalp at all, instead focusing it on the ends of my hair [shoulders and down]. The results were perf!

So I used that combination twice in the first week of June, and then I didn’t use it again for exactly one week. I rinsed with hot water every day and scrubbed at my scalp with my fingertips, but that was it. No baking soda, no oatmeal, nothing except water and scrubbing. And it lasted me quite well for that week. It was only on that last day that my hair started to look greasy; for the previous six days it had been absolutely fine. So on that last day I used my BS&O combination and it was back to looking perf. And that was all very well and good.

I had knee surgery about two weeks ago now, on June 18th, and following the surgery there was a period of six days where I didn’t shower at all. Not even hot water rinses. I think that’s understandable given the circumstances I found myself in but my hair got super greasy and I was so excited when I could finally stand long enough to take a shower and wash my hair. So now I’ve had two week-long stints of not washing my hair, except that one of them ended up in my hair looking fine and the other ended in my pillow collecting grease at night. The difference was definitely in the water rinses. Now that I can stand with some surety of not falling over, I’m trying to water rinse every couple of days so I don’t look like a swamp thing. It’s working pretty well.

So yeah. For the last month I’ve been using baking soda and colloidal oatmeal and it looks like I’ll be sticking with it for the foreseeable future. I don’t have a picture for you this time [wat] but if you have a good imagination, look at the picture from the first post and add about an inch of hair. Yeah you heard me. An inch.

[currently listening: cold war kids//fashionable]

Day 43 – if your pacific rivers all run dry, their clouds will fill my loud corrupted sky

Day 43 – a Song That You Will Never Get Tired of Listening To

This isn’t fair because humans are fickle beings and eventually we get tired of everything. Sure, there’s that song or that person you think is great but eventually it’ll get repetitive or you’ll need to take a break from being around them and that’s sad to recognize but that’s okay. You can listen to that song again when you’re ready. You can be around that person again when you’re ready unless you were mean to them in which case you may have burned that bridge and you have some asplainin’ to do.

So this post is a train wreck already, but the point I’m trying to make is that we all get tired of things eventually. My favourite movie is Edward Scissorhands but I can’t watch it a million times in a row and still have the same love for it. My max is four. I can watch Edward Scissorhands four times in a row before I feel the uncontrollable urge to get off my couch and do non-Tim Burton related things. I really, really, really have a deep and abiding love for strawberry Pocky but I can’t eat more than three boxes in one sitting because first of all I start to feel sick, but second of all it gets to be a repetitive, familiar taste and I get tired of it.

The same principle applies to music. There are a lot of songs I love love love but if I listen to them too much I will start to hate hate hate them. Like when Andrew McMahon released his first solo EP I listened to that thing like twenty times in a row (not really an exaggeration) and after that I never wanted to hear it again, even though Andrew McMahon is one of my favourite musicians and people in the world. I can listen to that EP again now but it took a long time to get back into that.

ANYWAY I DIGRESS AND I’M SORRY BUT I’M BACK ON TRACK NOW.

The point is, I don’t like Day 43. So I’m going to reinterpret this as “a Song That Requires Multiple Listens” and to that I say, LET ME LEARN YOU A THING ABOUT MULTIPLE LISTENS.

I am not in the habit of listening to things more than once just for the sake of listening to it. New releases are the exception to that – I already mentioned my binge-listening to Andrew McMahon, and likewise when Cold War Kids released Dear Miss Lonelyhearts last April I probably had that on repeat for a week – but that’s okay. Often new releases need a while to sink in, and multiple listen-throughs are the way to aid that process. [Incidentally, when Said the Whale released Hawaiii I hated it so much on the first listen that I didn’t even consider it again for the next four months, but I decided to give it another try in January and I began to warm up to it on my third listen-through and after having listened to it approximately 15 times since then, it has joined the ranks of the rest of Said the Whale’s stuff as solid gold.]

BUT there is a distinction that needs to be made between listening to something twice to let it grow on you and listening to something twice to let it impact you. There are some songs that you have to listen to twice in order for the meaning to completely sink in. I think I’ve already touched on La Dispute, which is one of those multiple-listen bands for me because their lyrics are fast moving and deep. When you first hear them, you think, “wow this is weird I don’t know if I’ll be able to get into this,” but then a snippet of a lyric will break into your conscious mind and you’ll restart the whole song so you can hear it in context and then your eyes will get really big and you’ll stop everything you’re doing so that you can devote all of your time and energy into paying attention to this song, this song that you thought was just noise but as it turns out holds more meaning than any novel you’ve ever had to read in 12th grade English.

mewithoutYou is one of those multiple listen bands for me. Their songs are chock full of wisdom and truth and pithy sayings that make you look off into the distance and reconsider everything you ever thought you knew about life. I don’t agree with all of Aaron Weiss’ theology but I cannot ignore the fact that the lyrics he pens are hard-hitting and relevant.

This song is from their latest release, a concept album about a circus train crash entitled Ten Stories. I can’t really describe this album to you because I don’t think I would do it justice, but I highly recommend listening to it. Here’s a playlist on Youtube if you’re so inclined. This song isn’t really a multiple-listen song for me, but the album itself is a multiple-listen album which is why I strongly encourage you to listen to it.

Nine Stories. Enjoy.

Day 3 – Picasso don’t premeditate, he just paints!

Obviously these posts haven’t been quite right on time but I think that’s the way it’s going to be. I’m not going to worry about churning out a new song every day, but I will try to post at least three times a week. We’ll see how that goes.

Day 3 – A Song That Makes You Smile

There are a lot of songs that make me smile. Mostly beautiful love songs, or songs that start quiet and build to a final grand flourish at the end. I guess I smile at songs that are well written and well executed. I smile at almost everything by Paper Route and most things by Death Cab For Cutie. Owl City can make me smile but only on occasions when I’m happy to begin with. I think the one band that makes me smile most consistently, however, is Cold War Kids.

In particular I am in love with their latest album Mine Is Yours. Every song on the album is a masterpiece but my absolute favorite comes close to the end. At first I thought Broken Open was about a breakup and the anger Nathan felt at being so exposed, but open examining the lyrics more closely and hearing the joy in his voice as he sings I realized that it was exactly the opposite.

He’s singing instead about the incredible joy he feels at having realized his closest friend is in fact his soulmate.

“All my edges are exposed
I was once content alone
Now you are the one that I call home
I’ve been broken open.”

He’s ecstatic to have his soul bared to the woman he loves and he’s singing about how fantastic it is to not have anything to hide, for this woman to be such an intimate viewer of his thoughts.