Author: gabriella m geisinger

The 2017 Diaries: GE17

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but today is the General Election here in the United Kingdom. As an American/EU national living (and working, and paying taxes) here, I can’t vote. But I have paid close attention to this election. And this election is giving me literal chills. Actually, it made me cry. I queued up outside a local public school to vote for Hillary Clinton on a chilly November morning last year. I was ecstatic. Elated. I was voting for the first woman president. We, as a country, were standing on the edge of a wonderful, new, exciting world of possibility. We were about to take a massive turn. And we did, but not for the better. I cried every day for a full week following the US election results. I cried with my friends, I cried with my mentors, I cried with my mom and my uncle. I cried on the bus on the way to work, at work with my coworkers. I cried. A lot. When I relocated …

Ida Wenøe: Time Of Ghosts – Gigslutz

The striking, bleakness that opens Ida Wenøe’s ‘Lyla’, the lead single from her new album Time of Ghosts, is breath-taking – a whip of cold wind that sucks the air from your lungs. It is no surprise to learn that Wenøe is Nordic. There is a stripped down, bareness to her sound that seems fitting to the modern perception of what it means to be Nordic. Yet, Wenøe’s dulcet voice offers a warmth and solace despite the melancholy lyrics. Wenøe skilfully combines the sounds of Americana with English folk undertones, all shadowed by the noir-ness of her Nordic background. Time of Ghosts is a journey through a new kind of folk. One that puts to rest the Mumford & Sons pop-edge in favour of a bare honesty. Opening track ‘Changing of the Seasons’ is a soft and pleasant, albeit quite long, introduction to Wenøe’s sound. That particular melding, heavy on the Americana in this instance. Not only sonically but also in its themes; changing seasons, train stations, journeys. Read More…

Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit @ St. John Hackney – Gigslutz

It’s hard not to equate a gig to a spiritual experience when it takes place in a church. The acoustics are perfect, the audience is rapt, and the lighting is usually simple, but effective. This was the case when Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit took the stage at St. John at Hackney. This is the only time I will mention this hackneyed metaphor, because what Flynn and his band delivered wasn’t divine or heavenly: it was human. Real, down to earth musical talent that just so happened to take place in a holy space. The set list was comprised of old classics and more recent material. It was clear that the die-hard fans had already memorised the words to the newer songs. Yet, even during the most well known ones, the audience sing-along wasn’t as overwhelming as one might expect. Whether out of respect for Flynn, or simply wanting to hear his dulcet singing, not the kid next to you, one can’t be too sure. The few moments where the audience let loose came …

Laura Marling: Semper Femina – Gigslutz

For months the public has been teased with a variety of singles from Laura Marling’s much anticipated Semper Femina. After mounting anticipation, it has arrived, and shattered every expectation. Written during a self-confessed ‘masculine’ time in Marling’s life, the opening track ‘Soothing’ is just that. It is strikingly dissimilar to the singles released so far, and to Marling’s previous work. It is pared down, with blood-thumping percussion. It whets the appetite for Marling’s introspective work, whose title translates to ‘Always Woman’. Read more.. 

Electronic Jungle – CC Magazine

The musical ecosystem is a close and co-dependent world. Its biodiversity depends on very disparate species, mechanisms, and players all working together. There are a lot of ways to become part of this system; a person who interacts with music, whether on a professional or consumption basis, is part of that ecosystem. As a music journalist, I am a professional consumer of music. I make a living and spend most of my free time enjoying, writing about, listening to, and critiquing music in its many forms. But I also spend a lot of time just listening to it because I love it… click image to read full story

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The 2017 Diaries: Nevertheless, She Persisted

What a feminist rallying cry! In a week of weirdness, I have to say that there have been some kick-ass things going on, not only on the internet, but also in -gasp- real life. There were a few things that had my feminist heart a-flutter, so instead of picking one and writing, here’s a little list. The Big Salary Reveal: 12 Real People Discover What the Pay Gap Looks Like – Glamour Magazine ponders the gender pay gap. This is a particularly good article – its research addresses the disparity between white women and women of colour, its videos are easy to watch (for those of us with no attention span), and it features one of my best friends(!) eruditely shedding light on an issue that definitely needs some illumination. Sen. Elizabeth Warren & Coretta Scott King – just being bad ass women in general, Warren attempted to read King’s letter before being shut down. This gave rise to a new feminist rallying cry: Nevertheless, she persisted. Now being paired with images of other female …

Take it From Me – Oh, Comely

I am a professional listener of music. Years of practice in self-isolation, my headphones lost beneath a mass of curls; hidden – during class, on walks, in the locker room at swim practice. Before technology had caught up with my sleuth listening capabilities, I carried a disc-man around in a knit turquoise bag. I could fit three jewel cases inside with it. Each day, three different CDs. One morning, a classmate nicked it off a bench and hid it. When I realised it was gone I burst into tears in front of our entire middle school. Sobbing, I searched for my homeroom teacher to fix this egregious trespass. Only when the disc-man was safely in my hands did the crying stop. I was 12. I should have been embarrassed, I was embarrassed by nearly everything – but I wasn’t this time. Music was everything. Read more…

The 2017 Diaries: Hooray For Queen Bey

It’s only February and already I think it’s safe to say that most people, at least the people I am most often in touch with, feel about twenty-three years older than we did at the start of the year. Which is why I am taking a moment to be very, very excited about this news: We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Feb 1, 2017 at 10:39am PST I am probably the only person ambivalent towards Beyoncé as a musician. I don’t dislike her by any means, but I’m not over the moon about her either. I do think that she is a powerful, feminist icon. Beyoncé is unapologetic, which is something I think more of us need to be. Especially in an era of fear-mongering, the dismantling of women’s access to healthcare, rampant racism and …

Laura Marling: Wild Fire – Gigslutz

As Laura Marling’s sonic self continues to evolve, she remains true to her greatest strengths. Newest track ‘Wild Fire’ (taken from the upcoming Semper Femina), builds upon what has always made Marling stand out. Her slightly off-kilter intonation highlights her poetic lyricism, as a wholesomeness underpins the melancholy, and a twinkling, jovial piano accompanies her crooning “do you cry sometimes?”. It is this juxtaposition that Marling has always known how to use so well. Read more…

Not Your Grandma’s Coffee – How to Properly Use a Percolator

Everyone has their favorite method of making coffee, but few readily admit to loving the percolator. While using a percolator has gotten a bad rap from coffee enthusiasts, there’s something homey and comforting about making a cup of coffee the way our ancestors did, back in the day. Luckily, with a few tricks, the coffee you get to drink won’t taste like it, too, is an ancestor – best relegated to the past. The three key elements to any good cup of coffee, but particularly with a percolator, are these: Water, Ratio, and Temperature. When using an electric machine or a pour over, we generally have guides – a measuring spoon, a scale, notches on a carafe. Percolators, especially old ones, offer none of these luxuries. Making sure you have the right amount of water, and the right ratio for your taste of coffee to water, will ensure that your coffee isn’t too weak or strong. Filtered water is of course ideal. Fill the bottom well with the right amount of water for how much coffee you want to make. Add …