I'll Wear Any Color As Long As It's Black

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on June 29, 2010


“The word ‘cold’ is quite complex in describing this music, for apart from the sounds, as an adjective it more importantly has always suggested to me more the artist’s fragile emotional states while producing it, and the accordant fact that it sounds so direct and unmediated in production, its very private and humanly ‘warm’ through its metallic, icy sounds. In other words ‘Cold’ to me has always suggested more something akin to sensitized and vulnerable – as in being strip searched and laid bare on the ice, not what one would on first glance at the word assume to sound guarded or detached.”

As is often stated, I love Pieter Schoolwerth. I loved him from afar for a number of years when I attended Wierd at Southside Lounge without knowing him and I have loved him openly since officially meeting him about three years ago after Wierd moved to Home Sweet Home. I love him for many reasons, the main one being his open and honest commitment this music that I can’t live without, followed secondly by his sincere dedication to creating a scene around it — a scene which truly feels like home to me, and has since I fist encountered it. The first night I met Pieter, he introduced me to every single person at Wierd so that I would always have a friend and be able to come even if no one wanted to go with me. The next day he came into my work and gave me a package with fourteen mix cd’s and all the records he had put out at that point. He did this simply because I am a fan of the music which he holds dear and he wanted to share it with me and open my mind to things I would have no way of finding out about otherwise. There are not many people I have met who would be so open and giving about something so precious — most people are guarded about the things they love and try to use them as a way to set themselves apart. But Pieter is willing to share with anyone who honestly believes in all of this, the same way he does.

This is why, in collaboration with Joe Daniels of Angular Records, he recently released a compilation which has been getting a lot of press. The latest piece is this feature on The Quietus. It’s very in-depth and interesting to read and both the article and the compilation are great starting points for anyone interested in cold waves or minimal electronics. Pieter touches on a lot of the reasons why I love this music, though of course the true reason is much harder to put into words: suffice to say that it speaks to me. Some things just touch us deeply and there is no specific pin-point of the exact “why” . . . it just is.

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on June 28, 2010


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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on June 25, 2010


So, after almost ten years, I am finally taking Massimo up on his offer to go to Italy. We leave in less than two months and we’ll be spending a little over a week in Brindisi, on the beach. I’ve been trying to come up with outfit ideas for this trip because obviously my usual uniform (tons of black, leggings, jeans, etc) isn’t going to work. I really don’t know why, but the idea of a long, straight black skirt came into my mind. I had this idea of wearing it with t-shirts knotted in the front for a somewhat breezy but still covered up look for when we go on the “day trips” Massimo has promised me. I searched high and low but couldn’t find anything that I liked until I started searching on Ebay and found the perfect thing. It arrived the other day and I wore it in my envisioned look and absolutely loved it. I always thought a full-length skirt would be totally unflattering on me (curvy body, short stature) but I actually thought it looked amazing and super witchy!

To go with my witchy summer vibes, here’s some music from BootBlacks, who opened that show in New York the other night (which was predictably insane, both during and after) . . . I got their split 7″ with Monozid — totally worth picking up if you like throbbing Tracy Pew-style bass, pounding drums and wiry, sexy frontmen with resonant voices.

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on June 20, 2010


Ah, summer. The time for touring bands! It’s no secret that I love the California goth scene — especially in San Francisco. I’ve only been there a few times but it has always been the most insane blast, full of awesome nights/people/shows/shopping/etc. I had such a good time DJing with Justin of Veil Veil Vanish (seriously that night killed it, //TENSE// were amazing and our DJing was perfect) so I knew I had to catch as many of VVV’s east coast shows as possible. I saw them Thursday at Coco66 (another insane night) and Friday at The Pill in Boston. That show turned out to be a little too tame for my liking, so tonight I’m hopping on the Chinatown Bus after work to see them one last time. It doesn’t hurt that they’re playing with Religious To Damn, who’s new album has been on heavy rotation in my room since it came out. Ah, summer. The time to be random and crazy.


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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on June 15, 2010


I know these are old news in blog-land but we just got these body chains in at the store and I couldn’t resist getting one for myself. The one I chose is pretty simple but I’m really into it because it adds an element of interest to any outfit I throw on. I predict I’ll be wearing this everyday for the foreseeable future . . . The chains, along with a bunch of other jewelry we now have in stock, are made by Karla of Parlez-Vous-Mae? and retail for the exceptionally low price of $30-34 each. If you are interested in one and you don’t live in Boston, feel free to email me and I can ship it to you.

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on June 14, 2010


I love, love, love perfumes. I always have 10-15 fragrances hanging out in my room. I go through phases of getting really into something and then finding something new (or revisiting something old) and so I always keep all the half-empty bottles in a drawer or on my window sill in case the mood for that scent strikes me again. Currently, I am revisiting the way back past via Gucci Rush 2. This fragrance came out in 2001 and that’s probably around the time I first picked it up. I remember very distinctly wearing it while I was living in Berlin (2003) and I saved the container from then, even though there were only a few drops left. Recently while I was cleaning my room, I rediscovered this bottle and noticed that there might be enough liquid left to wear it a few times. Just one dab and I was back in a totally different place . . . sometimes memories via scent can be so tragic but this just makes me feel young and happy and full of promise. It’s a wonderful feeling. So wonderful, in fact, that I had to get another full bottle so I can start wearing it again.


“Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town. Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth.”


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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on June 14, 2010


Very, very excited to be DJing Wierd this Wednesday. It’s been a while and I am itching to break out all my favorite records. I will be joined by Justin from Veil Veil Vanish, Shutter and Nachtmusik.


Blacklist will be premiering their new video at 11pm . . .


And //TENSE// will be performing at midnight.

Should be a pretty wild night.

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on June 11, 2010


One small benefit of living in Boston is that I have a car and as such, can often take trips to the suburbs (highly depressing) to visit thrift stores (moderately depressing while inside, but good scores make me happy once I leave). Whenever I go up to my hometown of Salem, NH to hit up the Salvation Army, I always make it a point to check out the Marshalls there and see if there are any amazing shoes hugely discounted — you’d be surprised at how often this happens. Case in point: These Vena Cava for Via Spiga clogs (I know) which I found for $40. Apparently, they originally retailed for $295. Honestly, I would never have picked them up if I hadn’t seen the Vena Cava logo . . . I am not really into clogs, but I often love Vena Cava and can never find anything by them that I can afford or that fits me, so I had to take the plunge.

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on June 10, 2010


It’s a grey, rainy day. So it’s the perfect excuse to play every Mazzy Star record and wear this new dark purple lipstick I got from MAC yesterday. I have been an MAC devotee since getting my first Studio fix some time in 1999/2000. They have a recycling program where you can bring in six of your old containers and get a free lipstick. I’ve had a bag of old containers building up for a long time and yesterday I returned twelve so I picked up this color — Cyber — and a bright matte red — Russian Red.

I’ve been thinking a lot about lipstick lately. When I was a freshman in high school (1995), I read about Chanel Vamp in some magazine and even though I wasn’t a teenage goth, the description which said something like “the deepest red tinged with black” really sucked me in. That lipstick was a really expensive purchase for a fourteen-year-old — most of my friends were wearing Cover Girl and Wet N Wild. I was seriously dedicated to that color and wore it every single day, reapplying constantly. I learned every trick to make the lipstick stay on perfectly (tips which still serve me well). Then, there was a boy. A boy I liked who, in an effort to tease me or control me, told me that he wouldn’t talk to me if I wore lipstick to school the next day. I knew I couldn’t go to school bare-lipped (oh, the horror) so I bought lipgloss to wear instead. Things with that boy never progressed beyond the most awkward hug but the lipgloss somehow became necessary for my well-being. I know I have an addiction to it — I must have it around me at all times, constantly reapplying . . . I put it on right before bed and as soon as I wake up and everywhere in between. But lately I’ve been thinking about how amazing an accessory lipstick is. It completely punctuates a look and lends the wearer a sort of edge. You have to be devoted to wear lipstick all day. It will smudge and run and come off from eating/drinking/talking. You have to be prepared to be completely conscious of how you look and you also have to be prepared to skillfully repair that look at a moment’s notice. It really says, “I’m serious,” no matter how you wear it.

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Posted in / / / by Jeralyn on June 8, 2010


Finally got a new camera! Let’s see how long it takes me to break this one . . . Anyway it’s been a little slow around here, mostly working. Ran out of room for shoes — shockingly enough — so I put my favorite ones on display above my records. From left to right: Sam Edelman, All Saints, Pura Lopez, Topshop.


My dad went on a business trip and brought me back this beautiful Prada bag. It’s really nice and the leather feels amazing, but honestly, I might have too many bags . . .

They’re so heavy that my door always drags on the floor when I open or shut it and now there’s a weird mark in the hardwood. Unfortunately, I have no other place to store them and I have already stripped down my collection to what I consider the necessities!


I’ve also been working on wearing more jewelry. This looks like one gigantic necklace but it’s actually five — two random, one I made out of all my favorite charms and two from Rogues Gallery. The Black Heart scrimshaw one is obviously completely amazing, but the vintage ivory piano keys they used to make the charms are so delicate! The first one I had broke so easily and now I am afraid to wear this one, but I’m still glad I own it.


And, of course, I’ve been spending some time with this darling dear, the apple of my eye and what not.


Lastly, I have been seriously enjoying the amazing sounds of Religious To Damn’s debut album Glass Prayer which came out digitally today. It is shimmeringly beautiful, both softly sweet and intensely gut-wrenching at the same time. I feel really blessed to know Zohra and to have seen her talent in action. Buy the record, you won’t be sorry!