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(Mis)interpretations / Knotty Girl
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:53:18 PM »

It's pretty clear to me that although Anna wrote she really meant "Knotty Girl" to refer to pretzels.

I love to love you baby
I love to love you baby


I'm feeling sexy
I wanna hear you say my name, boy
If you can reach me
You can feel my burning flame


The burning flame refers to the early phase in a pretzel's lifetime - when it is baked near a source of heat to convert it from dough to bread. This is the time of the maturation of a pretzel, from its doughhood to pretzelhood. Pretzels feel more sexy after they evolve from dough, since they have developed all their physical assets. However, Anna is not sure that the boy will be able to stretch his hand all the way to reach her, due to possible impending lethargy.

Baby, the minute I feel your energy
Your vibe is just taking over me
It's gonna feel so crazy, babe
Lately, I feel the funk coming over me
I don't know what's gotten into me
The rhythm's got me feelin' so crazy, babe


Tonight I'll be your knotty girl
I'm callin' all my girls
We're gonna turn this party out
I know you want my body

Tonight I'll be your knotty girl
I'm callin' all my girls
I see you look me up and down
And I came to party


The way she sings the song clearly conveys that she is a pretzel and when she and her girls (the other pretzels) arrive at a party that is when the party "turns out"/turns up. After all, a party wouldn't be fun with just one pretzel.

The funk of the rhythm makes her twist and turn, of course, since she is a pretzel. The boy wants her body - that is, he is hungry for pretzels. He looks her up and down, inspecting the salt crystals and the golden brown tone of bread. Unfortunately, in this day and age, a pretzel cannot be sure what ingredients she has been made of, hence the "I don't know what's gotten into me".



You're so sexy, tonight I am all yours, boy
The way your body moves across the floor


Since the boy is expending his energy when dancing at the party, he is getting hungrier and hungrier since he has to gain back the calories he has burned. Tonight, Anna the pretzel is all his to eat, whereas before when she was still on the store shelf, .

I love to love you baby
I love to love you baby
I love to love you baby
I love to love you


The repetition of these lines referencing Donna Summer's 1975 hit is a clear connection emphasizing how much a pretzel wants to fulfill its purpose of being eaten. In addition, Anna is also cleverly making a reference to , who cowrote the song with Summer.



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Anna's Favourite Things / Timber Timbre
« on: July 07, 2014, 11:35:22 PM »
Timber Timbre… So wonderfully creepy! It’s really a great match for Anna, similar to Papi Pacify. I would love if Anna did a cover of them. (As an Anna fan I would probably love if she did a cover of anyone) I really enjoyed their newest album, Hot Dreams, which is their strongest album to date in my opinion.

The title track, , is quite haunting. I think it would be an excellent choice.
I love the lyrics:
And I will follow through, follow through
On all my promises and threats to you, babe

Of course, Lonesome Hunter is pretty disturbing too!

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General Discussions / Connections to TS Eliot???
« on: April 15, 2014, 12:03:04 AM »
This is random but I was reading The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by TS Eliot and I found a few connections to AC


6 Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels



10 To lead you to an overwhelming question …
11 Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”

In One Breath, Anna Calvi is going to say something that will "change everything". Prufrock is about to ask something that will change his destiny forever.


34 Before the taking of a toast and tea.

All British people like tea...?


122 Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
123 I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
124 I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

125 I do not think that they will sing to me.

Sing to me


126I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
127 Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
128 When the wind blows the water white and black.

Rider to the Sea

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Anna's Favourite Things / Jon Hopkins
« on: March 17, 2014, 03:48:09 AM »
http://annacalvi.tumblr.com/post/77928395063/jon-hopkins-collider

This guy makes really nice soundscapes. I think he's kind of genius. And like Anna, he has Eno connections.
I really enjoyed this performance on KCRW, but I think his songs work better together in a full album listen than individually. I have only listened to his latest album, Immunity though.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/n8fsMcMY2do" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/n8fsMcMY2do</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/t365KdoiHTM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/t365KdoiHTM</a>

I also really like this science-y video about his music video for and his album cover. The way he describes his songs reminds me of how Anna sees her songs too.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/fXSpgZ1FxoA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/fXSpgZ1FxoA</a>

Generally there are no vocals but on this alternate version of Breathe This Air it seems he worked with Megan James from Purity Ring.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/CPmucPjFulI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/CPmucPjFulI</a>

I also like this song with Hayden Thorpe from Wild Beasts.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/9hYz3R_0Hpg" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/9hYz3R_0Hpg</a>

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One Breath / Eliza
« on: March 02, 2014, 08:00:19 AM »
I recently watched the film version of Pygmalion and couldn't help but think of Eliza relating to Eliza Doolittle, the way they both contain themes about transformation into someone else. Maybe it's just a coincidence though because of the time where Anna said that she didn't mean it as a reference. Has anyone else seen/watched Shaw's Pygmalion?

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