A live performance recorded in New York City, 1992, Vena Cava captures Diamanda Galás putting her stunning vocal range to effect alongside supplemental tape recordings, without any other accompaniment. Unnerving and intermittently nightmarish, her shrieks and stabs of harmony, along with rapid shifts in volume, make for a Hellish soundscape at times, with the lulls of traditional operatic delivery serving as effective misdirection to lower the listener’s defenses before a sharp note at high volume carves back into them.
The album has a strong personality animating it, and while it is significantly disjointed, that roughness is made an essential part of the performance, wrapped into the very process of wild leaps in tone and timbre. An impressive live album, and one with a surprising amount of humor worked into it.
Joan Didion’s packing list is a classic.
We can’t compete… but made our own just for fun.
It’s a good game.
Here are our personal lists.
As for packing, I generally wear the same thing every day, and change my jewelry. Packing jewelry in my checked bag freaks me out (even though it’s basically worthless to anyone else) so I like to wear it all at once to the airport and annoy all my fellow passengers during the ten minute removal process at security.
Here’s my list:
Black trapeze dress Leggings Socks for the plane Giant VC cape/coat/blanket/hoodie Big headphones and my iPod Ceramic Marion Vidal ball necklaces Metal and ribbon Marion Vidal plate necklace 3-4 belts Flats A tote bag that can get wet/dirty Umbrella some kind of “date” shoes 2 scarves 3-4 silver bracelets 2 silver rings Misc 2-3 necklaces- usually whatever weird object I’m liking, with a black string tied around it. Right now it’s a perfume bottle Paperback books Bathing suit and coverup (also to be worn as sexy going out top in a pinch)
To Pack and Wear:
Black ballet leotard Acne high wasted jeans Embroidered kimono bathrobe 2 white tshirts Army Jumpsuit Grateful Dead tshirt to sleep in Ferragamo oxford flats Espadrilles Grandmas silver gucci bracelets Tap pants Umbrella 15 year old Forest green Leather jacket Cashmere turtleneck Tobacco to roll cigarettes Vitamins Dr Alkaitis face oil Straw Basket for carry on
New Yorker Banana Kombucha Black sharpie to doodle Mac book Air Glasses Xanex