nat music

my battery died- a playlist for the people feeling especially drained. for those who are tired and regret so much, because we’re all done. we’re all so human. || spotify

cheap hotel - leon else // deadwater - wet // beggin for thread - banks // we won’t - james young and phoebe ryan // drive - oh wonder // all i want - kodaline // fools - troye sivan // i was wrong - arizona // tired of talking - leon // gooey - glass animals // lost boy - troye sivan // here - alessia cara // all the pretty girls - kaleo // it’s all in vain - wet // gold - kiiara // never be like you - flume // hero - family of the year


Someone edited R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” to be in major instead of minor and it is absurd.

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We’re so sorry to hear about the death of Nat Hentoff. A lover of free jazz and free speech (and someone who understood the connection between those two things), he was a lifelong provocateur who had no problem angering both ends of the political spectrum.

He wrote for the Village Voice for 50 years. In his final column for the Voice in 2009, he recalled advice he received from one of his mentors in journalism, the muckraker I.F. Stone:

“If you’re in this business because you want to change the world, get another day job. If you are able to make a difference, it will come incrementally, and you might not even know about it. You have to get the story and keep on it because it has to be told.“

Our appreciation is here.

– Petra

Hello kittens,

For those interested in my little musical experiments, my demos can no longer be found under the name VANLIS, but fret not! They have simply moved, and can still be found on Bandcamp under NAT VANLIS. And there is even a new addition! Tis a rough demo of a folkier ballad I am working on, based off a poem I wrote several autumns ago.

Remember kids, after spending a lifetime dedicated to singing and studying other people’s music, all of my personal stuff is still raw and in development. But I do hope you’ve been enjoying it so far, and thank you for your endless support and avid listening!

Yours always,


Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole. 

American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft baritone voice, performing in big band and jazz genres, and was a major force in popular music for three decades. Cole was one of the first African Americans to host a national television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show. (Wikipedia)

View of singer Nat King Cole posing at piano. Printed on front: “Nat ‘King’ Cole. Personal management: Carlos Gastel. Management, General Artists Corporation, New York, Chicago, Hollywood, London. Bruno of Hollywood.” Handwritten on back: “Cole, Nat.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
Abandoned Suburb
Abandoned Suburb

I’ve never been involved with the music side of the Homestuck community but when Homestuck ended I started vividly imagining an empty Sburb session, falling to pieces because its players had long departed from it. It was a feeling I couldn’t really capture in words or art so I decided to compose a quick song devoted to a now-empty session. May it rest in pieces.