“I am nothing. Nothing is everything.” – Willis Earl Beal.
I’m not going to talk about myself here. Only what I want to create. A space for people to share their favourite tunes – old & new – and talk about why it makes them tick.
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Taste, share, discover, learn, listen. Let’s have some fun here. Cheers!
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A pair of acesPosted on February 8, 2014 by Kevin Brennan
When Leo Kottke and Chet Atkins get together, you know it’s going to be special. Oh, it’s special.
This is the perfect song for a dark, rainy day. If there’s a fire crackling, even better, and if you can listen with a significant person in your arms, the effect is enhanced.
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When Daft Punk’s much-anticipated “Random Access Memories” dropped in May, many longtime fans were feeling at least a bit underwhelmed when the album turned out to be more funk than the much more electronic sounds of the “Homework” days. But the synth sounds of “The Bones Of What You Believe” should prove to be a sound for sore ears for anyone searching for something more in the electro-pop scene.
Merely listening to a recording you may not realize, but the scottish synthpop band, Chvrches does not employ a traditional drummer in the band. Martin Doherty uses samplers and drum machines to create what you could call an authentic 80’s pop sound. The crunchy synthesizer sounds of Lauren Mayberry and Iain Cook are aggressive and unapologetic which contrasts well with Mayberry’s pure, vibrato-less voice.
When you first hear the way Mayberry uses her voice it reminds you in a way of Cyndi Lauper on “Time After Time”. Not planning on a career in music, Mayberry carries a master’s degree in journalism, but what some could say is a lack of voice training, actually gives her voice a simple, honest, and yet captivating indie folk sound. When you hear Mayberry and Cook together on “Under The Tide” it takes you back to the nearly historic indie rock moment when Martha Wainwright teamed up with Snow Patrol for “Set The Fire To The Third Bar”.
The sounds of “The Bones Of What You Believe” are an immediate joy especially for anyone with a taste for electronic indie pop. Chvrches delivers something nostalgic but fresh in a genre where so many of our longtime favorite artists seem to be trying but floundering.
[Terry: OK, I’m going to show you a few videos but you’ve GOT to visit the website to see Ron Burgundy do Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s new campaign song!]
- Chvrches Review (nay-say.com)
- CHVRCHES + “The Bones of What You Believe,” Touring, & 2014 (thescoutlife.com)
- Top 20 of 2013, Number 5: Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe (craigreviewsmusic.wordpress.com)
- CHVRCHES- Lies (givemethejams.wordpress.com)
- Scottish buzz band CHVRCHES wrap U.S. tour in New York: On the scene (music-mix.ew.com)
Hello. I have decided to do a thing. A thing where I give you my iPod playlist each month. I am calling this Playlist Pandemonium. I am an admitted music addict and am always on the prowl (like a cat) for new songs/artists.
Warning: I listen to hippie, indie music, and if you are into that kind of thing too, then I think we can probably be best friends. And if your favorite band is Death Cab for Cutie too then we might just need to be best friends. If you are not into hippie, indie music, then I suggest you not read my Playlist Pandemonium posts, because there will undoubtedly be copious amounts of ranting on the subject.
Anyways, I am very much open to music suggestions, so how about we strike a deal: I post my playlist each month, and you, lovely Reader, comment below some songs that are on your playlist that month. I think that sounds good, don’t you? It will be like one, big music-sharing fiesta.
Okey. Here is my playlist for November which I have entitled Nostalgic November (yes, I do give my playlists alliterative titles).
Lately, I have been obsessed with a fabulous, indie band I found called Stars. I love pretty much all their songs, (which is rare for me) but this month I have especially been adoring Calendar Girl and Heart. You just gotta trust me and listen to them. I do not use the word fabulous lightly.
I am unhealthily addicted to Lorde’s new album, (if you only listen to Royals by her then you are missing out) and I have especially been enjoying Tennis Court.
Also of note this month is the song Lua by Bright Eyes. I adooore Bright Eyes, and this song is one of my all time favorites of theirs. Although the story is haunting and very sad, there is something about it that is calming and beautiful to listen to. I’ll never get sick of it.
And I had to add Boston by Augustana, because I was listening to it the other day, and realized the story is kind of really accurate to my life. It is about a guy who is in love with a girl, and they both live in California. The girl, however, is depressed and needs a change of environment, so she decides to move to Boston. For those of you who did not know, I used to live in California, but then I decided I wanted to go to school in France, so I caught a flight out of Boston in August and now here I am. I needed a change of environment, like the girl (also who doesn’t want to live in the fashion capital of the world?). Ok, so minus the whole depression/having a boy in love with me thing I am the girl in the song. Don’t fight me on this one.
XO, The Girl in the Little Black Dress
Between the Notes
[Terry: I suspect that the final word in “Push Back the Catastophes” is a typo but I know a whole LOT of people who are… well, read it.}
Bio: I love to take literary snapshots of the spaces that have filled my life. Jazz has functioned as a communal bond, ritual and form of social interaction. It has become more than just sounds. It has become a way of living in this world.
Jazz has never been about music, it is the touchstone of modern cultural imagination, archiving mythical images and an aesthetic paradigm for new modes of writing, seeing, hearing and moving. I like to use the improvisational elements of jazz that I have experienced to develop different creative literary tapestry that uses all sensory input.
When I was 18, my dad arranged for me to work as a research/ writer intern on an ABC-TV Emmy-winning television documentary special on Jazz Music in 1972. I was assigned segments that focused on Big Band sound and Bebop.
I discovered that the jazz tradition has stood up against the backdrop of racial strife, language, class and gender issues which is defined in literature and criticism for over 75 years in America.
I have always had a fascination with creating works that would allow me to blend sound with words and abstract art. It is my desire to create a mosaic sensory experience using imagination, audio and visual experiences that are filled with the richness of childhood memories that shaped and inspired my thoughts.
Please be advised that my blog new address is: http://jazzybeatchick.com I have at least 200 posts ready to be read…See you there!
PUSH BACK THE CATASTROPHES
Written by Jayne Cortez
I don’t want a drought to feed on itself
through the tattooed holes in my belly
I don’t want a spectacular desert of
charred stems & rabbit hairs
in my throat of accumulated matter
I don t want to burn and cut through the forest
like a greedy mercenary drilling into
sugar cane of the bones
Push back the advancing sands
the polluted sewage
the dust demons the dying timber
the upper atmosphere of nitrogen
push back the catastrophes
Enough of the missiles
the aircraft carriers
the biological weapons
No more sickness sadness poverty
illiteracy and bombing
Let’s move toward peace
toward equality and justice
that’s what I want
To breathe clean air
to drink pure water to plant new crops
to soak up the rain to wash off the stink
to hold this body and soul together in peace
Push back the catastrophers
Space Between the notes Music Ocean Flowing to the universe A vessel Fireflies Signaling their place Alight Space In the rainforest Kaleidoscope of life Space Embracing an open heart Echoes love Space After a perfect storm Leaving the wake of serenity Calmer Dew kissed water lilies of words Memories glistening To your soul Space Cascading dreams Bonafides of change Riffs Improvising rhythm & cadence Space Space Melding friends Tethered souls A heart’s smile Healing deep within You Space…
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Catching up with Soundtrack of the Youth
Soundtrack Of The Youth
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I just can’t get over my non-normal obsession with Odesza and their music. It’s just SO CHILL. I wrote about their newest single My Friends Never Die a couple of weeks ago (you can find the post here), from their new EP with the same name. Here is another track from the EP, called If There’s Time, which has this kind of dreamy vibe over it (I love that). Press play, sit back and relax, wait until it reaches 00.41: Aahh.. SO good!!
Mark Lamb . . . storyteller, dancer w/
Maryanne de Prophetis . . . voice
Chris Forbes . . . piano
“Chris takes off on the piano for the stratosphere with some inspired and intense free runs. “
Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery review for Morcilla – The Manifestation Drama
Mark Lamb fuses dance, music and storytelling in order to paint a personal picture that somehow is universal in its scope. The New York Times has recognized his work as “quietly celebratory” “gently charming” and “an expression of communal joy.”
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Electronic singer/songwriter Banks is behind this beautiful track, produced by Austrian artist Sohn.
Though still at the beginning of her career, Banks has already managed to make a name for herself, and the Californian singer is now opening for The Weeknd on his tour.
Love this song, and how it builds up. So incredibly powerful! Perfect for this, in my case, grey never-ending day…
I’m Summer. I’m a Tar Heel and a fangirl. More importantly, I’m a Christian and a singer. Obviously, I write. I’m obsessed with languages, I’m learning Italian and German, and I would probably go mental without punk rock music.
“The great religious struggle is not fought on a spectacular battleground, but within the ordinary human heart, when every morning we awake and feel the pressures of the day crowding in on us, and we must decide what sort of immortals we wish to be.” – Kathleen Norris
Check out my professional website: winkler.web.unc.edu
I have some articles at dailytarheel.com.
Coming soon: Blog post for She Has Worth. Just waiting on the website to get back running.
To never travel is to never live.
Places to go, things to see.
ACL Music Festival- Austin, Texas
Bonnaroo Music Festival- Manchester, Tennessee
Disney World- Orlando, Florida
Lollapalooza Music Festival- Chicago, Illinois
Peanut Butter and Company Sandwich Shop and Store- New York
A concert in Madison Square Gardens- New York, New York
Universal Studios and Harry Potter World- Orlando, Florida
Times Square on New Year’s Eve- New York, New York
Los Angeles, California
Georgetown Cupcake- NYC, DC, & LA
New York City
A cruise to the islands- Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico
A cruise to Alaska
Everywhere in Italy
Disneyland- Anaheim, California
Busch Gardens- Williamsburg, Virginia
To see the Northern Lights
Coachella- Indio, CA
Kanrocksas Music Festival- Kansas
Voodoo Fest- New Orleans, LA
NEW YORK CITY.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED ME GET TO NYC.
I met awesome people. I made lifelong friends. I’ll never forget what I learned here.
And I’m absolutely going back.
- It’s finally New York week!!!! Five more full days, six more nights until we head to the city. Getting so excited. Asking for prayers tonight for the following: I pack the correct things, I get enough sleep this week to be FULLY ready to serve, and I’ll have a sufficient amount of caffeine in me for the next two weeks to properly survive. ❤ all of you
- We’re two days away! I couldn’t be more excited. I made a packing list today and if I remember everything, I’ll be ready to go bright and early Saturday morning! Three cheers for Manhattan.
- All packed and ready to go. 6:45 am wake up. 8 am departure.
Recently, your ad interrupted by viewing of Pretty Little Liars. Yes, it’s a secret addiction. I guess it’s not a secret anymore.
So. There was this pretty blonde girl with flowing, perfectly wavy strands.
Also she had a pillow.
Also she was in her underwear.
I guess it’s a “cute” ad? Maybe guys would like it.
As for me, I laughed. There were just a few things wrong with your ad, and I’d like to address those right now.
If I were to sit at home alone on my bed with no pants, I guarantee my hair wouldn’t look like that. Also, my abs would not be visible because, dude, dessert. I mean, duh. Also, no makeup, whaddup lazy.
Do people really match their bra and undies? If I were to do that, I’d feel like I had life perfectly figured out and it’s super obvious that I don’t. I find it an accomplish just to put on a bra, let alone make it match my other underclothes. (Is underclothes an actual word? I was unaware until this moment.)
[Yes, cats, “underclothes” is a word but only applies to women in the 15th Century and before.]
- Ryan Gosling: ‘Only God Forgives’ NYC Screening! (justjared.com)
- Ryan Gosling Gives His Best Smolder At ‘Only God Forgives’ Premiere (socialitelife.com)
- Ryan Gosling Is Handsome Even in a Heat Wave (celebuzz.com)
- Happy Ryan-Day! (socialmediaservants.wordpress.com)
- Eva Mendes Wearing Ryan Gosling Out (starmagazine.com)
- Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling pair up in ‘How to Catch a Monster’ (voxxi.com)
- Gangster Squad Review: Ryan Gosling Exposed (coolreviewsrule.com)
- Let Ryan Gosling Whisper Sweet Nothings Into Your Ears (jezebel.com)
I would love to dedicate this post and these songs to my Mum who has her birthday later this week. She has always been an inspiration to me and my very best friend, although she will probably kill me when she sees that I have put this picture of us both on my blog
I have been working on ‘Art is Calling for Me’ for several years now, I have always imagined that I was a Princess and I when I first heard this song I just had to learn it
I used to get the cute factor when I was belting it out when I was thirteen but as each year has gone by all of my vocal teachers have expected improvements, extra frills, trills and as you watch it you’ll see what I mean, more character. I’m still working on that and there is still more comedic acting I could do, space allowing.
Russell Lomas, Charlotte Hoather and Colin Blamey ( Clarinet )
I have two versions of this recording, the first at Lytham Assembly rooms on 2nd August 2013, with the beautiful piano accompaniment of Russell Lomas, who was the former Head of Accompaniment at Chetham’s School of Music until his retirement in 2003, he was the only accompanist to appear on at least one televised programme in every series of the BBC TV Young Musician of the Year competition between the first year of the competition 1978 and 2004, Russell graduated from the Royal Manchester College of Music with a distinction in both Performers and Teachers Diplomas and was awarded the Ricordi Prize for Accompaniment.
The second recording was during my concert at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh on Monday 5th August, with Marcus Kitchen accompanying me on this complicated piano piece, he also did a fabulous job and it was a newly learned piece for him.
I just could not decide between the two which one to post for you to watch. So I’ve decided to put both on in this post; let me know which yo
u prefer and I’ll put the one with the most votes on to my performance (videos and recordings) page
Art is Calling For Me (I want to be a Prima Donna) is from the Broadway Comic Opera ‘The Enchantress’ (Victor Herbert / Harry B Smith). First performed in 1911 in the New York Theatre, New York. The style of the piece is ‘Romantic’.
I absolutely love this piece of music, I feel it was written for me even though I can only dream of being a Princess.
stop callin me, callin me
please stop stalking me, stalking me
just a fantasy, fantasy
that you have with me
well im dressed ready for a night with the girls
hair stiff with gel for my curls
not out for hooks just for a look
she lied as she tried to introduce me to her friend
i shook his hand and said “i gotta man”
from the look that he gave
a woman that he craves
im just tryin to behave yeah
at home, a knock on the door
then the phone, pick it up some breathing then a tone
check the door but whoever was there is gone
who knows who left the letter with the rose
regret it dont forget i got a man at home
my point ya gotta leave me the hell alone!
don’t call me on my phone (who gave you my number?)
tell me how did you find my home (my girls say your a sucker)
your causing trouble for me and my man understand
i’ll never be your woman yeah!
Take a break from life. Sit back. Enjoy the sounds.| Welcome to a new friend: Soundtrack Of The Youth
Soundtrack Of The Youth
23 year old girl from Norway. Passionate about listening, sharing and talking about music. I like to keep myself updated on new songs, especially within indie and electronica.
My taste in music is pretty laid-back, I love songs that I can listen to in any occasion, songs that are chill, but mind-blowing at the same time. We live in an amazing era of music, there is so much to explored and enjoyed!
I like to make long playlists that function as a kind of soundtrack in my life, so that I can listen to songs that truly define the present, and that at a later point, those same songs will remind me of memories, moods and feelings from the past. I love the idea that music can define a certain time in life, just like a soundtrack.
Thought I’d share a couple of chill tracks on this mellow, relaxing sunday.
Secondly I wanted to share the collaboration between Dillon Francis and the English artist Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (yes, that’s actually his artist name), and their song called Without You.
Have a nice sunday!
If you’ve read the title and you’re still unsure about who I am talking about: I now present to you Matt Corby. He is your average girl’s big crush, and I actually believe there are also some guys who have kind of a mancrush on him (which is completely okay, understandable in fact). He is insanely talented as a writer, singer and musician. He has an incredible ability in his voice to go from low to high tones, and he has a sort of Jeff Buckley feel in his music. Being born just outside of Sydney, he first became famous after appearing on Australian Idol in 2007 (I know, lame) where he made second place, though he definitely was the contestant with the biggest female fanbase.. Although Matt Corby has been a known name back in the land down under since Idol, he has had quite a long and rough path to get to where he is today. In the past year or two he has had an enormous international breakthrough, and he is now touring with his latest EP called Resolution. This guy has stardom written all over him. He is one of my absolute favorite artists at the moment.
Be sure to check out the acoustic versions of his songs Souls A’Fire and Brother in the Youtube clips below! You can find more of his music on his Soundcloud profile or on Spotify. And, as pretty much goes without saying, you will hear a lot more from this artist in the coming months on this blog!
The Arkside of Thought by Sahm King
Welcome to the Arkside (also known as Hell). I can’t promise you’ll find anything you like here. I also can’t promise you won’t walk away with a bitter taste in your mouth. I can promise, however, to present myself, 100%. And how can I be so audacious as to make this promise? Because it’s the 21st century and, by now, everyone should know how to change the channel! BAM! Enjoy the video. Or not…
-That man there, sitting in the cubicle,
when he was a little boy,
used to fight dragons and witches,
so imbued with imagination was he,
that a stick he plucked from the earth
was a great broadsword called Excalibur,
and he, himself, was the legendary King Arthur,
and a great tree all the neighborhood kids
lovingly called The Witch’s Tree,
and imagined would bleed black blood
and grow tentacles should one of her limbs be shorn away,
served as mighty opposition to the land of Camelot
– his backyard –
and his benevolent rule;
and he would fight this mighty Witch’s Tree,
who was actually a great and winged beast
from the depths of hell,
and that beast would have him near defeat,
until his knights would present him with
the nectar of the gods themselves
– else it was sunmade iced tea that
had just finished cooling in the fridge –
and with his renewed strength and will,
he would make that great and winged beast
succumb to the might of Excalibur,
and again, Camelot would be spared
darkness and destruction.
Today, that man there, sitting in the cubicle,
so imbued with imagination,
fights daydreams of going home
and going to bed.
I decided to try out Bastet’s We Drink Photo Challenge! Why? Because I can. I don’t have a camera at the moment, so I had to make do with my Android phone using an application called Fotor. The majority of the photomanipulations were done in Adobe Photoshop. I only have a couple of shots that turned out, and on some areas that you may recall from my winter sets. Nothing epic, just trying to get back into the thick of it in anticipation of getting a new camera here within the next couple of months.
No poetry with this set. I couldn’t think of a haiku or senryu to place on either of the images. Ah well.
By the way, for anyone interested, Bastet has put up the We Drink Photo Challenge -2. Check it out when you’ve the chance!
…you learn that, somehow, you are a misogynist because you are a man who happens to have written three books and are working on three more AND you have a girlfriend that apparently cooks, cleans the house, washes all your clothes, and works full time to support your crack *cgh* I mean writing habit…
This, of course, leaves out the fact that all three of those books took a year each to write (back to back, while working a full time job and going to school full time), and that, of the next three, at least one of those has been in the works for the last seven years, one of these is just a thought, and the other one is barely started and may not even be released within the next year or two, if ever…and that your girlfriend does not do your cooking, do all the cleaning, wash your clothes, and does not work full time to support you or your crack *cgh* I mean writing habit…
If you’re male, and you’re an author, and you have a girlfriend, or you’re married, you’re probably a misogynist dickhead that exploits and abuses your significant other. STOP, you sick bastard. In the words of the woman that approached me today, “You’re mentally ill and you need help. Your girlfriend is not your slave, and you’re just a lazy jerk.”
Well, she did get the lazy part right. That’s why that one book has taken the last seven years…
I guess I’ll be spending next week seeking help.
I love the internet…
- Freeverse Poetry: King Arthur and the Great Beast (sahmataineking.com)
- Freeverse Poetry: Of War and Death (sahmataineking.com)
- Visual Artist Jason Pedersen: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower Cover Design Review (legendsofwindemere.com)
- A Poem For Mother (for Sahm King) (kdavisfanclub.wordpress.com)
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that almighty turn up
I’m Cody. I’m from Chicago. I like music and the female anatomy. So if you enjoy either of those God-given beauties, you’ll like Zuluminati. Turn up.
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MGMT Needs To Hurry Up With Their New, Self-Titled Album
Releasing September 17, 2013. Wait on it. By the way, this year I’m eating your food and my table got so many plates on it.
Over the past three years, I’ve seen my fair share of shit at Pitchfork. Fearing for my life at Odd Future, finding God at Toro Y Moi, and shaking up with A$AP Rocky fail in comparison to the majestic beauty that is R. Kelly.
Sunday, July 21, 2013, I headed to Pitchfork with this schema that every performing artist was going to blow my mind; I couldn’t have been more wrong. As soon as I got there, I decided that MC Tree would be a good place to start. For a while, I thought Danny Brown was the worst live rapper that I have ever seen due to how incomprehensive and molly’d out he was, but I take that back. Tree takes the award. On stage there were like eight useless ass people with faux-McDonald’s uniforms untunely chanting “Tree” and “Soul-Trap.” It grew kind of ridiculous after about the fourth song.
After waiting an impossibly long and tiring four hours until Lil’ B, I got to see the Based God with my own two eyes. As much as I would love to say I turned the fuck up, Charlie, myself, and our two lovely ladies stayed in the background where the 35-year-olds could only bob their heads and subtly say “swag.” Cool, huh?
Next was Toro Y Moi; need I say more? If you’ve read about my previous Pitchfork experience you will know of his magnificence, and this time was nothing short. I feel like I could put M.I.A (whom I saw afterward) in the same paragraph because she put on a pretty fucking good show too. This shit live was almost too much.
Finally, the moment that we have all been waiting for. With the intent to watch R. Kelly for a mere 20 minutes then slide over to TNGHT, I wasn’t predicting to have my mind blown. But right off it came. Once this man walked on stage, I was immediately blinded. Not particularly due to the fact that he was in front of me, but because of all of the fucking ICE he had on! If Chief Keef thinks his wrist is sloppy, he needs to step his weight up. Being around a bunch of smiley 70-year-old black people really changes the mood. Even Abbey, the whitest girl I know, was gettin’ down. By far, there is nothing more baby-making than this.
After about 20 minutes we ended up walking to TNGHT like we said we would, but immediately hiking right back because all we wanted to do was make sweet love (with our clothes on of course, there were children around). I couldn’t imagine a better place to end the night. Trust me, If R. Kelly is ever in your town you’d better go see him, no matter how much you despise urine.
I Came Up On Too Much Chillwave, Take It From Me
I’ve been on a 24-hour psychedelic splurge, and I’ve decided that I’m not going to individually write some overly-descriptive paragraph relevant to nothing at all. Instead, I just want you to have these:
- Higher Ground: A Roundup of Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 (frontpsych.com)
Benji Taylor Wins
“Mythical musings on music and pop culture…”
Benji Taylor is a relentless traveller and music aficionado whose writings encompass film, music, art, & literature.
His mythical musings on music and pop culture are the eventuality of an anomaly inherent in the programming of the matrix which, despite his sincerest efforts, he has been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision.
Glass basks in the amorous glow of EDM connoisseurs Soft Metals…
Photo credit: Suzy Poling
In 2011, LA based electronic duo Soft Metals’ sound emerged from the hubbub of a plethora of bands riding the coat-tails of the retro-tinged synth revival, with their debut LP vastly outshining the work of their bland and vapid peers. Their debut proved one thing – that stimulating and meaningful synth-based music was more difficult to craft than many of their contemporaries realised.
Sophomore effort Lenses, released via Captured Tracks on 29th July, sees the duo refining the dense and textured soundscapes that populated their self-titled LP, and opting for sparser arrangements, and an aesthetic revolving around building tension and release. The result is an accomplished dance sound that crackles with intelligence and imagination, backlit by a marriage of vintage synths and 80s style drum beats.
As a collection of songs it’s heavily indebted to the dance floor, and to the night. Many tracks boast a feeling of audible sexual tension, no doubt owing to the fact that Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall – the miss and mister behind the duo – have been romantically involved since the band’s inception.
Ultimately Lenses reflects itself as the light of a bigger, brighter and braver Soft Metals. It’s a superb record that – since it boasts just the right mix of house-flavoured dynamics and reverential 80s sounds – should see the duo finally recline in the acclaim that their sound warrants this summer.
Photo credit: Suzy Poling
Lenses showcases a dancier sound than your self-titled debut. Who were your key influences on this record?
My article on Amsterdam and Canal House for Glass Magazine…
“The key jewel in Amsterdam’s cultural crown, though, is the Rijksmuseum which, reopening after ten years of wide-ranging renovations, triumphantly re-positions itself as an artistic citadel of dreams..”
Published originally at WhatCulture…
“Now you’re looking for the secret. But you won’t find it because of course, you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to work it out. You want to be fooled…” – Cutter
Of late it’s sometimes easy to forget that Christopher Nolan, the genius behind the Dark Knight trilogy adrift amidst a sea of awards and accolades as a result of his labours with the franchise depicting his vision of the caped crusader, previously made a quartet of insidiously intelligent films: Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, and Inception. All of these films are amazing in their own way and worthy of separate analysis, showcasing Nolan’s developing directorial talent throughout the first decade of the new millennium. Today I’d like to discuss The Prestige, Nolan’s dark and bleak visually spectacular mind-twister of a movie, and my own personal favourite from this quartet of films, which was adapted from British writer Christopher Priest’s 1995 prize winning epistolary novel of the same name. Over the past few years I’ve discussed my interpretation of the events of the movie and its key overarching themes with so many people that I decided it was time to put my thoughts into an article.
The ingenuity of the movie arises from Nolan’s handling of the non-linear exposition of the film which, at its core, revolves around two talented magicians in the early 1900s who become engaged in a lifelong game of progressively daring one-upmanship. The movie’s narrator- Michael Caine’s Harry Cutter- is an ingénieur; he conceives then concocts the mechanisms which facilitate the magicians’ dazzling of their audiences. Cutter explains to the viewer the three key elements of any magic trick… every trick, he tells us, has three crucial stages:
The Pledge – the preliminary object or action;
The Turn– the action or the deed that misdirects and distracts the audience from the true purpose of the trick;
The Prestige- the final reveal which leaves them spellbound.
If you’re reading this article then you probably know the story which, in a nutshell to refresh you, charts via a series of flash-backs and flash-forwards the events surrounding the sentencing of Christian Bale’s Alfred Borden for the murder of Hugh Jackman’s Robert Angier. The murder seemingly occurred as the culmination of a series of escalating trade-offs between the two magicians which had their origins in the death of Angier’s wife Julia who, in tragic symmetry to the death of Angier, drowned performing a water cell act.
Next we will discuss the ending, and then seek to understand how it is representative of the key themes embodied within the movie’s narrative…
Published originally at WhatCulture
SPOILER WARNING: Whilst the majority of this article relates to theory, speculation and deduction, it contains a few potential spoilers relating to the events of all five currently available “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, and to Season One & Season Two of the “Game of Thrones” TV Series. Where possible, I have omitted any spoiler-esque information unless I consider it essential to the article’s subject matter.
Who is Jon Snow? Our initial introduction to the 14-year old Jon Snow is in the first chapter of A Game of Thrones as he accompanies the man that we the readers are led to believe is his father, Lord Eddard (Ned) Stark, to execute a deserter of the Night’s Watch. As the apparent bastard child of the Lord of Winterfelll, Jon might well have lived a better life than 90% of the population of Westeros, but he has been made to feel something of an outsider by Ned’s wife Cateyln Stark, since his presence has proved to be a constant reminder of Ned’s supposed infidelity.
The alienation that Jon feels arising from his bastard-born status ultimately compels him to leave his half-siblings in Winterfell and join his Uncle Benjen on The Wall as a man of the Night’s Watch. Before he leaves, Ned makes a promise to Jon that, due to the interference of the Lannisters, he is ultimately unable to keep: “The next time we see each other we’ll talk about your mother, I promise…”
What I’d like to discuss in this article are the hints to Jon Snow’s true parentage that are presented within the books (and to a lesser extent the TV series). I believe that it’s quite clear from the raft of clues that the text provides us with that Jon Snow is not in fact Ned’s son – he is actually
Sofar Sounds: An ‘Underground’ Musical Experience
The following excerpts are from my article on underground musical organization, Sofar Sounds. The photography and video are from two separate performances I was lucky enough to attend in NYC and Philly. Head to Butlerway to read the article in full and if you’re a music lover definitely check out Sofar Sounds to see if there’s a group in your area! It’s an experience not to be missed!!
It’s happening. You’re going to see your favorite band perform live! All the necessary arrangements have been made. The babysitter’s been scheduled and the tailgate cooler’s packed. You’re so excited to see “Band X” until you arrive at the sold out venue to find it’s wall to wall packed and you’re now stuck between the seven foot tall guy and hordes of screaming teenagers. Suddenly the music experience you’ve been hoping for isn’t going according to plan.
Enter- Songs From A Room. The global movement, dubbed Sofar Sounds, takes the live music experience and eliminates the outside noise and glitzy components, stripping it to the core and bridging the gap between artist and fan, musician and listener.
Co-founders David Alexander, Rafe Offer and Rocky Start were tired of attending shows with unappreciative or disinterests audiences. Looking for an alternative in which they could support fellow musicians while sharing their love and passion for music, the three friends created an acoustic setting in their living room. Sofar Sounds was born.
The idea behind the innovative project is to share new music between enthusiasts, artists and industry professionals in an “unplugged, intimate, unusual space or venue.” Performances typically consist of 50 people or less in a “living room setting,” revealed only two days prior to the show; while the lineup remains a mystery until arrival.
Guests are requested to sit upon scattered pillows and cushions, silence all phones and respect the no talking policy while artists perform. In between acts, the room returns to its social atmosphere of chatter, networking, or taking advantage of the BYOB policy to freshen up a drink.
Although the emphasis is placed primarily on music, it’s an overall explosion of art, incorporating painting, photography, poetry, videography, dance, and spoken word. New artistic blends are constantly infused as Sofar grows from a passion project to a music business.
Indie folk-rockers, Seryn, are one of the most talented bands currently making music. Watch the following snippet of them performing “Beach Song” at Sofar Sounds NYC.
- Sofar Sounds: Growing A House Party Network (plutonicgroup.com)
- Sofar Sounds NY – May 21st, 2013 (nycsofar.wordpress.com)
- Sofar Sounds DFW ( Sounds From A Room) (bohemianbeats.org)
- You’re Gonna Love This (natemaingard.com)
- Day 2 – Live Music in a Living room (my365daysof30.wordpress.com)
[Terry: It’s not every day you have someone show you the birth of a new communal experience. ]
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This picture was taken of our group following our final rehearsal together before we leave.
As Sunday approaches, I am starting to get really excited about our Italian adventure 🙂 At the RCS during my first year I have studied with many talented students and one of those students is Max Fane the conductor and organiser of the trip.
‘Four years ago, in September 2009, I put on our first impromptu concert in the village of Mercatle. Such was the success of the event that the following two years, the group Dieci Cantabile returned officially under my direction to the Italian Hills and performed in a series of concert for two summers running.
Having lived near Preggio for all of my life, performing in many concerts and recitals across Umbria and Tuscany and using the experience of three previous tours I set about finding a group of singers at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where I study as a tenor, pianist and conductor to take my Italian adventures to the next level.
Italian opera and song have been very important to me over the past year, and it has been my constant ambition to improve the understanding and performance of the repertoire among the young singers that I study with. To this end I co-founded a organisation of highly talented young singers and started the On-Key Music Association. With this we aim simply to promote and support performance opportunities for young singers and musicians. These are passionate young singers, who have all worked very hard to pay their way to come on this unique trip and we have some fabulous events lined up. My hope is to inspire a lifelong passion in the music, culture and country of Italy.
We have four main concerts lined up. Firstly in Giordani Corsini in Florence at 7pm on June the 16th, then in Mercatale for our traditional concert in the piazza at 9 15pm. Following this we have the event in Citta’ di Castello at Café Magi at 10pm on Friday the 21st, and at Sant’Agostino in Cortona at 6pm on Saturday the 22nd at the Auditorium Sant’Agostino.
Our programme will be centred around four group items that I will conduct, from the Cantique de Jean Racine by Faure to Va Pensiero by Verdi. Around these pieces the singers, including myself, will get opportunities to sing solos and duets by composers like Mozart, Donizetti, Handel, Tosti and many more. For me, the most important objective of the trip is to enjoy our singing, encouraging co-operative critical thinking about performance. There is nothing better than performing to appreciative audiences in beautiful settings with a wonderful atmosphere. This is something for everyone to enjoy and we hope to see as many people there as possible. The concert in Florence is ten euros entrance, the others are free but we will be collecting donations from those wishing to support our endeavours’. Max
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This COEVAL loop is born from authors’ intimate necessity to communicate, to reflect about novel’s atmospheres, to lead to new intersections and to sound new soundings.
Welcome to observe this blog river’s stream in constant motion. We consider words’ instrumentalists and we choose a daily presence in the global village. COEVA is born as a symphony’s score, modulating and arranging idioms. Conjugated artistic languages. The blog itself is a work of art: crucible of visual arts, reflections, theatre, interpretations and staves; confluences of new concepts and stimulations.
Fiorella Corbi (Iridediluce)
Fiorella Corbi is born in Salerno in the Seventies. She graduated in Science Education, lives and dwells in Tuscany since 2002. She is always particulary interested for fantasy, classical music and opera, singing, theatre, cinema and painting. She loves and studies philosophy, and since many years she writes lyrics. Coeva is her first novel.
Maria Pia Carlucci
Maria Pia Carlucci is born in Foggia in the Sixties. She transfers to Rome to study Law. She dwells there and works as teacher. Versatile actress, she played comedy and dramatic roles. She has been speaker at Radio-Roma and hosted a theatre column interviewing actors of international fame. She hosted a magazine of theatrical and movie review within a TV program at a local TV. She reputes a greedy reader of psicology assays, Oriental culture, poetries and Nineteenth Century’s Literature. She loves to paint portraits and is particulary interested to the cinema collection. She makes her debut as writer with Coeva.
Maurizio Verdiani is born in Rome in 1960 where he lives and works. He frequented the Modern Literatures Faculty. He is considered a multivalent artist, always prone to experimentation; he exposed as painter in several art-galleries in Rome, in Italy and abroad. He realized digital works, web sites, CD and cooperated as video-artist in several performances. He professes music and is particulary interested to policy, sport, zoology, literature, philosohy, history, cinema. In 1993 he published a book of lirics entitled Blahin’, edited by Fermenti Editrice. He makes his debut in narrative with Coeva.
Stefano Capecchi is born in Rome in 1980, where he actually lives. He graduated in Humanities, he followed classes of dramaturgy, film director and screenplay. He is an eclectic actor, having played a large range of roles. His interests are: Italian and English literature, anthropology, history of art, folklore, aesthetics and mediology. His favourite authors are: Pirandello, Goldoni, Beckett, Ionesco, Pinter, Molière, but his great love is Shakespeare, whom he translated many plays. He makes his debut as author.
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Lover of the the vice to the new and elated of intimate and inner power of communication
Prophetess of new sceneries authors of new advantageous creativities
Mother of new ideologies in every artistic form
Strong-willed of imagination and model of inscrutable masterpieces
Pretentious beyod the veils of creativity’s rampant funeral and proud of her feeling
Artist by generative idea, in which idea, concept and continuous art’s sprouting, may be recognizables as Chinese Whispers: recognizables but intriguings
Artist capable to work to work on several fronts: on the Work and on its frame
Free from social and cunning ordinary conjectures
Beyond the definite and ephemeral capable to live the delight in every form and structure; the ability to wind into wet air, accessory to the lecherous strenght
Disposed to the artistic comparison and charm, to the intimate and spiritual quest
Maria Pia Carlucci, Fiorella Corbi