Archive for February, 2012

Shapes Like Puzzle Pieces

February 23, 2012

My latest, as well as belated, playlist derives its name from a beautiful line in the song, “Such Great Heights,”  wondering “if god himself did make us into corresponding shapes like puzzle pieces from the clay.”  Starting off with that song, everything that follows brings us in and out of love, make us “wish you were here,” and possibly call to mind good Indie films, with Iron and Wine’s acoustic rendition of the aforementioned song.  Featured in it are old favorites, genre defying new classics, and even a guilty pleasure or two, David Bowie’s cover of a Neil Young song is present alongside John Lennon. Here it is.

1. Such Great Heights – The Postal Service http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wrsZog8qXg&ob=av3e

2. All You Need Is Me- Morrissey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhN6CroyLSc

3. Wish You Were Here(originally by Pink Floyd)- Catherine Wheel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQiLsBFPqbE

4. I’ve Been Waiting for You(by Neil Young) – David Bowie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMFbx5U0qRc

5. Real Love- John Lennon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc5Jzz6jZYw

6. Even Better Than The Real Thing- U2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHKMoLY5ueY&ob=av2n

7. Rumor Has It- Adele(WINNER!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti3t7MAwaaM

8. The Weight of Love- Snow Patrol (New favorite!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfuFwuhOkIY&feature=fvst

9. Dancing With Tears In My Eyes- Ke$ha (Guilty Pleasure) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmt7CBTNIt4

10. Beautiful World- Utada Hikaru http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qskU6HpUTEc

11. Jigsaw Puzzle- Rolling Stones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyyLOOvwIts

12. Such Great Heights- Iron and Wine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX5Dan0VE7w

 

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Valentine’s Day…

February 14, 2012

can mean many different things to many different people.  It may be a day to declare undying love for someone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9nPf7w7pDI&feature=fvst or something  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrW7dlDHH28   as simple as telling someone you like them http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7F9RCsRezQ.  It can of course also be to many people, a day that is celebrated as an excuse for corporations to make money http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpbbuaIA3Ds.  I would say it is a day that sums up all of those things pretty well in my opinion.  So whether you have met a person that astonishes you with their amazingness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLQl3WQQoQ0&ob=av2e or if you are embracing your single status http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uodXoMTksoQ or just indifferent to the day in general http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bpzxf_flm8M, love is a very important emotion to hold onto http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQZhN65vq9E&ob=av3e and all is full of love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD8IOfaFrZQ.  Just do something to help make the world a little better today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1horffGyO0. Because? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWlLPJG9Cvg Do I need a reason?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hKr48olvQA

Happy Day!

Born To Die

February 6, 2012

Lana Del Rey’s album Born to Die, has been out for a week now, I reccommend it highly.  It’s my first new album of 2012, and it’s an amazing mix of  various genres,  a bit surprising after the smoky Indie folk vibe you get from the opening track, Born to Die, but surprising in a good way.  This week’s musical goodness features it as the first track, and thus the title of the playlist. Here it is:

1. Born To Die- Lana Del Rey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bag1gUxuU0g&ob=av3e

2.Transatlanticism- Death Cab For Cutie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNqQC7R_Me4

3. O Valencia! – The Decemberists http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK5860DP78E&ob=av2n

4.Twilight Galaxy- Metric http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SQL2orM37g&ob=av3n

5. Speak Slow-Tegan and Sara http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgAX0KHmU6A

6. National Anthem- Lana Del Rey  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkWaAr6rbGM

7. Cactus(great cover of The Pixies)- David Bowie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDx1Gqx0leE

8. I Might Be Wrong- Radiohead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOa–Dhu11M&ob=av3n

9. Islands- The XX http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PElhV8z7I60&ob=av2e

10. Starry Eyed- Ellie Goulding http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBf2v4mLM8k&ob=av2n

11. Drumming Song- Florence + The Machine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boo2Zm69fhY&ob=av2n

12. We Looked Like Giants- Death Cab For Cutie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwAUca79c4o

13.Lana Del Rey- Radio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZgsfNvYgbM

14. Direction- Interpol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJpDeo5jlQc

 

Until next week, stay tuned, as it were!

Better yet, submit to me a playlist you think I should check out in my comment box?

“Chronicle”

February 6, 2012

I saw this film yesterday, it was better than I expected, and although mostly seen from a hand-held camera, it never got in the way of the film and in fact heightened it. After a mysterious thing is discovered in a cave by three friends, they begin to develop psychic powers, seemingly just because of touching the said object. The main character, who recently bought a camera to document every little thing, is asked to film their experiments with their powers. As they grow stronger, rules must be set down, and boundaries of friendship will be tested. It’s a fairly basic story about fantastic things, and although the characters seem a bit flat at times, they still seem more or less like real people. Special telekinetic powers being displayed as if through a camcorder, it also makes the entire movie seem more believable. Later on in the film, you will see the use of several different kinds of cameras all within the same scene, and if you are anything like me with movies, you will be impressed. But either way, I still reccommend giving this movie a chance, it’s better than the trailer.

A movie for the love of movies

February 6, 2012

At long last I finally got to see “Hugo” the other day. The holidays came and went and Brattleboro still hadn’t gotten one of the biggest holiday films, but it turned out to be well worth the wait and the hype. The CGI effects were astonishing, and the story was great and never too complicated. The coming of age story of a young boy, laden with misfortune, struggling to fix a mechanical man that he worked on with his father. And as the film progresses, the automaton is tied back into the furthering plot lines of the film. It is a wonder of the imagination, a feast of the senses, and shows just what is wrong with the film industry these days. Get back your child-like sense of wonder, and the cinema future will be bright indeed. 🙂

This Week’s Music, Finally!

February 1, 2012

This week is  a playlist that evokes much of the typical human contemplation on life and death.  I have decided to call it:

From Point A to Point B, and all points between

1. 42- Coldplay  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0xfWCDLoCU

2. Little Black Submarines- The Black Keys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=490s689kvpo

3. Growing Old is Getting Old- Silversun Pickups http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPsmPHwp9rE

4. Run Right Back- The Black Keys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUCAPdmAl_4

5. Still Ill- The Smiths http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa-YWO2cork

6. Space- Julian Lennon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWp1bMXG6dM

7. Lost!- Coldplay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjYjKNGt18k

8. Bigmouth Strikes Again- The Smiths http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgxEJOi6GtA

9. Panic Switch- Silversun Pickups http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AG8fugqFn9Q

10. Leave My Body- Florence + The Machine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKNh_Tva2X0

11. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now- The Smiths http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfkvPnjb9hs

12. Heartlines- Florence + The Machine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waiB8mWOJOA

13. Tomorrow Never Knows- The Beatles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a3NcwfOBzQ