Posts Tagged ‘Gorillaz’

First Summer Playlist

June 3, 2014

1. These Streets- Bastille
2. R.E.V.O- Walk Off The Earth
3. Dance Hall- Modest Mouse
4. Gotta Get Away- The Black Keys
5. Laredo- Band of Horses
6.Love Runs Out- OneRepublic
7. On Melancholy Hill- Gorillaz
8. Paper Thin Walls- Modest Mouse
9. Oblivion- Bastille
10. Counting Stars(OneRepublic cover)- Christina Grimmie
11. I Came As A Rat- Modest Mouse
12. Bullet In The Brain- The Black Keys
13. Sometimes- Walk Off The Earth
14. Icarus- Bastille
15. Can’t Stop- OneRepublic
16. Flawless- The Neighbourhood
17. Speeches- Walk Off The Earth
18. Float On- Modest Mouse
19. Somebody That I Used to Know(Gotye cover)- Walk Off The Earth
20. Fever- The Black Keys

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Apocalesque

January 20, 2012

It’s my new word to describe things that make me think about the end of the world, or things that seem akin to such a thing.   Many literature, music, and movies come to mind.  Most notably, Alan Moore’s Watchmen, and Orwell’s 1984, which of course makes me think of David Bowie’s album Diamond Dogs.  Since right now I am sitting here watching Episode III, apocalesque describes Anakin’s turn to the dark side and the destruction of the jedi order, and then it causes me to think about Star Wars in general, what with Death Stars, and tyrannical governments that rule with iron fists, and of course the final book in the series I am currently reading: Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse.  It comes out in March, so I hope I can last that long, since I’m now on the most recent title in the series, Ascension.  I first came up with the use of this word last week, when we were in the throes of an epic cold snap, and it was dark and dismal.  It may still be cold, but not nearly as much as it was, and it’s also nice out, so it does not feel even slightly apocalesque anymore, but my countdown is.  So here is the apocalesque playlist for y’all:

 

1. Last Living Souls- Gorillaz   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rA-i4ti2OQI

2. Walking With a Ghost- Tegan and Sara  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHxBA-vgww4  There’s also a pretty sweet cover of it by the White Stripes.

3. Karma Police- Radiohead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBH97ma9YiI&ob=av2e

4.Sunburn- Muse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9SZaOJEWXU&ob=av2e

5.Kids With Guns- Gorillaz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxziFMyRwDg&ob=av3e

6.Tiny Cities Made of Ashes- Modest Mouse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0tsoPEEdrs

7. Paranoid Android- Radiohead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPLEbAVjiLA&ob=av3n&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fresults%3Fsearch_query%3Dparanoid%2Bandroid%26oq%3Dparanoid%2Bandroid%26aq%3Df%26aqi%3Dg4%26aql%3D%26gs_sm%3De%26gs_upl%3D181l2245l0l3192l10l10l0l6l6l0l413l721l0.2.4-1l3l0&has_verified=1

8.Little Black Submarines- Black Keys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F20zZKWeXyg

9.Immigrant Song- Led Zeppelin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBmueYJ0VhA

10. I Want You, She’s So Heavy- The Beatles  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW6G3nh5S3I

11. Sober- Muse  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJmBUhChHBo

12. Little By Little- Radiohead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vMDKg4MMN8

13. Cat People- David Bowie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWX_MFNOL_Y

 

As always, Enjoy! or Don’t.

 

The Nature of Waste

April 19, 2010

Most people that know me know that Gorillaz’ Plastic Beach is one of my favorite releases so far this year in music.  It’s a great smattering of hip-hop, rock, and 80’s style Electropop, featuring great collaborators such as Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack and even Lou Reed.  If you have yet to listen whatcha waiting for?  But anyway, to the real meat of this entry.

I was listening to Plastic Beach, movin’ and groovin’  and noticing that no matter how beautiful the music is, it’s still a very obvious jab to the festering nature of waste culture, the Plastic Beach that the cartoon band finds themselves on is a mass of pollution.  Anyone who knows me also knows that I’m quite the advocate against unnecessary waste, using only as many lights as necessary, recycling, donating or selling unwanted items instead of throwing them away whenever possible.  The town I live in has a nuclear power plant.  The plant has been saying for years amidst really troubling safety practices and logistical errors, that they are all about a clean energy future.  Clean?  The clouds that rise from the smokestack are more dense than a book by Stephen King.  There is poison leaking out into the soil on the site, and they would rather keep it running and a danger to the community than try and fix it or close it down.  And another truth, is that the energy produced by the plant does not benefit anyone nearby.  Sure, it sucks for people to lose their jobs, but at the cost of how many lives?  Now having been voted down, they are ready for decommissioning, to be closed by 2012.  I had always made a big fuss over the fact that nuclear energy is not a clean option, and is not actually all that efficient, and here it is getting shut down through no action taken by me.   Now, what happens to the waste?  A pro-VY argument that I have heard was stated as such:  If there is no other thing that we could use this site for, why not just keep it open?  There is nowhere left to store the waste is a simple enough answer to that.

Other shades of waste culture are related directly to individual action/inaction.  I know a kid whose name I won’t mention here, that has claimed to have never willingly recycled a single thing in his life.  And he takes pride in that?  There are people who just throw their crap on the ground if they can’t find a trash can, musical artists who mercilessly throw new words over the same or similar beats over and over again(Those people know who they are).  There are people who just live to be users, who will just leave anyone high and dry once they get what they want.

A big reason that I am so caught up in a rant on waste culture now may be my new job.  I am a cashier at Wal Mart for the time being, and I notice the people that buy 8 loaves of bread and six dozen eggs just because they are on sale.  And maybe in some cases they really do think the products are gonna get used, but where is the value in buying this much stuff if over half of it is gonna get wasted?  People buy nothing but frozen dinners.  Have we stooped so low that we can’t even take care of ourselves anymore?  We can’t, because big retailers like this have crushed our free spirit, stolen away many a local business that truly cared about something other than cutting corners and making top dollar off of inferior products.  What’s worse is that my Wal Mart store wants to upgrade to a new site for a Super Wal Mart.  There are already no jobs in the area, this being the first one I even got a call back from.  So imagine this:  Brattleboro losing even more of it’s awesome local businesses, tumbleweeds rolling through the harmony parking lot, a town so empty even the homeless will be hard to find.  People will need new jobs, Wal Mart will be there to give them out.  And then…………………….Once an entire community is employed by this destructive force of colonial capitalism, nobody will be making enough money to shop anywhere else.  Sure, maybe I exaggerate events that I can only guess at, but still I worry.  When a company that strives to destroy originality so wholeheartedly says they do it because they care for their customers and their associates, the world becomes even more insane than I have already seen it to be.