Posts Tagged ‘loss’

Making Spirits Bright

December 13, 2014

Look no further than making a copy of Bastille’s brand new mixtape, or download it yourself off of Itunes right now. Vs, features some amazing collaborators, and grandiose instrumentations that are trademark Bastille through and through. Dan Smith and co. have been on a high since their band exploded on the charts, and ever since I managed to see them live twice this year, I can’t stop talking about them or listening to them for that matter. What a year it must be for them. This mixtape seamlessly blends Hip Hop beats, orchestra sounds, stripped down raw acoustic sounds, computerized blips and clicks like most artists could only dream of. But of course Bastille has had help making this, I mean why else is it referred to as a mixtape as opposed to an album. I absolutely loved early leaked tracks, Torn Apart and Weapon, as well as the hauntingly mellow, The Driver, but now that all nine tracks are available to me, I think mixtape isn’t even a fair description of this. It is definitely a general theme as mournful as Oblivion and as uplifting as Pompeii, and all nine tracks added up together seem like one whole unit. Certainly no Rock Opera, but certainly something unlike any other.

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Lessons..

August 30, 2014

Are you tired, stressed, overwhelmed, underwhelmed, just some kind of “whelmed,” happy, sad, angry, insecure, nervous, anxious, or any other variety of emotions? Congratulations! You have just realized what it means to be alive and possess a consciousness. People that don’t feel pain are probably lying to you. People who can’t feel two or more contradictory emotions at the exact same time must be robots programmed to only feel one thing. You can’t just feel one thing, it doesn’t work that way. You can however feel one thing so much more strongly than others, whether it’s faith, love, or connected to your spiritual path, etc. And isn’t that sometimes the best and worst feeling? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. See what I did there? But basically, if you feel so strongly about this thing, if it’s this important to you, try not to lose sight of it, try not to be discouraged, and just let certain things fall as they may. You’ll be glad you did.

Ch-Ch-Changes….

August 17, 2014

I sit here with my beer, in front of my computer screen. And I do my best to bring a new entry to life. I know I have slacked, but thus i life, we lose sight of things sometimes. Which is why my life has gone through lots of changes in recent time, most are positive changes of course. But sometimes, when we take a chance, even though, it’s the right choice, even though you know it will pay off, it’s sometimes easy to escape reality, and forget for a minute, that everything is finally okay, that the one thing you thought you couldn’t get, the one thing you wanted so much is about to finally happen, the pieces are about to fall together. Change is great, change is good, change is right, it’s part of life, it’s the universe’s way of saying, “hey, get off your ass.” Everything changed so much over the course of the last couple months, within me, within other people, and a couple weeks ago, I knew there was one change that I could only take care of myself, and so I did. Was I happy about it? Of course. Did I feel like shit? Of course. But did I overall feel really good about the future, about the new chapter that my life was now at? you bet. And all I can say is, the best change is still around the bend.

Playlisting: Ashes To Ashes

June 22, 2014

1. Ashes To Ashes- David Bowie

2. Believer- American Authors

3. A Taste of Honey- The Beatles

4. Bigger Than Love- Benjamin Gibbard

5. Crank- Catherine Wheel

6. All Or Nothing- Dirty Vegas

7. For What Reason- Death Cab For Cutie

8. Relax, Take It Easy- Mika

9. Go To Sleep- Radiohead

10. Speeches- Walk Off The Earth

11. Caring Is Creepy- The Shins

12. Sex and Candy- Marcy Playground

13. Slow Hands- Interpol

14. Cactus- David Bowie

15. Funky Days Are Back Again- Cornershop

16. Subterranean Homesick Alien- Radiohead

17. Skulls- Bastille

18. Blue Jean- David Bowie

19. Late- Ben Folds

Playlist: Resolutions, second chances, and new starts! And also a bit of too little too late.

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year everybody!  A playlist I made about a week ago is here to really capture the mood of the changes that come with the mark of the new year.

1. Airbag- Radiohead

2. The Divide- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

3. Ah Ha- Under the Influence of Giants

4. Wake Up- Arcade Fire

5. The New Year- Death Cab For Cutie

6. Next Year- Two Door Cinema Club

7. Thoughts of A Dying Atheist- Muse

8. We Exist- Arcade Fire

9. Lovesong- Adele

10. 365 Days- ZZ Ward

11. If The Stars Were Mine- Melody Gardot

12. High And Dry- Radiohead

13. The Fall of Man- Matthew Good Band

14. Blackbird- The Beatles

15. Take, Take, Take- The White Stripes

16. City of Delusion- Muse

17. The Lion, The Beast, The Beat- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

Playlist time: Girl power or something like that.

November 25, 2013

18 tracks compiled from a few of my favorite female vocalists, from Shirley Manson of Garbage, Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to ZZ Ward, Regina Spektor, and Florence and The Machine among others, it’s quite the amazing musical trip.

 

1. The Divide- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

2. Home- ZZ Ward

3. You Know I’m No Good- Amy Winehouse

4. Rabbit Heart (Raise it Up) – Florence and The Machine

5. 1234- Feist

6. Dickhead- Kate Nash

7. Runaway- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

8. Bad Drug- Tristan Prettyman

9. It’s A Hit- Rilo Kiley

10.  Why Do You Love Me- Garbage

11. Save My Life- ZZ Ward

12. Machine- Regina Spektor

13. Only if For A Night- Florence and The Machine

14. Figure 8- Ellie Goulding

15. Black Tongue- Yeah Yeah Yeahs

16. Morning Light- Ida Maria

17. Shit Song- Kate Nash

18. Stars- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

 

Hope your ears get much joy from this!

Albums I love: The Audio of Being

July 18, 2013

The Matthew Good Band’s album, The Audio of Being has a little bit of everything if you ask me.  It’s a post grunge, borderline emo masterpiece.  Amazingly crafted lyrics, dense instrumentation, equal parts uplifting and depressing.  It’s a little metal, a little pop, and a joy to the ears. It’s grounded in the now of the late 90’s and early 2000’s but also timeless.  The unique voice and the heavy riffs along with a great sense of the way things all come together, make this one of my heavy rotation albums. There is always something new and fresh to discover, and each listen is like my first. Don’t believe me?  Good!  Because, I talk about music in the hope that you will listen to it yourself.   Check out the opening number:  Man of Action.  The bleak yet all too true:  Advertising on Police Cars,  the ear opening and perspective changing:  The Fall of Man, as well as my favorites:  Truffle Pigs and Under The Influence.  Take a listen, I think you’ll dig it especially if you like lyrics.  

A Pleasure to Burn…

April 17, 2013

In Ray Bradbury’s story collection, A Pleasure to Burn: Fahrenheit 451 Stories, we get a really insightful look into the what would ultimately become one of his greatest works.  At least a few of the stories are familiar to me from other collections that have been put out over his long career.  Long dead authors wage war on Mars against astronauts as the last of their books are destroyed on Earth.  A dead man rises from the ground to realize he is the last dead body in all of existence, no longer are there cemeteries, nor much of anything else.  Life just happens, but in a sense doesn’t happen, for nobody is afraid anymore, of anything.  A man gets carted away by the police for the simple crime of taking a walk.  The dumbing down of society, the cultural call for brevity, the shoving aside of education, the ugly looming head of censorship, are all present in this, oh so relevant during the time of their writing as well as today.  I surely hope the joys of reading never go away, and we become unimaginative, mass produced, not much good at anything but just pushing some button accepting emptiness as living.  

Found at the end of this collection, are two novellas, both early drafts of Fahrenheit 451.  It is interesting to notice which parts are missing, or which parts are stressed more than others.  But within both you see the overwhelming loneliness of life devoid of art, of exploration, or truly seeing the world. Wondering how such a dreadful future could possibly be allowed to happen.  And the thing is my friends, we can’t let it.

 We must read, we must think, we must talk to one another, go for walks, Sometimes with the ease at which materials for reading, viewing, or listening to are available to me, I forget about how special art, and music, and literature are at times, the biggest reason why I buy CDs instead of downloading illegal copies, choose real books over e-books, actually go out to the movies.  I know myself very well, but all the things of this world outside of me are there to be found, and I try not to sit here behind this keyboard more than I really have to.  

                                    Further Reading: Fahrenheit 451  by Ray Bradbury (of course)

                                                                1984 by George Orwell

                                                                 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley