Posts Tagged ‘Massachussets’

Fun Playlists This Week: Boston Calling!!

February 24, 2014

At the end of May I am going to see a number of really awesome bands and artists at Boston Calling Music Festival.  And as preparation have put together a few playlists of some notable tracks by a number of these amazing artists such as:  Warpaint, Tegan and Sara, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Bastille, and The Neighbourhood.  

1. Keep It Healthy- Warpaint

2. Bixby Canyon Bridge- Death Cab For Cutie

3. No Grey- The Neighbourhood

4. Things We Lost In The Fire- Bastille

5. Acid Tongue- Jenny Lewis

6. Love Is To Die- Warpaint

7. Knife Going In- Tegan And Sara

8. The View- Modest Mouse

9. Bad Blood- Bastille

10. West Coast- The Neighbourhood

11. Float On- Modest Mouse

12. Up From Below- Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes

13. Some Boys- Death Cab For Cutie

14. $ting- The Neighbourhood

15. Icarus- Bastille

16. I Know I Know I Know- Tegan and Sara

17. Carpetbaggers- Jenny Lewis ft. Elvis Costello

18. What Sarah Said- Death Cab For Cutie

19. Gravity Rides Everything- Modest Mouse


The Continuing Adventures of Things That Happen to Me in Cars….

January 30, 2014

This weekend, I was on my way back home, once more from the strange land of Massachussetts, after driving on a number of completely clear roads, and only about a couple miles from home when I came across a beautiful little snow drift and found my car doing a 360 and then some as it went off the road backwards and sideways. No damage to me, no damage to my car, and only a little bit of damage to my wallet, and I could drive my beast home.  There was no fear, there was no worry, there was only the “Holy Crap,” moment and the “I’m okay,” moment.  It wasn’t like my sleep driving adventure in my white car, it wasn’t like any of the times I got stopped by cops for any reason.  One benefit to living in a small town, a very big one at that, is that if you don’t know someone that can help you, all you have to do is call your family and the know the answer.  Ten minutes in the cold versus, not having a car to drive?  I’ll take ten minutes in the cold, thanks!

Movies, Movies, Movies…

January 10, 2014

Out of the sheer amount of good movies that I saw in 2013, it is truly hard for me to pick one that really struck me in a lasting way. The final movie that I saw this last year, really struck a chord with me more intense than most films that I have seen in recent memory. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was one such movie. Full of imagination, and wit, and blurring the line between reality and fantasy, with a great cast, and some simply beautiful visuals, it really sold me as movie of the year material. Walter is a man that lives his life more or less unnoticed, yet his job is to really make a magazine shine every month, by making sure certain pictures get put within its pages. The film is permeated with many of his daydreams and things that he wishes he was cool enough to get to do. And as the movie moves forward, his dreams become actual life experiences, and the viewer is left astounded and really adamant to truly live the life that they want for themselves. And isn’t that what a good movie or book, or song, or whatever else should do to us? Art is truly an imitation of life, so why can’t life be more of an imitation of art on a regular basis? I say it should. Never settle! You’ll be happy you didn’t. Too many Walter Mitties in this world aren’t realizing their true potential. I say let’s fix this. I also say, see this film, it’s incredible.

And the year 2014 started in much the way 2013 ended. If you want movie of the year material this early on: Check out American Hustle! An All Star cast which works perfectly togehter, an amazing soundtrack, an equal mix of humor and true to life sort of drama, and a story which is equal parts heart-rending and gut-busting, but typically resides somewhere in-between the two, and a film that really takes its time to work all the angles, as any movie about hustlers should be, this film is perfect. And I don’t mean it is without its flaws or boring moments, though it has very few of the latter, but you never think about how long this film is until its over and you look at your watch and you’re like, “Damn that was a lot longer than I thought it would be.” And that my friends is the mark of cinema gold. The director of Silver Linings Playbook has another hit on their hands, and if you pass up this film, I really don’t know what I can reccommend to you. See it!