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20

Sep

Sondre Lerche: Please (Review)

I reviewed Sondre Lerche’s new album, Please, for PopMatters. It’s definitely one of my favorite records of the year, and most importantly my favorite of anything Lerche’s ever done. This is a fairly atypical review for me in that I did a full-length analysis of the album’s lyrics, trying to establish a narrative that I heard unfolding the first time I listened to it. Knowing that it was Lerche’s divorce that influenced a lot of lyrics certainly biased my experience of the lyrics, but I do think there is a story, albeit an abstract one, being told here.

For fans of pop music with a sense of adventure, or for those who want an invigorating take on the breakup album, Please is a must-listen.

At the very least, check out the video to the impossibly catchy “Bad Law”, which opens the record:

19

Sep

Just as this island belongs to the gulls,
and the gulls to their cry
and their cry to the wind
and the wind to no one,

so is this island the gulls,
and the gulls are their cry
and their cry is the wind
and the wind no one’s.

16

Sep

orioles:

Your Baltimore Orioles are the 2014 American League East Champions! #WeWontStop

I have been waiting for this for nearly as long as I have been alive.

orioles:

Your Baltimore Orioles are the 2014 American League East Champions! #WeWontStop

I have been waiting for this for nearly as long as I have been alive.

15

Sep

Left: John Paul White of The Civil Wars; Right: Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth… OR IS IT?
I’ve had a longstanding theory that the guy from the Civil Wars and the guy from Opeth are the same person. While I have no quote-unquote hard evidence, consider this… the year the Civil Wars broke up, Opeth put out a new album. COINCIDENCE? Probably… not.

Left: John Paul White of The Civil Wars; Right: Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth… OR IS IT?

I’ve had a longstanding theory that the guy from the Civil Wars and the guy from Opeth are the same person. While I have no quote-unquote hard evidence, consider this… the year the Civil Wars broke up, Opeth put out a new album. COINCIDENCE? Probably… not.

13

Sep

12

Sep

"This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven," said George W. Bush, as he pulled back the Obama mask he had come to know as himself for the prior six years.

(Source: markvomit)

11

Sep

Through This Door, I Step
dir. Griffin Huber 
2014

Griffin was a buddy of mine. He passed away from a heart attack yesterday, which nobody—least of all him—saw coming. While he and I weren’t the closest of friends, one thing I do know about him is that he was an incredibly talented filmmaker. The short film above is just one example of his skill; the rest you can see on his Vimeo page.

22 is too young an age to die, but he left the world real treasures to live with. He was an artist. I’ll miss him, and the art I know he still had to make in his life.

09

Sep

David Letterman:
Do you regret saying, "I don't want this enormous sum of money [when you left 'Chappelle's Show']?"
Dave Chappelle:
Look, Dave, it's very hard to go through something like this, because no one's really done it before. So there's not too many people who don't think I'm crazy. So, I look at it like this: I'm at a restaurant with my wife, it's a nice restaurant, we're eating dinner. I look across the room and see this guy here, he has 100 million dollars. And we're eating the same entree. So, fine, I don't have 50 million dollars or whatever it was, but say I have 10 million in the bank. The difference in lifestyle is miniscule. The only difference between having 10 million dollars and 50 million dollars... is an astounding 40 million dollars.

fuckingylvis:

when crimes are passionate

can love be separate 

One of 2014’s best records here, folks. Comes out in two weeks!