Listen to the beginning of The Beatles “For No One“.
Then listen to Wild Child’s “Bullets“.
I (finally) got this album in November…and loved it on the first listen…but then I just barely had any time to listen to music during the school year and sort of forgot about what I had bought earlier and even had some months where I didn’t even buy anything (what? that’s unheard of!). Well I’ve remedied that in the past 10 days and I cannot turn this album off. True sign of a great album: even the last three tracks are fabulous.
Her public persona is a BIT much (along the lines of Tom Cruise is a BIT enthusiastic), and I have never listened to any of her prior stuff, and sure some of the lyrics are a little silly, and sure when you hear what the songs are reportedly about sometimes you have to scoff…but I can’t stop humming them and singing them and dancing to them. Just can’t stop.
Just finished A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall which I really loved more and more as it went on and these two interviews (this one and this one) with the author are wildly entertaining, intriguing and informational.
Thanks to NPR’s MonkeySee podcast, just started listening to this British rapper Kate Tempest and started reading about her award-winning poetry and her other work and am just blown away.
Things I hate about this year: I’ve been to see/hear very little live music (so far) this year.
Things I love about this year: All the (FOUR) shows I’ve been to were magnificent performances by bands I love.
*Note: I do have tickets to Spoon in September! Or October. Can’t remember which. I have it written down somewhere.
Things I hate about this year: I didn’t see a single movie in April, and wasted my February movie-going energy on Wolf of Wall Street, a completely ridiculous movie with zero redeeming qualities if you ask me.
Things I love about this year: I saw Only Lovers Left Alive and Words and Pictures, two flicks which are still serving my soul with reminders of things I love, things that are important, things to strive for.
Things I hate about this year: It’s somehow so much easier and faster to record having read a book on goodreads than to take the five seconds longer than that to record it here and who knows maybe even a quick review.
Things I love about this year: At least I’m keeping up with goodreads.
All the albums that is. NPR’s All Songs Considered “The Year in Music (So Far) has a lot of super songs on it. I already own the Sturgill Simpson and Sylvan Esso albums. But dang, I want everything else they played as well! At least based on these songs.
This song cannot get itself onto iTunes soon enough. OBSESSED.
Go buy Blue Film. It’s gorgeous.
This is my favorite album I bought yesterday, even though I also bought Beyonce. I love them both but this one? This is anytime, anywhere music. Also there is a serious ’70s vibe to my ear and I just dig dig dig it.
I know everyone else hears Sade when they listen to this. I hear Julia Fordham. AND I LOVE IT.
Another Stephen Thompson recommendation. Geez, that guy.
This article really hit home for me, especially the first and last sections.
Artistic expression poses an inherent challenge to fundamentalists because it offers the ultimate manifestation of the temporal and the heterodox. It embodies freedom of thought. Art suggests that mere human beings may also be Creators. As a result, in Muslim majority contexts many artists have faced profound risks for the content of their work, or simply for producing art whatever its content, but they have continued nonetheless.