This is the text of the wonderful Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice arranged to depict a scene from the book. How cool is that?! They have others for your viewing/shopping pleasure here. btw, found this via the daily wh.at
last day to stock up on the amazon.com featured $5 mp3 albums for August. Some of the goodness:
Matt & Kim, Mumford and Sons, LCD Soundsystem, Grizzly Bear, Andrew Bird, Stars, MGMT, The Drums, Radiohead, The Hold Steady, Tokyo Police Club, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Camera Obscura, Phoenix… I could go on!
My bank has put a temporary hold on all transactions to amazon, so I’m forbidden from buying any more, but you totally should!!
I don’t even really have anything to say about this, it’s awesome and you need it in your life, etc etc. Also, Vlad’s totally gay for Mad World (he’s gay for a lot of things actually so I guess that’s not saying much). If, by some far stretch of the imagination, you happen to dislike it - check out some of this dude’s other stuff, it’s all pretty interesting. Happy Tuesday kids, enjoy the fuck out of it.
Now for something a little different. This is fantastic.
I’m sure many of you saw this yesterday, but just in case you didn’t, you must check it out. It says you need Google Chrome to run it, but it ran fine for me with Firefox. Very, very cool. And an excellent song to boot.
I’m really liking Five Ghosts. I’m still trying to wrap my head around all the lyrics and the deeper meaning, but it’s a really enjoyable album. Has a little bit of that early 90s electronic sound, and I love the fact that Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan share the vocals (yes, I can use the google). They’ll be touring through here in a couple of months, and I’m looking forward to catching their show!
Day 01 – Your favorite song Day 02 – Your least favorite song Day 03 – A song that makes you happy Day 04 – A song that makes you sad Day 05 – A song that reminds you of someone Day 06 – A song that reminds you of somewhere Day 07 – A song that reminds you of a certain event Day 08 – A song that you know all the words to Day 09 – A song that you can dance to Day 10 – A song that makes you fall asleep Day 11 – A song from your favorite band Day 12 – A song from a band you hate Day 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure Day 14 – A song that no one would expect you to love Day 15 – A song that describes you Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio Day 19 – A song from your favorite album Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play Day 28 – A song that makes you feel guilty Day 29 – A song from your childhood Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year
I’ve only really heard a couple of Editors songs here and there. Though, “No Sound But the Wind” is one I realllly like. So, I’ve been anxious to hear more. On first listen, I really like this. Tom Smith’s voice is so distinct and could easily overpower the music, but there’s a really nice balance here. They fit very well. So far, favorites are “Munich”, “Camera”, “All Sparks” and “Bullets”. There’s an underlying darkness to their sound that reminds me of something (in a good way), though I can’t put my finger on exactly what right now. Anyway. good stuff.
You are seriously considering investing in stylish ear plugs. Seriously though, at the last concert I went to, I was closerthanthis to the giant wall of speakers and I could feel my eardrums crying. With the amount of shows I have lined up for the fall, this may not be a bad idea.
I really loved the fact that your 5 year old likes "Help I am alive" and your blog is very simplistic in a good way!
hi. Thanks. She tends to latch on to stuff I’m listening to a lot. Right now she’s going back and forth between “Help I’m Alive” and “Sleepyhead” by Passion Pit. And thanks for following me. I hope you mean “very simplistic” in the clean and modernist sense, and not in the oh-my-god-this-is-soo-boring sense. Cheers!
I have been on such a music-buying binge lately that I have created a bit of a problem for myself. I have so much new-to-me music that I don’t know where to begin with it. Do I make a massive mix and listen to a little of everything all at once, or do I choose an album or two a day to really focus on? I may end up doing a little of both. However I do it, I’m soooo excited to have so much new stuff to listen to and fall in love (hopefully) with. On the queue for this week: Editors, Belle & Sebastian, White Lies, and Peter Bjorn and John. Wish me luck!
This song has recently become my five year old’s favorite song. So much so, she wants to hear it every morning on the way to school. That’s saying something, because school is only about a 3 minute car ride away. I’m not complaining, though. Beats the hell out of the Wiggles!
Don’t you love it when you listen to an album you love, but that you haven’t heard in a while, and all the excitement and pleasure you had when you first listened to it come rushing back? It’s like seeing an old friend again. Like coming back home. I love that.
I’ve been listening to this song a lot lately. I hear it once and it just plays in my head all day. Such great instrumentation and harmonies. I must admit, I hadn’t paid much attention to the lyrics. Just looked them up, and I like the song even more now. Is it just me, or is this an ode to a mother who has passed away?
The desk where you sit inside of a frame made of wood I keep those chopsticks you had from when you taught abroad in Japan
I love it all so much I call I want you back
I did not know you as well as my father knew you every question you took the time to sit and look it up in the encyclopedia
I love it all so much I call I want you back
It sounds like we would of had a great deal to say to each other I bet when I leave my body for the sky the wait will be worth it
So, Rolling Stone just put out this massive special issue about The Beatles’ 100 greatest songs. I stared at the cover from afar last night at Barnes & Noble and seriously considered picking it up. I may still. But today, I saw (on one of my favorite pop culture blogs, Pop Candy) that Rolling Stone has listed their Top 10 Beatles Songs here. If you’d rather not click through, I’ll save you the suspense…
10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
9. Come Together
8. Let It Be
7. Hey Jude
5. In My Life
3. Strawberry Fields Forever
2. I Want To Hold Your Hand
1. A Day in the Life
So, that got me thinking. I think it’s pointless to try to rank their 10 “best” songs… there are soooo many, and I doubt there could ever be a definitive list. However, I think it’s perfectly reasonable to list your 10 Favorite Beatles songs. I mean, everyone can do that, right? Well, most of us, anyway. So, here’s my Top 10 Favorite Beatles Songs list
Here Comes the Sun
Let It Be
In My Life
Across the Universe
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away
Strawberry Fields Forever
Here, There, and Everywhere
I Should Have Known Better
Ahhh, good stuff. How about you? What are your top 10 Favorite Beatles songs?
Hm. This is tough, because I’ve been to a lot of amazing gigs lately. My favorite though, would probably have to be the June 10, 2009 Coldplay gig in San Antonio, TX. It was my first show of the Viva la Vida tour (I’d see two more later that summer), and I was so excited just to be there. I’d gotten the cheapest tickets available, since I had already sprung for pit tickets to a later show. My sister and I got there (it was her first Coldplay gig, and my third) and we were disappointed by how very far away we were- literally the opposite end of arena… you couldn’t get any farther back. But, we decided to just have fun with it and enjoy it. We went down to get beers while the first opening act, Howling Bells, were on.
While we were out on the concession floor, I noticed a roadie talking to a group of girls. I had heard that Coldplay’s roadies would often upgrade tickets of fans in the nosebleeds, and that looked like exactly what this roadie was doing. We got our beers and I watched as the roadie began to walk away. I quickly caught up with him and asked him a question about the show. He was very sweet and answered my question, then asked me if I was a big fan. I said that yes, I was and then probably rambled a little bit about how big a fan I actually am. He then asked if I could name Coldplay’s first album, which of course, I did, then he asked to look at our tickets. He said, “Oh, there’s a problem with these tickets. I’m gonna have to give you these instead.” And he handed us two tickets that read Floor- Row E. We freaked, of course and I think I gave the guy a huge hug. We then made our way down to the floor, and all the while I was shaking with excitement and disbelief. We kept moving forward to get to our seats until finally we couldn’t move forward anymore; Row E wasn’t Row 4, as I had expected it to be, it was the FIRST Row… and our seats were dead center. I just about fainted at that point.
We sat and tried to catch our breath, and unfortunately, the rest of the Howling Bells set was a complete blur to me. There was a short pause after the set, then the next opening group took the stage. I knew Snow Patrol from the song, “Chasing Cars”, but at that point, that was about it. I was completely in love with them by the end of their set. Snow Patrol aren’t nearly as big in the States as they are in Europe, so while their reception was warm, it wasn’t overly enthusiastic. But, as their set progressed, it was clear they were really winning the audience over. It was so fun to experience them for the first time from the front row and really be able to see their interactions with the audience. That night my love for Snow Patrol was born.
Coldplay was, of course, next up. I had such high expectations for the show and I was not the slightest bit disappointed. Chris Martin was funny and engaging and the band sounded tight and absolutely fantastic. The highlights of their set for me were Yellow, The Scientist, and Lovers in Japan with its amazing downpour of butterfly confetti.
The thrill of seeing your favorite band that close-up can not be matched. I spent the entire night singing along and dancing and screaming my head off. At first, I felt like a bit of an idiot being a fully-grown-adult-mommy-person behaving that way, but then I realized that that’s the beauty of music and concerts. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or what your day to day responsibilities are. Music and gigs provide a release and an opportunity to forget about the real world for a little while and just let go and have fun.
I fell in love with this song when I heard it used in the 90s movie, Untamed Heart. I checked out Nat King Cole and fell in love with the rest of his recordings. Do yourself a huge favor and listen to this song. It is beyond beautiful.
The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return.
a giant, gooey chocolate chip cookie. Seriously. Out of nowhere, I have an intense desire to pop a batch in the oven so I can fill my house with that delicious smell. Then, I want to eat them all. Well, maybe I’d share some with my kids.