For some, Mew is a tough act it take. Falsetto vocals crooning over dense, distorted, polyrhythmic tracks, all in the scope of a through-composed concept album may seem daunting for even the most seasoned music fan.
For me, Mew represents everything I’d ever wanted in a band. They sound like nothing else on the planet, put on an incredible live show, and truly understand and respect their craft.
This is taken off of their 2003 Danish release “Frengers” (not quite friends, not quite strangers) which was re-released for the US in 2007. Their most recent release “And The Glass Handed Kites” brought them acclaim in the states, but their buzz has diminished quite a bit since heading back to Denmark to record.
It makes no sense hearing Mew in a vacuum, so head on over to their MySpace and check out Snow Brigade, et al.
M83’s new album Saturdays=Youth takes heavy cues from the dreamiest of the 80’s canon including the Cocteau Twins and a bevy of New Romantic optimists. This particular track, “Up!”, is clearly a tribute to the inimitable Kate Bush down to the vocal; there’s even a lyrical reference to the “hounds of love.” Yes, it’s all very obvious but the song gently envelops you in its gossamer synth bliss and reminds you of first crushes of the school year, golden autumns, and the gilded age of youth. Oh, to be young again and in the 80s…it’s everyone’s dream.
But many more know exactly what their career will be, yet have absolutely no passion for what they’re about to pursue. For these passionless pre-professionals, college was simply an economics equation to be optimized: earn the best possible grades in order to get the highest paying job. But hey—most of these people will make great money in careers like investment banking. Mission accomplished, right?
What if you pursued the thing that interests you the most…as your career?
What if work could be a source of happiness?
What if you could feel like your work is the very reason you exist?
Too many of my peers are discarding, or never discover, their passion in life. They’re playing the academic game: trying to optimize their outcome by earning good grades. It doesn’t matter if your job interests you—just do it well and make a lot of money.
“There is little adaptation to nature in both architecture and arrangement, Canadian cities and villages express rather an arrogant abstraction, the conquest of nature by an intelligence that does not love it and fears it.”— Northrop Frye (1912-1991)
“When you think about it from a native plant perspective," Oyster says, "Johnny Appleseed was a fucking biological terrorist."
Johnny Appleseed, he says, might as well be handing out smallpox.”—Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby
“For those who are politically apathetic can only survive if they are supported by people who are capable of taking action. They are quite valueless in a city which controls an empire, though they would be safe slaves in a city that was controlled by others.”—Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
“I work with underprivileged girls, mostly minorities, who hate themselves because they don’t look like Lauren Conrad. Who the fuck wants to look like the girls on The Hills? They’re complete nitwits. Success is about more than acquiring a Hermes bag.”—Stacy London of What Not To Wear(via Jezebel) (via claudia)
“We have turned our world into a slaughterhouse,” an anguished Richthofen cries in one scene.
The pilot’s death at the age of 25 on April 21, 1918 is dramatised with British actor Joseph Fiennes playing Roy Brown, the Canadian pilot who may have downed the German ace’s plane.
Jasper von Richthofen, a distant cousin of the Baron and the head of the Richthofen family association, admitted the film was probably not very true to life.
But he said his famous ancestor has always served as a surface onto which generations have projected their ideals.
“They have created a very modern hero — someone who has doubts and questions whether the war should be fought and whether it can be stopped,” he told AFP after viewing the film with 50 other members of the Richthofen clan.
“The question is what kind of war hero can Germans live with today?”
I want to see this. And the fact that Matthias Schweighöfer stars in it doesn’t hurt. ;)
A wave of liberal reforms has swept across Sweden since the centre-right government came to power in 2006, notably with the sale last week of the state’s crown jewel Absolut vodka, but the welfare state is still alive and kicking, analysts insist.
But Bo Rutström of the left-wing think tank Agora said the welfare state was slowly being dismantled.
“There are clear signals that we’re moving from universal, collective solutions to individual solutions,” he said.
“Lower subsidies leave people locked-in and cause passivity, which contrasts with the previous welfare model’s priorities of education and (job) training,” he added.
Politicians and voters across the spectrum remain heavily influenced by decades of Social Democratic policies — the party that created the welfare state and governed Sweden for 64 of the past 77 years.
The four-party coalition has trailed far behind the Social Democrats for more than a year. A recent Synovate survey put support for the government at 41.6 percent, compared to 54.8 percent for the Social Democrats and their allies.
Rutström said the polls showed the 2006 election was largely “a protest vote” against former prime minister Göran Persson, in power for 10 years, where voters “didn’t really think about the consequences.”