Day 292: Windowsill by Arcade Fire

28 Apr

I wanted to feature this song today because it literally encompassed my feelings in song-form. Sort of.

You see, today was one of those strange bipolar weather days, where the sun would peek out for a good ten minutes before hail rained down. Rain to sun to hail to rain to clouds to sun to rain. All day long.

And as I was walking through campus, doing whatever I normally do on Thursdays, I had the undeniable urge to find a CD that could compliment the strange weather pattern… making it more realistic, I guess.

I try to turn to bands that I’ve trusted with this task before, so it only took me a few seconds to realize that Arcade Fire’s whole Neon Bible album is incredibly effective for this type of day. But what really convinced me was the presence of the song “Windowsill.”

The song is incredibly somber, but it’s grandiose and beautiful while still remaining terribly melancholy. With Win Butler’s graceful voice moving through the difficult lyrics, and the background instruments (specifically that string part towards the middle), I can’t help but feel like this song is an escape for not only me but for the band itself (see the lyrics “I don’t wanna live in my father’s house no more…”). It expands and increases it’s intensity while still remaining full of plea.

With the weather changes that just mess with the population of our little city, “Windowsill” is not only an escape, but it falls with the rain, just in a different way. I feel like I can imagine looking through the window of a hectic world onto like a green pasture, so free from all this craziness. I guess I’m just strange like that.

But regardless, it perfectly encapsulated a moment in time today, and I couldn’t help but feel a little empowered by this song. The world just sort of melted away around me, and all that was left was me and the rain/hail/clouds/sun. It was a beautiful feeling.

I hope you can enjoy this song the same way. Here’s “Windowsill” by Arcade Fire

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Day 291: Gideon by My Morning Jacket

26 Apr

I just recently got into My Morning Jacket (probably a little late, but better late than never!), and of all the songs I’ve heard so far, this is my favorite.

“Gideon” not only displays the gorgeous voice of Jim James, but it’s so uplifting and wonderful. I love the intro guitar part, which is sort of reminiscent of U2 or another band of that caliber, but his voice just reverberates in my brain. It’s a lovely feeling.

Enjoy “Gideon” (and this awesome video for it) by My Morning Jacket.

On a totally random note, I used to hate the show American Dad, but when I watched this episode premier a while back, I had total respect for the show and My Morning Jacket (that was my first real exposure). Here’s how I felt the other day when I played the band on my poster route:

Day 290: [BELATED] Back To The Future photos

26 Apr

Hey everyone!

So I found this gallery a few months back, and it’s just really neat.

Irina Werning is working on a project (mostly) in Buenos Aires where she finds people with old-school photos of them as a kid and then recreates the exact same picture now. Each picture gives a little insight into how these people lived their lives, and what makes it so interesting is to see how nothing has really changed!

I selected a few to put below, but I love how even the composition of how the picture was shot is the same, and for the most part the clothing stays as close to normal as possible. It’s incredible what you can do as a photographer!

Check out these and others by clicking the pictures! There will be more additions in 2011, so look out for those too!

Ato 1992 & 2010, Buenos Aires

Irina Werning: MY PARENTS IN 1970 & 2010, Buenos A

: DAMIAN IN 1989 & 2010, London

: CECILE IN 1987 & 2010, France

Day 289: New Theory by Washed Out

24 Apr

I know I featured Washed Out a couple of weeks ago (with the theme song to Portlandia), but I really wanted to post this song because it’s been on the front of my mind for a while.

I got the song as a free download in some random iTunes playlist, and I never really heard it until a few days ago. And while yeah, a lot of people would label it “hipster,” it’s really great to just jam out to. I’m a big fan of the chillwave movement (what with Ducktails, Panda Bear, and of course Washed Out)… makes riding around in the warm weather with a pair of ray-bans feel so fine.

So hopefully you’ll enjoy “New Theory” by Washed Out. Go enjoy some sunshine!

Again

24 Apr

Hello again.

So, of course, once again, I forget to update my blog for like a week. Honestly guys, I can’t stand being this absent-minded. I apologize, and I’ll get right on with updating right now!

Day 288: ‘Girlfriend Wanted’, a poem by Matthew Gray Gubler

17 Apr

Matthew Gray Gubler in Life Aquatic (aka the fro man in the back)

I am in love with him. circa 2004 that is.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a marine biologist. I was in love with the fish and the deep, the aquarium, the world of the ocean. It was my passion.

Honestly, if I could, I’d give up everything to go out on the sea. I personally own three books by the late Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and I still love to be surrounded by fish.

So, in 2004 (when I was 13 years old), I went to see The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004), the famous Wes Anderson film. Practically everyone hated it (at least most people I talked to), but I am in love with it. I found love for one of the stranger actors, and my love has only blossomed over time.

The name: Matthew Gray Gubler… who does he play? Intern #1… I’m not joking. He’s the guy with the fro that stays on the boat, for those of you Life Aquatic connoisseurs.

Well, tonight I realized that he’s still amazing and has gotten incredibly more good looking. He’s a filmmaker, an actor, a model… I love everything about him.

So, for today’s post I’ve decided to feature a poem he wrote, and in addition his fake documentary series on youtube. So enjoy!

‘Girlfriend Wanted’ by Matthew Gray Gubler

must love decorating for holidays
mischief
kissing in cars
and wind chimes

no specific height
weight
hair color
or political affiliation required
but would prefer a warm spirited non racist

cynics
critics
pessimists
and “stick in the muds” need not apply

voluptuous figures a plus

any similarity in look, mind set, or fashion sense to
mary poppins
claire huxtable
snow white
or elvira wholeheartedly welcomed

i am dubious of actresses, fellons and lesbians
but dont want to rule them out entirely

must be tolerant of whistling
tickle torture
james taylor
and sleeping late

i have a slight limp
eerily soft hands
and a preternatural love of autumn

i once misinterpreted being called a coal-eyed dandy as a compliment
when it was intended as an insult

i wiggle my feet in my sleep
am scared of the dark
and think the Muppets Christmas Carol is one of the greatest films of
all time

all i want is
butterfly kisses in the morning
peanut butter sandwiches shaped like a heart
and to make you smile until it hurts

Day 287: Montezuma/He Doesn’t Know Why Live by Fleet Foxes

16 Apr

The other night, Fleet Foxes performed their first live show in two years. It was a small, secret charity concert in Seattle for an intimate crowd, but someone got some amazing footage and (of course) stuck it on YouTube.

The song I want to feature today is a new song called “Montezuma,” which is off their new album Helplessness Blues (coming out May 3rd), and it is gorgeous. Pecknold’s voice carries across this small audience, and his relaxed posture almost adds to the whole experience. While I’m sad I missed this concert (being in Eugene, after all, sort of hurts my ability to go see concerts in Seattle these days), this video has gotten me super stoked to see them in Portland on May 1st!

I included the live video (which also features the song “He Doesn’t Know Why” off of their debut, self-titled album), but below the video is a copy of the actual, studio-made song… which is still absolutely wonderful!

Enjoy “Montezuma” and “He Doesn’t Know Why” live by Fleet Foxes!

Montezuma, studio edition:

He Doesn’t Know Why, studio edition: