I am probably too old to admit that I appreciate Chvrches, Lorde or Chvrches covering Lorde, but I have to figure there are some of you out there who are age-appropriate enough to proclaim your enjoyment, so this is for you. [Via]
I know, we're all tired and behind right now, but tonight at 7 when there is still plenty of visible light you will realize that it's totally worth it. In the meantime, this should help wake you up, although I would certainly recommend headphones if you are at work.
You could spend a couple of minutes try to tease out the influences that are so obvious in this one or you could just accept that at this moment in our culture it is virtually impossible to create anything that is not essentially an amalgamation of everything that came before it and simply enjoy it for what it is. I know what I'm gonna choose!
This is week old and you have probably heard it already and if you are a certain age it sounds exactly like growing up (with all the good and bad that conveys) but gosh if it isn't ever pretty, and in this winter we are having right now that is going to have to be enough. Enjoy. Like, turn off everything that would keep you from enjoying and just enjoy. I know you can do it.
The song that is generally acknowledged to be the first rock and roll record was recorded on this day back in 1951, and here, 60-some years later, is what they are doing with rock and roll now. I like it, but I also like the song that is generally acknowledged to be the first rock and roll record, so I may be from a different demographic than you. FYI, "the clip features a bit of female [...]
I recently experienced a stunning revelation about the aging process that, as is the case with any worthwhile realization, caused me to fully reevaluate a firmly-held conviction and ultimately made me a wiser, more sympathetic person to all those for whom it has occurred. Anyway, for a long time I was completely convinced that people became "old" when their fear of new developments and technologies outweighed the innate curiosity and excitement we tend to feel when introduced to something of which we have been previously ignorant. In this conception aging is not so much a function of chronology or exhaustion as it is a result of uneasiness or discomfort [...]
I keep feeling like the right combination of sounds and speeds might finally shake some alertness into all of us, but maybe today is a lost cause. Anyway, let's give it one last try with this one, via Stereogum. If it doesn't work we at least made an effort, and we can reconvene tomorrow morning with fresh hope.
50 percent of True Detective's effectiveness was the creepy music. The plot really was a mashup of every bad 90s crime thriller
— jasoncherkis (@jasoncherkis) March 10, 2014
"Today, it was reported that HBO's 'Game of Thrones' will be promoted by a new mixtape called Catch the Throne. It includes a new track by Big Boi, above (via Nah Right), which opens with spoken samples from the show. Naturally, there's a lot of stuff about Khaleesi, then, amazingly, he goes, 'Fuck the Lannisters and everybody ride with 'em/ Jon Snow and the Night's Watch, finna slice some iron in 'em.'" —I definitely lost my "what it's going to be like in 2014" wager from ten years ago.
I don't know why everything about this seems to say, "right now," but I wouldn't be surprised if it had something to do with the fact that winter is never going to end and things are never going to get better. I mean, I wouldn't be surprised if there was another reason either, but given what we've got to work with my guess remains "seasonal." Enjoy. [Via]
It is now past 10 AM here in the east. If you are still a little groggy, a little less limber or alert than you'd usually be at this hour, please play this on repeat until you find yourself awake. I can't imagine it will take all that long. Also, this is GREAT. [Via]
Are Eels the most underrated band of the last 20 years? That's a tough call to make, because everyone has their own opinion on who is rated how and whether or not they deserve it, so I will just say that, for me, Eels are probably the most underrated band of the last 20 years in that sense that, in a world more to my liking, they would be one of the biggest things going, but I fully recognize that a world more to my liking would be one in which the celebration of various arts would almost certainly be more focused on work that tended toward the less [...]
It almost feels like a certain corner of the web exists solely to pass stuff like this around in. Anyway, yes, this is Arcade Fire covering Prince, and if my suspicion about our demographics is correct you will be pressing play now unless you have already done so elsewhere. [Via]
"This is my shit," notes NahRight's Eskay, and after a considered evaluation I find it difficult to disagree.
As I have no musical training I lack the formal vocabulary with which to adequately discuss the kind of beat that carries songs like this along, but I can very definitely say that it is a sound I rather enjoy, signifying as it does both propulsion and possibility. It is difficult to know with music—with anything, really, but music in particular—if these feelings are subjective or universal, so give this one a listen and see if you don't nod along. [Via]
What the world needs now is more songs like this one but—as an aging white man who is desperately clinging to anything that even vaguely reminds him of the music of his youth and briefly helps him recall a time in his life when he still felt energy and danger rather than torpor and disappointment plus did I mention I am like super super white—that is almost certainly what you would expect me to say; you may have a different opinion. [Via]
This one sounded so good in another tab that I have not even watched the video content yet, so hopefully it's not like porn or racism or just a nonstop montage of various people holding "Bush did 9/11" signs or whatever. Anyway, song pretty, [...]