Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hoist the flag

Vancouver ink and watercolour artist Julie Morstad's new exhibition Touch Wood and Whistle

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tidal wave

[from Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill]

The sort of etheral dream pop that seems to take up your entire world/space/consciousness for the few mintues that it's playing. Lulling, whispering, confessing and tired music, lie on you back, headphones on and listen to someone else's feelings so as not to examine your own.



Up late doing work last night and the TV was left on. SBS was playing some great 1989 anime about a 13 year old witch with a black cat (nah, not Sabrina). I've never really gotten into anime before, but this was really awesome, it was called Kiki's Delivery Service it was a dub traslation with a young Kirsten Dunst doing the voice of Kiki. It dealt with teen angst, dealing with independence and boysssssss. It was fantastic, really.

Also, I've been doing up the garden recently and have planted some roses and petunias. I hope to clear the rest of the garden in the holidays and start a herb garden, I got started with a little bit of coriander, I might put some pictures up later.

 [photosource: 1.618]

Monday, September 8, 2008

Build, make and do

[photosource: The Face Hunter]

[from Saint Dymphna]

So, I have an English exam tomorrow and so should probably be filling my head with Pride and Prejudice quotes, but instead I can't stop listening to this song, it's really fantastic. It makes me think simultaneously of Kate Bush/Imogen Heap if I liked either of them that much, which I don't. The electronic glitches, lovely guitar sounds and fantastic female vocalist all of which have some serious angst make for a really great track. Can't wait for this album which is released on October 21st on The Social Registry



New music by old friends all about the place that must be looked at:

1. New Spoon.
Spoon released one of my favourites from last year, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and Britt is back with a new live song 'Who Backs Your Money?' at The Sly Oyster, which is definitely worth listening to.

2. New M.I.A.  
Well, this isn't strictly new M.I.A. but she certainly does feature. The full length collaboration that's been exciting the blogosphere between Malawaian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit has had a leak of a heavily M.I.A. featuring 'Rain Dance'. You can find it at GorillavsBear. Esau Mwamwaya has also done a great cover of Vampire Weekend's Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, everyone seems to be covering these guys lately, no suprises really seeing as they write just fantastic pop songs. Find it here and also available for purchase on iTunes.

Aswell I'd like to share the new video for YACHT's great summer song 'Summer Song'. It made me laugh out loud for a long time, so watch it and stick with it right to the end. [via Off The Record]

Friday, September 5, 2008

Recover me

[photosource: can't remember]

Deerhunter - Agoraphobia

Song I'm enjoying very much while being held inside by the weather and study. 

[from forthcoming Microcastles, available currently on iTunes]



Everyone should see Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, it's definitely one of the best movies I've seen this year. The imagery and montages accompanied by a fantastic score were literally jawdropping. The movie was tense, tense, tense and in the end really quite moving. It was about a sixteen year old boy who is involved in an accident at a local skate park and the story is basically about how he deals with his guilt and also try not to get caught. The film was infamously cast over myspace and I think it was a great idea, everyone is just so normal looking and it's superbly well acted. It just looks so good, cinematography was amazing. Here's the opening ten minutes for you to get the idea and Paranoid Park is available to rent at your local Video Ezy :):

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sweet dreams

[Image: rt peters]

from Skeleton

Exams, study and assignments seems to be all I do. Thank god for songs like this.

Abe Vigoda are another great band to be produced by the amazingly talented scene centred around The Smell in Los Angeles which includes No Age and Mika Miko. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Ripped knees

[can't remember where i got this photo from]

White Denim - Let's Talk About It

I kind of ignored White Denim's existence for a while. But because of my recent love for angular guitars and Wire-esque post punk I was urged in their direction. This song is off of Workout Holiday which I'm trying to get my hands on to in Brisbane, but I'll just have to content myself with myspace in the meantime.

This song is called 'Let's Talk About It', but White Denim doesn't really want to talk about it. Not talk about it in the sense that they want to hold a civilised conversation. This is about bringing up an issue we've been awkwardly dancing around and they want to talk about it, tell you about it, scream, sing themselves hoarse all about it, run their guitars ragged about it and they want you to listen because they're right, alright? End of story.



Randy Randall from No Age has been directing a short film documenting the Altamount Apparal skate team trip to Paris and it's called the Foreigners. The soundtrack features No Age songs, the teaser is below and features one of my favourite's from No Age's Nouns - 'Ripped Knees'. It looks fantastic, can't wait to see the whole thing.

Monday, September 1, 2008

It feels perfect

[photosource: The Cherry Blossom Girl]

This song, for me, is like when you wake up in the morning and you don't remember waking up, there's a moment of consciousness when you go 'oh, i'm awake', you've been staring out of the window and you don't remember opening your eyes. And what you're looking at is beautiful and you realise that you know that, but that you haven't been thinking about it, were you dreaming with your eyes open?