I feel pretty confident that I wouldn’t have heard of Mahogany if they hadn’t been recommended by a really great music friend. They have released 3 albums and I still hear rumors of an ep that was supposed to be released a while back. They are best classified as ‘dream pop’-heavy emphasis on dream I believe. Wikipedia says this:
A unique combination of vocals, cello, massed guitars, sequencers, synthesizers, percussion, and other instruments make for Mahogany’s massive, celestial sound.
I hate singles. Normally they don’t affect me because I don’t hear much radio etc. But when I am really anticipating an album by a favorite artist, I can’t help but listen to the little bit I’m fed through singles. It gets worse when there are three singles released before the album is available, example being High Violet by The National. By the time I get to hear the rest of the album, I have heard at least one of the songs that the band decided was their best. So is the case with Month of May. I still really love it, even after hearing the rest of The Suburbs. But I wish I could have heard the whole album together the first time.
This lady is amazing. I had some kind of block up for a while where I didn’t listen to her because I couldn’t (and didn’t want to) understand what was with these super serious faces on the covers of her albums. Anyway moving past that insanity, I listened to her more recent album Actor and it was the best. She has a really sweet and powerful voice, and uses bells and other pretty instruments to create some magical atmosphere. This album is from 2007, and I’m hearing it for the first time today. I love filling in the back catalog for my favorite musicians. A really fun task.
David Sedaris uses, not a real stove but, a stove metaphor to talk about work-life balance:
One burner represents your family, one is your friends, the third is your health, and the fourth is your work. The gist … was that in order to be successful you have to cut off one of your burners. And in order to be really successful you have to cut off two.
James Franco seems to defy burner-isms. A recent piece raises at least two questions: 1) Can he be for real? And 2) If so, then just how is all of this possible?
[G]raduate school. As soon as Franco finished at UCLA, he moved to New York and enrolled in four of them: NYU for filmmaking, Columbia for fiction writing, Brooklyn College for fiction writing, and — just for good measure — a low-residency poetry program at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. This fall, at 32, before he’s even done with all of these, he’ll be starting at Yale, for a Ph.D. in English, and also at the Rhode Island School of Design.
According to his mother, Betsy, Franco has been this way since he was born. In kindergarten, he wouldn’t just build regular little block towers — he’d build structures that used every single block in the playroom. At night, he would organize his Star Wars toys before he slept. When Franco was 4 years old, a friend of the family died. Betsy gave him the standard Mortality Talk: no longer with us, just a part of life — yes, but hopefully not for a very long time. Little James burst into tears. He was inconsolable. Eventually, he managed to choke out, between sobs, “But I don’t want to die! I have so much to do!”
This is no two-burner strategy. This is everything-ism.
i just found out that james franco is more beautiful than i thought.
bobulate has the most interesting article snippets.
This is a great song, and look at the beautiful cover art. I think Page France have disbanded, but yesterday I was trading recent listens with a friend and she mentioned Cotton Jones-who turn out to be a side project for Page France. The lead singer has a pretty special voice so I look forward to hearing Cotton Jones’ music as well.
now he’s one of us
plays the tamborine
breaks the bread for us
Will you wait for us
Will you stay for us
Will you grace us everything
Despite (heavy) religious tones and that not being what I’m looking for-I really love these lines and the accompanying tambourine.