Kurt Vile – Baby’s Arms

September 11, 2013

Kurt Vile‘s popularity over the years has been a constant validation of his ability to not only dig up the sentiment of struggle, loss, wonder, and love from his listeners- but to maintain his articulation of these emotions though a simplistic and honest form. Paired with a floating ambience of his dream-like guitar riffs, Vile opens up his sound to a sort freedom previously found in some great songwriters like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Waits.

Baby’s Arms :

“There has been but one true love2
In my baby’s arms, in my baby’s arms
And I got the hands to hold onto them

I get sick of just about everyone
And I hide in my baby’s arms
‘Cause except for her, you know, as I’ve implied

I will never ever ever be alone
‘Cause it’s all in my baby’s hands
Shiny, shiny secret stones
In my baby’s hands”

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Baby’s Arms is an example of Vile’s music maturing and condensing into a more pure sound, once evolving from a lo-fi, psychedelic origin.

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For more information and to follow Vile’s tour dates, check here.

Gillian Shewaga 

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Iconic imagery gets a full color make over, originally blogged at Twisted Sifter:

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TY SEGALL + SLEEPER

August 29, 2013

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Ty Segall performing at the Mohawk in Austin, Texas
photo by: Gillian Shewaga

 

Last night Ty Segall made a triumphant return to Austin, Texas playing for a full crowd of adorning fans. The Mohawk was topped with eager ears waiting to hear a first listen of his new, and mostly acoustic album, SleeperTaking a turn in a new direction, Sleeper, steps away from the rumpus sound of Segall’s typical high energy garage-rock distortion, to a newly personal tone. Pitchfork, who rated the new album a 8.2, describes the attitude as having a “deeper resonance” through emotional themes that Segall stated to NPR were “kind of a purge.” Evan Minsker of Pitchfork even goes so far to claim: “It’s his most focused album, with every song’s tone easily flowing into the next, and it’s also one of his best.”

That being said and expected, Segall delivered a beautifully performed account of Sleeper, with some fans even trying to utilize that all-too-familiar-TySegall-energy to crowd surf at his live performance.

Catch him on his latest tour here, performing at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn for his next date.

Paul McCartney & Jimmy Fallon

December 11, 2010

This week’s guest start on Jimmy Fallon was none other than Sir Paul McCartney. Im not sure how he did it- but Fallon was lucky enough to not only pitch the idea of singing his spoof of The Beatles “Yesterday” on the show, but he actually got McCartney to sing the duet to “Scrambled Eggs.”

It was recently announced that James Cameron is moving away from his beloved world of Pandora and to one that is far more realistic…in a sense.

Cameron, one of the most successful directors of all time, is teaming up with Cirque du Soleil to bring viewers a 3D film. Dateline stated that “[the] intention is for this to launch a series of family features that incorporate Cirque du Soleil into their storylines.”

At the head of this production is director Andrew Adamson (Chronicles of Narnia, Shrek), who has sought out Cameron as producer.

However the really odd thing about this is that production is almost 1/3 of the way done, and this story just broke two days ago.

Regardless of reasoning, everyone is expecting greatness from the leading entertainment group in the country and the leading mastermind behind 3D film.

Business Cards: The New Art

December 8, 2010

In a world where design has been completely pushed into the digital realm, personal business cards have taken on an entirely new & artistically driven transformation.

Now, the once standard black and white card must set itself apart in a sea of creative entrepreneurs.

Sam Buxton has taken this idea to a new level.

Working only with a thin metal sheet and cut-outs, Buxton has been able to capture a 3D environment that is no less than moden art its self.

His collection, appropriately called MIKRO-Man are now being showcased in a art exhibit in London. Now in mass production located on the Mikro Mart website, you can too order your own 3D metal sculptures.

The guys from Jackass have been changing the face of comedy, most recently in 3D. But is their sense of humor filled thats filled with blood, sweat, vomit, and feces as revolutionary as the Three Stooge’s slapstick style was in 1930’s?

Vanity Fair sure seemed to think so. In their October issue, photographer Gavin Bond shot the Jackass crew as the stooges, receptively.

The Jackass franchise has definitely made its mark on comedy and the media. I wonder what Curly, Larry, and Mo would think about their modern counterparts?

How Dinosaurs Really Died

December 8, 2010

Let the truth come out!

If film theory taught me anything, its that I still feel awkward when I am the only one in the room who is laughing to a scene where a handful of leather clad bikers are engaging in various sexual acts with images that are juxtaposed to imagery of Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler.

Sounds offensive, doesn’t it?

Scorpio Rising was really a commentary about American consumerism and how the media influences how society follows ideals. Director, Kenneth Anger’s experimental film was such a hit that it subsequently influenced other successful directors such as Martin Scorsese and David Lynch.

But really it is the music in Scorpio Rising that permits for a sense of humor to flow into the psyche, and ultimately, lets the view digest the film. It is also the first film to use popular music of its time to narrate the audience through the odd images of motorcycles, homosexuality, Jesus Christ, and James Dean.

The soundtrack follows as:

  1. Ricky Nelson – “Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)”
  2. Little Peggy March – “Wind-Up Doll”
  3. The Angels – “My Boyfriend’s Back”
  4. Bobby Vinton – “Blue Velvet”
  5. Elvis Presley – “(You’re the) Devil in Disguise”
  6. Ray Charles – “Hit The Road Jack”
  7. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave”
  8. The Crystals – “He’s a Rebel”
  9. Claudine Clark – “Party Lights”
  10. Kris Jensen – “Torture”
  11. Gene McDaniels – “Point Of No Return”
  12. Little Peggy March – “I Will Follow Him”
  13. Surfaris – “Wipe Out”

 

For a film that has no other audio and has been studied as one of the most influential post-modern films of all time, Anger definitely broke boundaries that allowed for the public into a previously taboo world through the use of rock-and-roll.

Watch the 30 min film here:

The lure of makeup has always been around for women of all ages. Once thought of simply a cosmetic enhancement, makeup is now looked at in a more professional light with specialists who master its art. Like fashion, makeup can be used as a form of expression that is either subtle or bold.

Red lipstick is a bold choice that is reminiscent of the classic Hollywood era of elegant glamour. But is it really so much for the women anymore?

Huffington Post recently reported a study done at Manchester University that proves that the lips of a woman are the first thing that a man notices- even before the stereotypical notion of her breasts.

The study also found that the color red yielded the longest lip-gazing time, with an average of 7 seconds. 7 seconds! This may not come as a surprise for many, as it is obvious that red is a bright and noticeable color. But as Poppy King points out, the color red has previously scared many women away from it. Many women have been told not to accentuate their pout with prior trends resulting in a more “muted” mouth tone. However, this look actually takes away from the shape of the mouth and [perhaps] as a result, more and more are getting lip plumps and injections to unnaturally showcase areas of their face.

But never you fear! Red lipstick is to the rescue and is proving women wrong who had thought that it is overdramatic or adds age to their facial structure. This is one trend that I would be glad to see stay for a little longer- if not simply to add a little color to life, then to promote women to be bold and confident in their choices, even down to the shade of lipstick that they wear.