And I feel qualified to say this, because I am a former Led Zeppelin diehard. Continue reading
Was Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears a thief of dance? (Warning, GIFS)
There are beauty and ugly in the act of reflection. Looking back on a life lived is a nearly meta-experience. It’s watching a life happen that used to be yours but isn’t anymore. You’re the sum of that past you’s experiences and of years and years more. But as an artist creates over decades, they leave pieces of themselves behind in their work, concrete reflections, pieces of frozen time that can be re-examined both objectively and subjectively. You start to find common themes and enduring lessons once you connect the dots. Your history is evidenced. It’s hard not to. Continue reading
Cut Copy’s Free Your Mind is less of an album and more of an auditory sermon. Some might think the overall uplifting message of the album is only mildly distinguishable from 70s drug odes inviting the withered masses to come get “higher.” Their work reads, to me, more like a nondenominational religious journey. Their shows feel like it, too. This weekend, at Terminal 5, I joined the cult of Cut Copy.
Being a creative comes with perks. I have been given a world of creative friends from so many different corners of the art spectrum, between visual arts, design, film, and music. Today seems like a wonderful day to highlight the creative skills of a few friends. Watch this video, “The Worth of a Heart,” by (e)motion picture, filmed by Rumspringen.
Those of you familiar with Ryan Lewis and Macklemore’s anti-consumerist super hit “Thrift Shop” might not be aware that this blonde lyrical juggernaut has been in the music business for over ten years. In the mean time, he’s produced deeply personal and soulful rap songs, reflecting on his triumphs and struggles. He’s also produced a song written by unicorns to be performed at an audience of the Gods. That song is called “And We Danced.”
Kurt would have been 46 today. To celebrate a little bit of devilish drugged out weird, here is Kurt Cobain in a dress on Headbanger’s Ball way too many years ago.
Rest in peace. We miss Nirvana hard, man.
Did you know Wayne’s World came out twenty years ago? I’ m sure whoever reads this can make a quick mental list of all the shit that has changed in the last twenty years. The curmudgeon in me wants to remember how great it was to be 8 years old and on the schoolyard using quotes from this movie (and the SNL skits) and believes that there is nothing else that can compare. That kids these days just don’t have what we had, that everything is worse now, and that our job as adults is to educate the young’ins as to what real funny is. Fortunately, the old fart in my brain is wrong.