World Don’t Shine - Southern

This song is an example how the world is becoming a smaller place. First straight-laced New Yorkers, Vampire Weekend, make their own take on African pop. Then British Mumford & Sons take the world by storm with a cacophony of banjos and passionate bluegrassy wailings. And now we have an Irish duo making good ‘ole southern rock. However, this is not your typical foreign interpretation of America’s south a la Led Zeppelin. This music sounds like it came directly from the deep south, in the backwoods of Louisiana, or basically where HBO’s True Detective took place. 

"You just take in my gold, leave it in shrines. Two parts in a country lane."

Sweet hookah pics taken by @annaoharee and edited by moi. #tbt #allthefilters #hookah #smoke #nyc (at Sahara Citi)

Sweet hookah pics taken by @annaoharee and edited by moi. #tbt #allthefilters #hookah #smoke #nyc (at Sahara Citi)

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I would just like to say that you have made my day. Thank you, you very very kind anon.

Streamside - The Album Leaf

Another note to self;

Say yes to everything. Life is about taking risks; going on that road-trip on a whim, accepting the invitation to that date, meeting strange and wonderful people, applying to your dream job even when you are egregiously under-qualified or overqualified, falling in love even when the future is completely uncertain, making that work of art despite all the odds that anyone would ever appreciate it, flying to a far-off place not knowing anything about the language or the culture. Say yes, no matter the risk, no matter how scary the outcomes may seem. When you grow older, the things you are going to remember are the crazy adventures, the mistakes that helped you learn, and the moments when you played with chance. No one is going to remember the moments of safety and sameness. I want to live a life worth telling stories about. This is why I need to say yes to everything.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain

The cupcake ATM is the best invention ever! They should invent a burrito one next.

The cupcake ATM is the best invention ever! They should invent a burrito one next.

Hollywood & Vines
Music by Rob Simonsen

I’m shocked that dozens of six second long Vine videos strung up together can be such a beautiful experience. As the world grows more connected, so does art. Sure, this is an advertisement organized by Airbnb, but advertising has been used as a vehicle for art for hundreds of years. Do you think all of Michael Angelo and DaVinci’s paintings were created merely for the sake of art? No, they were painted on commission, and despite money being a motivating factor they still created works of art that lives on through the ages. Modern-day advertising is doing what the dukes and the church of Renaissance Italy did, hiring great talent to beautify the world a little more. The intentions may be for selling product, but great art is being made nonetheless.

"Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising." -Mark Twain

I Want You To Want Me - Letters To Cleo

If you’re a 90’s kid and this song doesn’t overwhelm you with memories of your childhood then I don’t know what will. 10 Things I Hate About will always have a place in my heart as my favorite high school movie of all-time. What is more perfect than modern teen re-telling of a classic Shakespeare play starring Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon Levitt? Nothing is more perfect, nothing at all. This movie and Lion King taught me that Shakespeare can be cool. Also, this amazing Letters To Cleo cover will forever be associated in my mind with this film and all of my 90’s kid dreams with it.

Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want. Go for it.”

I’m too much fun with my iMac camera. Happy first day of spring, everyone!

In The Beginning,There Was Nothing - Clint Mansell

When I first saw the trailer for Noah, I let out a massive groan. Why was my favorite director using his carte blanche to adapt a bland biblical story? It was ludicrous, especially after being blown away by the sheer originality he create in all his films. The Fountain, Requiem for a Dream, and Black Swan are films unlike anything I have seen before. However, the story Noah’s Ark is ancient and often told in the cloying manner. A man sent by God saves all of the cute animals from a massive flood. Oh how sweet of him! We all know by now that Aronofsky is not for everyone. His films often assault the viewers with hyper-stylized visual symbolism while foregoing all narrative standards. This is precisely why I love Aronofsky’s films. Despite my doubts, Noah is an artful and abstract film in epic big-budget glory.

The beauty of Noah is all in the filmmaking with shots that take you on this mystical journey. Aronofsky’s constructed a world where magic exist and miracles can happen. The film doesn’t explain all of the rules, but I loved that I was thrusted into a world that I didn’t fully understand, a world so ancient that it feels extraterrestrial. This film is pure escapist art.

"He chose you because you saw the wickedness of man and knew you wouldn’t look away. But there is goodness too."

Chord Simple - Broadcast

What if déjà vu is a momentary peek into another universe? Perhaps when parallel universes aligned for a short stint of time we establish a connection to this alternate reality and we feel something twice over. Maybe déjà vu is a sign of multiple paths crossing and the sense that we can only take one path, but still able to feel for a brief second how everything could turn out in another world.

“with shrunken fingers
we ate our oranges and bread,
shivering in the parked car;
though we know we had never
been there before,
we knew we had been there before.” -Margaret Atwood