Chinatown Cityscapes - July 16th, 2014

I have always been fascinated by how a trip to Chinatown could feel like I’m going to an entirely different city. Tucked between SoHo and the Financial District, Chinatown has the gritty feeling of 1970’s NYC, without the crime and danger of that era. This neighborhood is an escape, a safe glimpse into the city’s past.

Lessons - Sohn

This song sounds like the intro to a sci-fi film. The hero whooshing by in a futuristic motorcycle spewing out neon-colored fumes behind him. Grips tight, sights forward. The roar of the engine as the glow of Neo-Paris skyline grows closer.

"Of lessons learned, of lessons learned. Of bridges burned, of bridges. burned. This time I’ll do things differently."

Game of Thrones Main Theme (80’s Version) - Steve Duzz

In an alternate reality George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones book in 1996 would have taken the world by storm, smashed all bestseller records, and became a worldwide phenomenon. After the already massive international successes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess just a year ago, television studios have become hungry to adapt another grand fantasy tale. HBO, deciding to finally move away from late-night comedy series and move into the drama genre, picks up the rights to adapt Martin’s magnum opus and hires Kevin Sorbo to play the role of Ned Stark. Then in 1997, A Game of Thrones (remember that in the 90’s articles in titles were still cool) is released in cheesy television glory and this is the main theme song. Afterwards, the world would never be the same.

I’m a sucker for anything modern that is retrofied (not an actual word, I know, but it should be). Now, all I need is the themes for Breaking Bad, House of Cards, and True Detective to be retrofied. That would make my day.

For a further look into this alternate reality, watch this.

“Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.”

Hahaha Pt. 1 - Kishi Bashi

Kishi Bashi does not cease to amaze with his newest album, Lighght. More wonder! More 80’s inspired synths! More violins! If you didn’t already know, Kishi Bashi is a multi-instrumentalist. This total control over his music leads to a sound that is otherworldly like a Dali painting, tumbling down the rabbit hole of this man’s mind and hearing sounds so delightfully foreign that I wish I could spend an eternity in this musical wonderland.

"And in the summer rain we’d fall in love again, we’d turn each other on and off and on and on."

Adult Diversion - Alvvays

Who uses the letter ‘w’ anymore? Not these indie rockers from the frozen north (Canada). Alvvays ditches the overrated letter and vie for some wholesome surf pop with incomprehensible lyrics and tranquilizing guitar riffs. In other words, this music perfectly matches my overtly hipster sensibilities and I am hooked.

If I should follow, act as though it never happened, I will retreat and sit inside so very quietly.”

Happy birthday handsome devil! I hope you have an amazing day with fancy alcoholic beverages! Love you tonnes! Xoxo! — Asked by amidnightminuet

Thank you, you gorgeous angel! I will enjoy all the fancy cocktails. I hope life is treating you right. Love you tons too. xoxo

Birthday - Kings of Leon

Another year, another birthday. Time is moving faster and I’m scrambling to make my mark on this world. I have touched a few lives and a few have touched mine. Ultimately, that is the most important thing. Growing older is about learning to becoming a better human being and hopefully becoming wise enough one day to teach someone else to be a better human being as well. Nonetheless, I rejoice the fact that I have lived yet another year on this beautiful world; seeing sights of wonder and meeting wonderful people. There is nothing sweeter than growing older and becoming more comfortable with the life you lead and the dreams you keep alive.

"The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it." -Jean-Paul Sartre

Texico Bitches - Broken Social Scene

This is the experience of entire night’s worth of partying condensed into one song. Broken Social Scene is one of those bands with an obscene number of members: 19. Just like Arcade Fire and Of Montreal, this band makes music with so many moving parts that it culminates to audible euphoria. Do yourself and listen to Broken Social Scene’s album Forgiveness Rock Record. It’s an experience of joyful rhythms and avant-garde indie rock.

"My weapon is my truce"

Far From Any Road - The Handsome Family

All great shows need a great theme song. The song could be a triumphant orchestral piece that is contagious to whistle a la Game of Thrones, or an ominous sixteen-second discordant sound a la Lost, or this gothic alt-country song from True Detective. Far From Any Road from husband-wife duo, The Handsome Family, conveys that macabre nihilism of True Detective, while setting the mood for delving into the depths of the American south. 

"From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grow, hidden in the branches of the poison creosote."