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Breathe - Capital Cities (ft. Tupac Shakur)

Many years from now, the news will break that Tupac never died in that fatal shooting at all. Tupac faked his death to break free from the shackles of celebrity culture that threatened to poison his art. No more gang bullshit and no more Billboard crap. In the past three decades he has actually been living in a cabin complete with a state-of-the-art studio in the forests of Wyoming recording many albums that are set to release after he passes away of old age.

Alas, while the world lives on in ignorance of Tupac’s actual whereabouts, an awesome cover slash mashup of a Pink Floyd classic will do.

"Long you live and high you fly, smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry, all you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be."

The Gamer’s Heart

Your game is your game. 

Don’t let it be fireballed into dank submission. 

Be on the watch. 

There are ways to level up. 

There is a health pack somewhere. 

It may not be much health but it beats respawning. 

Be on the watch. 

The game developers will offer you chances. 

Know them. 

Take them. 

You can’t hack death but you can level up to level 100, sometimes. 

And the more often you learn to destroy the final boss, 

the more mana there will be. 

Your game is your game.

Know it while you have it. 

You are marvelous 

the game developers wait to delight
in you.

Digital Witness - St. Vincent

Here’s Annie Clark not-so-subtle commentary of the internet-age where sleep-deprived social media cohorts confuse the online world with the real world and our minds are zombified by misinformation, all of which culminates to a great song smothered in addictive rhythms with a dash of nervous energy. Clark’s songs have always dealt with the angst hiding behind the smiling facade and with this song (and her self-titled album in general) the facade is finally breaking. As her hair gets stranger, her songs become more real.

"Digital witnesses, what’s the point of even sleeping? If I can’t show it, if you can’t see me, what’s the point of doing anything?"

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.”