Using nothing but background sounds from the original Night of the Living Dead, 400 Lonely Things made one of the most atmospheric and engrossing albums of the year with Tonight of the Living Dead. Here’s the first video from the project, for “Tonight”:
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Bishop Allen has perfected the art of crafting pop music that’s devoid of everything people hate about pop music. The hooks are catchy without being cloying. The music is simple without seeming insignificant or full of fluff and filler. The lyrics are witty and occasionally engage in wordplay, but the songs are not smug or too brainy. The songs are bright and sparkly without being just plain annoying. The wagon-train feel of “Oklahoma”, like a westward expedition, moves everyone along at a sprightly pace. When it finally builds to its chorus’ chanting of “oh oh oh”, you’re fully immersed in the journey, and it’s hard to stop yourself from singing along. Marisa LaScala
Always distinguished by the relative quality of their shameless borrowings, Coldplay stole a march from Abbey Road for their fourth -– and best –- album, and adapted the spirit of “Here Comes the Sun” into this pristinely nostalgic ditty. Jonny Buckland’s guitar lead melds seamlessly into the subtle percussion and rhythmic backing strings as Chris Martin muses on endless summers lost. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the music video mixes amazing visual innovation with sheer silliness (Superhero Martin matches wits with a giant squirrel), but even without the attendant eye-candy, this song positively glows. Ross Langager
Just Tuesday, I received a brief email from the Sigur-Ros.co.uk website with a simple block of text, indicating the website, www.jonsi.com.
Over the last couple of days, and for the next two presumably, each letter in Jón þor (Jónsi) Birgisson’s name has come alive. Simply clicking on a character produces some delicately drawn earthly designs that link thematically to a snippet of music.
The J becomes entangled in leafy vines, O fits inside a contorted tree branch with an raven fluttering in at the end, and N has growing stalks which lead into a final burst of small colored leaves.
I dont wan’t to spoil the surprise of hearing the music, so you should see the animations and judge yourself. So from here, go forth and listen and bookmark it for the next two letters.
Otherwise [spoiler alert], I must say N is a surprisingly wonderful celebration that I am eagerly waiting to hear the entirety of.
I was doing an image search for the concept of ‘caring for a sick friend’ (for a feature on caregivers), and this ‘Hillbillery’ image from Classical Values.com popped up on Google images. “End the Culture War by Restoring Classical Values” is the tagline of this site. Scroll down and you’ll see an image of Hillary Clinton as button-busting SS officer. I’m amused, but thoroughly confused by the intent of this little site.
Dare you Google image search the concept of ‘hand in hand’ (you know, a sweet, sentimental gesture), after combing through pages of silhouette images of hetero couples on beaches at sunset, and babies hands in grown-ups hands, and old peoples’ hands holding hands with old people’s hands—you’ll soon encounter this nifty bit of photoshop work: ““Hand” by pavementfreud. The hand that bites the hand that feeds it? Hey buddy, can you give me a hand? Quit screwing around and hand over that work, already—we’re up against the deadline…