One is strictly photos, and the other is a blog about Korea that I moved from blogger to tumblr about five seconds ago so I could actually start updating it again instead of passively wondering when I’ll get around to it. If you want to check them out, the links are down below:
Photo Blog - The Puffington Host
Korea Blog - Letters Home
I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been listening to a metric fuck ton of music that has done nothing to inspire a post. Over the past couple of days, though, I’ve reinvested in my music library, and I come bearing for you Architecture in Helsinki.
Architecture in Helsinki is an Australia-based indie pop group who has been around since about 2003. Their music is upbeat, and (for me, at least) makes you want to dance like you’re in the 80s again. If you don’t know what that means, just let American Apparel throw up on you, add some shoulder pads, and make your hair AWESOME. Then dance like a spastic white person (me).
"Contact High" is from their 2011 release Moment Bends. Out of all of their albums, this is by far my favorite. If you enjoy 80s-inspired indie pop, you’ll love this entire album, so I suggest you go and get it.
Sure! I’m on my phone and it’s only 8 am and I’ve had 2 hrs of sleep (that exclamation point is deceptive), so if there are typos then oops. Do you have a torrent host? Utorrent is what I use. It’s user friendly; just install and go. Use their premade settings and you’ll be fine. When you go to thepiratebay, just type your query into the search bar and look for a file with a lot of seeders. Seeders are the people who host the torrent on their network and they contribute to your download. You can find the number of seeders in the first column of numbers on the right hand side of the page. The numbers next to it are leechers. This is important because the number of leechers affects your download rate just like the number of seeders. Make sure there are more seeders than leechers. When you click on a torrent, scroll down and read the reviews. If they’re favorable, download the file by clicking on ‘download torrent’. It’s a nondescript tiny prompt at the top and bottom of the file description. If you use Firefox, the download will show in the popup, and you double click on it and it automatically goes to utorrent. From there, you just wait for it to download. When you’re finished downloading, leave it in utorrent for as long as you like/can so you can contribute as a seeder. If you don’t know where your file is, just right click on it. Idk why I just told you that like you didn’t know. I’m rambly now. If any of that confused you, let me know and I’ll clarify when I’m not a zombie.
If I was as promiscuous and passionately fickle in my life as I am with my music, I would probably be dead from some mutant disease no one’s heard of (let’s call it ‘auralius whoritus' for the sake of this post, and also to sate my need to name ALL OF THE THINGS). This week, I've gone from blues and jazz to run-of-the-mill Indie to Rostropovich's take on Bach's cello suites to Bob Dylan, through my collection of mash ups about six times, through my power metal collection (I'm still partially deaf, by the way), and now - now, after three days of experiencing a musical supernova in my head - I found something that helps me focus enough to write a coherent, original sentence that doesn’t make me want to lobotomize myself out of embarrassment.
The xx is, for no particular reason, the savior of my sanity this week. The xx is an indie pop band hailing from London that, in my opinion, has a hint of post-rock thrown in to their pop. Romy Croft’s vocals are enough to have me listening in a music thrall for days on end, and their song “Islands” makes my head buzz. Could be the contented hum it keeps eliciting…
Either way, have a listen. If you like it, check out the rest of their album, and keep a look out for their next release, coming out at some point in the very near future.
I need more epically fast, wonderfully loud music. Any suggestions (that aren’t metal)?
Because I am obsessed with apples and good music, this song is pretty much made for me. If you follow me, it’s now made for you, too. Alamo Race Track is an Amsterdam-based band that’s been around since about 2001, and besides the fact that their music is great, they also have a member who plays the upright bass. Any band who can successfully fit in an upright bass is a winner in my book. “Apples” is from their 2011 release Unicorn Loves Deer (what’s not to love about that album title, hipsters?), and this guy says you should invest in their album if you love this song:
Since this is my first post of the new year, I’m giving you a mash up of all the top songs in 2011. Sure, it would have been more appropriate on December 31st, but I was busy getting shithammered on December 31st, so it’s a few days late.
"United States of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom)" is by none other than DJ Earworm, who I did a post on earlier in 2011. DJ Earworm is, for those of you who don’t click on the links I provide (ungrateful), is a master mash up artist who has a series of US of Pop songs dating back to 2007. His first is less than stellar (I blame it on the lack of good top 40 songs in 2007), but the others are absolutely fantastic, and you should check out his website to hear all of his other work, too.
Anyway, happy 2012, everyone, and enjoy this mashup of songs from the penultimate year on the Mayan calendar.