Monday, September 15, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

don't be gone too long.

a video.

starring chris brown & ariana grande.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

say you love me.

a video.

starring jessie ware. 


a moment of clarity.

for america.

words.

"We can kill anti-American fighters and even their leaders, but we can’t kill anti-American sentiment. To some degree, every time we commit our forces in the Middle East we run the risk of further inflaming that sentiment.

For every action, there is a reaction. And there are also consequences, some of them unintended.

...When we invaded Iraq in 2003, about three out of four Americans approved of President Bush’s handling of the situation, according to a USA Today/Gallup poll.

Three years later, that approval had fallen by half. We don’t want to look back three years from now and ask, “What have we done?”

...We are doing this at a time when many of our roads and bridges are crumbling beneath us. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that we need to invest $3.6 trillion in infrastructure by 2020.

The Department of Agriculture released a report this month saying that the percentage of Americans who are “food insecure” (lacking “access to enough food for an active, healthy life”) has remained relatively unchanged (14.3 percent) since the numbers spiked during the recession in 2008.

...We are still arguing about the cost of the Affordable Care Act and Republicans are still wasting time and money trying to repeal it.

We, as Americans, must think long and hard about what it will really mean for us to engage in another foreign war and weigh that against the urgent needs we have right here at home."

THE NEW YORK TIMES: The Cost of War

crush songs.



with karen o.


PITCHFORK: 5-10-15-20 Karen O

the power of yet.

with janelle monae. 


this is happening now.


starring parquet courts.

stream here.

trainwreck 1979.

a video.

starring death from above 1979.


trong song.

a video.

starring thundercat & eric andre.


mercy.

a video.

from boots. 


kick the can.

a moment of clarity.  

words. 

"As popularly conceived, however, the bucket list is far from being a reckoning with the weight of love in extremis, or an ethical or moral accounting. More often, it partakes of a commodification of cultural experience, in which every expedition made, and every artwork encountered, is reduced to an item on a checklist to be got through, rather than being worthy of repeated or extended engagement. Dropping by Stonehenge for ten minutes and then announcing you’ve crossed it off your bucket list suggests that seeing Stonehenge—or beholding the Taj Mahal, or visiting the Louvre, or observing a pride of lions slumbering under a tree in the Maasai Mara—is something that, having been done, can be considered done with.

This is the YOLO-ization of cultural experience, whereby the pursuit of fleeting novelty is granted greater value than a patient dedication to an enduring attention—an attention which might ultimately enlarge the self, and not just pad one’s experiential résumé.

...What if, instead, we compiled a different kind of list, not of goals to be crossed out but of touchstones to be sought out over and over, with our understanding deepening as we draw nearer to death? "

THE NEW YORKER: Kicking the Bucket List

my favourite fantasy.

 starring damien rice.



STEREOGUM: Damien Rice – “My Favourite Faded Fantasy”

trainwreck nineteen seventy nine.

LIVE.

with death from above 1979 and david letterman.



STEREOGUM: Watch Death From Above 1979 Bring The Wreckage To Letterman

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

rainy taxi.

a moment of clarity. 

words. 

"The steady deregulation of election financing has disenfranchised ordinary voters. Part of their disenfranchisement comes from the capacity of donors to remain unaccountable to the electorate at large. The combination of lax regulation by the F.E.C., weak oversight by the I.R.S. and a Supreme Court majority blind to the corrosive power of money in politics has created a system of campaign finance dominated by those with vast fortunes answerable to no one but themselves.

A two-class structure of election financing is emerging. The first is the traditional system of federally regulated individual contributions in which the small donor has become increasingly important. The second is the combination of “super PACs” and tax-exempt independent expenditure groups, including 501(c)(4)s, which together operate without limits and cater almost exclusively to those at the very top of the economic pyramid. Policing the hodgepodge of regulations, statutes and rulings governing elections has become virtually impossible. A kind of lawlessness prevails that is incompatible with the goals of democracy."

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Who Needs a Smoke-Filled Room?: Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers and the End of Political Transparency

-INTERLUDE-

the hilton.

a moment of clarity.

words.

"That’s what dominates our politics: a war to gain or maintain turf, not a battle for a better America. You see that in the negativity and political gyrations of the 2014 campaigns.

...But what are all these politicians running toward? I know more about what they want to destroy than about what they yearn to create. That’s partly because of all the campaign spending that’s funneled through outside groups, which tend not to produce inspiring ads for the candidates they support but blistering ones against the candidates they oppose.

The system is toxic that way, and seems to have only enough oxygen to recycle known people and ideas, not to introduce and nurture new ones.

...How a country so rightly anxious about the days ahead stays fixed in the days behind is the great paradox of the 2014 elections."

THE NEW YORK TIMES: American Horror Story

hands up.


starring vince staples.

PITCHFORK: Vince Staples "Hands Up"

inside out.

LIVE!

with Spoon & Dave Letterman. 





coming attractions.

 with mary j. blige.

where does this disco?

starring yacht. 


heigh ho.





an album stream.

starring blake mills.

stream here.

friendsmyabe.

starring rome fortune & ilovemakonnen.



PITCHFORK: Rome Fortune and iLoveMakonnen Team for "FriendsMaybe", Turn Into Puppets for Single Cover


grid.

a video.

starring perfume genius.


rambunctious.

starring beatking, danny brown, & riff raff.



PITCHFORK: Beatking Recruits Danny Brown and RiFF RAFF for "Rambunctious"

i'm not the only one.

a remix.

with sam smith & a$ap rocky. 



songs of innocence.


 with U2.



PITCHFORK: U2 Surprise Release New Album Songs of Innocence for Free on iTunes

where no eagles fly.

a video.

from julian casablancas + the voidz.


bend ova.

a video.

from lil jon & tyga.

bother.

a video.

from les sins (aka a "toro y moi side project").


rich homie quan.

words.

THE NEW YORKER: The Eternal Paternal: Bill Cosby’s never-ending tour.