Sunday, November 29, 2015

adventure of a lifetime.

a video.

from coldplay.


fine by me.

a video.

starring chris brown. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

-INTERLUDE-


mood.


QUESTION!

a moment of clarity.

for your consideration...

words. 

"...let me be the first to say: it’s not the students’ fault. These serial tantrums are direct results of our Everybody Gets a Trophy culture and an educational system that, for the most part, no longer teaches a core curriculum, including history, government and the Bill of Rights.

The students simply don’t know any better.

This isn’t necessarily to excuse them. Everyone has a choice whether to ignore a perceived slight — or to form a posse. But as with any problem, it helps to understand its source. The disease, I fear, was auto-induced with the zealous pampering of the American child that began a few decades ago.

...this is also not to diminish the pain of racism (or sexism, ageism, blondism or whatever -ism gets one’s tear ducts moistened). But nothing reported on campuses the past several weeks rises to the level of the coerced resignations of a university chancellor and president.

...Someone certainly deserves a spanking — or psychoanalysis. Sigmund Freud had plenty to say about people who play with the products of their alimentary canal.

But do such events mean that students have been neglected, as protesters have charged? Or that the school tolerates racism?..."

THE WASHINGTON POST: For thin-skinned students, we have nobody to blame but ourselves

a head full of dreams.


an album preview.

starring coldplay.

stream here.

special edition.

starring ciara.



PITCHFORK: Ciara Drops "Special Edition" and "Oh Baby"

a moment of clarity.

an ongoing discussion. 

words. 

"Imagine this scenario: a crowd of largely white people takes to the streets in a town near you, demanding an end to Islamist terrorism. A group of militants waving ISIS banners turns up to harass the protesters, and when the protesters attempt to usher them away, the militants open fire, injuring five people. What do you think the media would call the people doing the shooting?

... in America, black people are a minority by any conceivable measure. White people surpass them in terms of numbers, income, health, and pretty much any other metric you can think of. The asymmetry of power is absolute. (As Ghostface Killah once put it on GZA’s “Investigative Reports,” “Aim at the white shadows with big barrels/ They used guns while we angrily shot arrows.”) And yet, because it’s the relatively powerless who are the victims of terror, the word is never used.

So let’s be honest: white supremacists who shoot up a Black Lives Matter rally are terrorists, plain and simple. But that’s not all they are. They’re de facto instruments of a state that has inflicted a similar terror for generations. If you’re the right sort of person — white, affluent, lucky — America is a great place to live, a nation of opportunity and prosperity. But the structure that supports that state is built on oppression, and that oppression is enforced by systemic terror."

FLAVORWIRE: Why We Don’t — But Should — Call White Supremacist Shooters “Terrorists”

Monday, November 23, 2015

saint cecilia.



an EP.

from the foo fighters.

stream here. 

lighter.

a video.

starring miley cyrus.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ooo.

a video.

starring !!!



PITCHFORK: !!! Share Silly "Ooo" Video Directed by "Too Many Cooks" Creator Casper Kelly

t.i.w.y.g.

starring savages.


saved.

a video.

starring ty dolla $ign & e-40.



when we were young.

LIVE!

with adele.

shameless.

a moment of clarity.

words.

"What I saw playing out on Facebook this weekend was a variation on what Nitsuh Abebe called The Game, in this remarkably prescient essay (it really is compulsory reading if you’ve not come across it before): a sort of moral point-scoring competition, whereby demonstrating that you’re the Better Person is more important than the issue at hand. If you’re arguing that our media should be fairer and more thorough in the way it covers foreign tragedy, you have a point. If you’re implying that your Facebook friends are latently racist or callous or morally inferior for shedding tears over Paris or changing their profile picture to a tricolor, you might just be being an asshole. (I say “might” because there certainly are people who genuinely don’t care about what happens to people who don’t share their race or heritage; fuck those people. Obviously.)

 It’s important to think about why you respond the way you do to the news of another suicide bombing in Iraq, if all you do is sigh and turn the page — especially given the extent to which that the deaths of those people are directly connected to the actions of the US and other Western governments. It’s important to remember that politicians and corporations are well aware of the existence of compassion fatigue, and that they use it to expedite policies we might find unconscionable if they were directed at those we hold dear. It’s important to think about how the current state of Africa and the Middle East is, in many ways, a whole lot of postcolonial chickens coming home to roost — and about how colonialism as a whole is enabled by the very fact that people don’t have as much empathy for the suffering of those on foreign shores as they do for people at home.

It’s important to think about why ISIS exists, and why. And it’s important to discuss these things. It’s important to use your brain, because its capacity is far larger than that of your heart. Sadly, those playing The Game on social media are doing neither..."

FLAVORWIRE: We Need to Put More Thought — and Less Shame — Into Our Conversations About Paris and Beirut on Social Media

Monday, November 16, 2015

than god for girls.

a video.

starring weezer.


water.

starring ra ra riot & rostam batmanglij.



PITCHFORK: Ra Ra Riot Announce Need Your Light, Share "Water", a Collaboration With Vampire Weekend's Rostam

a moment of clarity.

words. 

"Vaughn understands why some people consider the concept of microaggression a mere contrivance of the thin-skinned.

 "White America doesn't have the experience of the buildup of subtle racism, so they don't know why something that to them seems small is really actually a big deal," he said.

It isn't the act itself, but the accumulation over time that creates frustration, anger and a sense of helplessness.

And it's not just about race or gender or ethnicity or sexual orientation. It's about being continually reminded that you're different, assigned to the outskirts of what's considered mainstream.

When I read the comment that led to the resignation of the Claremont McKenna Dean Mary Spellman, a single word caught my eye: Spellman had emailed a Latina student and promised to work with those who "don't fit our CMC mold."

Our mold. Something that belongs to us. Some place that sees you as misfit or intruder.

That phrase doesn't make Spellman a racist; it does reflect a mindset that's apt to alienate young people trying to find their footing in that world..."

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Petty slights and snubs that can leave deep wounds

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Saturday, November 07, 2015

kickstarter.

a moment of clarity.

words. 

 "...Lawmakers have ceased to know each other as colleagues, friends and human beings. Because they are in such a hurry to get out of town, there are no more dinners or card games with counterparts from across the aisle. Their spouses don’t socialize, and they don’t know each other’s kids. These were the social lubricants that made Washington function for generations — the casual encounters where the political and the personal mix. (This column was hatched week with Geoff Earle of the New York Post at one such function, a Capitol Hill book party.) The familiarity created goodwill. It’s harder to savage a colleague on the floor if your kids are friends.

Would voters punish politicians who moved their families to Washington? Maybe. But the notion that parents — fathers as well as mothers — want to spend more time with their families carries more weight now than it did a generation ago. Lawmakers could also make a solid case that they were fixing Washington. The place is busted not because members of Congress spend too much time here but because they don’t spend enough time here working on the problems.

...Ryan could do a lot more of this if he extended the House to the five-day workweek most of America endures. And lawmakers, if their families were in Washington, would have no reason to object. They would find the arrangement better for kids, for Congress and for country."

THE WASHINGTON POST: How Paul Ryan can kick-start fixing Congress

words.

for your consideration...

"...But it’s not enough to talk soberly about saving the economy and the safety net for future generations, if future generations are making all the sacrifices. The boomer candidates — actually, all the candidates — need to be honest with boomers about how good they’ve had it in America and how it’s time to give back: They should take steps, right now, to reduce carbon emissions and head off a debt crisis. They should pay higher taxes or accept slimmer retirement benefits, and they should tell lawmakers to make cleaner energy a top priority. My generation should join them. The boomers running for president should lead with a call to change the country for the better. Wasn’t that always supposed to be their thing?"  

THE WASHINGTON POST: Baby boomers are what’s wrong with America’s economy

help.


Friday, November 06, 2015

mood.


adventure of a lifetime.

starring coldplay.


back to the middle.

 with deerhunter & kcrw.



PITCHFORK: Deerhunter Perform Extended Version of "Snakeskin" and More Fading Frontier Tracks on KCRW

a moment of clarity.

words. 

"The message he and those participating in the “Rise Up October” actions and rallies wanted to send, he explained, was simple: “’Stop shooting unarmed people. We want justice, but stop shooting unarmed people.’ But they don’t wanna deal with that; they would rather start arguments with celebrities than examine the concerns put before them, by a citizenry that has lost trust in them.”

This sentiment, which the filmmaker put in similar terms in a Tuesday interview with the Los Angeles Times (“Instead of dealing with the incidents of police brutality that those people were bringing up, instead of examining the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out”), is right on the money, particularly as there’s a long history of such responses to questions of police brutality, of taking aim at the messenger as a method to avoid the message. It goes back at least as far as the FBI targeting N.W.A. for “Fuck tha Police” — or the 1992 controversy over the song “Cop Killer,” a “protest record” by Ice-T’s speed metal group Body Count, which drew the ire of police organizations, activists (including NRA mouthpiece Charlton Heston), and politicians (including then-President Bush, Vice President Quayle, and Tipper Gore) and ignited a nationwide furor. Its critics pulled a Don Draper, years before that character articulated the strategy: they didn’t like the conversation, so they changed the conversation. The country was still reeling from the eye-opening Rodney King tape, but they were talking about “Cop Killer,” rather than talking about killer cops.

And so it goes. “Anybody who acknowledges there’s a problem with law enforcement in this country right now is considered by law enforcement as part of the problem,” Tarantino told Hayes, and he’s right;..."

FLAVORWIRE: How Fox News’ Response to Quentin Tarantino’s MSNBC Appearance Proves His Point About Criticizing Police

destroyer.

with beach house. 

(and weezer)



FLAVORWIRE: Watch: Beach House Tries on Weezer’s Sweater…Song

Thursday, November 05, 2015

l.a.

starring ty dolla $ign, kendrick, brandy, & james fauntleroy.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

do you wanna get high?

starring weezer. 


gold bottles.

a video.

starring jeezy.


player.

a video.

from tinashe & chris brown.

fell in the sun.

a video.

starring big grams (big boi & phantogram).



Monday, November 02, 2015

i'll show you.

a video.

starring justin bieber. 

cheating on me.

a video.

starring kwabs. 




green & gold.

a video.

starring lianne la havas.