margins, music, & madness

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THis song is so perfect and heartbreaking.  I love it so much.

(Source: Spotify)

Sorry, I can’t seem to reply to this normally.  Thanks for the feedback!  I definitely agree that the cover is an interpretation of “Angel With a Shotgun”, and though I think that it is a cool cover, I was very surprised to see the glamorization of weapons given the recent tragedies and legal battles concerning the second amendment.  However, upon further research I discovered that the album was released in 2011.  This was a mistake on my part.  I first encountered the album on spotify under the heading “New Music”, so I didn’t bother to look up the release date.  Because the album was released before the controversy emerged, it is certainly less “tasteless” than I originally thought.  However, I still think that the glamorization of violence in any manner should be avoided.

Symphony Soldier – The Cab
If I didn’t know any better I would think that One Direction is going alt rock under the pseudonym The Cab.  The lyrics are for more mature audiences but the beat and vocals are exactly the same, complete with the annoying poppy “ooh’s”.  Don’t let the clever cover fool you.  The black and white picture of the lovechild of a shotgun and a violin is tasteless in light of recent events at Sandy Hook, and an album with any other cover would still sound as cheap.  The lyrics are carbon copies of every boy band that has come before, including the gems “you could be my favorite one night stand”, “I wanna live, not just survive, tonight”, and “I don’t just want any pretty face” (Jesse McCartney much?)  Don’t waste your time.  If you’ve turned on a radio in the past twenty years you’ve already heard this one.

Symphony Soldier – The Cab

If I didn’t know any better I would think that One Direction is going alt rock under the pseudonym The Cab.  The lyrics are for more mature audiences but the beat and vocals are exactly the same, complete with the annoying poppy “ooh’s”.  Don’t let the clever cover fool you.  The black and white picture of the lovechild of a shotgun and a violin is tasteless in light of recent events at Sandy Hook, and an album with any other cover would still sound as cheap.  The lyrics are carbon copies of every boy band that has come before, including the gems “you could be my favorite one night stand”, “I wanna live, not just survive, tonight”, and “I don’t just want any pretty face” (Jesse McCartney much?)  Don’t waste your time.  If you’ve turned on a radio in the past twenty years you’ve already heard this one.

POSSIBLE FUTURE JOBS

  1. Rolling Stone writerimage

  2. Cupcake Taste-testerimage

  3. Talking Heads back-up dancerimage

  4. Replacement for when Oprah diesimage

  5. Marry richimage

  6. Nutella spokesperson/poster childimage

  7. Burlesque dancerimage

  8. Professional facebook stalkerimage

  9. King of the Worldimage

Ed Sheeran in The Live Room - You Need Me I Don’t Need You

Honestly, the best musical performance I have ever seen.  He uses a loop mic (I’m not sure what they’re really called) to create all of the background vocals and harmonize with himself, and there are more than three additional verses that arent on the album.  It’s seriously genius.  I know that it’s long, but it is 100% worth it.

3.  Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut

Another Vonnegut???  Already?!?  But you said he was crazy!  I know, I know.  Not only am I already doubling up on an author, but also, if I really love Vonnegut how could I not have read his most famous work?  Well, that is the exact question that went through my mind when browsing through the fiction section.  Though I had relished in his more obscure works somehow it had never been convenient to read his most influential book.  I decided it was a wrong that needed to be righted immediately.  As I cuddled into my recliner swaddled in a fluffy blanket vague rumors of the content of the novel swam around my head.  Something about World War Two, the deglamorization of war, and growing up.  I wasn’t really sure.  I figured it would be something of a modernized All Quiet On The Western Front with a stronger political position.  I could not have been more wrong.  Vonnegut juxtaposes the harsh reality of the war with fantasies of time travel and aliens.  I suppose it can be read as a science fiction novel, but  it’s most likely intended to be interpreted as a statement on the tragic effects of war and PTSD.  We see men broken down into boys, into shells of their former selves, during and after the war.  Though it is sprinkled with Vonnegut’s peculiar sense of humor, it is a truly heartbreaking tale.  It is something that everyone should read, not only in order to grasp a better understanding of postwar America, but because it is a genius and touching piece of writing.  Prepare to suspend time, open yourself to unconventional occurrences, and surrender to the world of Vonnegut’s protagonist, Billy Pilgrim.  

3.  Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut

Another Vonnegut???  Already?!?  But you said he was crazy!  I know, I know.  Not only am I already doubling up on an author, but also, if I really love Vonnegut how could I not have read his most famous work?  Well, that is the exact question that went through my mind when browsing through the fiction section.  Though I had relished in his more obscure works somehow it had never been convenient to read his most influential book.  I decided it was a wrong that needed to be righted immediately.  As I cuddled into my recliner swaddled in a fluffy blanket vague rumors of the content of the novel swam around my head.  Something about World War Two, the deglamorization of war, and growing up.  I wasn’t really sure.  I figured it would be something of a modernized All Quiet On The Western Front with a stronger political position.  I could not have been more wrong.  Vonnegut juxtaposes the harsh reality of the war with fantasies of time travel and aliens.  I suppose it can be read as a science fiction novel, but  it’s most likely intended to be interpreted as a statement on the tragic effects of war and PTSD.  We see men broken down into boys, into shells of their former selves, during and after the war.  Though it is sprinkled with Vonnegut’s peculiar sense of humor, it is a truly heartbreaking tale.  It is something that everyone should read, not only in order to grasp a better understanding of postwar America, but because it is a genius and touching piece of writing.  Prepare to suspend time, open yourself to unconventional occurrences, and surrender to the world of Vonnegut’s protagonist, Billy Pilgrim.  

2.  God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian - Kurt Vonnegut

I love Kurt Vonnegut, but for those of you who don’t know he is completely crazy.  Creative and genius, yes.  But also crazy.  If you need proof, this novel details a fictional account of his many purposeful near-death experiences on which he journeyed to heaven and interviewed the dead.  Talk about a different perspective.  On his travels he encounters William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, and characters born in his own mind, as well as many others.  It’s good - but it’s really weird.  As previously indicated, I expected nothing less from Vonnegut, but don’t go into this thinking that it will be particular enlightening, or really even sensical.  It is a very interesting and original concept, but mostly it’s meant to entertain.  Everything from his banter with St. Peter to his suggestion that a monument be built in honor of Hitler keeps the reader a little on edge, unsure of what to make of the story.  My advice is to take it all as a joke, because that was the intent.  The book is a quick read, and I would certainly recommend it if you have some extra time on your hands, but it isn’t something I would go too out of my way to read.  

2.  God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian - Kurt Vonnegut

I love Kurt Vonnegut, but for those of you who don’t know he is completely crazy.  Creative and genius, yes.  But also crazy.  If you need proof, this novel details a fictional account of his many purposeful near-death experiences on which he journeyed to heaven and interviewed the dead.  Talk about a different perspective.  On his travels he encounters William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, and characters born in his own mind, as well as many others.  It’s good - but it’s really weird.  As previously indicated, I expected nothing less from Vonnegut, but don’t go into this thinking that it will be particular enlightening, or really even sensical.  It is a very interesting and original concept, but mostly it’s meant to entertain.  Everything from his banter with St. Peter to his suggestion that a monument be built in honor of Hitler keeps the reader a little on edge, unsure of what to make of the story.  My advice is to take it all as a joke, because that was the intent.  The book is a quick read, and I would certainly recommend it if you have some extra time on your hands, but it isn’t something I would go too out of my way to read.  

1.  Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn

What a great way to start off the New Year!  This is one of the most creative books have ever read.  It chronicles the tale of a town of intellect that slowly looses it’s mind (and most of it’s inhabitants).  The city council has decided that every time a letter falls off of a statue in the city center, the population must eliminate that letter from their vocabulary.  Epistles between the main characters create the narration, therefore Dunn is challenged to abide by the rules he has set for the world he created.  It is an incredibly original idea and it is executed beautifully.  This book is certainly a work of art.

1.  Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn

What a great way to start off the New Year!  This is one of the most creative books have ever read.  It chronicles the tale of a town of intellect that slowly looses it’s mind (and most of it’s inhabitants).  The city council has decided that every time a letter falls off of a statue in the city center, the population must eliminate that letter from their vocabulary.  Epistles between the main characters create the narration, therefore Dunn is challenged to abide by the rules he has set for the world he created.  It is an incredibly original idea and it is executed beautifully.  This book is certainly a work of art.

52 BOOKS 52 WEEKS

New Year’s resolution this year?  Read 52 books in the 52 weeks in 2013. I have a good start, but I need a bit of motivation to keep it going, so I will be updating you all on my progress and thoughts on all of the books.  If you have any suggestions, drop me a line!!!

Rented Room - Craig Finn

(I will also be posting random songs that I fall in love with.  Like this one.  It is sort of completely perfect.)

(Source: Spotify)