New Music Monday – Farm Aid Edition

Was at Farm Aid last night so I guess I will make this a Farm-Aid-Themed NMM.  I wish there were some of Jason Mraz’s songs from last night up on Youtube already, but as of right now there are only quality vids from Dave Matthews’ set. (I’ll post the Mraz ones if they become available)  Enjoy.

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds – Save Me

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Robert Alter’s Biblical Translations

Robert Alter - The Wisdom Books

An interesting article in the New Yorker by Nathaniel Stein on a new book by Robert Alter, The Wisdom Books.  Alter’s book is a translation of three Biblical books, Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiasties, that seeks to create a more honest narrative.

In the four centuries since its completion, the K.J.V. has become our lives’ background poetry, its phrases and rhythms echoing through the canon, having been endlessly plundered by writers in search of a turn of phrase, or of a certain resonance unattainable elsewhere.

Which suggests a fun exercise for quickly determining just how different Alter’s new version is. In a world that possessed only this new translation, how would some familiar works be different? How would those famous titles, epigraphs, and other allusions come out?

Read the rest of the article HERE

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A great short by Shueti that subtly makes you consider the calculations that go into dance movements that look so free and effortless.  The song in the background is Of Porcelain, Signal the Captain.  Enjoy.

A video that I’m sure most of you have seen by now, but I figured I would post anyways because it works as a nice contrast juxtaposed with the previous video surrounding calculation.  Matthew Harding just loves to dance and visit new places.  While many people have found inspiration in Matt’s videos, he is quick to point out that he did not create these videos to be inspirational, but rather just as a fun way to document and enjoy the many places he has visited.  It’s funny how some of the most inspirational things in this world were not meant to be so.  Perhaps there’s a school essay in that thought for someone to write some day.  Whatever.  Enjoy. (*Note: My favorite clip from this video is the Demilitarized Zone in Korea at 1:53  🙂  )

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New Music Monday

Brandon Flowers – Crossfire
Flamingo – 2010
This is the first solo album from the lead singer of the Killers and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Norwegian Recycling – Miracles
Following in Dj Earworm‘s footsteps, it seems as if Norwegian Recycling is now attempting to make megamashups with a message.  16 songs…excellent mash.

Dj Earworm – Like, OMG Baby

I can’t just mention Dj Earworm in the last description and not post his latest mashup.  Yet another great mash from the Dj that brought us all of the end-of-the-year United Pop mashes.

*The artists in this post do not endorse in any way.  If you like their songs, buy their music on iTunes or Amazon.  Cheers!

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Pigs Are Literally…in…Everything….

An interesting video featuring a presentation from Christien Meindertsma that showcases a number of different products that can be made from a single pig.  Pretty astonishing.  (187 products can be made from one pig, although not all are detailed)  Umm…enjoy?

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New Music Monday

Kasabian – Vlad the Impaler
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum – 2009
Kasabian’s latest album, completed in collaboration with world-renowned electronica producer Dan-the-Automator (known for his incredible work with the Gorillaz), contains a number of excellent, pulse-pounding rocks, but ‘Vlad the Impaler’ certainly stands out as one of the highlights of the album.

*Note: Hilarious comedy horror music video was directed by Richard Ayoade, the same director featured in my previous post for his work on his first feature film, Submarine.

Brendan James – The Fall
Brendan James – 2010
I actually had the pleasure of meeting Brendan and going out drinking with him and Ari Hest after a small concert in Madison, Wisconsin.  He is truly an excellent vocalist and his latest album certainly highlights his skills as an artist and songwriter.

*Also check out a video of Brendan doing a great cover of Steve Wonder’s – Isn’t She Lovely.

The Arcade Fire – Ready to Start
The Suburbs – 2010
A great song off of The Arcade Fire’s latest indie-pop album that showcases lead singer Win Butler’s soothing, cryptic voice.

Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Forty Day Dream
I highlighted another Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros song, Home, earlier this year on a NMM, but I had to stick another song of their’s on here because they are just too fun.

*If you like any of the artists in this post, please support them by buying their music on Amazon or iTunes!  Save an Artist…Buy a CD.

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Here are a couple more trailers of excellent movies I hope to see in the relative future.  Enjoy.  (Armadillo trailer is NSFW)

Henry Joost – Catfish

Filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost document a story involving Ariel’s brother, Nev, a 24-year-old New York-based photographer, and Abby, an 8-year-old girl from rural Michigan who contacts Nev via Facebook, asking for permission to make a painting from one of his photographs.

Janus Metz – Armadillo

In February 2009 a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentary filmmaker Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and cameraman Lars Skree spent six months following the lives of young soldiers situated less than a kilometer away from Taliban positions. The outcome of their work is a gripping and highly authentic war drama that was justly awarded the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique at this year’s Cannes film festival. But it also provoked furious debate in Denmark concerning the controversial behavior of certain Danish soldiers during a shootout with Taliban fighters. The filmmakers repeatedly risked their lives shooting this tense, brilliantly edited, and visually sophisticated probe into the psychology of young men in the midst of a senseless war whose victims are primarily local villagers.

Richard Ayoade – Submarine

A comedy which follows a 15-year-old boy with two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to stop his mother from leaving his father for her dance teacher.

*Interview with director Richard Ayoade

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Phil Collins Gorilla Drummer

Gorilla drums Phil Collins.  Enough said.

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STASIS: A Short Film by Christian Swegal

A surprisingly good cast and excellent directing from Christian Swegal make Stasis a must see.  I would love to see this director get the funding for a feature film.

In the future, an Ex-Soldier is placed in virtual exercises to cure his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In the simulations, he sees glimpses of a mysterious girl, presumably someone from his past. When a Stranger appears in his facility offering answers, the Soldier finds himself once again asked to kill, this time for her…”

Starring Reshad Strik, Beau Bridges, Ernie Hudson, and Rachel Specter

Directed by Christian Swegal
Produced by Ian Colhoun
Written by Benjamin Murphy
Executive Produced by Adam Hendricks
Cinematography by Max Goldman
Production Design by Zach Matthews
Costume Design by Marta Villalobos
Sound Design by Jamie Hardt
Edited by Christian Swegal & Tom Muldoon
Music by Cyril Morin

*All of the media in this post is property of its creators and distributors.  None of the people or sites in this post endorse or promote any part of

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New Music Monday!

This week’s NMM is going to focus around one of my favorite artists, David Gray.  A song off his new album, one of my favorite older songs of his, and a cover he recently posted on his site of a Johnny Cash Song.  Enjoy.

David Gray – Holding On
Foundling 2010

David Gray – Shine
The EPs 92-94

David Gray – Long, Black Veil
Johnny Cash Cover

If you like these songs, please purchase David’s music on iTunes or Amazon!

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