Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

birth of cool


I once took a class called "The Concept of Cool and Its Circulation." It was an anthropology class in which we read lofty theorists' views of "cool." Their ideas rather muddled the already elusive notion and gave no conclusive definition of what it takes or means to be cool. I suppose that makes sense because the idea is completely subjective, but as someone who has always been obsessed with the concept (or rather the concept of not being cool) the class wholly bothered me. I am still on my search of cool and I recently stumbled upon this rad site, which I fell for. It's called "the impossible cool." I'm not sure if that refers to it being impossible to be as cool as the men photographed on the site or if being cool is altogether impossible. (I lean toward the latter.) Either way, this blog somewhat poses that to be cool you must be iconic-ly gorgeous and wear a mean pout. I'll work on that asap.

But the impossible cool's newest site presents a more diplomatic approach: "A Conversation on Cool." This idea of cool is offered, along with some others:
Cool is effortless. Cool is soulful, an inner peace and calm within that’s radiated outward. Cool isn’t afraid to say or do anything. The uncool is. Cool is magnetic.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

APRIL 25, 2010 - EARTH DAY


CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY
APRIL 25TH, 11AM-7PM
THE NATIONAL MALL
WASHINGTON D.C.

Join the climate rally in D.C. with the billions of people around the globe in celebrating Earth Day. It is time to stop protecting polluters and enact comprehensive climate legislation that will create American jobs, cap carbon emissions, and secure our nation's future. Passion Pit, Sting, John Legend, The Roots, and more will be performing on Sunday too. What could be better than supporting a worthy cause while seeing a free concert? There will also be speakers, including director James Cameron and author Margaret Atwood. Oh, and did I mention free transportation?

Help Make a Difference

Monday, April 12, 2010

flash delirium




The music video for Flash Delirium, off of MGMT's newest album Congratulations, has high production quality and, at times, a bizarre Royal Tenenbaums-esque quality to it. If only the song actually had the same energy that the video does. There seems to be a discrepancy between the vibrance of the video's actions and the disinterested sound MGMT gives the song. But unsurprisingly, the clean look of the music video explodes into a messy mash up of images and even sounds that seem to be there simply for shock value.

swimming by florence + the machine



bonus track on florence + the machine's debut album lungs. phenomenal.

shelter with an english fry up


The English company London Undercover created this umbrella. An unusual print for a "brolly," but there's nothing like a full English breakfast to keep your spirits up when dodging raindrops. They also make a line of more subdued umbrellas here: www.londonundercover.co.uk

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

17


To risk harping on one artist, Sky Ferreira's music video of 17 was released Tuesday. Quite the saucy vixen for a minor. The music video itself is nothing groundbreaking, but the song is infectious. I can't and don't get enough of that voice - still waiting for her album to drop...