Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014


"Let It Be" by Labrinth


Last Friday, a friend sang at our local karaoke night for the first time ever. It was a big deal: he’s been there plenty of times before, cheering the rest of us on, but - despite the fact that he unquestionably has the best voice of anyone in that group - he’s always been too nervous to actually put his name in. Until that night. Maybe it was the shot of Fireball, maybe it was just good vibes; he went for it. And he slayed “Bright Lights, Bigger City" - but the problem with "Bright Lights, Bigger City" is that it’s best known as a song from the Cee-Lo album people only downloaded "Fuck You" from. So even though its soul-gone-Bond sound and monster hook should’ve made it a huge hit, only about five people in the bar recognized the song - they were the ones singing along to every damn word (I would mention it’s also in Pitch Perfect, but frankly that is the most unrecognizable cover I’ve ever heard.)

I mention this because Labrinth took one lesson from Cee-Lo - cinematic production behind a retro-soul vocal can be absolutely killer, and “Let It Be” packs an epic scope into its three minutes. What it lacks is “Bright Lights”’ sing-along quality, relegating its hook to a pitch-shifted chirp that’s anything but inviting. It’s a weird touch, one that gives Labrinth room to almost scat on top of it, yet it seems at odds with how much the rest of the song wants to sweep you up into its world of drama. It makes things more interesting at the risk of making them more niche. Now that Aloe Blacc’s gone to the dark side, I’d love to see Labrinth carry the nu-soul torch forward. My concern is that in five years, someone will karaoke “Let It Be” in front of an audience that has no idea what they’re hearing.


Ouch, DV. You have damned Labrinth with your faint praise. This is the most interesting soul pop has sounded this decade! Pieces of the production snap like a whip crack and echo with a Wild West whistle; later, robotic auto tuned vocals emerge giving it a Godzilla battles Zorro quality. I’m much more into the sound of the song than the message but a passing listen reveals it’s the standard getting by anthem. The lyrics are of doubly little significance in a song that sounds this huge, that manages genre blending at the molecular level. I know that when DV accuses Aloe Blacc of some vague betrayal, he’s referring to satin and tulle like “The Man,” not his experiments with Avicii. Still, Labrinth capably outshines both, proving we need not refer to deft mixing and blending as “experiments” any longer. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Carolina Wallace - Infinity/Wicked Game mashup

Friday, September 12, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
so in love with these wing scarves from Shovava

so in love with these wing scarves from Shovava


countdown // the elwins & luke lalonde [beyoncé cover]

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

2CELLOS - Thunderstruck

Saturday, August 30, 2014
I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane. Looking for Alaska


Taylor Swift
Shake It Off

Friday, August 29, 2014


i had the drink one, aka the least cool one

I had me a few of these too. I think the Big Mac.

I think at some point my family had all of them…. wasn’t there a fries one too?



i had the drink one, aka the least cool one

I had me a few of these too. I think the Big Mac.

I think at some point my family had all of them…. wasn’t there a fries one too?

A$AP Rocky & Chanel Iman for Vogue September 2014

(Source: gxxdgxxn)

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Just because two people are capable of deeply hurting each other over and over again does not make them passionate, star-crossed lovers. It makes them two people who keep doing terrible things to each other. Someone’s ability to make you completely and utterly soul-crushingly miserable does not mean they are a soul mate with some deep insight into your psyche. They are just someone who is really good at making you unhappy. Andrea Greb
(via jessicachu)
I would venture to say it’s a rarity to find a woman without body issues of some sort—not a full-fledged disorder, perhaps, but a skewed view of her body, a dislike of her shape, a desire to be thinner, bustier, taller, different. It’s so common. And yet we’re so ashamed of those feelings that we don’t talk about them. And that’s where we get into trouble. Zosia Mamet (via jessicachu)
Saturday, August 16, 2014

I wish that I could be like the cool kids,
‘Cause all the cool kids they seem to get it.

(Source: Spotify)