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It’s Album Covers I Love time!
It looks so New York, but Dylan still looks fresh out of the midwest, a quality he would lose pretty quick. The city stretches off into nothing the way New York does, and the girl is clinging tightly to Dylan’s arm and smiling delightedly at the camera, like nothing in the world could be any better than kicking it with Bob right at that moment.

It’s Album Covers I Love time!

It looks so New York, but Dylan still looks fresh out of the midwest, a quality he would lose pretty quick. The city stretches off into nothing the way New York does, and the girl is clinging tightly to Dylan’s arm and smiling delightedly at the camera, like nothing in the world could be any better than kicking it with Bob right at that moment.


It’s Album Covers I Love time!
They’re just some indie chicks from outta the Pacific Northwest, but this cover makes them look like gigantic rock stars; the ’90s female version of the Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night. This photograph turns Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss into the baddest motherfuckers in the world, if only for just that one moment.

It’s Album Covers I Love time!

They’re just some indie chicks from outta the Pacific Northwest, but this cover makes them look like gigantic rock stars; the ’90s female version of the Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night. This photograph turns Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss into the baddest motherfuckers in the world, if only for just that one moment.


It’s Album Covers I Love time!
It’s the most unromantic picture of suburbia. Notice the bike and the cooler left in the front yard and the ordinariness of the cars, particularly the way two are parked on the lawn rather than in the driveway. This isn’t Hollywood suburbia where the manicured setting is supposed to hide high drama. The life is apparent on the surface in this picture. And yet there is drama here, in the warm glow of the porch light and the twilight blue hue; in the wisps of fog and the thick foliage framing the photograph.

It’s Album Covers I Love time!

It’s the most unromantic picture of suburbia. Notice the bike and the cooler left in the front yard and the ordinariness of the cars, particularly the way two are parked on the lawn rather than in the driveway. This isn’t Hollywood suburbia where the manicured setting is supposed to hide high drama. The life is apparent on the surface in this picture. And yet there is drama here, in the warm glow of the porch light and the twilight blue hue; in the wisps of fog and the thick foliage framing the photograph.


douglasmartini:
Inspired by screwrocknroll’s “Album Covers I Love” series.
 DEAR GOD, YES.

douglasmartini:

Inspired by screwrocknroll’s “Album Covers I Love” series.

 DEAR GOD, YES.


Top Ten Horses

The first decade of my life was spent in a small town where the largest industry was horse-studding. Yes, the economy of my place of birth relied on getting horses to have sex with each other. Hey lady horses, do you know how those things are hung? What’s the freakin’ problem?

Because of this industry, the town was absolutely nuts about horses. Every May, it would hold an event of equine celebration called Horse Week, which involved things like a parade down the main street and an art competition for school kids. Do you know how hard it is to draw a horse? They have stupid faces, skinny, spindly legs, and voluminous bodies with a bit too much horse. The result of all this nonsense is that I hate horses.

Evil Horses from History include: Black Beauty, Furious D., The Four Horses of the Apocalypse, Hitler’s Horse, The Horse with No Name, The Denver Broncos, Flicka, Silver, the horse whose head ended up in bed with Jack Woltz in The Godfather, Seabiscuit, the horse from The Horse and His Boy, the horses that ate each other in Macbeth, Henry the Horse, The Trojan Horse.

A Horse I Have No Opinion On: Mr. Ed.

The Worst Piece in Chess Is: The Knight.

But even though horses are terrible and compete in pointless races and are a little too likely to end up on your plate in France, there have been the occasional good horses. Following is a brief list:

1. Pie-Oh-My

Didn’t actually do much apart from stir up Tony Soprano’s sensitive side and win some money for the mob, but Pie-Oh-My did inadvertently cause Ralphie Cifaretto to get whacked, for which we are all grateful.

2. Princess Sparkle

Summer Roberts’ My Little Pony. Fun Facts About Princess Sparkle: She has really shiny hair, which causes her to be confused for Marissa Cooper.

Special mention: Captain Oats.

3. Ponyboy

A down-on-his-luck greaser kid with a switchblade knife who liked staying gold. Probably listens to a lot of Bon Jovi.

4. An Horse

Duo from Brisbane whose debut album Rearrange Beds is one of the best records of the year. Listen to their song “Camp Out.”

5. Boxer

The loyal, hard-working proletariat hero of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, who committed himself to the betterment of his farm and was rewarded with a trip to the glue factory. This shows the evils of communism; if Animal Farm had been run as a capitalist enterprise, Boxer would have been an entrepreneur who would have started a business out of his stable selling personal computers.

6. “Pony” by Ginuwine

Great things about “Pony" by Ginuwine: 1. It’s a ’90s R&B classic 2. It’s not a horse.

7. Crazy Horse

Either the dude who kicked General Custer’s ass or Neil Young’s band.

8. Princess

Homer bought Lisa Simpson this pony because with today’s gas prices, how could he afford not to? Princess subsequently became the muse for many songs about a girl and her pony, such as “Wildfire.” Princess was given away/disposed of when Lisa realized that there was a big, dumb animal she loves even more: a hippopotamus. (Hippopotamuses, you may know, were called “river horses” by the ancient Greeks, which says a lot about the ancient Greeks and their capacity to accurately identify horses.)

9. The Horse Richard III offers his kingdom for.

It must have been a pretty awesome horse, right? It probably always came in at 20:1 and always remembered birthdays. I know his kingdom was actually England, and therefore isn’t that great, but still, neither are horses.

10. Phar Lap

Fine. You happy, Australia?

Bonus Horse: Chips Ahoy!


It’s Album Covers I Love time!: Girls Crying edition Pt. 1  Well it’s so adorable, isn’t it? It’s so college-y and indie and everything the Postal Service’s target audience is, and I guess that means it’s so me (though this scene is neat by my standards). I like, as you could perhaps tell from this series, album covers that tell a story, and this has so much detail from which to construct a narrative. Our Heroine has taken off her glasses for a good sob — see the balled up Kleenex around the place — and she can’t even fall asleep on her bed with her stuffed animals, because that’s where the letters that have presumably made her so miserable are. Has she been out? There are some high heels off to the side there, as if she’d kicked them off when she returned home, too weary and heartbroken to put them away. She’ll wake up later on and climb into bed for some proper rest. I hope she feels better in the morning. I rate this nine out of ten Zach Braffs.

It’s Album Covers I Love time!: Girls Crying edition Pt. 1 Well it’s so adorable, isn’t it? It’s so college-y and indie and everything the Postal Service’s target audience is, and I guess that means it’s so me (though this scene is neat by my standards). I like, as you could perhaps tell from this series, album covers that tell a story, and this has so much detail from which to construct a narrative. Our Heroine has taken off her glasses for a good sob — see the balled up Kleenex around the place — and she can’t even fall asleep on her bed with her stuffed animals, because that’s where the letters that have presumably made her so miserable are. Has she been out? There are some high heels off to the side there, as if she’d kicked them off when she returned home, too weary and heartbroken to put them away. She’ll wake up later on and climb into bed for some proper rest. I hope she feels better in the morning. I rate this nine out of ten Zach Braffs.


It’s Album Covers I Love time!: Girls Crying edition pt. 2  Yuki Chikudate sure is pretty, even (especially?) when she’s upset. Even with her toy record player to cheer her up, those Polaroids have ruined her evening. She looks kind of peaceful at this moment; has she fallen asleep like the Postal Service girl, or does she just have her eyes closed in between sobbing sessions? Either way, I still feel like carefully taking that tissue out of her hand, giving her a hug and telling her it’ll all be OK.

It’s Album Covers I Love time!: Girls Crying edition pt. 2 Yuki Chikudate sure is pretty, even (especially?) when she’s upset. Even with her toy record player to cheer her up, those Polaroids have ruined her evening. She looks kind of peaceful at this moment; has she fallen asleep like the Postal Service girl, or does she just have her eyes closed in between sobbing sessions? Either way, I still feel like carefully taking that tissue out of her hand, giving her a hug and telling her it’ll all be OK.


Fig 1. Future entries in my Album Covers I Love series.  (Also, note that Ghost’s Emerald City features not only London’s Gherkin and Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers, it also has a building once proposed for the World Trade Center site. This City of Wu is a marvellous metropolis indeed.)

Fig 1. Future entries in my Album Covers I Love series. (Also, note that Ghost’s Emerald City features not only London’s Gherkin and Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers, it also has a building once proposed for the World Trade Center site. This City of Wu is a marvellous metropolis indeed.)


Luda, this is a bit platitudinous, even if I did enjoy “Maybe I will run for President in 2012.” I mean, somebody’s gotta try to make them turn the lights out.

Even so, I did appreciate that a rapper got to talk to the National Press Club. But really, we all know Luda would have given a better speech if he’d got 16 bars in the middle of some other guy’s talk.


But when you start talking about individuals, instead of humanity in general, universals [regarding music] are a lot harder to come by. Much depends on culture. The emotions expressed in many of those ragas that Pandora’s experts are presently decoding, for instance, are lost on the typical Westerner. Just as we’re hard-wired to learn a language, but not to speak English or French, our specific musical understanding, and thus taste, depends on context. If a piece of music sounds dissonant to you, it probably has to do with what sort of music you were exposed to growing up, because you were probably an “expert listener” in your culture’s music by about age 6, Levitin writes.

Rob Walker, The Song Decoders, New York Times Magazine

This seems like it might have something to do with that whole genre-is-defined-by-culture thing I was banging on about a bit ago. I swear I’m coming back to that, too. There’s more to say.

Oct 25


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