Archives: 2014 January

Archive for January, 2014

This Man Surrounded Hate And Forced It To Surrender

In 2010, Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen went to Seeger’s home — a house he built himself on the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. They talked about “This Land Is Your Land.” The song was written by Woody Guthrie, but it was Seeger who made it one of the most popular songs in America and an anthem for social justice around the world.

Seeger remembered touring colleges in the 1950s and 60s — he called those gigs “the most important work of my life,” teaching a generation how to pick up a guitar and speak its mind. “I look upon this whole country,” he told Kurt, “I’ve got not hundreds but thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of grandchildren and great grandchildren. People who got the idea, ‘Hey, you can say something with a song instead of a speech.'”



Thanks, Jules!

SOTU Summary: We’ve Come Too Far To Give Up Who We Are

Thanks, Tessa.

Good Communication

“In a world like this, media can help us to feel closer to one another, creating a sense of the unity of the human family which can in turn inspire solidarity and serious efforts to ensure a more dignified life for all. Good communication helps us to grow closer, to know one another better, and ultimately, to grow in unity. The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another. We need to resolve our differences through forms of dialogue which help us grow in understanding and mutual respect. A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive. Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances. The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God…

…It is not enough to be passersby on the digital highways, simply “connected”; connections need to grow into true encounters. We cannot live apart, closed in on ourselves. We need to love and to be loved. We need tenderness. Media strategies do not ensure beauty, goodness and truth in communication. The world of media also has to be concerned with humanity, it too is called to show tenderness. The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people.”

– The Pope is crushing it, y’all

Whitney Goes Bananas

To Be At Once Blasphemous And Beautiful

Thanks, Helta Skelta.

Double Down: Noel Gallagher Hates All The Oasis Music Videos

We loved Oasis back when they were great but — after watching this video — you’ll get the impression that Noel Gallagher, the band’s chief songwriter, never did. He especially had no time for the band’s music videos. In fact, he seems to have so much disdain for the medium and its practitioners that it’s a wonder his gang of world-class assholes made so many. Listening to the man lambast each and every one his insanely successful band ever produced is a good time — especially if you ever liked one of their songs, like ‘Roll With It’, which it turns out Noel hated.

Thanks, Nim.

Dr. Hedgeh Is Gonna Be Pissed

When It Came Down To The Wire

As suggested in the later months of 2013, HAIM’s ‘The Wire‘ was among our favorite songs of the year. At some point — while the band’s debut, Days Are Gone, was in heavy rotation — it occurred to us that the song could be used as the opening theme to a very different-looking TV show about the systemic inequity in Baltimore — you know, The Wire.

Of course, the band’s infectious power-pop starkly contrasts with the weighty drama of the show. But what about season four? Despite the illustrative ends that Namond, Michael, Randy, and Dukie meet, there are some lighter moments to be celebrated. The characters, who we all came to know and love, deserve a light-hearted tribute, right? Here’s a reimangined take on season four’s opening credits:

Only Love Can Do That