…The Naked & Famous. They are from New Zealand, and they are great. Reminiscent of Passion Pit at times, M83 at other times, and good old-fashioned electronic/indie rock the rest of the time. Fingers crossed for a Chicago show sometime soon.
I tried uploading my current favorite N&F tracks and posting them below, for your listening pleasure. (I’m new to soundcloud, but it seems like an easy way to share music. Here’s hoping I did it right.)
How cool does Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book look?
Apparently, he has (literally) cut out a new story from his favorite book, The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz. “I would encourage everyone to do this.”
I’d have loved to be in the room with these two during this interview.
Although let’s recall that I nearly crumbled after reading that Wes and Jason Schwartzman lived together for a while in Paris, backed by Wes’ idea to “write a movie about three brothers in India. That’s kind of all I have right now, but the three of us [WA/JS/RC] will get together every night and we’ll tell our stories. It will be the most personal thing we could possibly make – let’s try to make it even too personal.”
The NYT is streaming The National‘s new record High Violet next to a nice profile of the band here. I loved Alligator, I loved Boxer, and after a few listens, I love High Violet.
Please give it a shot. The article has some lovely moments, too:
The National sound has a layered, seductive quality that is filled with intimate male feeling and uneasy cinematic portent: a storm coming up outside the window; leaves blowing in the road.
“High Violet” is the National’s latest album for their time. It’s the world according to a man who isn’t getting any younger, mostly wants to be a good father and husband and employee and friend — and might be happy, but for all that resistance he thinks he keeps tamped in his own head. He used to be the Great White Hope, the hero of his own box-size living room. Now he’s got a kid on his shoulder, lives on coffee and cut flowers while thinking about clearing out of the Silver City and going back to Ohio where life is simpler — until you get there and remember why you left.
Moleskine’s new “Passions” collection:
“Passions: the new Moleskine collection specially designed for your life passions. Recipe, Wine, Book, Film, Music, Wellness: 6 journals to collect and organize information, comments, memories, clippings and reviews concerning your very own Passions. Each journal comes with a fully embossed cover, bearing a texture of themed illustrations.”
I am convinced these were created solely for me.
Kind of wish I’d thought of this myself… Stereotyping People by Their Favorite Author. Entertaining and awfully true, for the most part.
Also: a few more crushes. Considering changing the label to “things helping me survive Chicago winters”…