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#9 “She’s Thunderstorms” off SUCK IT AND SEE
Just a poetic song about sex with some stellar lyrics.
Vampire Weekend released their third album, MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY, on May 14th. While MODERN represents a markedly mellower effort from the New York quartet, the declarations that this is the band’s “most mature” album to date is a bit of an overstatement. That is not to say MODERN isn’t a great album—it is. It’s just not as much of a departure from VAMPIRE WEEKEND and CONTRA as some reviews might lead you to believe. That said, the songwriting is a bit more refined, the production a little more polished. Here is a brief overview of the 12 new tracks.
1. Obviously Bicycle – While diverging from previous album openers “Mansard Roof” and “Horchata” in terms of tempo, “Obvious Bicycle” sets the tone for what is a beautiful, contemplative collection of music. It also foreshadows the lack of guitar and dominance of the piano, the latter of which is at its very best on this song. 8.9/10
My poem “Winding Down the Month of June” was published on Word Wizard. Click the link to check it out or read the poem here:
WINDING DOWN THE MONTH OF JUNE
Moonlight and strewn asunder
under watchful gaze of
Under-dressed and obvious.
Come to me. Crawl if you have to.
I can see your face by light of the moon
under the window
where fireflies are passing.
So delicately placed
only sober now.
Rolling over and over
beneath shields of sheets
and fleeting confessions.
“Will you remember?”
My ghost stands on the porch
and watches you leave forever
I cannot keep myself together.
The summer will kill me.
The summer will leave me with nothing.
I’m so glad that I found you.
America (the poem)
You’re feeling lonely
as you’re approaching,
will turn into faces
but your friends all have places
in states and
streets you never thought you’d see.
“Is Nat home?”
“He’s moved to New York City.”
I am happy to announce that my short story “Killer” is available to read on Eunoia Review.
Check out “Killer” here.
Sometimes radio scares me. I like pop music, from Rihanna to the Beach Boys and every trend between. A good pop song is a beautiful thing. But the radio historically has also been home to the legends of rock: Elvis Presley, James Brown and the Beatles all hold multiple airplay records and awards. Today, the rock and roll attitude is completely absent from radio.
Which begs the question: twenty years from now (hell, ten years from now) who will be regarded as the preeminent rock bands of the 2000s and 2010s? Cold Play, The Frey and Nickleback have been some of the most successful contemporary rock acts in recent years, god help us.
Who then will carry forth the bad ass torch of rock? Who should you tell your kids you listened to back in the day? Wonder no more.
4. Kings of Leon
Best Albums: “Aha Shake Heartbreak,” “Youth and Young Manhood”
Best Tracks: Trani, Kings of the Rodeo, Joe’s Head
How they so cool? “You talkin bout my baby? I could flip you upside down and I could mop this place,” taunts KOL front man Caleb Followill on 2007 Because of the Times track “My Party.” Despite a two album slump and an unavoidable corporate tweak to their image, the Kings came out of the gate strong with a pair of southern garage rock classics, followed by the more ambitious, arena-rock 2007 release. KOL boozes to the point of excess, smokes with the best of them and have set the marriage bar at Super Model. Just when you think this band might not be bad ass, that the sudden fame brought on by the bands 2008 breakthrough “Sex On Fire” may have ruined their rock cred for good, the Followills come up with gems like this: (to a live audience) “For all the people out there that don’t give a shit about us, I want you to know…I understand. But we worked fucking hard to get here so anyone who has anything to say, fuck you. We’re the god damned Kings of Leon.”
Will catfishing be remembered as one of the strangest trends of the new millennium, or does it signify a social media-driven sickness that will slowly consume the world in a plot worthy of high science fiction? Here we examine two of the more bizarre cases of “misleading identity,” some of which end in an odd yet happy couple, other times in murder.
Manti Te’o is perhaps the most famous victim of a catfish, even if many suspect he may have been complicit in the plot from the start. Here are the facts, as best as they can be surmised:
-In fall of 2012, Te’o told several media outlets that both his grandmother and girlfriend had died on September 11, 2012. Te’o said his girlfriend, Stanford student Lennay Kekua, died after a car accident and subsequent battle with leukemia. He had promised Kekua that he would play football even if she died Te’o emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate throughout the season, and his story was widely publicized.
Considering Kekua never actually existed, it seems trivial to point out that leukemia is not a common side effect of car accidents.
So far Side Effects is the only film that stands out in 2013, though there are plenty to come and more I have yet to see. May and June mark the start of the summer season. Here’s a taste.
May 10th: “The Great Gatsby”
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher
Despite clocking in at a magnificently efficient ~185 pages, GATSBY has so far proven unfilmable. Baz Luhrmann’s questionable direction (as evident by the trailer) looks to be the latest victim. The film looks to be a visual feast, however, and Fitzgerald fans will find themselves turning out, however low their expectations may be.
May 24: The Hangover: Part III
Starring Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifinakis, Mike Tyson
Who would have guessed THE HANGOVER would have been such a sleeper smash? The most successful R-rated comedy franchise of all time will surely inflate that total big time as Zach Galifinakis has cemented himself as a comedic film star, Bradley Cooper is fresh off a Best Actor nod and Ed Helms continues to…stay relevant. The second outing left a lot to be desired, but in retrospect seems a quirky (yet exceedingly grim) parody of its predecessor. The third promises to be even darker, completely different and the final installment.