Slow Club {New Music}

Love this track from English band Slow Club, an advance release off their new album due out in July.

The guitar in the beginning really reminds me of Grizzly Bear, and the dreamy sound and vocals are reminiscent of Victoria Legrand of Beach House… which is fitting since Ms. Legrand sang in the Grizzly Bear song Slow Life although the combo doesn’t sound much like Slow Club.

Anyway, here’s the track:

Slow Club — “Tears of Joy” {mp3}

Friday Link List

1. Google Under Fire for Data-Mining Student Emails {education week}

Oh, Google. Stop it. Now.

As part of a potentially explosive lawsuit making its way through federal court, the giant online-services provider Google has acknowledged scanning the contents of millions of email messages sent and received by student users of the company’s Apps for Education tool suite for schools.

2. Not-So-Private Meta Data {on the media}

Frightening rebuttal to the oft-repeated claim that “it’s just meta data; there’s not much one can learn from that”:

The NSA has defended its controversial surveillance program by arguing that it just collects metadata, and therefore doesn’t violate the privacy of individual Americans. But computer scientists at Stanford Security Lab have conducted their own simulation of the NSA’s program, and found the metadata to be inherently revealing. Bob speaks with Jonathan Mayer, one of the researchers on the project, about how much can be learned just from the numbers.

3. Winnebago Man {official}

Director Ben Steinbauer tracked down the “star” of the first viral video. What follows is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in awhile. Check out the trailer:

Give Me Your Best Lionel Richie Face

Photo of woman at Lionel Richie Show by Sandy Carson©sandy carson.

Austin-based photographer Sandy Carson has been capturing music fans in a professional capacity for eight years.

His series We Were There features pictures of iPhones, empathetic ladies, and young girls just about to go for that last Bud Light drop at a Lionel Richie show; bored/slightly angelic-looking people at a Fun concert; bulging eyeballs at an Odd Future show; white people watching Coldplay through their camera screens; a crowd-surfing wheelchair-bound gentleman in Chuck Taylors holding a cowboy hat at a Slayer show.

Found via {andrew sullivan}.

Blogging About Not Reading Blogs

The fifth-annual National Day of Unplugging passed us earlier this March, and I have to say: I was 100% plugged in that day.

While I concur with the idea that too much technology can have deleterious effects on our well-being, something about making it a day seems phony and showy to me. Just leave your phone at home and go for a run.

If you tweet a photo of you doing something “unplugged” the day after you plug back in, you’re part of the problem.

Plus, this is just plain old-fashioned creepy:

National Day of Unplugging{used under the creative commons; via flickr user rosefirerising.}

For more photos, go to the official day of unplugging site.

Casey Cep over at the New Yorker is on the same page:

Unplugging from devices doesn’t stop us from experiencing our lives through their lenses, frames, and formats. We are only ever tourists in the land of no technology, our visas valid for a day or a week or a year, and we travel there with the same eyes and ears that we use in our digital homeland. That is why so many of those who unplug return so quickly to speak about their sojourns. The ostentatious announcements of leave-taking (“I’m #digitaldetoxing for a few days, so you won’t see any tweets from me!” “Leaving Facebook for a while to be in the world!”) are inevitably followed by vainglorious returns, excited exclamations having turned into desperate questions (“Sorry to be away from Twitter. #Digitaldetox for three WHOLE days. Miss me?” “Back online. What did I miss?”).

New Yorker link via {andrew sullivan}.

A Book About Twee?

Yes, and it’s by Marc Spitz. In the book, set to be released early this summer, Spitz…

…explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that’s embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee’s roots from the Post War 50s to its dominance in popular culture today.

The “New Books Similar to This One” panel is my favorite part of the synopsis.

Full disclosure: I count the Lucksmiths and Go-Betweens as two of my all-time favorite bands; I enjoy the music of Belle & Sebastian in moderation; I watch Portlandia; listen to the Smiths from time to time; I usually see the latest Wes Anderson film in theaters shortly after its debut; and I often make time for a full episode of This American LifeI do not, however, consider Nirvana “twee.”

Found via {salon}.