Saintsenca {new music}

SaintsenecaLove this new album from Columbus, OH band Saintseneca.

The bass on this track reminds me of David Bazan/Pedro the lion—deep, loud, and melodic. Other tracks on the album feature guitar riffs that echo the New Pornographers. All good things, for the record.

Saintseneca — “The Awefull Truth”


Photo courtesy Treefort Music Fest {flickr}.

Oh man, the future.

This song is so funny.

Social networking replaced by social interaction, virtual reality becomes sub reality, people make money off of being good in their life in a virtual game.
(Oh man, the future!)
Humans have evolved into humans with way less hair, more brain power, and weaker bodies
We become what we thought to be aliens and we realize that we are the aliens
(Oh the future!)

De Lux – “Oh Man the Future”

Poems from newspaper clippings that don’t suck.

Austin Kleon art from newspaper

From Austin Kleon.

Austin, if you’re reading this, hi. I saw you in 2012 at the Penn Bookstore. Glad you enjoyed your falafel from Mamas. That is the city’s best. Now that I think of it, I may have made you a list of things to do and given it to you after the lecture. I made it during your lecture. Sorry if that is rude. I think you said you were leaving town right after the lecture, but that you would save it for next time.

I hope you weren’t just being polite.

Via {Christopher Wink/Twitter}.

Why do we follow the news?

I think I follow the news for two reasons.

1: The lofty reason people like telling themselves. “It makes me a more informed citizen” and so “I can vote smarter.” As pointed out in this great podcast episode about it from Freakonomics, Why do we really follow the news?, it doesn’t really affect my life one way or the other if I know certain facts. As journalist Mitchell Stephens said:

I think very little of the news actually today is of practical value. For one thing, we don’t live in a society that has all that many threats encroaching upon us. You know, most of us live pretty safe lives. And most of us know where to find food in the supermarket. Most of us know where to look for romance, where to live our social lives. So I think a lot of the functions that news used to perform way back when in hunter-gatherer times, in preliterate societies, it’s no longer performing regularly. Yet our itch to be aware, to know what’s going on around us, remains.

2: For the story. As economist Matthew Gentzkow touched put it:

There’s a lot of research in psychology about the importance of telling stories and building narratives for people. People like to look at their own lives as a story. They like to see kind of the arc of the challenges that they overcame and define themselves as a character in that story. And to me that makes a lot of sense of why we care so much about news, because if what I’m thinking about all the time is my own life story and my own role in it, then you know, what’s happening in the world around me is the context that that story’s happening in.

So there ya go. Give it a listen.

I might actually give Pink Floyd a chance after listening to this.

SOAK was just THIRTEEN years old when she wrote one of the songs on her new album, Before We Forgot How to Dream {itunes}. She’s nineteen now. And man this album is good. Oh, and her name is Bridie Monds-Watson. And she’s from Ireland.

Pink Floyd was one of her big inspirations, in addition to Bon Iver; two things I learned during her stint as a guest DJ on All Songs Considered earlier this week. It’s a really good conversation, with lots of good songs interspersed in between. She discusses her influences and favorite songs growing up, which wasn’t that long ago.

All Songs has guest DJs regularly, but this one really resonated with me. Most of the time I just skip around and listen to the songs the guest artist picks. But I really wanted to listen to this one all the way through. Maybe it’s because her voice is so enchanting. But I also think it’s because she’s so young and that her influences aren’t far behind her. Here’s one of my favorite songs from the album. But there are so many good ones. Definitely check it out.

SOAK — “Reckless Behavior”