The 1975: their 'disappearance' was a stunt, yes – but it was brilliant

Removing themselves from social media for 24 hours set their fans ablaze, but was the kind of play that would have had critics swooning had it been played by, say, the Clash.

Well, the disappearance didn’t last long. Twenty-four hours after they went dark, the 1975’s social media accounts were reactivated – at midnight on Monday night. And now something new has appeared on them: a squared image that reverses the cover of the group’s debut album. Where there was black before, now there is white. And a dash of pink. And that’s it. Given the shape and the design, it looks as if it might be a cover for a forthcoming record.

There was a certain amount of rolled-eyebrow-scepticism about the 1975’s withdrawal from social media: that it was just a publicity stunt, that it was taking the mickey out of the group’s fervent fanbase (and this is a particularly fervent fanbase: within a couple of minutes of the Instagram post that announced the band’s disappearance, the image had more than 4,000 likes. It was trending on Twitter all through Sunday evening). I don’t really get what the problem is with publicity stunts – yes, this was one, of sorts – given that every single pop star back to Elvis has engaged in publicity stunts of one sort or another.

Speaking to people close to the 1975 on Monday, it became apparent that what motivated the temporary disappearance wasn’t a desire to withdraw, so much as a desire to recalibrate the conversation around the band – not to discourage their fans from talking about the group, but to give them a new means to engage. As I understand it, the image that went live on Tuesday morning will be the first in a series, all of which are meant to be downloaded for fans to create their own archive for the 1975.

At this point, I’m pretty sure, there will be a certain number of readers tutting, and claiming that 1) the 1975 are rubbish 2) it’s silly music for teenage girls and 3) that why does anyone care what a band does anyway? To the first I’d say, that’s your prerogative, but I think they’re a much undervalued and surprisingly inventive and clever group. To the second, I’d point out that people said exactly the same about Elvis and the Beatles and T Rex and scores more artists who now make up the canon: rock’n’roll was invented for teenagers, and to dismiss a group because teenagers like them seems to be particularly crabby and middle-aged. And to dismiss them because it is, especially, teenage girls who like them seems like nothing so much as sexism: are the opinions of teenage girls actually worth less than those of other people?

But the third point, in many ways, is the most intriguing one. A crucial part of rock’n’roll is its mythology; it’s what makes it more than just grooves in a record or the series of ones and zeroes that make up digital music. And rock fans embrace mythology: they adore the four symbols of Led Zeppelin, regardless of the fact that they are arrant nonsense; they applaud the memory of Pink Floyd flying an inflatable pig over the Thames at Battersea power station; they gush over the hugely self-conscious self-mythologising of Prince or the aesthetic purity of the Ramones. For some reason, though, when the 1975 choose to play with mythologies and aesthetics, an awful lot of people choose to sneer (I can already imagine what the comments thread beneath this is going to say).

Had the cartoon-strip announcement the group put out on Sunday come from, say, the Clash in 1977, it would have had people having orgasms of delight. Look at it: playful, gently teasing, genuinely homemade – this came from the band, not from a record label or a marketing firm – and owing a clear and explicit debt to Guy Debord and the situationists. It’s fantastic. It’s more punk rock than anything the Libertines have done: it’s a brilliantly witty way of signalling a clean break. And making that break on 1 June plays into the group’s internal mythology – they take their name from a book of poetry singer and de facto leader Matthew Healy came across on holiday in Majorca, in which was inscribed “1st June the 1975”.

Healy is a sharp and clever young man. I’ve interviewed him a couple of times, met him a few other times, and it’s never less than interesting: he’s a hell of a lot more interesting than, say, Jimmy Page, regardless of Page having a career no one disputes as being among the greats. He’s acutely aware of pop and rock history – and mythology – and has a significantly wider frame of musical reference than his detractors would credit him with. He’s spoken of the Blue Nile and the British Expeditionary Force being big influences on the music the 1975 have made, and it’s true – if you listen to the Blue Nile’s Hats, you can hear he borrowed that approach to sound and texture on his group’s music. He sometimes gets ahead of himself, and starts writing intellectual cheques his music can’t quite cash, but I’d far rather that – someone striving and believing he can achieve greatness – than someone who says they’re just making the music they like and if anyone else likes it, well, that’s a bonus.

Healy displays a frame of reference that’s far wider than most of his contemporaries, even the ones who are regarded as more intellectually respectable. He’s a patron of the British Humanist Assocation; he’s tweeted often about the perils of organised religion, about freedom of speech. He gives interviews in which he doesn’t shy from talking about a hedonistic lifestyle. Yet people suggest he’s just the pretty singer of a boyband. Well, show me where Harry Styles or Ronan Keating or Gary Barlow have ever been half as interesting. If he’s really a boyband frontman, then he’s going about it in a shockingly stupid way. The alternative view is that perhaps the 1975 aren’t a boyband. They just have some of the same fans.

If you set the 1975’s presentation, ambition and sense of self against their largely dreary rivals among UK guitar bands, it’s like contrasting the Beatles with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. They’re an art pop group, who happen to have bypassed the art crowd, because they write songs that kids want to sing along to, and because Healy is about 26 times better looking than anyone who’s ever been embraced by the art crowd.

Having got the fanbase they have, though, should the 1975 have disavowed them? That seems a little short-sighted. Instead, they take unusual care of them. When the band released a limited edition 7in single of the song Medicine late last year, and copies started popping up on eBay, their management began buying those rogue copies back, so they could go instead to fans who’d ordered them. In what strange parallel universe is that not a wonderful thing to do? The 1975 camp tell me the process that is just beginning is part of that engagement with the fans – or engaging as closely as one can when one risks being torn limb from limb.

If you want to despise the 1975, do so, by all means. But maybe stop for a moment to consider that there’s rather more to them than the prevalent pop snob view would suggest. I don’t know if they’ll end up being one of the truly memorable groups. I don’t know if they’ll end up crashing and burning. I don’t know if Healy has a second set of songs in him as good as his first. But I’m intrigued to see what comes next; and that’s because the 1975 know how to create intrigue. That’s what they did on Monday, and long may that sense of fun and mischief and – yes – self-importance continue.

By Michael Hann for The Guardian.

For the encore, they come back on stage in kilts…Barnstorming, it’s the only word for it. And after an hour and three quarters that’s flies so fast it feels like 5 minutes if not quite 5 seconds, it’s back to battling the howling wind outside. Rock With My Socks Off? Not in this weather thanks, lads .. I’ll keep ‘em on if you don’t mind. But am I convert? Too right I am. One hundred per cent a convert.
—  The Daily Record’s review of 5SOS at The Hydro in Glasgow
[NEWS] BIGBANG Taeyang and Actress Min Hyo Rin Are Dating, Both Agencies Confirm

Amidst resurfacing rumors, it has been confirmed – by Yang Hyun Suk himself, in a phone call with Daily Sports – that BIGBANG Taeyang and actress Min Hyo Rin are in a relationship.

Yang Hyun Suk started off by congratulating Taeyang, and said, laughing, “Taeyang has said until now that he’s been single his whole life. Even fans were starting to get worried.”

“I heard through his manager that it’s true. It’s not something to worry about; it’s something to congratulate [them on], I think. Taeyang is filming ‘Sketchbook’ right now so I couldn’t speak [with him] for specific details, but I’m happy for them,” added Yang Hyun Suk.

The two stars have been dating for two years now, according to reports, having met through the filming for Taeyang’s “1 AM” music video which took place in September of 2013, although the music video was released the following year.

Since then, various witness accounts have come up online, in which writers state that they’ve seen Taeyang and Min Hyo Rin together.

Fans also have gathered certain “evidence” online, including pictures of the two wearing what appear to be couple items, as well as SNS posts that suggested a dating relationship.

Yonhap quotes an acquaintance of the two, who said, “It’s well known among idols that the two are dating.” Also opening up to media, anonymous idol acquaintances of Taeyang said, “The two are dating pretty seriously,” and “As I know it, they’ve been dating for two years. They look great together, with their appearances and personalities.”

JYP Entertainment has also given a confirmation. A representative of the agency stated to My Daily on June 2, “It’s true that Min Hyo Rin and Taeyang are dating.”

source: soompi

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Knowing that their wedding would cause a huge stir in the press, John Lennon and Yoko Ono decided to use their honeymoon to help champion world peace. On march 25, 1969, five days after their wedding, the duo climbed into the bed of room 902 at the Amsterdam Hilton and called the media. Having held their first bed-in in Amsterdam, Ono and Lennon staged a second event in Montreal, where they stayed in rooms 1738-40-02 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel .Because of their well known proclivity for appearing in the nude, the press assumed that Ono and Lennon would have sex in front of the cameras. Instead, the two appeared in pyjamas and talked about world peace.

Some exciting, interesting, and well said points in that Guardian article (which Matty retweeted):

  • As I understand it, the image that went live on Tuesday morning will be the first in a series, all of which are meant to be downloaded for fans to create their own archive for the 1975.
  • I think they’re a much undervalued and surprisingly inventive and clever group.
  • Rock’n’roll was invented for teenagers, and to dismiss a group because teenagers like them seems to be particularly crabby and middle-aged.
  • It’s fantastic. It’s more punk rock than anything the Libertines have done: it’s a brilliantly witty way of signalling a clean break. And making that break on 1 June plays into the group’s internal mythology – they take their name from a book of poetry singer and de facto leader Matthew Healy came across on holiday in Majorca, in which was inscribed “1st June the 1975”.
  • They’re an art pop group, who happen to have bypassed the art crowd, because they write songs that kids want to sing along to, and because Healy is about 26 times better looking than anyone who’s ever been embraced by the art crowd.
  • When the band released a limited edition 7in single of the song Medicine late last year, and copies started popping up on eBay, their management began buying those rogue copies back, so they could go instead to fans who’d ordered them. In what strange parallel universe is that not a wonderful thing to do?
  • I’m intrigued to see what comes next; and that’s because the 1975 know how to create intrigue. That’s what they did on Monday, and long may that sense of fun and mischief and – yes – self-importance continue.

James Rodriguez scored the best goal of La Liga BBVA 2014/2015 season.

The LFP.es editorial team and the followers of the official website of La Liga chose one of the young midfielder goals as the best of the season.

November 1, 2014.The clock read 30, Dani Carvajal took a throw in and Karim Benzema brought the ball under his spell and flicked the ball to James. The Colombian produced a moment of magic, scoring a brilliant volley with his left foot and his first touch. His goal was selected as the best goal of the month back in November (x) and clearly still makes the heart of the football fans race as it was chosen the best goal scored this season six months later.

You can relieve his goal in the official channel of La Liga here.

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Irish Independent: Rain fails to dampen spirits at Slane as thousands sing along with Hozier

30th May, 2015

Dave Grohl and the gang strolled on stage shortly before 8pm, and the torrential downpour failed to deter them and the lead singer strolled into the crowd along a runway.

They opened with a string of their most well known hits including The Pretender.

The show is pure rock and roll performance and the staging and lighting is minimal.

Bray man Hozier took to the stage shortly after 4.30pm, and has sang some firm favourites from his repertoire, including ‘Angel of Death and the Codeine Scene’.

And as he started to sing, drops of rain broke through the clouds.

When he arrived backstage, he was flanked by the proudest man on the grounds, his father.

The singer was mobbed by fans and posed for selfies, telling Independent.ie that he had a great time on stage.

There is a strong security presence on the site and Gardai last week outined their strict security plan for the event. []

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It’s kind of not hard. I worked with him for eight years on The Office and basically it was like going to college twice with him because we spent so many hours together at that show. So it’s not hard actually. The experience is like what it would be like if you went to college and grad school with somebody. You meet someone and quickly find out you are great at working with them. So you want to keep that going. We understand each other, so it makes working together easy. I love working with him.

How to Live Mindfully and How Mindfulness Changes Your Brain

When I first started practicing mindfulness, I didn’t even know what it was called. I was just desperately searching for a method that would help me handle my anxiety and intrusive thoughts.

I read an article about a patient with panic attacks, who was told to react to his own panic with as little frenzy as possible. This easy explanation was what triggered my eureka moment. It made me understand the basic principle of mindfulness - that I don’t have to be a slave to my own mind. Even if I already feel anxious, and the urge is telling me to panic, I don’t have to. I can react to myself with peace and kindness.

This was my very first encounter with mindfulness. I haven’t stopped practicing it since. And the effects it had on my life are immeasurable.

I started reading books from Thich Nhat Hanh and other Zen masters, and my understanding of mindfulness grew even larger. My mind was eased by the realization that what I was doing was actually an already established method, and not just something I invented on my own.

It’s been about 3 years since I started this practice of meditation and mindful living. The changes that I went through were gradual, but large. I now know myself so well, and it actually amazes me how little I knew about myself in the past - so little that I actually made myself anxious every single day. I’m happy to live in harmony with my own self now.

I realized that our anxieties do not stem from our external circumstances (although we love to think that) - they stem from our own disharmony and lack of understanding towards ourselves.

First, I would like to share with you what I do on a day-to-day basis to practice mindfulness, and then the results I’ve noticed and researchers have documented. Read more>>

 (via How to Live Mindfully and How Mindfulness Changes Your Brain | The Miracle Forest: The Zen Smile of Mindfulness)

It’s time to break out the good china, because the long wait for Hannibal’s return is nearly over. When Season 3 premieres Thursday, June 4 at 10pm on NBC, the series will look quite different from where we left it a year ago when the fates of Will, Jack, and Alana were hanging in the balance after a knock-down, drag-out brawl involving everyone’s favorite cannibalistic serial killer. Or, in Alana’s case, being pushed out of a second-story window. Whoops!

Anyway, to help prepare you for the new season of Hannibal, which series creator Bryan Fuller has stated can act as an entry point to the series for people who’ve never watched before, here’s what we know about Season 3 and, as an added bonus, a quick refresher on Season 2.

[This is a summation of interviews and information from trailers. If you’ve been reading all that, there’s nothing new but if you haven’t, then there are spoilers.]  

[ARTICLE] 150601 iHQ-CUBE to Launch Specialized KPOP Channel CUBE TV

On the soon to come July 1st, iHQ will launch its very first KPOP specialized channel ‘CUBE TV’.

iHQ media director Jeon YongJu expressed, “The newly launched CUBE TV will be a globalized channel in regard to the growing popularity of the global KPOP wave, hence the slogan ‘Beat to the World’. In particular, we aim to capture viewers in their 10s~20s through various platforms, such as mobile and web that optimizes a responsive real-time broadcast.”

CUBE TV is a production with iHQ’s subsidiary Cube Entertainment. It is a program that will focus on many domestic artists who are at their pinnacle. Moreover, it is the first ever collaboration between a broadcast company and an entertainment agency.

Founded in 2008, Cube Entertainment houses artists BEAST, 4minute, BTOB, CLC and gagman Kim Kiri and is now one of the major entertainment agencies of Korea. In 2013, it sealed a strategic alliance with iHQ, and had recently made their debut on KOSDAQ.

Park ChungMin, the CEO of Cube Entertainment expressed, “On CUBE TV, we firmly believe that the synergy generated with our artists will be great” and, “By meeting KPOP demands in the global market, we look forward to CUBE TV as it brings us closer to be a global entertainment company.”

Meanwhile, as part of CUBE TV launching program, fans can look forward to idol group BEAST member-and-producer Yong JunHyung and his musical journey with his buddies in ‘Yong JunHyung’s Good Life’, BTOB’s very own variety show ‘BTOB SHOW’ and the real and raw variety show of Cube’s latest family addition, CLC, in ‘Beautiful Mission’.


Source: Sports KH

Trans: loveindacube.wordpress.com

“Featuring glitched-out, blacklit footage of a house party thrown at Andrew Guccighost’s Bed-Stuy pad, the video and song (which were simultaneously released today) are a direct reflection of the band’s experimental nature. With a twist on traditional instrumentals, the riotous, bass-driven track distorts R&B, pop, and hip hop, transforming various genres into a raw category all in its own.”