Imagine one day during lunch tsukishima bursts into hinata’s classroom–where yamaguchi, hinata, yachi, and kageyama were studying–and screams “YAMAGUCHI I SWEAR TO GOD IF U DON’T STOP SENDING ME PICTURES OF THAT FUCKING FROG ON ITS FUCKING FROG UNICYCLE I’LL END YOUR LIFE. WHAT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU NEEDED TO SEND ME 40 OF THESE TO GET ME HERE?” Yamaguchi looks up all wide eyed and innocent and goes “we didn’t know the answer to number 5.” When tsukishima turns to leave yamaguchi takes a pic of his back and sends it to him along with the caption “there go dat boi”. When tsukishima turns to throw his phone at them yamaguchi dodges easily, smiles, and in the fakest stage whisper ever goes “oh shit waddup”. And that is how karasuno discovers yamaguchi is a) a meme lord and b) literally willing to risk his life in order to meme
Undercover Martyn - Two Door Cinema Club // Cardiac Arrest - Bad Suns // Cough Syrup - Young the Giant // The Summer - Citizen // Violent Inside - Joyce Manor // Twin Size Mattress - The Front Bottoms // Sex - The 1975 // Old Yellow Bricks - Arctic Monkeys // Take a Walk - Passion Pit // Banker - The Cinema // Flaws - Bastille // Midnight City - M83 // Cigarette Daydreams - Cage The Elephant // Changing - The Airborne Toxic Event // Moon Comes Up - Boy In A Box // Float On - Modest Mouse // Robbers - The 1975 // Super Rich Kids - Frank Ocean
i. she’s a genius // jet ii. different // the academic iii. heart out // the 1975 iv. undercover martin // two door cinema club v. someone new // hozier vi. hopeless opus // imagine dragons vii. stupid // brendan maclean viii. cough syrup // young the giant ix.new americana // halsey x. midnight kiss // propellers xi. polaroid // imagine dragons xii. sun shy // dresses xiii. a little opus // little comets xiv. miracle mile // the cold war kids xv. poet // bastille xvi. colors // halsey xvii. alphabet boy // melanie martinez xviii. weight of living pt. i // bastille xix. weight of living pt. ii // bastille xx. oxford comma // vampire weekend xxi. sippy cup // melanie martinez
Josh Harris, ‘Quiet: We Live In Public’, 1999-2000
'Quiet: We Live in Public’ is an Orwellian, Big Brother type art project developed in the late '90s which placed more than 100 volunteers in a human terrarium under New York City, with many webcams following and capturing every move they made.
Running over the turn of the Millennium, the performance ran for over a month, during which an ad-hoc community of human subjects lived in pods in a six-storey Broadway warehouse (financed by Harris himself), each pod wired up and effectively functioning as a TV channel, streamed live to the web via Harris’s online TV portal at Pseudo.com. It was 1,000 times more vital and acute than the still-nascent Big Brother. “Don’t bring your money,” Harris said. “Everything here isfree”.
’Quiet’ featured a shooting range you could hear from the street, a banquet hall, theatre, temple, club, giant game of Risk, and a public shower area, all covered by cameras. But more than anything, it offered its residents complete freedom. There were drugs and public sex – at one point, Harris, in the guise of a clown called 'Luvvy’, attempted to coordinate simultaneous orgasms between three couples. There were 110 surveillance cameras through the space, and every “resident” had their own channel through which to watch each other. Anyone in the central control booth of the bunker could watch anyone else as they ate, slept, made art, fought, and had sex.
The bunker was raided by the NYPD on the morning of Jan. 1, 2000. It had descended into chaos, and everyone was evicted.
This event has been dubbed one of the best performance art pieces of all time.
Momotarou was a baby sent from heaven, who was found inside a peach floating down a river. He went on to become a hero by defeating a group of oni with a talking monkey, dog, and pheasant.
Karamatsu | Urashima Tarou
Urashima Tarou was a fisherman who rescued a turtle and was allowed to visit the underwater palace of a dragon god. After returning to the surface, he finds that during the time he stayed in the palace, 300 years had past. Despite being warned not to, he opened a box given to him by the turtle he saved (who had turned into a girl) and rapidly aged into an old man.
Choromatsu | Kintarou
Kintarou was a child with superhuman strength, who was raised by a mountain witch after being abandoned by his mother. In his childhood, he fought various monsters. There is a famous story about him battling a giant carp underwater.
Ichimatsu | Oni
Oni are youkai that have horns, wear tiger-skin loincloths, and are usually seen carrying giant iron clubs. In folklore, most of them are evil and terrorize humans. (If Ichimatsu isn’t just a generic oni, hmu.)
Jyushimatsu | Issun-boushi
Issun-boushi was a boy who was born to an elderly couple and only grew to be 1 inch tall. He sailed to the capital to become a warrior with a boat (bowl), paddle (chopstick), and a sword (needle). He went on to save a girl by defeating an oni and used a magical mallet to become 5′9′’ (then he married the girl).
Todomatsu | Princess Kaguya
Princess Kaguya was a baby who was found and raised by a bamboo cutter who discovered her inside a shining stalk of bamboo. She was extremely beautiful and 5 princes asked to marry her. She gave them impossible tasks to win her hand in marriage and they all failed. Even the emperor asks to marry her and she says no. Later on, she literally pulls a “I MUST RETURN TO MY PEOPLE” and floats back to the moon, where she came from.
We swung by day one of the LA Art Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA to check out some of the various booths by artists and galleries from all over the country. From zines, periodicals, t-shirts, monographs, stickers, to limited edition signed books, this free 3-day event features works from some of our favorite folks, such as Um Yeah Arts, Nat Russell, Rich Jacobs, And Pens, Juxtapoz, Heather Benjamin, Hamburger Eyes, Dead Beat Club, Giant Robot, SHQ, and so many more. There is even a must-check out FotoMart, a stand alone booth to buy and / or develop rolls of film, on your way in!
I’d like to consider myself a connoisseur of music; I think I have a rather eclectic taste, I’m always open to checking out new artists, and I’m always the first of my friends to discover a new artist. So, I thought I’d try something new and start my year off with a list of last year’s best music, from my point of view.
So Long, See You Tomorrow // Bombay Bicycle Club
This album is my absolute favourite from Bombay Bicycle Club, and not just because I saw it performed live and met Jack Steadman last April (though that certainly didn’t deter me from enjoying it as much as I do). This album is literally perfection from start to finish.
Favourite track? Luna.
Ghost Stories // Coldplay
Say what you want about Coldplay, but your words won’t stop me from falling head over heels in love with this album. From the sappy love ballads like Magic to the conscious uncoupling of Another’s Arms, this album is heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.
Favourite track? Midnight.
Talking is Hard // WALK THE MOON
Not going to lie, I was very skeptical about this album, from it’s conception under the working title “wtm2” to the single Shut Up and Dance, but after the first listen I was hooked to the extreme. It’s impossible to be sad while this album is playing, so if you’re having a rough day, I suggest cranking up Avalanche and dancing your heart out.
Favourite track? Avalanche.
Hozier // Hozier
Take Me to Church drove me nuts for the first few months I heard it on the radio. Seriously. I’d change the station so quickly you’d think the car was going to blow up otherwise. But alas I gave the album a listen, and boy am I glad I did. He’s as if someone took a little bit of The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, and The Sheepdogs, put them all into one dude, and made that dude Irish. Not to mention his voice is heavenly; I can see why he needed to be taken to church.
Favourite track? From Eden.
Little Machines // Lights
I never thought I’d fall in love with a Lights album harder than I fell for Siberia, but I was wrong. So, so wrong. This album is the perfect mix of up-tempo and a little bit cutesy at times. Lights truly does tickle a gnarly synth. (Also she’s really sweet in person!)
Favourite track? Oil and Water.
Very Good Bad Thing // Mother Mother
Mother Mother is one of those local bands that you can’t not love. I can’t think of a single track they’ve played on our local radio station that I didn’t find catchy. The album is such a satisfying listen.
Favourite track? Very Good Bad Thing.
This is All Yours // alt-j
This band is so blissfully weird, it’s so gratifying to listen to. Alt-j’s second album goes effortlessly hand-in-hand with their debut An Awesome Wave, yet it is also distinctly its own, complete album. The range of the tracks are all over the place, from the melancholy harmonies of Pusher, to the strange sexiness of Every Other Freckle, to Left Hand Free, a song I dare you to try not dancing to.
Favourite Track? Every Other Freckle.
Tidal Wave // Young Liars
Strangely enough, I came across this group through one of those sponsored posts you see on Facebook, and to be honest I was mainly interested in the album art. But wow, this album rocks. Then I found out they’re a relatively local group, and I was lucky enough to attend a free concert this past summer. This album was one of my two summer albums, and I urge everyone to give this one a proper listen.
Favourite track? Night Window.
Mind Over Matter // Young the Giant
I love Young the Giant; they were my first 19+ concert, their debut album was the anthem of my 2012 trip to California, and I actually discovered my current favourite band (Gold & Youth, who opened for them at their Commodore Ballroom show in 2012) because of them. Young the Giant will always be in my top ten favourite bands. So, when I found out that this album was due at the beginning of 2014, I was stoked, and when the album dropped, I was not disappointed. For an album that released in January, it has such a summer vibe but not too much so that it’s awkward to listen to in the fall/winter (like The Beach Boys, for example; I love ‘em but if I listen to anything summer-related in the winter months I just make myself sad, so, nope). A+ album, absolutely.
Favourite track? Teachers.
When the Night // St. Lucia
Arguably my favourite musical discovery of the year. These guys have such a distinct sound, and this album is superb. I read a review once that compared a St. Lucia concert to seeing a John Hughes film played out on stage, and when I had the pleasure of seeing them perform at the Commodore Ballroom this November, I found that comparison to be 100% true. If you ever get the chance to see them play live, do it. You won’t regret it.
Favourite track? September.
Dream Your Life Away // Vance Joy
The moment I listened to Vance Joy’s EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing, I knew I needed a full album, and to see him perform live. A year later, and both of those wishes came true.You know when you have one of those concert moments where everyone in the audience is singing along to the same song and you feel so happy that you could almost float on air? For me, that moment was during From Afar; the entire room was singing in unison to my favourite song and I swear my face broke from smiling to hard. This album is an utter treat.
Favourite track? From Afar, obviously.
Sadnecessary // Milky Chance
This album is simply a fun listen. No existential experiences were had during the initial listen of this album, but I love it nontheless.
Favourite track? Sweet Sun.
Well, that’s it folks! Thanks for reading, and I hope I’ve helped at least one person discover their next favourite band!