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Brockhampton by Tony
Via Flickr:
Tudor estate in Herefordshire


4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No. 59:

Stourhead Houses, England. 

Built between 1721 and 1725 to the designs of Colen Campbell. It was gutted by fire in the early 20th century, although it was restored. 

It is run by the National Trust and is particularly well known for its beautiful gardens. 


Canons Ashby Long View by Tony
Via Flickr:
Canons Ashby House had been the home of the Dryden family since its construction in the 16th century; the manor house was built in approximately 1550 with additions in the 1590s, in the 1630s and 1710.


Shugborough, Staffordshire, fireplaces by groenling


Library by Tony
Via Flickr:
How to show you are learned? build and stock a library. Many of the books document the history of the estate. all books where bound with coloured leathers to match the library.

2015 10 26 122910 Norfolk Felbrigg Hall 1PM

I answered all of the "Interesting Music Asks" because I was bored. Enjoy reading (or not reading) the depths of my music tastes.

1: Top 10 favorite songs of all time

  1. City and Colour - The Girl
  2. Flying Lotus - Mmmhmm
  3. Radiohead - House of Cards
  4. Alexisonfire - Born and Raised
  5. Animal Collective - In the Flowers
  6. Grizzly Bear - Ready, Able
  7. St. Vincent - The Party
  8. Disclosure - Defeated No More 
  9. Local Natives - Ceilings
  10. Bombay Bicycle Club - Lights Out, Words Gone

2: Top 10 favorite songs at the moment

  1. Disclosure - The Mechanism
  2. The National - Runaway
  3. Real Estate - Three Blocks
  4. Daughter - Tomorrow
  5. AlunaGeorge - Diver
  6. HAIM - Days Are Gone
  7. The War on Drugs - An Ocean Between the Waves
  8. Cloud Nothings - Psychic Trauma
  9. Real Estate - Primitive
  10. Local Natives - Three Months

3: Top 5 albums of all time

  1. City and Colour - Sometimes
  2. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
  3. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
  4. Radiohead - In Rainbows
  5. Milo Greene - Milo Greene 

4: Top 5 albums at the moment

  1. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
  2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
  3. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
  4. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
  5. Leon Vynehall - Music For the Uninvited

5: Top 10 favorite bands of all time

  1. City and Colour
  2. The National
  3. Local Natives
  4. Radiohead
  5. St, Vincent
  6. HAIM
  7. Grizzly Bear
  8. Fleet Foxes
  9. Tame Impala
  10. Milo Greene

6: Top 10 favorite bands at the moment

  1. Wild Nothing
  2. Real Estate
  3. Disclosure
  4. Daughter
  5. Arcade Fire
  6. The War On Drugs
  7. Bombay Bicycle Club
  8. Mac Demarco
  9. Washed Out
  10. Chairlift

7: Top 5 favorite male vocalists

  1. Dallas Green
  2. Sam Smith
  3. Ed Droste
  4. Robin Pecknold 
  5. James Blake

8: Top 5 favorite female vocalists

  2. Ella Fitzgerald
  3. Marlana Sheetz
  4. Annie Clark
  5. Danielle Haim

9: Top 3 genres

  1. Indie Rock
  2. Electronic
  3. Classical

10: 3 songs that make you happy

  1. HAIM - Forever
  2. CHVRCHES - Recover
  3. Disclosre - Defeated No More

11: 3 songs that make you sad

  1. City and Colour - Missing (Serravalle)
  2. City and Colour - Like Knives
  3. City and Colour - Hello, I’m in Delaware

12: 3 songs that make you nostalgic

  1. The Horrors - You Said
  2. Local Natives - Heavy Feet
  3. The National - Hard to Find

13: 3 songs that make you energetic

  1. Bombay Bicycle Club - Luna
  2. Disclosure - Lividup
  3. Flying Lotus - Mmmhmm

14: 3 songs that make you calm

  1. Radiohead - House of Cards
  2. Bombay Bicycle Club - Lights Out, Words Gone
  3. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Baby

15: 1st song you remember falling in love with

  • Paramore - That’s What You Get

16: 2 songs that hold meaning for you

  1. Tame Impala - The Less I Know The Better 
  2. The National - This Is The Last Time

17: 1st band you remember being a fan of

  • Paramore

18: 1st vocalist (M or F) you remember being a fan of

  • Beyonce

19: A song you hate

  • That fucking wiggle song ugh

20: A band/artist you used to love and are now embarrassed about

  • The Morning Benders (now Pop Etc.)

21: Oldest record you own

  • Fergie - The Duchess 

22: Newest record you own

  • D’Angelo & The Vanguard - Black Messiah

23: How often do you buy music (irl)?

  • One CD every other month or so

24: Least favored genre of music

  • i guess country or children rock

25: Name one American band/artist you like

  • Little Dragon

26: Name one English band/artist you like

  • Coldplay

27: Name one band/artist you like of which nationality is neither American or English

  • Tame Impala (Australia)

28: Favorite soundtrack

  • Pride and Prejudice hands down

29: A song that reminds you of a loved one

  • City and Colour - O Sister

30: A song that best describes you

  • St. Vincent - Jesus Saves, I Spend

31: A song you’d like to marry on

  • The National - Slow Show

32: A song you’d prefer for your funeral

  • City and Colour - Body in a Box

33: Most unknown song you like

  • Chic Gamine - Days and Days

34: Most unknown band/artist you like

  • Au Revoir Simone

35: Favorite vocalist

  • Freddie Mercury

36: Favorite guitarist

  • I’m split between Annie Clark and Danielle Haim

37: Favorite bassist

  • Stephen Bruner (aka Thundercat)

38: Favorite drummer

  • Matt Frazier

39: The toughest band/artist you like

  • Alexisonfire

40: The softest band/artist you like

  • Hospitality

41: Top 5 songs of which lyrics you like

  1. City and Colour - Like Knives (Now this is all I have / Paper and pen to remember you with)
  2. St. Vincent - The Party (Oh, but I’d pay anything to keep my conscience clean / Keeping my eye on the exits, I’m steady now)
  3. Radiohead - Nude (You’ll go to hell for what your dirty mind is thinking)
  4. HAIM - Days Are Gone (You can have my past, I´ll never get that back / I´m moving on, ‘cause those days are gone)
  5. Sufjan Stevens - The Owl and the Tanager (Come to me Calvary still / I’m weeding and raking until / I’m bleeding in spite of my love for you  / It bruised and bruised my will)

42: Top 3 instrumental songs

  1. Explosions In the Sky - Your Hand In Mine
  2. Real Estate - April’s Song
  3. Jean-Yves Thibaudet - A Postcard to Henry Purcell 

43: Ever kissed on a song? If yes, which one?

  • No

44: Ever had sex on a song? If yes, which one?

  • No

45: Ever cried on a song? If yes, which one?

  • Yes.  The Horrors - You Said

46: A song you can’t take seriously

  • That Fancy song

47: Which bands/artist were mostly played during your childhood (by your parents?)?

  • Earth Wind and Fire
  • Spyro Gyra
  • Kenny G
  • Sade
  • Sergio Mendes

48: How important is music to you?

  • Very. I was involved with some form of it all of my life. I actively performed in choir throughout high school. Hoping to minor in it. 

49: Would you like to be a part of the music industry?

  • YES. I’m actually a DJ for my college’s radio station! The dream job is working Tiny Desk at NPR

50: Something you like and something you despise in music these days

  • I love how accessible music is these days. The opportunities for artists to gain an audience has never been easier. But at the same time, I hate how accessible music is. Illegal downloads really put a dent in sales.

51: Do you listen to old music? If so, 5 favorite bands/artist

  1. Queen
  2. Led Zepplin
  3. Sergio Mendes
  4. David Bowie
  5. The Zombies

52: Do you own any band merchandise? If so, what and of which bands?

  • City and Colour
  • Father John Misty 
  • Local Natives (also poster)
  • Disclosure (also poster)
  • St. Vincent (also poster)
  • The National (also poster)
  • HAIM
  • Daughter
  • Nirvana
  • David Bowie
  • Tame Impala (also poster)
  • Tycho (poster only)
  • CHVRCHES (also poster)
  • all of the artists mentioned I have tshirts

53: Do you have tattoos related to bands/artists?

  • No, but I’m thinking about getting a tattoo of The Antler’s Hospice cover sometime.

54: Which bands/artists have you seen LIVE?

  • CIty and Colour
  • Happy Hollows 
  • Peach Kings
  • Electric Guest
  • Milo Greene
  • Grouplove
  • Father John Misty
  • Sergio Mendes 
  • Local Natives
  • Schoolboy Q
  • Young the Giant
  • Disclosure
  • Vampire Weekend
  • The Internet
  • St. Vincent
  • The National
  • HAIM
  • Tokimonsta
  • Angel Olsen
  • Real Estate
  • Slowdive
  • Tycho
  • Grimes
  • Les Sins
  • Kindness
  • Mac Demarco
  • Thundercat
  • Blood Orange
  • Flying Lotus
  • Luxely
  • Bombay Bicycle Club
  • Tame Impala
  • the bird and the bee
  • Tennis
  • Melody’s Echo Chamber
  • Chet Faker
  • Savages
  • Kanye West
  • Purity Ring
  • Leon Vynehall
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Laura Marling
  • Solange
  • D'Angelo & The Vanguard
  • FKA Twigs

55: Best performance you’ve ever been to?

  • FKA Twigs CONGREGATA at FYF 2015

56: Tell me something, anything, personal about you and a song/band/album

  • In recent days, I’ve been listening to “Slipped” and “Runaway” by The National A LOT because I have been feeling depressed. 

57: Is your music taste famliar to your best friend’s? If no, what do they listen to?

  • Hell yeah. She’s the main source of my music discoveries. 

58: Do you judge people based on their music preferences?

  • In some degree, yes. It’s just to the extent in which they enjoy the composition and meaning of such music preferences. If it’s a genre I don’t have tastes in, I am just confused on how they enjoy it. I don’t judge people as people based on their preferences. 

59: Bands/artists you still wish to see LIVE?

  • Daughter
  • Bon Iver (or Volcano Choir)
  • Lake Street Dive
  • Sufjan Stevens 
  • A LOT more artists but I can’t really think of more right now

60: Put your music-player on shuffle and write down the first 20 songs (no skipping, be honest)

  1. Drake - Hold On, We’re Going Home
  2. Classixx - Holding On
  3. The National - Green Gloves
  4. Cloud Nothings - I’m Not Part of Me
  5. Quadron - Better Off
  6. Real Estate - Talking Backwards
  7. Fleet Foxes - Blue Ridge Mountains
  8. St. Vincent - The Neighbors
  9. The Zombies - The Way I Feel Inside
  10. Vampire Weekend - Don’t Lie
  11. Beyonce - Jealous
  12. Vampire Weekend - Everlasting Arms
  13. The National - Runaway
  14. Real Estate - April’s Song
  15. Grimes - Skin
  16. HAIM - Don’t Save Me
  17. The National - Mr. November
  18. Little Dragon - Klapp Klapp
  19. City and Colour - The Lonely Life
  20. Radiohead - Nude

“I felt like a man in Germany in the 1930s trying to explain why Jews ought not to be sent to the concentration camps. It all seems so utterly clear. You do not murder. You do not kill the innocent. You do not treat people like blemishes on the landscape, or communities as parcels of real estate, or nations as squares on a chessboard. Yet no group seems more distant from these facts than American (and Catholic) Americans. I have all but given up talking to Catholic audiences about Christ; I simply talk about justice, raw basic justice. I think I’ve come to understand why natural law made its way into our Church. It was simply an attempt to ask us to be, if not holy, then just. At least that.

How is it that we have become so insensitive to human life, to the wonders of this world we live in, to the mystery within us and around us.”

Jim Forest, in a letter to Thomas Merton the evoked the infamous “Letter to a Young Activist” from Thomas Merton to Jim.

p. 191


20. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
19. Popcaan - Where We Come From
18. Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait
17. Dej Loaf - Sell Sole
16. United Nations - The Next Four Years
15. Rich Homie Quan & Young Thug - Rich Gang: Tha Tour Part 1
14. Ryan Hemsworth - Alone for the First Time
13. Future - Honest / Monster
12. You Blew It! - Keep Doing What You’re Doing
11. Chumped - Teenage Retirement
10. Cymbals Eat Guitars - LOSE
9. Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek
8. YG - My Krazy Life
7. Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again
6. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
5. FKA Twigs - LP1
4. Aphex Twin - Syro
3. A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Sea When Absent
2. Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - You Will Eventually Be Forgotten
1. Sun Kil Moon - Benji

Honorable Mentions: How to Dress Well, Frameworks, Future Islands, The Range, Weezer, Ariana Grande, Migos, The Front Bottoms. 

Best Songs of 2014 here

Looking forward to what’s shaping up to be a great year for music in 2015. Thank you to anyone who shared or discussed music with me this year. A special shoutout to everyone at WUOG 90.5 FM who has helped shaped and mold my nonsensical music taste over the last 3 years, I like life more because of you. I’ll miss you. 

My Wishes for Obama’s Parting Shots

President-elect Donald Trump is accusing President Obama of putting up “roadblocks” to a smooth transition. 

In reality, I think President Obama has been too cooperative with Trump. 

In the waning days of his administration, I’d recommend Obama take the following last stands:

1. Name Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution gives the President power to fill any vacancy during the recess of the Senate. The Supreme Court is no exception: Justice William Brennan began his Court tenure with a recess appointment in 1956. Any appointments made this way expire at the end of the next Senate session. So if Obama appointed Garland on January 3, the appointment would last until December 2017, the end of the first session of the 115th Congress.

2. Use his pardoning authority to forgive “Dreamers.” With a flick of his pen, Obama could forgive the past and future civil immigration offenses of the nearly 750,000 young people granted legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Without an immigration offense on their records, they could more easily apply for legal status.

3. Impose economic sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election – including blocking all loans or investments by Russian nationals in all real estate ventures in the United States.

4. Protect the civil service from the Trump transition. Instruct all cabinet departments and agencies not to respond to any Trump transition team inquiry that might intimidate any individual members of the civil service.

5. Issue an executive order protecting the independence of all government fact-finding agencies: Included would be the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Center for Education Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Energy Information. (Trump could repeal the order, but that would be politically costly.)

6. Issue an executive order protecting the independence of all Inspectors General in every cabinet department and agency. (Ditto.)

7. Issue a report on the outcomes of Trump’s and Republican’s proposed tax cuts and benefit cuts, showing which state’s citizens will most benefit from tax cuts going to the richest Americans and largest corporations (overwhelmingly the citizens of blue states), and which will lose the most from cuts in Medicaid and repeal of Obamacare (overwhelmingly red states), along with estimates of such gains.

Get ready, America!

USA is heading to the World Cup! It seems like only weeks ago that the Men’s National Team inspired the nation during its World Cup run in 2015. Building on those exciting matches, it is now the Women’s National Team’s turn to bring something special to the World Cup in Canada.  

In addition to the CENTURY 21® System sponsorship of the U.S. National Soccer team, C21® will air commercials during the following 2015 Women’s World Cup matches. Two of the three U.S. Women’s National Team starting group-stage games will air live on FOX and the third on FOX Sports 1. Their success in the group stage matches will advance them into the elimination rounds of the tournament.

CENTURY 21 commercials will air during the following dates and times:

FOX Sports 1
6/8  7pm ET: Pregame Show
6/8  7:30pm ET: USA vs Australia

6/12  7pm ET: Pregame Show
6/12  8pm ET: USA vs SWEDEN

6/16  7pm ET: Group Match Bridge Show
6/16  8pm ET: USA vs Nigeria

FOX Sports 1
6/22  7pm ET: Pregame Show
6/22  8pm ET: Round of 16 Game

6/26  7pm ET: Quarterfinal Pregame Show
6/26  8pm ET: QF Game

6/27  1pm ET: QF Pregame Show

6/30  7pm ET: Semifinal Pregame Show
6/30  8pm ET: Semifinal Game

7/5  7pm ET: Final Pregame Show
7/5  8pm ET: Final Game

Planning a visit to Picasso Sculpture? Tag your photos ‪#‎HowDoYouSee‬. They may appear on

[Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). Guitar. Paris, 1924. Painted sheet metal, painted tin box, and iron wire. 43 11/16 × 25 × 10 ½ in. (111 × 63.5 × 26.6 cm). Musée national Picasso–Paris. © 2015 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

The National Assembly taking the Tennis Court Oath (by Jacques-Louis David)
The Tennis Court Oath (French: Serment du jeu de paume) was a pivotal event during the first days of the French Revolution. The Oath was a pledge signed by 576 of the 577 members from the Third Estate who were locked out of a meeting of the Estates-General on 14 June 1789. The only person who did not sign was Joseph Martin-Dauch, a politician who would not execute decisions not sanctioned by the king. They made a makeshift conference room inside a tennis court located in the Saint-Louis district of the city of Versailles, near the Palace of Versailles.

Larissa Sansour’s short film Nation Estate presents a sci fi-inspired outcome to conflict in the Middle East. “I have always been intrigued by the ability of an artwork to foreshadow political change, but remain grounded solidly in its art practice,” Sansour says. “The aim has never been to offer any conclusions, but rather add a what-if scenario to the discourse in an attempt to understand a current political dialogue that seems—once again and despite solid efforts to avoid it—to have reached an impasse.”

See it September 26 and 29 as part of the MoMA Film series Films from Here: Recent Views from the Arab World.

[Nation Estate. 2013. Palestine/Denmark. Directed by Larissa Sansour.]