took my time with this one because I wanted to make it worthwhile. there’s two kinds of songs I like to listen to when I’m depressed, so I split this mix into two sides: songs to wallow to and songs for uplift:
Out of the nine total tour dates that Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell (of Band of Horses) are doing together, ONE of them is near me! And one date is tonight! Super excited to hear the two support their wonderful new album together.
a - age: Twenty. b - biggest fear: Life. c - current time: 21:33 d - drink you last had: Rhubarb spritzer. e - every day starts with: Moaning loudly and extensively, putting the alarm clock on snooze for about 11 times, moaning some more, checking Tumblr and Telegram and finally getting up (while moaning). f - favorite song: One of my older faves I rediscovered recently is This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) by Talking Heads. g - ghosts, are they real: Being something of a ghost myself, I can only say I’m much more real than I should like to be, yet never quite real enough. h - hometown: A small German town close to the French border. *Puts on hipster glasses* You probably never heard of it… i - in love with: A very complex man and also death. j - jealous of: Homo- and bisexual people, people without a uterus, people with smaller breasts, Kirschen and anyone else who gets to be around a certain Byronic hero more than I do, cats… k - killed someone: Surprisingly, no. l - last time you cried: Don’t remember. Was close two days ago, but it didn’t happen. m - middle name: Who gives a flying fuck? n - number of siblings: One too many. o - one wish: To have my uterus removed. p - person you last called/texted:@niwinutisku q - questions you’re always asked: How I am, what I am doing/want to do with my life, whether I did [x] thing yet… r - reasons to smile: Good wine,the colour of my shampoo, finally sleeping in a clean bed again, my cats, the perfume I bought, the pictures of Oscar and me, my horrible murder consort (and the chance of seeing him again soon), my lovely ass friends, Grenouille/Grantaire, my salary before tax… s - song last sang: Two Coffins by Against Me! t - time you woke up: Around 11, I think. u - underwear color: Black. v - vacation destination: Scotland. w - worst habit: Being too ready to give up. x - x-rays you’ve had: A couple, I guess. Used to have a heart defect which I supposedly grew out of. Then later on, there was something the matter with my lungs. And my spine. Just my personal opinion, but I shouldn’t have survived infancy. y - your favorite food: Italian food. Just drown me in it. z - zodiac sign: Libra.
…for times when Caleb has to go away and the rare moments when he’s around and the even rarer ones when he can be alone with Ben
1. Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song) by Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford2. Time Will Tell by Gregory Alan Isakov3. Run Away by Sarah Jarosz4. Meet Me In The Woods by Lord Huron5. We Were Giants by Stornoway6. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) by Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell7. Weathered by Jack Garratt8. Fortune (Acoustic Version) by William Fitzsimmons9. Eavesdrop by The Civil Wars10. Fires by David Ramirez11. When I Get My Hands On You by The New Basement Tapes12. Jock O’Hazeldean by Gary Lightbody and John McDaid
“This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” by Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) // Originally by Talking Heads
When Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) and Ben Bridwell announced their new covers album, Sing Into My Mouth, I kind of immediately assumed that I knew what to expect. Dusty, laidback, country-tinged acoustic beauties of whichever song was chosen. Hearing the duo’s take on the Talking Heads’ classic, “This Must Be the Place”, I realize that I wasn’t far off the mark - but, I was also perhaps being too dismissive. The sound, though familiar, hugely works and the result is as pretty as can be while giving off a sort of latenight campfire jam session between two incredibly talented guys. It’s a lot of fun and i’m very curious what some of the other covers are going to sound like when the album drops on July 17th.
you´re all i need.A mix for Benjamin and Lesliemin, for Batman and Khaleesie, for the future President and her First Gentleman
I. Co-Pilot - Letters to Cleo II. 2 Atoms In A Molecule - Noah & The Whale III. I Hate Seagulls - Kate Nash IV. Worth The Risk - Kel V. I Like You - Ben Rector VI. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - The Lumineers VII. Can´t Help Falling In Love - Tom Rosenthal VIII. You Make Me Happy - Cathy Heller IX. White Dress - Ben Rector X. 5 Years Time - Noah & The Whale Bonus: Washington DC - The Magnetic Fields
It seems that I always looked at the city with an unequaled enthusiasm and looked at people like I could befriend them for life. I can picture myself, with a clarity that makes the hairs on my arms stand up, in the time I moved to Los Angeles. My hair was long and blonde and I wore my favorite blue shift dress. But I can’t remember when it stopped being magical for me. And the slowness of the whole process. I soon found out that being young in Los Angeles gives you a deceptive ease. Cynicism sets into the lax lifestyle and before you know it—you’re Antisthenes II. There comes a point in time when you stop trying to cut through the ambiguities of living and the broken resolves that “this time I will do better”. But you never do.
I think I am well advised in the way that I am learning to detach myself when necessary. Being a person of turbulent emotional wavelengths, the most extraordinary feeling is the lack thereof. Not in the sense of indifference or apathy, but in this state of bliss, of peace.
Quite simply, I’m in love with leaving. I don’t mean love in any colloquial way. I don’t love as in a wide eyed wonder you get when you see the Eiffel Tower, I mean that I am in love in the way you let your first love go because you know it’s best for both of you. There’s just something so satisfying about being so far removed from “it all”. I could feel my utter “aloneness” in the instant my grandmother swept her weathered hands through the air as I dragged my luggage across the filthy LAX terminal. Even as I crashed through the train station arrival gate in Paris and smelled the cigarette smoke wafting through my nostrils, I felt comforted in the fact that I had no idea where I was going. No time tables to keep me on schedule, no one to meet up with, no emotional connectivity to the people “liking” my pictures on Instagram. I knew it would be a long while before I felt this comforting sense of detachment again. The stench of the subway reminded me—because I didn’t belong there and did not come from there—it was entirely okay for me to grab my lemon yellow backpack and traipse through another part of the cobblestoned city.
The appeal to moving around to different cities is the feeling that life is in this Twilight Zone-esque state of suspension. That it’s not real life. In those moments, it never occurs to me that people back in California don’t just shut off the minute I stop speaking to them. That the search doesn’t stop spinning for this moment of bliss. That my feelings and thoughts and dreams and attachments back at home were still alive. And very hungry. My imagination leads me to believe that I can continue my “real life” later. Sometimes, it’s difficult for me to understand that those notorious locals in each place are not living in a Barbie dream house. These cities aren’t ephemeral utopias. They were, in fact, people who bought groceries and ate too much bread sometimes and committed themselves to longterm goals—like law school.
You see, I’ve always loved leaving because it puts you in this place where you feel like you’ve, in a sense, ‘died’ to the people you know. That you simply don’t exist to them. Oddly enough, it’s a pleasant and simultaneously upsetting feeling when you discover who actually cares to talk to you about daily stomach issues over Facebook and the things you plan to do with your hair over the phone. These are the times where I feel that promises can be put on hold. That I can shut off the humdrum noisiness of people’s problems and let myself be still in who I am. In those moments when I’m so far removed, the moments of hurt become reduced to hallucinatory flashes instead of waves that engulf my breath. It’s a subtle acknowledgment that the center of all crazed emotion at home cannot hold, is not sustainable. Thus, the simple solution is to get away from it all. Because things always fall apart. Without the distortion of being in the midst of it all, I have time to rethink, re-analyze objectively, and process how to move forward. The sting of relationships becomes the slightest bitterness brought upon by an espresso served too hot.
Even now, returning from a time of learning so much, I cherish the loneliness of being away from home. I enjoy the sense that I didn’t have to give updates on where I was or what I was doing. I like walking alone on warm days—assured that no one knows who I was and that I can be anything I want in those moment.
I don’t want to lose that sense of wonder. Without those moments of quietness, I don’t think I would have been able to process hard things. Staying unconnected, emotionally and physically, appeals to me in a rhythmic way—in a sense that my mysterious aberrations make sense to me but not anyone else.
This time, I come back with the same ‘unknowableness’ that the other cities brought me. The flavor of metaphorical homelessness sits sweetly on my tongue as I drive down the 405 once again. The carefree tendencies lead me to loosen my firm grasp of the things not meant for me. To rethink myself into a blissfulness that comes with knowing. And to prepare to steady the shaking pendulum of who I am.
Songs For When You Don’t Care About Anything
1. Airport Bar - Martin Courtney
2. Hiroshima - Blake Mills
3. Bitter Fruit - The Kills
4. Heartbeats - The Knife
5. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Talking Heads
6. Ice Wharf - Work Drugs
7. 1940 Amplive Remix - The Submarines
8. Phenomena - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
9. We Used to Vacation - Cold War Kids
10. Windowpane - Mile High Club
11. Long Love - Lyle Workman
Summary of results from the Arcade Fire fanbase survey
Some trends from the survey I linked a while ago, now that it’s got a good few responses and is losing steam (full results here). These statistics come from ~315 individual responses from Arcade Firelisteners, with the respondent pool primarily being Tumblr and reddit (r/arcadefire), the two places I posted it.
Age: A slight majority (59.3%) of people are aged 18 to 25, with people 17 and less being the second largest group (28.2%) , followed by 26-35 year olds (9.8%).
Location: Pretty much half (51%) of the fans are from the United States. The United Kingdom is second (15.5%), Canada third (9.5%) and Mexico fourth (3.3%).
Gender: A slight majority of people, 58%, are male. 34.3% are female and 4.6% are non-binary/genderqueer. It should be noted that the gap between male and female respondents likely results from the face that the reddit community is mostly all male whereas tumblr is more evenly split.
Race/ethnicity: At least ¾ of fans (75.2%) identify as white (this is the clearest majority of anything on the survey, so yeah, white people like Arcade Fire☺). Second by a large margin is Hispanic (11.2%). 3rd: People of mixed race (5.6%), with all other ethnicities having 1-2%.
Sexuality: 60% of fans identify as heterosexual. The second most common sexual orientation is bisexual (19%). 7.9% selected ‘I don’t know/care’ and 7% said homosexual. (Pansexual - 2.3%, chose not to answer - 2%, asexual - 1.7%).
37.5% of people said The Suburbs was their favourite AF album and 26.6% said Funeral (this surprised some people! but they were often in pretty close contention when I checked, with The Suburbs having a slight lead all the way through). 18.8%’s favourite is Neon Bible. 7.9% said Reflektor :( which is less than the 9.2% who said they couldn’t choose.
39.6% can’t choose a least favourite album. 24.4% said Reflektor was their least favourite and 22.8% said Neon Bible (so Reflekor is officially the new NB??) Funeral - 7.3%, The Suburbs, 6%.
30.7% think The Suburbs is the most overrated album, very closely tailed by Reflektor (29.9%). More or less equal there.
59.6% agree that Neon Bible is the most underrated.
32% of people think that Reflektor has the best visual aesthetic/ artwork; 31% say The Suburbs.They’re pretty much tied again here.
For overall favourite AF song (if you have one), the most mentioned was ‘Tunnels’ (13 mentions), with ‘Sprawl II’ (10 mentions) in 2nd placed, and ‘The Suburbs’ (9 mentions) and ‘Power Out’ (9 mentions) joint 3rd.
Favourite unreleased/unofficial AF song: Cars and Telephones by far (12 mentions), second: Burning Bridges, Breaking Hearts (7 mentions).
Favourite cover by AF: ‘This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)’ by the talking Heads (13 mentions), runners up: ‘Poupee de Cire Poupee de Son’ by France Gall and ‘I’ll Believe in Anything’ by Wolf Parade (9 each).
Most underrated song: ‘(Antichrist Television Blues)’ (7 mentions), followed by ‘Haiti’, ‘In the Backseat’, ‘7 Kettles’, ‘Laika’ and ‘The Well and the Lighthouse’ all with 5 votes. Most overrated: ‘Rebellion (Lies)’, ‘Wake Up’, ‘Ready to Start’ and ‘Reflektor’ have 5 mentions each at the top.
The best loved song on Funeral is ‘Tunnels’, with a majority of people picking it as a favourite song (55%). It’s followed by Rebellion (Lies) (45.8%), then Wake Up (37.5%). The least picked is 7 Kettles.
The best loved song on Neon Bible is ‘No Cars Go’ (39.2%’s chose it as a favourite), followed by ‘Intervention’ (37.2%) and ‘My Body Is A Cage’ (35.8%). The least popular is ‘The Well and the Lighthouse’.
The best loved song on The Suburbs is ‘Sprawl II’ (57.7% - a majority and the most picked song from all albums). It’s followed by ‘The Suburbs’ (44.3%), then ‘Suburban War’ (25.3%). There’s also a huge difference between the next two, ‘Ready to Start’ and ‘We Used to Wait’, and the rest of the album - basically, these 5 are the very clear favourites from The Suburbs. The least popular is ‘Sprawl I’.
The best loved song on Reflektor is ‘Afterlife’ (47.2%’s favourite), then ‘Reflektor’ (41%), super closely followed by ‘It’s Never Over’ (40.2%) - three very clear winners. Equally unpopular are ‘Here Comes the Nighttime II’ and ‘Flashbulb Eyes’.
The two best loved songs on the 2003 EP are, by a very large margin, ‘Headlights Look Like Diamonds’ (44.7%) and ‘No Cars Go’ (41.7%.
‘Sprawl II’ and ‘The Suburbs’ are tied for favourite video (10 mentions each); ‘We Used To Wait’ interactive video after them (7). All from the Suburbs!
56.4% of fans have seen Arcade Fire live - 41.7% once, 14.2 twice, 4.5% 5+ times.
86.6% think instrumentation is the most outstanding/interesting aspect of Arcade Fire’s music, followed by lyrics, energy, themes and vocals in that order.
This came on the radio this morning and they were talking about how this song was so important that it is set aside with some other artifacts as something to be shared with new civilizations if we are ever visited by non-earth peoples and I basically started crying I’m a wreck