Archive | February, 2014

Tinderstick

28 Feb

I’ve been craving new music lately (hence the recent stream of blog posts!) and Tindersticks sated my ears just wonderfully. A youtube session i quite happily danced down, and now all the albums are in my amazon wishlist!! The vocals are glorious and the instrumentals are goosebump worthy. Here are a few of my favourites:

I love the video for Medicine, it’s a beautiful little insight into their world.

 

say goodbye to the city

 

The Fire of Autumn

 

Chloe out.

 

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Angel Echoes

27 Feb

Following on from yesterday’s chilled out post… here lies Four Tet with more beautiful background sounds.

Another recent addition to my CD pile and oh so wonderfully listened to on repeat in the bath with copious quantities of tea…

Angel Echoes was my first and is ultimately my favourite.

 

Plastic People

 

Unspoken

 

Chloe out.

Stress Free

26 Feb

After a recommendation from a friend a few weeks ago i have rather fallen in love with The XX

The music is beautifully chilled and makes for the best relaxing background noise…. and that’s coming from a stressed out jeweller in the lead up to her degree show! so it’s as zen as it comes!!

The video for Angels is one of my favourites, like the music it exudes peace and serenity… and is more than a little gloriously trippy; like a landscape in a dream.

 

Islands

 

Crystalised…. his voice…. ugh…… *melts*…..

 

Enjoy…….

Chloe out.

Smells Like Teen Spirit

19 Feb

A wonderful cover of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit by Amanda Palmer and a bunch of amazing people…

so much love for this!

 

Oh and have the original too… because of awesome.

 

Chloe out.

Two Doors Down

14 Feb

I wish i was in love with a girl who lived two doors down… i wish i was in love…

I’ve had this song on repeat for the past week or so, it’s wonderful, and seeing as it is that oh so sickening commercialization of love day it seems rather appropriate to post today!

I love how fantastically shit the video is, it’s brilliant. I feel like i should watch it with a kind of car crash embarrassment but i can’t help but find it really cool! and am now more than a little attracted to this band!

Seeing as it’s also my birthday today, have a bonus tune!

Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

Chloe out.

The ship that sails itself…

13 Feb

This chick creates really rather wonderful fanfiction art… a little NSFW but mostly just awesome. I’m a fan of her Johnlock creations…. mmm….

Here are a few of my slightly SFW favourites…

Awesome right?! Her tumblr name is reapersun and i have huge internet crush on her…. check out the rest of her stuff here.

 

Yeah…… this is what i do when i’m not doing uni work………

Chloe out.

Twist so fine…

5 Feb

An old classic but it’s still getting me out of bed and making me twist my naked arse around my bedroom in the morning…

 

Chloe out.

Hug me with your eyes.

4 Feb

 

A beautiful little song by Kimya Dawson called Tree Hugger just to make you smile on this dreary Tuesday afternoon…

And a photo of a cat dressed as a bee because it’s relevant and awesome.

Chloe out.

Literature MATTERS

4 Feb

THIS GIRL wrote this REALLY BEAUTIFUL POST on tumblr and i’m reposting it here because it is wonderful and important.

I just read online for the thousandth time that Young Adult literature is important because “it’s important for teens to have something of their own.” And for the first time in five years, I actually thought about that statement.

“It’s important for teens to have something of their own.”

Is it?

I actually don’t think it is. I think it’s important for teens to have something thatmatters.

I think I might be getting over this prevalent idea of teenhood and adulthood as separate countries, connected only by a wobbly rope-bridge that some fall off. I’m beginning to suspect that this demarcation is actually a symptom of our subtly ageist society — a consequence of America’s deeply held belief that youth is grand and foolish, age is wise but uncool.

“It’s important for teens to have something of their own.”

Why is it important for it to be only theirs? Because once adults get ahold of it, it’s no longer cool?

It strikes me more and more as a back-handed compliment.

When we laugh about something not being cool to teens as soon as adults embrace it — Facebook, Chucks, Radiohead — what we’re also saying to teens is: adulthood is many things, but cool is probably not one of them. It’s an echo of the ever-so-subtle message always encouraging us to look back fondly on our high school and college years — that fleeting time when we were young and pretty (and good for billboards) and our relationships mattered (to Hollywood) because we were young and pretty. It’s all downhill from there, says society! Get used to settling for less, kiddos, because that’s adulthood!

(here is a common compliment for women: “oh, you look so young!” — what happens when she looks old?)

When we say that YA fiction is important because it’s important for teens to have something of their own, what we’re also saying is: YA literature is only for teens, not for adults, so put that down, you random adult holding Divergent or The Book Thief or whatnot. Or at least have a damn good excuse for reading it, adult! Are you a teacher? Or remedial, maybe? If you were a real adult, you’d be reading grown up books!

(here is a common insult for a man: “oh, grow up!” — that means, irrational emotions are for children only!)

“It’s important for teens to have something of their own.”

It’s important to have books of all kinds, at all reading levels, about all genders and colors and classes of people. It’s important to have sad books and happy books, books that stick with you forever and books that you love for just an afternoon. It’s important to have books about ponies and dolphins and cancer and space travel and everything in this world.

Teenhood and adulthood aren’t separate countries at all. Once you survive puberty, you’re thrown into a nebulous time-space continuum where from moment to moment, you can be wise and foolish, old and young, profound and silly. And it lasts the rest of your life. The bridge between those two countries? It never ends.

I think the young adult section of the bookstore is important for a lot of reasons, but putting teens into their own box is not one of them.

Everyone should have something that matters, something important. Stories are important, all stories. We all have our preferences, we all have our loves, our obsessions (our snobberies and ideals); but we should never judge people for what they choose to read, what the enjoy reading.

Happy storying.

Chloe out.