Landed Diagonal
by Dan
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Tune-Yards - "Powa"

She walks, split skirt with drum skin. Hiked-up smirkways and trodded curls. Hands grasp, weightshiftingly pulled, a tidy swing. With purely magnetic horizontation, stretched livingly lain. Bent in cratered sexography, perpetually libidoing, breathing, given give-ins and a whole beating, succumbersome mid. Illiterate gasping, monogrammed clasping, anonymous help.

This song is pure, heavy, vital. It is, right now, the very best. [Buy from Rough Trade]

Ponytail - "Music Tunes"

"a day on the lake" is not the same as "stranded in the middle of the lake"

A lake so big there are places where the horizon is all water. This is one of those places. The water shimmers black and smooth. From below it sparkles and rises to meet you. To sit floating on the border where the world changes from air to water is not comfortable. Even with no one around it's easy to feel watched. As if something were waiting to catch a mistake, something to exploit, a reason to tip. But that reason never comes. For a year or longer the worlds of air and water sit locked in a stalemate, undecided over who will get to kill me. [Buy]


The new video for Titus Andronicus' "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future" directed by Tom Scharpling. Scharpling has directed The New Pornographers' "Moves" also this year, and Ted Leo's "Bottled In Cork" last year. No Future is, I think, Scharpling's best video work so far. Not just because it's beautiful and sincere and totally right-on nostalgic, but because it doesn't have stars in it. The first two videos are full of comedy people who make the videos necessarily pretty enjoyable, but they also can't be divorced from their "star" quality. In "No Future" we see the band on their own, exploring an idea, namely showing New Jersey in a new light, and it's a much more self-sufficient and personal experience. Love shines through in this video, and it gave me chills.

Also: Emma Healey, who guested last week, was just in studio for this week's Best Show on WFMU. Hear her, and a not terrible call from me at 1:27:30, here.

(photo source unknown, via We Can Build You)


and Kickstarter hit a milestone this week: 2 years, 20 000 projects, and 40$ million in actual collected money. Pretty mind-blowing. I was about to point you to a nice project started by Jumbling Towers for help with their video of Ramifications of an Exciting Spouse, but cheerily, they've already made their goal.

Posted by Dan at April 29, 2011 1:16 PM

Emma Healey is Emma from Toronto? Awesome! Can't wait to hear the episode.

Posted by Bryce at April 29, 2011 4:56 PM

I know! I was shocked too. When I first met Emma I recognized her from the show. "Hi, I'm Emma" "Wait...are you Emma...FROM TORONTO?" "Yes" "(gasp) It's an honour" and it was

Posted by dan at April 29, 2011 5:28 PM

Nice! I'm heavily rotating Tune Yards these days.

Posted by Pedram at April 30, 2011 2:44 AM

beautiful photo. this blog remains a great part of the internet.

Posted by Ozias LeBeau at May 1, 2011 5:00 AM

great call, Dan!

Posted by Miguel at May 3, 2011 10:26 AM

thanks, Miguel!

Posted by dan at May 3, 2011 12:11 PM

dude looks just like the dude from Superman 2

Posted by andy at May 9, 2011 2:27 PM

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