1. ‘Dream Baby Dream’ by SuicideDo you remember in like 2005 when everyone was “really into” Suicide? Barring Neneh Cherry and the Thing’s cover in 2012, I don’t hear much about people liking Suicide anymore. At the time, it was mostly record snobs who said they liked Suicide. I hated record snobs then - I felt forever behind in my knowledge of cool music. I still feel behind in my knowledge of cool music; I’ve grown used to that feeling. But I don’t hear about record snobs anymore. They seem gone. Or maybe I’m gone from the conversations. It’s worthless trying to impress me; I have no social status. But I miss them more than I thought I would. They were an odd, occasionally irritating mammal that filled a particular ecological niche in my world. It’s only now that they are extinct that I see what role they played. They gave the game excitement and made it seem worthwhile. Some things were holy, some things weren’t - without these goalposts, I’m kicking a ball around an empty field, a winner of nothing.

    ‘Dream Baby Dream’ by Suicide
    Do you remember in like 2005 when everyone was “really into” Suicide? Barring Neneh Cherry and the Thing’s cover in 2012, I don’t hear much about people liking Suicide anymore. At the time, it was mostly record snobs who said they liked Suicide. I hated record snobs then - I felt forever behind in my knowledge of cool music. I still feel behind in my knowledge of cool music; I’ve grown used to that feeling. But I don’t hear about record snobs anymore. They seem gone. Or maybe I’m gone from the conversations. It’s worthless trying to impress me; I have no social status. But I miss them more than I thought I would. They were an odd, occasionally irritating mammal that filled a particular ecological niche in my world. It’s only now that they are extinct that I see what role they played. They gave the game excitement and made it seem worthwhile. Some things were holy, some things weren’t - without these goalposts, I’m kicking a ball around an empty field, a winner of nothing.

  2. Years later, stranded in Thailand after the 2004 tsunami and, watching television in the only part of his hotel that hadn’t been destroyed, Holmes could not ignore one particular TV ad. It featuring a rather distinctive frog. “Every five minutes there was a fucking advert for this ‘ring-ding-ding-ding-ding’ ringtone,” he recalls. “I thought: ‘That would make a great record.’” The cash from Crazy Frog’s records meant Holmes’s label, Gut Records, could develop other artists, including a young Jessie J.

    — 

    The Pitfalls of Having a Novelty Hit Single

    Entertaining article, but what I mainly took away was that Destructive Tsunami + Crazy Frog = Jessie J

  3. Tove Lo - “Habits (Stay High)”

    This song came out in March, and I’m only hearing it now? I feel like one of the Daddies she picks up at the playground, helping them feel alive.

  4. ‘Big Ideas’ by LCD SoundsystemGPOY

    ‘Big Ideas’ by LCD Soundsystem
    GPOY

  5. doublematthew:

    My Novel Writing Diary - Volume 23  - Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Surviving a computer meltdown; Ryan sends a lovely email; fighting the urge to stop; rituals to keep myself writing; the benefits of non-vocal disco; LCD Soundsystems “45:33: Nike Original Run”; using terrible sentences as scaffolding; gay identities in Genet; Hilton Als and breaking free.

    Words Written: 38, 376 total (approximately 645 this week).

    Novel: Our Lady of the Flowers, Jean Genet

    Non-Fiction: Hilton Als, White Girls

  6. doublematthew:

    My Novel Writing Diary - Volume 22 - Sunday, August 17, 2014

    I talk about escalating a scene; doing something wrong and then showing that it’s right; Genet and rooted experimentalism; resisting the urge to make everything about humanness; possible essay topics.

    Words Written: 38,091 total (approximately 1,767 this week).

    Novel: Jean Genet, Our Lady of the Flowers

  7. SSION's Peach Pit (Mix for Dazed) →

    Cody is playing my life back to me.

  8. Madonna - “Burning Up”

    Since it’s her birthday. This might be my favorite Madonna song - she’s unhinged and sex-obsessed and so’s that nervous, jittery backbeat. I always imagine it’s about her stalking and ruining the life of some straight-laced dude for the why not. She’d eventually sand down her edges to the point where she could slide into the role of mega-star, but here she’s a caterwauling human, cool and hot, the best possible sex you could never have.

  9. Chad Michaels performing “Woman’s World”

    In case you were wondering what a professional is.

  10. hfml:

    I’m all yours babooshka!

    Raising the bar on video parodies.

    (Source: secretarchitecture)