yo… yo-landi? is that you?
06. A Stranger - A Perfect Circle
what am i to do with all this silence
(It’s weird feeling alone; i’m meeting new people I like and hanging out with old friends, but I’ve just lost two of my friends and I just feel so disappointed by everything.)
#52. Mikal Cronin - See It My Way (3:52)
With so many songs these days featuring new sounds created on computers and synthesizers of all shapes and sizes, sometimes it can be easy to forget that music made with just plain old guitars can be really great too. Mikal Cronin’s “See It My Way” is one of those songs. It uses some great, buzzy, 90’s styled guitars and Mikal’s innate ability to craft a catchy, indie-rock hook to draw us in and it doesn’t let go until we’re riding the waves of the final guitar solo.
Best Moment: The way the verses build up before spilling into the chorus at 0:28, 1:15, and 3:04.
The Album [MCII]: 7/10
When I get a convertible to cope with my bad breakup/midlife crisis/terrible need to escape everything, this song is going to be playing as I drive faster, faster
Here’s a thing I’ve had around in my head for a while!
Okay, so I’m pretty sure that by now everyone at least is aware of Steampunk, with it’s completely awesome Victorian sci-fi aesthetic. But what I want to see is Solarpunk – a plausible near-future sci-fi genre, which I like to imagine as based on updated Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Edwardian aesthetics, combined with a green and renewable energy movement to create a world in which children grow up being taught about building electronic tech as well as food gardening and other skills, and people have come back around to appreciating artisans and craftspeople, from stonemasons and smithies, to dress makers and jewelers, and everyone in between. A balance of sustainable energy-powered tech, environmental cities, and wicked cool aesthetics.
A lot of people seem to share a vision of futuristic tech and architecture that looks a lot like an ipod – smooth and geometrical and white. Which imo is a little boring and sterile, which is why I picked out an Art Nouveau aesthetic for this.
With energy costs at a low, I like to imagine people being more inclined to focus their expendable income on the arts!
Aesthetically my vision of solarpunk is very similar to steampunk, but with electronic technology, and an Art Nouveau veneer.
So here are some buzz words~
Tailors and dressmakers!
Stained glass window solar panels!!!
Education in tech and food growing!
Less corporate capitalism, and more small businesses!
Solar rooftops and roadways!
Communal greenhouses on top of apartments!
Electric cars with old-fashioned looks!
No-cars-allowed walkways lined with independent shops!
Renewable energy-powered Art Nouveau-styled tech life!
Can you imagine how pretty it would be to have stained glass windows everywhere that are actually solar panels? The tech is already headed in that direction! Or how about wide-brim hats, or parasols that are topped with discreet solar panel tech incorporated into the design, with ports you can stick your phone charger in to?
(((Character art by me; click the cityscape pieces to see artist names)))
i am so into this wow
sign me the fuck up
I want a solarpunk future. *_*
SOLARPUNK OH MY GODDDDDD i love it
CURVY ORGANIC LINES, REFLECT NATURE, FLORALS VEGETATION, UGHHHH I WANT IT
#48. Veronica Falls - If You Still Want Me (3:07)
While the first single on Veronica Falls’ new album ended up in the 86th spot of WEIT’s Top 100 Of 2012, the full LP, Waiting For Something To Happen, has since been released and we’ve been treated to another great song in “If You Still Want Me”. The summer jangle contained on “My Heart Beats" has been traded for a wintery wash of strumming guitars and some not-so-subtle inquisitorial discussion. Have you ever wondered if someone was really into you or just experiencing "grass is greener" syndrome? Roxanne and James muse upon this inescapable human phenomenon while guitar tones streak down from the sky like big, soft, accusatory snowflakes.
Best Moment: Each time Roxanne’s “If you could have me” gives way to James’ backup vocals, at 1:04 and 1:57.
The Album [Waiting For Something To Happen]: 6/10
This sounds so perfectly like when I first discovered this one 80’s band in middle school! Ha I don’t think it will sound like that to anyone else, but memories are memories :) Good sounds.
Though they pack one of the deadliest stings in the ocean, if you can get close enough, you’ll find that the Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish is also one of the most beautiful creatures alive.
For the past two years, retired U.S. Navy photographer Aaron Ansarov has been capturing stunning photos of man-of-wars along a local Florida beach.
IT ISN’T A JELLYFISH IT IS ACTUALLY A CNIDARIAN!!! a CNIDARIAN a type of creature whose name is NETTLE BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL CRAZY, STING-Y BASTARDS!!!
THE PORTUGUESE MAN OF WAR IS SUCH A FASCINATING THING; IT’S ACTUALLY A COLONY OF SPECIALIZED INDIVIDUALS!! AND THEY ALL ARE CLOSELY LINKED TO THE POINT WHERE THEY CAN’T EXIST INDEPENDENTLY?! IT’S LIKE LOOKING AT THE EVOLUTIONARY LINK BETWEEN SINGLE CELLED AND MULTICELLULAR ORGANISMS!!! IT’S BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!