Wednesday, July 29, 2009

i'll mess up my color just to feel you correct it

Recently I read a way to make a simple home air conditioning system. It involved one large bag of ice, a powerful fan and a tray to empty the bag of the ice into. After placing the ice in the container, turn the fan on high. The coolness put off by the ice rises into the air and is blown into your face by the fan. This can be pretty messy and only lasts a short while.

If you are searching for other ways to cool down this summer, I suggest Melbourne, Australia's The Crayon Fields. Forming in 2002, the band put out their first LP in 2006 called Animal Bells. In September they will release their second full length called All The Pleasures of the World.

Reminiscent of The Beach Boys and The Zombies they are a great way to shake down this summer. Click on the links below to download your own 1960's pop cool. No fan required.

Crayon Fields - Voice Of Paradise from Geoff O'Connor on Vimeo.

The Crayon Fields - All the Pleasures of the World
The Crayon Fields - Living So Well

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

you'd stay home, oh, if only they'd let you

I will preface this by saying I usually like books and writing in general not because they are good, but because I somehow managed to read them. That somehow by reading them and making it through the texts they become 'good' to me.

So sad, really.

But I am pretty sure that JD Salinger is good. I'm sure of it. And I love Nine Stories. Mostly I love "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut."

1948. Things were very different then. But parts of this remind me of how I manage to reminisce about college. The dialogue reminds me of the way memories are recollected together, especially among women.

I'm not saying that in my life I have much to do with either of these characters. But I am vastly interested in them.

"Well, wudga marry him for, then?" Mary Jane said.

"Oh, God! I don't know. He told me he loved Jane Austen. He told me her books meant a great deal to him. That's exactly what he said. I found out after we were married that he hadn't even read one of her books. You know who his favorite author is?"

Mary Jane shook her head.

"L. Manning Vines. Ever hear of him?"


"Neither did I. Neither did anybody else. He wrote a book about four men that starved to death in Alaska. Lew doesn't remember the name of it, but it's the most beautifully written book he's ever read. Christ! He isn't even honest enough to come right out and say he liked it because it was about four guys that starved to death in an igloo or something. He has to say it was beautifully written."


Belle & Sebastian - Put the Book Back on the Shelf

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

best of: gentleness

I love Loney, Dear. And I have written of him, of them at least one time already.

"To be able to cope with life you have to see the dark side...
And we need sad music."

Emil Svanängen

I really enjoy this short documentary on the band. I enjoy the way he speaks... There is something about the way a non-native English speaker explains things. It is special, always poetic and straight to the point.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy this mP3. I think this has a much different tone and tempo than any previous work by Mr. Dear.

Loney, Dear - Airport Surroundings
Simple Invisible Tracker

Saturday, July 4, 2009

weeping rock, rock

It is a signal morning in some ways.

Even though it is 1:13pm. Even though I haven't showered or brushed my teeth.

Even though they say they don't like poetry--they don't like love poems.

I wake up in the worst ways.

Circulatory System - Signal Morning 2