We are off to the desert for the weekend. Two ten-hour days of music and sun await us. Starting Monday, we will have a week long Coachella re-cap, so be prepared.
Also, the Little Ones contest is almost over. Go here to sign up!
"The band's website reports that most of the currently untitled album was made "in the style of VivaDixie/Good Morning Spider by Mark[Linkous, songwriter and Sparklehorse leader]alone in Static King Studio." The rest of it was "mixed at Smart Studio in Madison, Wisconsin with Danger Mouse and engineered by Alan Weatherhead and Bo Sorenson." With all those details, how could it possibly be postponed?
And like a kindergarten report card that includes the comment "plays well with others," the album features collaborations with Danger Mouse, Christian Fennesz, Sophie Michalitsianos, Johnny Hott, Scott Minor, Stephen Drozd of the Flaming Lips, and super-producer/past collaborator Dave Fridmann as well as an unreleased song from It's a Wonderful Life with Tom Waits on piano. Whoa!" (PF)
Anyways, the point of this post is to promote my favorite magazine: Stop Smiling. Never heard of it? What a shock. In the land of Us Weekly and People, it's hard to believe a print magazine might offer something of value; however, SS provides an intelligent glance into all aspects of culture (art, music, film, politics...). The magazine is so full of articles that it takes me a week to consume an issue. SS feels more like a collection of essays than anything else.
Unfortunately, Stop Smiling is only released every other month, and so the wait between issues is often torture. The time gap makes sense when you look at how much work goes into the magazine.
The world has turned its back on the English word, and I see SS as one of the final survivors (in the magazine realm. NPR takes the prize for radio).
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Check out the trailer for The Devil and Daniel Johnston below.
Pitchfork: On the new record, there's more sound to it. Are you getting away from the three-person set-up, the more basic sound?
O: Yeah, the motive of songwriting shifted gears from tape to computer. We wrote this album on ProTools and that opened up infinite tracks-- nonlinear songwriting, you know, to the max. And really the sky's the limit with that kind of thing. And that was probably one of the most difficult things for us to do as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It was like a real full-on challenge for us, but it seemed worth exploring because it would be hard not to sound really similar to what we sounded likebefore without working that way. ( pitchfork)
Thank you to Forward Russia for kicking ass and taking the time to talk with us. Also thank you to Braedon for snapping such insane photos!
"You sit around in the studio wondering if people are going to like it, and then you play it for people and you know right away," Jenner says. "They can't fake it. It's really obvious. So we spent two months making the record, but a year getting ready to make it."
A memo of a two-hour meeting between Bush and Blair at the White
House on January 31 2003 - nearly two months before the invasion of Iraq- reveals that Mr Bush made it clear the US intended to invade whether or not there was a
second UN resolution and even if UN inspectors found no evidence of a banned
Iraqi weapons programme.
The memo, written by Blair's then chief foreign adviser, David Manning reveals:
-The start date for the military campaign was "pencilled in" for 10 March. (Jon Stewart had a great joke on The Daily Show regarding this)
-Mr Bush told Mr Blair that the US was so worried about the failure to find hard evidence against Saddam that it thought of "flying U2 reconnaissance aircraft planes with fighter cover over Iraq, painted in UN colours". Mr Bush added: "If Saddam fired on them, he would be in breach [of UN resolutions]".
-Mr Bush even expressed the hope that a defector would be extracted from Iraq and give a "public presentation about Saddam's WMD". He is also said to have referred Mr Blair to a "small possibility" that Saddam would be "assassinated".