Song Exploder – Episode 17: Anamanaguchi’s Prom Night

In this episode of Song Exploder, Anamanaguchi talks about how words don’t mean anything in pop music – they may as well not even be in English. Then it hit me, I didn’t even know the words “prom” and “night” were even in this track.

“House, car, education. Take care of those three and you can drink all the coffee you want.”

I heard something on the radio this morning that got me fired up. It was a segment about tips on how to save more money. What came was a predictable list of “brew your own coffee,” “buy generic products,” and “bring your lunch to work!”

I can’t stand these lists. I think they’re dangerous, because the average American’s dismal financial state has little to do with coffee, name brands, or lunch. The people writing these articles mean well. But they’re the equivalent of telling a drowning man how to dry his clothes — advice that seems helpful but misses the bigger problem.

The Moody Blues – Other Side Of Life / Final Fantasy Prelude

A familiar theme appears at 2:12.

Final Fantasy was released in Japan in 1987. Moody Blues’s The Other Side of Life came out a year earlier.

Just To Write Them Down

I tried to keep a datebook one summer, but it didn’t work out. I’d get confused and write down things just to write them down and I came to this realization that I didn’t do enough things to keep a datebook.

- Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero

That’s The News and I Am Outta Here

Exclusively on Beats

Windowing will mean a much different thing once Apple uses its relationships to get exclusive stuff for Beats.

Email Is Dead According To People Who Have A Financial Interest In Email’s Death

Getting an email address was once a nerdy right of passage for Gen-Xers arriving on college campuses. Now, the kids are waging a war of indifference on poor old email, culling the weak and infirm old-people technology. One American professor maintained that, to his students, “e-mail was as antiquated as the spellings ‘chuse’ and ‘musick’ in the works by Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards.” The vice-chancellor of Exeter University claimed, “There is no point in emailing students any more.” The youth appear to think there are better, faster, more exciting ways to communicate than stupid email.

Yet, despite all the prognosticators predicting it will—choose the violence level of your metaphor—go out of style, be put out to pasture, or taken out back and shot, email grinds on.

Nice shirts

“This Isn’t Disco”

On the electronic dance music boom.

For older Americans, or those with an interest in music history, the rise of EDM might seem eerily familiar. Disco took the country by storm in the late 1970s, only to flame out spectacularly amid a fierce backlash from rock music enthusiasts. Proponents of the genre obviously don’t think history will repeat itself. “This isn’t disco,”John Boyle, the CFO of Insomniac, an EDM tour promoter, said in comments reported by The Verge. “This is hip hop with a lot more legs.”

How is it hip hop?

“What I think about when I think about running”

Richard Anderson on running:

In April, I started the Couch to 5K training program. As I write this, I’m in week 7, having missed some time due to travel, injury, and other issues. I run because I want to be in better shape. I want to lose weight, and stave off an early death from a life spent sitting. I do not run because I like it. In fact, I hate running.

I run twice a week. I use the Nike Plus app. When I rate the run I never ever ever use anything above the middle face with the flat mouth. I don’t smile. I convinced myself I do this for fresh air and so I can sleep better.

This and the “look better naked” mantra is the only reason I exercise. There is no mindfulness. There is no zen moment. There’s only a feeling that this sucks and that I’m doing this for the right reasons.

Juicing

“Generation Wuss”

I’m on a Bret Easton Ellis kick after subscribing to his podcast a few weeks ago , so I missed this February 2014 interview in Vice with the author about millennials:

When I hear millennials getting hurt by “cyber bullying,” or it being a gateway to suicide, it’s difficult for me to process…It’s very difficult for them to take criticism, and because of that a lot of the content produced is kind of shitty. And when someone is criticized for their content, they seem to collapse, or the person criticizing them is called a hater, a contrarian, a troll.

…What we have is a generation who are super-confident and super-positive about things, but when the least bit of darkness enters their lives, they’re paralyzed.

Chris Ruen – “How a generation’s freeloading has starved creativity”

What’s very damning are the sites people go to for free stuff that benefit by selling advertising space.

A report by the Digital Citizens Alliance released earlier this year found that pirate sites took in nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in revenues in 2013, with the largest 30 sites averaging $4.4 million in ad revenues and even the smallest sites pulling in $100,000 annually, all on the backs of uncompensated artists. As these sites need not bother with licensing fees, their profit margins are estimated to range between 80 and 94 per cent.

It’s more lucrative to leach than it is to create.

You Got The Touch

On Stan Bush’s “The Touch” in Boogie Nights:

I had no idea that Dirk Diggler and Reed Rothchild (Mark Wahlberg and John C. Reilly) were even doing a cover; I thought that Anderson simply wrote exactly the kind of song these two dummies would if they existed in the real world.

The sound track to Transformers: The Movie is on Spotify – featuring “The Touch”

Why Are The X-Men Outcasts?

Every super hero with a super ability is welcomed into society. Mankind sees Superman’s abilities as a force for good in the world. Batman was a little scary before the people of Gotham understood him, but he is the protector of the city.

But, in the X-Men world, mutants are treated as second-class citizens, despite their super abilities.

Why?

Is it because X-Men have free will? Superman often saves Metropolis because it’s his duty. Batman protects Gotham because he wants to save it from the kinds of criminals that murdered his parents.

Do X-Men have any duty?

X-Men are often compared to minority groups as though X-Men are outcast because they’re minorities. The bigotry held against them is what unites them. But X-Men have clearly superior abilities compared to normal humans – abilities that could be used for good.

The conflict between mutants and normal humans is often compared to real-world conflicts experienced by minority groups in America such as African Americans, Jews, atheists, Communists, the LGBT community, etc. It has been remarked that attitudes towards mutants do not make sense in the context of the Marvel Universe, since non-mutants with similar powers are rarely regarded with fear.1

Are we really to believe that X-Men are not accepted by humanity simply because they’re mutants? Humanity wouldn’t put aside any bigotry once it saw the benefit of mutant powers, similar to the way they highly regard Superman and Batman’s powers?

Which world is more realistic, the world of Batman and Superman, or the world of X-Men?