Bon Iver is a band. Bon Iver is more than a band. Bon Iver is Justin Vernon’s soul in song form. Before Vernon developed into Bon Iver, there was heartbreak and hunting a cabin. Vernon has been in a few bands in the past. He was the founder of the band MOUNT VERNON and DeYarmond Edison; when DeYarmond Edison was getting pretty big in the Eau Claire music scene in Wisconsin, they decided to spread their creative wings and move to North Carolina. It was almost a full year in Raleigh when Vernon decided to move back to Wisconsin. The decision came after the band broke up and Vernon broke up with his girlfriend.
Animal Collective is a group of four musicians; David Portner (Avey Tare), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), Brian Weitz (Geologist) and Josh Dibb (Deakin). They create imaginative songs that take the listener away to a faraway land beyond their wildest dreams. Their sound and style vary from each album or EP which is why it is hard to put them under a genre. The entire sound is different from the record before; most bands that do this fail and end up with a rubbish record. Animal Collective has been able to achieve great success over the years by changing their style. They are based out of New York City and all met as kids around the Baltimore area. They made music, alone or with each other, and sent it to the others to edit or put instruments to. It is a real creative process that goes into the songs that is hard to find in the music industry today.
This year spring break was a bit of a letdown; in some regards. As I learned over the weeks preceding before spring break, I learned that all of my friends were off before I was and that I would be, more than likely, stranded in my house. I did not expect a sun filled week in Cabo or anything like that but I also didn’t expect to be grounded for a week. It was frustrating on the bus ride home knowing that I was stuck in my predicament and I could not change it.
I know that The Hangover, the idea of a group comemdy, is not a new one but the movie gets used as an example when people describe other movies in the works. To me its gets annoying because your film, on paper, is not The Hangover. SO stop it please its annoying. I know that they use it because saying the name evokes a certain feeling and if your own idea doesn’t convey its own than you may need to latch on to another fabulous film. Name vaue means a ton in a buisiness like that; so it is only natural to use emotions in order to get ahead. According to a movie, Road Scholar, he interviews a Native American who says that Americans are all about getting ahead with no remorse; while Native Americans are all about helping one another and building a community. This quote rings true in the movie industry as much as it does in the American culture and psyche.
I was supposed to go surfing, not hiking, but it did not matter to my father. He had already paid for the trip and there was no way he would back down. I had been setting up everything I needed so I could learn how to surf during the summer of 2006. As all the plans were coming to fruition my father come out of the woodwork with a huge announcement: I was going to go hiking five hours upstate for two weeks instead of enjoying the sunshine, sand and surfing this summer. Needless to say I was pissed off; I was planning my summer for a few weeks and everything was falling into place. He kept telling me that it was all going to be fine and that I was going to love the experience. To me that just couldn’t happen. Even though I knew nothing about hiking I already hated it and all that accompanied it.
The video above shows the heartbreak for the Bavarian giants in ‘99; when the Red Devils made one of the greatest comebacks you will see in football today. Those two goals changed Manchester United history forever. With winning that game “Fergie’s Fledglings” (the youth that built the team over the past few years) became legends. Of course the teams have changed and the circumstances are different but you have to get a sense of revenge when it comes to the big match tommorow.
Exit Through the Gift Shop is the story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy. Billed as ‘the world’s first street art disaster movie’ the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. “It’s the story ofhow one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed”. - Banksy.
Release date is April 16th and will be shown in SF, LA, and NYC
As I walk home from work, I step on a few leaves that litter the sidewalk. They crack and break like old bones. The walk home is long and winding; the streets are only by a few flickering street lamps. The fluorescent lights illuminate the cluttered sidewalk with a yellow and orange glow. There is not a soul on the sidewalk beside mine. Only a few houses have their porch lights on this evening. This signals that people are home basking in the warmth of their hearths. I pop the collar in order to trap my body heat inside my black wool pea coat. It is autumn and around these parts the breeze picks up when the sun goes down. The coldness of the wind shakes me down like a police officer and makes my teeth chatter all the way home.
This spring has been one of epic proportions. By epic I mean unpredictable. This year’s March Madness has been truly unreal; so many upsets and so many story lines for everyone around the water cooler to talk about. From Kansas getting crashing out to Butler making to the Final Four, this year’s tournament has been one for the ages.
I was sitting and listening to “the best rock band ever. PERIOD”, and i wondered are they really that good or is it all a charade and people only love The Beatles b.c you are not allowed to say that they aren’t all that they are cracked up to be? Can one person imagine the look, the scorn and disgust, that another person would give you with their face? It would be like saying Hitler is the MVP of the 20th Century. It is just downright illegal, culturally at least. The Beatles have the right to claim such a title, they changed music and an entire generation of people, but is their music still that good; does it still have the same effect on todays youth?
As I sit in my Intro to Africa class, my professor lectures about the origin of humans. He dropped a real nugget of wisdom today in class he said “The foods we eat make us who we are. The drinks we drink make us who we are.” As I sat in class, I also sat on this quote and pondered the meaning behind the one liner he gave to rest of us.