This week is kind of a big one. Because I had a dj gig last weekend, I’ve been listening to a lot of new music. And whenever I go searching these days, usually something gets found. There’s so much out there…

So this batch varies widely in types of music, but most of it’s electronic I suppose. The most glaring exceptions are Yuna (pop) and Cloud Nothings (punk rock). I got the Cloud Nothings album, Attack on Memory, out of the library but was unimpressed. Perhaps the new stuff is on par with the fabulous track included below. Let’s hope.

So from mellow to raucous, roughly:

Yuna “Mountains”

[Forgot to say that this song is a gem on the shore after the big wave of the great, obvious single from the album "Falling" washed away.]

Matias Aguayo “Rollerskate” (thank you, Vinca!)

Popova and the “aha” moment

I also don’t believe in the terrible, toxic myth of the “aha” moment. Progress is incremental for us, both as individual creative beings and together as a society and civilization. The flower doesn’t go from bud to blossom in one spritely burst. It’s just that culturally, we are not interested in the tedium of the blossoming. And yet that’s where all the real magic is in the making of one’s character and destiny.

Above all, I wholeheartedly believe Larkin put it best: “What will survive of us is love.”

— Maria Popova

A constant source of inspiration, learning, curiosity and wonder, Maria Popova’s blog, Brain Pickings, comes highly recommended.

The quotes above are from an interview with Maria Popova in the Great Discontent, November 16, 2012.


I should probably say these are last week’s Song Obsession(s) Of The Week, but I want to post them up before they slip from such lofty heights.
I sort of missed the Radiohead boat when it sailed. Certainly they were treasured by many folks whose musical tastes and opinions I value. But Chuck Wild posted “Ingenue” on Mixtape Riot and the hook was set.
Atoms for Peace “Default” & “Ingenue