“Books. They are lined up on shelves or stacked on a table. There they are wrapped up in their jackets, lines of neat print on nicely bound pages. They look like such orderly, static things. Then you, the reader come along. You open the book jacket, and it can be like opening the gates to an unknown city, or opening the lid of a treasure chest. You read the first word and you’re off on a journey of exploration and discovery.”—David Almond (via wordpainting)
As anyone who reads 34th & Now knows, I’ve been a fan of Gainesville’s Less Than Jake since my early teens. This weekend on a drive, I checked out their latest album, 2014’s See The Light and by far by favorite track was “Do The Math.” LTJ has always had been able to mix catchy music and hooks with some great lyrics that have resonated with me at different points in my life and this one is no exception. The guitar and bass play off each other so well, and as for the lyrics? Well I feel like they’re pretty spot on.
Well the first 2 weeks of 6 spent in the Psych ED have been relatively quiet (read: boring). Other than the occasional Haldol/Ativan/Benardyl cocktail recipient, it’s super boring. On the up side, I finally have time to get back into 34th & Now and blog a bit.
I’ve been digging Norwegian dream-pop duo, and siblings, Mother Father for some time now. Their single, “Broods,” has been blowing up Alt/Indie radio both on satellite and FM. If for whatever reason you’ve missed them, here’s a chance to grab a quick listen.
“To stand at the helm of your destiny. I want that, one more time. I want to be in the Piazza del Campo in Siena. To feel the surge as 10 racehorses go thundering by. I want another meal in Paris, at L’Ambroisie, at the Place des Vosges. I want another bottle of wine. And then another. I want the warmth of a woman and a cool set of sheets. One more night of jazz at the Vanguard. I want to stand on the summits and smoke Cubans and feel the sun on my face for as long as I can. Walk on the Wall again. Climb the Tower. Ride the River. Stare at the Frescos. I want to sit in the garden and read one more good book. Most of all I want to sleep. I want to sleep like I slept when I was a boy. Give me that, just one time. That’s why I won’t allow that punk out there to get the best of me, let alone the last of me.”—Raymond Reddington, The Blacklist
“Getting drunk was good. I decided that I would always like getting drunk. It took away the obvious and maybe if you could get away from the obvious often enough, you wouldn’t become obvious yourself.”—Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye
I recently came across the Rivals album by Kensington and … well.. hot damn. Seriously, these guys are straight up kick-ass rock n’ roll. I immediately put them in the trailer for the next LKP Travel video which I posted a few days ago. Here’s another great track from that album, “Streets.”
Through the warmth, through the cold Keep running ‘til we’re there
I’ve been on a bender to find some solid new travel music before my trip to Chicago this week for a USMLE Step 2 CS board review course. Luckily I found a ton which I’ll be posting throughout the week.
Up first is “Home” by Dutch singer-songwriter Dotan.
“What’s wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference. You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”—Robin Williams, Patch Adams
I honestly thought I had already posted this song because it’s literally fantastic and the fact that I didn’t means it’s time to rectify the situation. “Reverse” by SomeKindaWonderful is one of those songs that’s just catchy from the first note. The drum beat is fantastic. The lead singer reminds me a lot of indie rapper/singer Splendid, of whom I am a big fan. Check it out. Guaranteed hit.
London born singer songwriter Emily Woods fronts her band Emily And The Woods, which is currently getting a lot of play time on my Spotify. Her 2014 EP, Then We Collide, features four extremely solid tracks. Here’s “Helios” which was the first track I heard and the one that thankfully got me to give the EP a listen.