"But there was nothing about the little, low-rambling, more or less identical homes of Northumberland Estates to interest or to haunt, no chance of loot that would be any more than the ordinary, waking-world kind the cops hauled you in for taking; no small immunities, no possibilities for hidden life or otherworldly presence; no trees, secret routes, shortcuts, culverts, thickets that could be made hollow in the middle – everything in the place was right out in the open, everything could be seen at a glance; and behind it, under it, around the corners of its houses and down the safe, gentle curves of its streets, you came back, you kept coming back, to nothing; nothing but the cheerless earth."
Thomas Pynchon, "The Secret Integration"

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Belle and Sebastian - “I Don’t Love Anyone”

I am so glad that I found this song when I was still a Teen; the simultaneously completely serious/not serious at all (and he knows it) sentiment was/is Very Important to me. Plus the narrator has the same number and gender of siblings as I do, so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

Belle & Sebastian — “Sleep the Clock Around”

I’m kind of surprised I let almost the whole summer get past me before I gave this album a serious listen. There’s also sorts of good stuff on this song (horns! a bagpipe!), but I identify with that organ.

zombimanos:

"I’ll tell you about punk rock: punk rock is a word used by dillitante’s and ah… and ah… heartless manipulators about music that takes up the energies and the bodies and the hearts and the souls and the time and the minds of young men who give what they have to it and give everything they have to it and it’s a… it’s a term that’s based on contempt, it’s a term that’s based on fashion, style, elitism, satanism and everything that’s rotten about rock’n’roll. I don’t know Johnny Rotten but I’m sure… I’m sure he puts as much blood and sweat into what he does as Sigmund Freud did. You see, what sounds to you like a big load of trashy old noise is in fact the brilliant music of a genius, myself . And that music is so powerful that it’s quite beyond my control and ah… when I’m in the grips of it I don’t feel pleasure and I don’t feel pain, either physically or emotionally. Do you understand what I’m talking about? Have you ever felt like that? When you just couldn’t feel anything and you didn’t want to either. You know? Like that? Do you understand what I’m saying sir?"

zombimanos:

"I’ll tell you about punk rock: punk rock is a word used by dillitante’s and ah… and ah… heartless manipulators about music that takes up the energies and the bodies and the hearts and the souls and the time and the minds of young men who give what they have to it and give everything they have to it and it’s a… it’s a term that’s based on contempt, it’s a term that’s based on fashion, style, elitism, satanism and everything that’s rotten about rock’n’roll. I don’t know Johnny Rotten but I’m sure… I’m sure he puts as much blood and sweat into what he does as Sigmund Freud did. You see, what sounds to you like a big load of trashy old noise is in fact the brilliant music of a genius, myself . And that music is so powerful that it’s quite beyond my control and ah… when I’m in the grips of it I don’t feel pleasure and I don’t feel pain, either physically or emotionally. Do you understand what I’m talking about? Have you ever felt like that? When you just couldn’t feel anything and you didn’t want to either. You know? Like that? Do you understand what I’m saying sir?"

(Source: allie-rva)

zachinoprimo asked
If you're still doing the mini-playlist, Zachary.

After I remembered the first song here, you get a rap mix!

  1. Zen — The Clipse
  2. All I Do Is Win — DJ Khaled et al
  3. Circles — Crime Mob
  4. Hey Playa! (Moroccan Blues) — DJ Quik & Kurupt
  5. Alex (Stolen Script) — Ghostface Killah
  6. Rainbow Colors (Chopped & Screwed) — Three 6 Mafia
  7. You Know How to Reach Us — The Kings of Pressure

I don’t know shit about rap, but goddamn I love “Circles.”

Anonymous asked
BROOKE ! :)

Haha, whoops, posted that and then promptly got distracted! ~Sunday afternoons~, amirite? Here it is, I decided to do a short mix of instrumentals for this.

  1. B + A — The Beta Band
  2. Rano Pano (Tim Hecker Remix) — Mogwai
  3. Oh Darlin’ — Magnetophone
  4. Oeillet Sauvage — Marsen Jules
  5. King Dragonfly — Susumu Yokota
  6. Edge Hill — Groove Armada