"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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Deftones - “Cherry Waves”

Without planning to, the last couple of days have turned into one of those little “Ian listens to Saturday Night Wrist over and over” things that happens sometimes (although I’ve managed to throw White PonyDiamond Eyes, and even Koi No Yokan, which I need to hear more of to have an opinion on, into there). I like “Mein” well enough, and I get that Serj Tankian is probably his own draw (even in 2007), but how was this not a single?

(Then again, considering how much I dislike most of this band’s videos, maybe that’s for the best…)

Interviewer: Do you think that rock music could push people to take drugs?

David Bowie: I'll go the other way on that. If I had a fan of mine who got through university and became a doctor, would I also get the credit for that please?

The Go-Betweens - “Spring Rain”

It’s neither spring nor raining here, but I had this stuck in my head this morning nonetheless. Maybe because last night I discovered that my original Go-Betweens tag doesn’t work (because I included the hyphen because goddamnit tumblr). I know I posted two songs of theirs very early on and retagged them, but it’s still annoying (especially considering those two are among my favourite music videos of all time).

bigmouthsparesagain:

the-last-teabender:

Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.

Crazy how someone could actually care the impact his words has on people…
No “I didn’t mean it that way”, “You took this the wrong way”, “You need to lighten up”
Legitimate concern for the mentality of his listeners

On a completely selfish, unimportant level, it’s also nice when people you looked up to as a kid don’t let you down.

bigmouthsparesagain:

the-last-teabender:

Robin Thicke is unapologetic about how rapey ‘Blurred Lines’ is, meanwhile the dude who parodied it issues a public apology for one word.

Crazy how someone could actually care the impact his words has on people…

No “I didn’t mean it that way”, “You took this the wrong way”, “You need to lighten up”

Legitimate concern for the mentality of his listeners

On a completely selfish, unimportant level, it’s also nice when people you looked up to as a kid don’t let you down.

Belle and Sebastian - “Dog on Wheels”

I mean, maybe this song only seems foreboding in the context of their other work at the time; maybe it just sounds twee otherwise. But the drop in Murdoch’s voice on peace would I know still makes me uneasy, and I still get just a mild chill at that closing anything goes

Anyway, weird song to have stuck in your head at 7 am.