Film I want to see: Ginger & Rosa
A coming-of-age film which stars one of my favourite actresses, Elle Fanning, and Beautiful Creatures lead actress Alice Englert, about two best friends facing the Cold War era in London.
Erdem’s Aysha-paillette-embellished floral-print silk skirt. Picture taken from net-a-porter.com
Playing around with environments
Remix by André Allen Anjos.
Commissioned by Bastille.
I HAVE BEEN OBSESSED WITH THE RAC BUT I FORGOT TO POST IT ON TUMBLR.
*And as tumblr is the prerequisite of letting out your current obsession, I now feel that I fall short of accomplishing it. :p mehehee.
So who exactly is the RAC? Well, the RAC stands for Remix Artist Collective. It consists of Andre Allen Anjos, Andrew Maury, and Karl Kling. They are well, to put it simply, a group of musical artists who do remixes of other artists.
What I especially love about RAC is that they are very untypical with their remixes. They don’t follow the normal formula of other musicians doing remixes; When they remix, they don’t just do the typical ‘insert original song’ + ‘insert electro sounds/dubstep music’ steps. They do it quite differently; they change the whole music structure of the original song, and turn into an almost unrecognisable song.
When a song is dealt with the RAC, it sounds like a completely different one- though not that different that it loses the familiarity of the original song. So somehow, you still end up with music that you fell in love with for the first time.
I actually think that rearranging the music’s structure into a wholly different one is harder than making a new song altogether. This is because you have to reconstruct the different sounds and beats of the original- which already have a flow of their own- into an entirely new music entity. When you compose a new song however, everything is fresh and original, and there’s a lot more freedom in the process of creating it. But when you make a remix like this, there’s more constraints to it, because you have to make sure the new arrangement fits and actually is capable of turning into a good flow.
(But what do I know, I’ve never created a song anyways… But well, you get the idea :p)
The RAC have done remixes of Bastille’s ‘Laura Palmer’ (which was my first introduction to them), ‘Hollywood’ (ft. Penguin Prison), the infamous ‘Lovefool’ (ft. Liz Anjos), and even Phoenix’s ‘Trying to be Cool’. One that I really, really love is their rendition of Lana del Rey’s ‘Blue Jeans’- it sounds like an altogether different song- yet we know it is still Lana with her heavy voice singing those same tunes.
So all in all, the RAC is a great music group to check out if you want hear your old favourite songs, but with new twists. Great to listen during this holiday; I tell you they do not disappoint. :))
Martti Ahtisaari on Why Every Conflict Can be Resolved
Just another view from my all-time favourite hero, Martti Ahtisaari. Here he explained why to end political problems, it is the political parties involved who can only solve it. One must get over the mindset of “us” and “them” dichotomy. As he says: “if the political will does exist, there is no conflict that cannot be resolved”.
Thank you again for an inspirational outlook on the world, Martti.
As we marked World Refugee Day last week – and as I write this newsletter – more than 45 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced from their homes and communities.
When I was two years old, I too became a refugee – an internally displaced person – in my own country. My family fled our native town of Viipuri when the Soviet Union attacked Finland in 1939. This early experience, seeing my world turned upside down by a war that had nothing to do with me, was a huge influence on my later efforts to support peace-building in other parts of the world.
Some see war and violence as inevitable. Having witnessed many conflicts, I have to disagree: wars are created by people and people can choose to end them. This will not happen while the parties are set on victory instead of compromise; while they prioritise the political and economic interests of one group over our common humanity. But if the political will does exist, there is no conflict that cannot be resolved.
This is important to remember as we look at Syria today: the civil war is devastating and complex, but it is not intractable. As one relief agency pointed out in a guest blog last week, “ultimately there can be no humanitarian solution to a political problem.” It is the warring parties who are responsible for this conflict; only by bringing them to the negotiating table can Syria have peace.
If conflict is rooted in an ‘us’ and ‘them’ approach, peace-building is precisely the opposite. In a post-conflict society, political leaders have to get past that adversarial mindset and involve everyone – weak and powerful, victor and vanquished, young and old – in addressing their common challenges and building a future, together.
This process can be just as difficult as reaching a peace agreement in the first case, as we heard recently from a group of young people from Northern Ireland, who do not directly remember the sectarian violence of ‘The Troubles’, but are living with its legacy even today.
Our personal histories are all, in one way or another, shaped by the legacies of conflict. But as profound and deep-rooted as our differences may be, it is in our power to redefine those legacies. Whether in Syria, Northern Ireland or elsewhere, we must recognise that ‘peace’ is not something you can win; it is something that must be built and shared.
Explains why sometimes “prudent management trumps grand visions”. Great example of President George H. W. Bush, who had one of the most effective foreign policies for an American president, albeit his critics calling him not inspirational and “transformational” enough.
Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful (The Great Gatsby Soundtrack)
An excerpt of Mindy Kaling’s very funny audiobook: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns.
It’s witty, funny as hell, and quite like Tina Fey’s sense of humour. Did I mention that it’s funny as hell?
Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: comedienne, actress, obedient child of immigrant professionals and, now, writer. With a blend of witty confessions and unscientific observations, Mindy writes about everything from being a timid young chubster afraid of her own bike to living the Hollywood life, dating, friendships and planning her own funeral – all executed with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls.
Publication date: 23rd May 2013
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New Songs to be Excited About: 3. Wild Nothing - A Dancing Shell
It seems like my fave artists are releasing new materials all at the same time! Empire of the Sun, Vampire Weekend, and even Daft Punk- have all recently released new albums and have become the busiest bees promoting them.
Now, back to Wild Nothing. Wild Nothing’s A Dancing Shell is definitely not as moody as his previous songs- it also feels more progressive. It has slower tempos, and its music forms feel more concrete. The song also has an air of stronger intentions and contentions coming from them- in an almost gritty way, but without conforming to the description of being gritty.
It’s definitely a change from his heavier, more free-flowing sounds from Gemini. This music progression can actually be described in a sentence; it’s like going from a mind state of dreamy and wonder (which here is the metaphor of Gemini) to waking up to a rough, yet grounded reality- which is not to say isn’t good either.
I am definitely not a certified music reviewer, and not even a good music reviewer at all (haha), but I do recommend listeners to have a listen to Wild Nothing’s new material, and have a mind of their own about Wild Nothing’s new transition in music.
"The 7-song EP was recorded in Brooklyn at Gary’s Electric by Al Carlson in January. ‘Empty Estate will be out May 14th, on Captured Tracks in North America."
Pre-order the EP on iTunes here: smarturl.it/qiujqc
WILD NOTHING RELEASES NEW ALBUM “EMPTY SPACE”
and it comes with a very pretty limited edition EP too. Awesome.