Test Taking Annoyance

Busy studying for a test. Flipping endless notecards in order to memorize a hundred works of pre-Columbian Mezoamerican artworks.

Do you know which Mezoamerican culture this work of art comes from?

Can’t really see the point, it’s not like I’m ever going to need to know if a piece of artwork originated from the Olmec culture or the Zapotec culture. I am forced to take this class because my minor “requires” it, and I really want to “graduate.”

I feel like test are a gross mis-representation of knowledge. I feel like they’re designed specifically to make students forget everything they learned. I can feel 100% confident going into a test yet bomb it hopelessly.

Fail

Studying also takes up valuable life time. I can’t have meaningful human interaction if I’m busy with my nose in an irrelevant textbook. I feel like I waste too much time studying for a test or doing homework. I feel like after 20 hours of class time per week I should not be expected to do more work.

Do you feel that your knowledge is not properly represented in tests?
Can one have meaningful human interaction while studying?
Do you value your interactions with humans?
Do you consider yourself a “crazy cat lady?”
Am I still a relevant human being?

Banana Jam Pt.1 – Julian Lynch
Too Much – Sufjan Stevens
Cut Your Hair – Pavement
I Want To – Best Coast
Odessa – Caribou
Cato As A Pun – Of Montreal
Steady, As She Goes – The Raconteurs
I Couldn’t Love You – Cursive
Bros – Panda Bear
Rock the Casbah – The Clash
At A Glance (Toro y Moi Remix) – Body Language
Dig For Fire – Pixies
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Clears Throat – FUR
Rhinestone Eyes – Gorillaz
The Message  – Grandmaster Flash
Wet Hair – Japandroids
Sex Machine – James Brown
A Salty Salute – Eternal Summers
noah’s ark – cocorosie
Oh Yoko – John Lennon
2 Weeks ’til Prom – Lil Wayne and Grizzly Bear
Paradise Circus – Massive Attack
It Never Rains In Southern California – Albert Hammond
Song For Lonely Giants – The Mountain Goats
Sleeper Hold – No Age
Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard – Paul Simon
Cutlass – PVC Street Gang

Vinyl Countdown

10. Rich Girl – Hall & Oates
9. Cold War – Janelle Monae
8. Revival – Deerhunter
7. Whaddaya Wanna Know – Cloud Nothings
6. Cave Grill – Arch M
5. Ruling Me – Weezer
4. Watch The Glow – Museum Of Bellas Artes
3. Northern Islands – Blank Dogs
2. Bombay – El Guincho
1. Feeling Today – Botany

R.I.P Radio

I have spent the last few days in a loaner dealership car since mine has been in the shop. This means I’ve had a good few days stuck listening to terrestrial radio as my loaner has no iPod hookups. This has lead me to a conclusion.

Terrestrial Radio is dead

Every radio station is Top 40, Country, Rap or Latin. I don’t understand how so much of the same stuff can co-exist simultaneously. Sometimes it’s lonely being the only Indie music show on terrestrial radio.
This whole thing kind of makes me want to quit. Kind of feels like I’m fighting a battle that I have been destined to lose from the beginning. Not sure if I’m up to it anymore. Popular music is no longer defined by what is heard on the radio, DJs are no longer given freedom to play new music. DJs are locked into computer-run programs that have 10 song libraries that play on repeat. Program Directors respond to what is on MTV and the Disney Channel. It’s been a good run terrestrial radio, but I believe I can pronounce it, you are dead.

Is Terrestrial Radio dead?
Is The Cassette Deck the only good show on the radio?
Should I just give up and quit radio altogether?
Do you like Top 40 stations because they play “hip” music?
Can you relate to the DJs on Top 40 stations? Are they “just like you?”
Is the Volkswagon Tiguan a relevant car or a “mom mobile?”
Should this be my last blog post ever?

R.I.P Radio, 1920-2010 “It’s Been A Good Run”

Heathen Child – Grinderman
Slow – Twin Shadow
Art House Director – Broken Social Scene
A Salty Salute – Eternal Summers
No Logic – White Hinterland
Concrete & Clay – Unit 4 + 2
Coastal Brake (Lusine Remix) – Tycho
Idiot Heart – Sunset Rubdown
Party With Children – Ratatat
You’re a Target – No Age
blue moon – Drug Rug
Panda – Dungen
Meeches Theme – Malachai
Camera Talk – Local Natives
Life Magazine (Pantha Du Prince First Flash Remix) – Cold Cave
Dark Days – Chin Chin
Heart Skipped A Beat – The XX
Phantom Pt. II – Justice
Jail La La – Dum Dum Girls
Summer Well – Interpol
While You Wait for the Others – Grizzly Bear
Temporarily Blind – Built To Spill
Hots For Teacher – Coasting
You’re A Wolf – Sea Wolf
Baltimore – Tennis
Janglin – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
I’m An Animal – Shark?
Well Known Pleasures – VEGA

Vinyl Countdown!?

10. Dark Days – Chin Chin
9. Deceptacon – Le Tigre
8. The Curse – Cults
7. Found Out – Caribou
6. Dancing On My Own – Robyn
5. Hope Child – Free Energy
4. B-Boy Document – The High & Mighty
3. Voices – Pure Ecstasy
2. Above The Clouds (Feat. Inspectah Deck) – Gang Starr
1. Revival – Deerhunter

New Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus, i.e. multi-instrumentalist producer Steven Ellison, might have cut his teeth making beats for Adult Swim bumps, but the guy has some major producing chops. After two ridiculously good albums in Los Angeles and Cosmogramma Ellison dropped a new EP, Pattern+Grid World today. Here is the single “Kill Your Co-workers”

Courtesy of Stereogum.com

New Crystal Stilts!

Oh snap! Crystal Stilts are back with a couple new singles that will be the A and B side of a 7inch that comes out at the end of October. Check them out!
Win!

“Shake The Shackles”

“Magnetic Moon”

(Courtesy of Stereogum.com)

September 13th Madness

Fall is an exciting time for me. Temperatures here in Texas drop below 100, trees turn from green to dead overnight and it’s bitterly cold without the hope of precipitation that will cancel my classes. I’m still glad it’s here. The sports bro in me comes out a bit as Soccer seasons start up all over the world. It’s back to work for Liverpool who were embarrassingly bad last season and have continued that to the beginning of this season.
Fall also means that it’s time to start considering the end of the year 2010. How has this year stacked up? I’m not sure yet. Plenty of good music came out, giving me plenty of headaches about my annual end-o-the-year list, but that was about it. I feel like the world is slowly unraveling and we’re all stuck on it.
We’ll see, I’m not religious but maybe 2012 will mark the end of the world. We won’t know until roughly a year a a few months. Why worry now?
Cheers,

Kyle

Back to the End – Las Robertas
Wonder – Estasy
Slow – Twin Shadow
When The Sun Don’t Shine – Best Coast
Heavy In Your Arms – Florence & The Machine
I Wanna Be Your Lover – Prince
Green Onions – Booker T. & the MG’s
Margerine Rock – Stereolab
Milkman – Aphex Twin
Heaven Can Wait – Charlotte Gainsbourg
Fast Jabroni – Surfer Blood
Grand ideas – Lindstrøm
Old Street – Cloud Nothings
One Evening – Feist
At A Glance (Toro y Moi Remix) – Body Language
DLZ – TV on the Radio
10. Travelin’ Girl – The Bitters
Monk Chant (Live) – The Monks
All Out Of Tune – Real Estate
I Walked – Sufjan Stevens
We Used To Wait – Arcade Fire
Banana Jam Pt.1 – Julian Lynch
Spring (Air France Remix) – Saint Etienne
King Of Spain – The Tallest Man On Earth
The Offbeat – FLYamSAM
We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place – Animals
These Days – Alex Bleeker
Dancing on My Own – Robyn
..And The World Laughs With You – Flying Lotus Feat. Thom Yorke
Radiohead – Videotape (Phaseone & Frank Heat Remix)

Vinyl Countdown!!

10. Never Follow Suit – The Radio Dept.
9. Hang With Me – Robyn
8. Marathon – Tennis
7. Like You Crazy – Mates Of State
6. Streetwork – Club Of The Sons
5. Heavenward Grand Prix – Japandroids
4. Hearts Of Love – Crocodiles
3. Wasting Time – Reading Rainbow
2. Helicopter – Deerhunter
1. When We’re Dancing – Twin Shadow

Labor Day Playlist

The arrogant concept blog that normally occupies this space has gone on a Labor Day Vacation, enjoy the playlist.

Gil-Scott Heron – I’m New Here
Of Montreal – Coquet Coquette
Broken Social Scene – World Sick
Real Estate – Atlantic City
Delorean – Endless Sunset
Titus Andronicus – A More Perfect Union
Beach House – Take Care
Sleigh Bells – Riot Rhythm
Yeasayer – I Remember
Free Energy – Bang Pop
Wolf Parade – Little Golden Age
Fol Chen – In Ruins
The Arcade Fire – Keep The Car Running
Thom Yorke – Black Swan
Times New Viking – Move To California
Stars – I Died So I Could Haunt You
Toro y Moi – Low Shoulder
Janelle Monae – Cold War
Art Museums – Sculpture Gardens
Malachai – Snowflake
The Vaselines – Sex With An X
jj – Let Go
Discovery – Orange Shirt
Iron & Wine – Peng! 33
Major Lazer – Can’t Stop Now
Beck – The Information
White Denim – Sex Prayer
Solid Gold – Synchronize
Animal Collective – Doggy
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson – Relator
Los Campesinos – Death to Los Campesinos!
Ganglians – Lost Words
The Field – Yesterday And Today
Marnie Stern – Transformer
Neutral Milk Hotel – Holland 1945
Asobi Seksu – Sing Tomorrow’s Praise
Art Brut – DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin –  Pangea
Massive Attack – Paradise Circus
Tiny Vipers – Dreamer

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