Wrecking Ball

I heard Wrecking Ball on the radio driving home tonight. I think it’s interesting how, either intentionally or unintentionally, there are other artists’ sounds that you can specifically identify.

Like, the opening up-down-up-down thing sounds really similar to what Taylor Swift did in I Knew You Were Trouble.

The hard chorus sounds like something Muse would do.

And the rest of it just has an overall Lana Del Rey feel.



Listening, 9/12/13

“Hymn” – Pedro the Lion
Not a huge Pedro the Lion fan (though “The Longest Winter” is solid), but this instrumental is smooth and crescendos nicely.

“The Hours” – Beach House

“7 O’Clock News / Silent Night” – Simon & Garfunkel

“Idaho” – Gregory Alan Isakov
“We were running through the autumn leaves / A couple kids just wearing out our jeans”

“Change (In the House of Flies)” – Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star (cover)
Classic Deftones, covered as a lullaby.

“Caught Me Thinkin” – Bahamas

“Sweater Weather” – The Neighborhood

“What’s up Fatlip” – Fatlip

“The Pit” – Silversun Pickups

“Smother” – Daughter

“12” – Alexi Murdoch

May 28, 2013


There’s a really cool app on Spotify called Lazify I discovered last week. Basically, it’s Pandora with some extra perks. After you install it in Spotify, you drag a song into it and it’ll spit out a playlist of 25 songs that you’d probably like (using Last.fm). So instead of having to listen to / wait to get through Pandora recommendations, you can see a bunch instantly.


  • “Smoother” – Daughter
  • “Lost in the Light” – Bahamas
  • “Better Than Love” – Griffin House
  • “Winter Song” – The Head and the Heart


Some new favorites:

040_Milú curioso


This is Paris (Gare Haussmann St Lazare)

Iya Traoré


The Wikipedia entry on dopamine.


As I’ve been looking through random people’s Flickr pages, I’ve been wondering how much you can glean from a person’s personality, backgrounds, hopes, dreams, etc from the photos they favorite. Something else that’s interesting is when I check out the Favorites of some of the people whose photos I like a lot, they’re really different. I thought the photos they liked would be pretty similar in style to what they take and post, but more often than not they’re significantly different. I thought that was interesting. Sort of grass is greener-ish.

“Golden Age of Radio”

The first line in particular has always felt really interesting to me, but this whole verse is just great.

Standing in line to get my self-help book signed off
On by a reverend who shouts at the converted
Have mercy on this boy he did it all by the book
But still kind of has his doubts