Amy Cole, Paul Banwatt and Nils Edenloff form The RAA

I have the joy and honour of seeing one of the best acts around tonight live. For those of you not in the know, here’s a sample:


On Friday I posted one of the tracks from Washed Out’s new album. I have had the entire album on loop this past weekend.

Washed Out is the nom de guerre of Ernest Greene, a young pioneer of the Chillwave music scene. Generally speaking, Chillwave combines elements of trance, ambient house and indie rock hooks to create an entirely different feel.

Within and Without recieved mixed reviews on other sites. BBC couldnt seem to make up its mind, and Spin loved it. Blogger Anthony Fantano had called it a “blissful 40 minutes”.

I loved this album. It has been on heavy rotation on my iPod. I especially love the album cover, showing two lovers entwined. the music is a soundtrack for a late night in the city.

Within and Without is available now.



Stumbling through Youtube this evening I happened upon the original (read: less expensive) version of Whirring by by The Joy Formidable. TJF may just be one of the best bands of this year (or decade)

My 25 things list:

1. I was born on 4 June, 1987. Nothing exciting happened on that day ever. D-Day was supposed to happen on that day. But then there was a storm. Story of my life.

2. I have tried hundreds of times to figure out the rules of American Football. I still do not understand and various family members have tried, in vain, to teach me.

3. I have a tiered system of friendships. In ascending order it is: Acquatences, People I Know, Friends. Friends make up about 3% of the people in my life.

4. Large crowds, ignorant people, and mainly people in general are the bane of my existence.

5. I thought for many years that I wanted to be a History Professor. When I was told of the pay, roving job status, and huge debt, I decided to become a Lawyer instead.

6. While Sarcastic, I am deeply shy in actuality.

7. My favorite movie of all time is Casablanca. I refer to it frequently.

8.  I enjoy scotch, and am somewhat of a snob about it.

9. if I was offered a good paying job in Salzburg and I could bring the Girl, I would go in a second.

10. I dream of blogging with the Nation, or Slate.

11. I have a love of British culture and politics, and try to bring in the days Parliamentary proceedings into any days conversations.

12. I work out infrequently, which causes me to own shirts of two different sizes.

13.  I define myself as a self-avowed Marxist.

14.I collect notebooks obsessively. At last count I had 20 notebooks. all filled to the brim.

15. I try (and fail) to finish the New York Times Friday Crossword every week.

16. I am a Coldplay superfan. I ordered their first album on Amazon UK in 1999. I still have my European copy of Parachutes.

17. I have been known to stay up until four AM writing on a subject, then delete it right after.

18. My life has been pretty stable, all things considered. I try to make sure that I think of one thing a day that made me happy. Even for a moment.

19. I have not had a lot of relationships, but I am not on speaking terms with any of my exes.

20. Growing up I was horrible at reading people. I am not much better now.

21. I drink Diet Coke (or Cola Light) like water.

22. I have been tobacco free since 6 June. At one point I was at three packs a day.

23. I own very little bright coloured clothing.

24. Sylvia Plath or Dylan Thomas are my two favorite writers of all time.

25. I like to think of myself as well read, and probably try to over compensate too much because of it.

Ensemble films are often like white wines. They are a dime a dozen, and often leave a very disgusting taste in your mouth.

The film, “New York, I Love You” is no exception. Most of the short-stories that comprise it are by purposefully vague directors, and with several exceptions all short stories are like a bad O. Henry novel.

The two finest films in it are Brett Ratner’s Prom Night story, which has an adorable James Caan in his later life role as the confused father; and the enigmatic story of a Husband and his Wife, (played brilliantly by Chris Cooper and Robin Wright Penn, respectively).

The worst goes for Natalie Portman and the film where she plays a naive and boring Hascidic Jewish woman. She sounds tired in the film, and I am sure based on her later statements that she was loathe to play yet another stereotypical Jewish woman.

Overall, NYILY is a great film in spite of itself. I think that the best thing you can say about a  film made up of such contrasting pieces and in no particular order is that it succeeds in spite of itself. If NYILY is that, then it is a triumph.

It is a sad truth that the trailer for some movies are far superior than the actual movies itself.