I’ve been struggling as an aspiring programmer lately. Not with programming itself, but with the idolatry of “rock star” programmers that is so prominent in this culture. I love building cool stuff, but I want to live a fulfilling life, start a family, and make some memories that take place outside of my laptop, too. Sometimes that seems like too much to ask in this industry.
Jens Lekman explains the inspiration behind "The End of the World is Bigger Than Love"
“The End of the World is Bigger Than Love” reminded me of Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, have you seen it? Are you a big movie guy?
I’m a very big movie fan and I saw that and I know a lot of people hated it but I loved it because it’s one of the few movies about the end of the world where the Americans don’t get to save it in the end. I’m a very big fan of apocalyptic movies and the apocalypse in pop culture and in the last decades all the movies about the end of the world have been about the near-end of the world and then the Americans go and save it and then Aerosmith plays a song and then everything is finished. So it was very liberating to see the world end in a movie for once. Actually when I wrote that song I was watching a movie called Threads by Barry Hines. Have you seen that? It’s a BBC docudrama from 1984 about nuclear war and its aftermath. A nuclear bomb hits Sheffield in the UK and it’s the bleakest, horrible depiction of nuclear war ever made and I watched that with a friend and this was around the time of the breakup and somehow I felt strangely comforted and liberated after it, in the same way that I was mentioning before; realizing that there is a world out there that’s really fragile and can end and doesn’t give a shit about your problems. I emailed my friend afterwards and said “Thank you for showing me that because it cheered me up”, she said “Yeah, exactly, the end of the world is bigger than love”.
The first single from Teen Daze’s upcoming debut full length LP was released on Monday. I love the evolution of Jamison’s sound. Can’t wait to see how “All Of Us, Together” compares to “Four More Years,” which was my favorite EP of 2010.
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10. Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne - I was in a really good mood the first time I listened to this, so it gets a spot on the list for that alone.
9. Real Estate - Days - These guys just keep getting better
8. Tyler, The Creator - Goblin - Expecting big things from Odd Future in 2012.
7. Heidecker & Wood - Starting From Nowhere - I know this is supposed to be a ‘comedy’ album and that the songs are ‘satirical’ but fuck if some of them aren’t the catchiest songs to come out this year.
6. Owen - Ghost Town - Probably one of Owen’s weaker releases in the grand scheme, but 2011 wasn’t exactly the best year for music.
5. Giraffage - Comfort - Giraffage is part of a lo-fi subgenre that I will, from now on, call neo-turntablism. Sample-based chillwave tracks, mostly.
4. The Weeknd - Echoes of Silence, Thursday, House of Balloons - A three-way tie between the 3 mixtapes that The Weeknd released this year. Spawned a new buzz-genre know as PBR&B.
3. Curren$y - Weekend At Burnie’s - 2011 was a big year for Curren$y. I think he released something like 3 mixtapes and 2 albums before October ended. A wildly ambitious stoner who deserves the recognition after a decade of rapping with Master P, Lil’ Wayne and Wiz Khalifa.
2. Washed Out - Within and Without - Chillwave release of the year.
1. Destroyer - Kaputt - The first album I heard in 2011, the most unique album I heard in 2011, one of the only albums I will remember from 2011.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS COURTESY OF:
Memory Tapes, Neon Indian, Beirut, Childish Gambino, Death Cab for Cutie, Fleet Foxes, Mates of State, The Lonely Island