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I heard the band Pomplamoose perform on NPR this weekend. They are a d0-it-yourself-band, i.e., not signed by a record label. While some of their songs are covered, many are original and quite good. The two band members play multiple musical instruments and it’s WYSIWYG. “There’s no hidden sounds, there’s no lip-synching, there’s no overdubbing. What you see is what you hear,” Conte says. “Sometimes, there might be two or three Natalys harmonizing with herself, and then you’ll see those three videos juxtaposed together on the screen.'”

“I guess I kinda don’t like how there’s such a pedestal for music culture and especially for band culture,” he says. “It just feels fake; it feels like smoke and mirrors. I feel like music doesn’t have to be like that. It can be something that’s very normal and very accessible.”

“Pomplamoose: Making a Living on YouTube”

Great musicians. Good article.

This song and video are wonderful. uplifting. insightful. life-

I love this song by Frakkur (jón þor (jónsi) birgisson), entitled “Ammælisstrákur” (Birthday Guy) on the album Kitchen Motors Family Album. Lyric-less and ethereal-

Accompanying thread on Youtube: “a child trapped in a womans body…”—> “No, an ANGEL trapped in a man’s body . . .”—> “Genius.”—> “To jest coś pięknego (Polish: This is something beautiful).

NPR just featured a piece with Jónsi (lead singer and guitarist in Sigur Ros), “First Listen: Jonsi, ‘Go” by Bob Boilen. Jónsi talks about his youth and the music and instruments and people who influenced him. He dj’s a set with songs he listened to growing up. His new album Go can be listened to in its entirety.

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot created this installation art piece for The Curve, a series at the Barbican Centre in London that exhibits site-specific art. This piece features a walk-through aviary with grass, little ponds, Zebra Finches, and an electric guitar. The birds land on the strings, jump around, and play with sticks on them- and sound is produced.

Sometimes I dream of choreographing a music video full of students and art-

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I saw this film during the NYC International Children’s Film Festival. It was part of the collective piece Short Films Two. I love it and voted it as my favorite.

This is a video for the song “Sweet Lullaby” by director Tarsem Singh (movie The Fall). The lyrics come from the Solomon Islands and are about orphaned children. The younger brother cries about his lost father and his sister sings a piece to comfort him. The video discussion on Youtube offers further information, as does Deep Forest’s website.

I’ve been mesmerized by Deep Forest ever since I heard their album Boheme when it was released in 1995. Their music, sometimes labeled ethno electronica, borrows folk and tribal music from all over the world and blends it with electronic music sounds. I think their music is a great way to bring world music into the classroom.

e.e. cummings writes, “to be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.”

I love Karin Dreijer Andersson and I love the art she and her team have brought to everyone. I think her costumes are imaginative, clever, edgy, and storyville-ish. There will always be a divided house and I think she is amazing for standing strong and blazing in a world where she is revered and despised.

Otherworld is in our World, we all wear many costumes below the surface

I came across an art opening at Devotion Gallery in NYC. I have never heard of Sound Postcards, or the contextual history that spawned them. I’m intrigued and I am going to try to attend.

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