Promises Of London Sunshine

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Promises Of London Sunshine

Darlings, it’s been much too long since I posted something proper, with actual writing instead of some fluff around an arguably amazing song. Alas, today is not the day that this will change. Tears.

Anyway. Last week was a busy week for me, with two concerts on top of my regular goings on. Both were great, though. First, on Monday, there was London Grammar, who were supported by Bipolar Sunshine (see the song below, which I’ve been listening to quite obsessively). The picture is about the only photo I took that’s worth anything. I just got a new camera that is slightly better than your average cheap-ish camera, but I haven’t quite gotten the hang of all the settings. Should work on that before the Bastille concert that I’m going to coming Wednesday (yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! SO looking forward to that :).

The second concert was on Friday, a Dutch act called Blaudzun (singer/songwriter-ish, except Blaudzun is backed by a rather large-and-awesome band). The support act there was this crazy, weird Belgian duo/band called Eriksson Delcroix. They were… terrible, basically; probably the worst SA I’ve ever seen, and they didn’t fit with Blaudzun AT ALL. It was quite endearing(ly hilarious), though, so we enjoyed ourselves regardless. Anyway, the actual concert there was THE SHIT. I had so much fun, it was really, really great. This is the second time my friend and I have gone to see him (plus once at a festival), and they do an amazing job every single time. This was an album release show, and the album’s fantastic (Promises of No Man’s Land, go check it out in Spotify once it’s put on there!). Probably the most put-together of all his albums so far, so that was another plus. All in all totes marv.

Here’s my two favourite pictures of that concert:

This guy, who’s usually introduced as “on the hand clap” (like “Flying Kiwi on the guitar”), is amazing. He always goes on stage barefoot, and now he was sporting this… dwarvish look? I feel that best describes it. Anyway, I love him. He’s got wonderful stage presence and enthusiasm and he’s fabulous.

The man himself: Blaudzun.

And now for the Bipolar Sunshine song:

Also make sure to check out the Spotify session version, which I think is even better.

Now it’s back to work for me (on my thesis, on the right to die, amongst other things). Enjoy the sunshine – I’m loving it a LOT over here 😀

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Voy A Estocolmo! [Stockholm, yeah baby!]

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Voy A Estocolmo! [Stockholm, yeah baby!]

Ola chicos y chicas! (I’m learning Spanish, or was, on Duolingo, which is amaymay, hence el Español).
I’m going to Stockholm in March! BOOYAH. I’m muy excited, to say the least. Just booked yesterday. It’s going to be magnifico!
So… if you’ve ever been to Stockholm, or you know, live there or sth., then do let me know the places to go, the places to be, and the places to see. (I may or may not have just watched Frozen. Which may or may not have been the third movie I watched today, after The Hangover 2 & 3. TH1 went down yesterday, although it feels like at least two days ago). But yeah, share your secrets! I’ll be there for 2,5 days, so we really want to get the most out of that.

Whoohoo!

PS: The Hangover was pretty disappointing 😦 I’ve come to appreciate Bradley Cooper a little bit more now, but other than that, meh. Also, Lauren’s brother Teddy is adorable. But still, the movies literally made me laugh out loud once at most. How are they good? Also, the boobs in the last one? DISGUSTING, EWW. And it was pretty lame that the story was exactly the same every time. I mean… come on. And I don’t like Zach Galifianakis (wrote that without checking! Will check now though to see if I’m correct otherwise the bragging doesn’t make sense. BOOM. Well done, me! I really like Between Two Ferns but ya no me gusta Alan. Or Senior Chang. Also, lots of eww nuditay. Flashback to the Bangkok prostitute eh no.

Her Neighbours, They Tell Secrets/A.A. Bondy sounds like…

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I can’t quite pinpoint whom he reminds me of, but isn’t this a wonderful song? Lovely easy-listening. Found him through Spotify, (‘You listened to…’), which is one of the first times I both did not know their suggestion already AND actually liked it. Go Spotty!
I’m muchas frustrated by not knowing what I’m reminded of, though. Bah. Also, Edward Sharpe &…’s song in the August: Osage County is rad. Heard it in the trailer yesterday, when we saw it as a preview before Philomena. (There was a lot of confusion in me just now about whether or not it was him or not, ’cause the song is not on the soundtrack so I got confused and then internet told me it was the Lumineers but not, but Stubborn Love is also great, but what, but I don’t understand! but no, I was right after all. Pfew. I don’t like when they use songs in the trailer that aren’t in the movie. So disappointing. Cue No Church in the Wild not being in The Great Gatsby). Philomena was really great. I’ve loved Steve Coogan since I saw 24 Hour Party People, which I also recommend, and of course Judi Dench is brilliant. All-round wonderful film 🙂

Edit: ¡Of course I know what this reminds me of, Damien Jurado! (Who’s just released a new album I still need to listen to). They sound remarkably similar, I think, although it seems neither Spotify, nor Deezer agree with me. Silly nincompoops. There’s still someone else in there, too, though, but I still can’t quite get a grasp on my thoughts there. To be continued…

Because We Like Pretty Things

I’ve decided to give up on the whole ‘weekly roundup’ thing, because most of the time it felt burdensome and made me not want to share all kinds of cool things with you because it would take too much work. Then when I did make the post, I couldn’t be arsed to properly spend time on them, so they were all kind of… unappealing, probably.

Anyway, I’ve now taken up the habit, sort of, of just throwing stuff at you right when I come across it, which is what I’ll be doing now. Today is a good day, with lots of fun stuff to throw at you.

First of all, there’s this… poem, I suppose, by Julian Barnes, whom I think is wonderful, which is quite lovely and sad-ish. At some point it loses its charm a little – it drags on a bit too much – but it’s still worthwhile, and it’s not very long. It’s about funerals, more or less.

Then there’s this song, which is also lovely, so this post is coming together quite nicely matched, and I do enjoy matching.

http://nylonmag.com/nylonblogs/blog/2013/08/28/slow-skies-on-the-shore/

Zen Pencils is very cool and definitely worth checking out if you’re at all into comics and cool things and awesome, which you probably are because that’s why you’re here… I guess? Either way, the below comic is great and inspiring and inspired by Bill Watterson, the Brilliant Mind that created Calvin & Hobbes. Many good things coming together here.

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Aaand… that’s it! I did come across the video about the 96-yo guy who wrote a song about his wife that was turned into an actual song, but I didn’t think it sounded that great, and En Puntas was just weird, basically. I was hoping she’d actually start dancing, but I guess scratching a grand piano is enough for them. So, not sharing those. Ha.

Also, I have decided to become a children’s literature author. I think I’d be quite good at that, plus I have awesome friends to help me out. So, be on the lookout for Brammetje het Rommeltjesmonster // Jesse the Messy Monster.