The fact that Columbia Records greenlit a conceptual and massive release like this shows that there are still record industry people who recognize good talent when they hear it. I am not a fan of Pharell’s singing. He could be smoother but does an adequate job on “Get Lucky.” His real shining moment for me is “Lose Yourself To Dance.” Has there ever been a catchier roboto background vocal than the scaling “come on come on come on” on the same song? Overall I like that Daft Punk have reinvented themselves and shown that a few catchy house beats do not a career make. These guys have moved into a new musical realm with this one. I love the focus on 70s and 80s soft rock, funk and disco that they flirted with this time around (a touch of Nile Rodgers’ influence no doubt whose songs for Chic are still seminal dance tunes to this day). There’s almost a channeling of Earth, Wind and Fire at times too on this release which I really love. The one misstep for me seems to be Panda Bear (as if they were going for a Brian Wilson element that seems totally out of place with the electronics and mood of the album). However… I also love the vocoder. Although sounding undeniably retro, it’s wonderfully mastered here as a key ingredient of the song that has place, not some throwaway auto-tune gimmick to move units. The Paul Williams tune “Touch” is so great and out there as well, a wonderful space operatic! The closer “Contact” sounds like a great distorted cassette tape soundtrack for a 70s science show a la Jean-Michel Jarre (who seems to be a touchstone for his fellow Frenchmen on Random Access Memories as well). Gonna be a critic’s topper for 2013 I am sure.
Oh Jon Stewart, you are a lovely man! As a Torontonian this is just too damn funny.
Couldn’t make it to TCAF 2013? Well 9 of the panel presentations have shown up online, thanks to Jamie Coville and Bleeding Cool:
Includes programs from Library & Educator Day, TCAF proper, and The 2013 Doug Wright Awards. Check’em out!
Great for those of us who wanted to be there but were geographically challenged.
Still Corners - The Trip (from “Strange Pleasures”)
Love this new album!
Congrats, Spaceman! You are an inspiration to all of us! Thanks @Cmdr_Hadfield
Massimo Vignelli on implicit power and majesty of THE GRID.
(P.S. Your sketchbook is inadequate.)
Though I’m still trying to gather myself from the insane amount of consolidating and change put into place on this week’s Mad Men, here are this week’s survey results in the meantime.
For the record, my vote went to Throne of Blood, although Ikiru is a close second.
The most votes went to:
High and Low - 10 votes
Throne of Blood
The Hidden Fortress
I Live in Fear
Thanks for doing this, Catherine!
Basic Drawing Exercises:
How To Draw “Good” Lines:
Learn How To “Control” Your Pencil:
How Shading Works:
How To Shade & Blend:
Shading, Lights & Form
How To Built Up Contrast:
Yo La Tengo - Watch Out For Me Ronnie
Yes it’s the same band as my previous post! Now that’s #range
Yo La Tengo - Daphnia
Stranger Than Paradise (1984) // *names of the last three horses in race two
Two of my favourite things in one post: Ozu and Stranger Than Paradise. Whoa I never made the connection!