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Thursday, December 2
JULIAN ASSANGE FOUND A NEW FORM OF LIFE IN BOTH RUSSIA AND QATAR!
Kind of a crazy news week, huh?
I often take "news breaks" by turning off all the feeds (television, internet, radio, papers). In recent months I've noticed that the more I'm saturated in noise, the less happy I am. Silence, in the rare times I have it, is something that I do not take for granted, and I am really happy to just sit with nothing seemingly happening around me. Sunday night is usually the only time I have this.
News is like good music. If it's really important or good, you'll hear about it eventually. I just discovered Mumford & Sons. Unfuckingbelievable. No use in being a news snob.
Here's something interesting.
I got into Arcade Fire, like, nasty-status, early in the year. I learned tremendous amounts from their songwriting. They like few chords, and basic ones, drawn out for bars and bars and bars, as a ton of chaos ensues over a relatively flat blueprint. If you have a moment to listen under the layers, the same thing happens in Kanye's new album. It's unmistakably inspired by the new soundscape trends Arcade Fire were responsible in setting up. Even the chants. And especially the four-on-the-floor psychology.