Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sufjan Stevens and Guests - "Mercury"



A Sufjan Stevens album with Bryce Dessner of The National about outer space sounds almost to good to be true—but it’s very real and true! The forthcoming album, to be released June 9 via 4AD and titled Planetarium, is a recording of Stevens, Dessner, composer Nico Muhly and drummer James McAlister’s 2013 composition of the same title. Today, the four revealed a second song from the album: “Mercury.”

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Tribe Called Quest - "Dis Generation"


Paste:
Hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest have released the music video for “Dis Generation” off their latest fantastic album We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service.

Directed by Atlanta’s Hiro Murai, the black-and-white video spans a seemingly endless shot of subway platforms, concert halls and busy side streets. Q-Tip, Jarobi and Busta Rhymes drift in and out of the scene, appearing and then disappearing just as fast as the camera moves continuously. A posthumous verse from Phife Dawg, to whom the group dedicated their politically charged Grammy performance, is layered into the song. “Dis Generation” was already a fantastic track, and the silky-smooth video just serves to make us re-appreciate Tribe’s creative genius.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Found Footage: Chop And Steele, K-Strass and Chef Keith

#GiveThanksForStrength #ChopAndSteele

Deadspin:
Local morning news shows have a lot of air to fill each day. So when a pair claiming to be an inspirational strongman duo blasted out a press release—citing a nonexistent tour and an America’s Got Talent appearance, and offering no video or documentation—they were immediately booked by seven different shows across the country.

Chop and Steele eventually appeared on three shows, in Eau Claire, Wisc., Bismarck, N.D., and Allentown, Penn., before canceling their other appearances due to being “stressed out.” Those three appearances were enough for some awe-inspiring demonstrations of their prowess.

Pickett and Prueher say none of the newscasters were upset about their appearances—or at least kept their reservations to themselves. But one station did email the day after the broadcast, asking for Chop and Steele’s credentials.


Little is known about "K-Strass," who goes by Kenny Strasser, or sometimes Karl Strassburg. He claims to be from Wisconsin (except when he doesn't). He claims to be from a broken home, with his own addiction issues (except when he isn't).

All we know is that K-Strass has shown up on television six times in the past month, showing off his yo-yo "skills" and generally embarrassing the hosts.



Over the holidays, Keith Guerke appeared on five morning shows in Wisconsin and Illinois to promote his new cookbook and prepare some meals made from leftovers. One little problem: Chef Keith doesn't know how to cook.

You might have guessed by now that K-Strass and Chef Keith are kindred spirits. K-Strass, portrayed by Mark Proksch was co-created by Joe Pickett. Pickett and co-conspirator Nick Prueher, who are responsible for Chef Keith, are the creators of the Found Footage Festival, which begins touring this week. Prueher played the part of Chef Keith, and said the reporters and anchors couldn't have been nicer to him—even after the segments went awry.

Prueher and Pickett said it wasn't tough to make in on the air at the five stations (in Milwaukee, Rhinelander, and Wausau, and two in Rockford, Ill.), all desperate for holiday programming. But since most restaurants were closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas, the food used in the segments was day-old KFC.



More information:
» Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "Alleged yo-yo champ dupes TV shows"

Thursday, March 9, 2017

"How to hack your biology and be in the zone"

Alan Watkins is the founder and CEO of Complete Coherence Ltd. He is recognised as an international expert on leadership and human performance. He has researched and published widely on both subjects for over 18 years. He is currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Psychological Medicine at Imperial College, London as well as an Affiliate Professor of Leadership at the European School of Management, London. He originally qualified as a physician, has a first class degree in psychology and a PhD in immunology.

Whatever you decide to do (sports, hobbies, being healthy, driving, cooking, talking, etc!) you can hack your life and increase your rate of success! All you have to do is understand the concept of the Triune brain, control your breathing (Coherent Breathing), a 30/50% grip strength, and make your tools an extension of your body. Take all this with a perfect body weight transfer (mostly for sports), empty your mind and let your vision do the work.

Doing this perfectly will slow time so you can anticipate instead of reacting!

What you eat affects how you feel!

Brain Structure:
http://thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/d/d_0...
http://cognitrn.psych.indiana.edu/bus...
http://developingchild.harvard.edu/ke...

Unconscious/Subconscious mind:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconsc...

Control your Emotions:
http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/e...

Understand how Fear works:
http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/e...

Understand your Reward System:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reward_s...
http://neuroscience.mssm.edu/nestler/...

Self-Esteem:
http://cmhc.utexas.edu/selfesteem.html

Ego:
http://www.pathwaytohappiness.com/hap...

Exercise:
http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/e...

The importance of Sleep:
http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/st...
http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_R...

Compassion:
http://ccare.stanford.edu/

Gratitude:
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newslet...

Meditation:
http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAcTI...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjT83...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-BWI...

Placebo/Nocebo Effect:
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newslet...
http://harvardmagazine.com/2005/05/th...

How to be successful - http://i.imgur.com/QDA8DHh.jpg

Don't forget to smile, you're stuck on a rock flying through space :)
http://i.imgur.com/km6oQMP.jpg

*(Last Update: January 1st 2017)

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The Wim Hof Breathing Method
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaMjh...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=389c3...
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We Are All ''One'': *
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptmXB...
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Consciousness, a Quantum Physics Perspective: *
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP486...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dengue Fever - "Cannibal Courtship"


AV Club:
Dengue Fever’s enduring love for an extinct period of Cambodian psychedelic surf-rock never weighs down its fourth album, Cannibal Courtship, but the band’s eccentric lyrical style sometimes does. “Cement Slippers” has a chorus with a New Pornographers-style keyboard hook—one of several welcome power-pop jolts on the album—hampered by verses that repeatedly fall flat as Chhom Nimol and a slop-voiced Zac Holtzman trade dull jokes about a couple having a shitty time together. The chorus of “Thank You Goodbye” (“you’re just another stamp in my passport”) can’t help but sound like a clumsy attempt to make another jet-setting love song like “Tiger Phone Card,” from 2008’s Venus On Earth. But when Nimol sings in her native Khmer and spreads her voice through the slow, eerie “Uku” and “Sister In The Radio,” Dengue Fever’s tiny corner of world music becomes deliriously entrancing again. The images of high-tech missiles on “Family Business” are just black-humored enough to complement the sinister cool of Holtzman’s guitar riff—they can pull off funny here and there—and Nimol’s vocal on the title track conjures Blondie as much as campy seduction. Cannibal Courtship once again proves that Dengue Fever is far more than tacky exotica, even when it can’t shake a few irritating personality tics.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spotlight: Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)


New Yorker:
At a certain point, if you still have your marbles and are not faced with serious financial challenges, you have a chance to put your house in order. It’s a cliché, but it’s underestimated as an analgesic on all levels. Putting your house in order, if you can do it, is one of the most comforting activities, and the benefits of it are incalculable.




Paste:
Cohen first released what is perhaps his most well-loved song, “Hallelujah,” on his seventh studio album, 1984’s Various Positions. The song has since been performed by nearly 200 different artists in numerous languages, a testament to the incredibly long shadow Cohen has cast over the world of music. Cohen’s star only continued to rise throughout the 1990s, his music reaching a larger and younger audience even as it gravitated towards darkness and social conflict. He was ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk in 1996, taking the Dharma name Jikan, or “Silence.” After five years of seclusion, he returned to writing, recording and touring, releasing two albums in the 2000s and embarking on a 2008-2010 world tour. Cohen’s masterful songwriting continued even into his 14th album, the recently released and unsurprisingly excellent You Want It Darker.

“If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often,” Cohen once said. We have no doubt he is there now.