Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Seriously Macleans?

Oh Macleans - Hunger Games fear mongering? Really?

I didn't see any covers when Twlight was out that said "Your daughter wants to date someone that could kill her" which let's face it, was a lot more screwed up. 

Isn't it interesting what we see as "inappropriate" for teenagers? I mean, here we have a novel which is basically a modern, reality TV show version of "Lord of the Flies" and we're scared to let them read it? Remember when we all read that at 16? It was okay then. Now, it's just scarier because it's related to our time. Or maybe because there's cameras and the kids are trying to kill each other on TV. Isn't that the point of a good story though - to teach you something, to subtly point out the folly in our lives. I remember when I was reading these novels and I asked Matt:

"Is the point of fantasy novels to teach us something about our world without pissing us off?"

And of course I knew this. But the point is, these books drilled it home for me again. They say something without having to finger point. Okay maybe there's a bit of finger pointing, but mostly it's us extrapolating what it means about our society.I don't know about you - but that's the exact kind of book that I'd want teenagers to be reading. 

The actual article is a little less "fear-mongerish" than the cover suggest, but it still had that vibe. But then, that's the media isn't it. 

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

April Playlist

So I kept hearing a friend of mine referring to his "dropbox" playlist. And I have dropbox, and there is lots of music I am loving right now. So I thought I would give it a shot too. I stuck to about 5 artists, so you get some range, and they're the ones on repeat for me recently.

Florence & The Machine 
Nothing really needs to be said here - we all know who Florence is. It's taken a while, but I'm totally into the new album now. These are my two faves.

  • Florence & The Machine - "Never Let Me Go"
  • Florence & The Machine - "Shake It Out"

I am so obsessed with these guys right. Ever since "We are Young", I just couldn't get enough of that anthem. Some say they're like Queen, others say Mika, and maybe even a little Lion King.  It's sort of odd and intoxicating all at the same time. There's a bit of poetry in this pop too. And I love that.

  • Fun - "Carry On"
  • Fun - "Some Nights"
  • Fun - "Why Am I the One"


Everywhere I go, I'm hearing this guy now. My friend bought tickets for his show for us a couple months ago. And now those $20 tickets are worth $150. But we're not selling them, we're going. I think that is evidence of how much I like this guy.
  • Gotye - "I Feel Better"
  • Gotye - "Eyes Wide Open"
  • Gotye - "Somebody that I Used to Know

"New Motown"
Not really a single artist, but something I'm loving recently. The "Motown resurgence". There is a lot more I could put on this list, but we'll start here. 
  • James Hunter - "Carina"
  • Aloe Blaac - "I Need a Dollar"
  • Mayer Hawthorne - "The Walk"

Of Monsters & Men 
Already posted about these guys. But I'm still loving them. The show got cancelled. I was heartbroken, but it's rescheduled, so here's hoping for the best.
  • Of Monsters & Men - "From Finner"
  • Of Monsters & Men - "Little Talks"
  • Of Monsters & Men - "Love, Love, Love"
  • Of Monsters & Men - "Six Weeks"

If you want all these songs as mp3's, send me an email. Remember that? When we logged into our email instead of just going on facebook?