Seattle-based folk band Fleet Foxes will be releasing their second album, Helplessness Blues, next week on May 3rd. According to front-man Robin Pecknold, they set out to make an album that is “less poppy, less upbeat and more groove-based” than their self-titled 2008 debut.
The album can be streamed, in its entirety, via NPR and when you pre-order through itunes, you will immediately get ‘Grown Ocean’.
Vancouver based electronic artist Teen Daze released an EP under the name Little Chords. The EP offers 5 guitar based, summer sounding, lo-fi tracks, including a cover of Yuck’s ‘Shook Down’. The EP is available for FREE via bandcamp.
To find out more about Teen Daze and their other projects, follow their tumblr.
“The reader can demonstrate the point by clicking off a roll with the family Instamatic or Leica without moving from his chair: point the machine at random this way and that, quickly and without thought. When the film is developed every frame will define a subject different from any defined before. To make matters worse, some of the pictures are likely to be marginally interesting. Even the automatic cameras that record the comings and goings in banks describe facts and relationships that surprise mere eye-witnesses.
It is not easy for the photographer to compete with the clever originality of mindless, mechanized cameras, but the photographer can add intelligence. By means of photography one can in a minute reject as unsatisfactory ninety-nine configurations of facts and elect as right the hundredth. The choice is based on tradition and intuition - knowledge and ego - as it is in any art, but the ease of execution and the richness of the possibilities in photography both serve to put a premium on good intuition. The photographer’s problem is perhaps too complex to be dealt with rationally. This is why photographers prowl with such restless uncertainty about their motif, ignoring many potentially interesting records while they look for something else.”
-John Szarkowski, Introduction to William Eggleston’s Guide 1976
Amen John, things are even harder now.
“This is why photographers prowl with such restless uncertainty…”
Nostalgia is a funny concept since nowadays all these lo-fi bands try to achieve a nostalgic sound that most of us never lived through. Yet that feeling of nostalgia is still aroused. We might have never lived through the era of surf rock, vinyl, or A-track, but we still have a sense of how those times were. Mostly due to both the reaccounts of our parents and movies that depict those times. That is the genius with bands like Cults, their ability to induce a yearning to go back to a time which was not ours and that was not influenced by us what so ever. Sounds that reminds us of another generation’s past.
I absolutely adore your blog; you are beautiful and your photography is incredible. I admire how much you respect your body. I think you and I are relatively the same body size and it feels incredibly empowering to know that I could feel as comfortable about my figure as you are about yours. Thank you.♥
Oh, thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you! I’m so happy that you like the work, and even more happy that it has been an empowering experience for you. If ever you get the body blues, think about what you’ve seen and know that you’re not the only one and moreover that you don’t have to feel like that.
“It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more manhood (or womanhood) to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.”—Alex Karras (via littlemiss)
Hello! I just wanted to say.. well.. Thank you.
Your blog truely makes me feel better about myself. I love it so much.
I struggle with a 'HUGE' weight issue and never ever felt good about myself.
I've been starring at your page for hours now and I am so overwhelmed. [in a good way]
I'm 16 years old, I'm 5'2" and I weigh 186 lbs. I never in my life felt pretty.
Your blog showed me that there are so many people out there struggling with the same issues and they accept them selves. Everyday I hide my body in bulky sweaters and jeans, I hide all my imperfections with make up and always leave my hair down. I don't want you to feel uncomfortable or anything by me saying that you truely gave me the confidence I needed. So thank you. You're very inspirational.
I think I’m going to cry, this makes me SO happy.
This is totallly, totally not making me uncomfortable. This…is the reason why I am doing what I am doing. I am so happy to have been able to provide you with something that makes you feel better about yourself, really, I mean, that’s the whole point of the work, that’s the whole point of my life, right now. I know what it’s like to struggle with weight issues and not accepting your own body, and all of that. Eventually I just got to a point where I was tired of feeling such self-hatred and I was tired of standing in front of the mirror picking myself apart and wishing so bad to look different. What’s the point? The body standard that currently exists is completely unattainable and most of the time completely fabricated. Even models wish they looked like models.
We all deserve to love ourselves, and we should. To what are we comparing ourselves? We don’t even really know, a lot of the time. One thing I’ve learned while doing my project is that fat people want to be thin and thin people want to put on more weight, and no one really knows where the “acceptable” or “adequate” middle ground is.
And you know why? Because it does not exist.
There is no RIGHT way to look. So love yourself, love what you are, who you are, because it’s your right to. Everyone has flaws, scars, stretch marks, rolls in places they don’t want them to be, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on. EVERYONE has these things. So why is it so unacceptable to have them?
Anyway, I’m rambling, but thank you so much for writing to me, and to anyone who reads this, feel free to write to me in the same way this girl has. It will help with my project from a research perspective, and give me more ideas on how to take it further, different issues to focus on, etc. Thank you, everyone, for the support, and I hope that you all feel beautiful inside and out. :]