“What new music should I listen to?” … here’s your answer!

Everyone is look for new music, artists and songs to fall in love with. The problem is finding them (though Spotify has made it easier to discover new artists based on your past song choices).    But since sharing is caring, and since I love these upcoming three artists, I couldn’t resist blogging some suggestions. The music style for the following musicians is relaxed and chill, the perfect playlist for working at a coffee shop. 

1. Matt Corby – ‘Resolution’

Matt Corby is already a big, big, big deal in Australia. He’s branching out around the world, though I believe he is no where near his potential. The aspect that drew me to his music is the raw element of it – both in the guitar and the vocals. His most popular song is ‘Brother,’ so if you like this one, you should also check out that one. LISTEN TO ‘BROTHER’. 

2. Yuna – ‘Decorate’

Yuna is a Malaysian singer/songwriter that has described herself as “a cross between Mary Poppins and Coldplay.” Her music is wonderfully cheerful as well as not being to hyper. Her most popular song is ‘Lullabies,’ so if you like this one you should also check out that one. LISTEN TO ‘LULLABIES.’ 

3. Zee Avi – ‘Concrete Wall’ 

Zee Avi is also a Malaysian singer/songwriter. (Makes me want want to travel to that part of the world just for the music!) She is also very playful, like Yuna, with different musical instruments, including the ukulele. The song above is my favourite one of her, but she has multiple albums, so if you like ‘Concrete Wall,’ you should check her out! (I do really like ‘Bag of Gold’ as well.)

Happy Listening! 

When was the last time you paid attention to the cinematography of an ANIMATED film?

When was the last time you paid attention to the cinematography of an ANIMATED film?

My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

Can we please take a moment to honour the framing, colour, lighting, and design of shots in Miyazaki animation? His animated films are visually beautiful and a nice stylistic difference from the traditional western aesthetics.

Note to Self: the cinema of Asia is artistically exceptional and I should watch international films more often.

Suburban Life in America as Depicted in Cinema is quite Dystopian.

Some Films to Watch: 

All that Heaven Allows (Douglas Sirk, 1955)

American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1999)

Back To The Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)

The ‘Burbs (Joe Dante, 1989)

Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)

The Incredibles (Brad Bird, 2004)

The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967)

Happiness (Todd Solndz, 1998)

It’s a Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)

The Oranges (Julian Farino, 2011)

Pleasantville (Gary Ross, 1998)

The Stepford Wives (Bryan Forbes, 1975)

The Stepford Wives (Frank Oz, 2004)

The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998)

Some Academic Writing to Explain: 

“Hollywood’s anachronistic vision in this regard stands as testament to the profound cultural influence of the suburban landscape in the postwar years: for the development and subsequent massive expansion – particularly in the years and decades following the end of World War II – of ‘suburbia’ entailed the construction of not only a new kind of physical landscape, but new psychic and emotional landscapes as well.”

– Robert Beuka, “’Cue the Sun’: Soundings from Millennial Suburbia,” Iowa Journal of Culture Studies 3 (Fall 2003). Accessed Online. 

“Americans are obsessed with houses – their own and everyone else’s. We judge our selves and our neighbours by where and how we live.” 

– Dell Upton, Architecture in the United States (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), 14. 

“The city started out as the culprit. But by the postwar era, the suburbs had elbowed their way into that maligned position – the site of social dysfunction and pathology. Hell, it seemed, moved from the city to the suburbs – like everyone else.” 

– Becky Nicolaides, ‘ How Hell Moved from the City to the Suburbs’ in The New Suburban History, eds. Kevin Kruse and Thomas Sugrue, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006), 80. 

 

How do you feel about your white picket fence now?