loony_moony: (SPN: Castiel and wings)
Remember that music post I made about Eric Whitacre's music?

Well, today I found a YouTube video of a FANTASTIC choir performing "Sleep" in what has to be one of the best concert halls in the US, conducted by Whitacre himself.



GUH. GUH GUH GUH MUSIC ORGASM GUH. If I ever get to sing this, I would fight tooth and nail for the opportunity omfg.

On a more mature note, the more I listen to Whitacre, the more I'm convinced he is going to be one of the main voices in the American classical style (my amateur terming), and music such as his will be remembered for far longer than all the post-Webernian monstrosities I had the misfortune to hear in my academic life.

ETA: AWESOME. SO MUCH AWESOME.



Can we have more people like this dude composing classical music please?
loony_moony: (SPN: Castiel and wings)
Remember that music post I made about Eric Whitacre's music?

Well, today I found a YouTube video of a FANTASTIC choir performing "Sleep" in what has to be one of the best concert halls in the US, conducted by Whitacre himself.



GUH. GUH GUH GUH MUSIC ORGASM GUH. If I ever get to sing this, I would fight tooth and nail for the opportunity omfg.

On a more mature note, the more I listen to Whitacre, the more I'm convinced he is going to be one of the main voices in the American classical style (my amateur terming), and music such as his will be remembered for far longer than all the post-Webernian monstrosities I had the misfortune to hear in my academic life.

ETA: AWESOME. SO MUCH AWESOME.



Can we have more people like this dude composing classical music please?
loony_moony: (Clear the area)
I'm keeping this weird LJ silence for no good reason, but I have to bring this to you, guys.

This is one of my favorite artists right now covering one of my favorite artists ever's best songs.



There's a lot of debate going on whether this is a good cover or not, so let me throw my $.02 in: Robyn creates music she likes to dance to. She's said so herself many times. If so, this cover does justice to both her and Björk, because it shows respect to the original and puts a new spin on it at the same time. Robyn's dance sound is a lot more outright Europop than Björk's has ever been. However, I feel like Robyn is really just starting now to do her thing, and Björk's obviously already there. To me, this spells a lot of promise for Robyn. And the fact that Björk just won the same über prestigious award Joni Mitchell was the first female winner of makes me very very :DDDDD!!!

Also, I want this on my iPod.
loony_moony: (Clear the area)
I'm keeping this weird LJ silence for no good reason, but I have to bring this to you, guys.

This is one of my favorite artists right now covering one of my favorite artists ever's best songs.



There's a lot of debate going on whether this is a good cover or not, so let me throw my $.02 in: Robyn creates music she likes to dance to. She's said so herself many times. If so, this cover does justice to both her and Björk, because it shows respect to the original and puts a new spin on it at the same time. Robyn's dance sound is a lot more outright Europop than Björk's has ever been. However, I feel like Robyn is really just starting now to do her thing, and Björk's obviously already there. To me, this spells a lot of promise for Robyn. And the fact that Björk just won the same über prestigious award Joni Mitchell was the first female winner of makes me very very :DDDDD!!!

Also, I want this on my iPod.
loony_moony: (SPN: Castiel and wings)
1. A while back, one of my bffs in college made me listen to the Polyphony ensemble performing pieces by choral genius Eric Whitacre, who I think is the greatest voice in American choral music nowadays (I would've said worldwide, but I still think he's eclipsed by Arvo Pärt). I feel like this is particularly exemplified by the third piece on the album, Sleep.

Sleep is nothing short of a choral masterpiece, you guys. The climax of it is so divine, I start crying every single time.

So here is a d/l just of it: Sleep

And I highly recommend you buy the rest of the album. It's available both on Amazon and iTunes.

'Sleep', the poem )


2. This is kind of an obvious rec (not that the last one wasn't, if you're into classical music), but I have so much love for Hanz Zimmer's OST for Chris Nolan's 'Inception'. Zimmer is a brilliant composer all on his own, but I find that his style complements the best with Nolan's filmmaking. I really loved what Zimmer did to The Dark Knight. Anyway, "Inception" is such a wonderful movie, and music plays such an important role in it. I thought I'd give you a taste, and the rest you can find for yourself. :)

Anyone who's seen the movie will recognize this (no, it's not the BRRRRM BRRRRRRM): 'Time'

Zimmer is such an orchestrating genius, omg.


3. Okay, so I don't like Kanye West. I don't like his shtick, I don't like his capslock, I don't like his style.

But he sure damn knows some good artists to work with. Example? His latest video, "Power". It's a minute and a half of pure creative genius.

Embedded video under the cut )
loony_moony: (SPN: Castiel and wings)
1. A while back, one of my bffs in college made me listen to the Polyphony ensemble performing pieces by choral genius Eric Whitacre, who I think is the greatest voice in American choral music nowadays (I would've said worldwide, but I still think he's eclipsed by Arvo Pärt). I feel like this is particularly exemplified by the third piece on the album, Sleep.

Sleep is nothing short of a choral masterpiece, you guys. The climax of it is so divine, I start crying every single time.

So here is a d/l just of it: Sleep

And I highly recommend you buy the rest of the album. It's available both on Amazon and iTunes.

'Sleep', the poem )


2. This is kind of an obvious rec (not that the last one wasn't, if you're into classical music), but I have so much love for Hanz Zimmer's OST for Chris Nolan's 'Inception'. Zimmer is a brilliant composer all on his own, but I find that his style complements the best with Nolan's filmmaking. I really loved what Zimmer did to The Dark Knight. Anyway, "Inception" is such a wonderful movie, and music plays such an important role in it. I thought I'd give you a taste, and the rest you can find for yourself. :)

Anyone who's seen the movie will recognize this (no, it's not the BRRRRM BRRRRRRM): 'Time'

Zimmer is such an orchestrating genius, omg.


3. Okay, so I don't like Kanye West. I don't like his shtick, I don't like his capslock, I don't like his style.

But he sure damn knows some good artists to work with. Example? His latest video, "Power". It's a minute and a half of pure creative genius.

Embedded video under the cut )
loony_moony: (TBBT: Sheldon can kill you with his brai)
Oh, summer, I HATE YOU SO. I'm pretty sure it was cooler in HELL today, although hell also had/has Sam Winchester in it with his big veiny arms, so you know, possibly a scarier place.

ANYHOO, LINKS.

1. I'm pretty sure that by now, everyone and their Mean Girls-loving sister know that Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail, followed by 90 days in rehab, which is to say, EPIC ONTD POST IS EPIC. Come on, where else would you like to see these news commented on? Useless, drug-ridden starlets going to jail are ONTD's fucking HOME TURF. Literally.

2. The female staff of The Daily Show issues a counter statement to that Jezebel article calling Jon Stewart a sexist. Slate also has something to say about it, mainly a scathing something against Jezebel.

I have a couple of things in mind about this whole thing: a) Obviously Jezebel's argument was badly articulated, as it targeted the entire TDS staff instead of what it probably meant to target, which is the correspondent male/female ratio. b) The correspondent male/female ration is a bit worrying, particularly if the best they could come up with is Olivia Munn, who is c) an unfunny Samantha Bee wannabe, which is saddening since the material written for her was pretty awesome (on the second segment), and d) [livejournal.com profile] doubtful_salmon, you are not allowed to comment on this until you stop FROTHING AT THE MOUTH.

3. Ever since Zoe Keating's new CD debuted, I've been following her reactions to the buyers market, and today she linked on her twitter to a very well-worded article about the nature of copyright and the internet. The message was along the expected lines of "the machine is broken, but piracy is downright cruel to people who never belonged to it in the first place", which is what Zoe Keating is. I'm sad to hear there were so many torrents, even though it means she's popular.

4. Michio Kaku, an astrophysicist, came to The Colbert Report last night, and got even an incredibly ill Stephen Colbert excited. I mean, INVISIBILITY CLOAKS, YOU GUYS. :DDD
loony_moony: (TBBT: Sheldon can kill you with his brai)
Oh, summer, I HATE YOU SO. I'm pretty sure it was cooler in HELL today, although hell also had/has Sam Winchester in it with his big veiny arms, so you know, possibly a scarier place.

ANYHOO, LINKS.

1. I'm pretty sure that by now, everyone and their Mean Girls-loving sister know that Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail, followed by 90 days in rehab, which is to say, EPIC ONTD POST IS EPIC. Come on, where else would you like to see these news commented on? Useless, drug-ridden starlets going to jail are ONTD's fucking HOME TURF. Literally.

2. The female staff of The Daily Show issues a counter statement to that Jezebel article calling Jon Stewart a sexist. Slate also has something to say about it, mainly a scathing something against Jezebel.

I have a couple of things in mind about this whole thing: a) Obviously Jezebel's argument was badly articulated, as it targeted the entire TDS staff instead of what it probably meant to target, which is the correspondent male/female ratio. b) The correspondent male/female ration is a bit worrying, particularly if the best they could come up with is Olivia Munn, who is c) an unfunny Samantha Bee wannabe, which is saddening since the material written for her was pretty awesome (on the second segment), and d) [livejournal.com profile] doubtful_salmon, you are not allowed to comment on this until you stop FROTHING AT THE MOUTH.

3. Ever since Zoe Keating's new CD debuted, I've been following her reactions to the buyers market, and today she linked on her twitter to a very well-worded article about the nature of copyright and the internet. The message was along the expected lines of "the machine is broken, but piracy is downright cruel to people who never belonged to it in the first place", which is what Zoe Keating is. I'm sad to hear there were so many torrents, even though it means she's popular.

4. Michio Kaku, an astrophysicist, came to The Colbert Report last night, and got even an incredibly ill Stephen Colbert excited. I mean, INVISIBILITY CLOAKS, YOU GUYS. :DDD
loony_moony: (Imogen Heap)
So, when I went to see Imogen Heap performing earlier this year, I got to see a very special guest performance by an avant-guard cellist by the name of Zoe Keating, who then proceeded to perform an astonishingly beautiful piece called "Optimist".



She is phenomenally talented. I can't stop listening to her new album "Into The Trees", which is the exact same reaction I had when I first discovered her previous album, "One Cello x 16: Natoma". She is a leading voice in cello music, and a leading voice in avant-guard electronica. And she is so so worth listening to. My love for 'Fern' is pretty much endless. It's hauntingly beautiful cello solo with a warm, romantic sound making sweet sweet musical love with minimalistic electronica and I. Am. Smitten. And have been for a while.

So very much recommended, you guys. Her music is available on iTunes, but if you're so inclined, please buy it on Bandcamp, where you have the option to pay more and show real appreciation to an unconventional artist who refuses to submit to labels and corporations, and lives directly off of album sales and downloads.

loony_moony: (Imogen Heap)
So, when I went to see Imogen Heap performing earlier this year, I got to see a very special guest performance by an avant-guard cellist by the name of Zoe Keating, who then proceeded to perform an astonishingly beautiful piece called "Optimist".



She is phenomenally talented. I can't stop listening to her new album "Into The Trees", which is the exact same reaction I had when I first discovered her previous album, "One Cello x 16: Natoma". She is a leading voice in cello music, and a leading voice in avant-guard electronica. And she is so so worth listening to. My love for 'Fern' is pretty much endless. It's hauntingly beautiful cello solo with a warm, romantic sound making sweet sweet musical love with minimalistic electronica and I. Am. Smitten. And have been for a while.

So very much recommended, you guys. Her music is available on iTunes, but if you're so inclined, please buy it on Bandcamp, where you have the option to pay more and show real appreciation to an unconventional artist who refuses to submit to labels and corporations, and lives directly off of album sales and downloads.

loony_moony: (TB: Bill is a vampire jsyd)
I'm feeling pretty braindead, so here goes:

1. Erykah Badu goes nude for Vibe Magazine (but not in a porny way)

This is because ERYKAH BADU, GODDAMN. After Lauryn Hill, she is my favorite R&B singer-songwriter and she is fucking FABULOUS. Want proof? In this very issue, she says in the interview: People are uncomfortable with sexuality that's not for male consumption. Could be 'cause I did it in public too. Do you think people would have been complaining if I had on high-heel shoes?

LOVE HER.

2. ONTD has a mega summer jam post.

You will NOT be able to stop browsing this, so clear up a couple of hours, people. I'm warning you. Which reminds me, btw, I'm totally listening to Joni Mitchell again. No idea why she is such a summery musician for me, mostly, but I can't get enough of "Blue" when it's hot and steamy outside.

3. Rue McClanahan (Blanche in The Golden Girls) died this week, sadly. She was my favourite Golden Girl too. RIP. :(

This is what I loved most about Blanche:



Man, I really have to get my bedroom in shape before I get my a/c unit tonight. GODDAMN I CAN'T WAIT. Last night I didn't fall asleep till 4AM, it was so hot and muggy.
loony_moony: (TB: Bill is a vampire jsyd)
I'm feeling pretty braindead, so here goes:

1. Erykah Badu goes nude for Vibe Magazine (but not in a porny way)

This is because ERYKAH BADU, GODDAMN. After Lauryn Hill, she is my favorite R&B singer-songwriter and she is fucking FABULOUS. Want proof? In this very issue, she says in the interview: People are uncomfortable with sexuality that's not for male consumption. Could be 'cause I did it in public too. Do you think people would have been complaining if I had on high-heel shoes?

LOVE HER.

2. ONTD has a mega summer jam post.

You will NOT be able to stop browsing this, so clear up a couple of hours, people. I'm warning you. Which reminds me, btw, I'm totally listening to Joni Mitchell again. No idea why she is such a summery musician for me, mostly, but I can't get enough of "Blue" when it's hot and steamy outside.

3. Rue McClanahan (Blanche in The Golden Girls) died this week, sadly. She was my favourite Golden Girl too. RIP. :(

This is what I loved most about Blanche:



Man, I really have to get my bedroom in shape before I get my a/c unit tonight. GODDAMN I CAN'T WAIT. Last night I didn't fall asleep till 4AM, it was so hot and muggy.
loony_moony: (SPN: Winchesters)
100 Reasons Why I Love "Supernatural" (and everything that has to do with it), THE EXTREMELY VISUAL EDITION.

WARNING: NOT DIAL-UP FRIENDLY AT ALL.

Cut to spare your poor browser and/or your Mem )
loony_moony: (SPN: Winchesters)
100 Reasons Why I Love "Supernatural" (and everything that has to do with it), THE EXTREMELY VISUAL EDITION.

WARNING: NOT DIAL-UP FRIENDLY AT ALL.

Cut to spare your poor browser and/or your Mem )
loony_moony: (NS: Squeeeeeeee!)
1. Over 200 beautiful icons of 'Labyrinth'

Have some gorgeous 80s fantasy on your userpics page!

Also some stunning 'Sleeping Beauty' icons by the same maker

UGH, WANT.

2. Robyn is going to release her new album in 3 parts this year

NEW ROBYN! NEW ROBYN! *BOUNCES UP AND DOWN LIKE CRAZY* Now she needs to do a new tour so I can go to like 2489048014982 of her shows and dance the night away.

3. Kelly Osbourne looking radiant with JOHNNY WEIR YOU GUYS

KELLY OSBOURNE. JOHNNY WEIR. TOGETHER. SO MUCH CRAZY FABULOUS OMG.

4. I went to an Alice In Chains concert with my cooler sister the other night, and we totally got ogled by Jerry Cantrell. I'm just putting it out there. That's what he said.

5. Friday is going to be an AWESOME day.

:D
loony_moony: (NS: Squeeeeeeee!)
1. Over 200 beautiful icons of 'Labyrinth'

Have some gorgeous 80s fantasy on your userpics page!

Also some stunning 'Sleeping Beauty' icons by the same maker

UGH, WANT.

2. Robyn is going to release her new album in 3 parts this year

NEW ROBYN! NEW ROBYN! *BOUNCES UP AND DOWN LIKE CRAZY* Now she needs to do a new tour so I can go to like 2489048014982 of her shows and dance the night away.

3. Kelly Osbourne looking radiant with JOHNNY WEIR YOU GUYS

KELLY OSBOURNE. JOHNNY WEIR. TOGETHER. SO MUCH CRAZY FABULOUS OMG.

4. I went to an Alice In Chains concert with my cooler sister the other night, and we totally got ogled by Jerry Cantrell. I'm just putting it out there. That's what he said.

5. Friday is going to be an AWESOME day.

:D
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Happy Hanukkah to all my flist! Hanukkah (or Chanukkah, Hannukah etc. HEY LEARN HEBREW) is my favourite Jewish holiday, and it always has been.

I hope all of you find even a small light in your life to banish the darkness. Fandom helps. ;)

<3333333!!!

Here it is, your moment of Zen:

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
A Colbert Christmas: Jon Stewart
www.colbertnation.com
loony_moony: (Default)
Happy Hanukkah to all my flist! Hanukkah (or Chanukkah, Hannukah etc. HEY LEARN HEBREW) is my favourite Jewish holiday, and it always has been.

I hope all of you find even a small light in your life to banish the darkness. Fandom helps. ;)

<3333333!!!

Here it is, your moment of Zen:

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
A Colbert Christmas: Jon Stewart
www.colbertnation.com

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