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Archive for April, 2010

Whoa!
Spike Jonze has just done the impossible – outcrazied himself.
Here is his new video for the LCD Soundsystem song, “Drunk Girls”.
The pandas are taking over!

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Is this the best song i’ve heard for a while? Hell yes.
Ensure you are firmly secured before watching and listening to this.
This will catapult you into orbit.

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Two songs from 2010

The vocalist of Darwin Deez looks like a character from “Napoleon Dynamite”. Radar Detector is unbelievably catchy and sweet. Great minimalist video.

Amazing clip from the Local Natives. My first introduction to the band. Typically moody-type English band.

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Lou Reed is one of the most influential rock musicians in the history of popular music.

Here’s his musings on the opposite sex:

“A woman’s love can lift you up and women can inspire,
I feel like buying flowers and hiring a celestial choir,
A choir of castratis to serenade my love,
They’d sing a little bit of Bach for us and then we’d make love.”

I Love Women, The Blue Mask, 1982.

Thanks Lou. I’ll have to remember that when the opportunity so presents itself.

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I read this during the past week, and it was like swallowing an oversized sausage, only to realise in the process of consumption that a stick of dynamite was hidden within said processed meat. Kaboom!

“God’s glory is the answer evoked by Him of the worship offered Him by His creatures. This is not of their own ability and inclination, their creaturely capacity and good will, least of all the wisdom and desire of man who is flesh. It derives from the presence of the Creator which is granted to the creature. This is not an idle or unfruitful presence. It is not the presence of a cold confrontation. It is not a presence which leaves blind eyes blind or deaf ears deaf. It is a presence which opens them. It is a presence which also looses at once tongues that were bound.

God’s glory is the indwelling joy of His divine being which as such shines out from Him, which overflows in its richness, which in its super-abundance is not satisfied with itself but communicates itself. All God’s works must be understood also and decisively from this point of view. All together and without exception they take part in the movement of God’s self-glorification and the communication of His joy. They are the coming into being of light outside Him on the basis of the light inside Him, which is Himself. They are expressions of infinite exultation in the depth of His divine being. It is from this point of view that all His creatures are to be viewed both first and last. God wills them and loves them because, far from having their existence of themselves and their meaning in themselves, they have their being and existence in the movement of the divine self-glorification, in the transition to them of His immanent joyfulness. It is their destiny to offer a true if inadequate response in the temporal sphere to the jubilation with which the Godhead is filled from eternity to eternity. This is the destiny which man received and lost, only to receive it again, inconceivably and infinitely increased by the personal participation of God in man’s being accomplished in Jesus Christ. The reaction of God even against sin, the meaning even of His holiness, even of His judgment, the meaning which is not extinguished but fulfilled even in damnation and hell, is that God is glorious, and that His glory does not allow itself to be diminished, to be disturbed in its gladness and the expression of that gladness, to be checked in the overflowing of its fulness. And this is what is expected from all creation because this is the source from which they come. It is in this light that they are to be seen and heard. This is their secret that will one day come out and be revealed. And it is to this that we are always required and will always find it worth our while to attend and look. It is for this revelation that we should always wait.

The creature has no voice of its own. It does not point to its own picture. It echoes and reflects the glory of the Lord. It does this in its heights and its depths, its happiness and its misery. The angels do it (and unfortunately we have almost completely forgotten that we are surrounded by the angels as crown witnesses to the divine glory). But even the smallest creatures do it too. They do it along with us or without us. They do it also against us to shame us and instruct us. They do it because they cannot help doing it. They would not and could not exist unless first and last and properly they did this and only this. And when man accepts again his destiny in Jesus Christ in the promise and faith of the future revelation of his participation in God’s glory as it is already given Him here and now, he is only like a late-comer slipping shamefacedly into creation’s choir in heaven and earth, which has never ceased its praise, but merely suffered and sighed, as it still does, that in inconceivable folly and ingratitude its living centre man does not hear its voice, its response, its echoing of the divine glory, or rather hears it in a completely perverted way, and refuses to co-operate in the jubilation which surrounds him.

This is the sin of man which is judged and forgiven in Jesus Christ, which God Himself has made good and cast behind man’s back. It is this which in Jesus Christ has once for all become his past. In the eternal glory before us it will not exist at all even as the past. In the eternity before us the groaning of creation will cease, and man too will live in his determination to be the reflection and echo of God and therefore the witness to the divine glory that reaches over to him, rejoicing with the God who Himself has eternal joy and Himself is eternal joy.”

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I’ve been watching this video every now and then recently.

Great song, but currently the images are what’s making me tear up. Just beautiful.
Wish I was in a Northern Town. I’d even be willing to drink lemonade there.

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