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I’ve been a relatively avid Mumford and Sons fan for a couple of years now; not crazy, but definitely in love with their music. Because of that, I’d already heard live versions of nearly half of the songs on this album, but again I’m reminded of how incredible Mumford and Sons can be: I barely even recognized these songs. The subtle differences in performance and the quality of a studio recording blew me absolutely away.
To get more to the point: This is an album that will invariably be on my top albums list for 2012. (Coming January, 2013) Mumford and Sons carries such a refreshingly unique style that for once, I don’t find myself all that upset that it’s very similar to their first album. There are differences, sure, but the music at its heart is the same. Maybe it’s because of their popularity, but what strikes me the most about this album is that it feels bigger than Sigh No More; more complex and a little bit more fun. Needless to say, I’m very taken with Babel.
Give this shit a listen if you liked the first one. And if you didn’t, do it anyway.
That is all.
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Okay guys, here’s a Kickstarter project that you can genuinely feel like you’ve made a difference in something. I donated; hell I’m getting a shirt, and I couldn’t be more excited. You can nab yourself a cool t-shirt designed by some great guys, enjoy an awesome comic weekly, and feel better knowing that your contribution (regardless of size) was vastly appreciated and helped make someone’s dreams come true.
I just bought a new tablet, so I won’t be donating a second time (sorry guys) but you all can! The smallest donations help, and you get prizes and satisfaction. Plus, who doesn’t want to help make someone’s dreams come true?
You know you want to donate.
You know it.
Edit: Reblog this shit! Let’s get the word out, and get people on this train!
In his bestselling book Stumbling on Happiness, Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert points to research showing we overestimate how unhappy Mondays make us:
We overestimate how happy we will be on our birthdays, we…
Take that Monday haters.
Footprints to Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Are Seen in Gait (The New York Times):
“The way people walk appears to speak volumes about the way they think, so much so that changes in an older person’s gait appear to be an early…
The way we walk as we age can be an indicator of cognitive decay? Wow.
Top universities join free online teaching platform
Jeevan Vasagar, education editor, guardian.co.uk
Coursera set to shake up higher education model after adding 12 US and European institutions including Edinburgh University
Twelve leading universities in the US and Europe have joined an internet platform created by two Stanford University…
Coursera offers free online classes on a variety of subject matter, and has just added 12 new universities. Check it out!
Childish Gambino’s “Royalty”
To start with, let’s talk about Gambino’s new mixtape. If you like rap, or if you like Childish Gambino, go to his website, www.iamdonald.com, and it will automatically start a download of a zipped archive with the entire CD. If you don’t know how to open the download, google WinRar and download that as well, it’s incredibly easy to use, just open the file and use the extract option to place it in a new folder. The mixtape is free, following Gambino’s general concept that his music should be free.
Now for the actual review: it’s amazing. I hadn’t even heard about it, it’s been out almost 2 weeks. A big shout out to my friend Robby, who recommended it to me a few days ago. After the first song, I knew I was hooked. I’ve always been a Gambino fan, I’ve actually been to one of his concerts, and my Timeline Cover is a picture of me and a couple of friends with him. As a fan, I can honestly say that this mixtape exceeded my expectations. With each album and mixtape Gambino releases, I find him drifting further and further into “real” rap, but I love it. His first mixtapes were, well, awesome. But they weren’t really “rap.” They were great covers of indie songs that he laid down awesome lines on, but they were never super hip-hop by nature. That’s how I got hooked at first. Camp, while it was the tour that I saw, is probably my least favorite of his work, because it started to split the difference between his style and modern rap; far too much synth and pop-background without the content from the originals that made it feel unique. Royalty, however, has transcended that pseudo-rap style and grown into a full blown rap album. The lyrics are still honest, but his partners for these songs are real rappers, and it all gets very real.
Seriously, it’s awesome. There’s even a cover of “Toxic” by Brittney Spears that probably ranks in my top 5 out of the 18 songs on this album. Beyond that, the last song even has a short cameo by Tina Fey. While I’m not a huge fan of the actual lines/style that she brings, hearing her on the CD still made me really happy, and it exudes the Tina Fey style that we’ve all learned to love.
Overall, 5/5, and an incredible comeback for Gambino in my opinion. Check it out, if you’ve got the time.
Sorry for having another hiatus, I’ve been very, very busy lately. BUT, I’m also going to start adding in more self-generated content (meaning articles I research and write myself) which will be longer, and should take longer to create. It does help move me toward my ultimate goal of creating a podcast, given that I have enough interest from the community to publish one.
On that note, if you WOULD be interested in a podcast created by me, let me know!
Well, if anyone cares, I finally got it all taken care of, and I also managed to relax for a few days. Which primarily means I’ll be throwing a lot more posts back at this blog.
And that I’m very, very excited.