My 100 Best Tracks of the Decade

My 100 Best Tracks of the Decade (or 2009 if it’s too good), in no particular order :

  1. The Field – Over the Ice (Live)
  2. Röyksopp – Keyboard Milk
  3. Loney, Dear – Under a Silent Sea
  4. Trentemøller – Shades Of Marble (Live in Copenhagen)
  5. Rover – Tonight
  6. Marina & the Diamonds – Hermit The Frog
  7. Digitalism – Blitz
  8. The Bird And The Bee – Lifespan Of A Fly
  9. Tim Exile – Family Galaxy
  10. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Ballad Of The Mighty I
  11. Lily Allen – The Fear
  12. Hanne Hukkelberg – Pirate
  13. Vitalic – Under your sun
  14. Katie Melua – The Flood
  15. The Avener, Kadebostany – Castle In The Snow
  16. Astrix – Poison
  17. Baxter Dury – Palm Trees
  18. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
  19. Alt-J (∆) – Taro
  20. IAMX – Tear Garden
  21. Paul Kalkbrenner – Böxig Leise
  22. Jacco Gardner – Outside Forever
  23. The Dø – On My Shoulders
  24. The Republic Tigers – Buildings and Mountains
  25. Röyksopp – Running To The Sea
  26. Madness – Given The Oportunity
  27. Röyksopp feat. Robyn – Monument (The Inevitable End Version)
  28. MGMT – Siberian Breaks
  29. Dominique A – J’avais oublié que tu m’aimais autant
  30. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Ring-A-Ring O’ Roses
  31. Jon Bellion – Morning In America
  32. Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
  33. Citizens! – True Romance
  34. Zero 7 – The Pageant of the Bizarre

(to be continued)

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Bellion & Pilots : Where is pop music going?

Every end of the year I explore web’s magazines to find out what they say on “Best Albums of the year”.

This year it’ll be funnier because of the “Best Albums of the Decade”, of course.

It’s been a long time that I learned how to let go about the Fear of Missing Something. Plenty of musicians, everywhere, are just… unknown. So there!

Best Albums 2018? – So last year I listened to a lot a group called “Blood Orange”, a splendid deluxe soul sound. “The Internet”, called I think Neo-Soul…

This month I discovered Morning in America from Jon Bellion, and I was a bit annoyed : how to call this music? Do I need a label, a sticker? Hymnic Power Pop? I asked Wiki and found it’s “hip hop, pop, R&B, indie pop” (haha). I listened to the whole album and was surprised by everything – a great voice, good lyrics, an amazing sense of sound (and production), and a… love for fractured structures.

The track is continuously changing, mutating, it becomes a big bouquet, a pond of ideas, sounds, changes, a festival. No genius, just… cool!

After that, I listened to Twenty One Pilots. How to deal with “Bandito”? Indie rock with mainstream pop assets? It climbs and evolves into other things : poetry, rock, shoegaze, trance? I don’t know, but it’s lemonade to walk on this…

Then the whispering Billie Eilish – deliciously effective, put a smile on my face. “Bury a Friend” is able to make you stand up and put a little shoulder dance. Hop, hop.

In all this : no genius. It’s a matter of “pop effectiveness”‘, a love for powerish hymns. Something like “Beautiful” is ridiculous – but when I found it in my little FLAC (uncompressed sound) player, it stopped me in the street then I was back into walking making stupid arm gestures in the night, yahouuu. A little like Art of Noise in its time.

“Papapapapapapapa piou piou Beautiful” : bim :

(it’s an exaggeration of Zedd’s : https://youtu.be/n1a7o44WxNo )

I also found a NYT article : https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/03/10/magazine/25-songs-that-tell-us-where-music-is-going.html – (a good read)

Of course, the Web is full of trees, for discoverers. Search for “What sounds like Blonde Redhead” and use YouTube to travel…

But also I discovered Willa Cather, an interesting archetype (I wanna write about her and Gertrud Stein). Oh, she was a writer, sorry.

But I’m obsessed with Schubert’s 9th Symphony, and I’m writing a long article about it.

I also have to watch Fellini’s 8 1/2 THEN Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories (which is the same film “transposed” in America). Then my pleasure is to detect what is translated and how.

I should make a page here with my best 100 pop tracks of the decade…

OK, on it.

Thanks for reading!

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Hopper / Antonioni / Chekhov : Effects of Reality

Roland Barthes explained the “Effect of Reality” as a way to establish literary texts as realistic.

He said that some descriptions, in novels, have no other reason than to make us feel it’s a real place.

“…in one of his novels Flaubert describes the room of his main character and mentions a pyramid of boxes and cases standing under a barometer. These kinds of details are called notations by Barthes; he contrasts them with the main outline of the story, which he labels predictive, probably because on this level we can make certain predictions about the development of the story.”

F. R. Ankersmit

 

  1. We find this “tool” in some Antonioni’s movies, L’Avventura or L’Eclisse for example. A scene lasts a little to much. The camera shows something (a gaze, a street) without “real” reason. No other reason than this : suddenly you “feel” as if you touched reality, getting out of the-dream-of-watching-a-movie.
  2. We find this “tool” in Hopper’s paintings. For me, it’s his main talent, asset. We watch : some people are here, just “being” – they wait or think, who knows? These paintings stop you, wondering what these people do, if they’re bored…
  3. We find this “tool” in Chekhov’s short stories. His descriptions are not here just to “paint the scenery”, but (and very shortly/effectively) make us feel something. So much that I remember plenty of places of these books!

Of course, it’s used in many other art pieces and form.

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I think this is linked to our idea of boredom. In Antonioni we often watch someone doing nothing – breathing, watching something, thinking. It breaks the usual “flow of events” we often see in movies. Or we see a conversation leading to nowhere. Blank seconds. We see people dealing with boredom. And maybe we are hurt, of surprised, or… bored a bit. And it’s an effect of reality, right?

Sometimes it’s just “a place shown”, like in Hopper‘s work. The light on a wall suddenly makes you “feel” the place. You can almost hear the little wind, or the street, the sea. It’s as if your brain suddenly touched the reality he wanted you to feel.

 

What will we do with this? Why and how does it work? Why is it… good? What about photography? One purpose of it could be to “make us touch” reality, instead of amazing us? What do you think?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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“One day you have to pay the bill”

–  “One day you have to pay the bill”, he said…

When do we say this? When we see someone acting badly, right?

  • Let karma do its job!
  • Give me some time to prepare my revenge!

To whom do we say this?

  • To the person. Like a threat? “One day, you’ll pay the bill, Billy!”.
  • To a friend, or a random ear, designing the other.

 

Are these consolations for the weaks? Or a more standing up orientally wise : Being like water, in the flow of vain things?

“He did wrong, he’ll pay one day”. Probably. Or not.

Watching the world from a calm place.

 

After all, as we all know, shit happens, therefore shit happens to the mean people too.

When you see someone who’s been a mean moron having an accident, sorry you’re not sorry. Bim! Good to him!

But sometimes the retribution is really awful. Much too awful!

The French word for “retribution” is “châtiment”, which sounds very frightening. Like a mean, horrible and rare punishment. Brrr!…

Is it the same for “retribution”?

You stupid hateful manager gets liver cancer, or his son dies in an accident, oh waow and ouch! This is not cool. But there’s one or two percents of smile in one’s head, right? One should not, though. Oh OK everybody’s innocent : it was, in fact, a complete random event. There’s not justice. Nobody pays the bill.

Ouch though. Bill’s payed and very payed.

 

Or more probably : the mean donkey finishes by hurting himself, right?

Schopenhauer said “All stupidity is overwhelmed by self-disgust”. Maybe, and even probably, this structure can be applied to meanness. The “being an asshole” thing is a burden, a toxic heavy one. One day, it kills with bitterness.

 

Well, we will all have to pay the bill for something, after all…

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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Works that create an irrepressible need to express yourself

Works that create an irrepressible need to express yourself

Take music, for example, you can study it in many ways : historically, genres, energy, impact on society, lyrics, etc…

There’s a book I love (Francis Wolff, Pourquoi la Musique ?) which studies the impact of music on human kind. What music does to us.

Any work of Art can be studied that way, a book, a sonata, a painting or a poem.

What does it do?

  1. Emotion
  2. Remembrance
  3. A need to dance
  4. A need to know more about the artist
  5. A need to get more of her/him!
  6. Relief
  7. Calm down
  8. Focus
  9. Meditation
  10. Understandings of the things of life
  11. Knowledge
  12. Beauty sparks

 

Etc…

Some artists are so… peculiar that they can trigger this : “An irrepressible need to express yourself”.

Why? How? How does it work?

I read it about Proust, and I agree : it’s because his huge Lost Time group of books, besides being a fantastic work of literature, is also a big, constant river of ideas, of “tropisms”, little movements of the mind. It touches little parts of your brain you know very well but, well, nobody talked about it to you before. Therefore you have the constant impression that this guy knows you very, very well. It can become a drug (and it is !).

This puts you into a movement. You need to move, to work, to write, to tell. Your well set big trunks of ideas, in your head, begin to move. Things get alive. They want to get out.

Also, there’s the risk of mimicking the artist who triggered it. Get over it. Don’t care : the flow is here, ready to do its flow thing.

Work, work, work. And thank the person who, in the past, had the talent to open your desire to express.

Who are the person who did this to you?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Proust crée chez son lecteur un besoin irrépressible de s’exprimer.

“The letter’s style is the receiver’s style”

Le style de la lettre, c’est le style de celui qui la reçoit :

“The letter’s style is the receiver’s style”, I saw this sentence today, from a specialist of Proust, quoting approximatively… Lacan.

Let’s pull this string :

When someone writed a letter, there’s a will to communicate, it’s an effort to ‘tell’. The writer bothers, the writer dares.

And it’s NOT the conversation dance. When we talk with someone, it’s a tango, an adaptative dance, constantly moving, meandering together, watching each other; tango.

A letter is written alone, thinking about the other. Empathy.

Words on paper become a letter, an object, a “localized structure of the signifier”, says Lacan.

You adapt a style to the reader. Therefore it’s interesting to read the letters written by an author you like. You see them… in many styles.

You write a letter to a neighbor, a lover, a mother, and you bend your spirit, trying to adapt to what you know about the receiver…

Mmhh, that’s all, what do you think?

I don’t know. There’s probably a scale to draw about written things, from the letter to the article, from the book to the tweet.

Or else, do you write for yourself, expecting it could touch the other?

It’s linked to this : Paul Valéry about “writing for someone”?

 

Thanks for reading!

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The Rhonda Byrne ladder

The Rhonda Byrne ladder?

The Law of Attraction, “the principle that you attract whatever you focus your energy on (good or bad)” has a best seller : The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne.

Of course, this is crap. If you’re robbed or you house gets on fire, it’s NOT because you “negatively thought about it”. And if you want to loose weight, just try to “think thin” and watch the results, haha.

There’s an “other” secret in this book and the Law of Attraction : the author doesn’t give a monkey’s about “how” it works.

She mainly says : you want something, you ask for it, you watch, and if you get it, thank you.

 

This is obviously a ladder – and it’s maybe the reason the book had such success :

  1. If you’re a religious person, you’re in your warm bath : Jesus (or your Angel) always takes care of you and just offered you this perfect parking place you needed, cool.
  2. If you think the Universe conspires to help you, it’s the same. Just attract what you need by thinking about it. It’s the secret.
  3. If you are a normal, good sensed person, you can play it too : want some, ask some (to a tree, or whatever), watch around and if you get it, thank (the tree or whatever – you don’t care), just thank.

 

Both (sorry, troth) solutions of the ladder work. What this “game” provides is maybe… focus and good will.

If you get up on the wrong side of the bed, you really have a good chance to spend a bad day, right? And it’s not because of the Law of Attraction. If you want you daughter to succeed her exams, think about it : do you pray the Lord, or do you spend time with her when she needs it?

 

My tool here is : Where are other ladders? Which concept will we choose to operate on, from the bottom to the top, effectiveness wise?

 

Thanks for reading!

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