Vote for my mom’s place!
My little Brooklyn cottage is up on Apartment Therapy’s Small, Cool 2012 contest! If you want to see more pictures of it, please go to the contest page. And if you like it, perhaps you might click on the “favorite” button.
And I can’t help but say it: Every vote counts. I was in it two years ago and lost by 8 votes.
YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL AGAIN
No more masterpieces!
With 2002’s Tocotronic and 2005’s Pure Vernunft darf niemals siegen threatened to forever depart into etherial realms of impressionist-pop, and one could have easily imagined a band playing it safe in the (potential) twilight of their career and releasing serviceable Diskurs-rock for as long as they pleased.
Maybe this explains why 2007’s Kapitulation feels like such a complete and utter triumph. It’s immediate, concise, angry, confident, forceful — but all of this as sophisticated as never before. In retrospect it seems only fitting to believe the band had it in them all along, but at the time of release the sheer quality of Tocotronic’s late-career peak led to many a surprisingly ecstatic review.
Album opener “Mein Ruin” sets the tone accordingly:
The album’s probably the closest Tocotronic have ever come to making a concept album, a poetic manifesto against misty-eyed idealism and euphoria, about depression as a process, a celebration of the beauty of failure, and a plea for saying No.
The highlights are numerous — Imitationen, Verschwör dich gegen dich, Explosion, Wehrlos — but Kapitulation is the rare Tocotronic album that truly feels as one. It might not be my favourite album for personal reasons, but I couldn’t possibly make the case against it.
The last Tocotronic album to date was released in 2010. Schall & Wahn (The Sound & The Fury) is in many ways a thematic successor to Kapitulation, yet more sprawling, more eclectic, and thus less focused. Riding high on the wave of its predecessor’s critical acclaim, Schall & Wahn was received very favorably and ended up being the band’s first ever album to debut at #1 on the German album charts. Obviously though, this had just as much to do with the sad decline of the industry as a whole.
The intentional lack of focus did offer a varied listening experience, but the album at times feels aimlessly meandering. Nonetheless a solid effort throughout, it’s elevated by the inclusion of three of the band’s very finest songs — we’ll have a closer look at those in the next posts.
For now, here’s the record’s bright pop moment with lead single “Macht es nicht selbst:”
Whatever you do, don’t do it yourself / (masturbation excluded)
This is the end of our story, but it’s not the end of Tocotronic’s. The band are currently in studio demoing their tenth album, due for release sometime later this or early next year. Who knows what it’ll bring? For one thing, excellence would be a pretty safe bet.
Coachella Gets Really Hot
Luckily this chick figured out how to cool down during Swedish House Mafia.
Milk’s pop up party with Electric Room had a strict dress code: Wear as little as possible.
On, Kirill I, Patriarch of Moscow and all the Rus’ visited the Filimonki Rehabilitation Centre at Psychoneurological Boarding Facility Number 5.
His Nibs NEVER misses a chance to visit the disabled and poorly-off on major holidays… now, THAT’S a BISHOP.
22/04/12 - Tens of thousands of Orthodox Christians have joined a service outside Moscow’s main church, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in defense of their faith, sacred objects and the Church itself, following recent numerous attacks on Christian relics.
Dance till you’re dead.
Day two, weekend two of the giant beast of a music festival that is Coachella was so hot we could have died.
Walnuts, crisped rice, sugar, cream, cognac, chocolate.
Inside Vignola’s Church of Il Gesù, Rome
Orthodox Prostration (a tradition that exists since the early Christianity)
Get Your Style from the Newspaper of Bad Taste
You don’t need to be a fashion fanatic to figure out how the whole thing works. Whatever is “in fashion” now will be out of style next season, and vice versa. It’s an endlessly predictable cycle. To stay ahead of the curve, all you have to do is track down whatever looks stupid at the moment and wear it before anyone else does. Or, if you don’t have time to do that, a goofball fashion expert can do the digging for you—someone like Dora Moutot. Dora’s trend forecasting website is called La Gazette Du ‘Mauvais’ Gout, which is French for “the newspaper of bad taste.” The moniker is a play on France’s first fashion mag, Gazette du Bon Ton. Dora’s site is essential reading for anyone willing to look like a freak for the sake of staying ahead of the fashion game.