JANUARY 2014

For people who have followed this blog for awhile, you may remember that year when I made mixes every month. (That year was 2012.) Well, I’m doing it again. Finding strength, healing, and discovery through music has always been something I’ve enjoyed and having a monthly structure to the process has been something that I’ve missed over the past year. So let’s start again. Hey January. Hey 2014. Let’s go.

  1. Bastille - Pompeii
  2. T. Rex - Bang A Gong [Get It On]
  3. The New Pornographers - The Bleeding Heart Show
  4. Patti Smith - Gloria
  5. Wilco - Heavy Metal Drummer
  6. George Harrison - What Is Life
  7. Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day
  8. Funkadelic - Can You Get To That
  9. Beyonce - XO
  10. Metric - Help I’m Alive
  11. Talking Heads - Slippery People
  12. Rihanna (feat. Drake) - What’s My Name?
  13. The Replacements - Can’t Hardly Wait
  14. The Men - Candy
  15. Alabama Shakes - Be Mine
  16. Odetta - Baby, I’m In The Mood For You
  17. The Beta Band - Dry the Rain

ron-bailey:

The Pogues - Fairytale of New York

I’ve got a feeling
This year’s for you and me

brightwalldarkroom:

"A Magical Ice Castle of One’s Own" - Michelle Said on Disney princesses, Virginia Woolf, and Frozen:

"Everything in the story comes back to the theme of isolation, and the problems we create when we shut ourselves out from the world. Elsa (Idina Menzel) was born with witchy, wintry powers that allow her to create ice and snow out of thin air. Yet she can’t control her abilities fully: like a Disney-fied Hulk, they manifest whenever she is feeling strong emotions, like fear or anxiety. During childhood, she almost accidentally kills her bubbly, adventurous sister Anna (Kristen Bell) during a late-night game of play. As a result, her concerned parents tell Elsa that she must get a hold on her abilities and shut her in her room until she is able to do so. But the memory of the event haunts her, and the fear of it happening again renders her incapable. She hides in her room for years, even when her uncomprehending sister begs her to come out and play.

After their parents are killed in a convenient boating accident, Elsa is to take the throne, which means the castle doors will open for the first time in over a decade. Anna is overjoyed, running around the castle like an excitable puppy, having been shunned by her sister for almost all her life and desperate for company. But Elsa is petrified. If anyone finds out her secret, she fears she will be made an outcast, despite her regal lineage. Worse, a monster.

There is a refrain Elsa repeats to herself over and over again: Be a good girl. The kind of refrain that women have heard since the dawn of time. “Be a good girl and don’t show your true emotions,” or “Be a good girl and don’t think too hard,” or, ”Be a good girl and don’t talk back.” To see this acknowledgement of the type of harmful language that has repressed women for centuries in a movie—and not just any movie, but a movie for little girls—is not only impressive, but also really important.”

To read the rest of this essay, as well as receive full access to all issues and content, subscribe to Bright Wall/Dark Room magazine today.

(illustration by Fawn Veerasunthorn)

“Some people are good at being in love. Some people are good at love. Two very different things, I think. Being in love is the romantic part—sex all the time, midday naps in the sheets, the jokes, the laughs, the fun, long conversations with no pauses, overwhelming separation anxiety … Just the best sides of both people, you know? But love begins when the excitement of being in love starts to fade: the stress of life sets in, the butterflies disappear, the sex becomes a chore, the tears, the sadness, the arguments, the cattiness … The worst parts of both people. But if you still want that person by your side through all of those things … that’s when you know—that’s when you know you’re good at love.”
— Matthew Healy (via ittybitty-world)

(via nogreatillusion)

brightwalldarkroom:

Our very special, year-end issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room magazine is now available, featuring a look back at some of our very favorite films of 2013. The issue is filled to the brim with good films, wonderful writing, and great art (including the illustration from Frances Ha, above, from Brianna Ashby, and a very special drawing of Frozen by my six year old daughter). It’s a hand-crafted issue full of love, and a perfect way to close out the year. Go ahead, get your friend a subscription for Christmas. 

Here’s what you’ll find in the new issue:

Alina Simone on Frances Ha

Andrew Root on Gravity

Sara Gray on All is Lost

Chris Cantoni on Short Term 12

Michelle Said on Frozen

Fran Hoepfner on Iron Man 3

Taylor K. Long on Room 237

Evan Bryson on Disaster Cinema

BW/DR Staff Picks: The Best Films of 2013


All subscriptions are still just $1.99 per month (less than a cup of coffee!), and come with a free 7 day trial, that includes access to all back issues and content.

sometimesagreatnotion:

My daughter Madeline has been asking me basically every day for the past seven months when she could “make something that goes in your magazine Daddy”. So, for the year end “Best of 2013” issue (out today!), I told her she could draw a picture of her favorite movie of the year, and I’d make sure it went into the magazine.  
Which is how this picture, which you have no idea how much heart and soul and time she put into, is featured at the very end of the brand new issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room magazine.
(In case you couldn’t tell, it’s of Disney’s Frozen)

Hi, this is the absolute best.

sometimesagreatnotion:

My daughter Madeline has been asking me basically every day for the past seven months when she could “make something that goes in your magazine Daddy”. So, for the year end “Best of 2013” issue (out today!), I told her she could draw a picture of her favorite movie of the year, and I’d make sure it went into the magazine.  

Which is how this picture, which you have no idea how much heart and soul and time she put into, is featured at the very end of the brand new issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room magazine.

(In case you couldn’t tell, it’s of Disney’s Frozen)

Hi, this is the absolute best.

BEHOLD! MY FAVORITE SONGS OF 2013!

This is an entirely honest selection of the songs that wormed their way into my head most often over the course of the year. I have pretty terrible taste sometimes, but I love every second of it.