oneweekoneband:

The Strokes - Whatever Happened, Conan O’Brien

This track opens Room On Fire, and it is great. When I finally got my hands on this album, the first thing I did when I came up was go straight up to my room and listen to it. I put it in my stereo and sat on the floor, leaning against my bed. It was bliss.

What really grips me is the chorus. “I want to be forgotten, and I don’t want to be reminded” is very much about wanting to shed your past and moving on from who you were. Becoming a new person. Growing up, really. And it’s hard. “I wanna be beside her, she wanna be admired”, aside from being a great little rhyme, is something that probably resonates with many of us - wanting to just be with someone who may not have any real interest in you. It happens.

I cannot tell you how many analyses of this song I have seen, and most of them say the same thing - that “did they offend us and want it all to sound new” is a direct reference to this album being a different shift in tone from Is This It. (And of course, we heard the same thing again when “Under Cover of Darkness” was released). People also debated whether Tennessee of “Oh Tennessee, what did you write?” was about Tennessee Williams or Tennessee Thomas (of The Like). I always assumed Williams, but to be honest, I don’t really care, it’s a cool line no matter which way you cut it.

We still hear strains of Is This It, however. Particularly in the line “oh that’s an ending I can’t write, cause I’ve got you… to let me down”. So much of Is This It is about letting someone else down, at whatever cost, and so much of Room On Fire is about being let down by others. Maybe it’s a cause and effect thing. You’ve spent so much time doing what you want, leaving, heading out the door, that now people are going to start treating you similarly.

I remember staying up late to watch this Conan performance. I think it might have been one of their first talk show performances for the new album, so it was really exciting. I’m pretty sure I still have it on tape somewhere, too. You can also see they’ve changed their appearances a bit - Julian’s cut his hair and Nick’s growing his out. It’s a little bit more of a mellow performance. They’re just a little more put together. They’re growing up too.

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"I thought I would die. I stretched out to the floor and lay quite still. It didn’t seem to be summer anymore. I could feel the winter shaking my bones and banging my teeth together and my head lay numb as a snowdrift."
Sylvia Plath, from “The Bell Jar"  (via opaqueglitter)

(Source: violentwavesofemotion, via opaqueglitter)

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thefilmstage:

"Some day I’ll make a film that critics will like. When I have money to waste." -  François Truffaut, born on this day in 1932.

Watch a feature-length documentary on his life and career.

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owls-love-tea:

Tattooed Lady photographed for National Geographic, 1931 (via)

owls-love-tea:

Tattooed Lady photographed for National Geographic, 1931 (via)

(Source: vintagegal)

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tsvbi:

okay this is my picture
i drew this on the wall at bean in brisbane city 

tsvbi:

okay this is my picture

i drew this on the wall at bean in brisbane city 

(via slekes)

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aquariumdrunkard:

John Williams :: Flowers In Your Hair
Step back, this has absolutely nothing to do with Scott McKensie’s “San Francisco“. No, this is composer John Williams (yes, that John Williams) take on ’67 psychedelia. Originally issued on 7″ by Columbia, as the b/w to “Can’t Find Time For Anything Now”, the track was comped on vinyl in the mid-90s via a Swedish psych collection entitled: Fading Yellow Vol.1 – Timeless Pop-Sike And Other Delights (1965-69). Ephemeral and perfect.

aquariumdrunkard:

John Williams :: Flowers In Your Hair

Step back, this has absolutely nothing to do with Scott McKensie’s “San Francisco“. No, this is composer John Williams (yes, that John Williams) take on ’67 psychedelia. Originally issued on 7″ by Columbia, as the b/w to “Can’t Find Time For Anything Now”, the track was comped on vinyl in the mid-90s via a Swedish psych collection entitled: Fading Yellow Vol.1 – Timeless Pop-Sike And Other Delights (1965-69). Ephemeral and perfect.

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