i'm ian and i like to watch movies and i cry daily because i'm not married to florence welch and i want to live in boston.
John Everett Millais, Ophelia (1851) / Vampire Weekend, Step (2013)
a christmas mix master post
A MIX FOR CHRISTMAS VOL I → the one with the classics
01. andy williams . it’s the most wonderful time of the year // 02. ella fitzgerald . sleigh ride // 03. bing crosby . white christmas // 04. dolly parton . go tell it on the mountain // 05. otis redding . merry christmas baby // 06. elvis presley . blue christmas // 07. bing crosby & david bowie . peace on earth/little drummer boy // 08. wham . last christmas // 09. frank sinatra . santa claus is coming to town // 10. brenda lee . rockin’ around the christmas tree // 11. aretha franklin . winter wonderland // 12. vince guaraldi trio . christmas time is here (vocal version) // 13. perry como . it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas // 14. thurl ravenscroft . you’re a mean one, mr. grinch // 15. andy williams . silver bells // 16. donny hathaway . this christmas // 17. burl ives . holly jolly christmas // 18. nat king cole . the christmas song // 19. john lennon & yoko ono . happy xmas (war is over) // 20. joni mitchell . river // 21. frank sinatra . silent night // 22. judy garland . have yourself a merry little christmas
A MIX FOR CHRISTMAS VOL II → the one with the contemporary stuff[DOWNLOAD VOL II]
01. ron sexsmith . maybe this christmas // 02. death cab for cutie . christmas (baby please come home) // 03. lenka . all my bells are ringing // 04. guster . donde esta santa claus? // 05. rufus wainwright . spotlight on christmas // 06. cocoon . christmas song // 07. the pipettes . in the bleak midwinter // 08. rilo kiley . xmas cake // 09. bright eyes . blue christmas // 10. jack johnson . rudolph the red-nosed reindeer // 11. sara barielles & ingrid michaelson . winter song // 12. mascott and gramercy arms . this christmastime // 13. mariah carey . all i want for christmas is you // 14. michael buble . i’ll be home for christmas // 15. rachael yamagata . river // 16. sufjan stevens . come thou fount of every blessing // 17. she & him . silver bells // 18. the ravonettes. the christmas song // 19. john legend . jesus, what a wonderful child // 20. kelly clarkson . o holy night // 21. slow club . christmas tv // 22. the hotel cafe medley . auld lang syne
bonus track - o holy night [instrumental]
A MIX FOR CHRISTMAS VOL III → and the one with whatever else i felt like[DOWNLOAD VOL III]
01. sufjan stevens . christmas in the room // 02. barenaked ladies & sarah mclachlan . god rest ye merry gentlemen // 03. yo la tengo . it’s christmastime // 04. rufus wainwright ft. sharon van etten . baby, it’s cold outside // 05. elvis presley . silver bells // 06. otis redding . white christmas // 07. bruce springsteen . santa claus is coming to town // 08. stevie wonder . what christmas means to me // 09. louis armstrong . cool yule // 10. fiona apple . frosty the snowman // 11. frightened rabbit . it’s christmas so we’ll stop // 12. leona naess . christmas // 13. a fine frenzy . let it snow // 14. nicole atkins . blue christmas // 15. the civil wars . i heard the bells on christmas day // 16. polyphonic spree . happy xmas (war is over) // 17. she & him . the christmas song // 18. aretha franklin . silent night // 19. josh groban . ave maria // 20. mariah carey . o holy night // 21. frank sinatra . it came upon a midnight clear // 22. ella fitzgerald . what are you doing new years eve?
With President Robert Baratheon’s death and his succession by the vice-president Joffrey Lannister, of the Lion Alliance, known for being the first lady’s protégée and criticized by many for being considered too young and therefore inept to take office, the world has been watching the unravel of Westerosi politics with rapt, uninterrupted and wholly unprecedented attention.
While the majority of the conservative parties have expressed their approval of the current administration and announced their plans to support Lannister’s run for presidency on next year’s elections, the former coalition between the Lion Alliance and the Storm National Front seems to have reached its end. Stannis and Renly Baratheon, both brothers and close counselors of the deceased president have expressed their intentions of running for office.
“Joffrey Lannister has been steering this great nation towards the abyss.” Stannis affirmed recently during an interview. “The Lannisters have been keeping themselves on power through patronage and personal fealty, and that kind of power relationship is unacceptable on a democratic state.” Renly, on the other side, seems to be using his charismatic persona as the basis of his campaign, gaining popular support with a discourse of plurality and social welfare.
What seems to be a common issue for both candidates, however, is the scrutinizing of their personal lives. The nature of Stannis’s personal relationship with his campaign manager, Melissandre of Asshai, who is accused by many of religious fanatism has been questioned repeatedly, almost as much as Renly’s marriage to socialite and philanthropist Margaery Tyrell, which assured Governor Mace Tyrell’s support for his campaign.
Another pressing matter in the United State of Westeros that will influence in the outcome of next year’s election is the northern separatist movement. Leaded by Robb Stark, son of former Iron House Chief of Staff Eddard Stark, who played a major role on the Baratheon administration and was later imprisoned and executed for treason after President Joffrey took office, the movement seeks the independence of the northern states from what they affirm is a despot and corrupt government.
Representatives of the movement affirm that Lannister has been steamrolling the legislative and judiciary while attempting to bypass constitutional term limits and expand his presidential power. As a result, Stark’s supporters see a separatist war as a last-ditch effort to restore democracy in the face of an increasingly authoritarian president.
Also a challenger for the Lannister re-election is Daenerys Targaryen, daughter of former Westerosi dictator Aerys Targaryen. With the endorsement of the Revolutionary Dothraki League and of the departed USW Secretary of Defense Barristan Selmy, the famous human rights advocate is a major player in the game. Her approval rates, however, are held back by the fact that a big part of the population still associates the Targaryen name with the violence and cruelty of Aerys’ regimen.
In the midst of a major food crisis, with a civil war building up and a highly unstable border being held up by a decrepit branch of the army, the world is apprehensive for the Weserosi people. What seems to be in game is not only a position for office, but the future of an entire nation. The Iron House has never been so fiercely disputed, and in this game every move could lead to either victory political death.
“Nevertheless, the fact is that there is nothing as dreamy and poetic, nothing as radical, subversive, and psychedelic, as mathematics. It is every bit as mind blowing as cosmology or physics… and allows more freedom of expression than poetry, art, or music… Mathematics is the purest of the arts, as well as the most misunderstood.” - Paul Lockhart
I like the last one
“I started off singing in church as a child. The sound of voices coming together, that was my first moment of touching something outside of myself.”
I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.