“I studied music in school and I have the capacity to analyze it, but then you might stop connecting to the people that you’re making it for. People can smell dishonesty on you. On this album, I felt like I was being totally honest— so I don’t have anything to lose. It’s not like I’m thinking I’ve made a bold move into the mainstream and now I’m waiting to see what the criticism’s going to be; I’ve made something I’m really proud of and that is as uncompromising as any of the other things I’ve written. I’ve done everything I can to stick to my guns.”—
Earlier this month, White Denim revealed a free download of ’Drug’. Now, hot off a slew of SXSW gigs, they’ve unleashed another free song from the new album (‘D’, out June 6th) over at their official website. Following their mini hiatus, Dwight Denham revealed that his band wanted their new music to sound a bit harder, and we’re quite enjoying this new direction.
“Lafcadio Hearn once said that a person never forgets the things seen and heard in the depths of sarrow; but it seems to me that, whatever the time of sorrow, a person also thinks of the happy, the bright, the comical, things quite opposite of sorrowful. When the earthquake struck I knew that I had survived, and I feared for my wife and daughter, left behind in Yokohama. Almost simultaneously I felt a surge of happiness which I could not keep down. ‘Tokyo will be better for this!’ I said to myself… .
I have heard that it did not take ten years for San Francisco to be a finer city than before the earthquake.”—
“Swiss economists Bruno Frey and Alois Stutzer say too many of us make an unequal tradeoff: they call it the “commuting paradox.” According to economics, people should be compensated — either economically or emotionally — for the burden of their commute, but Frey and Stutzer found that ‘people with longer commuting time report systematically lower subjective well-being.’”—I’ve thought this for a while now. (via jameslepine)