Here are the 2011 songs we hold near and dear that will surely grace our retro playlists of the future. The top 20 + 32 honorable mentions and a Spotify playlist to boot. Happy listening after the jump.
The nameless occupants of The City are productive, entertained, greedy, bored. They fight, work, and procreate. Others are alone in a city of thousands or perhaps millions. Frans Masereel pretty well runs the gamut of human interactions and emotions in his suite of 100 woodcuts published in Germany in 1925. View the entire collection here and start saving for a cabin in the wilderness.
Holy Other has been getting a lot of internet buzz for their new EP With U, out June 7. Now you can stream it here. I am coining the phrase Arctic Chillwave to describe this new micro-genre. You heard it here first. Absolutely stunning listen, highly recommended.
Here are some stunning images of early nuclear testing from The Atlantic’s In Focus, a well curated photo blog providing context for current events. I suppose the topic at hand was prompted by the recent earthquakes in Japan that have reminded everybody about the latent destructive power of nuclear energy. You can view the full set with more information about each photo here.
The last image is a photograph of physicist Robert Oppenheimer, considered the father of the atomic bomb, working on “The Gadget” in 1945. Twenty years later, he famously described his feelings about his role in the development of nuclear weapons with the following words from a Hindu scripture:
University of Wisconsin student Margaret Durow isn’t even a photography major. But the Biological Conservation and Environmental Studies major definitely has an eye for it. Check out our earlier post or her website for more.
Here is an appropriate Geotic track to listen to while browsing this loneliness. You can download his new EP for free here.
German photographer Werner Amann seems to occupy a world ruled by dusk. Even his daytime photography retains an eerie world-gone-to-bed feel. Explore the loneliness below and visit his website for more.
The skyward gazing Slovak photographer Branislav Kropilak possesses that rare talent for seeing common objects in ways that most people don’t. In this series he transforms billboards from annoying, over-sized advertising media into compelling abstract geometric shapes. Some of these might even be space ships – who knows?