I’m thinking about:
- building student confidence to improve academic achievement; see NY Times and The Situationist
- how did I forget today was Earth Day? Jewels of New York in Fort Greene (details on their Twitter) My students are super excited about the film Earth. “It looks hecka tight!” Opening today, Earth Day.
- why aren’t there more floral design blogs? And where did I put all those Parisian florist business cards I collected last spring?
- (in this case still thinking about) how many of my students were stoned on 4/20, how I’m supposed to feel about that, and what I’m supposed to do…NY Times on legalization
- so much trouble in the world; breath in suffering breath out loving kindness
- my latest “ethical dilemma.” Would you like to read it?
- Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri—YES! recipe at Epicurious
photo by Romulo Yanes
Patrick Daughters and Grizzly Bear have been busy at work in L.A. filming a video. From the looks of Edward Droste and Chris Bear’s twitter pages it looks pretty exciting:
Anyone know what song off the new Veckatimest is getting the Daughters treatment? Maybe the wistful and pop-y “Cheerleader?” No, I’m thinking “While You Wait for the Others” now. Yes! It must be.
Other guesses? UPDATE: It’s been confirmed. The video is for “Two Weeks.” Does this 3D scanner even have anything to do with the Daughters video? Whatever it is, it looks flashy and fun.
I was over the moon–figuratively. Physically I was at the Brooklyn Academy of Music soaking in a rare coupling: Grizzly Bear and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The event marked Grizzly Bear’s first performance with an orchestra dedicated to performing alongside of the band (Grizzly Bear has previously shared a bill with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall).
Perhaps the most special parts of the evening for a longtime fan like myself were the songs Grizzly Bear played that they had never performed live before, but that I have savored for years on their albums; namely “Central and Remote,” “Reprise,” and “Plans” (all from Yellow House). “Reprise” was particularly special, given the leading banjo, a fact which Daniel Rossen acknowledged from the stage.
I found “Colorado,” another longtime favorite, to be particularly successful with the orchestral backing. It’s another that you’re not likely to hear the band perform regularly.
Of the new material from the upcoming release Veckatimest, “Foreground” was far and away my favorite, and the Brooklyn Phil did well by it too.
Then Grizzly Bear did something that I wouldn’t suspect given the tone of the evening; they closed the show with The Crystal’s foreboding “He Hit Me.” I don’t think Edward Droste has found a better pairing for his vocals than this diminutive ditty. It just works. I was thrilled.
The boys were looking sharp: Daniel in shiny new shoes visible from row “S,” Christopher Bear in saddle shoes (!) and a handmade black silk bow tie by Julia Ziegler-Haynes, Edward sleek in black jeans and a crisp shirt, and Chris Taylor sporting a new shorter haircut. They’re ready for the big time!
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