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Most of us, whether we care to admit it or not, watch film and television to escape the monotony of our ordinary lives. For the time that our eyes are glued to the screen, we live vicariously through those characters whose lives seem much more interesting and exciting than our own—whose wacky antics, fantastic adventures, and tantalizing dramas we share in. So, it is not surprising that one of the most unique shows to premier in the past few years has tried to break this implicit tradition by presenting a character whose life is unequivocally… ordinary and, because of that, compelling.
The band released their first EP in 2011 Mit Peck, which features this gem.
Here's a brief lowdown of my thoughts:
We asked you all what your favorites (song, movie, and album) from the summer were, and here they are! Some of you seem to be big fans of Sam Smith. So much so that you put him as "SAM SMITH!!!!" as your favorite song, movie, and album. Yes, we see you.
If you liked: ill-Esha, Eprom, (both came to Terrace last spring!) then check this out.
I’ve been sifting through old home movies lately, amazed at how quickly all these years have passed. And with only these brief snapshots of moments to go on, I’ve been wondering what it must be like to see your own childhood captured in its entirety—to grow up onscreen, like Ellar Coltrane, star of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, did. Linklater shot the film over the period of 12 years, and it follows Ellar and his character (Mason Evans, Jr.) as they transform from boys into men.
One thing I never foresaw being excited about was Ghanaian fashion (simply because I had never heard about it before) but, upon arriving in Ghana, I immediately saw Ghanaian men and women dressed in complex patterns and rich colors. Every street was a tapestry of the most interesting clothing I have ever seen, and within days of arriving I decided getting Ghanaian clothing was one of my top priorities.
...But time is money, and apparently you have to have a lot of that if you want a ticket.Check out this video of the insane line this morning for getting a ticket to the Dalai Lama's talk in Princeton over Fall Break. Tickets might be free, but nobody said it would be easy to get one.
Disclaimer -- a few of these songs did not come out during the summer. Yet, they're included in this list because they were largely popular this summer, for us.
It starts with the contemplative "Truman Sleeps" from The Truman Show, a film about a man who doesn't realize that his whole life is a reality TV program.
Princeton has such a plethora of programs and such good financial aid that odds are you and/or 437 of your closest friends have studied or had an internship abroad this summer. Whether it was Timbuktu, Toronto or Tegucigalpa, you’ve posted or stalked enough photos to last a lifetime. Let’s look at what happens when you finally come back home to the land of the free.
Apparently the Princeton Terrace Club listserv is a good place to go to if you are trying to raise funds for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a group that conducts research using a bunch of different drugs.
Shabazz Palaces formed in 2009 with little promotion, but a lot of praise. Since Palaceer Lazaro (Ishmael Butler of “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” fame) and Tendai Maraire (son of Dumisani Maraire, the man who brought the Zimbabwean music and the mbira to North America) joined forces on their self-titled EP, the duo’s been heralded for their innovative, idiosyncratic, experimental hip hop, aptly described by their record label as “acknowledging that sophistication and the instinctual are not at odds.” Their debut album, Black Up, was lauded for its musicality alone, but it’d be hard to argue that their above-it-all apathy towards social media, sporadic affiliation with uber hip visual art collective Black Constellation, and opulent, Arabic, snake-toting aesthetic didn’t add to their appeal. Unsurprisingly, this summer’s sophomore release fostered fair anticipation.
Immediately, Robinson's aim of complete reinvention is clear. The standard four-on-the-floor beats, predictable build-ups, and bass drops heard in every EDM single nowadays are nowhere to be found on this album. Instead, we are given ultra-lush synths and melodies to sit back and listen to, as an experience.The album's tone is set by a trio of vocal-driven, nostalgic, synth-drenched tracks, including one of the pre-release singles "Sad Machine," which features Robinson in his vocal debut, singing alongside a female Vocaloid voice, telling a strangely emotional story of a human boy meeting a robot girl. While at first, the album seems to be going in a distinctly synthpop direction, Robinson then hits us with "Flicker," arguably the most standout track of the album. "Flicker" is remarkably versatile, featuring a rather funky bass and guitar line, overlaid by chopped-up Japanese vocals and interspersed with underwater-like synths plus even a bass-driven interlude faintly reminiscent of the old Porter, all combined to create a deeply moving, nostalgic feeling.
[From left to right] Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande on the set of the "Bang Bang" music video/ Jessie J, via Instagram
Summer has been a time of dualities for me -- for relaxation and excitement, for responsibility and not giving a shit, for work and for play... The following songs have been shaped by my experiences at home and abroad, the new people I've met, old friends.
You silently scrutinize the minute hand of the clock. As if its goal is to mock you, it ticks slower and slower, as though time itself has ceased to exist.It is not until your boss asks you to fetch yet another cup of coffee at the internship you sacrificed your summer (and your soul) for that you finally snap and crumple into a sobbing mess as you remember the loving embrace of the Orange Bubble.
Whether you're a PTLing senior or a freshman looking to plan out your next three years, Prox brings you the definitive list of things to do at Princeton before you graduate.