Introducing 4 by 4: Four beautiful songs. Four beautiful thoughts.

Hey Marseilles – Cigarettes (Live on KEXP)

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

James Howard Kunstler tells us how our society is primed for a breakdown.

James Howard Kunstler tells us how our society is primed for a breakdown.

“James Howard Kunstler says one reason why American cities are so dirty is because we do not have a firm agreement about how to treat the public realm in this country. He believes that people will literally trash a place that they don’t like or respect. And a lot of American space is difficult to respect. On a larger scale, many corporations treat the American landscape with a similar disregard. While Kunstler believes that large scale pollution from mega corporations may taper off with the cheap oil supply, he thinks local manufacturing in the future might reintroduce forms of pollution that haven’t been seen in the U.S. for a while.” – Kunstlercast.com

KunstlerCast #78: Litter & Pollution http://kunstlercast.com/shows/KunstlerCast_78_Litter_Pollution.html

Alexi Murdoch – All My Days (The Mercury Lounge, Feb. 7th, 2007)

“It was kind of uncanny to realize I was part of a tradition without knowing that tradition even existed. Which I guess speaks volumes about being shaped by your environment. I grew up in Scotland, and I guess maybe something about that landscape creates that sound. I’m sure that somewhere those people had the same influences musically as me. But I don’t know, I’m actually pretty ignorant when it comes to music history.” – Alexi Murdoch in Sound Citizen

Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell

“Journalism is not like the business world, where the mechanics of decisions and procedures take place behind closed doors. It is, rather, like science, where the fruits of all endeavor are put on public display. In the world of science, that transparency allows the profession to be self-policing. It is very hard to commit scientific fraud because all significant findings are published, scrutinized by other members of the scientific community, and—if they are sufficiently controversial—independently tested. Journalism is the same way. If my writing is biased or unfair, then the evidence of that bias and unfairness is a matter of public record, and any reader has the freedom—and the responsibility—to hold me accountable.” Gladwell.com

The Takeovers – “Pretty Not Bad” http://www.mediafire.com/?qtmwkhiuwi3

via Pitchfork

via Pitchfork

Charles Gibson retires

Goodbye Charlie, hello Diane

Charles Gibson retires, Diane Sawyer takes over

“It had been my intention to step down from my job at Good Morning America in 2007 but with Peter’s illness, Bob’s injuries, and Elizabeth’s pregnancy, the job at World News came open in May of 2006, and David asked me to step in as anchor. It was anhonor to do so. The program is now operating at a very accelerated, but steady, cruising speed, and I think it is an opportune time for a transition – both for the broadcast and for me. Life is dynamic; it is not static.” – Charles Gibson

The Ironweed Project – Boom Boom Clap

About a Brooklyn block party

“That sentimental ideal of a Brooklyn block party, (of a Fugees reunion,) its romantic spirit, is tough to turn down. Now, neighbors are far more transient, and gathering for a celebration suffers from lack of time: the rush to get where? the urgency to finish? I’d invite you to dinner, but I don’t cook… And yet yesteryear’s pace is still sought after, and that wish to restore the everyday in Kodachrome colors is ever more popular.” -Durga Chew-Bose on This Recording

via this recording

via this recording


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