Thursday Tunes: Grant Lee Buffalo

It’s Thursday again! That means it’s time for another artist recommendation!

Grant Lee Buffalo is one of many post-grudge bands of the late 90s. The trio’s music has a tendency to be a little more folk-based than other bands in the same musical era like Pearl Jam. Sounding at times like a the love-child of Nirvana and Bob Dylan, Grant Lee Buffalo has some great songs that are definitely worth a listen.

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Greatness

Is it everyone’s ambition to be great? Do we all wish to be recorded in the annals of history, or is mere simplicity the goal of most of us?

I do not think that most of us lust for the classical idea of greatness despite that being that portrayal of the average person in the media. Mostly our dreams are simple, we long for peace, quiet, and free time, not fame and fortune.

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We Need A New Style

First off, my apologies for the late post. I have been at a bachelor party all evening. Second, I’d like to introduce a pressing need in the artistic community. True stylistic innovation throughout the creative endeavors has stagnated a bit lately — so much so that our “new” styles are recycled old styles.

We’re smart, capable, creative people and the future is ours and ours alone. Surely we have the ability to create truly fresh ideas when we make art instead of lazily proclaiming that there are no new things left to create. Originality is the same as it always has been — an illusive and confusing creature — but a living one.

Let’s make something new.

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The Grey: A Decent Survival/Thriller Flick

Monday has come again and I have another movie to write about. The Grey, starring Liam Neesen, largely revolves around  Neesen’s character fighting wolves. It’s about as awesome as it sounds (if you’re into that sort of thing). This film (at least on Neesen’s part) is considerably better acted than your traditional thriller movies and is definitely worth watching (it is currently available instantly on Netflix) if you are the sort of person who enjoys a good heart-pounding thriller film. 

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Killing The Auto-Pilot

Many of us spend most of our days simply moving from activity to activity as quickly as possible. We lock ourselves into a routine and mentally ignore the usual everyday things as they happen to us each day. In this process the days merge together creating a seemingly endless cycle of waking and sleeping with some banalities in between.

This way of living is very efficient. With it a great deal can be accomplished without really much mental effort by those involved. However by ignoring the usual we give some of our agency. If we force ourselves to really be aware during the day — to switch off auto-pilot — we give ourselves the option to enjoy our world rather than neutrally plod through it.

Presence of mind is a recurring struggle for me. Part of me loves the cocoon of going through life mentally switched off but another, more real, part craves feeling and it is that part to which I wish to listen.

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Can A Society Exist Without Any Form of Exploitation?

This post is not a answer but rather a question. It seems every “advanced” society requires the exploitation of a group of people as well as some varied level of environmental destruction. I’m wondering if that is how it has to be?  Must some suffer in order for others to live in comfort? Food for thought. 

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The Death of The Western

Sadly, it seems for now the western is dead. The core creative team is taking on separate solo projects and moving on. The film itself now lies dormant on my computer. Half shot and half edited, the fragmented scenes will most likely remain unseen unless I find some way to put them into future projects.

However with the death of one project there always follows the birth of another and I look forward to what is to come. 

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The Mowgli’s: Great Summer Band

I’m a bit behind the curve when it comes to these guys but for those who haven’t happened across them The Mowgli’s create some great summerish tunes. Their sound is very pop-y and all of their songs sound pretty similar however The Mowgli’s uptempo beats make for some great head-bumping singles.

If you’re taking a summer road trip or want to feel trendy at your barbecue, go ahead and put on a track or two by The Mowgli’s. It’s sure to get some toes tapping.

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Questions

I believe as a species with a certain level of intellect we live our lives in a quest to answer questions and the answers we seek largely affect what our lives become. Because of the definitive nature of the answers for which we search, I feel we must consciously recognize which questions we naturally gravitate to.

As this is a new revelation for me, I have yet to determine all of the answers I seek but a couple go something like this: What is real, and where do I fit within reality?

This basic compound question has largely driving life and influenced my artistic work. The nature of reality and the existence of rules has always fascinated me. Maybe with question firmly rested upon my mind, I better answer it and perhaps live a more productive life.

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Nothing To Report

I’ve been strangely absent from writing this week (except this blog of course). I’ve simply encountered other activities that occupied my time. Largely preparing the music for a friend’s wedding, relatives visiting from out of town, and my sister’s 18th birthday have led a bit of a hectic week that I haven’t had much time for screen writing or story writing.

Tomorrow, I plan to be free and shall do some writing then.

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