there is a movie called, 500 Days of Summer. i purchased this movie after having watched it online a few weeks ago. to say that it affected me is an understatement. what i should say, is it helped heal me. yes, it helped to heal some bad wounds i suffered from my last relationship. those old wounds never seemed to leave me, but for some reason, when i first watched this movie, it changed my outlook on a lot of things and left me feeling much MUCH better. so, why did this happen now and not all the other countless times i've had conversations and watched love flicks??? i can't answer that too well because i have no idea, but maybe it's because the characters in this particular movie were pretty close to me. and what i mean by that, is simply put, they freekin' reminded me of myself and my ex. it was pretty crazy how little things here and there came about during my first watch of this movie, but eventually it all started to mold together and i came out of this feeling pretty good about myself. it was the ending that sealed it all for me. it left the viewer, hopefully, with a sense of hope and desire. summer turned into autumn, and with that came a new time in the guys life. a change, a new set of clothes, a new job, new haircut and a new friend. there was something else too, that caught me quickly. the guy in the movie loves sad, post-punk music. brit-pop and shoegaze too. and if there is one thing i can connect to, it's the love for the band Joy Division. for those who know, it all comes down to ian curtis's lyrics. that's it really, and for a character in a movie like this, who obviously likes the band as well (and happens to have a few shirts of theirs) it makes me do the comparison thing. does this guy think like me or act like me??? not to do too much over thinking on the subject, i passed that all by and just enjoyed the movie for what it was, a romantic comedy. you know, the funniest people are often the saddest...
there is some music that's been floating in my head recently, so i guess that means it's time to post on it. here is the electronic act, M83.
originally a two-piece shoegaze/dream-pop/nu-gaze/electronic/whatever act, anthony gonzales, or better yet, M83 (named after the spiral galaxy, messier 83) has been making great, sleepy music since 2001. the lush landscapes created by the electronic equipment, mixed with the live instruments, has created a vast array of experimental music that touches all those special places many people love. (hmm???) first off is anthony himself, what, with his soft voice and ambient tones. and then there is the instrumentation, with it's own self worth and creative flow that makes it's mark and holds the listener until the very end. and last, there is the lyrics, with their own personal touch to them that have relatedness and warmth. this is all stirred together in a huge pot of talent and finesse, and then belched out to the masses for listening. it's very good stuff, and hopefully you can give it some of your hard earned time. for music, time can be wasted or used accordingly. let's hope its the latter...
minus a few things, we have just about everything M83 has put out so far. the first two albums were put together with the original duo, but then that all changed and the latter two that came next would feature more backup musicians and song structure. we first have the self titled debut, and then we move onto the second lp titled, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts. this album is amazing and features one of my favorite M83 songs called, "america". look below for the video!!! okay, so in third is the album, Before The Dawn Heals Us. this is the start of the more, ambient/dream-pop stuff and a great album to boot. and in last place is the best work M83 has done so far; the album, Saturdays = Youth. look at the cover and spot some pop-culture references. yes, the album is a tribute to the 80's and anthony seemed to love it a ton. the video for the song, "graveyard girl" is below as well. okay, so sorry for skipping a few days there and not posting something new. i hope this makes up for it. enjoy!!!