Caboodle of the Week | Wonderhowto | Tegan and Sara | Justin Trudeau
Site | http://www.wonderhowto.com/ | A Good How-to-site
This is a really cool How-to-site! I wouldn’t say it’s a traditional how-to-site focusing on everyday life hacks. Rather, this site offers, let’s say, a unique list of subjects. If you take a look at today’s homepage you’ll see:
- Hack Like a Pro! How to cover your tracks so you aren’t detected.
- Essential Tips for Minecraft PVP and Escape
- How to organize your email subscriptions (or banish them from your inbox forever)
Check it out and see what you think!
Song |Tegan and Sara | Closer
Signed by Neil Young’s manager 13 years ago and immediately sent out on the road to support him, the identical twins from Calgary have built up a small (but fanatical) fan base and an admirable back catalogue of melodic, angsty indie-rock. But on recent tours opening for the Killers and the Black Keys they realised they were doing the musical equivalent of “riding a pedal bike on the highway” and, as they told the Vancouver Sun, “if you want to compete with the best cars you need to step up your game.”
To find the added oomph they needed, the pair looked back to teen pop idols and the intense emotions of their youths. The result is an album that gives a big, glossy pop kick to some skin-pricklingly-sincere romantic declarations. This may sound like a basic concept, but of late, pop has piled artifice on top of artifice.
Artists like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Britain’s own Marina Diamandis increasingly generate multiple (and wildly exaggerated) personas from whose perspectives they sing. The music of other big-hitters like Madonna, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber feels pumped out directly by their brands. So there’s something remarkably refreshing about hearing the authentic thoughts of two 32-year-old women and hearing them given the fully magnified sugar rush of big league pop: like seeing home movies of your own teenage crushes on the big screen with surround sound.
Produced partly by Greg Kurstin (whose clients include Pink and Kelly Clarkson), Heartthrob sinks the indie guitars lower in the mix and dials up big, shimmering synths. Dealing frankly with love, rejection, frustration, self-doubt and self-acceptance, almost every one of the 10 tracks is catchy and distinctive enough to become a hit. It blasts straight into action with lead single, “Closer,” about the thrills and promises of new romance. Its “All I dream of lately, is how to get you underneath me” is balanced by: “I’m the type who won’t get oh so critical … I won’t treat you like you’re oh so typical.” Elsewhere, the girls address their position as role models to other gay women: “I’m not their hero, but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t brave/ I never walked the party line, but that doesn’t mean that I was never afraid.”
In that same Vancouver Sun interview they said: “Even in moments of accepting our vulnerability and admitting our weakness, which we’re very good at, there’s an edge of empowerment to these songs and being outspoken about our sexuality and our politics.”
And that empowered, uncommercialised attitude to 21st-century womanhood makes this the kind of pop smart parents would like their daughters to buy. If John Hughes was still alive and making high-school films, I’m sure songs from Heartthrob would be on the soundtrack.
Courtesy of the Telegraph UK
Person |Justin Trudeau | New Liberal Party Leader in Canada
Justin Pierre James Trudeau, MP, (born December 25, 1971) is a Canadian politician and the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He has served as Member of Parliament for the riding of Papineau since 2008. Following his re-election in 2011, he was appointed as the Liberal Party critic for Post Secondary Education, Youth and Amateur Sport. Trudeau is the eldest son of Margaret Trudeau and former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. On April 14, 2013, Trudeau was elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada by a considerable margin.