Music I dig 047: Jack White – Sixteen Saltines (2012)

This is not a video of just ‘Sixteen Saltines’. No, this is a short docu (really short) which includes a few tracks of Jack White’s new album ‘Blunderbuss’. I wanted to do a post on one of the tracks of this album ever since I heard it first. Problem was, that I couldn’t make up my mind which track to choose. Fortunately Jack was a few steps ahead of me and posted this really cool video.

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Music I dig 046: This is the kit – Earthquake (2010)

I heard ‘This is the kit’ today (this song as a matter of fact), bought the album and loved the shit out it! Dark and catchy tune. Lot’s of musicianship in this song and on the entire album ‘Wriggle out restless’ for that matter. Very good!

Movie I dig 034: 那些年,我們一起追的女孩 (You Are the Apple of My Eye) (2011)

I think ‘Na xie nian, wo men yi qi zhui de nu hai’ is my first encounter with Taiwanese cinema and shouldn’t be my last. Basically the plot is that there’s one girl with outstanding grades (also referred to as a ‘honor-student’) and she also happens to be the best looking girl in the high school class. So all the guys like her. Most of the guys are quite childish and not that good with girls (understatement). The guy who is the most childish one manages to get her attention when he steps up for her when she forgot to bring her English text-book and he quickly slips her his and pretends that he is the one who forgot to bring the text-book. It’s no surprise that some kind of bond starts to grow between them. A weird bond though, but eventually they become a couple, a weird couple though, because when they go to college they don’t even hold hands when they say goodbye.

Anyway, I won’t spoil further. It’s hard enough to not see surprises coming from a mile away in this film. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, since the film is full of high school and college clichés  (some of them wildly exaggerated), which are quite funny.

It’s based on a book; I might check it out later. If this one is being screened at a theater anywhere near you, go and see it and don’t forget to bring your girlfriend or your boyfriend – if you manage to drag him along.

Music I dig 045: First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar (2012)

I’m either in a Scandinavian mood these days or there is just a big pile of talent in that part of the world. Instantly loved this one by two Swedish sisters. Beautiful vocals and nice and folky music.

Music I dig 044: Rangleklods – Clouds (2012)

Love this one. The whole feel of the song – for me – is: winter is almost over, you feel the change in the air as you breath in deep. You feel spring is coming. But it’s still chilly and snow can still come. Unexpected snow. The kind that disappears within a day or even hours, because it’s just not that cold anymore.

I love the video. It’s got a nice raw edge and works really well with this song.

I’m looking forward to their album Beekeeper (march 12th).

Movie I dig 033: Tierra y Libertad (Land and Freedom) (1995)

I’ve never known much about the Spanish civil war or the Franco regime. So stumbling on Tierrra y libertad seemed like an excellent opportunity to get to know a bit about it. No regrets there. It’s a great film.

It’s about an unemployed young man from Liverpool. He hears about the Spanish conflict at a meeting and being a communist he decides to go to Spain and fight for what he believes in, against the fascists.

I learned a lot about the conflict and the complexity of it (a lot of different factors and sides have their own interests). I didn’t learn much about the bigger picture and the politics behind the events of that era in Spain and Europe, even though there was a lot of talk about it in the dialogues. What I liked especially is that the film shows what life was like at the front and in the Spanish cities during that time. After the film I was kind off left with a feeling of sadness of how individuals throughout history have often been used as nothing more than mere pieces on a chessboard – and often replaceable.

Music I dig 043: The war on drugs – Needle in your eye #16 (2008)

I love this video. Actually, this song and this video are hardly related, but it works so well together. The songs sticks.