The video for Hey Jane, the first single from the new album by Spiritualized which is called Sweet Heart Sweet Light. For a limited time NPR offers the chance to listen to the full album online.
On Spiritualized’s seventh album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light (out April 17), Pierce sounds more inspired than ever by his own looming mortality. This, after all, is a guy who nearly died of double-pneumonia in 2005, and who spent months mixing this new record while taking chemotherapy for degenerative liver disease. For all the brooding rock ‘n’ roll swagger of “I Am What I Am,” and for all the chugging grandiosity of the nine-minute single “Hey Jane,” the most indelible moments on Sweet Heart Sweet Light are those in which Pierce lays his soul bare and pleads for something beyond his reach.
To commemorate the 2011 International Day of Peace, I thought it would be a nice idea to create a playlist that features all the songs of PJ Harvey‘s latest album Let England Shake. Its theme is war, so that makes it quite apposite for this day.
The album has generally garnered critical acclaim as well as PJ Harvey’s second Mercury Prize. Recorded in a 19th Century church in Dorset with long time collaborator Flood who co-produced the album with PJ Harvey, John Parish and Mick Harvey. Let England Shake was also mixed by Flood.
It was also accompanied by twelve videos for all the songs which were made by photographer and filmmaker Seamus Murphy. The playlist below contains all those videos in the order in which the songs appear on the album.
The songs are, in order (the links open up the lyrics for each song from pjharvey.net):
How TV Ruined Your Life is 6-part comedy series by the BBC in which Charlie Brooker uses a mix of sketches and jaw-dropping archive footage to explore the gulf between real life and television:
Ever wondered why life doesn’t measure up to those youthful lofty expectations?
From love and money to fear and progress, Charlie Brooker explores a different universal theme each week as this six-part series attempts to explain where it all went wrong and just how wildly the TV and movie ideal differs from life’s grim reality.
Marking the point where the mad daydreams of TV and the sorry reality of real life collide, the series employs a mixture of archive footage, sketches and interviews that will have you wiping away tears of laughter while nodding in recognition, which means you’ll probably have your eye out if you’re not careful.
The episodes explore the following themes:
Fear: From public information films to crime dramas, Charlie explores TV’s approach to fear.
The Lifecycle: From kids shows to Countdown, Charlie explores how TV can infuriate anyone of any age.
Aspiration: From Dallas to Grand Designs, TV continually rubs desirable lifestyles in your face.
Love: From Blind Date to rom-coms, TV has warped our expectations of romance.
Progress: Charlie Brooker argues that television has warped our relationship with technology.
Knowledge: Tracing how TV’s notion of knowledge has sunk to celebrity presenter drivel.
Throughout his career Dr. Oliver Sacks, neurologist and acclaimed author, whose book Awakenings was made into a Oscar-nominated feature film starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, has encountered myriad patients who are struggling to cope with debilitating medical conditions.
While their ailments vary, many have one thing in common: an appreciation for the therapeutic effects of music.
NOVA follows four individuals — two of whom are Sacks’s case studies — and even peers into Sacks’s own brain, to investigate music’s strange, surprising, and still unexplained power over the human mind.