Monday, August 3, 2009

ALL POINTS WEST 2009, Part 1: the rain

"Come, let me see what task I have to do. You heavy people, circle me about."
- Titus Andronicus

"So foul a sky clears not without a storm; Pour down thy weather: how goes all in France?"
-King John

"The sun will not be seen to-day; The sky doth frown and lour upon our army. I would these dewy tears were from the ground."
-Richard III

"Do any thing but this thou doest. Empty old receptacles, or common shores, of filth; Serve by indenture to the common hangman: Any of these ways are yet better than this."
- Pericles, Prince of Tyre

"The ox hath therefore stretch'd his yoke in vain, The ploughman lost his sweat, and the green corn hath rotted ere his youth attain'd a beard; The fold stands empty in the drowned field, and the nine men's morris is fill's up with mud."
-A Midsummer Night's Dream

"Our hap is loss, our hope but sad despair; Our ranks are broke, and ruin follows us: What counsel give you? Whither shall we fly?"
-King Henry VI

"What torch is yond, that vainly lends light to grubs and eyeless skulls?"
-Romeo and Juliet

"And why, I pray you? Who might be your mother, that you insult, exult, and all at once, over the wretched?"
-As You Like It
"Strong as a tower in hope, I cry amen."
-King Richard II

ALL POINTS WEST 2009, Part 2: Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jay-Z, MSTRKRFT

"I am as melancholy as a gib cat or a lugged bear."
-King Henry IV

"Here I can sit alone, unseen of any, and to the nightingale's complaining notes tune my distress and record my woes."
-Two Gentlemen of Verona

"Thy eye Jove's lightning bears, thy voice his dreadful thunder!"
- Love's Labours Lost

"O, poor Gloucester! Lost he his other eye?" 
-King Lear

"I do not desire you to please me; I do desire you to sing. Come, more; another stanzo: call you 'em stanzos?"
-As You Like It

"Through the house give gathering light... every elf and fairy sprite hop as light as bird from brier. Sing, and dance it trippingly!"
-A Midsummer Night's Dream

"Sing no more ditties, sing no moe, of dumps dull and heavy!" 
-Much Ado About Nothing

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


"These are the youths that thunder at a playhouse, and fight for bitten apples; that no audience, but their dear siblings, are able to endure."
-adapted from King Henry VIII

MOBY: Wait For Me

"In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility."
-King Henry V

Friday, July 17, 2009


"Such war of White and red within her cheeks!"
-The Taming of the Shrew

Monday, June 29, 2009

MAJOR LAZER: Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do

"A fuller blast ne'er shook our battlements."


"I would fain see the man, that has but two legs, that shall find himself aggrieved at this glove." 
-King Henry V

Friday, June 26, 2009

JAY-Z: D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)

"If the true concord of well-tuned sounds... do offend thine ear, they do but sweetly chide thee." 
-Sonnet 8

SPINAL TAP: Back From the Dead

"Ay, to eleven, and brought them down again." 
-Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

ELVIS COSTELLO: Sacred, Profane & Sugarcane

"When he performs, astronomers foretell it; it is prodigious, there will come some change; the sun borrows of the moon." 
- Troilus and Cressida

Monday, June 15, 2009


"Hum! A fine pate full of fine dirt." 

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

IGGY POP: Preliminaires, and PHOENIX: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

"Coward of France! How much he wrongs his fame." 
-King Henry IV Part 1

"Ay, so please your majesty. The French is gone off, look you, and there is most gallant and prave passages." 
-King Henry V

Friday, May 29, 2009

GRIZZLY BEAR: Veckatimest

"Where should this music be? I' the air or the earth?"

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

MARILYN MANSON: The High End of Low

"Let's have that, good sir. Come on, sit down. Come on, and do your best to fright me with your sprites." 
The Winter's Tale

Friday, May 22, 2009


"As full of spirit as the month of May." 
King Henry IV, Part 1

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

EMINEM: Relapse

"What, in ill thoughts again?" 
-King Lear

Monday, May 18, 2009

GREEN DAY: 21st Century Breakdown

"When ones so great begin to rage, they're hunted even to falling. Make boot of their distraction: never anger made good guard for itself." 
-(adapted from) Antony and Cleopatra

Friday, May 15, 2009

DEPECHE MODE: Sounds of the Universe

"To bitter sauces do they frame their feeding." 
-Sonnet 118