Two by The Antlers
Shiva by The Antlers
The constant flow of great albums this year doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop anytime soon, and we’re all the better for it. But one album that’s really stood out for me this year is Hospice by The Antlers. When the album came out I listened to it on repeat, non-stop. Since then I listen to it at least once a week, if not more.
Hospice has a rather epic narrative, dealing with such things as life and death, illness, loss, despair and occasional glimpses of hope. The albums brilliance comes from the unapologetic nature the album takes, that life is filled with sad parts, and the album fully embraces those times. Peter Silberman’s vocals and lyrics are absolutely superb, ranging from dark whispers to emotional outburts, cracking falsettos and passionate pleas.
I get frustrated when I write about an album like this, because honestly it’s hard to put into words the feelings an amazing album like this brings out. And this album was definitely made around pure emotions, it’s not a light-hearted affair, it’s the stuff that real life is made of. Take a listen to the two songs above, and if you enjoy the album please pick it up and support these amazing musicians.
This will absolutely be in my top favorite albums of the year, if not the decade.
You can pick up their album now by clicking here.
Sort of like the Starbucks QuickOrder Concept I posted about last month, The Greener Grass has come up with a program that could be extremely beneficial in so many ways.
The concept is called Current State, and basically it would show you how much energy your house or apartment is using, as well as taking control of it. The idea starts with the “Plug-Ends”, which plug into electrical outlets, and then you plug your lamp or toaster into the Plug-End. This allows you to turn whatevers plugged into it on or off remotely through your iPhone. Then you have the software, which gives you real time stats about your house’s energy usage, including a room by room display, and detailed room displays letting you know how much energy each outlet is using.
This is kind of sci-fi, I will admit it, but it’s definitely not impossible. Having something like this would save people money, as well as help the environment. The only head scratching part is how the program would know what your house or apartment looks like. I’m sure someone could create a program a la The Sims that would allow you to map your house out.
I can’t wait for a slew of new programs to pop up for the iPhone!