- “Quieter is the new quiet,” apparently. Despite calls for the whisper-folk pair to make Øye’s house and techno background more apparent, Declaration of Dependence doubles down on hushed Scandinavian understatement. No drums, unless you count slapped fretboards or squeaking fingers: just two voices, two acoustic guitars, and occasional cello, viola, or one-finger piano plinks. Along with sharper songwriting focus, this go-for-broke softness makes for the most durable, rewarding Kings of Convenience album yet– a Pink Moon to past efforts’ Five Leaves Left. Barring a last-minute José González surprise, it’s also probably the best new full-length of its style you’ll hear this year.”
Monthly Archives: October 2009
links for 2009-10-30
links for 2009-10-27
It seems like such a simple and whimsical service. You just checkin to places via your phone. But the data that it creates and the way it is published out to your social graph is powerful.
"…listening to customers is not intrinsically good. As always, the key is to synthesize the customer feedback with the companyâ€™s unique vision. But thatâ€™s often used as an excuse to ignore customers outright. I know I was guilty of this many times. Itâ€™s all-too-easy to convince yourself that customers will want whatever your latest brainstorm is. And itâ€™s so much more pleasant to just go build it, foist it on the community, and cross your fingers. It sure beats confronting reality, right?"
links for 2009-10-26
"Google Social Search is rolling out, a new service from Google that allows you to easily find material written by people you know and trust."
links for 2009-10-25
"Why does the world need two thousand photos of the same band on the same stage, all taken from a slightly different angle. That kind of 360 degree imagery might have been useful on the day Kennedy was shot â€“ not least because it would have kept Oliver Stone quiet â€“ but for a Weezer gig? And whatâ€™s the point of checking in on Foursquare at a ticketed event that no one else can get into. You might as well tweet â€œIâ€™m a dickâ€ and be done with it."