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“I love the term No Wave! I want no other term. I want No Wave hysteria. I love No Wave because it says nothing – it’s like ‘No Wave, no anything else’. To me, No Wave is audience un-friendly. It’s dissonant, it’s anti-tradition, none of it sounds alike. None of my music sounds alike – although there is a connective tissue. I like that No Wave is having a kind of resurgence and some influence in music, because it’s really just about putting it out there as aggressively and brutally as possible and not giving a shit about the fucking consequences. And that has to do with photography, film, music, and spoken word – it’s not just a music thing. I love the fucking term because nothing else makes sense to me. I never did punk music – I have nothing to do with fucking punk rock, I thought it was infantile. No Wave was very different, because punk rock was a social explosion – political, but fashion-oriented, and you know what it sounds like. [With] No Wave, nobody had any fashion sense except for me and James Chance. That wasn’t the point of it. Nobody sounded alike, and we didn’t give a fucking shit about anything. We didn’t feel like we were all in this thing together, we felt: ‘I’m insane, and if you are too, cool!’

“It was only a movement, in retrospect. At that point I was so anti-everything; everything had to meet a certain extreme validity, otherwise what’s the point?”

Via Dummy Mag

God has given us music so that above all it can lead us upwards. Music unites all qualities: it can exalt us, divert us, cheer us up, or break the hardest of hearts with the softest of its melancholy tones. But its principal task is to lead our thoughts to higher things, to elevate, even to make us tremble… The musical art often speaks in sounds more penetrating than the words of poetry, and takes hold of the most hidden crevices of the heart… Song elevates our being and leads us to the good and the true. If, however, music serves only as a diversion or as a kind of vain ostentation it is sinful and harmful.

Nietzsche wrote these lines two months before his fourteenth birthday – a detail doubly poignant when contrasted with the “vain ostentations” marketed to teenagers today. But his profound reverence for music never left him. Toward the end of his life, he immortalized it in an aphorism included in his 1889 book Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer:

What trifles constitute happiness! The sound of a bagpipe. Without music life would be a mistake.

Via Brain Pickings and Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography

“This boy, who looks a lot like me, comes up to me and says: ‘Have you forgotten who you are? Have you forgotten where you come from? You’re Irish. But here you are all smiling and making out with the powerful.’ The boy is behind the police line and I’m on the other side of the barricade to myself aged 19. The boy shouts at me: ‘We don’t want you in our revolution; you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.’ I know, I know, I know. I argue with the young man: ‘But my idea is to serve a plan,’ I tell him. I feel like the boy but I know that I’m not. I try to do the very best with everything that I’ve got. I’ve been caught with my pants down but at least I’m holding my hands up.

“This thing about mortality: if experience has taught me anything it is that joy is an act of defiance to the world. The fun, the frolics – the moment you’re in, be fully in it. Death and mortality? I answer with joy. U2 came into existence to fill a void, a gaping hole in my heart.”

Via Irish Times

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National Geographic’s Jason Silva knows the mere existence of this baby is an unbelievable, ridiculous miracle. Watch him explain this one-in-a-billion happening to the newborn. Hell, if Jason told me that personally now, I might have the same expression.