Apparently the ASEE has a fellowships blog. They administered my NDSEG fellowship back in the day. It seems to be laden with NSF news, but I think it’s a new feature, so I’m sure it will develop over time. Hopefully it will be a good resource for undergrads and early grad students to navigate the thicket of fellowship applications.
Professor Sergio Servetto died on Tuesday in a tragic plane crash. It’s a real shock, and great loss. I had just talked to him at ISIT in Nice. He was very active in getting the IT student society going and will be missed greatly. I was unsure if I should link to the news here, but I think that there are people who read this blog, knew him, and would want to know.
Volta (Björk) — A strong and very different followup to Medulla. The songs on Volta trail off into strange minimal landscapes, as if you’re walking down a beach with pavilions set up for each song. I particularly liked “The Dull Flame of Desire” and “Innocence.”
Bonfires of Sao João (Forro in the Dark) — With guest vocals by David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto, and Miho Hatori, this album bounces along. I like almost all of the songs on here, and look forward to incorporating them into my new mix CDs…
Neon Bible (Arcade Fire) — It doesn’t have the manifesto-like feel of Funeral, but there are some songs on here that really got under my skin, like “Keep The Car Running.” I think it might start growing it on me.
Techarí (Ojos de Brujo) — I heard them described to me as the New Flamenco. They mix it up with Bhangra beats (“Todo Tiende”) and are the kind of music that makes me feel hipper than I am.
Rendezvous at the Nightery (Brandi Shearer & The Robin Nolan Trio) — This album is a mix of gypsy jazz, old country standards, and originals. I particularly liked “Coquette,” “Glory of Love,” and of course “Belleville Rendezvous.”
† (Justice) — This album seems to be making a splash on KALX, but my friend J. told me about it when I was in Paris (I still have to write about it or post a photo or something, argh). Mostly Daft Punk-ish, the album also has the disco pop tune “D.A.N.C.E.,” which too addictive for its own good.
Cansei De Ser Sexy (Cansei De Ser Sexy) — Electro, then clash, then electroclash, then clashelectro. Often hilarious, in yer face, and good for driving or bouncing. “Alala” and “Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above” are the popular tracks, I bet, but most tracks have something to offer up.
LCD Soundsystem (Sound of Silver) — They are North Americans, yes they are. Good beats, but overall the album just kind of went in one ear and out the other. There are some good tracks on here for grooving though.