Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam: When the individuals are the true wealth of a spot

Normally, after I come again from a visit I strive to think about one phrase that encapsulates the expertise I simply lived and the locations I’ve seen. I had been dreaming about this journey to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam for thus lengthy that even earlier than I left residence, I’d already give you a phrase (really, two): associates, and backpacking. But actuality by no means corresponds to pre-departure expectations, and it all the time seems that the phrases you thought would describe your journey don’t describe it appropriately.

First step: Bangkok. We land into the capital of Thailand at 2 pm, proper on time for just a few hours of chill out within the lodge and preparing for the night. As actual vacationers and type of cliché aficionados, we deal with ourselves to a drink at Sirocco, the skybar well-known for its breath-taking location on the 63rd ground of the Lebua Hotel, however much more well-known for being the situation of some scenes of The Hangover Part II. And you do really feel on the set of a film there – one with a beautiful setting. Tall skyscrapers with their lights and two giant rivers: the Chao Phraya (the precise river) and the automotive lights on the road (a golden river of sunshine); Bangkok’s particular welcome to us. The following day, we begin exploring the preferred spots within the metropolis: Wat Phra Kaew; the Grand Palace with the daylight reflecting on its golden partitions, making a magical ambiance; Wat Pho and the well-known Reclining Buddha. Our final day in Bangkok is devoted to exploring its neighbourhoods and the inhabitants of the town: Chinatown and its goldsmiths and road meals through the day, Khao San Road within the night, the place the get together temper wins us over. At the tip of this primary cease, I believe my phrase for Bangkok is CONTRAST: as within the distinction between the magnificent temples and the noisy, crowded neighbourhoods, with rivers of individuals transferring by what appear to be very slim areas.

We head in direction of Vietnam: a brief flight and we’re in Hanoi. We e book a tour with the fellows at “Ciao Vietnam”, an affiliation of Vietnamese college students of Italian who provide free excursions in change for a possibility to apply the language. Over sooner or later, they present us the wonders of Hanoi, from the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum on the Temple of Literature, whereas within the night, they take us on a meals tour of the town. In the Old Quarter, we order Buncha (a typical Vietnamese noodle soup – and Barack Obama’s favourite dish!) and contemporary rolls, after which we head over to a historic café within the Old Quarter (which has stayed precisely the identical for the previous 40 years) for a typical egg espresso. After this primary day, I already know what my phrases for Vietnam are: MOTORBIKES and SOBRIETY; the explanations for the primary one are straightforward to elucidate: out of the common 10 million individuals dwelling in Vietnamese huge cities, 9 million personal a bike. Walking by the town requires braveness, you must be fast and resolute. My second phrase is impressed by the individuals of Vietnam: solely just lately getting accustomed to tourism, however so welcoming, and calmly and kindly so; individuals who take nice satisfaction of their historical past.
The following day, because of the nice climate which you’ll’t take without any consideration this time of the yr, we board a 2-day cruise within the Halong Bay. Here, we uncover a distinct Vietnam, dominated by the ocean and uncontaminated nature. After the cruise, Ho Chi Minh City (previous Saigon) is ready for us. After the warfare, the town was solely rebuilt and now it’s virtually all made up of tall, trendy buildings. We set out for a DIY tour of the town on foot together with all the long-lasting landmarks of the town, together with City Hall, the central publish workplace, Notre-Dame cathedral, and Reunification Palace. Hunting for much more genuine spots, we observe a taxi driver’s suggestion and go to the previous road of artisan craftsmanship by the Ben Thahn market, the place we purchase just a few (actual or faux, we now have no approach to know) antiques from the Vietnam War. Our subsequent cease is the Củ Chi Tunnel, about 20 miles from Saigon, one of many districts that suffered the worst destruction from the bombing and poisoning through the warfare. Củ Chi has the most important community of tunnels excavated by the Viet Cong: through the warfare, they constituted a metropolis in itself, with kitchens, dormitories, and assembly rooms. Parts of those tunnels can now be explored by courageous vacationers, and we after all settle for the problem. It’s not straightforward, and whereas we stroll bending over within the darkness, we attempt to assume what this place should have been like earlier than the tunnels have been enlarged to facilitate vacationer visits.

The following day, we board a flight to Cambodia. The humidity and warmth are a relentless presence right here, too, however the thick vegetation and the town, which has lots much less visitors, make air simpler to breath and the torrid warmth simpler to bear. Our first cease within the nation is Angkor, Cambodia’s most necessary archeological website and some of the necessary on the planet. The space is residence to tons of of Hindu and Buddhist temples, 80 of that are the primary temples and of many different just some stays could be discovered. I used to be by no means significantly into archeological websites, however that is totally different: s quickly as I step into the world in my sarong, I can positively really feel the fascinating magnificence of this place and its timeless spirituality. These ruins inform a narrative in regards to the current and the previous. The following days and temples preserve giving the identical emotional reward. The following day we depart at daybreak to go to Angkor Wat, crucial temple of the world and the image of Cambodia. It’s onerous waking up at Four.30 am however we really feel very sensible and privileged. Who would ever get up at that ungodly hour on trip to see the solar rise over a Cambodian temple? Well, apparently virtually all of the vacationers within the area! I had envisioned a type of “private show”, and I discover myself strolling in the dead of night on a floating bridge along with tons of of different individuals in direction of the grass across the temple, a type of Woodstock Coachella combined expertise. After this, we discover different great temples: Ta Phrom and Ta Som, the previous well-known for internet hosting the set of the Tomb Rider film (Angelina Jolie is type of a nationwide image and there’s a cocktail along with her identify), the latter much less well-known however simply as lovely.

The ultimate days we dedicate to attending to know this metropolis and its individuals higher; we go to Kulen Mountain for an genuine Cambodian spiritual expertise. Kulen is a inexperienced nationwide park that doesn’t get a lot western tourism, with great waterfalls the place we cease to wash within the water and take some pictures. Kulen is, nonetheless, additionally and primarily a spot of prayer, some of the necessary ones for Cambodians. People come right here to wish and discover consolation in faith and one another. I believe it was right here that I discovered my phrase for Cambodia and its individuals, just one phrase however a powerful one: INTEGRATION, for the way spiritual symbols and the roots of the bushes co-exist fortunately, and for the way individuals all the time smile and assist one another, of their consciousness that happiness and fortune are a standard possession. Those who’ve the least are probably the most beneficiant: like Songha, our information, who supplied the tip we gave him to a Buddhist monk and to an aged man doing roadwork on the trail we have been strolling on, after which purchased 4 animals made with palm leaves from a bunch of Four- or 5-year previous women. He explains that you must by no means give cash to youngsters, however quite train them the ideas of labor and remuneration. I observe his instance and purchase two small animals too from a 5-year previous who greets me and chats with me in almost-perfect Italian. Her smile makes my coronary heart blissful. On the airplane again to Milan, I’ve that melancholic however lovely feeling that travels all the time offer you at their finish. It jogs my memory of how I really feel as I learn a e book I really like: I can’t wait to know the way it ends, however I additionally by no means need it to finish. Today, I preserve re-reading the final line of this lovely e book that was my journey, ready for the (for me and my fellow vacationers) much-awaited sequel.

Angkor Wat
Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei
Buncha Hanoi 
Wat Phra Kaew Bangkok
Hall Ho Chi Minh City
Elephant Terrace
Halong Bay
Halong Bay
Lebua Hotel
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Exploring the temple
Ben Thanh Market in Saigon
Ankor Thom
Royal Palace Bangkok
Ta Phrom Temple
Ta Phrom Temple
Ta Som Temple
Angkor Tom Temple
The Marble Temple
Temple Cambogia
Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi
Tran Quoc Pagoda Hanoi
Wat Phra Kaew Bangkok
Waterfall Kulen Mountain

Words and pics by Chiara Magnaghi

Jersey Shore Snooki’s 15 Best Lines (GIFs)

Plain and easy: Snooki is the lifetime of the get together. If there’s one factor the pint-sized Jersey woman is aware of do, it’s make individuals chortle!

Seriously, how may you not love the little guidette?

Scroll via the gallery to see Snooki’s 15 greatest traces from Jersey Shore.

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Pee Pee

Poop Time




Sexy and I do know it


Captain Obvious

Still Pretty

Just Sayin’


Weenie Workout


Plain and easy: Snooki is the lifetime of the get together. If there’s one factor the pint-sized Jersey woman is aware of do, it’s make individuals chortle!

Seriously, how may you not love the little guidette?

Scroll via the gallery to see Snooki’s 15 greatest traces from Jersey Shore.

Everything We Know About ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Season 14 (PHOTOS)

What’s the prognosis for Grey’s Anatomy Season 14? Drama, in fact.

But it’s additionally going to be a lighter, sexier season, the celebrities say — with new faces becoming a member of the present and acquainted faces coming again for extra motion.

The season continues to be weeks away, although, so our prescription for you is to click on by means of the slides of this gallery. Just be warned: Side results embrace spoilers.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 premieres on Thursday, September 28, at eight p.m. ET on ABC.

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Season 14 premieres on September 28

Season 14 premieres on September 28

That’s Thursday, September 28, at eight p.m. ET on ABC, to be precise.

In truth, the final time a season of Grey’s premiered any time different than the week of September 21-28 was Season 1.

We’re getting a two-hour premiere

We’re getting a two-hour premiere

Twice the episode for twice the enjoyable! Shonda is aware of find out how to deal with us.

The first episode is titled “Break Down the House”

The first episode is titled “Break Down the House”

It was written by new showrunner Krista Vernoff, who’s returning to the present for the primary time since Season 7, and directed by exec producer/star Debbie Allen.

Season 14 picks up proper the place Season 13 left off

Season 14 picks up proper the place Season 13 left off

The docs will nonetheless be reeling from the hospital explosion and from now-departed doc Stephanie’s brush with demise.

“There’s obviously some damage to the hospital,” Kelly McCreary tells Entertainment Weekly.

“But it’s, in true Grey’s Anatomy type, a very surmountable impediment, as a result of we’re superhuman medical doctors.

“It serves more as a metaphor of the transformation that the show is going to go through tonally.”

Season 14 gained’t be as darkish as Season 13

Season 14 gained’t be as darkish as Season 13

“It’s lighter this season,” Kelly McCreary continues.

“The hospital undoubtedly is present process some adjustments within the type of a brand new crop of scholars coming in.

“It’ll look a bit different in certain areas, and some relationships have come to an end or are blossoming, so repairing the damage is more of a metaphor.”

Season 14 will introduce a spin-off

Season 14 will introduce a spin-off

This spin-off, as of but untitled, will concentrate on the firefighters of Seattle and can premiere in early 2018. (Here’s all the things we find out about that present.)

Owen’s sister shall be again, with a brand new face

Owen’s sister shall be again, with a brand new face

We’ll see extra of Megan Hunt now that she’s been discovered, although she’ll be performed by Timeless star Abigail Spencer.

(Bridget Regan, who performed Megan final season, couldn’t return as a result of she’s filming The Last Ship.)

Teddy Altman shall be again, too

Teddy Altman shall be again, too

We final noticed the cardiothoracic surgeon in Season eight, when Owen generously fired her in order that she may pursue her dream job at MEDCOM in Germany… which occurs to be the military facility to which Megan Hunt, Owen’s sis, was transferred en path to Seattle.

Kim Raver is bringing the character again for a number of episodes in Season 14, and we think about Teddy will assist Megan in her restoration and her acclimation to Seattle.

The forged and crew have been filming in Seattle

The forged and crew have been filming in Seattle

It’s the primary time in a decade Grey’s Anatomy has filmed the place it’s truly based mostly — as an alternative of, y’know, a Hollywood soundstage — and these exterior scenes shall be interspersed all through Season 14, Entertainment Weekly experiences.

Cast members have filmed scenes on a ferry — you understand how a lot Grey’s loves its ferries! — and on the real-life home that performs Meredith’s home.

Camilla Luddington guarantees a “sexy” season

Camilla Luddington guarantees a “sexy” season

Especially as a result of the Alex-Jo-DeLuca love triangle continues to be a factor, as Camilla tells TV Guide:

“This season’s going to be very attractive … I can think about [Jo] possibly feeling a little bit bit jealous if DeLuca began courting another person.

“But I feel she’s at a time in her life proper now the place she has to take care of her personal emotional journey and what she’s going by means of in her previous … earlier than she actually jumps straight right into a relationship with another person.

“There’s some stuff that she has to work through.”

Spoiler alert: Alex and Jo will get again collectively

Spoiler alert: Alex and Jo will get again collectively

Footage from the Seattle set exhibits Alex playfully chasing Jo in a park, and as soon as he catches as much as her, they embrace and kiss.

Paul Stadler, Jo’s abusive ex, shall be again

Paul Stadler, Jo’s abusive ex, shall be again

Alex and Jo higher be careful!

Glee alum Matthew Morrison stated he’ll be reprising his Grey’s position.  

“I’ve a giant position in Grey’s Anatomy arising,” he instructed The Argonaut in an interview printed on August 2.

Jo is advancing in her profession

Jo is advancing in her profession

“We will absolutely explore Jo’s story more,” Camilla Luddington instructed TVLine.

In truth, Camilla heard rumblings that Jo will take her board examinations and discover one other mentor.

“This season Jo may feel inspired by someone again,” she says.

We’ll meet DeLuca’s sister, one other medical skilled

We’ll meet DeLuca’s sister, one other medical skilled

“We are bringing my sister [in] as a new character,” Giacomo Gianniotti instructed ETOnline.

“She goes to be a brand new presence on the hospital. She comes from Italy, as my character is Italian, and also you get to see us exchanging some blows in Italian, which shall be very fascinating

“Her profession, although we can’t disclose it, is a very interesting one. It’s going to keep a lot of the doctors on their toes, make some doctors uncomfortable, [and] some people will be glad about [her coming on]. She’ll stir things up with a European background and take on medicine.”

Carina DeLuca shall be performed by Stefania Spampinato

Carina DeLuca shall be performed by Stefania Spampinato

The 35-year-old actress and dancer is Sicilian and had a two-episode arc on USA’s Satisfaction in 2015.

Eliza Minnick gained’t be again

Eliza Minnick gained’t be again

We’re one step nearer to a Calzona reunion, folks!

Eliza, the schooling marketing consultant that wooed Arizona, was fired within the Season 13 finale, and TVLine confirms that Marika Domińczyk gained’t be returning for Season 14.

Season 14 is “funnier, sexier, lighter”

Season 14 is “funnier, sexier, lighter”

“It’s funnier, it’s sexier, it’s lighter,” Giacomo Gianniotti tells TVLine.

“We’re going to have enjoyable this season.

“[It’s] been dreary for a very long time. There’s simply been lots of separation and loss, so we need to present the characters having some enjoyable. 

“Also, lots of the boys are single now, so we’re going to discover what that dynamic is like.”

Chandra Wilson is directing an episode

Chandra Wilson is directing an episode

This marks her 17th episode behind the digicam!

Sarah Drew is shadowing her

Sarah Drew is shadowing her

That means Sarah is gonna make her directorial debut any second now!

Episode 5 is titled “Danger Zone”

Episode 5 is titled “Danger Zone”

And now we all know that little one actor Bardia Seiri is guest-starring as a personality named Farouk.

What’s the prognosis for Grey’s Anatomy Season 14? Drama, in fact.

But it’s additionally going to be a lighter, sexier season, the celebrities say — with new faces becoming a member of the present and acquainted faces coming again for extra motion.

The season continues to be weeks away, although, so our prescription for you is to click on by means of the slides of this gallery. Just be warned: Side results embrace spoilers.

Grey’s Anatomy Season 14 premieres on Thursday, September 28, at eight p.m. ET on ABC.

The Land Of Tempered Expectations: Alvvays On Antisocialites, Despondence, And Being A Rock Band in 2017

Molly Rankin and Alec O’Hanley — the songwriting duo on the core of Toronto-based indie-pop band Alvvays — look a bit drained as they each lean on the sting of a picnic desk in Chicago’s Grant Park. It’s exhausting guilty them, provided that it’s the ultimate day of a sprawling four-day Lollapalooza. I’m drained too, and I didn’t play a number of gigs whereas on the town, nor am I within the throes of each touring and the awakening equipment of a brand new album rollout. In the following few weeks, the 2 of them — together with their bandmates, keyboardist Kerri MacLellan and bassist Brian Murphy — will bounce from metropolis to metropolis, making ready to introduce the world to their sophomore album. It’s known as Antisocialites, and it’s the file positioned to maneuver Alvvays previous the weblog hype that bubbled up round them years in the past, previous the specter of what occurs when that bubble bursts.

Contrary to the identify of their new album and all of our circumstances being lower than splendid for deep dialog — a daytime mainstage act rambles via a Chester Bennington tribute, blaring within the background as we speak — the 2 of them are affable, at all times fast to detour into dry wit or a touch of sardonic self-deprecation when discussing Antisocialites. (If you’re a younger rock band touring incessantly within the 2010s, a dose of sardonic self-deprecation is a wholesome coping mechanism.)

Having garnered indie-world buzz earlier than ever recording an album, Alvvays launched their first LP in 2014 and made good on early guarantees. A group of jangly indie-pop tracks adorned with a delicate cloud of fuzz, it was capable of straddle two worlds, woozy and dreamy half the time however anchored by melodies that wormed their approach into your head and refused to go away. The calling card was “Archie, Marry Me,” a observe that took on a modest lifetime of its personal with out the type of TV-spot licensing that usually boosts a younger band’s signature tune, popping up on end-of-year lists and incomes a shoutout and canopy from Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard. Alvvays then toured a ton behind that album, earlier than returning three years later with the primary previews of Antisocialites: lead singles “In Undertow” and “Dreams Tonite.”

Those two songs will not be a feint. Across Antisocialites, the latent dreampop components in Alvvays’ music get heightened a bit (maybe because of a latest obsessive streak with Cocteau Twins’ Heaven Or Las Vegas). The bones are nonetheless the identical — these are punchy, catchy songs — however there’s a lightweight nocturnal sheen throughout it. It’s usually extra shimmery and glossier than the band’s first file, sounding just like the bleed of blue tones and blurred lights on solo walks via town at who is aware of what hour.

That might or might not be precisely the place Antisocialities was conjured up, however it undoubtedly isn’t far off. “It feels like a bit of a separation record,” Rankin explains. “[I was] plotting out these vicarious narratives of going on solo journeys, whether that be on a ship or driving across the country by myself. I was just envisioning these cinematic narratives.”

“I think the divergent tactics in the record are kinda like, ‘OK, how do I get out of Dodge,’” O’Hanley provides. “You’ll try anything to get to a better spot.”

Rankin’s fast to underline it with a joke — Alvvays spent a lot time on the street collectively that Rankin discovered herself fantasizing about “having a significant amount of time by myself.” But that’s solely partially a joke, and there’s an actual approach through which “a certain despondence” was basic to the album, too. When they lastly obtained house to Toronto, Rankin felt the necessity to “recharge,” that the band members ought to all retreat to their respective corners and lives for a second whereas she spent a while discovering inspiration as soon as extra.

Despite a connective tissue of emotional detachment operating via all of the songs on Antisocialites, Rankin asserts that the album comes collectively as a group of vignettes extra so than a Point-A-to-Point-B-type narrative arc. Yet whereas these tales is perhaps discrete, O’Hanley additionally hears a constant voice all through. “It’s a constant narrator, in a sense,” he begins. “You can’t always trust the narrator in the songs. Sometimes the narrator gets drunk.”

The transience of being a touring musician, of dwelling life on the street and passing out and in of metropolis after metropolis and numerous folks’s lives, is an underlying affect for all of it: the best way the songs really feel like they give you a glimpse earlier than blowing away again out of attain, that despondence, the sense of Antisocialites as a unfastened assortment of moments and locales, even the best way Rankin’s perspective is each current and fictionalized all through, like she’s passing out and in of her personal life. “I think all the feelings are very connected to me,” she says of her writing course of. “I do like to escape into other possibilities that I don’t necessarily experience, situations that I couldn’t possible find myself in. Some of it, I draw from personal experience.”

A transient life can also be a great way to keep away from, or not have the ability to discover, conclusive endings to issues, and that’s true of Antisocialites as properly. While O’Hanley describes moments of “attempted redemption” cropping up all through the album, there’s no clear, linear development for the band or the narrator. It’s little moments of readability scattered alongside the trail. He and Rankin joke forwards and backwards for a second about whether or not Alvvays could possibly be certified as “Hopeful pessimists” or “Skeptical optimists.” “We’re rarely cut and dry,” O’Hanley presents. “We try to reflect life, in that way. Fairytales aren’t in vogue these days.”

“The record ends with living in the moment,” Rankin says, providing up the closest approximation of a decision you’ll discover on Antisocialites. “Things may not be perfect, but here we are, regardless.”


Just a few days later, I cross paths with Alvvays once more in New York. We meet up on this weirdly greenhouse-esque patio space at the back of the Bowery Hotel’s foyer, each Rankin and O’Hanley leaning ahead from a sofa, digging again into the historical past of Alvvays, every thing that preceded Antisocialites and the way it obtained them right here.

When you ask Alvvays concerning the (no less than, perceived) quantity of buzz surrounding their introduction and first album, they’re considerably skeptical. Inside, it didn’t really feel fairly that approach. “It seemed reluctantly revered,” Rankin remembers. “People were like, ‘I hate to say it, but I like this.’ That should be our tagline on whatever [social media] platform.”

“[It was] begrudging approval,” O’Hanley says. “We haven’t seen the hushed, reverent tones that some other people inspire.”

“I think it’s symptomatic of guitar music,” Rankin provides.

Yet whereas the proscribed narrative of “nobodies to buzz band overnight” doesn’t resonate with both of them, there have been surreal moments alongside the best way. O’Hanley cites the second the place their debut hit #1 on US faculty radio. And each of them converse fondly of “Archie, Marry Me,” an article the place they had been capable of actually join with lots of people. “When a song like that, which is near and dear to us, does enter some people’s conscsiousnesses, we do breathe a sigh of reliefe,” O’Hanley says. “When that is confirmed by other people, we’re kind of over the moon internally…for at least 10 minutes.”

That qualifier is one thing that’s ever-present in dialog with Rankin and O’Hanley. At one other level, Rankin quips that the success they discovered of their sphere wasn’t at all times that noticeable since these moments the place they had been advised “yes” had been closely outweighed by moments of being advised “no.” And although they appear to chafe on the time period “DIY,” there’s the essential indisputable fact that Alvvays are a kind of bands that also handles a variety of its personal shit, whether or not it’s working the merch desk after a present or designing their very own album artwork. (The glorious dreamscape Pop Art cowl of Antisocialites, for instance, got here from collages of outdated periodicals that O’Hanley and Rankin discovered upon “cheating” their approach into the University Of Toronto library. “We did that more times than I’d like to discuss,” Rankin deadpans.)

Rankin and O’Hanley’s tendencies towards a blunt matter-of-fact perspective or that self-deprecation may be tied to their roots. In latest years, there’s been an upswell of latest rock bands popping out of the Toronto scene, and Alvvays could possibly be lumped into that, on the floor. Yet the person members grew up in additional bucolic environment, up and over within the Maritimes.

For Rankin, that meant rising up immersed in Celtic music and tradition. In college, she had a alternative between studying French and Gaelic. One of the pillars of Alvvays’ origin story is the truth that Rankin first skilled the lifetime of a touring musician through enjoying with the her household’s Celtic people outfit, the Rankin Family. In the meantime, O’Hanley skilled extra of a standard rock scene over on Prince Edward Island. When Rankin was round 20, she discovered her approach there, too, and commenced enjoying her personal music at open mics. It was folkier, earlier than she and O’Hanley began working with their pals and commenced to develop a extra rock-oriented sound.

The transfer to Toronto was extra sensible than something. “It’s tough to do it from an outpost,” O’Hanley explains. “It’s no slight to the place, it’s just sheer geographic limitation. You wind up living in transit, on the road to Toronto.” (Rankin additionally recounts tales of saving up waitressing cash to make the 16- or 17-hour trek right down to Toronto to play a 20-minute set.) They each converse extremely of their time there, with O’Hanley remarking that it “nurtured” them as folks and musicians.

The different lingering impact is that they don’t precisely really feel part of the Toronto scene or its narrative. “We’re not a large part of the scene in Toronto,” Rankin says. “We’re a little bit of a transplant band.”

“As a Maritimer, you’re pretty clannish just by default,” O’Hanley says, explaining that a variety of Alvvays’ circle in Toronto are folks like them, who got here from farther-flung provinces. “It’s not a snobby thing, it’s just that you have a shared history.”

That’s not the place their perspective comes from, although, the concept of the agricultural children transferring to town and sticking collectively. It’s actually simply the truth that, properly, not a variety of well-known bands precisely got here out of the cities Rankin or O’Hanley or their bandmates grew up in. You don’t essentially count on something to occur, so Alvvays by no means had their eyes set on world domination. As O’Hanley jokes: “It’s the land of tempered expectations. And potatoes.”

“If something happens, great,” Rankin says, explaining their outlook going into the band. “If nothing happens, fine.”

“The land of tempered expectations,” in any case, might additionally merely describe the existence of a rock band in 2017, or the existence of an indie band that has the profit and burden of that semi-artificial out-sizing that may be a consequence of on-line buzz earlier on. For a band in Alvvays’ place, it might’ve been straightforward to take all of that and tour themselves into the bottom, to maintain going for worry that it might evaporate if, say, they took three years from debut to sophomore album. For that matter, there could possibly be the threatening specter of the sophomore droop. They declare that, whereas making Antisocialites, they tuned all of that out.

“We were happy with what our first record did. We were trying desperately not to succumb to ‘The Next Step,’” O’Hanley says. “We’re pretty content with who we are, our life. I think on this record, we just tried to write good songs and document them accordingly.”

Whatever occurs, occurs. That might simply be the takeway from a dialog with Alvvays, and it’s not completely unfaithful — once more, a hybrid of realism and self-deprecation seems baked into their DNA. But there’s a motive they moved to Toronto. A motive they gravitated in direction of pop types past their consideration to craft.

“We’re a pop band,” O’Hanley asserts. “The goal was for people to hear our music. We don’t want to stash our songs in the basement and just leave them down there.”

Antisocialites is is out 9/eight through Polyvinyl. Pre-order it right here.

Man Crush Monday: Nat Wolff

He might not have the face and physique of a scorching babe, however we promise as quickly as he opens his mouth you’ll immediately fall in love with Nat Wolff. The star of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns is simply 22 (he was born on 17 December 1994) however he’s already successful hearts due to his many abilities, his smarts, and a witty humor and naughty smile that might conquer anybody. Could there be a greater candidate as this week’s crush?

Born in an excellent inventive household (his father is a jazz musician, his mom an actress), Nat and his brother, Alex, inherited a ardour for cinema and music from their dad and mom and made these types of artwork part of their lives from the very starting: they began writing songs on the age of 5 or 6, they learnt learn how to play a large number of devices (Nat’s favourite was the piano), and so they based a band, referred to as The Naked Brothers Band, whose adventures quickly turned a TV collection after which a film, due to their mom’s assist with manufacturing and directing.

The success of the TV collection led to presents of small movie roles: Nat bought an element in New Year’s Eve, then in Palo Alto and The Fault in Our Stars, and at last landed the primary position in Paper Towns in 2015 alongside Cara Delevingne. He was on a roll: in 2016 he starred in In Dubious Battle (directed by James Franco) with Selena Gomes; this yr, he will probably be in Netflix’s “western” remake of Death Note, the TV collection inspited by the manga by the identical title, which simply turned accessible, and in Home Again, with Reese Witherspoon, who within the movie is a divorced lady whose life fully adjustments as soon as she welcomes three youngsters as her flatmates.

What about his love life? Nat dated colleague Margaret Qualley for 2 years, and after that he had temporary relationships with Suki Waterhouse and Bella Thorne. It is presently unknown whether or not there’s a particular somebody in his life; so pricey readers, take be aware: he loves jazz and basketball (he’s a Lakers fan), so should you’re in New York… you already know the place to seek out him!

Death Note
Death Note
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Death Note
Death Note
Home Again cast selfie
Home Again cast
Last Keepers
With his brother Alex and their dog
Paper Towns
Paper Towns
Paper Towns
Playing piano
Stuck In Love
The Fault in Our Stars
The Naked Brothers Band

Jay-Z Reveals Why He and Beyoncé Named Their Twins Sir and Rumi

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Today in fixing grand mysteries of the universe: Jay-Z has opened up about why he and Beyoncé named their twins Sir and Rumi. 

The revelation got here throughout a dialogue on the Rap Radar podcast on Friday. 

According to the rapper, Rumi is known as after the poet. 


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“Rumi is our favourite poet, so it was for our daughter,” he stated. 

 “He carries himself like that. He simply got here out, like, Sir.” 

A very excellent clarification. 

Jay-Z additionally opened up about spending high quality time together with his new youngsters, born June 13, 2017. 

“I booked the tour for October so I could have at least four months to just really bond and see their fingers and s—t like that,” he stated.


​“I’m just focused on them. I’m not thinking about a show at night or anything like that. That’s why the tour is so far away from the release of the album.”

The album in query is his current four:44, which debuted on June 30, 2017. 

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In the identical Rap Radar dialogue this week, Jay-Z opened up concerning the story behind the freestyle. 

“She bought the headphones and she or he climbed on the little stool, after which she simply began rapping. I used to be like, ‘Oh, s—t.’” 


“She kept doing that ‘boom shakalaka, boom shakalaka.’ I was like, ‘Oh, she understands the concept of a hook,’” he continued.

.“She’s 5, and she understands the concept of a hook. I was like, ‘What the f—k is going on here?’ One of the great memories.”

What do you consider the story behind Sir and Rumi’s names? Let us know within the feedback. 

Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

This week we reviewed the most recent albums by Brand New, Queens Of The Stone Age, the War On Drugs, EMA, and LCD Soundsystem. We appreciated all of them! We spoke to Creed (!) and the National. We revisited the Paisley Underground, Pacific Ocean Blue, and “Wichita Lineman.” We noticed a Kendrick Lamar present and requested why so many bands are stunning their followers with snail mail. We soundtracked a complete photo voltaic eclipse. Read some feedback about these issues and pay your respects to the previous Taylor under.



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There are numerous proficient bands and musicians toiling away for years, anchoring native scenes throughout the USA and the world over, whereas additionally having to work day jobs. The overwhelming majority of those bands by no means even see their report reviewed on Stereogum or Pitchfork.

Meanwhile, what as soon as had been web websites dedicated to “Independent” music are more than pleased to advertise mass produced, superstar pop-stars with multi-million greenback advertising and marketing budgets.

I really feel like the space we’ve to go earlier than we get respectable music journalism craft is barely widening, though on the plus aspect, this fashion nobody has to get out of their chair.

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USA Road Trip: Discovering the Deep South

Waking up early within the morning and setting off, with the corporate of some questions: the place will you sleep? Where will you eat? When will you cease subsequent? The adrenaline ranges rise as you climb into the automotive: the roads but undiscovered, the wonders ready behind the following flip, that wow you time and time once more. A profitable street journey will probably be in your coronary heart without end! And what higher vacation spot for an adventurous street journey than the large, large USA? 10 days, 6 states, 2 associates, and an extended strategy to go. Let’s go!

After 11 lengthy hours within the air, we lastly land in Atlanta, Georgia, which welcomes us with its suffocating warmth and spectacular humidity. Welcome to the deep south! After recovering with a pleasant night time of sleep and a waffle – the primary of many – we spend the primary morning within the States exploring town and visiting the World of Coca Cola, the place the tremendous secret recipe for the favored soda has been hiding for the previous 125 years.

As we get accustomed to this new world, we’re additionally able to our journey to start. First cease: Alabama. Equipped with swimsuits and sundresses, we head in the direction of the coast and the white seashores of Mobile. But our desires of reaching the proper tan don’t survive the climate forecast: the limitless blue skies are quickly changed by darkish clouds and tornadoes. Within a couple of minutes, we’re in the course of a monsoon, and suppose we are going to quickly be a part of Dorothy in OZ.

Just the time to greet the ocean, and we’re again on the street. Four hours to go to the French tradition of New Orleans, the place we’ll spend two superb days having fun with good music and good meals. The first morning, feeling daring (or too assured, particularly contemplating the warmth), we determine to observe Keith, a retired lawyer, for a biking tour across the creole neighbourhood of town, its oldest and most charming half. As we go, our new pal helps us uncover the historical past and structure of New Orleans, and we get to completely immerse in its genuine, quiet ambiance. We admire the wrought iron balconies, the brightly coloured homes, the patio – gardens, the freedom buildings, and the bazaars de luxe. And as all people is aware of, New Orleans is likely one of the beating hearts of the world of music: New Orleans means jazz, as a result of it’s right here, within the coronary heart of Louisiana, that this style, nonetheless very a lot alive, was born and developped, and it nonetheless resounds in its streets and bars.

The subsequent cease takes us to Texas, the state by the Gulf of Mexico. Six hours via greenery, and we arrive in Houston – sure, like “Houston, we have a problem”, the message despatched out by the Apollo 13 mission on 13 April 1970. The mission had departed from Cape Canaveral. The message was addressed to the Mission Control Center of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, probably the most well-known on this planet. Everything right here makes you consider that fateful episode, of Lovell, Swigert and Haise, and of the touchdown on the Moon.

Not even 24 hours later we’re on the well-known Route 61 alongside the Great River, vacation spot: Clarksdale, house to blues music and and land of white cotton fields. At sunset, we arrive at Hopson Plantation, our lodging for the night time. Everything right here appears to have stopped on the time when the plantation was nonetheless lively – the rooms are within the outdated wooden and tin seed homes, and the outdated equipment are left to gather rust within the yard. We barely have time to settle earlier than we’re off once more, headed in the direction of the city within the Mississippi delta, which is able to change into a ghost city. In the slender, darkish alleys, the notes of a tragic blues melody may be heard.

After an evening spent with a chilly beer, sitting on rocking chairs and looking out up on the stars, we’re prepared to go away once more. On the street once more, this time in the direction of Tennessee! Our first cease on this leg of the journey is Memphis. We have little or no time so we select to dedicate it to the type of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, on the 40th anniversary of his demise. At no 3734 of the boulevard that took his identify, behind the well-known fence, lies the eccentric Graceland, the mansion the place the King lived till his demise on the age of 42. This is an actual paradise for kitsch junkies like myself: furry carpets, questionable colour combos, wallpaper that includes poodles, and fabric on the ceiling: for those who’re additionally on my identical workforce, you possibly can’t miss it!

We spend the final two days of our journey in colourful Nashville, aka the Music City, the place all people – from locals to vacationers, to nation music aficionados and aspiring songwriters – lives and breathes this type of artwork day in and day trip. Music actually is the blood flowing within the veins of town: take as an illustration the legendary Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry House or the unmissable “blues bars” on Broadway. But Nashville is a lot greater than that: a energetic metropolis with welcoming individuals, wealthy in tradition and historic buildings (and, effectively, okay, an actual life duplicate of the Parthenon). You can’t miss the road artwork that actually signify this stunning metropolis that by no means sleeps: from the Draper James stripes to the well-known “I Believe in Nashville”.

With 1800 miles behind us, drained however glad, we head again in the direction of Atlanta worldwide airport. Time to return house! We don’t communicate, we’re melancholic. We each know this isn’t a goodbye, however relatively a see you quickly, or as they are saying within the Deep South: See Y’all quickly!

Blues Clarksdale
Cotton plantation
New Orleans
Mobile ocean
New Orleans
New Orleans
Nasa, Houston
Elvis Presley's grave
Going inside Graceland
Cotton plantations
Partenone in Nashville

Text and pics by Chiara Scalabrini

‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Dream Up Happy Endings For Their Characters (VIDEO)

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Winter is right here, and the destiny of humanity appears extra imperiled than ever on Game of Thrones.

By this level, it looks like each character on the HBO hit is headed for a bleak future, if not demise.

But 5 Thrones stars have imagined completely happy endings for his or her characters… simply in case the collection ends on an upbeat be aware!

Before we get to these actors’ ideas, although, allow us to preface by saying that the top of Game of Thrones simply might be happier than you suppose.

Exhibit A: The ultimate e book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire collection — the supply materials for Game of Thrones — has the uplifting title A Dream of Spring.

Exhibit B: George has advised followers he anticipates a “bittersweet” ending to his story.

Now, onto the forged’s speculations!

Isaac Hempstead Wright, for one, is hoping for a Newhart-type state of affairs.

“Well, I think the happy ending scenario for everyone would be, Bran wakes up from a very long, seven-season dream,” he says in a brand new Entertainment Weekly video.

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Jerome Flynn’s thought for what Bronn needs appears simply as unlikely:

“He wants high status. He wants to be up there, have the nicest sigil and a huge castle,” he says of his character.

“That’s because of his poor, lowly upbringing … I think there’s an itch there that’s probably never going to be satisfied.”

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On the flip facet, Iain Glen’s thought of Jorah Mormont’s completely happy ending has already been realized. (EW simply printed this video however clearly filmed it earlier than Season 6 started airing.)

“Immediately he hopes he’ll survive and return to the woman he admires, adores, who’s sent him on a mission and said she requires him to be by her side,” he explains.

“And so that’s his life mission, is to try to get back there.”

Jorah on Game of Thrones




Meanwhile, Aidan Gillen’s response is simply as cryptic as you’d anticipate from the person who performs Littlefinger.

“I just want to see my plans come to fruition,” he says.

“But, , I can’t reveal them for you. I imply, I’ve laid my playing cards on the desk considerably within the scene with Sansa, as an illustration, on the finish of Season 6, concerning the Iron Throne with [Sansa] by my facet.

“That’s a happy family picture, but it’s not really that either, you know?”

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Our favourite response, nevertheless, comes from Kit Harington — who, admittedly, had some hassle even grappling with this hypothetical.

“What does a happy ending look like for Jon Snow?” Kit says.

“Happy is a strange word to attribute with Jon Snow.”

Kit Harington


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“What would bring Jon Snow happiness?” Kit wonders, mulling over the query.

“I believe it will be to be round his sisters and any surviving household he has.

“I think, just being around with a cup of mead with his sisters and his siblings. No Night King, no one to kill, and no battle. And just a bit of peace and quiet. You know, sitting around watching a good box set.”

Boozy binge-watching appears like an ending with which any us can be completely happy!

The Game of Thrones Season 7 finale airs on Sunday, August 27 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.

Kate Major, Michael Lohan’s Wife, Hits Cops With Racist and Homophobic Slurs

Kate Major video


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Anyone who doubts that racism and homophobia are alive and nicely in America want solely take a look at the newest footage of Kate Major, Lindsay Lohan’s stepmother.

Kate, the estranged spouse of Michael Lohan, was taken into custody on a psychiatric maintain final week, and a physique cam video from the scene reveals her hurling racist and homophobic slurs on the responding officers.

On Friday, August 18, Kate referred to as 911 to report that Michael had left their home with their youngsters, and whereas on the cellphone with the dispatcher, she threatened to kill the cops except they took motion, TMZ reviews.

An officer from the police division in Boca Raton, Florida, arrived on the scene and reported that Kate was “hysterically crying and appeared to be intoxicated.”

Kate instructed the authorities that Michael had accused her of dishonest, pulled her hair, and grabbed her throat earlier than leaving the home with their two sons.

The police report mentioned that the cops didn’t see indicators of accidents and that Kate couldn’t produce the video she claimed she captured of the incident.

For his half, Michael mentioned he arrived residence to seek out Kate drunk and belligerent, and he did have video of the incident.

Michael Lohan, Kate Major


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Michael’s video was sufficient proof for the cops to find out Kate wanted to be taken into custody underneath the Baker Act and delivered to a hospital for a psychiatric maintain.

During their encounter, nevertheless, Kate made “a number of racial comments about Officer Graham’s race.”

Now, new footage reveals these racist feedback… in addition to homophobic feedback Kate leveled at a feminine officer.

In the physique cam video, Kate calls Officer Graham a “monkey” a number of instances.

“Part of white supremacy is you f—king monkeys don’t know how to do your f—king job,” she says.

“At the end of the day, you were all slaves and you belong slaves … I’d love to be more of a part of white supremacy because you’re all a bunch of f—king monkeys.”

Kate additionally lashes out at a feminine officer who was checking her physique for weapons, incensed by the bag the cops placed on her head to cease her from spitting on them, as TMZ reviews.

“Take this s—t off my head, you f—king dyke,” Kate says.

This isn’t the 34-year-old’s first battle with the cops, we’re sorry to say.

In November, she was sentenced to 6 months in jail for violating probation after attacking an officer the month prior — and that didn’t even cowl her pending assault fees, as TMZ reviews.

The complete purpose she was on probation within the first place is that she threatened flight attendants and passengers on a JetBlue flight to Los Angeles, per TMZ.

In truth, the altercation acquired so dangerous, the pilot needed to land the plan in New Orleans so the FBI might take her into custody

Here’s hoping Kate will get the assistance she appears to wish — and maybe a crash course in undoing prejudice.