Every week (just about) the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into. Also these are perfect things that you can consume over the weekend, so here they are:
It has just been brought to my attention that Lorde’s album Melodrama is surrounded by conspiracy! The theory goes that it was not about Lorde’s ex-boyfriend as previously believed, but it is in fact about her relationship with producer, Jack Antonoff. I’ve been listening to this album on and off the past few weeks and have been in love with Greenlight even though I figured it was about her being a low-key homewrecker (no shade). I’ve since gone back and listened to this album in its entirety this week with this new information and it is like hearing it for the first time. While Antonoff has denied being in a relationship with anyone, there have been multiple sightings of the two canoodling at Chris Eisel’s Halloween party, I mean canoodling since January. This was after he broke up with Lena Dunham in December, but a source claims they actually had drawn out their split and really “they had been slowly breaking up the past 6 months.”1 6 months. Melodrama was released in June, six months before the official split!
Again this whole album seemed very “other woman” to me, but while initial reviews praised it, and rightfully so, they couldn’t have been more wrong about the subtext. Pitchfork correctly states that “Lorde captures emotions like none other” and in this case it’s from the perspective we aren’t normally exposed to in an affair. So yeah, I guess you could say that. I’m not kidding, go back and listen to Liability and Sober with the knowledge that Lorde was practically living with the couple while she wrote and recorded the album with Antonoff. Honestly, if this theory proves to be true it’s a pretty ballsy move on Lorde’s part and I can’t really say whether I lose or gain more respect for her for it because it’s a damn good album.
Bright Sun Film's Abandoned Videos
When I came back from Disney World, I wanted to know more of the theme park and what secrets the theme park held. I saw youtube videos and i read articles on the theme park itself. It left me satisfied but little did I know I was going to get into abandon videos. Bright Sun Films (or Bright Sun Games when they first started) has some cool features from abandoned ideas to abandoned buildings.
These videos are great to watch to get a sense how things failed or didn’t come into fruition. Sometimes it can be a bit too Canadian, but it doesn’t hurt the videos. Take Target Canada for example it was suppose to a major competition to Walmart, they open 166 stores within a year then within a span of four years Target Canada closes.
Jake the host does a great job of interviewing mall managers and other important people that were close to the projects. The first couple of videos are hard to watch just because he is trying to find his voice and maybe rants a bit much but again it doesn’t hurt the videos. In the span of three years he has gotten much better and the quality of the videos have gone up. I’ve seen like 40-something videos of theirs in a week so I could tell how improved the videos have gotten.
What I really like about these videos is that they are great conversation pieces that you can share with people. It also leads into other cool videos that get recommended about abandoned theme parks or shopping towns.