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Bottled Negroni cocktail, courtesy of Serious Eats

Granted, we are way past the fete-filled Christmas/New Year holiday season, but there are still plenty of party opportunities coming up.  Whether you plan on celebrating Flag Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, or a random summer night, you won’t want to spend your evening mixing drinks for everyone.

Instead, check out Serious Eats for tips on making drinks in advance.  Being Negroni fans, we especially like their recipe for a bottled Negroni.  And remember, you can always make punch.

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Found by Googling "Nerd Beach"

The rising trend of flip flops, seersucker and ice cream can only mean one thing: Memorial Day is upon us! As you’re getting your beach bags prepared and packing up the van for this glorious sun-filled weekend, we invite you to jam with us.

Today we present you with another installment of the FP Mixtape series. This Grooveshark hosted playlist will be your shimmering, dancing, woozy, embarrassing and nostalgia obsessed friend for the weekend. Featuring some new classics and old favorites, these 20 songs were carefully selected and sequenced by our staff to provide you with maximum good times. Click the title to enjoy. Happy Memorial Day!

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You Have So Much to Learn, and I Have So Much to Give, Oil on canvas, 50x60 in.

Being an artist is a great deal like being a dictator. Just like a dictator, I must live in a closed loop of self-delusion. A place where my words and ideas always ring true. A gilded daydream of grandiosity. There can be no room for doubt. I must be convinced that I have something vital to say. I must believe that the world is waiting in keen anticipation to hear my message.

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Battles - Gloss Drop

from
Peter Lillis <(redacted)@gmail.com>
to
Leo Lopez <(redacted)@gmail.com>
date
Tue, May 24, 2011 at 11:12 AM
subject
Gloss Drop

Leo,

Thanks again for the copy of the new Battles record, Gloss Drop; I’ve been unable to listen to much else. I will surely overplay the disc this summer.

Unfortunately, I may not be able to make deadline on the review.  The record is so out-there, I fear my words may fall short. How can we put these sounds and feelings into coherent expression? Do you have any suggestions?

Pete

from
Leo Lopez <(redacted)@gmail.com>
to
Peter Lillis <(redacted)@gmail.com>
date
Tue, May 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM
subject
Re: Gloss Drop

Pete,

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Anish Kapoor, Leviathan

For the 7th grade science fair, I wrote a paper on how color influences mood. More of a book report than a science project, I read a couple of articles on the observed effects of colors on human behavior, (e.g. babies cry more in yellow rooms; prisoners are less irritable in blue cells). For the required experiment, I made five different color “helmets” by stapling sheets of oak tag into cylinders and had classmates report on their feelings after spending several minutes with their heads inside. The result? Noses were smushed and everyone just saw black.

My career in research science never took off, but the visual interplay between black and color still fascinates me. As a native New Yorker, I consider it a birthright to dress head-to-toe in black. And yet, like being a cheerleader and having a garden, wearing color well is something I aspire to, as basic as it seems to people from other places. I’m not partial to a particular color, and I don’t really go in for prints. What I like is contrast, in particular, the contrast of a bright color against a more neutral, or natural one. So consider this a follow-up to my 7th grade project: further research on how to successfully mix bright and dark.

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Although we at FP try to stay on top of the absolute latest happenings in music and culture, we have to admit that Jack Spearing at One Thirty BPM makes a good case for re-discovering classical music, “the snobby, expensive music that you would get around to listening to if you weren’t so busy tracking down rare Throbbing Gristle bootlegs and listening to that compilation of every good song ever done by anybody.”

Check out his introduction to Beethoven and go back soon for a look at another composer to free yourself from the tyranny of contemporary music!

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Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation

(Today we begin our new series The Class of 2011, in which we profile up-and-coming artists through interviews, concert rundowns, record reviews, and more.  Check back throughout the Summer and Fall to learn about and listen to the year’s most exciting new bands.)

Boise, Idaho songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Trevor Powers, who performs under the nom de pop Youth Lagoon, has been getting a lot of attention lately.  Despite having only a handful of songs to his name, he has already established himself as one of the potential breakout stars of 2011.  His music has been shortlisted by a number of prominent publications, and his upcoming full-length debut, The Year of Hibernation, is likely to be lauded by the indie music press.  Trevor took some time out of his busy schedule to discuss the record, his songwriting process, and his experience as a musician in Boise with Frontier Psychiatrist last weekend.

Frontier Psychiatrist: Your debut full-length is titled The Year of Hibernation. How did you decide upon that title?

Youth Lagoon: I decided on that title because much of my life during that time was spent in a sense of hibernation. The year when I was writing those songs, I had a lot of stuff going on in my mind and my life, and so throughout the whole writing process I was, in a sense, hibernating in my bedroom. Read the rest of this entry »


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A Transmedia Novel of Myth, Mirth, and the Magical Excess of Youth.