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In 1916 the painter Maxfield Parrish – part of a small-town New Hampshire art colony that included such famous writers and artists as August St. Gaudens and Emma Lazarus – designed and painted a stage set for a local play entitled “The Woodland Princess.” The set consisted of several layers and depicted a typical New England forest scene with a lake and distinctive rolling hills in the background, and it was designed so it could be lit to simulate the light of dawn, early morning, full afternoon sun, and dusk. Since then the set has remained in the Plainfield Town Hall at the center of Plainfield, New Hampshire, the town that encloses the little village of Meriden where I grew up.
In 1990 Plainfield’s long-serving Town Librarian Nancy Norwalk became involved in a local effort to clean Parrish’s stage set. Norwalk, working with local preservationist Beverly Widger, brought in experts to determine the exact type of paint Parrish used on the Town Hall walls, to repair two small holes in the backdrop, to restore the circa-1916 stage-lighting system, and to strip off grime that had accumulated over decades. Since then Norwalk has conducted tours of the Town Hall (which, constructed in 1798, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places), researched and maintained historical documents about the Town Hall and about the town of Plainfield in general, and taken breaks from directing business at the Plainfield Read Memorial Library across the street to let interested visitors into the Town Hall and – operating a little lighting board – give them a demonstration of the “times of day” lighting.
In this video we see Nancy operating the lightshow to the accompaniment of “It Was My Season,” the first track off our new record The Silver Gymnasium, in which the songs take place in New Hampshire in 1986, or circle back around there, or hover above there.
More information on the Philip Read Memorial Library: http://www.plainfieldnhlibrary.org/
- Will Sheff
How can this list not include at least one of “All My Little Words”, “Why I Cry”, and “Take Ecstacy with Me”???
Top 3 signs that you aren’t a Bright Eyes fan
1. You think “lover i don’t have to love” is his best song
2. you like cassadaga
3. you like the people’s key
Woah a song each from Cassadaga and The People’s Key? Get outta here with that. You’re wasting perfectly good spots where you could have put songs that don’t suck.
I threw together a little list of my own just for fun:
1. The Center of the World (Fevers & Mirrors)
2. Poison Oak (Wide Awake)
3. You Will. You? Will. etc. (Lifted)
4. Let’s Not Shit Ourselves… (Lifted)
5. I Believe in Sympathy (Digital Ash)
6. A Scale, A Mirror And Those Indifferent Clocks (Fevers)
7. Don’t Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come (Lifted)
8. Contrast and Compare (Letting off the Happiness)
9. Lua (Wide Awake)
10. We are Free Men (There is No Beginning to the Story EP)
Pull My Hair (Letting off the Happiness)
Trees Get Wheeled Away (Noise Floor)
Arc of Time (Digital Ash)
I’ll Be Your Friend (One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels)
Woah I feel your thoughts on Naked are a little out there man. But yeah the rest of the list isn’t bad.
1. Fear of Music
2. More Songs
3. Speaking in Tongues
4. Remain in Light
7. Little Creatures
8. True Stories
This is basically the first spot-on list I’ve ever seen on here, except I’d flip 1 and 2. I know everybody always loves the first album they heard by a band the most, but if you’re clamoring for Plans to be higher, you’re just wrong.
Nice message but why does the song have to suck so bad?
2. Hunky Dory
4. Aladdin Sane
6. Scary Monsters
7. Station to Station
8. Diamond Dogs
9. Space Oddity
10. Let’s Dance / Young Americans
Oh I get it, you made a list and left the song that should have been #1 off of it entirely. That’s cool.
How can you talk about This is a Long Drive… without mentioning Talking shit about a pretty sunset? Shit, how can you even talk about modest mouse without mentioning that song?
Shoulda hired Moby.
Vegetarians don’t get to eat bacon.
Lot of autotune on here
You didn’t mention that the new song sucks
Transference is criminally low
The only song I care for on Under the Blacklight is “15″. I’m probably the only one but I actually love that song.
“Our skin is like grass / let’s smoke it real fast”
I think you kind of oversimplified the narrative here. Lewis is actually listed as a co-songwriter on that “Bank and Trust” song, so she must have been comfortable with the lyrics.
Props for the list though. Pretty much spot on.
What just happened?
Can’t help but agree with you wholeheartedly. Not saying Yoshimi is the best Lips album but it’s certainly among the most widely known and beloved by fans who don’t really worship the whole Lips catalog. It reeks of obstinateness to not only place it so low, but place it TWO slots BELOW At War with the Mystics, which is essentially a (nowhere near as good) retread of Yoshimi, which is even acknowledged in the review (“One can be forgiven if Lips titles tend to run together…”) This list has many other problems but this detail screams defiance more than anything.
I don’t know much about Major Lazer other than I saw their set at Pitchfork last year and it was probably the worst/dumbest live show I’ve ever seen.
I just did a search on this article and the ensuing comment thread, and raptor jesus’ comment is the first instance of the text “NYC”. How the hell is that possible?
Weirdest comment I’ve ever seen on here. In keeping with the dude above me, this is like saying, “The Godfather 1 is leaps and bounds better than the Godfather 2.” Uhhhh…. okay.
What’s the point of this cover? It’s basically the same as the original only not as good.