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The American Political Landscape Revealed

by Molly Mosher | Contributing Editor

Map of Country
Abortion…you’re going to Hollywood!

If you like Daniel, and you also think the United States should implement stricter gun control, text ‘VOTE’ to 4323 now. This is how the voting process will run when American Idol implements its new system. Pollsters everywhere are cashing in on the popularity of American Idol by adding an opinion poll element to the ballot casting process.

Not only can the viewers pass judgment on the singers performing what is basically graded karaoke, they will be able to pass on their judgments of hot topics in American politics.

The emotional introductory videos should impact voter opinion. Pitting a tear-jerking story of adversity and triumph against a hot political issue, the powers that be will most likely sway the masses to align with certain political ideals.
A person will acutely feel the tug of war between admiration of singers and deeply rooted personal values, which will lead to such moral conundrums as:

“Joseph gave his all and really performed tonight, but I am not sure if I want excess kittens and puppies to be euthanized.”

“I do think political power should be concentrated at the state level, but Georgie really fucked up on those melodies.”

“Tia has had such a hard life, and she really deserves to win…after such a long journey… but I am against abortion… I just don’t know if she is worth that vote.”

The pairing of American Idol with political discourse will ensure the American people are actually thinking about political issues, at least each time they tune in Wednesday nights.

At the end of the show, the answers to these hard-hitting questions will be revealed in an easy-to-read bar graph, so you can see just what percentage of American society you disagree with politically.

Review: Last Night on Earth by Noah and the Whale

by John Lockett

It happens all the time.

Last Night on Earth released March 7. Check out the awesome
album art. Courtesy Mercury Records.

Musicians come out with a new album that is completely different from what fans expect, and all hell breaks loose. The musicians explain that it is simply their way of growing as artists. Finding new sounds, new ways of expression. All the while, fans are not afraid to unleash battle cries of betrayal.

This goes back to when Bob Dylan went electric, and more recently, when Iron & Wine traded in banjos and slide guitar for electric noise and horns.

Now it’s Noah and the Whale’s turn. NATW released their latest album, Last Night on Earth, on March 15, three years after their last, The First Days of Spring (2009). From the very beginning, it appears to be a vast departure from their earlier work. Gone are the violin-driven, acoustic indie-folk ballads they were known for. Instead, we’re given layers upon layers of synth, drum machines and…a gospel choir. Sounds like a bad 80s album.

But trust me, it’s good.

The record clocks in at just over 33 minutes, but it’s half an hour of pure bliss packed with eclectic beats, melodies and beautiful music. It’s teeming with poetic references to Bukowski, while paying homage to the godfather of punk, Lou Reed. There are also undertones of Leonard Cohen thrown in the mix as well.

All in all, Last Night on Earth is the perfect next step in the evolution of NATW. While it outwardly seems like everything has changed, a lot stays the same. It retains elements NATW fans love. There are a couple songs featuring violin and those catchy guitar riffs. In fact, most of the songs are quite similar to their predecessors and could have easily appeared on their other albums.

The first single, “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.,” has energy unlike anything else they’ve done. The next single, “Wild Thing,” feels like classic NATW with a hint of electricity.

Get a copy today! It’s only $7.99 in the iTunes Store. In the meantime, enjoy this video.

http://vimeo.com/20328782

Welcome to Vautour

Vautour is the newest addition to the ever-expanding blogosphere, a world full of outrageous opinion, impeccable style and brilliant artwork. We hope to bring you all that and a little more.

Our goal is to provide you with posts that will entertain, inform and intrigue.  We’ll analyze fashion trends and open your eyes to new styles and designers. We’ll write about culture, film and music. Above all, we’ll strive to be the best blog around.

This blog was conceived nearly a year ago and finally came to fruition last month. Derived from a fleeting dream and a magazine prototype, Vautour was built on our shared love of classic Americana, the gritty, the glamorous and the cutting edge of innovation.  Right now, our theme remains an amorphous blob that will be shaped by whatever you, the readers, want to see. We’re only an e-mail away.

Without further ado, we proudly present Vautour. Enjoy.

 

John Lockett
Editor-in-Chief

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