edwardspoonhands:

alandistro:

alandistro:

So today is Day One of what is going to be a very involved, but very exciting, six month project.

My band, The Caulden Road, will be completely re-recording my first EP, Taking Leave, and my debut album, Erase This, in their entirety.

The new resulting double album will be called Reimagined, as our vision is to not just re-record the songs as they existed on the original releases, but rather to completely reimagine the songs - writing new music, a few new lyrics - exploring each individual track from a new perspective.

Above is a preview (not the final mix or mastering) of the opening track, “Just A Boy”. We recorded this over the last few weeks as a proof-of-concept, to see if we could, in fact, create something completely new inspired by the old material. And I think we rocked it.

Taking Leave is no longer available from DFTBA, and the original Erase This won’t be reprinted should the most recent printing sell out… so I’m very much looking forward to what is to come out of these new recording sessions.

Hope you guys like the new track! I’ll be sharing a lot more about this project as it evolves from an idea in to a real Thing over the next few months.

^^ if you missed it last night!! ^^

This is very good.

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dear-johnson:

HELLO, I LOVE YOU || a playlist for when you fall in love

i.hello, i love you - the doors // ii.little wild one - the wonders // iii.can you hear the music? - rolling stones // iv. i should have known better - the beatles // v.something - the beatles // vi.wonderwall - oasis // vii.can you feel the love tonight - elton john // viii.wouldn’t it be nice - the beach boys // ix.silly love songs - paul mccartney // x.baby i’m yours - arctic monkeys

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dear-johnson:

HELLO, I LOVE YOU || a playlist for when you fall in love

i.hello, i love you - the doors // ii.little wild one - the wonders // iii.can you hear the music? - rolling stones // iv. i should have known better - the beatles // v.something - the beatles // vi.wonderwall - oasis // vii.can you feel the love tonight - elton john // viii.wouldn’t it be nice - the beach boys // ix.silly love songs - paul mccartney // x.baby i’m yours - arctic monkeys

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thehpalliance:

"… and to you, if you have stuck with Harry until the very end."

Here’s to book seven. Here’s to the years of anticipation before it and the years of discussion in its wake. Here’s to the boy who lived and how he changed everything.

And here’s to you, if you know that “the very end” isn’t happening anytime soon.

We are book eight.

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muchadoabouttruffles:

Okay, just hear me out for a second.

Muggleborn kid with a talent for magic. Not real magic. Like, sleight of hand magic. And then a prefect catches them doing something like making a ball appear to vanish or whatever, and just loses their shit because this 11 year old kid has utterly mastered Vanishing Spells and what the hell how is that even possible.

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booksandhotchocolate:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released seven years ago - July 21, 2007.

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simplypotterheads:

   and to you
if you have
   stuck
       with harry
             until the
          very
      end.

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thehpalliance:

Seven years ago, the world said it was the end of an era. News outlets prepared for what they thought - and perhaps hoped - would be their final coverage of the Harry Potter phenomenon. While small bookstores celebrated alongside readers, big box stores were gearing up for “one last midnight release.”

Seven years ago, we knew better. We were ready. We were decked out from head to toe, friends new and old by our side and wand at the ready. Maybe we were lining up, filling stores and sidewalks with our excited chatter, shutting down Harvard Yard with our music movement, pushing our favorite fansites’ servers to their limits. We were loud because we knew the rest of the night would be spent in silence. We knew we’d be reading well into daylight. We knew better.

Despite that, parts of us were scared that - beyond all reason - they were right. Scared that it would inexplicably fizzle out, that this would be the last time, that we’d reunite briefly for the remaining movies and then move on. We knew this wouldn’t happen, but fear resists reason and we were scared.

Seven years later, we’re still going strong and it’s easy to laugh at those fleeting concerns. It’s easier still to forget that we made this happen. We made conscious decisions to keep the Harry Potter community alive, to talk about what we’d just read and wonder what would happen next. Even when the first wave of discussion died down, the fandom went on. We hadn’t stopped loving Harry Potter. We’d only just begun.

Seven years ago, the Harry Potter Alliance was still just starting out. We made some big strides and had some - okay, more than just some - big ideas. In the time since then, you’ve helped us make some incredible moments possible. There are already too many campaigns, discussions, and memories to nail down in one tidy list. This fandom’s commitment to Harry Potter and each other is what made those big ideas possible and makes them possible still.

In just a few minutes, it’ll be midnight again and we’ll be celebrating the book that brought us all together - not for the first time and not for the last - seven years ago.

But first, we want to celebrate this community: the one that saw Harry through until the very end, the one that already has new things to count down to, the one that knows know what it knew then.

Thank you.

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Happy 7th birthday, Deathly Hallows!

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put your hand to your head. it really helps sell the thing.

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Seven Things The Movies Forgot About Ron 

lurknomoar:

Book Ron was an interesting, attractive and relatable character, and I feel that the movies really unfairly relegated him to the position of comic relief. The dynamics of the trio had to be simplified into hero + heroine + mascot, and that robbed us of a truly fascinating character. So here are a few things you should remember:

1. He really is poor and it matters. HP may have huge issues when it comes to representations of race and sexuality, but deserves a round of applause for having a character come from a low-income background, with the fact of their poverty not glossed over but made into a plot point. JKR is really consistent about this – about the things Ron eats and wears and buys and doesn’t buy, the way he reacts when Harry unwittingly flaunts his own wealth. Poorer kids who have to go without brand name clothes will see themselves in Ron, and richer kids will learn that poverty isn’t something you deserve. Kids who empathize with Ron because he can’t afford to replace a broken wand are less likely to grow up to be assholes who complain about the extravagant lifestyle of people on welfare.

2. He has knowledge about the world. Out of the trio, he is the only real insider in wizarding society. Hermione is the one who knows magical theory and basically everything that can be found in a library. But when it comes to wizarding society and all of its habits, rules and unspoken assumptions, he is the one who can fill the other two in. Throughout the course of the septology, he does almost as much exposition as Hermione.

3. He is actually quite intelligent. Despite what the movies would have you believe, he is not dumb. He is mediocre in most of his schoolwork, and lacks Hermione’s booksmarts, but he is an excellent chess player, meaning he possesses good strategic abilities. He is the one who keeps a calm head while throttled by Devil’s Snare, and he talks Hermione through saving both their lives. He has decent observational skills, after all he was to one to spot inconsistencies in Hermione’s third-year time table. Seeing his common sense and social insight as less valuable than Hermione’s academic knowledge betrays an inherently flawed definition of intelligence. (Especially since academic knowledge tends to be gendered as male, and social knowledge as female, think of Poirot and Miss Marple.)

4. He is loyal. He is the embodiment of loyalty. The movies erase some of the most poignant moments proving this, and hand some of them over to Hermione. But it is Ron who stands in front of Harry, daring Sirius Black to kill them both, despite his broken leg. It is Ron who repeatedly defies Malfoy and even Snape to protect Hermione from verbal abuse. When his mother believes tabloid lies about Hermione, he takes Hermione’s side. When his brother tells him to stop being friends with Harry because of the political risk, he is so furious at the suggestion that he tears up the letter. He is unthinkingly loyal to his friends, this is why it is such a big deal that he leaves in the seventh book – because it contradicts who he really is.

5. He is genuinely funny. In the movies we are more likely to laugh at Ron than laugh with him, and the jokes he makes tend to be somewhat juvenile. But in the books his sense of humour evolves with him and with the reader, leading to this dry, snarky, irreverent tone that is genuinely very enjoyable. Ron is fun to read, and he sounds like someone who would be lots of fun to be around. He jokes a lot, but it is rarely spiteful, and often meant to comfort or distract someone – a proof of emotional intelligence.

6. He is kind. I don’t really how to put this, other than the fact that if Ron was a girl, he would be immediately defined as a caretaker. He stays in Hogwarts over Christmas so that Harry doesn’t have to be alone. He often acts oblivious and selfish on the surface, but ultimately he really obviously pays attention to the wellbeing of his friends. From his words and actions and body-language we can piece together the sort of person who can make life suck less just by showing up, who is always there for his friends even if he cannot do anything specific to help.

7. He has a huge inferiority complex. The movies hardly touch on it but in the books it is his main character arc. He feels inferior to his brothers’ achievements, to Harry’s chosen status, to Hermione’s intelligence. It is explicitly stated in book four that he doesn’t understand how can someone not want to be chosen. The books are far more clear in implying that he gets together with Lavander because he’s insecure about romance. The Horcrux doesn’t get to him through his love for Hermione like it does in the movie, it gets to him through the nagging suspicion that he has never been good enough for anything or anyone ever, including Hermione. And the movie laughed off the scene after the destruction of the Horcrux, when Harry finally gets how much Ron suffered of this fear of being second best and Ron gets that Harry never chose to be chosen. But fear of being inadequate is the primary driving force of Ron throughout the septology, and the movie fails to see value in Ron just as Ron fails to see value in himself: his caring, his loyalty, his wealth of non-academic knowledge and his awesome sense of humour are not tangible achievements, and they are not something somebody notices about themselves.

 Movie Ron is the person book Ron is afraid of being in his lowest moments, an incompetent oaf who makes rude jokes and chews with his mouth open, somebody their friends only keep around out of pity and habit, somebody Hermione would have to settle for out of a lack of better options. But book Ron, for all his flaws, is a loyal, funny and warm person with many valuable practical skills.  Also: I can imagine Hermione regularly thanking her lucky stars for ending up with someone as amazing as him.

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thirtycenturyboy:

whitney houston - i wanna dance with somebody (who loves me)

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sor-ah:

the soothing and the strange… a 2 hr mix of what I can only imagine Cecil’s ipod might sound like should someone dare put it on shuffle 
{listen} 
come away with me norah jones such great heights postal service quiet houses fleet foxes eat randy julian smith royals (sad clown version) postmodern jukebox great shipwreck of life IAMX gold on the ceiling the black keys shooting star bag raiders leves les voiles coeur de pirate i believe in you yacht still alive jonathan coulton one of these night eagles lips like sugar echo & the bunnymen we are the people empire of the sun call your girlfriend robyn amaranth nightwish human the killers satyros faun julius starfucker istumo nandodemo imaginary flying machine the circle game joni mitchel monday monday the mamas and the papas hushabye mountain chitty chitty bang bang take me somewhere nice mogwai youth daughter lullaby pan’s labyrinth we can’t stop postmodern jukebox don’t sit down cuz i moved your chair arctic monkeys midnight m83 ruby tuesday the rolling stones eple royksopp send me on my way rusted root summertime sadness lana del ray vs cedric gervais bling the killers stars in the rear view mirror hammock tip-toe through the tulips nick lucas the sea is calling the temper trap dearly beloved (music box) yoko shimomura good night the beatles

sor-ah:

the soothing and the strange… a 2 hr mix of what I can only imagine Cecil’s ipod might sound like should someone dare put it on shuffle

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come away with me norah jones such great heights postal service quiet houses fleet foxes eat randy julian smith royals (sad clown version) postmodern jukebox great shipwreck of life IAMX gold on the ceiling the black keys shooting star bag raiders leves les voiles coeur de pirate i believe in you yacht still alive jonathan coulton one of these night eagles lips like sugar echo & the bunnymen we are the people empire of the sun call your girlfriend robyn amaranth nightwish human the killers satyros faun julius starfucker istumo nandodemo imaginary flying machine the circle game joni mitchel monday monday the mamas and the papas hushabye mountain chitty chitty bang bang take me somewhere nice mogwai youth daughter lullaby pan’s labyrinth we can’t stop postmodern jukebox don’t sit down cuz i moved your chair arctic monkeys midnight m83 ruby tuesday the rolling stones eple royksopp send me on my way rusted root summertime sadness lana del ray vs cedric gervais bling the killers stars in the rear view mirror hammock tip-toe through the tulips nick lucas the sea is calling the temper trap dearly beloved (music box) yoko shimomura good night the beatles

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ALH