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Gapminder: a website bringing statistics to life

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By Soccer Mom in Cool Websites on Saturday 10 September 2011

Bringing statistics to life is not particularly easy, but this website does so with a creative brilliance. Using interactive animation and videos, you can look at a wide ranging set of sustainable global development data as the numbers change across space and and time. It promotes a statistically-founded world view, and somehow makes that fun.

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Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste

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By Soccer Mom in New Products on Wednesday 7 September 2011

Why we like the things we like, specifically why we like the music we like, can be a touchy subject, especially for those of us whose identities are so seemingly bound up in these often inexplicable tastes. Honest, unsparing reflection on taste can lead to us to question aspects of ourselves we took to be as fundamentally defining.

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Young Adults: play live at a basement show

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By Soccer Mom in New Music on Tuesday 6 September 2011

Our friend Jay Breitling first recommended this band when we asked him about other local bands that we should try to play with.

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Sleevage

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By Soccer Mom in Cool Websites on Tuesday 6 September 2011

The one thing that gets me going just as much as listening to or playing music is the visual identity of it all – most specifically, album cover artwork. I am a sucker for a great record cover, and over the years, I have bought albums based solely on the artwork.

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The Walker Brothers: The Electrician

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By Soccer Mom in New Music on Monday 5 September 2011

A few years ago I watched the documentary, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man. The film is fascinating and Walker himself is a surprisingly open and gracious interviewee. But for me, the real gem in the movie was first hearing The Electrician. This song’s combination of brooding Berlin-era Bowie ambience and Walker’s bombastic crooner schmaltz just […]

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Soccer Mom: You Are Not Going To Heaven EP

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By Soccer Mom in New Music on Saturday 3 September 2011

This is our new EP, released on October 3 on 100m/Sweaters and Pearls records. These six songs represent a couple years’ worth of work (fun work, but work, nonetheless) and we’re really proud to have completed it. I think it provides a great snapshot of our evolution as a band from our first single.

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Dorm Life: simply a web series about Dorm Life

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By Soccer Mom in Cool Websites on Saturday 3 September 2011

This web series was pointed out to me by Justin, our drummer. It’s character driven, and as is often the case, requires at least a few episodes before you can start to identify and appreciate the dynamics the show creates.

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Animal Hospital: plays and records everything himself

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By Soccer Mom in New Music on Saturday 3 September 2011

Animal Hospital’s Kevin Micka plays and records everything himself. This is impressive enough, but live, he recreates these songs piece-by-piece, building each song from its constituent parts by playing, looping, manipulating, layering and mixing guitar and drums.

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