It makes me so happy to know that whenever I share these links on free education, books and resources online, people not only learn a lot from it but are often generous enough to share it with their friends and other folks online. It goes positively viral. That’s the beauty of learning: Passing it on. So let’s see what I have this week on more book-sy, academic stuff.
We all know that a student’s budget doesn’t allow extravagant book-shopping. This is why the internet is here to help. I’ve compiled a short list of websites that offer free textbooks in PDF and other forms. This summer, don’t let your tight budget ruin your chance to gain more knowledge. Here are some places to go to for help.
The A-side to St. Vincent’s recent Record Store Day single this year generated some buzz before it was even available to listen to, when Annie Clark & her band performed it at Coachella a couple weeks ago. Watching the video of Annie Clark writhing around in the midst of the crowd while performing the new song, it was immediately clear that this wasn’t your average St. Vincent track.
“KROKODIL,” along with its dirge-like b-side “Grot,” represents a pretty massive stylistic departure from the elegant art pop of St. Vincent’s last album Strang Mercy towards something much more exciting and energetic. On “KROKODIL,” Clark bangs out clanging guitar riffs that play out in tandem with a Suicide-like synth line, all while screaming anxious, profane lyrics through a heavily distorted vocal filter. She’s tried her hand at this kind of music before — most notably when she covered Big Black at last year’s Our Band Could Be Your Life tribute concert — but never with such impressive conviction. On this track, Clark sounds convincingly loud and angry, and it feels refreshing to see her and her band putting their tenacious instrumental skills to good use.
Sidenote: While doing a google search to find the album cover for the “KROKODIL”/”Grot” 7”, I learned that apparently “Krokodil” is some kind of new opiate drug that can make users’ skin cells die and limbs fall off. Listening to this track once more with this in mind, I honestly wouldn’t be too surprised if that’s what she’s singing about.
Purchase the “KROKODIL”/”Grot” 7” at your local record store! Seriously! There might be a few copies left.