The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness” is the first single off of the coming new The National album Sleep Well Beast. I’m doing cartwheels of excitement.
Oh baby I will read
About the buzzing of the bees
About the grass and snakes and spawning lakes and the different types of trees
And I will find a way
That leads from cruel April into May
And someday soon it will be June and you’ll decide to stay
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls: The Opening Act of Spring
“True Believer” is a comparatively restrained, slow clipping. track, and the new video matches the subdued-but-intense atmosphere. Splendor & Misery, the 2016 concept album by the avant-rap group featuring Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs, was just nominated for a Hugo Award in the category Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
What’s Making Me Happy This Week: Scottish duo Honeyblood and their charming tour video for “Babes Never Die,” the title track of their 2016 record.
Hardcore band United Nations released a ferocious protest song that is basically the sound ringing in my head as I watched Donald Trump’s Inauguration. The song is available on their bandcamp, and all proceeds will be donated to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.
We’ve all been there: Those days in bed, when
the space left by heartache and/or ennui cannot be filled by books, magazines, lovers or our extensive guitar collection. Jokes aside, I dig the aesthetics of this new Lydia Loveless video for “Longer,” a precursor to her new album Real, out on Bloodshot in August.
Terrible news from Britain this morning, The so-called #Brexit really feels like the beginning of the end of something great. The European Union, with all its flaws, is still a great idea I strongly believe in; it has brought stability and possibility to European peoples in a way no conventional nation-state could before. To see it disintegrate at the hands of ignorant, populist, racist, xenophobic right-wingers like Farage or obnoxious, power-hungry opportunists like Boris Johnson is tough.
In the midst of all this terribleness comes the release of this fun video for “Love Forty Down” by Frank Turner. The skinny English country singer has written songs that are more political or better commentary for this fuck up, but the clip is a good 2 and a half minutes of respite feat. a tennis match against Jason Isbell.
Working out in a gym can be a joyless activity if you can’t get yourself into the right frame of mind. (Not to mention the obnoxious people around you.) Instead of cranking up the EDM or metal, think of this charming slacker pop hit by Izzy True. Or better yet, just kick back and watch the video.
Izzy True’s new ep Troll is out on Don Giovanni Records, available on their bandcamp page.
Now we all cry to purple rain.