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You or Someone You Know

I’m just going to go out on a limb here: You or Someone You Know by Worriers is my favorite record of the year. Such a perfect punk/power pop record – I listen to it when I’m happy, when I’m sad, when I’m sitting in the sun on my balcony, when I have to work […]

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A Hero’s Death

“A Hero’s Death” is the new single by Fontaines D.C. The video is a great downward spiral with a Birdman-vibe, starring Aiden Gillen. The song is really terrific, and it soundtracked my end of the workweek yesterday. Sometimes hearing a postpunk reminder that Life ain’t always emptyLife ain’t always emptyLife ain’t always emptyLife ain’t always […]

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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. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

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Oh baby I will readAbout the buzzing of the beesAbout the grass and snakes and spawning lakes and the different types of treesAnd I will find a wayThat leads from cruel April into MayAnd someday soon it will be June and you’ll decide to stay Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls: The Opening Act of […]

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“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) Fascinating.  (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

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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.  (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

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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.  (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

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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. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)

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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 […]

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T-Rextasy released their first video to the timeless “I Wanna Be a Punk Rocker” and it’s great! fun! smart! punk! Just like their album Jurassic Punk. The “dashing dino dames" show the spirit of riot grrrl is alive and kicking. I dig this. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)