“The Future’s Under Fire, The Past is Gaining Ground”

The great Japandroids are back, the Candian duo will release their new album Near To The Wild Heart Of Life in January 2017, available for pre-order on bandcamp. Already streaming is the title track off the record, and it speaks for itself. 

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I’m excited.

We Are At Home In Our Bodies

For most, We Are At Home In Our Body is an obvious statement of fact. For many, We Are At Home In Our Body is a reaffirming mantra. For some, We Are At Home In Our Body is an unobtainable goal.

Not feeling at home in your body can come in various forms. Society not recognizing your body as something innately valuable. Your self not recognizing your body as innately valuable. Be it because of illness, disability, dysphoria, dysmorphia. Psychotic phases when you cannot write because your brain tells itself that your fingers do not belong to yourself and are disgustingly slow and imperfect.  The constant phase of writing about your body, your brain and your self as if they are three separate entities forcibly sharing the same sphere.

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We Are At Home In Our Bodies is also the title of For Everest’s stunning new album, their first full length. The album is about the feeling of unease with your body, the bodies of others, and so much more. The lyricism is ‘emo’ in the best possible way. The music swelling between intimate and orchestral, walls of guitar of an anthemic intensity. Sarah Cowell’s alto is amazing, and they harmonize with Nick Pitman in an effortless yet grand way rarely heard after the early Taking Back Sunday and Straylight Run albums. (And Brand New. There, now I have obvious emo reference bingo.) I fell in love with the album when the bass first kicked in. The production is so organic, clear and perfect – it could have ruined the feel of this emotional record all those situations and moments that are so far from clarity, perfection, or even organicity. Yet, For Everest have pulled it off. Record of the year.

We Are At Home In Our Body is out on Broken World Media, you can listen, fall in love, and name your price on bandcamp.

Car Seat Headrest: Vincent

Damn, this is good

The build up is amazing, reminds me not only of Television but also of Travels, the middle part got a twang and a groove that reminds me of Cake, and the lyrics really resonate with me. The songs is on one level about being at a party, as Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo described in an email to Bob Boilen (All Songs Considered is really hyping up the forthcoming record) but also express so much more.

Like living in Konstanz:

for the past year I’ve been living in a town
that gets a lot of tourists in the summer months
they come and they stay for a couple days
but hey, I’m living here every day

No Future, No Problem

Match made in wordy rock’n’roll heaven: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and Titus Andronicus’ Patrick Stickles cover each other’s No Future song on this bandcamp single

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All Songs Considered recently had an episode about go-to windows-down songs .“Don’t Wanna Lose" by Ex Hex (the new band of Mary Timony of Helium, Wild Flag) should make that list. It’s totes the kind of song that needs to be loud and live – fast. 

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Nirvana is one of those bands that are almost impossible to cover. Not only are they iconic, but they are perfect within the conventions of their genre, heck, they established the rules and then tore them down themselves. So to make a cover work, you need to go in a different but equally intense direction.That’s why EMA’s Endless Nameless version was the only endurable cover on SPIN’s Nevermind tribute.

This version of Heart-Shaped Box by Kawehi is another rare cover that works very well for me. 

Many, many committed Nirvana fans will hate this, too. Including my teenage self. The mix of genres, especially guitar vs. synth mixes, are a sacrilege to some.Pierre Bourdieu told you so. 

When Jimmy Page was rocking, I didn’t think he was rocking for guys. But there were definitely some bands I felt that way about, where I wasn’t invited to rock along with them. Like the white T-shirt, hardcore punk white guys. They were way meaner than the heavy metal bands and way meaner than some huge Harley Davidson guy with a beard who liked blues. When me and Kelley would get together and play these country songs at bars and truckstops, those big Harley Davidson guys would cry, man, it would move them. Whereas those white T-shirt hardcore boys were very hung up about what girls could do, in bands or otherwise … Now you’ve got guys like Ian MacKaye “saving” girls from the mosh pit. Hey man, fuck you. Girls know what they’re doing when they get in the pit. They don’t need you to save them.

Kim Deal, The Breeders Leader Gets Pissed (Spin Magazine, April 1995)