“Snitch Jacket” is a great new song by Two Inch Astronaut, offering, as Lars Gotrich for NPR Music puts it, “real talk – whether you’re a 20-something or just endlessly haunted by past failures.” Two Inch Astronaut is post-punk in the same way I’m post-graduate. Potentially professional, perennially yearning.
Two Inch Astronaut’s new record “Can You Please Not Help” will be out June 2nd via Exploding In Sound Records
fears run rampant in the streets
and in our homes of you and me
the revolution won’t be on tv
until there’s violence or death to see
but by then it’ll be too late
to turn the war into love
cause now it’s getting kind of hard to breathe
and now my garden hose is a flame thrower
oh how could we be so dumb
as to kill our children’s future
but not make them understand
that we could be better off, be better off, be better off
if we all just did something right
we could be better off, be better off, better off
if we cared less for money
and more just for life
East Cameron Folkcore: Better Off
Still haven’t found words. But I’m listening to this East Cameron Folkcore album on repeat.
Bayuk – Old June
Last night I went to see Me and My Drummer live at Kulturladen, Konstanz. Their show was great, and I loved the new material live more than I initially did when Love Is A Fridge came out earlier this year. (I love the band.)
The true discovery of the evening, however, was the opening act Bayuk. Soulful, haughting vocals combined with guitar, drums, and intricate electronica. The full sound of the duo reminded me not only of Me and My Drummer, but of Get Well Soon, Naked Lunch, and Hozier, in a completely fresh mix. For the time being they’re unknown (and rather difficult to google) but we’ll more from them soon, I’m sure. Pop music for the 21st century, right down the fact that their merch after the show was a uniquely printed card with a download link.
Hard-working orchestral folk punk band East Cameron Folkcore is releasing a lot of material in September. There is an all-new LP Better Off coming out in September (in Germany on Grand Hotel van Cleef) as is Fossils, an all-acoustic, live EP of older, truly stunning material. The EP is streaming on soundcloud now, and available for streaming and pre-order on bandcamp. The songs are as politically raw and emotionally complex as usual. The EP is “dedicated to the work and to those who do it.” so it’s also great to listen too while reading Dave Zirin’s commentary on the Olympics or writing the 95th job application without diminishing hope for a response, or, you know, working.
my steps keep splitting my grief through these
i should call my parents when i think of them
i should tell my friends when i love them
maybe i should’ve got out a bit more
when you guys where still in town
but i got too caught up in my own shit
that’s how every outcome’s such a comedown
Pinegrove – Old Friends
Pinegrove’s debut full-length Cardinal is out on Run For Cover Records. I found this great poetic emo song once again via NPR (where else is a shut-in liberal literary 30something in a small German town gonna find exiting new music?)
‘Most People’ is Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s contribution to a upcoming charity compilation Refugee that will benefit the Malta’s Migrant Offshore Aid Station. It’s also Will Oldham’s contribution to the whole refugee debate, in a sense. Refugee, a project by Scottish folk singer Robin Adams, will be released on June 3rd via BRAINFOG RECORDS.
We are not alone. We are not mistakes
Don’t whisper now. We’re allowed to be loud
Beach Slang’’s The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us.
A punk record hasn’t felt this loud, intimate, and right since Muff Potter broke up. Just what I need now, as I discover that your early 30s are basically just a more subdued version of your early 20s.