Punk is really at its best when its angry and abrasive – and Deutsche Laichen, a decidedly queer feminist punk band from Göttingen, Germany, are really, really abrasive. Their self-titled debut LP is almost physical in its rejection of toxic masculinity, homophobia and (cis)sexism. Case in point: “Du bist so schön, wenn du hasst”, the standout song from the album:
Onsind – Immature
Feminist punks ONSIND released Immature, the first single off their upcoming album We Wilt, We Bloom. It’s about, like, millennial dissent and stuff.
David Ramirez: Time
Really the big change in my life for the last 3 months is the shift from lyrical “I” to lyrical “you” in the first verse of David Ramirez’s Time.
“Feel It Still” sounds like Portugal. the Man’s version of a Bruno Mars hit while being subtly political. The interactive video makes it more explicit and links to a number of ~progressive causes. The opposite of political sublety is of course the right-wing extremist conspiracy site InfoWars, and they decided to comment on the song. As Stereogum sums up:
In the case of that InfoWars scene, there’s a link to AdStrike, a site dedicated to boycotts that hopefully will cause advertisers to stop supporting right-wing sites like InfoWars. The InfoWars article includes reference to “an embedded ‘toolkit’ for social justice warriors” and ends with this delicious kicker: “Che Guevara and Karl Marx are proudly smiling up from hell.”
I assume Infowars thinks the references are insults. Anyway, I’m now even more excited about new music from one of my favorite bands. Thanks, InfoWars.
Big Beautiful Day is the first single off PWR BTTM’s second album Pageant (out May 12, 2017) It’s exactly the kind of guitar & glitter & self-empowerment anthem I love from them.
Near to the the Late Heart of Life. Japandroids on Colbert. Awesome.
Thank the stars for this miracle.
For the way we work our broken fingers through the dirt
till we convince the good to grow there.
New poem up on Write About Now
Clementine von Radics new poem touches on the messy complexity of art and mental illness (like only she can.)
“I’m not a crash landing/ I want to stay in your orbit a while.”
New fun space trash video for “Crash” by Against Me! So looking forward to the new record Shape Shift With Me, out on September 16th.