We used to think that refugees / were of one kind / and we never knew / that we were too.

Poetry by Rewa Zeinati

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
solipsistic moods
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?)

 Earlier this year I wrote about what Beach Slang’s 2015 album The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us means to me. The band will soon release their next record A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, and the first precursor is a song that is basically a description of my first year in college: Punks In A Disco Bar

(via Polyvinyl Records)

Okkervill River – or rather, Will Sheff  – have released a new song, “Okkervil River R.I.P.”, and as usual, it is beautiful, sad, and literary. Unfortunately, the upcoming release might be the last one.

 (ATO Records)

‘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.