Back in Black

Brian Johnson has announced that he will tour with AC/DC again taking over for Axl Rose who had been filling in for him. Johnson had to quit the band due to issues with hearing loss (who knows how that happened). It is good to see Brain back to doing what he loves although it’s unclear whether his hearing has actually improved or he just decided to do it anyway.


Album of The  Week

I Could Live in Hope - Low (1994)

If you’re hearing screams
Come back child, come back
— Words
If you see my daughter
Don’t tell her I’m scared
— Fear

Their debut album is the perfect track to read a book to, with subtle tones and sparse lyrics with fragile harmonies. Low manages to have each one of their albums be unique but each one also has a calming energy to it. I highly recommend putting this album on while you are working on something or even if you are trying to fall asleep.


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Best New Track: Borderline

Will I be known and loved?
Is there one that I trust?
— Tame Impala

Reflektor

Now, the signals we send, are deflected again
We’re so connected, but are we even friends?
— Arcade Fire

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Lauren Marie

I might never get my arms around you but that doesn’t mean that I won’t try
— Girls

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The Gospel Song

And I have found a flower that is growin in the forest
And we talked by the hour
Oh we were not lovers, but I loved you
— Frazey Ford

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KFC JFC

This new trend of brands trying to be cool hopefully ends soon as the attempts are getting more and more embarrassing. KFC tried to have a Colonel Sanders DJ at an EDM festival last week and the results were horrific.


Album of The  Week

Funeral - Arcade Fire (2004)

If you still want me, please forgive me
The crown of love has fallen from me
— Crown of Love
I like the peace
In the backseat
I don’t have to drive
I don’t have to speak
— In The Backseat

Their debut album named after several members of the band had close family members die became an instant success. Despite many hiccups in production including forgetting to turn on microphones which they ended up for the most part leaving in the album. The song Haiti was recorded in Regine’s bathroom in the dark because she didn’t feel comfortable recording it in the studio at the time because it was so personal for her. You can actually hear her press stop on the tape recorder in the middle of the song.


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Best New Track: Wake Me When It’s Over

Out of your sight
The snow on the peak was just unbearably white
— Vampire Weekend

Kids

Living out the back of my ‘97 Camry
Wondering how the hell I got myself into this
— PUP

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The Silence

Little girl, you are cursed by my ancestry
There is nothing but darkness and agony
— Manchester Orchestra

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Far Side Banks of Jordan

I believe my steps are growing wearier each day
Still I’ve got another journey on my mind
— Johnny Cash & June Carter

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Curing Music

The Cure got rightfully inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend and Robert Smith was about as excited as you think he would be about it. They are also planning a “Dark, incredibly intense” new album for release on Halloween this year.


Album of The  Week

Begin to Hope - Regina Spektor (2006)

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
— Samson
I must go on standing
I’m not my own, it’s not my choice
— Après Moi

Regina Spektor’s family moved away from Moscow when she was 7 to escape persecution as Jews in Russia. She would end up in the Bronx by the age of 9 but picked up multiple languages and uses some of them in her music. This was her fourth album and her first major hit with Fidelity being used in TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy.


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Best New Track: Wake Me When It’s Over

Trying to exist
Trying not to scream
How it does persist
Entrapped inside a dream
— The Cranberries

Don’t Know Why

My heart is drenched in wine
But you’ll be on my mind
Forever
— Norah Jones

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From The Fourth

You were talking so close I could see and feel your breath
You smiled and told me that cure was death
— Leif Vollbekk

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Life Moves On

Life moves on
The way life does
But some things are prettier
The way life was
— Finneas

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Blame The Victims

Barbara Streisand managed to find time in her week to be able to defend Michael Jackson, not in the usual route of denying the allegations against him. She decided to add her own flare by saying she believed the two victims in the recent documentary but added that they seemed “Thrilled” to be there and that Jackson’s “sexual needs were his sexual needs”. It is nice she managed to acknowledge Jackson’s sexual needs, at the expense of ignoring the boys needs to not be raped. She added that the rape “didn’t kill them”. So that is the level a pop star would need to stoop to in order for Barbra to not blame the victims and their parents. Not to be outdone, Diana Ross jumped in as well stating “I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.”


Album of The  Week

Lungs - Florence and the Machine (2003)

There’s a drumming noise inside my head
That starts when you’re around
I swear that you could hear it
It makes such an almighty sound
— Drumming Sound
I was a heavy heart to carry
My beloved was weighed down
— Heavy in Your Arms

Florence Welch bounced around with different musical styles as she even considered making rap music, it wasn’t until she teamed up with her childhood friend Isabella Summers that she found her style. Her debut album inspired by the ending of a recent relationship was an instant success. The heavy drums often played by Florence herself throughout the album are intended to feel like a heartbeat pulsing throughout the album.


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Best New Track: Buffoon

Which direction is the safest to take
— The Murlocs

Patience

Has it really been that long?
Did I count the days wrong?
— Tame Impala

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A Satisfactory World for Reasonable People

Tease me, I won’t tell them that you’re sweet
Easy, nothing matters in a dream
— Pity Sex

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The Official Ironman Rally Song

To dine alone
To build a private zone
— Guided By Voices

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Healthcare Horror

Dick Dale, the King of Surf Rock, has passed at 78 after dealing with a litany of health issues including rectal cancer, diabetes, and damaged vertebrae. He continued to tour up until his death, but not for the love of music, but instead to try to pay his insane medical bills. He said “I can’t stop touring because I will die… Physically and literally, I will die”. He needed to pay over $3,000 a month in medical bills on top of his insurance so he basically tortured himself touring across the country with the help of his wife who has MS. So he is definitely in a better place now, and you will be too once you listen to his biggest hit that you will most likely recognize from Pulp Fiction.


Album of The  Week

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco (2001)

Cheer up, honey, I hope you can
There is something wrong with me
— Radio Cure
I’ll be around
You were right about the stars
Each one is a setting sun
— Jesus Etc.

After being shelved for over a year until the band was able to buy the rights to their fourth album back from the record company this album became Wilco’s best seller. The band refused to change the album at the request of Warner Brothers, and I think fans of the album all appreciate the bands loyalty to their sound and would say it is worth the wait. It is always good to have large corporations making decisions about how art should be created and have the ability to suppress art it if it doesn’t meet their expectations.


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Best New Track: You Had Your Soul With You

I have owed it to my heart, every word I’ve said
You have no idea how hard I died when you left
— The National

Miserlou


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Apple Tree Girl

With a smile you say the world is doomed
If it’s true then let me hold you
— Tancred

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Waiting

Waiting for this life to change seems like it’s taking me forever
And I can’t hold on. This life is breaking
— The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

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Never Never Land

A new documentary is out on HBO shedding light on the abusive relationships that Michael Jackson had with underage boys. The lengths that he would go to in order to alienate and separate these boys from their parents and the outside world is truly disgusting. Clearly a victim of abuse himself, it is sad that Jackson had so many enablers around him that didn’t try to stop this from happening.


Album of The  Week

Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? - Of Montreal (2007)

I’m in a crisis, I need help
Come on mood shift, shift back to good again
— Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse
It’s so embarrassing to need someone like I do you
How can I explain?
I need you here and not here too
— The Past Is a Grotesque Animal

An extremely weird band with an eccentric leader and over the top live shows that only really took off on the precipice of their own downfall. This album is the one that took off and became big enough for the band to start being commercially successful. However, this album is largely about the bands downfall as the lead singer and his wife who played bass were split up with her living with their sun in Norway. This album was created out of the pain of that separation as the band imploded. They decided to give the relationship and the band another try and stared an over the top adventure and tours together.


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Best New Track: You Don’t Need a God

It can be one word
Or the smallest thing that only I see
It’s like lightning
And it changed the way I feel
— Dido

Griptide

I’m going to hold you now
‘Till I can’t
— Barborossa

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Takes So Much

You can leave all of your failure behind
Take it out
Take it out
Take it out on me baby
— Waxahatchee

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Water

Put the pieces in there, watch them disappear
Worthless to be able, it is lost in the sound
Extricate the battle by just saying nothing
Got to be more careful of this Hell, of this Hell
— Yowler

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Creeps be Creeping

I almost brought up when I wrote about Phoebe Bridgers how her relationship with a much older Ryan Adams struck me as weird given their relative ages and positions in the music industry. It hasn’t even taken a few weeks for it to come out that this is a habit of Adam’s who is now facing allegations from several women and young girls who claim that he has manipulated them and sent inappropriate messages to minors. His upcoming tour has been canceled ahead of the scandal. He of course denies the allegations and such through his lawyer.


Album of The  Week

Static - Cults (2013)

You and me always forever
We could stay alone together
You and me always forever
Say you’ll stay, never be severed
— Always Forever
But I should’ve took the high road
Now it’s such a long way back
— High Road

The only Cults I would recommend you listen to is this band. This fun upbeat record is likely to put you in a better mood. The two lead vocalists and founding members of the band actually broke up as a couple while making this record. The band still preforms together and puts out new records which means they practice what they preach with their song High Road, a little more so than their song Always Forever.


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Best New Track: No Halo

When I was a boy
No rooftop on my joy
— Kevin Morby

Boyfriend

You came to me for entropy
And I gave you all I had
— Marika Hackman

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Mountains O’ Things

The life I’ve always wanted
I guess I’ll never have
I’ll be working for somebody else
Until I’m in my grave
— Tracy Chapman

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Driving Down to L.A.

I’ve got big dreams in my mind
I would give up my whole life for that feelin’
— Ezra Furman

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Oscars

Bohemian Rhapsody won four Oscars last night despite being directed by a pedophile and sex criminal, awkward throughout, and whitewashing over the fact that Freddy Mercury was gay. I can’t wait until my beloved David Bowie has a Biopic directed by Roman Polanski, probably starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and will have him as a straight American man.


Album of The  Week

No Angel - Dido (1999)

And I won’t go
I won’t sleep
And I can’t breathe
Until you’re resting here with me
— Here With Me
And I want to thank you
For giving me the best day of my life
Oh, just to be with you
Is having the best day of my life
— Thank You

Somehow Thank You was the third single from this album to be released, I don’t know how anyone would rank that song as the third best on this album. After the release of Thank You as a single is when this album really took off. It was also used on Eminem’s massive Marshall Mathers LP hit Stan which brought the song to a whole new audience and had it featured on two groundbreaking albums. It was this song that took her out of two years spent playing small bars and restaurants waiting for a record label to promise to release her music if she made the full album.


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Best New Track: Prom Night

They locked in an embrace they learned from a film
— Drenge

Oh, It Had to be You

Its all I give
Watch it as I spend my time on all I give
Empty on weakness
We’re dancing to a fire thats is beneath us
— Black Foxxes

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Gives You Hell

And truth be told, I miss you
And truth be told, I’m lying
— All-American Rejects

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Level

Can I change my mind if I feel it
Will you change your mind if I want
— Our Girl

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How to Copy

Meghan Trainer released a Valentine’s Day press release that has some of the weirdest and most cringe-worthy copy I have ever seen. Although I am tempted to start writing this newsletter like this from now on:

“Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and whether you’re planning on smashing bae’s junk to smithereens or making out with a pint of Phish Food, you need some fresh Valentine’s Day bops to get you in the mood for L♡VE. And MEGHAN TRAINOR has got you covered with her new EP, THE LOVE TRAIN [Epic Records.]

“You know you want it. And you can freakin’ get it b*tch. On all digital platforms right HERE.

 “Meghan’s seducing your ears this V-Day, and you know she knows a thing or two about romance. Unless your phone’s been broken for a hot minute, you know that Meghan just got married to the ginger from Spy Kids, and trust when we say, girl is feeling the love. She took a break from her busy schedule to record some fire tracks in Los Angeles alongside frequent collaborators and producers Andrew Wells [5SOS, Fall Out Boy, Jason Mraz], J KASH (Maroon 5, Charlie Puth, Kesha) and Tyler Johnson [Harry Styles, CAM].

 “We know you want to hear songs about all the hot newlywed sex Meghan and Daryl Sa-BAE-ra are having (did you see what we did there?). Which is why you’ll love the banging’ single “All The Ways.” Billboard was wet for “All The Ways,” calling it “another fun, danceable track to fall in love with.” And would Billboard lie to you, girl?

“But perhaps the piece de resistance (that’s French for “Wig Snatch”) is “Marry Me,” a romantic acoustic guitar and ukulele-tinged Awww Fest which delivers all the feels (and then more feels). Meghan wrote the song thirty days after meeting Daryl, and it was so good that she walked down the aisle to it. We know, it’s a little bit #Vomworthy, but also, am I chopping onions right now or are those tears rolling down my face? I’m not crying, you’re crying.

“And as always, our Grammy-Winning, Diamond Single-having QUEEN didn’t just come to play — she came to slay. She’s serving vocals on the passionate, Celine Dion-esque power ballad “After You.” Plus, Meghan’s serving your insatiable thirst for dance-ready bops with the upbeat banger that is “Foolish.” It slaps so hard you’ll be stanning for days. “As if all the PDA, including foot massages, butterfly kisses and piggy back rides aren’t cringe worthy enough,” says her brother and videographer Ryan… “I’ve got to film it all!”

“Choo choo betch! The Love Train is leaving the station and you better get on board.

 “Be on the lookout for more surprises very soon as she prepares for a landmark 2019.”


Album of The  Week

Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid - Collective Soul (1992)

Love is in the water, love is in the air
Show me where to look, tell me will love be there
— Shine
Something’s going wrong inside of you
Burdens bearing down and seeping through
— Wasting Time

Their debut album exceeded expectations for the band growing on the strength of Shine being played on one radio station in Atlanta. That wasn’t actually the goal of the band though, initially frontman Ed Roland hoped to sell his songs to a publishing company rather than actually be in a band. I think this is probably the first instance of trying to sell out before even becoming a real band.


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Best New Track: Comfort

You’ll get well soon
Sleep through the night
You’ll go outside
Enjoy the sun
Soon you’ll feel fine to see everyone
— Julia Jacklin

Laugh A Lot

I could wait until the morning breaks
— Magik*Magik

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Timefighter

And I fight time
It won in a landslide
I’m just as good as anybody
I’m just as bad as anybody
— Lucy Ducas

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Teenage Dirtbag

Yeah, I’m just a teenage dirtbag, baby
Listen to Iron Maiden, baby, with me
— Wheetus

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The 3rd Annual Grahammy Awards!

It is finally the time of year for the biggest awards in music The Grahammy's! This week the winners will are crowned and those receiving awards can have their careers changed forever. Many of these artists see this award as their assent to the top of their field. 

And the awards go to...

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Best Cover

Cigarettes After Sex - Neon Moon

I wouldn’t have guessed a Brooks & Dunn cover would make earn an award this year but it turns out that I like anything that Cigarettes After Sex puts out.

No telling how many tears
I’ve sat here and cried
Or how many lies
That I’ve lied
Telling my poor heart
She’ll come back someday

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Most Surprising Song

Amanda Palmer & Jasmine Power -Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now

This song perhaps more than any other this year encapsulates best the series of disturbing abuses of power in the entertainment industry that have been living just below the surface for years. This song stuck with me after listening to it in a way that most songs don’t.

I storm out through the hallway
I leave the scars inside
You won’t portray my picture
This film is mine

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Best Songwriting

Leon bridges - Beyond

An absolutely beautiful song about falling in love and taking the plunge. I watched one of my best friends dance to this song as his first dance with his bride and I don’t think they could have picked a better choice.

I’m scared to death that she might be it
That the love is real, that the shoe might fit
She might just be my everything and beyond

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Best Track

Cigarettes After Sex - Sesame Syrup

This track would fit in perfectly with their last album and that is about as high as a compliment I can give. Another perfect love song with a mood all its own.

You’ve had a long list of lovers
But none of them matter to you except me
I’ve had a long list of lovers
But none of them matter to me except you

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Album of the Year

Welles - Red Trees and White Trashes

I'm pretty confident that this will be the only place you see this album listed as the best of the year. I am fine with that. I’ve seen this band live twice and am going for a third time next week and couldn’t be more excited. I think this is just the beginning for Welles who but together a great rock album.

And it’s cold in the water
I wonder if I should bother
You know she’s somebody’s daughter
When she gets old it’ll haunt her
I’m here tonight, I have got her

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Grahammy Nominees for Album of the Year

It is finally the time of year for the biggest awards in music The Grahammy's! This week nominees for Album of the Year are announced with the winner chosen next week in addition to the winners for other categories as well. Take a listen to these great albums and maybe your favorite will be chosen for Album of The Year.

I've complied the best track from each of the nominated albums into a playlist, as well as the entire album for each band. These albums were chosen for the quality of the entire album from beginning to end so I highly recommend listening to the entire album if you enjoy any of the tracks in the playlist below.  Also remember to hit the Subscribe button above if you haven't already to get an email reminder when the winner is announced next week!


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Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Best Track - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Named after the site where humans first landed on the moon, this album has a space theme throughout. This album is reminiscent of Bowie’s work, with a playfulness and sense of exploration, which is about as high a compliment as I can give.

 
Oh, just as the apocalypse finally gets prioritized
And you cry some of the hottest tears you ever cried
— One Point Perspective

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Leon Bridges - Good Thing

Best Track - Beyond

This album is perfectly named, as it is just an insanely good thing. Leon extends his throwback sound and continues to be the greatest modern day crooner. This is absolutely the best album to come out this year that your grandma wouldn’t hate.

I’m scared to death that she might be it
That the love is real, that the shoe might fit
She might just be my everything and beyond
— Beyond

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Mitski - Be the Cowboy

Best Track - Nobody

Another beautiful album from her, with the title coming from an inside joke she had with herself. She wanted to have the confidence she admired in others and she has earned it.

 
Sorry I don’t want your touch
It’s not that I don’t want you
Sorry I can’t take your touch
— A Pearl

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Welles- Red Trees and White Trashes

Best Track - Seventeen

One of my favorite bands to see live that absolutely crushed it with their debut. Go see them now while the tickets are still under fifteen bucks because this time next year they are going to be much more expensive.

How fucked up have you got to be
To live a life like mine
— Life Like Mine

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Campdogzz - In Rounds

Best Track - Sorceress

Definitely one of the most fun albums of the year with each song having a special punch to it. The upbeat edge that the album has will put you in a great mood to take on the day. I also am lucky enough to confirm that this band is even better live as they amplify the fun of the album with humor and antics on stage. 

I didn’t know that was what I was putting you through
Forgive me needing familiar ground to lay hope
Before I show you another part of my soul
— On My Own

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Marlon Williams - Make Way For Love

Best Track - Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore

A collection of moody and soulful songs that leaves an impression on you this album has a mellow and wonderful pace to it. He manages to showcase his voice without letting the instrumentals get in the way of highlighting his strengths.

 
People tell me: ‘Boy, you dodged a bullet!’
But if only it had hit me, then I’d know the peace it brings
— Love is a Terrible Thing

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Father John Misty - God’s Favorite Customer

Best Track - Just Dumb Enough to Try

Another of his album’s that doesn’t take itself very seriously in a way that somehow continues to work. Not many artists would be willing to risk what they have built by putting multiple sardonic songs on an album.

You’re all that I have so please don’t die
Wherever you are tonight
— Please Don't Die

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Phoebe Again

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So after I randomly chose a Phoebe Bridgers album last week as the Album of the Week, she released a new one this week starting a new band with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes. Possibly inspired by my post last week they decided to release a surprise album in full for their new band, of the same name, Better Oblivion Community Center.


Album of The  Week

Deja Entendu -Brand New (2003)

She’s moving way too fast and all he wanted was to hold her
— Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades
I am all you’ve ever wanted
What all the other boys all promised
— Okay, I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't

The second album of Brand New full of great songs and weird song titles. Most of the song titles are obscure references to movies. The opener Tautou references the lead actress in the movie Amélie. Home Alone 2 is also represented with the line Okay I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don’t, Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades is from The Wes Anderson movie Rushmore.


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Best New Track: I Didn’t Know What I was In For

I didn’t know what I was in for
When I laid out in the sun
We get burned for being honest
I’ve really never done anything, for anyone
— Better Oblivion Community Center

Fine

Worse than the feeling of being alone
Worse than any feeling you have ever known
— Neighbor Lady

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Cosmic Vibrations

If you want me, you can have me
You can have me but I’m all used up
— Foxygen

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Heartbroke

I see you find the way to pass the time
”You’d like him, he’s a lot like you”
I didn’t see you getting saddled up so soon
”Babe, I know you’ll find somebody too”
— The Good Life

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Backstreets Back

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The Backstreet Boys are back with Chance the Rapper in a new Super Bowl advertisement for Doritos. So there is still a reason to watch the game even if watching the Patriots win again is going to make you upset.


Album of The  Week

Stranger in the Alps -Phoebe Bridgers (2017)

I hate you for what you did
And I miss you like a little kid
— Motion Sickness
Jesus Christ, I’m so blue all the time
And that’s just how I feel
Always have and I always will
— Funeral

A young singer who got discovered and later started dating a much older Ryan Adams has had an odd early career. Her career began to take off and she was able to open for one of her idols Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, who was for some reason playing solo shows under the name Crawdaddy Lawfette at the time. Her melancholy music inspired heavily by Elliott Smith has a unique cadence to it that has the sweetness of her voice contrast the sad lyrics and notes.


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Best New Track: Land of the Free

When I go out in my car, I don’t think twice
But if you’re the wrong color skin
You grow up looking over both your shoulders
In the land of the free
— The Killers

Glory Box

Give me a reason to love you
Give me a reason to be a woman
I just wanna be a woman
— Portishead

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The Greatest Bastard

Am I the greatest bastard that you met?
The only one you can’t forget?
— Damien Rice

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Never be Mine

Hate to have to watch you go
Thought I’d been through this
Lord knows, I’ve been trying, I’m still trying
— Angel Olsen

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Petty Page

You may remember Robbie Williiams a singer best known for giving the finger to the camera during the World Cup, his multi-year feud with Led Zepplin’s Jimmy Page is getting hotter. Williams has been blasting music from Led Zepplin’s rival bands from outside his home to annoy his neighbor Jimmy Page. The two have been in a neighborly feud for over five years stemming from Page repeatedly blocking William’s attempts to build a pool and Gym in his basement.


Album of The  Week

Wish You Were Here -Pink Floyd (1975)

Welcome my son
Welcome to the machine
— Welcome to the Machine
How I wish
How I wish you were here
We’re just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl
Year after year
— Wish You Were Here

This album has two major themes, one is a criticism of the music industry’s greed with songs like Welcome to the Machine expressing the band’s exasperation with profit over creativity being prioritized. The second theme of the album is the band missing their former band-mate Syd Barrett, who had to leave the band seven years prior due to his struggles with mental illness. The song Shine on You Crazy Diamond is written about him "Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun", His absence is also the inspiration for one of the greatest songs of all time and the album’s namesake Wish You Were Here.


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Best New Track: Seventeen

Sure of what I’ve lived and have known
I see you so uncomfortably alone
I wish I could show you how much you’ve grown
— Sharon Van Etten

Curse of the I-5 Corridor

So I left home and faked my ID
I fucked every man that I wanted to be
I was so stupid then
Why should mystery give its life for me?
— Neko Case

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Cold Flame

Drinkin’ some, waking up alone
Maybe if I try just a little more
I can take myself from this dirty floor
— Band of Skulls

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I Feel Like I’m Drowning

You’re holding me down and
Holding me down
You’re killing me slow
— Two Feet

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Grunge Apparel

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Marc Jacobs is being sued by Nirvana for clearly ripping off a smiley face symbol created by Kurt Cobain. The retailer is using the symbol on one of their Redux Grunge collection tee shirts. Nothing says grunge like stealing someone else’s design to use it on a $115 dollar T-shirt that looks much worse than the original.


Album of The  Week

Metals -Feist (2011)

Leslie Feist got her first big break when her song 1234 was featured in an iPod Nano commercial that exposed music that wouldn’t typically be commercially successful to a vast new audience. The success and touring that came with that big break left her exhausted, and she took two years off of music to recover. The album tries to blend older and newer musical techniques and is written from the perspective of an observer. Feist spent much of her time in between albums living a quiet life and watching the events of her friend’s lives unfold. Songs like The Bad in Each Other is written from this perspective, as she feels like the longer her friends were in a relationship the fuzzier their perspective of their partner became.

When a good man and a good woman
Can’t find the good in each other
Then a good man and a good woman
Will bring out the worst in the other
— The Bad in Each Other
When you comfort me
It doesn’t bring me comfort actually
— Comfort Me

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Best New Track: Cigarette

I wish you were in my sheets some way, somehow
’Cause I got pictures of you in my head
It’s not the same as you here instead
Caught up some type of way to get to where I need
— Old Sea Brigade

All My Tears

When I go don’t cry for me
In my fathers arms I’ll be
The wounds this world left on my soul
Will all be healed and I’ll be whole
— Emmylou Harris

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A Poem

A new accommodation
To go out on my own
— Stella Donnelly

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Rain in Soho

There’s a club where you’d like to go
You could meet someone who’s lost like you
Revel in the darkness like a pair of open graves
Fumble through the fog for a season or two
— The Mountain Goats

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Chillville

Mike Tyson is going to be hosting a music festival on his ranch that is intended to be a cannabis themed music festival. I don’t know if he is aware that basically every music festival is cannabis themed. Maybe the differentiating factor is a “Chillville with 100 specialty bean bags”. Nothing puts people at ease more than the presence of Mike Tyson.


Album of The  Week

Bloodletting -Concrete Blonde (1990)

An album that was about twenty years ahead of it’s time, partially inspired by A book series about Vampires well before True Blood and Twilight. The darkness and blood pervades the album stretches into the album’s most powerful song Tomorrow Wendy which is about a woman dying of aids.

And when you said I scared you, well, I guess you scared me too
But we got lucky once before
And I don’t want to close the door
And if you’re somewhere out there passed out on the floor
Oh, Joey, I’m not angry anymore
— Joey

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Best New Track: Friends

‘Cause I don’t remember anymore how we used to be
No, I don’t remember anymore how I used to feel
— Dido

All I Want

All I want is to feel this way
To be this close, to feel the same
All I want is to feel this way
— Toad The Wet Sprocket

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Better Days

Yeah just sittin’ around waitin’ for my life to begin
While it was all just slippin’ away
I’m tired of waitin’ for tomorrow to come
Or that train to come roarin’ ‘round the bend
— Bruce Springsteen

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The Weary Kind

This ain’t no place to lose your mind
This ain’t no place to fall behind
Pick up your crazy heart and give it one more try
— Ryan Bingham

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Pair of Roses

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Ozzy Osbourne has come out to say that he isn’t sure why people thought his new tour this year was going to be his last tour, he thinks maybe the name was misleading: “No More Tours 2”. He thinks the “Slowing Down Tour” would have been more accurate. He also said he doesn’t understand why he did all his partying “I now think, ‘how did I think going into a bar and getting smashed and doing all that cocaine was fun?”. My guess is that it was probably the booze, and cocaine, and the fun that made him think getting smashed was so much fun back in the day.

This photo taken at a boxing match of Axl Rose and Mickey Rourke was submitted successfully to a local news station as a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary.


Album of The  Week

A Very She & Him Christmas -She & Him (2011)

This is the only acceptable week to listen to Christmas music so make the most of it with this album of classic songs. The Combo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel is great and plays perfectly into your Christmas plans. It also provides a great segue into watching her in Elf which is one of the best Christmas movies.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on
Our troubles will be out of sight
— Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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Best New Track: Neon Moon

I’ve got a table for two way in the back
Where I sit alone and think of you
— Cigarettes After Sex

Plastic Baby Jesus

You know it’s Christmas in Columbus
Won’t be the same without you, though
— Saintseneca

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Lonely Man of Winter

Oh, I would rate the future
If I could put a finger on it
But I have no idea
If what I want is better than this
— Sufjan Stevens

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Winter Winds

So let the memories be good for those who stay
— Mumford & Sons

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Better Days

I was dismayed and discouraged this week as I went to make this, the first three rap songs I went to use I had to scrap after I realized the featured artist had committed physical or sexual assault against their former girlfriends. So instead of some news I’m going to include a great quote from a recent Esquire interview with Bruce Springsteen on how he raised his sons:

“I do have two good men. And I would say their qualities are, they’re sensitive. They’re respectful of others. They are not locked into a 1950s sensibility of manhood, which I had to contend with. Consequently, their attitudes toward women and the world are free of those archetypes, and that frees them to be who they are and have deeper and more meaningful relationships. They know themselves pretty well, which is something I can’t say for myself when I was that age. They know—and can show—love. And they know how to receive love. They know what to do with their problems. I think they have a sense of process as to how to work on themselves, which is something that I certainly didn’t have at twenty-five. These are the things that I’m proud of my boys for. They are quite different from my generation…. The funny thing is . . . if you’re present from when they’re young and if you comport yourself even reasonably well, they pick up a lot of healthy habits. And that discussion happens implicitly. By your behavior at home and how you treat your partner and what they see. I by no means have been perfect. But if you give a reasonable presentation of yourself, a lot of that occurs implicitly.”

Also in an attempt to cheer myself up, here is a video of a classical pianist who performs for blind elephants in an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. most of the elephants were abused and used for work or entertainment in miserable conditions in service to humans. They are calmed and drawn by the piano music that is played for them.


Album of The  Week

Good News for People Who Love Bad News -Modest Mouse (2004)

There is probably not an album title more that has aged more aptly than this one. This album varies wildly from track to track, with pop music hits sandwiched between experimental pieces that are closer to a folk spoken word piece. Featuring Tom Waits and some sound mixing from the The Flaming Lips it is clear where the band got their weird influences for this album. While the whole album may not be for everyone, it’s hard to give it a listen and not find a section that sticks with you.

Ice age heat wave, can’t complain
If the world’s at large, why should I remain?
— The World's At Large
Well take what you want from me
You deserve it all
Nine times out of ten
— Bukowski

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Best New Track: All I Want

Sometimes you gotta keep a little bit to yourself
A little something to keep believing in
— Matt Berninger & Julien Baker

Take Shelter

In my mind it’s all the way things were
I remember how the family heard
— Palace Winter

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Little Dog Mind

What you think you ever gonna find over that next ridge?
— Twain

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Barcelona Boots

But you’re pulling me in
Into the night
Tick of the clock when you caught my light
Lust hurts, could you bear it for me?
— Arlie

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Oreo Soldout Sellout

Oreo has released a record player for Oreo cookies that plays awful unlicensed music while spinning an Oreo. Unfortunately the twenty dollar device is sold out on Amazon so you can’t give it to someone for Christmas that uses it once then throws it in a landfill to sit for thousands of years.

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Album of The  Week

Tigerlily - Natalie Merchant (1995)

Beginning with 10,000 Maniacs at just 18 years old Natalie Merchant has had a long career in music. One of her most memorable albums Tigerlily was her first solo album and it stands the test of time. The album features her beautiful vocals and storytelling with songs based on her experiences. She wrote Beloved Wife after watching her grandfather deal with the death of his wife. She was inspired by the special needs children she used to volunteer to help as a teen to write Wonder a song about a child with special needs that overcomes her challenges with the support of her adoptive family.

You’ll be the brightest star
The world has ever seen
Sun-baked slender heroine
Of film & magazine
— San Andreas Fault
I can’t believe
I’ve lost the very best of me
— Beloved Wife

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Best New Track: Traveling On

No one knows you
Nations loathe you
Please let me know when I can recuse myself if I choose
— The Decemberists

All Delighted People

So yeah I know I’m still afraid
Of letting go of choices I have made
— Sufjan Stevens

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Weekend Wars

I’m a curse and I’m a sound
When I open up my mouth
There’s a reason I don’t win
I don’t know how to begin
— MGMT

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My Sister’s Birthday

When we were kids
She stuck up for me
When no one else did
— Advanced Base

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Double Breakup

A Metal band named Witchrot broke up in one of the most spectacular posts of all time that somehow managed to bury the lead and cause more questions than answers. I wouldn’t expect a reunion soon though.

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Album of The  Week

Undertow -Drenge (2015)

The band’s name comes from “Drenge” the Danish word for “boys”, and the two brothers that form the band don’t take themselves too seriously. The primary inspiration for the album was 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the album really takes you on a journey. Using the same producer as some of the Arctic Monkey’s albums this has a similar feel and quality. It doesn’t hurt that it has one of my all time favorite album covers either.

Shaking in your sleep again
When you woke up you were fine
You just didn’t believe what I said
— Never Awake
You wanted my heart for it’s little worth
I was half your age, and I thought we were in love
— Standing in the Cold

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Best New Track: Allentown

I am on a journey, to discover what it’s like
To be free of all my demons, to be free of all my demons
— Manchester Orchestra

Slowly

Slowly lie to me
Like you do when you tell the truth
— Son Lux

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Riverside

Down by the river by the boats
Where everybody goes to be alone
— Agnes Obel

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A Coral Room

I hear her laughing
She is standing in the kitchen
As we come in the back door
— Kate Bush

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