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Good news, it isn’t just boomers who are destroying the planet, some woke hipsters are helping to contribute too. There is a global cassette production backup as there is a shortage of high-grade gamma ferric oxide due to increased demand from idiots who think cassette tapes could possibly be better than having every song you’ve ever heard available at the click of a button.


Album of The  Week

Celebrity Skin- Hole (1998)

You want a part of me?
Well, I’m not selling cheap
No, I’m not selling cheap
— Celebrity Skin
Take you to heaven tonight
’Cause I love you for what you are
— Heaven Tonight

This was Hole’s most popular album and their attempt at capturing a California sound after relocating their from the UK for most of the nine month recording session. Not everything went smoothly as the drummer for the band quit after the band brought in a session drummer to play some of the pieces as their producer and drummer didn’t get along. Billy Crogan of the Smashing Pumpkins also was in studio for twelve days to help the band after initially being considered as the executive producer for the album. Unsurprisingly he was a bit weird and smug as he acted like "a math teacher who wouldn't give you the answers but was making you solve the problems yourself". Everyone remembers how fun those teachers were to have around; purposely withholding.


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Best New Track: Falling in Love

When I hold you close to me
I could always see a house by the ocean
Last night I could hear the waves
— Cigarettes After Sex

Dead Girl in the Pool

Is this real or is this fake
A creepy dream I can’t escape
— Girl in Red

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Everything is Free

I never minded working hard
It’s who I’m working for
— Gillian Welch

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21st Century Schizoid Man

Blood rack, barbed wire
Politician’s funeral pyre
Innocents raped with napalm fire
Twenty-first century schizoid man
— King Crimson

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Dursty

The movie written and directed by Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit is finally in theaters if you love to hate watch movies I think this is for you. John Travolta bust be hard up for cash to get his Thetans cleared because I don’t know what would compel you to star in a movie with Fred Durst where you rock this haircut and do a weird voice the entire movie. Watch the trailer and determine for yourself.


Album of The  Week

Violator - Depeche Mode (1990)

Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who cares
— Personal Jesus
All I ever wanted
All I ever needed is here in my arms
Words are very unnecessary
They can only do harm
— Enjoy The Silence

Starting out the 90’s with a bang, the band decided to name their seventh album Violator as the most heavy metal album title they could think of. That is where the metal ends though, as most of the album started out with sparse demos that were loosely collected and many of them just with simple guitar backing. The band wanted to try doing less in pre-production than they had in the past and give themselves more freedom to create when they were in the studio. The extremely memorable beats behind the songs came in later and brought the album together to give it a cohesive feel throughout.


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Best New Track: New Love Cassette

Wanna show you my love all the time
Wanna hold you close and let you lie
— Angel Olsen

Northern Lights

Because I’ve been hearing stories about the end of the world
But I’m in love with a girl and I don’t wanna leave her
— Noah Gunderson

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New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

Like a rat in a cage
Pulling minimum wage
New York, I love you but you’re bringing me down
— LCD Soundsystem

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The Way

They won’t make it home, but they really don’t care
They wanted the highway
They’re happier there today, today
— Fastball

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Halftime

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira have been selected to preform at the Super Bowl halftime show this year. Normally this is something that I would poke fun at but it is pretty clear they have been moving the halftime show more toward something you watch while you talk to your friends and family rather than something you actually listen to. I think the NFL would prefer microphone issues and wardrobe malfunctions everyone is talking about the next day than a legendary musical performance.


Album of The  Week

Sigh No More - Mumford and Sons (2009)

Be more like the man you were made to be
— Sigh No More
You’ll never be what is in your heart
— Little Lion Man

This debut album by Mumford and Sons put them on the map instantly with multiple singles becoming big hits. This album blended genres enough to differentiate itself from the pack. The album’s title is taken from a line in Shakespear’s Much Ado About Nothing and several other lines from the play appear in the title track’s lyrics.


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Best New Track: Get High and Listen to the Cure

I wanna get high (high)
And listen to The Cure all night
— The Mountain Goats

Northern Lights

And I’d never be that close again to your lips and perfect skin
As the tide receded into the unknown
— Death Cab For Cutie

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Day in Day Out

I thought I lost you
Turns out I never lost you at all
But every time
I walked into a room
Heard you in the hall
— JR JR

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Miracle

And I may not always believe
But you’re nothing short of a miracle
— Temper Trap

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Vegan?, You Hadn’t Mentioned it

There is a new entry for worst tattoo in music by Moby, who I will always remember for his episode of Cribs which for some reason is stuck in my head; I know the floorplan of his house from the year 2000 but I can’t remember the names of most of my high school teachers. He decided to get a massive neck tattoo that say ‘VEGAN FOR LIFE”, which I’m guessing that just about everyone he’s come in contact with already knows, I have a feeling he mentions it from time to time. Not to be ageist but if you are completely bald and your beard is grey you may have missed the boat on neck tats.


Album of The  Week

Suck it and See - Arctic Monkeys (2011)

I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what it is I need
Called up to listen to the voice of reason
And got the answering machine
— Reckless Serenade
Do you still feel younger than you thought you would by now
Or darling, have you started feeling old yet?
— Love is a Laserquest

For their fourth album the Arctic Monkeys decided to create something more poppy and less dark than their previous work. They accomplished this by recording most of the tracks live and focusing on getting used to playing them together. They spent less time in the editing room than usual and were left with a more accessible version their music that doesn’t feel compromised. Suck it and See is one of the most ridiculous album names I can think of, but apparently the Arctic Monkeys can top it, other names they considered for the album; including The Rain-Shaped Shimmer Trap, The Thunder-Suckle Fuzz Canyon, and The Blond-O-Sonic Rape Alarm.


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Best New Track: Smiling When I Die

Don’t wanna look back
Thinking I could’ve done this
Or I could’ve tried that
Don’t wanna look back
’Cause it’s going by fast
— Sasha Sloan

Sweetheart

I could live it
If you could live it too
— Long Beard

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Be All Things

Restrained desire
Cast it down
— Chelsea Wolfe

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Never Know

And comfort is only a need of mine
And I get lonely
At any chance that I might get
— EMF

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RIP to the Engine of The Cars

Bruce Springsteen narrowly missed his EGOT when he missed out on an Emmy for his new Netflix show lost the spot he was nominated for to Carpool Karaoke. Give my man his Emmy already, this was his third nomination for an Emmy. Is it too much to ask that Bruce Springsteen win an Emmy and start wearing a massive gold EGOT necklace like Tracy Jordan?


Album of The  Week

The Cars - The Cars (1978)

I don’t mind you comin’ here
And wastin’ all my time
’Cause when you’re standin’ oh so near
I kinda lose my mind
— Just What I Needed
I wait for her forever
But she never does arrive
— All Mixed Up

Unfortunately Ric Ocasek, frontman of The Cars, died yesterday at age 75. In addition to starting a classic band he also contributed his talents to many other albums as a producer. This debut album has an incredible number of hits on it and you can easily picture the 80’s movie B-Roll or montage playing in the background as the song begins to take over your experience. An instant hit this album drove The Cars into instant stardom as it clung to the top of the charts.


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Rainbow of Colors

There’s a rainbow of colors
In the old USA
No one’s gonna whitewash
Those colors away
— Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Lark

I’ve been hiding inside my head
It’s me again, it’s no surprise
I’m on my own now
— Angel Olsen

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The Saddest Sound

I got caught in a storm
And carried away
I got turned, turned around
— Lhasa De Sela

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So Good

But it’s in my body and in my brain
One look at him and I can feel the pain
— Bat For Lashes

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Retro

Vinyl has outsold CD’s for the first time since 1986 on the backs of people searching for nostalgia, don’t expect it to make a full comeback though, as it only represents 4% of the total music market with everything going to Apple and Spotify.


Album of The  Week

Come, Now - Gregory and the Hawk (2012)

But you’re only here
’Cause you’re insane
Doing the same, same
Blaming again and I walk into it
Like it’s ever changed
— Cause It's Cold
Don’t you think that love should be
Pure and kind?’
— Blind and Unwise

Named after her brother and his imaginary friend growing up, Meredith Godreau of Gregory and the Hawk brings a relaxed lyricism that is refreshing. Deciding to name your band in a way that subtly owns your brother is a good enough reason to give this band a try. Although deciding to answer nearly every question in interviews with either evasive or sarcastic responses leaves me with little to say about the band here aside from the fact that you should give this album a try.


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Best New Track: Blue Bloods

I was standing with a smile chiseled into my head
With a mind in retreat to the places I wished I would’ve been
— Death Cab For Cutie

Hope There’s Someone

Hope there’s someone who’ll set my heart free
Nice to hold when I’m tired
— Antony & The Johnsons

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Too Long

I was longing to see who I wanted to be
And I’ve been waiting on my own
I’ve been waiting for too long
— Yael Naim

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Boy

I was not born yesterday
I saw it coming today
I kind of felt it that way
But it’s ok, it’s ok
— FM LAETI

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Swift Screw Up

The most relatable John Travolta has seemed in a long time was when he messed up giving an award to Taylor Swift by instead trying to hand it to a drag queen instead who just laughs it off. This is funny, but absolutely something that I would do by mistake in a similar situation.


Album of The  Week

Dusk And Summer - Dashboard Confessional (2006)

Vindicated, I am selfish, I am wrong
I am right, I swear I’m right
Swear I knew it all along
And I am flawed
But I am cleaning up so well
— Vindicated
You are the best one of the best ones
— Stolen

Coming off a long hiatus the band was surprised to see that their popularity hand’t waned and they were didn’t have to start from the bottom on their new tour. Rather than starting a new album with a theme and starting to construct an album around it frontman Chris Carrabba started with a giant pile of songs including some he had written for prior bands and then narrowed it down with the ones he felt fit well together. He said, “I would write these songs on my couch and then, within minutes, I’d be recording pretty much the version that you’d hear.”


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Best New Track: Heavenly

And when you’re far away
I still feel it all
— Cigarettes After Sex

Don’t Leave

I am here now
I’m right here by your side
I’ll lay my hand on the couch next to you
You can hold it if you would like to
— Ane Brun

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Maps

Don’t stray
My kind’s your kind
I’ll stay the same
— Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Trauma

The mind snaps and economies collapse
When the one who works hardest gets the smallest reward
The big scam is nobody gives a damn
That the penthouse suite depends on the bottom three floors
— Ezra Furman

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Some Reasons to Be Cheerful

David Byrne of the Talking Heads has decided to create a new magazine and website focused on uplifting news called Reasons to be Cheerful. He said that he was getting depressed with the constant stream of bad news in the papers and wanted to give people a place to read news that was optimistic and focused on solutions. The non-profit site already has some articles available some penned by Byrne himself.


Album of The  Week

Live Rust - Neil Young (1979)

Rock and roll is here to stay
It’s better to burn out than to fade away
— My My, Hey Hey
I’ve got something to tell you
You made it show
Let me come over
I know you know
When you dance
I can really love
— When You Dance

Neil Young released two live albums to end the 70’s Rust Never Sleeps and Live Rust. He had both his concerts and the LP split between acoustic and electric songs. He was making a case for the timelessness of music as he faced the beginning of the 80’s and saw new trends in music pulling away from the music he had known. These rust albums, which actually got their namesake from a commercial campaign “Rust Never Sleeps” as was suggested to Neil when he was collaborating with Devo and expressing these thoughts. Two versions of this live album from San Francisco act as time capsule into a time when music was about to undergo some major changes and one of the old guards from the Woodstock era paid tribute to what had come before.


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Best New Track: Fuck It I Love You

So I moved to California‚ but it’s just a state of mind
It  turns out everywhere you go‚ you take yourself‚ that’s not a lie
— Lana Del Rey

Amsterdam

That howling wind, she’s waving hi
Her other hand’s in mine
— Gregory Alan Isakov

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First Born

If you have to rule
Use an open hand
— Josh Tillman

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Appointments

Maybe it’s all gonna turn out all right
And I know that it’s not, but I have to believe that it is
— Julien Baker

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Foster the Conspiracy

Foster the People took to social media to stir up conspiracy theories over Billionaire pedophile and child trafficker for the rich and famous Jeffery Epstein’s recent alleged suicide. The band went as far as posting pictures of the body in comparison to other pictures of Epstein claiming the body to be fake. I am so here for this conspiracy and am looking forward so much to the Netflix or HBO series in 5 years that will come out.


Album of The  Week

Dizzy Up the Girl - The GOo Goo Dolls (1998)

I almost fell into that hole in your life
And you’re not thinking about tomorrow
Cause you were the same as me
— Black Baloon
And I’d give up forever to touch you
’Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be
And I don’t wanna go home right now
— Iris

This album came in the middle of a slump for the band, as they had seen the success of their single Name years before but as is the case with many Punk bands they felt ostracized by their community. Fans thought that the band had sold out and were not as invested in the band. It took writing a song for a movie to revitalize the band as they wrote Iris to correspond to the plot in the movie City of Angels about the protagonist “giving up his own mortality just to feel something”. The fans who thought the band had soldout with the release of Name were about to be blown away with the band’s sixth album having five legitimate hits.


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Best New Track: All Night

I know all your intentions are good and you would never do me harm
— Dude York

Some Kind of Love

When we lose what we love
Don’t think anything will ever taste the same
When we lose what we love
Don’t think anything will ever feel as good again
— Dido

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Not

It’s not the warm illusion
Nor the crack in the plate
Nor the breath of confusion
Nor the starkness of slate
— Big Thief

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Holyfields,

Stay, go?
Better that you find a new way
Before my eyes
Couldn’t learn it any other way
By the way
— Bon Iver

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Rocked

Kid Rock decided to lash out against Taylor Swift this week, nearly a year after his failed attempt to get to political office, Taylor supporting a pro-LGBTQ person for office set him off on Twitter; “Taylor Swift wants to be a democrat because she wants to be in movies….period, And it looks like she will suck the door knob off Hollyweird to get there. Oldest move in the book. Good luck girl.” It is interesting that he should accuse her of being inauthentic, considering Kid Rock constantly pushes the narrative that he is a Blue Collar guy from Detroit despite growing up with a private tennis court on his parents estate well outside the city. It would seem that if anyone was using politics to try to boost their career it would be Kid Rock and his failed run for office a year ago. Maybe the guy who stole Werewolves of London, combined it with Sweet Home Alabama, and proceeded to rhyme “things” with “things” shouldn’t be the authority on authenticity and hard work to rise up in the industry.


Album of The  Week

I Love You Honeybear - Father John Misty (2015)

Darling, I love you as you are when you’re alone
I’ll never try to change you
As if I could, and if I were to, what’s the part that I’d miss most?
— When You’re Smiling and Astride Me
Now, I’ve got a lifetime to consider all the ways
I grow more disappointing to you
As my beauty warps and fades
— Bored in the USA

After leaving the Fleet Foxes as a drummer, changing up his persona, Josh Tillman became Father John Misty. His new sarcastic stories and philosophical songwriting propelled his career forward, a departure from his more melancholy earlier work. This album is inspired by his relationship with his new wife, from the difficulty in communicating via text and Tinder trying to get to know someone to his song Holy Shit which was written on their wedding day. This concept album features the concept of love and how it helped shape his world.


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Best New Track: Longest Time

I know all your intentions are good and you would never do me harm
— Dude York

Baby Love

And I am a writer, writer of fictions
I am the heart that you call home
And I’ve written pages upon pages
Trying to rid you from my bones
— The Decemebrists

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All My Happiness is Gone

keep stressing, pressing on
Way deep down at some substratum
Feels like something really wrong has happened
And I confess I’m barely hanging on
— Purple Mountains

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Vincent O’Brien

He only laughs when he’s sad
And he’s sad all the time, so he laughs the whole night through
Yeah, he laughs in the daytime, too
— M. Ward

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Man Who Fell

David Bowie’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth is being remade into a TV Series for CBS All Access. CBS All Access is definitely the best spot for remaking some of Bowie’s work with their other classic successful series and people knowing that CBS All Access is a thing. The good thing it has going for it is that no one has ever made a bad attempt to grab money from a recently departed star’s estate by exploiting all the things he was associated with. This certainly won’t be a disappointment or embarrassment. I’m sure they will find someone better than Bowie to play an Alien landed on earth.


Album of The  Week

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend (2008)

All your diction dripping with disdain
Through the pain, I always tell the truth
— Oxford Comma
The paper’s shot to pieces
The kids don’t stand a chance
— The Kids Don't Stand a Chance

The self-titled debut album came with a unique sound and with unique recording locations. The album was recorded in a barn and two different basements giving different songs different sounding drums. The band’s name was also slapped together, named after a failed horror movie idea staring lead vocalist Ezra Koenig that never made it past the trailer. With the name taken from another unrelated project, the songs recorded anywhere they could, and the cover art using a picture taken from one of their early shows this album comes together in all the ways you would hope an early album would.


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Best New Track: One Down

I dress up nice
I feel alright
I get loaded and I come home late at night
— Slaughter Beach Dog

Baby Love

Don’t throw our love away
In my arms, why don’t you stay?
— The Supremes

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Take Me By The Hand And Lead Me Through This Disaster

It’s alright, it’s okay
It’s just that everything’s fucked
It’s alright, it’s okay
It’s just that everything’s fucked
— Pat The Bunny

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Redemption Day

But how I weep for those who’ve gone
Into rooms of grief and questioned wrong
But keep on killing
It’s in the soul to feel such things
But weak to watch without speaking
Oh what mercy sadness brings
If God be willing
— Johnny Cash

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Tickets Scam

Live Nation has admitted that they have been releasing tickets directly to the re-sale market for inflated prices for bands like Metallica. If you remember Metallica was also at the forefront of the fight against Napster, they really are not interested in having fans that don’t contribute directly to their bottom line. So in addition to Live Nation finding a way outside of their bullshit fees for processing a simple payment transaction there is also a new tax on ticket sales in Columbus which is going to add on 5% to your price soon.


Album of The  Week

This is All Yours - Alt-J (2014)

Well your left hand’s free
And your right’s in grip
With another left hand
Watch his right hand slip
Towards his gun
— Left Hand Free
If you’re willing to wait for the love of your life
Please wait by the line
— Pusher

A band that you never know what to expect, whether it be the next lyric making sense, the tone of the next song, or what the next album will sound like always manages to keep things interesting. In a departure from their initial album and featuring samples from a wide range from Miley Cyrus to Conor Oberst. they manage to develop another fun and quirky album.


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Best New Track: Someday

Oh, I think I’ll be alright
I’m working so I don’t have to try so hard
— Julia Jacklin

My Zero

I thought you’d always be
My zero
— Ezra Furman

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She

If you would let me love you
I wouldn’t be the same
Please can we try
— Marianne Faithfull

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drown

Oh I am bold
As brass posing as gold
You can shine me all you want
But I am hard as I am cold
— Marika Hackman

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Don’t Call it a Comeback

A few months ago I wrote about how Ryan Adams had been accused of psychological abuse by multiple women he had dated including artist Phoebe Bridgers and ex-wife Mandy Moore. Since then he has also been investigated by the FBI related to a relationship with an underage fan and inappropriate messages he sent to her. He cancelled or rather was forced to cancel his upcoming tour and album, but it looks like he is sick of being in purgatory. He posted a few times about his comeback and how he felt the accusations against him were lies. Posting cryptic claims of innocence such as “Because the truth matters. I know who I am. What I am. It’s time people know. Past time. All the beauty in life cannot be reduced to rubble for lies. This madness. My work was a map for the lost. Not a billboard. So soon”. But a leaked text message implies that his true feelings are darker than what he has been posting online “I want my career back. I want a professional to handle it. And I want to work and move on,” he writes. “I’m not interested in this healing crap. I want a plan and I want to work. That’s it”. Doesn’t seem like someone who is innocent or who has evaluated his behavior. This text message he sent to his manager caused them to quit, which says more than a public statement from Adams ever could.


Album of The  Week

Forced Witness - Alex Cameron (2017)

Yeah there’s this woman on the Internet
Even if she’s some Nigerian guy
Yeah well you should read the poetry he speaks to me
I don’t care if they’re just beautiful lies
— True Lies
And I want to let him know what a pussy he is
And I want to let her know that I bench what he is
— Marlon Brando

One of the most fun albums to come out recently with its humorous lyrics and 80’s vibes this is album stands out as truly unique. Taking on the issues of online dating and hosting a cast of characters throughout this album feels more like a play at times telling a story. Cameron himself notes that "I write about the outlier, the table-for-one guy, the guy whose life is a constellation of microscopic tragedies. Failure has been under-explored in music. My characters come from a place where ambition, crippling self-doubt and tragedy intersect." This album has lead him to collaborating with Brandon Flowers of The Killers as a co-writer on five of their songs on Wonderful, Wonderful.


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Best New Track: That Was Yesterday

Yesterday I had no direction
In my mind I had nothing but questions
I could’ve never dreamed of what would happen
That was yesterday
— Leon Bridges

River Love

See her looking out the window
Will she bring roses when I’m dead
— Angus Stone

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Wooden Ships

And it’s a fair wind blowin’ warm
Out of the south over my shoulder
Guess I’ll set a course and go
— Crosby, Stills & Nash

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Night Bus

She’s not fazed by the darkness in her soul
And you barely catch a glimpse of her
Cause she’s wrapped tightly, hiding in her clothes
— Lucy Rose

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Beer Slayer

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A Slayer fan who last year got so drunk he was thrown out of a venue in Toronto that he then tried to swim back into the venue is finally receiving the recognition he deserves. He is represented on the venue’s new Budweiser cans to celebrate the anniversary of the venue.


Album of The  Week

Enema of the State - blink 182 (1999)

I couldn’t wait ‘til I got home
To pass the time in my room alone
— Adam's Song
Late night, come home
Work sucks, I know
She left me roses by the stairs
Surprises let me know she cares
— All the Small Things

Using the same producer as Green Day’s Dookie this album has the same feeling of a Punk classic breaking its way into mainstream. Breaking into the mainstream is always a challenge for Punk bands as they are then often shunned by some of their biggest fans for being too Pop. This was the first album to feature Travis Barker on drums as the difficult tour schedule and an abuse issue forced the band to kick out their former drummer as he was dropping the sticks multiple times in some shows. Barker managed to learn 20 songs less than two hours before their first show as a band and would soon be part of their biggest album.


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Best New Track: Divided Sky Lane

I will some day learn how to let you go
— The Mountain Goats

The Only

I can’t be the only one who’s lonely tonight
I can’t be the only
One who’s drinking by myself
Wishing that I was somewhere else
— Sasha Sloan

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Broadripple is Burning

And if my woman was a fire
She’d burn out before I wake
And be replaced by pints of whiskey
Cigarettes and outer space
— Margot and the Nuclear So & So's

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Life After

She’s watching from heaven
She’s always beside you
— Palace

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Shattered Digits

Franz Ferdinand (the band) hit some struggles during their tour this week when an “ugly piece of art” fell off the wall and smashed their drummer’s finger causing him to have to leave the tour. The band blamed the hotel who forced them to wait in the lobby for hours as they had given their rooms booked months prior away to the Moroccan royal family. Adding injury to insult of extremely bad hotel customer service is nothing anyone should have to deal with.


Album of The  Week

Shallow Grave - Tallest Man on Earth (2008)

With all this fever in my mind
I could drown in your kerosene eyes
— Where do my Bluebirds Fly?
I guess he’ll read it in the smoke now
And soon to ashes I’ll return
— The Gardener

Although the name of the band is a little misleading because Kristian Matsson is not actually the tallest man on earth. This album is a great Scandinavian take on a Bob Dylan style album where the comparisons between the two artists are impossible to avoid, but still has its own identity. This whimsical and often nonsensical folk album is a treat and would fit in almost any era giving it a timeless feel.


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Best New Track: Like I Used to

Spent most of my time crying when I was with you
You’d say I was emotional
But it turns out only from the things you do
— Summer Cannibals

Drunk II

I want to die today
And make love with you in my grave
— The Unicorns

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The Hidden Places

And I wished I was someone else
And I wished it was warmer
And when I got home, I thought about you
— The Mountain Goats

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Paradise

Crush me with the lie
And tell me once or twice
That love is paradise
— Wild Nothing

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Swift Exit

Taylor Swift is mad that her record label sold all her old music to Scooter Braun’s agency without giving her a chance to purchase the rights back herself. The bigger problem for Taylor appears to be with Scooter, who is best known for representing Justin Bieber and Kayne. Her feud with Kanye still has her upset and she isn’t eager to have his friend and on and off again manager owning her music. “Like when Kim Kardashian orchestrated an illegally recorded snippet of a phone call to be leaked and then Scooter got his two clients together to bully me online about it,” she wrote. “Or when his client, Kanye West, organised a revenge porn music video which strips my body naked. Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy. Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.” Swift does choose to omit the part about her lying, which led to the recording being released, but it is understandable that you wouldn’t want your life’s work to be in the hands of someone who goes by Scooter.


Album of The  Week

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips (2002)

But you won’t let those robots eat me
Yoshimi, they don’t believe me
But you won’t let those robots defeat me
— Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1
Do you realize
That you have the most beautiful face?
Do you realize?
— Do You Realize

Bringing atmosphere and whimsy the opening four songs of this album following the leading character Yoshimi, who is named after the singer doing the screaming on Yoshimi Versus the Pink Robots, Pt. 2. Frontman Wayne Coyne painted the cover art himself, bringing his vision of the pink robots to life in detail. His vision of this world and experience so different from our own is probably what gives this album its lasting appeal and led to it being the band’s most successful.


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Best New Track: Tell Me Lies

Takin’ turns ever burnin’ memories
On, moving on
Moving on ‘cause it’s only make believe
— The Black Keys

Drunk II

I’ve been going out almost every night
I’ve been drinking everything I can get my hands on
I pretend I have fun
— Mannequin Pussy

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Only Time

And who can say if your love grows
As your heart chose, only time
— Enya

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Carry Me Ohio

I could never love you back
I could never care enough
In these last days
— Sun Kil Moon

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Jacked Up

Jack White has been banning phones at his concerts for over a year, getting rid of the idiots who choose to record the entire concert on their phones with terrible audio quality and blocking the view of the people behind them with their bright screen. But this week he revealed that he doesn’t own a cell phone himself and has never had one. He thinks it allows him to live more in the moment. I don’t think that is quite the same if you can have assistants as it would be for a normal person to try to quit using a cell phone. I guess you would at least not wonder why no one was texting you to hang out.


Album of The  Week

Bat For Lashes- The Haunted Man (2012)

A ghost from the past has turned my heart black
Am I ever gonna let him go?
— All Your Gold
You’re the train that crashed my heart
You’re the glitter in the dark
Ooh, Laura, you’re more than a superstar
— Laura

Inspired and influenced by the music of Patti Smith, this album is intentionally bare and honest completely through. So much so that the lead singer Natasha Khan decided to be naked and without makeup on the album’s cover. The stripped down sound accentuates the power of her voice. This album is the culmination of years of work as Natasha suffered from severe writer’s block and she reached out to Radiohead’s Thom Yorke for advice on how to begin writing again. His advice was to instead focus on other creative outlets and the writing would eventually come back to her. So she signed up for children’s drawing and art classes as well as dance classes. The new creative outlets did the trick and produced a powerful album.


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Best New Track: Divorce

I’m drinking in the dark because my battery’s all ran out
All you got to do is say it
— Divorce

If I was Your Girlfriend

If I was your one and only friend
Would you run to me if somebody hurt you
Even if that somebody was me?
— Prince

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Chicago

I made a lot of mistakes
In my mind, in my mind
— Chicago

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I Told You Everything

Sitting at the bar, I told you everything
You said, “Holy shit, you almost died”
— Radiohead

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Vedder Than Walking

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam mentioned an anecdote from 1992 when he met with a fan of their opener in Amsterdam and ended up talking with her at a cafe until 3AM until she gave him a ride back to his hotel on her brother’s bike. He mentioned the story during a set in Amsterdam and a reporter was able to find her and they met up almost 27 years later in person.


Album of The  Week

Broken English - Marianne Faithfull (1979)

Got so much to offer, but I can’t pay the rent
I can’t buy you roses ‘cause the money’s all spent
— Brain Drain
Keep you doped wit religion and sex and TV
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see
— Working Class Hero

This album released nearly a dozen years since her previous album represented a comeback after a decade of troubles. After breaking up with Mick Jagger in 1970 and losing custody of her son, she got stuck in a self destructive cycle. Suffering from a heroin addiction and homelessness on the streets of London, her voice and career would never be the same. Due to drugs, cigarettes, and a severe case of laryngitis her comeback record left her with a much deeper voice prone to cracking. A constant reminder of the addictions she was trying to overcome. The album’s success gave her the base to get back on her feet, and continue her life and career.


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Best New Track: Stones

I woke up this morning with stones in my mouth
You said those are only the lies you’ve told me
Those are only the lies you’ve told me
— Bruce Springsteen

There is a War

There is a war between the rich and poor
A war between the man and the woman
There is a war between the ones who say there is a war
— Leonard Cohen

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Fluttering in the Floodlights

She’s in a movie, Felliniesque and wild
And she got me in a spiral, soul driver with lazurite eyes
She looks at me
— Yeasayer

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Talk Show Host

I want to
I want to be someone else or I’ll explode
— Radiohead

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New Country

Country singer Ty Herndon in honor of Pride Month has re-released his 1995 number one hit to replace the gender pronouns from being a song about a girl, to being a song about a boy. He said it always bothered him that he couldn’t truly sing the song about the person he wrote it about. After coming out in 2014, he wanted to share his experience with others, "When I go and speak to kids, I hear this all the time. They're like — especially the LGBT kids — 'We really want to like country music, but we don't think country music likes us.'".


Album of The  Week

Transangleic Exodus - Ezra Furman (2018)

We’re making time, we’re making progress
But progress towards what?
— Suck The Blood From My Wound
You still send me the occasional email
I got a dumb job working in retail
I miss you baby so bad, so bad
— Love You So Bad

This is a type of concept album, stemming from Ezra Furman’s coming out as queer and gender fluid. “The narrative thread is I’m in love with an angel, and a government is after us, and we have to leave home because angels are illegal, as is harbouring angels. The term ‘transangelic’ refers to the fact people become angels because they grow wings. They have an operation, and they’re transformed. And it causes panic because some people think it’s contagious, or it should just be outlawed. The album still works without the back story, though. What’s essential is the mood — paranoid, authoritarian, the way certain people are stigmatized. It’s a theme in American life right now, and other so-called democracies.”


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Best New Track: First Time in a Gay Bar

This is me staring with no intent to flirt
— The Ballet

A Sunday Kind of Love

And my arms need someone
Someone to enfold
To keep me warm when Mondays
And Tuesdays grow cold
— Etta James

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Jobs

My friends don’t need God
’Cause they all feel loved
And spend their Sundays sleeping in
— Slaughter Beach Dogs

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If I Could Write

Said that I had changed
Tried to keep my eyes closed
I want you so bad
Then I awoke and it was so sad
— The Japanese House

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Rotten Apples

Apple has announced they plan to get rid of iTunes in a move to break off the once ubiquitous program into separate parts. There is no word yet on whether you will still be able to constantly be prompted to update the new service every time you turn on your computer or whether that feature will also be retired. It is yet another move toward no one actually owning their music anymore as you become more and more reliant on streaming music and making sure as little of that money as possible makes its way back to the artists.


Album of The  Week

Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen (1982)

Well now everything dies baby that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back
— Atlantic City
I catch him when he’s straying, teach him how to walk that line
Man turns his back on his family he ain’t no friend of mine
— Highway Patrolman

The only Springsteen album that didn’t have a follow up tour due to it’s more somber nature is still one of his best received works. Many of the stories told in the songs are based on true stories as Springsteen was inspired by Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States, which is a great place to start for inspiration. Tales of blue collar workers trying to make their way in America, and the challenges they face.


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Best New Track: Love Yourself

Love, can you love yourself?
Show me everything
Every reason to believe in yourself
— Sufjan Stevens

1980’s Horror Film

She, was only seventeen
Oh, why are girls in songs always seventeen?
— Wallows

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Police Truck

The left newspapers might whine a bit
But the guys at the station, they don’t give a shit
— Dead Kennedys

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If I Could Write

Was this supposed to be some kind of perfect?
I want more
When I go this time I don’t think I’m coming back
— Sam Phillips

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