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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Mental Health Awareness Month

Weezer’s Scott Shriner, and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, took some time this month to talk about mental health and things they wish they could have told themselves when they were younger and struggling. Shriner said; “find something that you really enjoy and just work really hard at it and know that you’re not alone and that you’re not always going to feel that way…. If I knew then how I would turn out now, I probably could’ve relaxed a little bit … Find some of the weirdos like you to talk to”. Wentz spoke eloquently “One of the things I would have told myself 10 years ago or 20 years ago is that it’s alright to feel that anxiety and it’s alright to feel down, but you’ve gotta know that tomorrow might have a different feeling. I think you’re not really alone because people are all feeling that — feeling great and feeling terrible. Life is a journey, and I think it’s important not to just slap a smile on your face when you’re feeling down … It’s also important to know that you can reach out to people. Sometimes you start feeling like, ‘Ah, I’m feeling down, and I’ll just keep it to myself.’ I think it’s important to reach out to your friends. And if you notice one of your friends feeling down and it’s something you can’t handle yourself, you should reach out to someone who can help them.”


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Anxiety

But all my friends, they don’t know what it’s like, what it’s like
They don’t understand why I can’t sleep through the night
I’ve been told that I could take something to fix it
Damn, I wish it, I wish it was that simple
— Julia Michaels & Selena Gomez

Telelelevision

I wanna kill myself
But I’ll go read a book instead
And I want to rid myself
Of all these thoughts in my head
— Super Whatvr

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Mad Hatter

You like me best when I’m off my rocker
Tell you a secret, I’m not alarmed
So what if I’m crazy? The best people are
— Melanie Martinez

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Landslide

And every time that you’re lonely
And every time that you’re feeling low, you should know
I’ll be there for you
— Oh Wonder

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Ohio natives The Black Keys are set to release their first album in over five years, after taking an unexpected hiatus. The band started to crumble in 2015 after their drummer, Patrick Carney, suffered a shoulder injury while swimming in the ocean that left it dislocated. A few months later when the band had anticipated that he was going to be recovered they cancelled their tour. He had developed an infection in his shoulder and was suffering from “Frozen Shoulder” and was unable to play. He says that all the trials with his shoulder left him with PTSD and tanked his relationships with his bandmates. They weren’t communicating effectively and started to splinter. Until recently when they began to work together again and re-build their friendship and trust. There newest music video addresses the tension that was in the band the last five years and depicts them going to therapy to work on their relationship.

It was actually during the hiatus doing solo work and collaborations with other musicians that Patrick met his wife, Michelle Branch, while he fell in love recording an album with her. Although The Black Keys have been through some struggles the past five years, I don’t know that they would change it with things finally looking promising again with their singles climbing the charts and their personal lives more settled.


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Unwell

I’m not crazy, I’m just a little impaired
I know right now you don’t care
But soon enough you’re gonna think of me
And how I used to be
— Matchbox Twenty

Hate Song For Brains

I hate my brain
Because the things I think sometimes are so
Judgmental and lame
I’ve got everything I want
Except my set of expectations
Won’t stay the same
— AJJ

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Same Logic/Teeth

Don’t need to know where you come from
If you don’t know where you belong
So how’s it feel to walk around, like you’re some sort of freak
You’re just an actor, but now they caught you
A shade of what you used to be
— Brand New

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You Never Knew My Mind

I know you feel the way I change
But you can’t change the way I feel
Sometimes I’m a stranger to you
— Chris Cornell

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Mental Health Awareness Month

A year ago when I first started writing about Mental Health, the lead singer of a band I loved, Scott Hutchinson, of Frightened Rabbit, killed himself. He was open about his mental health challenges both in his lyrics and and with his commitment to mental health causes. The band name itself Frightened Rabbit is a nickname that his mother gave him as a child as he often struggled with overwhelming anxiety. In his memory his family has started a mental health charity as part of his legacy. The charity based out of his native Scotland is called Tiny Changes and it hopes to make a difference in the lives of children and young people.


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I Wish I Was Sober

I can’t un-sink the things I’ve sunk
Still not giving up, though I wish that I was sober
— Frightened Rabbit

Not So Body Posi After All

Some day I might lose all this weight
But I will carry it wherever I go
And there will always be a part of me that hates this body
Because I carry it wherever I go
— Sledding With Tigers

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The Needle and the Damage Done

I hit the city and I lost my band
I watched the needle take another man
Gone, gone, the damage done
— Neil Young

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Second Letter from St. Julien

I let my anxieties overwhelm me
Tell me, why am I blessed with this curse?
— Sorority Noise

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Mental Health Awareness Month

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Last week Britney Spears was released from the mental health facility that she checked her self into spurred on by anxiety surrounding her father’s failing health. She spent about a month in the facility, which led some fans to speculate rumors that she was being controlled by someone and that she had been locked away against her will. There we nothing to those rumors, Britney is just more aware of her mental health then she used to be then when she had a well publicized crisis in 2008. Sources close to her stated that “She has come such a long way. She's had years of therapy and care, and this time, she knew the signs when she needed help. With the support of her boyfriend and her father she made the decision to get help and she's very proud of that." Remember to leave Britney alone, she is primarily focused on raising her two kids and is doing really well after her release and is excited to get back with her family and into her routine.


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From Here to Utopia

As I throw the cotton into the spoon, draw up into the syringe
I’ll know just what he means until I hit a vein
But after that I won’t have to bother with knowing who I am
For a while at least
— Pat The Bunny

Hopefulessness

Your vulnerability
Stronger than it seems
You know it’s okay to have a bad day
— Courtney Barnett

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Ghosting

Tracing my anxiety
But I can’t make out the path I draw
Embracing my sobriety
But it doesn’t have a thing to do with how I live
— Emily Reo

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Dear Insecurity

Dear insecurity
When you gonna take your hands off me?
When you ever gonna let me be
Proud of who I am?
— Gnash

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Take me to CHVRCH

The band CHVRCHES released a statement about an artist they had collaborated with choosing to next work with serial abuser Chris Brown “We like and respect Mello as a person but working with people who are predators and abusers enables, excuses and ultimately tacitly endorses that behavior. That is not something we can or will stand behind”. It is good to see some artists taking a stand against abusers in the industry. Chris Brown responded in a way that highlights his attitude towards women; “BUNCH OF LOSERS. these are the type of people I wish walked in front of a speeding bus full of mental patients.”

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Speaking of huge pieces of shit, a woman who was caught dumping puppies into a dumpster at Coachella has since been arrested after police raided her home and found 38 dogs living in terrible conditions of filth. She looks like she has already been cursed by a witch for being super evil as penance for her crimes, but some jail-time would be nice too.


Album of The  Week

The Crane Wife - The Decemberists (2006)

There’s a bend in the wind and it rakes at my heart
There is blood in the thread and it rakes at my heart
— The Crane Wife 1 & 2
When we arrive
Sons & daughters
We’ll make our homes on the water
— Sons & Daughters

This album is named after a Japanese folktale in which a man finds a crane outside with an arrow in it, he proceeds to nurse the crane back to life and releases it. Later a beautiful woman appears on his doorstep whom he quickly falls in love with and marries. When they become desperate for money, his wife offers to weave clothes out of silk to sell at the market, but only if he promises to never watch her making the clothes. The become comfortable from selling the silks, but he gets greedy and pushes her to sell more and more ignoring her declining health. One day he gets curious and peeks at her making the clothes and sees a crane at the loom weaving its own feathers into the silks, when the crane spots him it flies away and never returns.


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Best New Track: Younger

Moment close at hand
Half of you will never understand
And it doesn’t really matter
— The Mountain Goats

Halah

Before I close the door I
Need to hear you say goodbye
Baby won’t you change your mind?
— Mazzy Star

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Haze

Looking all around for someone new
Up and down and right in front of you
— Angelo De Augustine

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I Love You More Than Words Can Say

Why can’t you understand
I love you more than words can say
— Karen Dalton

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St. Sleater

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St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater-Kinney & Portlandia) are working together on the new Sleater-Kinney album their first since their reunion in 2015. They are also working on a short film together where they plan on playing exaggerated versions of themselves.


Album of The  Week

Laid - James (1993)

We made you feel the way you are is wrong
We made you what you are
You are afraid
— Dream Thrum
My therapist said not to see you no more
She said you’re like a disease without any cure
— Laid

After originally being named Venereal and the Diseases, and switching names several more times the group finally settled on James. I’m thinking it is possible sticking with the name Venereal and the Diseases would have hurt their chances at major success. This album was a collaboration with Brian Eno, apart from the song One of the Three which Eno didn’t like so they waited until he wasn’t around to record it and add it to the record.


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Best New Track: In The End

Ain’t it strange
When everything you wanted
Was nothing that you wanted
In the end
— The Cranberries

Black Angel

He’s turning old, he shall never return
Sail on to the eternal reward
— The Cult

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Brothers on a Hotel Bed

Cause I’m not who I used to be
No longer easy on the eyes but these wrinkles masterfully disguise
The youthful boy below
— Death Cab For Cutie

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Just Like Heaven

And found myself alone, alone
Alone above a raging sea
That stole the only girl I loved
And drowned her deep inside of me
— The Cure

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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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