Swift Travels

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A longstanding rumor that Taylor Swift hides in giant luggage to avoid paparazzi was confirmed this week by Zayn Malik. She is either trying to avoid the paparazzi, working on immersion therapy for claustrophobia, or working on an awesome magic trick. Personally I’m hoping for an illusion.


Album of The  Week

Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind: Singles and Demos -Vashti Bunyan (1964-1967)

This album is really just a compilation of songs, as the artist would only release one formal album in the beginning of her career. After her first album didn’t really take off in sales Vashti Bunyan quit music. Over 30 years later she released her second album after a cult following grew around her music and people began writing her asking her to release new music. In the 30 years she took off we landed on the moon and invented the internet. It is pretty crazy that someone this talented was not using her true talent and the only ones listening to her live music were probably her children during lullabies. I heartily recommend listening to this album while drinking a whiskey and reading a book this winter.

It’s so many miles and so long since I’ve met you
Don’t even know what I’ll find when I get to you
But suddenly now I know where I belong
It’s many hundred miles and it won’t be long
— Train Song
I am alone
Waiting for nothing
If my heart freezes
I won’t feel the breaking
— Winter is Blue

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Best New Track: The Hand You Deal

Though I sleep alone, I don’t walk alone
And I’ve come to know what I need
— Fenne Lily

Body

Do you still have that photograph?
Would you use it to hurt me?
Well, I guess it’s just my life
And it’s just my body
— Julia Jacklin

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Way Down We Go

And they will run you down, down ‘til you go
Yeah, ‘til you can’t crawl no more
— KALEO

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Skinny Love

Come on skinny love just last the year
Pour a little salt, we were never here
— Birdy

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No White Christmas

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor, best known for being crazy is back at it again. After recently converting to Islam she went on a Twitter rant saying that she never wanted to be around white people again. Short of buying a couple plane tickets and then a bus ticket my advice would be to avoid The Cheesecake Factory, Microbreweries, Film Festivals, and Trump Rallies. I hate to criticize anyone’s choice of religion, but if your goal in a religion is to never talk to people of other religions again I think Scientology is probably the best choice.


Album of The  Week

Play Deep -The Outfield (1985)

An album that came out in the middle of the 80’s that could not possibly be more 80’s. It has everything quintessentially 80’s about it from singles you know every word to, guitar riffs, keyboards, catchy lyrics, a band you can’t remember the name of when their song starts playing. In a very 80’s fashion the band’s success was due in large part of the strength of their singles on American radio and they never achieved the same kind of success in their native England after their debut album.

Josie’s on a vacation far away
Come around and talk it over
So many things that I wanna say
You know I like my girls a little bit older
— Your Love
And I’m just too scared to tell ya
What I know is real
— Talk to Me

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Best New Track: Dreamsong

But I lose track of what’s real life when there’s no one around that
Needs me
— Moonface

Loser

Trip’s almost over
Did you get a good look
— Gregory and the Hawk

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Change

Say you can’t help the fact that you’re so crazy
And you’re so good at making me feel guilty
For trying to walk away because I’m tired of being mad
— BANKS

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Keep You Beautiful

I loved you right from the start when I opened up your heart
— Tindersticks

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Trump up the Bass

Multiple artists including Guns & Roses, Pharrell, Rihanna and others have taken legal action against Trump for exploiting legal loopholes to play their music at his political rallies that are later broadcast on TV. For example Pharrell’s song Happy was played at a rally a few hours after the Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.


Album of The  Week

Animals -Pink Floyd (1977)

This largely instrumental album from Pink Floyd manages to pack a punch although it is short on lyrics and on run-time. A simple allegory bookends the album with Pigs on the Wing parts one and two bookend the album. The pigs being the fascists as the sheep and dogs are tricked into hating each other. The album stands up as well musically and politically as it did back then and is a good reminder to go vote this week.

If you didn’t care
What happened to me
And I didn’t care for you
We would zig-zag our way
Through the boredom and pain
Occasionally glancing up through the rain
Wondering which of the
Buggers to blame
And watching the pigs on the wing
— Pigs on the Wing

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Bloodless

I know it’s hard to be an optimist
When you trust least the ones who claim to have the answers
— Andrew Bird

The Well

And you’re right
You own my only dime
And you’re right
You own my own
— Campdogzz

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Hit the Switch

And each morning she wakes with a dream to describe
Something lovely that bloomed in her beautiful mind
I said “I’ll trade you one for two nightmares of mine
I have some where I die, I have some where we all die.
— Bright Eyes

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Reel Around the Fountain

Fifteen minutes with you
Well, I wouldn’t say no
— The Smiths

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Ow That’s What I Call Music

It was revealed this week that the US “interrogators” at Guantánamo Bay and Abu Ghraib had a special playlist they played on repeat at maximum volume to torture the inmates called ‘Ow That’s What I Call Music’. I may have pursued my Intelligence degree further if I knew I could make playlists and express myself creatively. The torture playlist is below.

Deicide – ‘Fuck Your God’
Drowning Pool – ‘Bodies’
Christina Aguilera – ‘Dirrrty’
Nine Inch Nails – ‘Somewhat Damaged’

Marilyn Manson – ‘The Beautiful People’
Britney Spears – ‘…Baby One More Time’
Barney And Friends – ‘I Love You Song’
Queen – ‘We Are The Champions’
The Meow Mix Theme


Album of The  Week

Actor -ST Vincent (2009)

A former member of Sufjan Steven’s band Annie Clark’s second album has a similar mystical and theatrical quality to it. She watched early 30’s and 40’s Disney movies on mute and tried to write songs to correspond with what she was seeing on screen. The effect is each song feeling like a song trying to capture a scene. She completely changed the album just before release largely altering all the string and wind instruments in a move she says saved the album. It’s hard to know how much she improved it with that move but the end result is certainly worth a listen.

See, I’ll trade in my plot of land
For a plane to anywhere
— Laughing with a Mouth Full of Blood
Oh, but I’d pay anything to keep my conscience clean
I’m keeping my eye on the exit sign, steady now
— The Party

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I Don't Want Your Voice To Move Me

Darkness has no virtue of its own
Its only darkness
— Laura Gibson

Famous Prophets (Stars)

I’m not gonna end up a nervous wreck
Like the people I know who are nervous wrecks
— Car Seat Headrest

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Stupid Girl

I’m a fool, and he loves it
He knows he’s got me wrapped around his fingers with a glance
— Jazmine Sullivan

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Genesis 30:3

Harder days coming maybe, I don’t mind
Sounds kind of dumb when I say it, but it’s true
I would do anything for you
— The Mountain Goats

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CATEGORICALLY UNNECESSARY

A French artist has created a compilation album including works from Pharrell, Bono, The National, and others to coincide with a visual display. The subject of the work is the mourning of her cat, which she likened to not getting as much sympathy as when your parents die. Its a shame people don’t offer as much sympathy when your cat dies as when your parents die.


Album of The  Week

American IV: The Man Comes Around -Johnny Cash (2002.)

The last album Cash created before he died is reminiscent of Bowie’s Blackstar in that it was released at the time of his death and listening to the album you can hear someone struggling with his own mortality. The album features both covers and originals with most of the songs covering themes of regret, loss, and death. He manages to really make each song his own with Trent Reznor referring to Cash’s cover of Hurt “That song isn’t mine anymore”.

I will let you down
I will make you hurt
— Hurt
I’ve never seen a night so long
When time goes crawling by
— I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

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Robot

I am a robot, naked and alone
Sent from the future to build a new home
— Tenacious D

A Pearl

You’re growing tired of me
And all the things I don’t talk about
Sorry I don’t want your touch
It’s not that I don’t want you
Sorry I can’t take your touch
— Mitski

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Wolverine

Someday, I want two kids
Buy a big house and do a big flip
One day, I’ma be rich, I’ma work hard, this a promise
— Wynter Gordon

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No Windows

If I’m stuck out here alone
If I’m stranded here all year
With just nothing left at home
No widows disappear
— The Antlers

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2 Dope 2 Quit

A new development in a story that hopefully never ends stemming from the feud between ICP and Limp Bizkit after Shaggy 2 Dope tried unsuccessfully to dropkick Fred Durst while on stage at a concert last week. Professional Wrestler The Iron Sheik has gotten involved trying to mediate on Twitter “THE SHAGGY TOO DOPE YOU ARE A GOOD MAN BUT YOUR DROPKICK IS FUCKING DRIZZLING SHITS”. With mediators like this hopefully this feud will never end. Comments from Durst since the incident probably haven’t helped to cool things off, referring to Shaggy as a “bitchmade G, wack bro, and a bitch ass clout chaser”. He also mentioned that he used to be a fan of the band ICP before the incident, because of course he was.


Album of The  Week

Knife Man -AJJ (2011)

A Folk Punk band that doesn’t really fit into a specific category with songs veering wildly in temperament and style, with some songs having bass and violin, some being piano ballads, and others being like a deranged sing-along. The lyricism in AJJ is without doubt the piece that makes their music special. Often writing songs dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and loneliness and turning many of the tracks into anthems of hope. The lead singer started working at a suicide prevention organization when he was 15 and continued part time through college and even after the commercial success of the band. Many of the songs have a personal touch to them and have an authenticity that makes them special.

We’re all two or three bad decisions away
From becoming the ones that we fear and pity
— People II 2: Still Peoplin'
I’m afraid of the way that I live my life
I’m afraid of the way I don’t
I’m afraid of the things that I wanna do but I won’t
— Big Bird

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I’m Still Here

Lost youth, where did we go wrong?
I’m winning for me, though
— Sia

What’s Up

And so I wake in the morning and I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high, and I Scream from the top of my lungs
What’s going on?
— 4 Non Blondes

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Not my Baby

And it’s true, I’ve been checking out lately
I go do whatever I want
— Alvvays

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Sinnerman

So I ran to the devil, he was waiting
I ran to the devil, he was waiting
— Nina Simone

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Battle of the Bad Bands

Pretty crazy brawl over the weekend, and no I don’t mean Khabib jumping over the octagon cage to fight Conor McGregor’s coach after chocking him out in WFC 229, which was insane. I’m talking about Insane Clown Posse’s Shaggy 2 Dope rushing stage in an attempt to dropkick Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst. The only thing more awesome than a member of Insane Clown Posse attempting to drop kick Fred Durst is the fact that it is very clear from the video below that this was his first time attempting a jump kick as he fails spectacularly. The feud goes back over twenty years to when Durst was at his height of fame and dropped them from one of his tours. Durst was unimpressed by the jump kick, “What a pussy, he couldn’t even pull it off”.


Album of The  Week

Disintegration -The Cure (1989)

The band recommends listening to this album at a loud volume, from beginning to end, preferably alone and in the dark. The feeling of gloom surrounding the album stems from an existential crisis Robert Smith felt at the time about turning thirty. That feeling was felt throughout the album as in the studio was a hung up newspaper article about two people who committed suicide while listening to the bands music. Those feelings carried over to two members of the band leaving on the ensuing tour and a very harsh initial critical reception for the album. Rolling Stone referred to the album as “a bleak record with no obvious singles”, the later added it to their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Similarly another magazine referred to the album as “about as much fun as losing a limb”, to later that same year designate it as album of the year.

I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they’re real
I’ve been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures are
All I can feel
— Pictures of You
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am whole again
— Lovesong

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Best New Song: Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now

I storm out through the hallway
I leave the scars inside
You won’t portray my picture
This film is mine
— Amanda Palmer & Jasmine Power

Lady Liberty

These bigots in the legislature all need to get fired
For targeting one-third of the state they’re supposed to serve
That’s the kind of power that nobody deserves
— AJJ

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We Are Bored

We are bored of the stupid things we have said
— Floodland

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Trawlerman’s Song

I love coming home from far across the sea
And taking up my walking cane
And passing through the trees
— Vashti Bunyan

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Koffee

Do you ever have trouble waking up in the morning? Are you looking for something nu to help you push the pedal to the metal? You are in luck and life is peachy, because nu-metal band corn is releasing a brand of coffee called Korn Koffee. Korn definitely knows what they are doing and others in the industry would be wise to follow the leader, fix their issues, but likely Korn Koffee will be untouchable.


Album of The  Week

Green Day -Dookie (1994)

An album that would be a turning point for a band who had just signed to a major label. Many of their former fans in the punk community looked at them as sellouts when this album came out. There is nothing more fun as a music fan than actively rooting against your favorite artists to succeed so you can be the only one who likes them. The impact of being ostracized from their former home in the punk community by the original hipsters really hurt Green Day as they finally found commercial success.

So why are you alone?
Wasting your time
When you could be with me
Wasting your time
— Sassafras Roots
Bite my lip and close my eyes
Take me away to paradise
I’m so damn bored, I’m going blind
— Longview

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Best New Song: Slow Slow Disco

Slip my hand from your hand
Leave you dancin’ with a ghost
— St. Vincent

People Talk About Me

People talk about me
They like to stop and stare
They try to say I’m a loser
I try to say I don’t care, but the feeling sucks
— Colin Caulfield

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White Fire

Everything is tragic, it all just falls apart
But when I look into your eyes, it pieces up my heart
— Angel Olsen

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Mykanos

When out walking, brother, don’t you forget
It ain’t often that you’ll ever find a friend
— Fleet Foxes

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Ticketblaster

Ticketmaster has been hard at work using their monopoly on ticket sales and events to further screw over their customers. They have been investing millions in software and secret programs to help scalpers get mass quantities of tickets to resell at much higher prices to customers. That way Ticketmaster gets a fee on the initial sale to the scalper and an even bigger one when they sell it to the customer. The best part is they are denying it and will probably pay a paltry fine in the class action suit they are facing and find new ways to rip people off. This benevolent giant of a company is also developing technology to scan your face to use as a ticket for a game or concert, what could possibly go wrong?


Album of The  Week

Cloud Nothings -Here and Nowhere Else (2014)

The Cleveland band’s album has a much more positive spirit to it than their prior work. “I was feeling pretty good about everything so I just made stuff that made me happy,” said songwriter Dylan Baldi  That probably has something to do with the fact that it was written entirely outside of Cleveland. Each track was written in a different country on their 18 month long tour for their prior album. This enabled them to get right back into the studio once they returned to the US.

You’re not the same as me but I know we share a thing
No use remembering how it used to be so real
— Now Hear In
It’s over now, there’s a way I was before
But I can’t recall how I was those days anymore
I’m learning how to be here and nowhere else
How to focus on what I can do myself
— I'm Not Part of Me

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Best New Song: Guiding Light

 
Relate to my youth
Well I’m still in awe of you
— Mumford & Sons

Kathrin With a K

Kathrin please
Don’t leave me
Oh I got nothing to do
But be with you
— Super Whatevr

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Seventeen

You know she’s somebody’s daughter
When she gets old it’ll haunt her
I’m here tonight, I have got her
— Welles

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Strangers Kiss

Don’t bother flying when we jump off the cliff
Make sure it’s head first if you don’t want to deal with what ifs
— Alex Cameron

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Ozzbummer

Ozzy Osbourne came out this week and said he didn’t have as much fun on his last Black Sabbath tour. I wonder why? Is it because he wasn’t able to bite of the head of a dove? Polish off the last of his coke with a stewardess before boarding the plane? Throw pieces of meat into the audience? Bite the head off a bat (please note the similarities and differences between that and a dove)? Push a TV out his hotel window? Take 25 Vicodin a day? Or could it be that he wasn’t able to once again while in Germany get wasted and goose-step around a formal party, strip naked, dunk his balls in a mans wine glass, then piss in it, and then kiss the man on the mouth. The man who was the head of CBS in Germany made sure he wasn’t welcome in the country for several years. This made him the first person since before World War II to be unwelcome in Germany for his association with the Sabbath.


Album of The  Week

Portugal. The Man -The Satanic Satanist (2009)

This album actually has two versions, The Majestic Majesty is the acoustic version of the album The Satanic Satanist released by the band. I really appreciate the stripped down version and also desperately wish that all my favorite albums also had an acoustic version. I highly recommend giving it a listen if you appreciated this album. The album is largely written from the perspective of the lead singers experience moving around rural Alaska with his parents. It has a childlike wonder to it and almost a singalong quality.

What a lovely day, yeah, we won the war
May have lost a million men, but we’ve got a million more
— People Say
And if another lover takes their love away from you
Be careful with your mind and what you’re bound to do
— Lovers in Love

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Best New Song: Mariners Apartment Complex

Think about it, the darkness, the deepness
All the things that make me who I am
— Lana Del Rey

A Lotta Things

And I should be happy
But I’m not
But I’m not
And I should be grateful, I know
But I’m not
But I’m not
— Bonny Doon

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Sea of Love

Do you remember
When we met?
That’s the day I knew you were my pet
I want to tell you
How much I love you
— Cat Power

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If you ever need a stranger to sing at your wedding

And maybe I’ll meet her there tonight at the wedding buffet
I walk up to her
When she’s caught the bouquet
— Jen Lekman

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Pick Up Suspensions

A few University of Kentucky soccer players received suspensions for being involved in a pick up soccer game with the Foo Fighters and their coaches. Because it was final exam week and the NCAA's primary objectives are to ensure no athletes can make money for their talents and also to take the fun out of sports, the players weren't allowed to be involved in any activities that included coaches. 


Album of The  Week

Lana Del Rey -Born To Die (2012)

Lizzy Grant adopted the stage name Lana Del Rey and was off to the races. Initially releasing her music digitally with the name spelled "Ray" instead of "Rey", presumably to ensure that I would always spell it wrong initially and have to press backspace to fix it. Despite coming out in 2012 this album sounds like it is from another time full of glamour. 

I feel so alone on a Friday night
Can you make it feel like home, if I tell you you’re mine?
— Born to Die
Kiss me hard before you go
Summertime sadness
I just wanted you to know
That, baby, you’re the best
— Summertime Sadness

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Best New Song: Song for Ted Salis

Into the source of a squall
I inevitably fall
Toward the well-spring of all agony
Shuffling endlessly
— The Mountain Goats

Roads

Can’t anybody see
We’ve got a war to fight
Never find our way
Regardless of what they say
— Portishead

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Giftshop

 
We’re forced to bed
But we’re free to dream
— The Tragically Hip

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Look on Down From the Bridge

Everybody seems so far away from me
Everybody just wants to be free
Look away from the sky
It’s no different when you’re leaving home
I can’t be the same thing to you now
I’m just gone, just gone
— Mazzy Star

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Hostile Music

A German train company had to cancel their planes to use atonal music to drive homeless people away from their train stations. Very unlike the Germans to treat people as less than human and try to torture them on a train. 


Album of The  Week

Strand of Oaks -Pope Killdragon (2010)

Tim Showalter returned to his home one night to find it had burnt to the ground, and shortly after his fiancé dumped him. He was homeless carrying his acoustic guitar around and sleeping on benches and writing songs in the streets of Philly. The tracks written during that time in his life reflect his downtrodden and melancholy environment. Although he takes a more imaginative approach to your typical song about adversity and depression. He writes a fictionililzation from the perspective of Dan Akyroyd struggling with the death of John Bellushi and seeking revenge on his drug dealer. The tones and moods of the album take you on a journey with it's memorable characters and is reminiscent of an indie film.  

No you don’t understand
What its like
Growing up here
— Alex Kona
There’s no better time
To long for pure things
The world is shame
The world should be ashamed
— Pope Killdragon
And I hope one day to have half as much
Of my grandpa’s integrity
— Sterling

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Best New Song: Time Is Up

But don’t look so depressed
You’ll soon be nothingness
Oh my God, you don’t even know
— Poppy

As Far As Love Goes

Ohh. Woman
You are still a mystery to me
As far as loves goes
— Tina Dickow

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Mary

When you were there so sweet and very
Full of field and stars
You carried all of time
Oh and, heavens, when you looked at me
Your eyes were like machinery
— Big Thief

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Would You Fight for My Love

People do their best to not let passion begin
It’s dead before it has a chance to start
And so there I am, the caretaker of sin
To your abandoned and malignant heart
— Jack White

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Like Mike

Sony has been fighting against growing speculation that three songs on Michael Jackson's first posthumous album were sung by a Michael Jackson impersonator. Their lawyers argued in court that even if they songs weren't sung by him they would still have the right to sell them under his name, but insisted they are real. That's a bit like saying that you didn't steal something but even if you did it was rightfully yours via the laws of finders keepers. 


Album of The  Week

Dave Matthews -Some Devil (2003)

His first solo album comprised of tracks that felt out of place with the larger band with a strong focus on songwriting Some Devil showed a different side of Dave Matthews. A melancholy album dancing around the topic of death with a few of its songs inspired such as So Damn Lucky by the multiple serious car crashes that Dave experienced growing up in South Africa. 

Gravedigger, when you dig my grave
Could you make it shallow
So that I can feel the rain?
— Gravedigger
You said always and forever
Now I believe you baby
You said always and forever
Is such a long and lonely time
— Some Devil

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Best New Song: Superposition

I want you to want me
Why don’t we rely on chemistry
Why don’t we collide the spaces that divide us
I want you to want me
— Young The Giant

Drunk in LA

 
Left my heart out somewhere running
Wanting strangers to be mine
— Beach House

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Silence Won't Help me Now

 
Silence won’t get me through
— Laura Jean Anderson

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Thinking Out Loud

Like strings in a fan
His shoelaces are undone
The solitude reflection of his fate
Gets him down
— Emiliana Torrini

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Grohling Alone

Dave Grohl, of Nirvana and The Foo Fighters, released a short new documentary he directed that features him playing all the instruments for a 27 minute long song.  Directing a documentary where you play all the instruments in an insanely long song is about as cocky as it gets. It probably helps that he is insanely likable, if Kanye had done something like this (not that he could), people would hold it up as a testament to his arrogance.


Album of The  Week

*shels -Plains of the Purple Buffalo (2013)

There is a Native American legend about a Buffalo Woman, who visits four times, as a different color each time she visits. When she is purple she takes a man on a mind altering journey. That is the symbolism and the experience as you listen to this album. It builds and builds and feels like you are flying over the plains as the horns blaze and trumpet your arrival. A swelling storm of instrumentals lead to even more impact when the few scattered lyrics throughout the album decide to make a more direct point. In addition to having some of my favorite cover art ever, this album is a trip I highly recommend.  

Oh my love, as long as I have you, I don’t feel so bad
— Butterflies on Luci's Way
To my dear love
Hold me in your memories
And move past our parting
For I am with you always
— Atoll

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Best New Song: Wild

It’s in my nature to be guarded
I wish I was a wilder soul
— Molly Burch

The High Road

Cause they know and so do I
The high road is hard to find
A detour in your new life
Tell all of your friends goodbye
— Broken Bells

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Koop Island Blues

I’m sad alone, I’m so sad on my own
The truth is we were much too young
Now I’m looking for you or anyone like you
— Koop Island Blues

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Modern Woman

All I want is comfort in a touch or a look
All I want is to get back the closeness you took
I know, that’s the way you appreciate me
Even though we haven’t spoken lately, oh
— Tennis

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Metal Until the Grave

Two German men escaped from their retirement home last week to attend a metal festival, which is very metal. They may have set the record for oldest people to ever sneak out to go to a concert after being denied permission to go.


Album of The  Week

Belle and Sebastian -If you're Feeling Sinister (1996)

This album was recorded in just a few days, and only a few months after the bands first album was finished. Stuart Murfoch, the band leader, was eager to get another album out right away. He had been in and out of hospitals for the last seven years with a chronic fatigue disorder. He felt like he had wasted years of his life. A doctor recommended he take some music and photography classes as part of his recovery. Eventually leading to this album and him taking the cover picture for the album. It is a picture of his friend he met in the hospital who had the same condition as him, taken as she wiped the tears from her eyes after being swept up in the emotion of her struggle. 

Ooh! Get me away from here I’m dying
Play me a song to set me free
Nobody writes them like they used to
So it may as well be me
— Get Me Away from here I'm Dying
Hilary went to her death because she couldn’t think
Of anything to say
Everybody thought that she was boring, so they never listened
Anyway
— If You're Feeling Sinister

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Best New Song: Autumn Love

Just leave me floating on the open ocean
And let the moonlight take me anywhere on a tidal flow
— Death Cab for Cutie

Especially Me

Cause if we knew where we belong
There’d be no doubt where we’re from
But as it stands, we don’t have a clue
Especially me and probably you
— Low

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Medic

She says, You always smell like cigarettes
And there’s always whiskey on your breath
But you’re the best that I can do
And I, I think I love you.
— Foxing

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Elvis is in the Freezer

I have emotional motion sickness
Somebody roll the windows down
There are no words in the English language
I could scream to drown you out
— Phoebe Bridgers

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Moshed potato and Beans

A video went viral this week of a metal fan eating cold beans directly from the can in a mosh pit, I'm not sure which I would be less likely to do: be in a mosh pit, or eat cold beans from a can. I suppose the Mad Max scenario where I would have to do both for survival is as likely as me doing either separately.


Album of The  Week

The Antlers - Hospice (2009)

One of the most sorrowful albums you are likely to find aptly named Hospice, this album takes you through all the stages of grief. This album switches between perspectives as it follows the journey of a young woman dying of cancer in Hospice care from the eyes of her boyfriend and her nurse. This somewhat autobiographical album is tough to listen to all the way through without having a strong emotional response. The most upbeat song on the album is a metaphor for the couple deciding to get an abortion. It doesn't get much darker or more honest than this album. 

Wish that I had known in that first minute we met
The unpayable debt that I owed you
— Kettering
I’m bound to your bedside, your eulogy singer
I’d happily take all those bullets inside you
And put them inside of myself
— Atrophy

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Best New Song: Christmas Island

And the drinkers won’t stop drinking
So their livers might stop working
And the living keep on living
Until they’re dead from all the dying
— AJJ

Come to Me Now

Can’t wait for the sun to go down
Tired of squinting at this ugly little town
I can’t wait for that moon to shine
She’s my friend, always been, you can see it in my eyes
— Kevin Morby

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Metal Heart

 
Once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see you
— Cat Power

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Elvis is in the Freezer

My lover is all gone
And it’s my fault
— Ratboys

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Stylin

Harry Styles raised $1.2 million for charity with his most recent tour, with donations from all his merch sales and part of his ticket sales going to multiple charities. Just goes to show you don't have to make good music to do good with music. 


Album of The  Week

The Killers - Sam's Town (2006)

Lead singer of Brandon Flowers proclaimed before the album's release that it would be one of the best of the last twenty years. A bold proclamation for the band's second album that managed to actually live up to that declaration. This album delves through the ups and the downs of going back to your home town. The band shied away from using auto-tune which helps to give the album its authentic feel. It's felt in the lyrics, as well with the song Uncle Johnny recounting the real drug addiction his uncle faced, and throughout thoughts on what it means to be home.

Nobody ever had a dream ‘round here
But I don’t really mind that it’s starting to get to me
— Sam's Town
I never really gave up on
Breaking out of this two-star town
I got the green light, I got a little fight
I’m gonna turn this thing around
— Read My Mind

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Best New Song: Tourniquet

Only love hurts like this
So tie a rope around my wrist
I’m losing, I’m losing the feeling
— Meg Myers

Ol' 55

Now the sun’s coming up, I’m riding with Lady Luck
Freeway cars and trucks
Stars beginning to fade, and I lead the parade
Just a-wishing I’d stayed a little longer
— Tom Waits

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Red Planet

 
And I’ve waited for you out here, but that may be delusional
— Alvvays

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Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, I’m alone again
So what did you do those three days you were dead?
Because this problem is gonna last
More than the weekend
— Brand New

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Blink of an Eye

Travis Barker the drummer of Blink 182 has had a few weeks off trying to recover from serious blood clot issues. Unfortunately he got in a car accident with a school bus while driving his 14 year old son and is now facing additional health issues after being dazed from the crash.


Album of The  Week

Neil Young - After the Gold Rush (1970)

Neil Young drove a car up to the studio that was a complete piece of trash billowing smoke from the windows as well as the exhaust. He had the cops pull their weapons on him in front of the studio and despite having no license they just let him go and he went on to record the album. He originally intended to only record the song featuring the piano in studio as he had already recorded the rest at his house but it sounded so good he re-recorded it all. After the gold rush was his 3rd album after the success of the Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young successful album Deja Vu.

There was a band playing in my head
And I felt like getting high
I was thinking about what a friend had said
I was hoping it was a lie
— After the Goldrush
I saw cotton and I saw ‘bacc
Tall white mansions and little shacks
Southern man, when will you pay them back?
— Southern Man

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Best New Song: Wooden Stairs

Hold your arms out to me
And I will come eventually
I’m hopin’ for some time on the other side
— Cowboy Junkies

Tomorrow Wendy

She’s walking to end of the line
And there she meets
The faces she keeps in her heart and mind
— Concrete Blonde

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Zombie

 
But you see, it’s not me
It’s not my family
— The Cranberries

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Shelved

 
You can’t pay me to make that kind of music
Not gonna swallow that pill
— The Mountain Goats

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No Ego

Bono and Kanye had a collaboration song won't be released as the artists involved just couldn't find what they're looking for. 


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Best New Song: Fall Into Me

 
Know wherever we go is the best place
— Let's Eat Grandma

Every day's The Weekend

Consider these conditions, forget your inhibitions
Don’t look, jump in, every day’s the weekend
Don’t know, don’t care, every day’s the weekend
— Alex Lahey

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I Can't Stay

 
I can’t stay much longer
Riding my decision home
In the dark, for a while now
— The Killers

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How's It Going to Be

 
How’s it going to be
When you don’t know me anymore
— Third Eye Blind

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Think 182

In what is possibly the whitest thing ever, Weezer is releasing a vinyl copy of their cover of Toto's "Africa" after a Twitter campaign requesting the song. Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 revealed his pitch to catch Saddam Hussein after someone on Twitter asked him the least plausible story about him that is true.  

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Best New Song: Hunger

And then it tries to find a home with people, oh, and I’m alone
Picking it apart and staring at your phone
— Florence + The Machine

Change

Change is a powerful thing, I feel it comin’ in me
Maybe by the time Summer’s done
I’ll be able to be honest, capable
— Lana Del Rey

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It's Only Life

Back when you thought I’d never get this far
But did you really think I’d shut an open door?
The future’s calling and I’mma answer
The wheel’s in motion, I never drank the potion
And I know it breaks your heart
— The Shins

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The End

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes again
— The Doors

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