Liner Notes (June 5th, 2021)

This week’s newsletter has thoughts on music released this week, some of the entertainment I consumed, and random thoughts on time tracking, flipping through Dan Ozzi’s new book Sellout, and a playlist of ten songs I loved. This week’s supporter Q&A post can be found here.

A Few Things

  • Early this year, I started playing around more with time tracking. I dipped my toe in, just wanting to get a taste of where I was spending my time each week. I’ve been using the great iOS app, Timery, and this week it came to the Mac; MacStories has an excellent rundown of the features. I like having quick widgets set up to trigger timers for the four most common things I track. I played around with the Mac version some this morning to get it set up in Notification Center how I like it, and I’m a fan so far. Only nitpick I have is that I wish I could run it in the menu bar instead of having a Dock icon; hopefully, something like that will come to an update in the future. (Oh, and for the record, as I expected: I spend way too much time in meetings each week.)

  • Dan Ozzi sent me an advance copy of his new book, Sellout, to check out. It comes out in October and runs through the punk and emo scene of the late 90s to early 00s and all of the major label-feeding frenzy around many bands. I’ve only just started to flip through it and plan to dive in deeper as soon as I finish Dune, but at first glance, this looks not only right up my alley but in the wheelhouse of anyone reading this newsletter. I read some of the Blink–182 chapter because I wanted to see how in-depth it was going to get, and there’s a whole lot of great nuggets in there. I’ll write more after I am able to sit down with it.

  • It’s Hannah’s birthday tomorrow, so today we’re heading to the zoo with some friends and their three-year-old to spend some time outside. Tomorrow we’ll be hanging out with her parents some, and we don’t have too much planned. It’s nice to do something for a birthday, and I’m hoping by next year everything will feel even more like normal. Last weekend we did a BBQ with some fully vaccinated friends, and it was one of the most normal feeling things we’ve done in almost 18 months. It felt incredible.

Sponsor

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In Case You Missed It

Music Thoughts

  • This week sees the release of the new Joy Oladokun album. If you haven’t checked her stuff out yet, it comes highly recommended. It’s a songwriting tour de force. Personal, emotional, and I think she takes it all to the next level here; firing on all cylinders.

  • I am extremely here for Patrick Stump’s Spider-Man cartoon theme song(Extreme Chandler Bing Voice) “Could this be more in my wheelhouse?”

  • Hmm. So, John Mayer announced a new album and a new single. The album has all of the previous three songs he’s released over the past few months, which, I guess I expected, and I’m fine with since I barely listened to them. The new song is … alright I guess. I can’t shake the feeling that it’s missing something. It feels extremely generic and lacking something to elevate it. The album cover and other songs have me excited to hear more, and, as far as I’m concerned: It really can’t be worse than his last album, right?

  • The new Wolf Alice album rules. It’s diverse, sonically engaging, and very easy to get lost in. I’ve been listening to it all morning and see this being slated into my daily listening for the next few weeks, at least.

  • If we get another wave of ska in my lifetime, let it be led by We Are the Union. Their extremely fun new album is out now.

  • Oh, and the new Rise Against came out this week as well. From what I can see, it seems to be pretty well received from fans. It continues to grow on me, and I like it a whole lot more than their last album. I still really want to see the band explode in a few songs and up the aggression, but it’s still good. I have a few very distinct “car” albums that I remember in my lifetime, and Siren Song of the Counter Culture may be near the top of my list. That album sounded so fucking good blasting from a car stereo while driving down the freeway with the windows down. That would have to be up there as an answer to, “Hey Siri, play me something that reminds me of college.”

Entertainment Thoughts

  • Hannah picked the movie last night, cause birthday weekend, and she went with Donnie Darko because she hadn’t seen it in years. This was one of my favorite movies back in the day, but I also hadn’t seen it in quite a long time. It holds up pretty well for what it is. It’s not as smart or clever as I thought it was in 2001, but it definitely remains infinitely quotable.

  • The second half of Cruella was definitely better than the first. Still not a great movie, but it was enjoyable enough, and I always enjoy Emma Stone.

  • We started Girls5Ever, and the first episode was funny enough that we’ll try a few more. It seems like a fun little late-night show. Drew liked it. So, if it ends up being bad, I get to make fun of him. Feels like a win/win to me. We also finished up the new Mighty Ducks, which is like taking all the Disney/kids/sports movies tropes and throwing them in a blender. But, you know, I enjoyed it for what it was. I still can’t really get over Gordon Bombay morphing into Jed Bartlett, but, that’s on my aging ass to cope with.

  • Mare of Easttown is boring me. We have one episode left, and I’m pretty certain I already know exactly what will happen and have for multiple episodes now. The writing hasn’t done anything for me. I find it extremely cliché, and I get that I’ve watched almost all these kinds of shows and read so many books in this genre, but I feel like I shouldn’t be able to guess your “twist” ending because of a weirdly edited shot in an early episode. You hung on a character, in a weird moment, just a tad too long. And, I’m pretty sure that was enough to give it away. Oh well, I’ve watched worse.

  • I think we’re going to watch Plan B tonight, and it’s getting good buzz, so I’m looking forward to it. I’m not sure what our next TV show will be, though.

Random and Personal Stuff

  • Not much else to write about this week. Going to go run a few errands and try and fit in a workout before we head to the zoo. I hope everyone has a good weekend.

Ten Songs

Here are ten songs that I listened to and loved this week. Some may be new, some may be old, but they all found their way into my life during the past seven days.

  1. Joy Oladokun - Mighty Die Young

  2. Wolf Alice - Lipstick on the Glass

  3. We Are the Union - Broken Brain

  4. Matt Maeson - Nelsonwood Lane

  5. Bad Suns - Heaven Is a Place in My Head

  6. All Time Low - Too Much

  7. Verite - By Now

  8. Dua Lipa - Can They Hear Us?

  9. Parting - After the Fact

  10. Olivia Rodrigo - Brutal

This playlist is available on Spotify and Apple Music.

Community Watch

The trending and popular threads in our community this week include:

The most liked post in our forums last week was this one by dylan in the “Accountability in Music” thread.

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Liner Notes (May 30th, 2021)

Hello, hello, hello. Happy Jason is Fully Vaccinated Day to all who celebrate.

This week’s newsletter shares thoughts on the new Apple TV remote, the Friends reunion special, the new Sigrid single, and much more. You’ll also find a playlist of ten songs I enjoyed this week, and this week’s supporter Q&A post can be found here.

A Few Things

  • A few fun Apple toys got delivered this week. First, we ordered two AirTags. The main reason is to put one in Hannah’s violin case. It’s pretty much the ideal situation for these things. Hide one away, and have some peace of mind for being able to find the violin if left behind somewhere, or just put down in a weird spot in a concert hall, or if it’s moved without you know. I put one in my backpack, because one day in the future, maybe I’ll go work from coffee shops again. Playing around with it, it works exactly as expected. Not much more to say about it. It’s not that sexy of a product, but it does seem to do what it’s supposed to.

  • The other delivery, however, has me far more excited. It’s silly, and it’s stupid, but replacing the Apple TV remotes has been a dramatic upgrade. I despised those black remotes, and almost every time I used them, I would hit the trackpad or the wrong button or end up holding it upside down. The new remotes are better in every single way. The only thing I haven’t gotten used to is the new “mute” button is where the old “play” button was, so muscle memory is doing me dirty there. However, just having a mute button at all is such a win. I no longer have to have two remotes sitting by me while watching a baseball game to mute the commercials. It’s these little wins in life that get me through the dark days.

  • One of my more used iPhone apps, Dark Noise, has come to the Mac. It’s a fantastic little app for creating background noise, or, my personal favorite: beach sounds. Now that it’s on the Mac, I don’t have to constantly switch my AirPods from my phone to my computer during the day, I can just keep them paired with the computer for video calls, music listening, and now also: beach sounds to help me focus during work instead of listening to my wife’s meetings in the other room. Big win, great app.

  • I enjoyed Kurzgesagt’s latest video, “Your Wild and Precious Life” precisely because it made me think about my life, where I am at, what I want to do with it, and how to prioritize going forward. Now that Hannah and I, and all of our family and friends, are vaccinated, I am looking forward to spending more time with people. It’s been 18 months of very little social interaction, and as an introvert, even I am ready to spend time with people on a more regular basis. I guess we’ll see how long that holds up.

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The band is currently working on a new album and you can find more information on Facebook.

In Case You Missed It

Music Thoughts

  • Sigrid returns with a certified bop. The moment that bass starts to pulse I was completely in. Little birdies tell me we should be expecting an October release, and apparently, a music “sampler” will be sent out first instead of advances. I’ll probably listen, but damn, I really just like albums. In that same vein, I haven’t listened to the new The Maine single yet because I am waiting to hear the whole thing. It’s supposedly being sent in early June, so hopefully, I don’t have to wait all that much longer.

  • All Time Low in the studio with super-producer Finneas? Interesting. This band having this kind of second stage of their career is incredible. I can’t wait to see what they do next.

  • Most of this week was spent listening to Dream Job, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Krang, and Chaser. It was a punk kind of week around here. I’m itching to do an A Wilhelm Scream catalog dive again soon too. I think the weather really starting to feel like summer is getting to me and getting me itchy and in the mood for fast-paced, sunny feeling, music.

  • The other album I spent some time this week was Hayley Williams’ Flowers for Vases. I think I’m now firmly in the camp of thinking this is the better of the two she released last year, and while I adore both, I think this just has been grabbing me in such a visceral way. I can’t wait to see what she, or Paramore, come up with next.

Entertainment Thoughts

  • Could I have enjoyed the Friends Reunion anymore? It was just a delight. Like a warm, perfect blanket of happiness. I specifically loved the portion of all the fans talking about how much the show meant to them, because that was me. That was the relationship I had with the show. I had the DVDs, and they would just always be on, almost as comfort food. I’d have them on during the day when I worked, as background noise, and I would have them on before I fell asleep at night. So much of my early to late twenties happened around memories of that show. And it has always had an unparalleled ability to just make me feel happy. I enjoyed every second of the reunion and just enjoyed seeing the reflection on the show, and all the cast together again.

  • We are only three episodes into Mare of Easttown, but I kind of think I hate it? I find none of this interesting, or any of the characters even hinting around likability. I dunno. I’ll keep sticking it out because I’ve heard good things, but right now … this is boring the shit out of me.

  • We made it halfway through Cruella last night. It’s way too long. I don’t have many thoughts on it yet, and we were kinda enjoying it, but, woof, it’s long.

Random and Personal Stuff

  • I am very much looking forward to a three-day weekend, and spending some time with friends. Hannah baked a couple of pies for the BBQ tomorrow, and we’re doing pulled pork sandwiches, and my mouth is already watering thing of it. Bring on the summer. Bring on being around friends again. I’m ready.

  • If you couldn’t tell, I ended up finishing this on Saturday but then had to run some errands and did not have time to edit it. So, you’re getting it freshly edited and sent out on Sunday morning. Whoops! It’s supposed to get up to 80 today, and I’m ready for it.

Ten Songs

Here are ten songs that I listened to and loved this week. Some may be new, some may be old, but they all found their way into my life during the past seven days.

  1. Sigrid - Mirror

  2. Manchester Orchestra - Bed Head (Acoustic)

  3. Sum 41 - Catching Fire

  4. All Time Low - Once in a Lifetime (Acoustic)

  5. Olivia Rodrigo - Enough for You

  6. Girlhouse - Pretty Girl in LA

  7. Krang - XFilesX

  8. Dream Job - Other Side

  9. Paris Jackson - Adiago

  10. Shad - Work

This playlist is available on Spotify and Apple Music.

Community Watch

The trending and popular threads in our community this week include:

The most liked post in our forums last week was this one by nohandstoholdonto in the “Accountability in Music” thread.

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Liner Notes (May 22nd, 2021)

Hello, weekend!

This week’s newsletter looks at the new album from Olivia Rodrigo and why I think it has such massive potential and crossover appeal to all generations of music fans. Then I share some thoughts on the new Twenty One Pilots and a re-found love of skate punk. Of course, there are also some thoughts on entertainment and a playlist of ten songs I loved this week. This week’s supporter Q&A post can be found here.

A Few Things

  • It’s a nice Saturday morning, and I’m sitting on the couch with the iPad watching a baseball game with a latte. Not much to complain about when that’s your Saturday, to be honest. Next weekend will be the two-week mark for my vaccine, and it lines up with basically all of our friends’ second shots as well. We’ve planned a little backyard BBQ, and I am feeling a little emotional. The idea of being able to hang out with friends again, without worry, being able to go inside together if we want, for the first time in over 18 months, is a lot. I wonder how long it will take for my brain to get used to that again? I know I’m still not ready to go out to eat, and I know things won’t feel “normal” for a while, but it’s these little things along the way that I’m going to savor.

  • I see a bunch of reviews are starting to come in for the new Apple TV remote (as well as the iPad Pro, and iMac), and boy am I excited. I can’t believe that a remote is the thing I am most looking forward to getting in a while, but we watch 100% of TV on the Apple TV. The only thing we use the TV for that’s not the Apple TV is the Switch. So the remote upgrade is going to make a massive difference in the daily routine. I’m still waiting to see what the more significant computer upgrades are before deciding what to do with the computer. A lot will depend on if Apple announces a new stand-alone monitor. If they do, it puts laptops in play again, but if they don’t, I’ll be wanting a replacement for my 5K iMac. It’s the first generation, and it’s been my favorite desktop computer of all time, but it’s getting long in the tooth, and the image retention is pretty frustrating. I’m hoping for some of those announcements in the near future.

In Case You Missed It

Music Thoughts

  • The big album this week, the one that it seems everyone is talking about, to the point where even the memes are taking over, is the new Olivia Rodrigo album. This thing is a monster. The first time I heard it, all I could think about was, “holy shit, this is going to be massive.” It’s a songwriting tour de force of emotion. An album that wears its influences well, and those influences seem to match right up with a bunch of artists we all grew up listening to. But then it puts just enough of a modern spin on it to sound fresh and made for a new generation. From the “we all woulda put it on our away message” lyrics of “Traitor.” To the pop-punk underpinnings of “Good 4 U,” to the heart-way-on-the-sleeveness of so many of these tracks, it’s an album that is perfectly poised to grab multiple generations of listeners. I’ll appeal to those experiencing their first heartbreak, to those that remember crying to Dashboard Confessional albums. This finds itself right in that sweet spot. And, I expect it to be one of the biggest albums of the year.

  • I’ve never really understood Twenty One Pilots. I mean, I understood the appeal, and I understood why people loved the band, but I had written them off as just not being for me. And yet, I find myself shockingly into the new album. It’s fun. It almost has a little Fun. to it in places. And it feels perfectly poised to be a great summer album. The missteps are any of the attempted “rapping” parts, but beyond that, this is very much in my wheelhouse.

  • I know. I know. Look, I KNOW. I should not like this Waterparks album. The lead singer is one of the most annoying posters in a world where I’ve seen all types of annoying posters. And yet, ugh, I … can’t believe I am actually enjoying this Waterparks album. I find some of the musical choices baffling, but it’s because of those choices that I find myself drawn to it. It’s so layered, so intentional in every way, and it moves between pop and pop-punk with fluidity with some of the most “I can’t believe these are real lyrics” I’ve heard in a long time. (And this from a band that once threw AbsolutePunk under the bus in a song.) I dunno, I would like to hate this, but I don’t. And I’ve now written it down for the world to see.

  • If you’ve been reading the past few weeks, you know I’ve been in a big skate punk mood the past month or so. That Chaser album is a real great entry into the genre, and it has put me on a kick of all my old favorites. However, this week we have another new album in the space, and it’s from the Czech band Krang, and it’s called Make Arcade Great Again. I’m very into it on first listen. This just feels like the music of my teenage years. Like Millencolin and Useless ID mixed with a little Lagwagon and No Use for a Name. This shit just makes me happy on a summer day. It makes me wanna put on my Vans, grab a Surge, and go ride my bike on the trails around the neighborhood.

  • The new Green Day song is a nice little return to form. Much better than anything on their last album.

  • I’ve only had time to listen to the new Counting Crows release once so far, and it’s of their usual quality. Just a remarkably consistent band.

  • Next up, I plan to finally check out that new Voodoo Glow Skulls album, and then spend some more time with the new Fiddlehead.

Entertainment Thoughts

  • As part of Hannah’s job, she had to help put on a concert last night, so she didn’t get home until a little later in the evening. We were looking for something silly to watch and landed on Into the Beat on Netflix. It was pretty paint by numbers for this kind of movie. You read the description, you know what it’s going to be. But, for what it is, it was kinda funny.

  • One more episode left in season three of The Bureau. It’s been an intense and very good season.

  • Not sure what we have next on our list, but there are quite a few things in our queue we are looking forward to checking out. Cruel SummerGirls5Eva, and Hacks all have my eye as potential fun summer watches. Also, season three of Elite is coming soon and that’s an instant watch the moment it drops.

Random and Personal Stuff

  • Not a whole lot for this section this week. I just ordered a sandwich from Break Bread for lunch, and the Yankees are up 6–0 in the bottom of the sixth. Once again, it’s tough to complain about anything at all on a day like today. I’m trying to just enjoy it and not take moments like this for granted.

Ten Songs

Here are ten songs that I listened to and loved this week. Some may be new, some may be old, but they all found their way into my life during the past seven days.

  1. Olivia Rodrigo - Good 4 U

  2. Krang - Time is Ticking

  3. Voodoo Glow Skulls - Generation Genocide

  4. Twenty One Pilots - Formidable

  5. Girlfriends - Congratulations

  6. Krang - Tin Tin

  7. Olivia Rodrigo - Traitor

  8. Waterparks - Numb

  9. Green Day - Pollyanna

  10. Counting Crows - Angel of 14th Street

This playlist is available on Spotify and Apple Music.

Community Watch

The trending and popular threads in our community this week include:

The most liked post in our forums last week was this one by sophos34 in the “Accountability in Music” thread.

Is this the first time the same post has been the most liked post two weeks in a row? I think it might be.

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Liner Notes (May 16th, 2021)

This week’s newsletter walks through some podcasts I found interesting this week, as well as some random thoughts on movies, TV, and music I enjoyed over the past week. There’s also a playlist of ten songs, and this week’s supporter Q&A post can be found here.

A Few Things

  • This is coming to you late because I got my second COVID–19 shot yesterday, and I wanted to see how I reacted and any side effects that may have been coming my way. Yesterday my arm got pretty sore, and last night there were some body aches, and I got the chills, but at just about precisely the 24-hour mark, everything went back to normal. So, I feel virtually 100% at the moment and figured I could sit down to write a little before relaxing a little in front of the TV before the start of another week. Anyone that knows me, even a little, knows I absolutely abhor shots. For whatever reason, I’ve had a phobia of needles for just about as long as I can remember. So if I can get the shot, anyone can get the shot. If you haven’t yet: I’m imploring you to make an appointment and go get it done. If you hate shots like me, I recommend sunglasses, a drive-through clinic if you can find one, and just close your eyes, look the other way, and squeeze a baseball or something in your offhand. I felt nothing, even though my brain was screaming bloody murder at me the entire time.

  • I was the guest on the Long Live the Music podcast where we discussed MxPx’s catalog, ranked the albums, and I shared how I got into the band and why I’ve stayed a fan all these years. I really enjoyed the part where we talked about why the band continues to resonate and if we think they have another “great” album in them in their future.

  • Speaking of podcasts, this episode of the Ezra Klein podcast talking with Casey Newton about all the problems with email/Slack and how companies expect their employees to work these days was quite good. The dive into how this hyperactive hive mind leads to burnout, and worse work, I thought just about hit the nail right on the head. I’ve said this for years, but I think if one’s inbox (or a Slack channel) ends up becoming one’s to-do list, that’s where a bad path lies. Avoid that at all costs.

  • Another week, another heartbreaking tale of abuse from someone in our music scene. This time, the allegations are against Chris Conley of Saves the Day. I don’t have anything new to say that I haven’t written before. I feel for those hurt and am just so exhausted and disappointed.

Sponsor

A message from this weeks sponsor:

Welcome to Your Favorite Record, a podcast where I talk to the designer behind the album artwork. Hear the stories straight from the source of what it was like to create the art behind some of your favorite records.

In this first episode, we sit down with Mike Joyce, the designer behind Fall Out Boy’s debut album Take This to Your Grave. An iconic record for Fall Out Boy fans and music fans alike. We talk the entire design process for the record, fonts used and why, the almost album cover options, the almost album names, and what it was like to work with the band at the beginning of their career.

Huge thank you to Mike Joyce for taking the time to sit down and chat with me to chat about this pivotal record. You can find and support Mike at stereotypenyc.com and at swissted.com.

I created this podcast because I was inspired by album art at a very early age, in fact this record (TTTYG) specifically is the reason I turned to design and wanted to be a graphic designer who worked in the music industry. This is a subject near and dear to my heart as a fan and as someone who is genuinely curious on the meaning and inner workings of album artwork.

In Case You Missed It

Music Thoughts

  • This was a relatively light music week for me this week; I just didn’t find a whole lot of time to have music on. I did take a few spins through the new Kississippi album, and I’m enjoying what I heard. It’s definitely poppier, but there are some really interesting melodies and some fun tunes.

  • The other albums I listened to this week were the latest from Middle Kids, and the new one from St Vincent. Both good. Beyond that, there was a lot of Chaser, Offspring, Pulley, and some While She Sleeps thrown in as well.

Entertainment Thoughts

  • We continue our trek through the excellent Bureau. The third season has been even more intense, and I think the way they can work all these characters and stories together is very impressive.

  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines was just delightful. One of the better movies I’ve seen in a while.

  • I was also impressed with Nobody, which is a sneaky contender for one of the better action films in recent memory. I promise I will annoy Hannah by quoting that “zero to sixty in about to find the fuck out” line for many years. If you like movies like John Wick, this will be right up your alley.

  • And rounding out a run of outstanding movies for us, we watched Together Together last night. I was worried it was going to run into some of the rom-com tropes, but it artfully dodged virtually all of them. It’s understated and restrained in just the right way. Well done.

  • Dark on Netflix was one of my favorite shows in years, so to say I am extremely excited for 1899 would be an understatement.

Random and Personal Stuff

  • Not a whole lot here this week. Hmmm. Stay hydrated?

Ten Songs

Here are ten songs that I listened to and loved this week. Some may be new, some may be old, but they all found their way into my life during the past seven days.

  1. Action/Adventure - Nothing Left

  2. BigCity - Bad Habits

  3. Dessa - Talking Business

  4. Joy Oladokun & Maren Morris - Bigger Man

  5. Lucky Boys Confusion - Hey Driver

  6. Middle Kids - I Don’t Care

  7. Lights - Batshit

  8. Not on Tour - What Future

  9. Alex Lahey - On My Way

  10. SYML - DIM

This playlist is available on Spotify and Apple Music.

Community Watch

The trending and popular threads in our community this week include:

The most liked post in our forums last week was this one by sophos34 in the “Accountability in Music” thread.

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Liner Notes (May 8th, 2021)

I hope everyone had a good week this week. Today I sit on the couch and write up some thoughts on the music, movies, and TV shows I spent some time with over the past week. As always, there’s a playlist of ten songs I liked, and this week’s supporter Q&A post can be found here.

If you’d like this newsletter delivered to your inbox each week (it’s free and available to everyone), you can sign up here.

A Few Things

  • This week was the 18th anniversary of Fall Out Boy’s Take This to Your Grave, and there’s a excellent article that does a deep dive into the evolution of the album’s artwork, including alternate covers and titles. And, there’s also a podcast episode with the artist with even more information. I find this sort of stuff extremely interesting, and there’s tons of trivia that even I didn’t know.

  • Somehow, the link to one of the articles I posted in last week’s newsletter didn’t end up working in the email version. Here’s the link. Good article.

  • Matt Levine’s latest article on cryptocurrency is a good encapsulation of how I feel about it. It’s inherently silly. As someone passionate about technology, I just can’t get myself to care much about this stuff.

  • This profile of Seth Rogan is very much worth your time.

In Case You Missed It

Music Thoughts

  • Back-to-back weeks with Dropkick Murphys and then The Mighty Mighty Bosstones releasing new albums. I have similar feelings about both, that they sound like late-stage albums from bands that continually put out good, if not familiar, music. I don’t think there’s much of anything here I’ll come back to on the regular, but we’ll see.

  • I continue to enjoy this new While She Sleeps album more than I ever could have expected. It was just a melodic aggression kind of mood, I guess.

  • Fickle Friends’ new EP is fun. I keep waiting for them to drop something that can take it to the next level, and while I don’t think this is that, they’re good songs, and that track with Nightly is a highlight.

  • made a crack on the website about Lucky Boys Confusion this week, which lead me to return to Commitment on Friday. I am still confused about how this album didn’t breakout when it was released—ideally suited for where music was at the time, with multiple potential hits. When I think about this style of music, I could go for more albums that walk in this path.

  • Stars Hollow have a nice little emo sound on their debut record. “Through the Windshield” is probably my favorite from it on first glance.

  • There are some bands that get intense critical love from certain publications, that I’ve never quite understood. Iceage is one of those bands. They seem to just get penciled in as a BNM, 8+, and try as I might; they just don’t do anything for me.

  • Drew Beringer likes the new Weezer album.

  • Kennyhoopla’s new single “Hollywood Sucks” has such a Blink–182 feel to it. I’m growing increasingly excited for this upcoming EP.

  • New Sigrid this fall? Hells, yeah.

  • I’ve only been able to spin the new Half Waif once so far this morning, but I’ve been enjoying what I hear. It’s a little more upbeat than the previous, and I look forward to digging into it even more.

  • Rise Against released “The Numbers” this week, which might be my favorite song on the new record.

  • Next, I’m going to go listen to the new Aly & AJ album, which I have heard pretty good things about and seems like it should right in my wheelhouse.

Entertainment Thoughts

  • I’ll watch Michael B. Jordan in just about anything, and I’ve always enjoyed the Tom Clancy novels for what they are. So, we gave the Without Remorse film on Amazon a try. It’s an alright action film but didn’t really have anything to set itself apart. A few good scenes but a mostly blah plot, and it seemed far too obsessed with setting itself up for a sequel instead of focusing on just making a good origin film. The epitome of a “yeah, that was fine, I guess” kind of film.

  • I was extremely impressed with Shiva Baby. It’s a comedy/drama that has all the tension and uncomfortableness of a horror film. The way it builds, each scene becoming more claustrophobic, becomes an impressive debut for the writer/director.

  • I enjoyed every episode of Invincible, and wow, was that an intense final episode of the season. Just brutal. I’ve been impressed just how much character work went into this season, not only for a cartoon but for any show. It’s not easy to do, but it was pulled off masterfully. If you like cartoons and are interested in a new superhero, this is definitely worth your time on Amazon Prime.

  • We’ve watched the first three episodes of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers on Disney+, and it’s a Disney show that feels like a Disney show, and I don’t really have any complaints about something that knows what it is, and just owns it. It reminds me of watching the Disney channel as a kid, with the line between cheesy and heartwarming walked relatively well.

  • I was impressed with everything Wandavision did to try and be unique and feel fresh for a superhero TV show. For all that Wandavision did right, I think The Falcon and The Winter Soilder gets wrong. It feels paint by numbers, completely exactly as expected, network-level superhero TV. It’s fine, I suppose, but there’s not really anything there that makes it stand out. It at least does deal with the aftermath of the “blip,” and that’s maybe been the most interesting thing so far. I was expecting more.

Random and Personal Stuff

  • Not much on my mind this week. Hannah is taking some family photos with her mom and grandma this morning for Mother’s Day. I plan to see my mom tomorrow for some backyard hangs. So at the moment, I’m just watching some baseball and enjoying the day off.

Ten Songs

Here are ten songs that I listened to and loved this week. Some may be new, some may be old, but they all found their way into my life during the past seven days.

  1. Frank Turner - The Gathering

  2. Dropkick Murphys - SMash Shit Up

  3. NoMBe - Something to Hold Onto

  4. While She Sleeps - You Are All You Need

  5. KennyHoopla - Hollywood Sucks

  6. Fickle Friends - Turns Me Bad

  7. Joy Oladokun - Sorry Isn’t Good Enough

  8. Justin Courtney Pierre - Promise Not to Change

  9. Rise Against - The Numbers

  10. Chaser - A New Direction

This playlist is available on Spotify and Apple Music.

Community Watch

The trending and popular threads in our community this week include:

The most liked post in our forums last week was this one by stoits in the “Dogleg - Melee (March 13, 2020; Triple Crown)” thread.

Hmm, I feel very much on the outside of all the internet music drama stuff these days. And honestly, I feel so much better off being removed from it all. After the last two decades of these sorts of things being way too much of my life, I can’t even put to words how much it’s helped my mental health to just not even worry or think about it anymore. Anyway, Dogleg is good! 

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