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New Tristen video: Got Some

Video: Tristen – “Got Some”

Tristen – Got Some

From Sneaker Waves, out now on Modern Outsider Records.

Last month Tristen’s song “Glass Jar” totally took me by surprise with its jingle-jangle guitars and cool backing vocals from Jenny Lewis. I like this new song even better, and the video’s more fun as well. Who doesn’t love a slumber party? Pillow fights, negligee, talking to boys on the phone! Good clean fun.

“I think you’re pretty cool but as a general rule / I’m gonna hang back here in the atmosphere.”

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New Thunderbirds Are Now video: Outsiders

Video: Thunderbirds Are Now! – “Outsiders”

Thunderbirds Are Now! "Outsiders" Music Video

Mostly dormant for ten years Livonia, Michigan’s Thunderbirds Are Now! just released two new songs to benefit the ACLU. This is one of them.

“We are the outsiders that you don’t represent / Not my chosen leader, not my president.” I suppose times like these don’t really call for subtlety, and that’s okay. Sometimes it’s fine to be hit over the head with a message as long as it’s got a good beat and a catchy melody. The band reworked the lyrics to a couple of older, unfinished songs and recorded them at Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor in one day. Good for them.

You can get both new songs on Bandcamp.

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New Sloan Peterson video: Rats

Video: Sloan Peterson – “Rats”

Sloan Peterson – Rats (Official Video)

Why are Australians so cool? Courtney Barnett, Nick Cave, Men at Work, Crocodile Dundee, Olivia Newton John, Bon Scott. You know? It’s crazy.

And there might be one more for that list: Sloan Peterson. That’s not her real name, of course. Sloane Peterson was Ferris Bueller’s girlfriend. This Sloan Peterson looks like a 1990s Calvin Klein ad and sounds like she’d stick you with a switchblade.

I’m a sucker for any song with chugging guitars and an “ooh ooh wee ooh” intro. It’s little surfy, sort of Pixies-ish, maybe via early Weezer. “No future, no mind / You’re not one of a kind.” Her voice is squeaky but serious. “I’m by your side / And I love you dearly.” She wrote it “for any one who has ever struggled with crippling anxiety, or the feeling of being alone. I wrote It when I was 17, a super hyperactive crazy teenager trying to start over in a new city by myself.”

The single is out now on Mirror Records. Her debut EP is due September 8.

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New Triptides video: Invitation

Video: Triptides – “Invitation”

Triptides – Invitation (official videoclip)

From Afterglow, out now on Requiem Pour Un Twister.

I’ve gotta admit: I liked this band a lot better before I found out they weren’t French. Don’t get me wrong, their sound is spot on mid-60s folk-psych, which I love. Think the Banana Splits. But if you’re going to go this far to get the correct tones, you also need to get the right haircuts. You can away with it, I suppose, if you’re European because what do they know? But dudes, if you’re from Los Angeles via Indiana you’ve had plenty of opportunity to figure out the look. Get your act together. Bass player shouldn’t remind me of Rolf from Sound of Music. Rest of the band looks like the Wonderstuff. That’s just wrong.

That said, I like the song. But it’d still be better if they were French.

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1972: When Rolling Stone ran full-page ads for bongs

I was flipping through the July 6, 1972 issue of Rolling Stone magazine (RS-113) when on page 33 I saw a full-page ad that caught my attention.

“The Toker is scientifically designed to change harsh smoke into a mild aerated form that doesn’t irritate your throat or lungs (there’s no coughing). It’s also designed to cause you to draw the smoke deeper than you would using conventional methods of smoking. Since the smoke is mild, you can hold it longer. Which means it works faster. Let’s you reduce the amount of smoking mixture you use by about half! And, removes almost all smoking odors (so, there’s no paranoia).”

I mean, come on. This is ridiculous on about a million levels.

But hey, “If you don’t dig it, no hassle. You’ll get your money back!” Which is good because $15 in 1972 had the same buying power as $88.11 in 2017.

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New Wilder Maker video: Only Child

Video: Wilder Maker – “Only Child”

Wilder Maker – Only Child

From the New Streets 7″, out now on Saddle Creek.

I like this song. It’s got cool guitar tones and an easy listening, lite rock vibe that works nicely with the boy/girl vocals and lyrics about “ice cream on the porch swing” and staying up too late, “the world on my screen.”

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New Bad Cop / Bad Cop video: Womanarchist

Video: Bad Cop / Bad Cop – “Womanarchist”

Bad Cop / Bad Cop – Womanarchist (Official Video)

From Warriors, out now on Fat Wreck Chords.

Do you feel bummed that there isn’t more protest music being made these days? Well maybe you’re just not looking for it in the right places. Bad Cop/Bad Cop is writing the songs that need to be heard. “I can’t watch while evolution falls apart / Bury me in history with Nancy Morgan Hart.” You’ve gotta love a band who drops references to Revolutionary War heros!

While comparisons to Joan Jett might be too easy this is definitely a “recommended if you like…” situation. These gals are badasses. “On social media what’s really going on? / Opinions without action never gets anything done.” Right on. Sock it to the Man!

Via Punknews.

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New National video: Guilty Party

Video: The National – “Guilty Party”

The National – 'Guilty Party'

From Sleep Well Beast, out September 8 on 4AD.

I never really got the National until I heard the song “Bloodbuzz Ohio.” Now I like them, and I can no longer even hear the Joy Division references that turned me off when Boxer first brought them to my attention.

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New Suicidal Tendencies video: Living For Life

Video: Suicidal Tendencies – “Living for Life”

Suicidal Tendencies, "Living for Life"

From World Gone Mad, out now on Suicidal Records.

How great is it that Suicidal Tendencies is still around in 2017, making music, tearing shit up, and wearing their own band t-shirts? Back in the 80s when it was a pain in the ass to fast-forward past songs on mixtapes, we all had to listen to “Institutionalized” whether we wanted to or not. All the skaters loved Suicidal Tendencies. Now we’re all old, those of us who are still alive anyway, and while I still don’t love thrash I’m super happy that it’s still being made. There’s a place for this kind of music and attitude and it’s healthy for kids (and grownups) to bang around and scream their heads off.

Via Punknews.

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New xx video: I Dare You

Video: The xx – “I Dare You”

The xx – I Dare You (Official Music Video)

From I See You, out now on Young Turks.

Big budget, high concept music video starring Michael Jackson’s daughter and a kid from “Stranger Things.” Seems odd this band is as popular as they are, considering how mellow they sound, but maybe we all need to let it mellow when the rest of the world is as chaotic as it’s been this year. Who knows?

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