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New Phoebe Bridgers: I Know the End

Video: Phoebe Bridgers – “I Know the End”

Phoebe Bridgers - I Know the End (Official Video)

Directed by Alissa Torvinen. From Punisher, out now on Dead Oceans.

Well at least now we know how Phoebe Bridgers keeps wearing those skeleton jammies without them disintegrating off of her body: She’s got a whole locker room full of them!

But that’s the only optimistic part of this whole video, which perfectly conveys the existential dread of life in during a pandemic. Keep washing your hands, but they’ll never get clean. You’re constantly haunted by ghosts of your past self and your dying future. And it all culminates in a completely socially distanced concert at an empty Los Angeles Coliseum.

The billboard said The End Is Near
I turned around there was nothing there
Yeah, I guess the end is here.

The final message seems to be: Kiss old age goodbye. Embrace death. We’re all doomed.

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New Beths: Jump Rope Gazers

Video: The Beths – “Jump Rope Gazers”

The Beths - "Jump Rope Gazers" (official music video)

Directed by Annabel Kean. From Jump Rope Gazers, out now via Carpark.

Not as immediately catchy as the singles from 2018’a Future Me Hates Me, the latest from the New Zealand’s finest takes a while to sink in. The hooks are more subtle, but they’re in there.

I’ve never been the dramatic type
But if I don’t see your face tonight
I… well I guess I’ll be fine

I’m still regretting not going to see the Beths when they played a tiny venue in my town last year. Can’t remember what my lame excuse was for not going, but I can guarantee it was stupid. It sure would be fun to see a show at a club, wouldn’t it?

Don’t you wish you lived in New Zealand right now, where they have effectively beat this fucking coronavirus? I do. Apparently, I’m not alone: 80,000 Americans expressed interest in relocating in May. I guess “I’m moving to New Zealand” is the new “I’m moving to Canada.”

At least maybe then we would get to hang out with the Beths.

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New Daystar video: People Get Lonely

Video: Daystar – “People Get Lonely”

Daystar - People Get Lonely

From The Complete Recordings, out now.

Check out the latest video from GLONO co-founder Derek Phillips’ band Daystar! This time around he and his Portland bandmates reveal what they’ve been up to for the last six months.

Spoiler alert: Not much!

“People Get Lonely” is a power pop highlight of The Complete Recordings, looking back on the ideals we had when we were young.

We laughed and swore to fight, and never said goodnight
But you know… People get lonely

Does the rhythm guitar remind you of the Velvet Underground? Or is it more of an Apple Rooftop concert vibe? Either way, it’s a trip, it’s got a funky beat, and you can bug out to it.

Daystar: web, fb, bandcamp.

New Young Antiques: Goin’ Home ft. Kelly Hogan

Video: Young Antiques: “Goin’ Home” (ft. Kelly Hogan)

YOUNG ANTIQUES (FT. KELLY HOGAN) - GOIN' HOME (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

From Another Risk Of The Heart, out now on Southern Lovers Recording Co.

I’ll listen to anything featuring Kelly Hogan’s harmonies. She’s the special sauce secret ingredient in some of my favorite recordings by Neko Case, the Decemberists, Mavis Staples, and tons more. Her solo stuff is great too. Plus, she tended bar at the Hideout for most of the time I lived in Chicago.

Back in 2001 she told Jim Derogatis that she’d record with just about anybody who asks (“I’m pretty slutty that way, pretty easy, but I always enjoy a challenge.”), but she’s been more selective lately. The drummer for Young Antiques used to be in Hogan’s old band the Jody Grind.

“Goin’ Home” is a wistful ballad that ponders the eternal question of whether or not it’s possible to go back home again.

Tell me we made it through
Tell me all of us and me and you
I guess I feel older
I look right on time

Hogan tweeted, “Proud to be part of the song/video ‘Goin’ Home’ from the new album by Atlanta’s Young Antiques – all done remotely, pre-quarantine. I had to learn how to film myself (w/my laptop sitting on my washing machine, nekkid lightbulbs shining in my face, lyrics taped to the walls.)”

Antiques singer-guitarist Blake Rainey says, “We’re all broadcasting in from different places. And now the whole thing suddenly feels very of-the-moment, like we tapped into this new reality in advance. And in the wake of the pandemic, who knows what’s going to happen? It makes getting back together with the Young Antiques even more special. If we hadn’t done it when we did, who knows if it ever would have happened again?”

So maybe you can go home again.

Young Antiques: web, twitter, bandcamp, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

New Brendan Benson: Dear Life

Video: Brendan Benson – “Dear Life”

Brendan Benson - Dear Life (Official Video)

Directed by Brad Holland. From Dear Life, out now on Third Man.

Brendan Benson’s got a lot of cool gear in his home studio in Nashville. Which is a good thing during stay-at-home orders, right? Lots of fun toys to keep you busy.

The last time we checked in on Benson he was telling that it was good to be alive. And now he’s sharing a couple verses about people who are barely hanging on.

Some days, it comes over me
And I can barely breathe
All this fury pressing down on me
I don’t ever want to leave
It’s got me hanging on
To dear life

“There’s something about this record,” Benson says. “A friend of mine called it ‘life-affirming.’ I thought it was a joke at first but then realized, well, it’s about life and death for sure. I don’t know if that’s positive or optimistic or whatever, but that’s what’s going on with me.”

Brendan Benson: web, twitter, bandcamp, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

New Erasure: Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)

Video: Erasure – “Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)”

Erasure - Hey Now (Think I Got A Feeling)

From The Neon, out August 21 on Mute.

Sometimes you need to take a break from the grind of the 24-hour bad news cycle and never-ending doomscrolling, and put everything bad out of your mind for a few minutes and dance. Or, if you aren’t able to physically get up and shake what the lord gave you, at least stop and listen to some dance music. And nobody makes dance music quite like Andy Bell and Vince Clarke who have been cranking out undeniable jams for 35 years.

Walk through the city singin’ hallelujah
Wish for a lover’s touch
Wore out the mirror, but it can see right through me
I gotta get the look

I’ll admit I haven’t followed their career too closely after their first twenty hits, but I did get the chance to see them live a couple years ago, and it was one of the most fun shows I’ve ever been to. So great. The next time they tour I may drop everything and follow them around like the Grateful Dead.

And now they’re back with a new album just when we need it most.

Erasure: web, twitter, bandcamp, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

New Public Enemy: State Of The Union (STFU)

Video: Public Enemy – “State Of The Union (STFU)”

PUBLIC ENEMY - State Of The Union (STFU) featuring DJ PREMIER | OFFICIAL VIDEO

Directed by David C. Snyder. From the forthcoming Nothing Is Quick in the Desert. Single out now.

Happy Juneteenth. And what better way to celebrate than a new Public Enemy song? Chuck and Flav, back together again, express their dissatisfaction with our orange fuhrer.

Vote this joke out or die tryin’
Unprecedented demented
Many presidented, Nazi gestapo
Dictator defended
It’s not what you think it’s what you follow
Run for them jewels, drink from that bottle
Another four years gonna gut y’all hollow

Yeah, tell it like it is!

And you can get a free download from PE’s website in exchange for your email address.

Public Enemy: web, twitter, bandcamp, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

New Bully: Where To Start

Video: Bully – “Where To Start”

Bully - Where To Start [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz and Alicia Bognanno. From Sugaregg, due August 21 on Sub Pop.

Alicia Bognanno isn’t having any of your shit.

Running your face through ice cold water
Quick sugar rush, blood in the shower
I read your mind through the flash in your eyes
There’s nowhere to go, out of reasons to try

The song has an unexpected origin story.

“I was listening to ‘Tubthumping’ by Chumbawamba and picking apart the melodic structure and sort of trying to mimic that,” Alicia Bognanno told Rolling Stone. “I’m not even joking; it still makes me laugh to think about. But let’s be real, that is undeniably a solid song.”

Is it though? Really?

Bognanno says her song “addresses the frustration that comes along with love having the ability to fully control your mood and mental state for better or worse. It was therapeutic to funnel some lightheartedness into what can be an otherwise draining state of mind.”

One thing we can say for sure is that you are never gonna keep her down.

Bully: web, twitter, bandcamp, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.

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New Blitzen Trapper: Masonic Temple Microdose #1

Video: Blitzen Trapper – “Masonic Temple Microdose #1”

Blitzen Trapper - "Masonic Temple Microdose #1" (Official Video)

From Holy Smokes Future Jokes, due September 11, 2020 on Yep Roc.

“Let’s do the world a favor, yeah, let’s all go extinct.”

Can’t argue with that! In the meantime, though, we’re all going to have to keep on keeping on and there’s no better soundtrack to that the choogling groove of Blitzen Trapper.

Eric Earley says, “This song is about American apathy and the nihilism that emerges from the bogus idea that complete personal freedom should be man’s ultimate goal, when in fact man’s ultimate goal should be ecological balance, all things follow from this. Comedy and horror combine on this track, teenagers dropping acid in a masonic temple at the end of the empire, the American consumptive death-drive laid bare as a desire for extinction.”

Whatever you say, homie.

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New Margo Price: Letting Me Down

Video: Margo Price – “Letting Me Down”

Margo Price - Letting Me Down (Official Music Video)

Directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch. From That’s How Rumors Get Started, out July 10 on Loma Vista.

“Everybody’s lonely / Aw babe, just look around.”

That’s true. Look around. Why else would a bunch of otherwise sane people risk their health to go out to a bar and drink with people whose very breath might contain invisible droplets of a virus for which there is still no known treatment? It’s tough out there.

The film crew on this video, though, knows a thing or two about resposnsibility:

“We bought a cheap ’80s travel trailer with a bathroom, kitchen, and a propane powered refrigerator, so we wouldn’t have to go inside anywhere for food or bathrooms. We were able to abide by the 6-feet social distance CDC recommendation as we set up a remote head for the camera that we operated from a closet outside of the room. We wore masks the entire time and Margo supplied us with multiple bottles of hand sanitizer and spiked seltzers. We parked our RV in her driveway and worked solely out of there and the room we were filming in. We wanted to speak to what was going on at that moment, to a world that was/is shut down, to the fear we all feel, and to the hope of breaking free.”

Here’s hoping!

Margo Price: web, twitter, bandcamp, amazon, apple, spotify, wiki.