Sunday Music: Drug Church

I would buy a book of Drug Church lyrics.  Here’s “Fun’s Over” from their newest album, Hygiene. If you like literary post-hardcore, art rock, give them a spin. I’m really enjoying some of their stuff (h/t NYT Popcast episode, “A Renaissance in American Hardcore Music” - which made me so, so happy this week).  In … Continue reading Sunday Music: Drug Church

Sunday Music: My July 2022 Playlist

First and foremost, thanks to those of you who have kicked me with… “so it’s been a minute since you’ve shared a mix/playlist - what gives?” I consider this a midsummer’s vacation day arc, which starts with morning reflections and appreciations, midday day-drinking (complete with self-loathing and punky snark), a sentimental lull around dinner, a … Continue reading Sunday Music: My July 2022 Playlist

Sunday Music: Becoming All Alone (Regina Spektor)

I can’t handle the overproduction. Where’s the Rick Rubin Regina Spektor album? I tried to listen to the new album, but I was struggling. I headed to YouTube in search of alternate takes/live versions since the songs seemed good but the presentation was so… “why did you make this choice?” It didn't take me long … Continue reading Sunday Music: Becoming All Alone (Regina Spektor)

Regret, Shame, And Morris Day (And Shakespeare)

I didn’t expect Morris Day to stop me in my tracks with a Shakespeare sonnet.  He said he felt like he was “40 going on 4.” Curled up in the fetal position, feeling sorry for himself, full of shame, guilt, and regret. And Shakespeare finally was the one who got through to him.  If you’ve … Continue reading Regret, Shame, And Morris Day (And Shakespeare)

Sunday Music: Leikeli47’s “Ladies Love Cool Jewelry”

Leikeli47 is back, still covering her face, and making her form of anonymous musical magic. There’s some great rapping, excellent R&B (I didn’t see this coming, but, OK - this girl can sing), and delightful hooks to keep me going back to this album.  Maybe she can continue to be the more-underground, masked Lizzo we … Continue reading Sunday Music: Leikeli47’s “Ladies Love Cool Jewelry”

Sunday Music: More Kendrick Thoughts

I’m a few weeks into processing Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Here’s what I’m thinking.  Kendrick’s the closest thing we’ve got to a modern Miles Davis. He’s going to push boundaries. We shouldn’t be surprised by him, we should expect to be surprised. And that means not loving everything he does.  What we should … Continue reading Sunday Music: More Kendrick Thoughts

Sunday Music: Kendrick’s “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers”

Kendrick Lamar’s got a lot to say on his new record. But what really stopped me on my first listen was asking, “Is that Eckhart Tolle talking too?!” Spoiler: it is. On my first few passes, I think Kendrick has done it, yet again. If you need a quick intro to Tolle, read this (“Feel … Continue reading Sunday Music: Kendrick’s “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers”

How We Feel = The Stories We Tell (With Ocean Vuong)

How we feel is a function of the stories we repeat to ourselves.  To change, with repetitions, is to edit. We can edit for length, tone, truth - and/or any combination of things.  When we’re telling stories to others, our stories come crashing into theirs. What they repeat when they walk away, determines how they … Continue reading How We Feel = The Stories We Tell (With Ocean Vuong)

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

Ricky Gervais’ After Life is one of the most profoundly beautiful (and funny) explorations of mourning I’ve ever seen. If the only thing constant is change, what are we doing ever trying to hold onto anything constant? It doesn't mean it doesn’t hurt. It doesn't mean it’s not hard. But we have to embrace the … Continue reading Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep