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Pain is on the way out now

So I knew it has been a few years since The War on Drugs released an album, but I’m not going to pretend I know what the album was or if it did well or what the singles might have been, because I have no idea. However, I did just stumble upon their latest track called “Pain” and I really liked it. So thank you Google Play Radio for sharing this new release with me, I doubt I would have heard it otherwise. And looks, I liked it enough that I logged in to write about it, when is the last time that happened? Well in all fairness I did just share a video from Ziggy Marley so I guess it hasn’t been that long, but prior to the island music I had written about something music since December!

Onto The War on Drugs…

A Deeper Understanding is the bands fourth album, due for arrival August 25th, via Atlantic Records. This is their first album under the new label, they used to be Secretly Canadian. Eh.

photo credit – Shawn Brackbill
photo credit – Shawn Brackbill

This band is from Philly, which I very much appreciate since that’s only about 40 minutes from me, less if you drive like my brother. They’ve been around over a decade now since 2005. They’re currently touring, obviously, since they are releasing an album. They’ll be in Philly in September, at the Dell Music Center, in case you’re interested. They’ll be heading overseas in November.

I was staring into the light
When I saw you in the distance, I knew that you’d be mine
Am I moving back in time
Just standing still

Listen To The War On Drugs’ “Holding On” –

https://youtu.be/LBWiMAu3uII

Listen To The War On Drugs’ “Thinking of a Place” –

https://youtu.be/TeaDE1magRk

A Deeper Understanding Tracklisting:

  1. Up All Night
  2. Pain
  3. Holding On
  4. Strangest Thing
  5. Knocked Down
  6. Nothing To Find
  7. Thinking of a Place
  8. In Chains
  9. Clean Living
  10. You Don’t Have To Go

Pre-order A Deeper Understandinghttps://Atlantic.lnk.to/ADeeperUnderstanding

A place where the weekend’s long

Jamaica House 2017 will once again showcase Jamaican artists old and new including the very awesome Ziggy Marley. “The motto for the Island of Jamaica is ‘Out of many, one people’ and this series of shows absolutely highlights the diversity and excitement of the island’s music scene.”

I found a place where the weekend’s long

The new ‘Weekend’s Long (Scaramouche Remix)’ is available today for airplay! Find it on all digital / streaming services including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Pandora and Google Play.

The remix was just completed by the European DJ duo Scaramouche – for Ziggy’s final UK tour dates of the year!

Fun Fact: He also wrote the theme song for the children’s cartoon series Arthur.

New trailer released for Kingsman: The Golden Circle

In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman. These two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

Plus they have some pretty sweet movie posters for each character.

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Release: September 22, 2017
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Written By: Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn, based on the comic book “The Secret Service” by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons
Produced By: Matthew Vaughn, David Reid, Adam Bohling
Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, with Sir Elton John, and Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges

SYNOPSIS
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman – an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

Who voted? WhoVille, the Grinch, Moving On #thefutureismymotivation

lincoln-680x365Now I know many of the readers of this blog are in the UK. Thank you for that :) And maybe you are not following what has happened in the US. Though I think the entire world has been watching. I don’t know how you feel but my brother called me this morning and he said something which resonated with me.

He said that in the Dr. Seuss story of the Grinch. The Grinch took everything from Whoville overnight and yet on Christmas morning the Whos all woke up and came together, they held hands, they sang around the tree. img_7010Their unity, their choice to come together and hold onto what they still had which was each other… That is what we need to do. Now, I’m not saying “he who shall not be named” is the Grinch. I’m not saying that, but maybe, just maybe, if we unite together in a profound way which shows America and the rest of the world that we cannot be broken and we will see good prevail, maybe “he who shall not be named” will see his heart grow three sizes. Who knows? #who

My best friend Natalie messaged me to help console and calm me. She shared “Dan (Rather) rather sums up my feelings: we have a system with built in checks and balances by the constitution and bill of rights. Presidents are powerful, but they are not ALL powerful.” This is true.be-courageous Though both the Senate and the House are now Republican leaning… But I need to have faith that everyone, EVERYONE, in a non-partisan effort, will have their eye on, “he who shall not be named” and he will not have an opportunity, no room for error, he will need to step up to the place and be a leader the rest of the popular vote can, if not get behind, at least say okay we can get through the next four years.

I voted for Hillary Clinton.

I’m 35 years old, but I have never in my life seen such a divide with regard to the presidency. Trending hashtags right now include things like #ImStillWithHer #NotMyPresident and trending news like “Immigration to Canada.” I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve also never seen someone like Vladimir Putin be one of the first people to congratulate a newly elected US President. He is not someone I want in the ear of an American leader. I think this speaks for itself in so many ways. But this cannot be what we do. Maybe let ourselves have a time of mourning so to speak, get the emotions out, and then we need to pull up our bloomers and get on with it.keep-moving-forward-martin-luther-king-jr-quotes-sayings-pictures

Where do we go from here? Hopefully, since “he who shall not be named” is a business man he will be able to create a plan and take strides to help build our economy and create new jobs. And I think this needs to happen across all classes and skill sets. This man seems to know a thing or two about strategy. Sadly though I wish I could believe a word he says. Although those nicer than I have phrased it as such, “uniquely fact-challenged candidate.” Hopefully he will be able to bring on an administration who will be able to get the facts straight. Even when the truth hurts. We cannot allow racism, sexism, ageism, ablism, none of the -isms, we cannot allow those platforms to become a way of normalcy. That cannot happen. We cannot let that be our future. We need to continue to speak out for justice and for respect for all people. Notice I did not say tolerance. I don’t want people to “tolerate” each other, I want us to appreciate and respect each other.

It’s time to figure out who to improve our democracy. We need to continue to love, to give each other hope, to stare evil in the face and not back down. I know I sound like Care-A-Lot Care Bear and there should be a rainbow shooting out of my chest right now, but I have to find something, some glimmer of light to hold onto.

imagesI know I will need to say his name eventually but right now it is too raw, this is my day of mourning. Maybe tomorrow.

But I’m not going to say anything is rigged. I’m not going to be one of those people. There were record turnouts at the poll and that is a good thing. Voting is a right, but it is also a privilege not all people have and I am glad the people voted.

Moving forward. Not even the President of the United States can change who I am. They cannot change how I raise my children. They cannot change how I treat myself, my colleagues, my neighbors. Any sort of change still begins with each of us. Obviously, collectively, we hold way more power than we realize. We need to take this to heart and, for lack of a better phrase, use it for good. What can we do to repair and mend what has been damaged? What can we do to create new paths forward to improve the systemic issues we now see so clearly and how can we improve the policy making process? As my brother so often tells me, this is no time to be complacent.

“If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand.”

 

Careful waking up the giants

This is not new song, it’s just one I’m playing on repeat a lot lately, so I thought I’d share real quick. If you like.. Vinyl Theater or Magic Man or Panama Wedding I really think you’ll love Grizfolk if you haven’t heard them before. Vice versa counts for all of the aforementioned ;)

This is Waking Up The Giants by Grizfolk. (Adam Roth, Sebastian Fritze, Fredrik Eriksson, Brendan James, and Bill Delia)

We’re the rhythm of the darkest nights
We’re the truth that’s been left unspoken
We’re the shadows far beyond the lights
We’re waking, waking, waking up the giants

The band, Grizfolk, is based out of Los Angeles. Another song I love by them is called Vagabonds. It’s amazing.

Another reason to LOVE Grizfolk is because they joined forced with Global Citizen. They offered a “reward” through Global Citizen for tickets to their Troublemaker Tour. Global Citizen is a group which teams up to raise awareness about global poverty. Global Citizens can earn points and therefore rewards by taking action against injustices in the world. It’s pretty cool.

In more recent news, Grizfolk did a remix of of duo TeamMate’s track “Nothing’s Ever Over” which got some pretty rave reviews.

So, hoping to hear more from the band in the future. Meanwhile enjoying the tracks they released late in 2015 and the remixes they released this past Spring. All musical goodness. All of it.

Inspired by new Kings of Leon album #WALLS

Walls Album Cover
Walls Album Cover

Not much has made me say, “I have to write about this” lately, at least not much in music. But the Google Play gurus have been prompting me to listen to the new Kings of Leon album – WALLS. (People not using Google Play can also stream the album with Amazon Prime, just as an FYI.) And I finally listened this morning. So happy I did. And yes, I immediately felt prompted to both buy the vinyl AND write a post. Especially after I found out their tour tickets go on sale today for some venues and tomorrow for others.

Haters gonna hate. I have seen some terrible reviews of this album. Saying they sold their souls, they went for singalongs, blah blah blah. Terrible right? What band would want to release something people will sing a long to and dance around and bob their head, right? Awful… Idiots.

Okay so the new album released last week on October 14. And I wondered what they had been doing because it has been three years since their last album release. By the tracks on this album it’s clear that they have been enduring a lot and going through a lot, it’s definitely a bit somber, but it’s so well polished. I mean, I didn’t want to skip any of the songs, they are all so incredible. Even though many of the tracks are about addiction and loss.

In short, the songs do a lot of story telling which I really appreciate about their music. Caleb’s voice and the emotion you can hear is palpable.

The album title track “Walls” is beautiful. Might just be because of the place I am in life right now, but it really hit me. I think everyone has felt that way before though and so the lyrics, combined with the light beat, the finger slides over the guitar strings, piano (everyone knows I am a sucker for anything with piano in it). It’s a gorgeous song. I can totally imagine it being a soundtrack piece on a movie or tv drama, Grey’s Anatomy perhaps, who knows.

Let me tell you, I appreciate the entire album, track by track, but a few other favorites are “Over,” “Muchacho,” and “Wild” they are awesome.  Their first single off the album was released back in early September, that track name is “Waste A Moment.”

A snippet from Wild:

Wild, my breath of wonder
Child, running like thunder
Brace for the explosion
Wild is for the open

Swoon.