Modern Baseball released a six-track EP today as a surprise. They also announced their third album's title: Holy Ghost (out in 2016.) The EP is darker than MOBO's usual style, but it works very well. According to Brooklyn Vegan:
"Co-frontman Brendan Lukens opened up to Spin about his battle with depression and anxiety, which he writes about in his new songs. 'The Waterboy Returns' is one of their most melodically upbeat songs, yet features dark lyrics such as 'Hey you, that's no way out / You can't find help in a bottle or a cut,' which reflect Luken's personal struggles. 'The Thrash Particle' is a slower track where Brendan opens up about heartbreak and reflects on expressing his feelings through songwriting within the actual lyrics. 'You suggested I write a song about the first time we met/Well I don't wanna remember there or then.'"
I love The Waterboy Returns and Revenge Of The Nameless Ranger, but the whole EP is solid.
MOBO starts a tour on 10/27 with Jeff Rosenstock, PUP, and Tiny Moving Parts, so check out dates to hear them live, and get ready for Holy Ghost.
Note: quote from Brooklyn Vegan, album art from MOBO's Bandcamp
City and Colour released If I Should Go Before You on October 9th, and per usual I'm a little slow on the uptake. According to City and Colour's website:
"It’s a collection of 11 songs - the thoughts I had on my mind: a last ditch effort to find something better and leave well enough alone. You can steal it, stream it or even buy it! Just try to enjoy it. I know I do.
The album is good, maybe a little derivative and not necessarily the most exciting stuff happening in music, but still solid. This is Saturday-morning-making-french-toast-and-dancing-in-the-kitchen-without-pants music. Give it a listen if you have a chance, it's a safe album to put on shuffle and just chill to, but I'd definitely suggest listening to Woman. It's a highlight.
Note: quote and photo from City and Colour and not our own.
Whirr wasn't even on my radar until this morning. I saw a few 'Hard Times' posts about the band but didn't note it as anything important. I finally caught myself up, and found that this is a really great example of exactly what should be happening in our music industry. According to Pitchfork:
"Last night, the Bay Area band Whirr posted a series of negative tweets about G.L.O.S.S., a punk band whose lead singer is a transgender woman. (The tweets have since been deleted, but an archive can be found at Stereogum.) Among other things, they tweeted, 'g.l.o.s.s. Is just a bunch of boys running around in panties making shitty music,' and compared G.L.O.S.S. to the Buffalo Bill character from The Silence of The Lambs."
Below are some screenshots of Whirr's other tweets.
G.L.O.S.S. responded with a few scathing tweets:
Graveface Records and Run For Cover Records both responded quickly and without hesitation:
Whirr posted this statement to Twitter:
October 20, 2015
When asked if RFC had changed their minds since Whirr's apology, they said:
"Frankly, no, it doesn’t change anything. We were aware of the information in Whirr’s statement when we made the decision. Although the band is not signed to our label, and never have been, we have decided to not work with them in the future, and stop selling their releases we did have a hand in. Also, despite being at a financial net loss with Whirr and Camera Shy, we will be donating $3,000 to a TBA non profit in support of equal rights for LGBTQ.
This instance is really important. Whirr's transphobic behavior was not tolerated and there were quick, real consequences. And not only did record labels respond mercilessly, but the general public was also outraged.
Coming together as a community and making it clear that this type of behavior is unacceptable was really amazing and sets a great example of how these incidents should be handled. We should all applaud Run For Cover Records and Graveface Records and let Whirr serve as the example we should all strive to not follow.
A friend introduced me to W. C. Lindsay last December. She lives in Philly near their local scene, and since they were playing at Heirloom Arts in Danbury, we checked them out. It was a super small show and it was fairly apparent we were the only ones who knew them. We decided, fuck it, we were still going to sing and dance along. That's the thing with W. C. Lindsay, it's fun music. It's music you learn every word to and wiggle along with.
In 2012, they released 'Hard Youth, Hardly You,' a solid introduction. My favorites included 'Folklore and Tall Tales,' 'Rita Hayworth,' and of course 'Hard Youth, Hardly You.' In 2014, they released their debut album, 'Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions.' This is one of my all-time favorite albums. 'Into the Night,' 'Kids These Days,' 'Slowly, So Sweet,' 'Little Ghost,' and 'Hum and Roar' are all really great songs, and they all work so well together as a collective piece. The rest of the album is great too, and there isn't one song off that album that you can't jam to.
On October 7th, W. C. Lindsay released a new single 'Hang Tough' that you can stream here from AP. The first time I played it I was a little skeptical, but by the time it'd finished, I was a fan. Will Lindsay told AP:
"This is probably the most frustrated song we've ever put out. It's a song about mixed signals and differences in night and day and drinking at a college party. I feel like with "Hang Tough" we've combined all the ideas represented on Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions and smashed them together in one track."
W. C. Lindsay's music is always vaguely uplifting, so I'd suggest giving it a listen. When you love it, check out 'Hard Youth, Hardly You' and 'Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions' below,
Note: Photo now our own, from AP
What we're listening to.