A Song For The Times

The Mountain Goats’ Rain in Soho is not a summer jam.

In great swaths of the United States, the sun is trying to kill us. In others, it only wants to char and dehydrate. Our society is a mess. Nothing seems true anymore and there’s a rising feeling of dread.

You know the Mountain Goats’ whole vibe, yeah? Not a cheery crew. That the name of their new album is Goths should be enough proof of that. Rain In Soho won’t be the song everyone chants in packed stadiums, but its power goes deeper. It captures the feeling of this summer, this year, this moment in history.

(Year Zero/Day One Hundred and Fifty-Six)

“Time To Wake Up”

It’s Sunday night and you’re consumed with malaise thinking about the wage slavery to come. Philosopher Alan Watts has sagacious advice to help you cope with your dilemma, and YOB has heavy riffage and throaty growls. From their 2014 album Clearing the Path to Ascend, we offer for your consideration “In Our Blood”.

Take A Break. Have Fun. Go Outside.

Today’s break from the toppling dominoes that may end in resignation or impeachment brought to you by The Magnetic Fields.

50 Song Memoir is an audio journal of a sort of Stephin Merritt’s first five decades of life on Earth, and is customarily excellent. If you’re new to the group, Merritt is “the Cole Porter of his generation”, except better.

If you’re not reading this from your smartphone, go outside already. Unless you live in Tornado Alley and one of those bad boys just touched down a block from your house. You’re excused.

(Year Zero/Day One Hundred and Twenty-One)

“I could fry up some heirloom toadstools with a little hemlock vinaigrette”

Sometimes the news cycle is slow enough that a current events-oriented writer like myself can use one of their mental health day tokens. And it’s possible you, dear reader, are recovering from the excesses of St. Patrick’s Day.

But fear not! I have something for you. Even if you’re usually adverse to musicals, I think you’ll enjoy the sentiments expressed in “A Happy Ending For Us” from the short-lived but dearly-missed television show Galavant.

I hope you’ve been recharging your electrolytes. The world will still be a mess tomorrow…

(Year Zero/Day Fifty-Eight)