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Baywatch (dir. Seth Gordon, 2017)
David Hasselhoff has now somehow appeared in two separate movies as himself as the main character’s spirit guardian and compared to The Spongebob Squarepants Movie this cameo was pretty lackluster. When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson rides on David Hasselhoff’s back like a jet ski, then we’ll talk. Continue reading
Adult Mom-Soft Spots
When Soft Spots was announced, I’d just about forgotten about Adult Mom. Sure, Steph Knipe’s project had some catchy tunes, and they released one of my favorite records of 2015, but looking back on Momentary Lapse of Happily, it’s replay value was limited save for a few songs. Knipe has not only improved as a songwriter, they’re much more vulnerable and personable on Soft Spots.
The most noticeable change to this Adult Mom album is the warmth of the production. “J Station” is incredibly homey, while narrating a despondent breakup. Even the closing track, “First Day of Spring,” despite Knipe discussing their not being ready for warmth, sounds like a friendly record to play under your covers on a cold day. “Full Screen” has many more fleshed out tones than the barebones of Happily. The touches of xylophone and synthesizer expand the track in the minutest way to perfectly compliment Knipe’s melancholy acoustic song. “Drive Me Home” is another example of a song that builds around Knipe’s repetitive, manic vocals.
Besides being a better sounding record, Knipe is much better as a lyricist on Soft Spots. There are much fewer cheeky, cliché references like “it’s okay to kiss girls!” on Happily, but there’s still a tongue-in-cheek nature to a song like “Full Screen,” which begins with Knipe asking:
“Do you full screen your porn?
Do you think about me
as you watch her crawl across the floor”
A song like “J Station” shows Knipe developing stories through their songs recalling one more go with an old lover, but ends with perhaps the coldest line of the album: “I’ll be sad you were ever in my life in the first place.” Knipe’s vocal performances on these songs are much more emotive than on their debut or Sometimes Bad Happens, and it really puts Adult Mom ahead as an interesting artist within the punk community.
On their second full-length, Adult Mom really takes the next step into creating remarkably comforting music. Listening to this record sounds like the way Chris Gethard describes The Smiths during Career Suicide, as the type of music that could only grow and the meaning could expand through the ages, as a constant spot that only grows to take on new meanings as you grow older.
PWR BTTM’s Ben Hopkins Accused of Sexual Assault
Ben Hopkins of queer-punk duo PWR BTTM has recently come under fire following accusations of sexual assault. Following the accusations, the band released a statement, a number of shows have been dropped, Salty Artist Management have dropped them, touring members and support have dropped off their upcoming tour, and a woman came forward in an anonymous interview as a victim of Hopkins. The band’s sophomore album Pageant was released today.
National Sexual Assault Hotline – (800) 656-4673
The Trevor Project – (866) 488-7386
LGBT National Help Center – (888) 843-4564
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs – (212) 714-1141
For Heartworms being the first album The Shins have released in five years, it’s pretty boring. As a pretty avid Shins fan, I was excited to see what this album was about. I adore the album artwork, it’s got a 60’s illustration vibe and unfortunately, that is my favorite part of this album. It’s not that any of the songs are subjectively bad, but there isn’t anything new or attention grabbing. Continue reading
BurgerADay Seeks new writers
Hi all, over the summer, you probably know that I started my website/blog, BurgerADay.com. The original goal for BurgerADay was to post some form of content at least once a day, but due to my new job, it’s become increasingly difficult to regularly post to BurgerADay. For 2017, in addition to finding a way to continue my original goal, I have 2 new goals: 1. I want to get more visitors for BurgerADay (maybe monetize it, somehow?), and 2. Get more writers for a variety of topics.
I feel the second goal is necessary in order to reach goal one and continue the original one, thus I’m searching for writers. I’m seeking people who are passionate about any of the following: movies, TV, politics, fitness, food, books, beverages, celebrities, restaurants, pop culture, tech, comedy, theatre, music, sports or anything that can be of interest to others. If you can write competently about one or more of these topics and you’re looking for a place to showcase some writing, BurgerADay is the place for you. The ideal BurgerADay writer has a wide knowledge of pop culture, a sense of humor and interesting, original ideas. Submit the Google form below and send an email with 2-4 writing samples to email@example.com. Currently, BurgerADay is unable to provide payment to writers.
16 Odd Ends from 2016
Summing it all up.
Even though we’ve all been talking about how 2016 is the worst year ever, this year did see a lot of good coming out of it. Don’t get me wrong, 2016 sucked, but it does seem like the arts flourished. We got Stranger Things this year! I’ve heard the new Star Wars is pretty good, and I don’t even like Star Wars. I saw Brand New, The Front Bottoms, and Modern Baseball twice each! Those aren’t bad things. Since music is where my passion lies (and I’m not that original), I wanted to post BurgerADay’s official standings on Pitchfork’s normal and bizarre year end lists.
1.Best Lyric of 2016: The Front Bottoms-“Joanie”
“I finally am what I am, a fucking bag of bags”
Although The Front Bottoms are stealing a page from Katy Perry’s book here, Needy When I’m Needy provided some of the most refreshing, fun songs of the year. When Brian Sella sings that he’s just “a fucking bag of bags,” it’s absurdist but enticing. It’s a line that you can’t help but to sing along to. Unlike Perry, I’ve never “felt like a plastic bag/drifting through the wind,” but I’ve totally felt like “a fucking bag of bags.”
2.Best Rap Album of 2016: Kanye West-The Life of Pablo Continue reading
AJJ Re-release ‘Rompilation’ for Charity
https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1961957600/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/AJJ have re-relased their EP Rompilation on bandcamp with all proceeds going towards The Trevor Project. The EP has demoes, Mountain Goats covers, and other covers.
Green Day perform “Bang Bang” at the AMA’s with “No Trump!” Chant
Billie Joe Armstrong has been incredibly outspoken about his disdain for the President-Elect. Green Day began a chant saying “No Trump. No KKK. No Fascist USA” in reference to “Born to Die” by MDC. Green Day will be touring the US next year with Against Me!
The Front Bottoms share “All For You Sacrificial Ritual”
The Front Bottoms have shared a demo version of “Historic Cemetery” from Back On Top. This is the grittiest of the demos thus far with an electric guitar as the basis.
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