Nice song but the lyrics read like someone I’ve muted on Twitter
This week in 155, blink-155 and beyond
It’s Green May week three and we’re sooo tired. What would help us? Talking about our life as DJs? Soundtracked by one of the most annoying songs of all time that’s still stuck in our heads somehow?
Here’s some other stuff we’re thinking about right now:
Mear “That Song”
Sam: About once a week I check out the dramatic neighbourhood Facebook group and briefly fall into a scroll hole that means I’m extremely up to date on the few people I know who still regularly post there (almost entirely people I have not spoken to IRL in 15 years). One recent tumble led me to the discovery a cover of Big Wreck’s “That Song” by someone I went to university with, and honestly, it’s so sick. “That Song” is classic of the government-dictated Canadian rock renaissance of my youth and since I also love a lil synth time, this checks my very few but specific boxes. Maybe I should go on Facebook more often.
Jos: “That Song” is sooo sick. When rockers make corny pop music, it always rules. But then they ruin it by rocking out on other songs. I also love how the lyrics of “That Song” open up as if they’re fully in situ. This cover is really cute too. I do feel weird about neighbourhood Facebook groups though. Like if I had seen this person passive aggressively fighting about compost I’m not sure I’d like this as much. But it’s so nice.
Alex Lahey “The Sky is Melting”
Sam: I love Alex Lahey. Australia seems like a pretty bad place but sometimes even they get it right. Was a little disappointed to discover that the lyrics I thought was “Michael Bolton on the p” (like the piano?) is actually “Michael Bolton on repeat,” but otherwise this is an unassailable midtempo ode to a feeling I love to chase because, like the song says, I am also a cliche. Very nice and good!
Jos: I’m not sure I’ve ever heard Alex Lahey before, but now that you’ve got me thinking of Cancon I’m imagining it’s Mr. Lahey. I hate that I know about Trailer Park Boys, cuz it sucks. Okay the lyric you’ve called out is cool but I’m hearing a bunch of stuff about Jeffrey Epstein and buying mushrooms… nice song but the lyrics read like someone I’ve muted on Twitter.
Daft Punk “Infinity Repeating” (ft. Julian Casablancas & the Voidz)
Jos: The release of Random Access Memories feels like it was a lot more than 10 years ago, but that’s probably because the whole thing sounds like the dang 1970s! I was never really a massive Daft Punk head, which is maybe why I loved this album. It’s so grandiose and ridiculous and lush and fun. Plus, it includes the sound of the summer. Julian Casablancas was really crushing it as a guest back then too (see also: the Lonely Island’s “Boombox”), and this lil B-side that just came out is obviously almost nothing if you’re not a big fan of the parties involved. But if you’re into it, there’s plenty of Vulfpeck-esque noodling added to the mix. Yummy.
Sam: I have never listened to a Daft Punk song that wasn’t a single, but what a sweet time this was. Probably because Josiah referenced “Boombox” I was expecting more of a bombastic anthem than a slinky groovy tune, but what a treat! I’m yummin’!
Street Gloves Street Gloves EP
Jos: Whenever we’ve talked about the fact that “real actual punks” listen to the pod, we’ve mostly meant Martin and Chris. And when Martin launched the incredible Demo Fest in 2020, one of his contributions was Street Gloves, another massively high watermark in his incredible discography (which also includes Vile Intent, Spacers and Doggo, among others). Three years later, Street Gloves has continued and d-beat master Chris has officially joined as live bassist. The pod punks don’t need us anymore. They never did.
Sam: Hahaha oh my goodness this is so sick. I had this described to me by several people while we were in Montreal and every time it sounded sicker and I got more stoked… so I’m amazed it’s even better than they said?? This music sounds so cool but in a way that I actually like on a gut level instead of just recognizing in a disinterested and dispassionate way before going back to listening to Blink-182. Just bought this on Bandcamp and started messaging Josiah about it.
You know when people say “last weekend was a movie!” or whatever? Well last weekend actually was! In our new 90 minute vid, we get into the details of our incredible pod weekend, recapping shows in Toronto and Montreal as well as our emotional trip to the MGK movie. And Mitch a.k.a. Buttermuffin swings by to offer a review of his trip to Avril Lavigne’s favourite pizzeria in Napanee. He traveled all the way from Lake Tahoe to deliver it.
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