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FRANK TURNER-Positive Songs for Negative People

“I don’t want to spend all my life indoors, laying low and waiting for the next storm. I don’t want to spend all my life inside, I want to step out and face the sunshine.” The Next Storm is absolutely the perfect song for an album titled, Positive Songs for Negative People. It’s a raucous, “rise up” song: “Rejoice, rebel, the storm is passed!” he shouts at the end, and if you’re not on your feet throwing your fists up and looking for a reason to rally, you shouldn’t be listening to music. This is what it all used to be about: Meaning, power, movement. Change. The power of belief, the soaring inspiration that come from a feeling and words and sound and Goddamn I love this record.

This is Turner’s sixth album and his most mainstream to date. It’s an album he deserves to make money off—if this guy can’t make a living making music, nobody should be able to.

It reminds me of Joe Strummer, my favorite musician of all time, and so many other folk-rockers who have brought passion and fire to the world only to be forgotten too soon.

And if it’s too much of a break from his more rootsy punk background, get the bonus album: All acoustic, and just as terrific.

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MARY LOU LORD-Backstreet Angels

I guess if you take over a decade between albums, you can expect people might have forgotten you. But I didn’t. I remember when she was singing in a subway tunnel in Boston, and my buddy picked up her CD and sent it to me. It was stunning. Then her career was cut short, meanly, by a vocal condition. And somehow, she returned this year with a truly terrific record.

The single, Buddy Valentine, is a love letter to classic rock—mostly Bob Dylan—but the entire album is terrific. Not only has she recovered, Mary Lou Lord has gotten even better.

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AMY SCHMIDT-Ventiane (EP)

A freEP that comes with a warning: Do not listen to it while driving. It may lull you, hypnotically, into a such a quiet state that you’ll run into a truck and won’t even feel it. If a record could be a meditative state, it would sound like this. Great stuff.

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CARY KANNO-The Light Fantastic

Cary Kanno is a Chicago singer/songwriter who was in the bands Abstract Giants and Doko Benjo before striking out on his own in 2009. His latest, “The Light Fantastic,” is a great collection of well-written, gentle tunes full of heart. One is reminded of Josh Ritter or Andrew Bird. He’s not twee, but his music is definitely sweet.

Check out the new album below–I particularly recommend “We are All Animals” and “Ignorance is Bliss.” Also, there’s a neat over of Nirvana’s “Something in the Way.”

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THE NEW ATLAS-“The New Atlas”

Wow! This is some damn fine indie pop. It’s so interesting, in fact, that I almost don’t want to call it “pop.” It’s got an Americana bend, some great harmonies and folk-y guitar work–just an all-around terrific album.

And it’s free!

I’ve never heard of this band before, but apparently they also released an EP way back in the middle of 2013 and since then they’ve upped their game. The album is just six songs long, but when every song is good it doesn’t make you miss filler. In fact, more bands should focus on a shorter, stronger set list.

Great stuff. You can download for free off Bandcamp, or you can step up and support these guys by paying what you like.

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MOON KNIGHT!

LEE/KIRBY CREATIONS IN THE FIRST 100 ISSUES OF THE FANTASTIC 4!

The first 100 issues is arguably the most creative run on a comic of all time. Here’s why:

Agatha Harkness (#94) Awesome Android (#15)

Blastaar (#62)

Black Panther (#52)

Diablo (#30)

Dr. Doom(#5)

Dragon Man (#35)

Frightful Four (#36)

Galactus (#48)

Hate Monger (#21)

Impossible Man (#11)

The Inhumans (#44)

Mad Thinker (#15)

Medusa (#37)

The Microverse (#76)

Molecule Man (#20)

Mole Man (#1)

Psycho Man (#77)

Puppet Master (#8)

Rama Tut (Kang) (#19)

The Red Ghost (#13)

Ronan The Accuser (#65)

Silver Surfer (#48)

Skrulls (#2)

Sub Mariner (1st Silver Age)(#4)

Super Skrull (#18)

Adam Warlock (#67)

The Watcher (#13)

Yancy Street and the YS Gang (#20)

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