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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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NANAKI-The Dandelion Radio Session

I don’t know who Nanaki is, or what possesses him to make such great instrumentals, but Goddamn I’m grateful.



As a diehard, uncloseted Pat Benetar fan I was so hoping for a cover of We Belong. There isn’t one on Slow and Steady’s latest release, but my disappointment is minimal because it’s a great record. In the vein of morphine-induced indie rockers like Alkaline Trio, Band of Horses, and Centro-Matic, it’s a collection of mid-tempo, moody songs that feel familiar and sad, with Americana tinges and some really solid songwriting.



A free EP for you today, pure indie rock. I liked it—but the songs are all a little too long. Each one begins with an extended, spacey, atmospheric instrumental and then builds into a proper song. I’d like to hear a little more variety from these guys, because they are obviously very talented.



Let’s go ahead and call 2015 the year of Cassandra Jenkins. I found her by way of a cover of one of the saddest songs of all time, Cat Stevens’ Wild World:

Not only does she do a great job with it, but she actually makes it SADDER. I don’t know how that was possible. Anyway, that got me to search her out, and I found her EP…And wow. It may seem slow and uneventful, but listen closer. “The Bird” is a gentle song, but it’s haunting. Compare it to “Birthday Song,” which is actually a waltz—a heartbreaking, country-tinged waltz about well-wishers on someone’s special day. Why is it so slow, so dreamlike? I don’t know. But it doesn’t feel like it’s a “happy” birthday. It’s a song that made me think. And don’t miss the Americana psychedelia or Motorcycle Mary, either. Of all the tunes on this EP, it stuck to me the most.
This will probably make my end-of-the-year best of list. Check it out.




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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