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Distant Stations Ep. 11: The Soul of the City

The posting of the backlog continues! Our apologies in advance for the audio quality of this episode; we were testing out a new mic setup and it did not quite work. You’ll actually be able to hear our new cohost, Ansley Lee, in future episodes! Oh, Ansley’s an official cohost now. That’s right. Our little family is expanding.

Topics of discussion: Ansley’s life dilemma, New York or Portland, M. Ward’s Post War, The Thermals’ Personal Life, Hiccup’s Imaginary Enemies, a long extended discussion of why the Seattle music scene sucks, The Walkmen’s Bows + Arrows, Keegan and Jeff get into a fight, The Matches’ Decomposer, Billy Talent’s Billy Talent II, and we all kind of gush about Rain in Soho for a bit.

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Distant Stations Ep. 10: Song Fight!

Oh, we’ve got ourselves a backlog, folks, so enjoy the cascade. Here’s the tenth episode of Distant Stations!

Topics of discussion: Offerings to the static demon, Joanna Newsom’s Ys, Jeff vs. Keegan Critical Logic-Off, No Use For a Name’s Hard Rock Bottom, Keegan gets super personal, Song Fight! with first inaugural Song Fight Arbiter, Markie Peterson (spoiler alert: JEFF WINS).

You can also check out our Song Fight entries down below for your listening pleasure.

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Distant Stations Ep. 9: This Is Not Selena’s Episode

After a long, somewhat-unintended hiatus, the ninth episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now up!

Topics of discussion: Twin problems, Keegan might actually have a heart, Against Me’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Cat Power’s You Are Free, The issues with album cohesion and coherence, Kurt Cobain makes us sad(der), Why’s Alopecia (with guest reviewer Selena Annis), way too many instances of us discussing homeless people having sex in a Berlin alleyway.

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Distant Stations Ep. 8: This Is Not Rachel’s Episode

The eighth episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now up!

Topics of discussion: Jeff has had too much coffee, Jimmy Carter is history’s greatest monster, The National’s High Violet, Brand New’s Deja Entendu, Pancreatic cancer is the literal worst, Of Montreal’s Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (with guest reviewer Rachel Annis), Fuck Pittsburgh, and Keegan is tricked into admitting that he likes U2.

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Also, check out Rachel’s website, Ink To My Elbows!

Distant Stations Episode 7: Six Months in Siberia

The seventh episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now up!

Topics of discussion: Double-length bonus episode with guest reviewer Ansley Lee, The Arctic Monkey’s AM, The Gaslight Anthem’s Handwritten, Josh Ritter’s The Animal Years and The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, The Purity Ring’s Another Eternity, Taking Back Sunday’s Where You Want to Be, another shoutout to the mixed bag that is SXSW, and Soviet Soviet’s immigration woes.

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Weekly Playlist – Snow

With winter on its way out, it’s time to appreciate the cold, snow, and ice with an appropriate playlist. Wrap up in something warm, make some hot chocolate, and enjoy some songs about chilling. Literally.

Distant Stations Podcast Episode 6: So Many Horses to Kill

The sixth episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now available for your listening pleasure.

Topics of discussion: Pardon our errant yelping, Zach Braff problems, Sunset Rubdown’s Dragonslayer, Atmosphere’s When Life Gives You Lemons, Paint That Shit Gold, The For Carnation’s The For Carnation (with guest reviewer Ryan Usher), Mark Kozelek is kind of a dick, and SXSW: the annual Austin shit blizzard.

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Weekly Playlist – Ghosts

Did you know that March is the most haunted month of the year? Sure, you’d think it’d be October or November. I certainly did. But you’d be dead wrong. Blame the Romans or something. Regardless, in keeping with that arcane bit of spiritual trivia, here’s a playlist about ghosts, phantoms, hauntings, and shades. Keep yourself safe out there – watch out for vengeful spirits, and always keep some kosher salt on hand. Ghosts hate that shit.

 

Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now

Life Will See You Now

Jens Lekman, a Swedish chanteur nonpareil, has produced what is easily (at least, at this point in late February), my favorite album of the year so far. Blending styles as disparate as calypso, disco, folk, and indie pop, Life Will See You Now is a triumph of a record. Unabashedly, unreservedly, this is a fantastic album. Occasionally, it suffers from an abundance of over-earnest, almost saccharine outpouring of emotion. But it’s forgivable under the circumstances – Lekman manages to make the songs on this album so heartbreaking, so real, and so cutting, that the odd misstep is waved away with few reservations.

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Distant Stations Podcast Episode 5: Boys and Girls and Boys in America

The fifth episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now available for your listening pleasure.

Topics of discussion: Suicide Squad won a goddamn Oscar, Fuck La La Land, Panic! At the Disco’s Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, The Hold Steady’s Boys and Girls in America

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