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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.

Ed Sheeran-Divide (Deluxe)

Ed Sheeran- Divide

by Keegan King

The typical nice-guys-finish-last music that Ed Sheeran puts out usually makes me want to roll my eyes so hard that the sheer g-forces will remove my head from my body and send it spinning into the cold, unfeeling universe. That is to say, he’s a bit of a whiner overall. This poor-me, rich, white, Ron-Weasley-lookin’-motherfucker over here often plays the songs that my 7th grade Creative Writing class would call trite and a little sanctimonious.

Tl;dr- Calm the fuck down, Sheeran.

Which is why, it almost pains me to admit that I find myself constantly listening to his new album “Divide” in my daily life. While Im a long way from joining the -utterly insane- fandom on his tumblr sites, I will always admit when I’ve been wrong about a musician. Even if its only the one time.

Buckle up, buttercup. This is a long one.

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Got Soul

Robert Randolph and The Family Band

by Keegan King

You.

Yes, you.

If you, our listener/reader have ever wondered what I – the more negative of the two-headed dragon that is “Distant Stations”- consider amazing music, listen to this album. I’m tempted to tell you to stop whatever you’re doing and go patronize this musician; Buy his music, go to his shows, and find whatever official merch you can so that he will continue to produce more albums.

This group has been making music since 2002 when they came out of the gate with “Live in the Wetlands” and since then, they’ve been featured with some of the best artists in their genre (i.e. opening for Eric fucking Clapton, or being featured with Elton John and Leon Russel’s song “Theres No Tomorrow”, and even with Buddy Guy and Sly and The Family Stone). Oddly enough they’ve also made appearances with some pretty weird pairings outside of their genre as well (Ringo StarrOzzy Osborne, O.A.R, Santana, and Rob Thomas). Honestly, they’re just showing off at this point.

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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.

Download it here, or listen below.

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.

 

New Single: “Heavy” by Linkin Park feat. Kiiara

by Keegan King

What the fuck is wrong with 2017? Seriously. Did someone find my old iPod from the 10th grade and think: You know what? We need all these bands to release some new singles this year just to fuck with this guy. I feel like his nostalgic angst will be the fuel that lights 2017 ablaze.

…anyway here’s “Wonderwall”

 

 

Just kidding. This is a new Linkin Park song. Kind of.

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New Single: “Nimble Bastard” by Incubus

by Keegan King

Huh…

That’s weird…

I wasn’t aware that it was 1999 and Incubus was, once again, making me want to drive around all night tonelessly singing along with their new song. Get it? Because that song was also called “Drive”?

God, I’m funny.

In all seriousness, Incubus has always been  a band known for their ability to transcend genres and for expertly crafted lyrics; this new single is no exception to that rule. The song hits hard with metal guitar riffs and a frenetic energy that is reminiscent of albums like “S.C.I.E.N.C.E”. However, that fact may also be the biggest flaw.
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Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now

Life Will See You Now

by Jeffrey Echert

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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Distant Stations Podcast Episode 4: What Are You Willing to Lose?

The fourth episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now live.

Topics of discussion: Lucero’s 1372 Overton Park, The New Radical’s Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too, thinly-disguised hero worship of David Duchovny and John Darnielle, and a double dose of Sufjan Stevens (with guest reviewer Ansley).

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