Dina Leygerman, writing on Medium:
Every year, before I teach 1984 to my seniors, I run a simulation. Under the guise of “the common good,” I turn my classroom into a totalitarian regime; I become a dictator. I tell my seniors that in order to battle “Senioritis,” the teachers and admin have adapted an evidence-based strategy, a strategy that has “been implemented in many schools throughout the country and has had immense success.” I hang posters with motivational quotes and falsified statistics, and provide a false narrative for the problem that is “Senioritis.” I tell the students that in order to help them succeed, I must implement strict classroom rules.
This year, they were having none of this shit:
I’ve done this experiment numerous times, albeit not consecutively, and every year I have similar results. This year, however, the results were different. This year, a handful of students did fall in line as always. The majority of students, however, rebelled. By day two of the simulation, the students were contacting members of administration, writing letters, and creating protest posters. They were organizing against me and against the admin.
A Whole Fucking Lifetime of This is a sort of new beginning for Sam Ray. While it isn’t a far cry from the sound that made the band (previously known as Teen Suicide) popular, with a charming lo-fi pop sound, it takes American Pleasure Club to totally new heights and finds them incorporating a host of new influences into their style.
Sorority Noise will release their new acoustic album, YNAAYT, on March 4th. Today they’ve shared “Chelsea Hotel #2” and pre-orders are now up.
Eager Seas have released a new song called “Always on Your Side.” The song comes from the upcoming album, Mine as Well, which will be released as a series of singles throughout the year.
Blake Schwarzenbach of Jawbreaker will be appearing at a live taping of the Going Off Track Podcast on March 16th at the Knitting Factory in New York City.
Eels have released a video for “Today is the Day.”
Portugal. The Man performed “Live in the Moment” last night on Colbert.
A new cryptic website called “Erase Me” has appeared online. Word on the street is that it’s related to Underoath and a new single and album will be announced soon via Fearless Records.
The trailer for the fifth season of Silicon Valley is here.
Fall Out Boy have released a cover of Whitney Houston’s “‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and a new rendition of “Hold Me Tight or Don’t” as part of Spotify’s Singles series.
badXchannels have released a live in the studio version of “Blue Abyss.”
Betty Who has released a video for “Ignore Me.”
Bohnes will release their new album, 206 – Act One, on March 30th.
Ahh, it’s almost Warped Tour lineup announcement time. I wonder if the Warped Tour Twitter account is doing some hinting at what kinds of bands will be playing the tour. Let’s check in on how things are going over there:
@blink182 we have the same agent & yet nothing. @therejects we tried, a band member didn’t want to do it @paramore word on the street is they’re doing their own tour @Yellowcard is no longer a band @MCRofficial not reuniting @SayAnythingMuz we’ll look into it!
Ok, interesting way to do this. I wonder what happens if The All American Rejects respond:
pretty sure this isn’t how it went down…pretty sure we were down with y’all paying a few shows…pretty sure we were told 3/4 band members were into it by your agent.
Oh, hmm, well, wonder what they’d say if The Story So Far got a little annoyed about how Warped Tour is hinting toward other band’s tour announcements early:
shall we start to count the times our lineup was leaked from insider information ….and this coming from the band that posted weed during an IG takeover on our account when we specifically asked not to
Oh, things are fine it seems.
5 Seconds of Summer will be releasing their new single “Want You Back” this Friday, February 23rd.
Radiohead have announced a summer tour.