Welp, we made through another week.
In this week’s newsletter, I look at my relationship with pop-punk in 2019, share some recommendations for ’80s sounding and/or inspired music, and give some thoughts on the new Carly Rae Jepsen album and other music released this week. Then I go through my usual media diet rundown of movies and tv shows I watched, and share ten songs that I enjoyed. This week’s supporter Q&A post can be found here.
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Worlds Greatest Dad have released a new acoustic EP on Spotify and Apple Music.
It looks like Acceptance are in the studio working on something.
Alex Lahey ‘s brand new album, The Best Of Luck Club, couldn’t come at a better time. Released on the eve of the Australian federal election, Lahey confronts the pains of millennial struggles through her universal approach to songwriting. She seamlessly integrates the personal and couples it with anthemic, searing pop-punk melodies. Like her stunning debut, I Love You Like A Brother, Lahey demonstrates that she holds numerous smashing hooks under her belt. The Best Of Luck Club picks up where Lahey left off, but races forward. There’s more ballads, unexpected instrumentation, and the lyricism we’ve come to know, and love is even greater.
Carly Rae Jepsen performed “Too Much” on Corden last night.
Ra Ra Riot will release Superbloom on August 9th. Today they’ve released the new song “Flowers” and pre-orders are now up.
A Day to Remember are auctioning off some gear over at Reverb:
This is gear we have toured with, recorded with and written songs with. We’re ready to pass some of it along to you to do the same.
Carly Rae Jepsen has released a video for “Too Much.”
Nothing, Nowhere have shared their remix of Fall Out Boy’s “Church.”
The Hives have shared the new song “I’m Alive.”
Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 is on the latest episode of the Blink-155 podcast. He shows up around the two hour and thirty minute mark and talks about fan reaction to the band’s new single:
I remember when we first put out “Feeling This,” and people were like, ‘Oh my gosh what is this? It has weird drums in the beginning and it has screaming. And Mark is screaming ‘I’m feeling this,’ and does Mark think he’s rapping in the bridge?’ There was all of this negative feedback on “Feeling This” and it’s, I think, one of our best songs.
He then goes on to say the new album is being mixed right now but doesn’t have a title, they think they’re doing writing for it, they tried really hard not to write California again, and the album will have “really aggressive stuff […], stuff that’s probably even poppier than ‘Blame It on My Youth,’ and weird stuff.”
Halsey has released a video for “Nightmare.”
Today sees new releases from Carly Rae Jepsen, The National, and Interpol. If you hit read more you can see all the releases we have in our calendar for the week. Hit the quote bubble to access our forums and talk about what came out today, what albums you picked up, and to make mention of anything we may have missed.
Brian Fallon is currently writing a new album.
Good Riddance will release their new album, Thoughts and Prayers, on July 19th. Today they’ve released their new song “Don’t Have Time” and pre-orders are now up.
Nightly have released a video for “Twenty Something.”