WHAT WE’VE BEEN JAMMING TO
ISSUE #62 / may 30, 2019
You’re not going to please everyone in life. And most of what is expected of you is someone else's desires that they hope to see you validate (or at worst, fulfill for them.) Disappointing others in small ways so that you can live with a clear conscious is a hard lesson, but it’s one that Gia Margaret is ready to school you on with her latest single, “Babies.” Originally recorded as a demo, it is being released as a stand-alone single in conjunction with the reissue of her debut album, There’s Always a Glimmer. The driftless tune depicts Margaret’s frustration with others’ attempts to redirect her goals and keep her eyes on her biological clock. It beautifully captures how weighty protections and societal expectations can cause someone to feel unmoored from their own lives, severing the chain that anchored them near shore and sending them washing out to sea. If you’re going to have to disappoint someone, it best not be yourself.
Gia Margaret does not have any current plans to visit the midwest.
Hot Water Music
Shake Up The Shadows EP
It’s been a few years since the world has heard from Gainsville, FL rocking hardcore outfit, Hot Water Music. Shake Up The Shadows finds the punk vets in pure HWM form.
Riot Fest is having them for the 15th annual fest in Douglas Park September 13th - 15th. Get Your Tix Now!
The Crowded Cell
PJ Harvey’s new song, “The Crowded Cell,” is an honest depiction of state-sponsored terror. It was written to soundtrack the new BBC series, The Virtues, in collaboration with director Shane Meadows. For three minutes, Harvey leads the listener through the dampened, dimmed hallways and interrogation rooms of a nameless building acting as an extension of a justice system of a nation with much too much plausible deniability with her inimical vocal resonance. The subject is beaten, demoralized, and eventually tossed back out into the streets after their captures find no more use for them. With a single guitar delivery, both rhythm and percussion, the song is much heavier then seems possible. Baring on its shoulders all of the sins committed in this nation and others in the name of “law and order,” it seems to grow in strength under the weight of such oppression. The system may claim another victim, and another, and another, but the resolute tone that the song ends on assures us that for every person these institutions savage, an ally has been made to the person whom it savaged before. A change will come, and it will be brought by hands that had their fingernails plucked out in close confinement, in a crowded cell.
PJ Harvey doesn’t appear to have an current touring plans.
Mannequin Pussy is swinging through Schubas on September 11th. Tix are $12.
Thalia Hall is hosting the Americana specialists on September 26th. Tix are $29.
Craft is hitting The Empty Bottle on July 18th. Tix are $12.