Song of the Day

“I Love You Always Forever” by Betty Who

Truthfully, I never loved the Donna Lewis version of this song until Betty Who single-handedly turned me on to it. Which makes sense because Betty Who is so personable she could convince anyone of anything. Here is the FAULT Magazine interview I did with her in February.

For a better interview with her, listen to her episode of the Pop Shop Podcast. Actually, just listen to the Pop Shop Podcast in general. It’s the best.


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Song of the Day

“The End of the World” by Lenka

It’s pretty self-explanatory given current events.



In related-sounding-music news, Kate Nash is doing a Kickstarter for her next album, and I think that’s interesting.


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Sportspalooza

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Yesterday was one of the best sports days of my life, so I felt like I had to document it. Here it is:

Part 1: Man City vs. Arsenal

I was supposed to go to a Manchester City supporters’ group, but I woke up and realized the game would overlap with #Fedal, so I decided to pass. Anyway, City drew 1-1, and are 11 points behind Chelsea with nine games to go. A slight disappointment.

Part 2: Federer vs. Nadal

Breakfast Burrito: Check

Cold Brew: Check

Phoenix Public Market WiFi: Fucking Terrible.

So I had to go to the Cronkite School library to get a decent stream. But it was worth it. Federer dismantled Nadal. It was inspiring. I felt the urge to re-read “Roger Federer as Religious Experience,” but then I realized there was no reason to, as I was already having the experience. Men’s tennis has had three big tournaments in 2017, and Roger Federer has won all of them. At 35. After having been written off for five freaking years.

Part 3: Greinke vs. Bumgarner

I checked two things off by bucket list yesterday:

1. Go to Opening Day.

2. See Greinke pitch live.

As a bonus. this may have been the best baseball game I’ve ever attended.

The Cake: Zack pitched sufficiently (I believe he gave up two runs.).

The Icing: Bumgarner hit two (!) home runs.

The Candles: The Diamondbacks won with a walk-off.

A solid day all around.


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New Bleachers Music!

It’s like Jack Antonoff decided to make the most Bleachers-y song possible. I love it. It’s not the best thing in the universe, but it’s fun and sincere, and I honestly hope it becomes the song of the summer.

hi. today i'm releasing the first song from an album that has taken every piece of me to make. there are endless things i'm dying to tell you about the past two years of making this album – some incredible and filled with joy, some deeply painful. but i'll wait on that because today is just about this introduction. don't take the money is the front door to this house. it's a big strange house but this is how i believe it should be entered. dttm is something i say in my head a lot. it's not about actual money. it's about following a light. a gut feeling. not following a deep gut feeling destroys your art and the people around you. so i say it in my head constantly. sometimes about something very specific relating to music, sometimes about a bigger question about marriage or depression :):). point is, it's become my phrase to stay on track. specifically in don't take the money i'm taking about my relationship. verses go through the past, pre is an explosive fight and the chorus is that moment when you hit rock bottom and everything is clear. you know that feeling? when you've tried your best to destroy yourself and someone else but it's too strong to be destroyed? when you've tried to fling you a your partner out of an emotional window but you keep landing in heaven? that's when it's all clear. as much as i say don't take the money in my head, i also can beg it of the people i love. that's what i'm doing in that chorus. beyond the lyrics, so much of everything i'm working on is meant to have an intense push and pull between euphoria and sadness. dttm is the front door because it hold both of those feelings so specifically. that is the core of bleachers. ok. i'm in bed and just woke so i'm very clear right now. no strange baggage yet from the today. i've missed sharing music with you. sometimes you have to go into a hole and gather things before you present them. gotta find things that are the ones you need to present. i'm ready to show you all the ideas of gathered. here's the first – and here's tour dates so we can celebrate it all together. much more to come. god this is such a bizarre and wonderful feeling. ranting. sorry. love you very much. jack x dttm x

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