Weekly Musings (August 19, 2019)

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Hey, friends!

Welcome to Weekly Musings, a place for me (Chris, Get Sad Y'all founder) to dump my thoughts and recommendations for the week. The structure of these may change, but for now, you can count on...

  • News on the Get Sad Y'all brand
  • Thoughts on music & non-music items
  • A product recommendation
  • An album recommendation
  • A playlist of 15 songs to check out

Let's hop to it.

State of Get Sad Y'all 

  • As has not really been announced but some of y'all already have seen, our second birthday show will be at the Ritz on 10/18. Bands are booked on it, still working on the majority of the DJs - look out for, at the very least, a band announcement soon. This event will be a little different in that the artists will be paid for by sponsors, allowing us to distribute a literal shitload of free tickets to y'all. Look out for those at our events, the Ritz's events, and various places around town leading up to the show. There will still be tix for sale for $10 ($15 at the door) if you want to support us and be guaranteed entry in the event of a sell out, but don't buy them online right now because the price is wrong - hopefully this will be fixed today. Also, if you or someone you know might like to sponsor the event, drop me a line.
  • Our first Charlotte karaoke is on Wednesday at Hattie's and I'm pretty stoked for it. Should be a blast. I'll be there keeping tabs on everything and our publicist Cait will be hosting. Also, I've heard rumors of an shot luge from our wonderful sponsors in Sailor Jerry and Tullamore Dew... 21+, sorry kiddos.
  • Got a ripper of show this Sunday at Imurj as Stickup Kid rolls through with Sundressed, Intervention, and The Practice Squad. Sundressed absolutely slayed when we had them come through last year, definitely not a show you'll want to miss. Snag your tickets here.
  • Working on a listening party with the Sleep On It dudes for their new record. Look out for details on that soon - no, they won't be here for it.
  • The Second After has been hard at work on a couple music videos and will be touring in the fall/winter, so watch out for that.
  • The Bronze Age just finished up a new single that'll be dropping some time next month. It's gonna get stuck in your heads and there are times where I swear I hear Jeremy McKinnon's vocals.

Upcoming Events

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Random Music Thoughts

  • These new Waterparks tracks are fantastic, stoked for Fandom to drop in a couple months. Angry Parx is the best Parx - but seriously, whoever screwed them over, not cool. They're all stand-up dudes and they deserve the world.
  • So many good releases this past week... PVRIS, ILLENIUM, Issues, Waterparks, Silent Planet, Capstan, Sleep On It. Give them all a listen if you haven't already.
  • Speaking of PVRIS, stoked that I realized I'll be in Minneapolis the same day they come into town on their intimate run of shows in September before it sold out. Love that band so gd much.
  • Think I'm going to finally going to catch Mac Sabbath - a band that plays parodies of Black Sabbath songs in McDonald's character costumes - and Okilly Dokilly - a metal band where each member is dressed like Ned Flanders from the Simpsons and uses his lines from the show for lyrics - later this week in Asheville. Triangle folk can catch the show on Saturday at Motorco.

Random Non-Music Thoughts

  • Saw The Stanford Prison Experiment on Netflix the other day and I highly recommend it. Honestly haven't had a film grab my attention and keep it for the whole time in awhile. If you aren't sure what the movie is about, read up about it here. Super interesting, something I didn't know even happened.
  • Also in movies, saw Green Room last night and was a big fan. The movie is about a punk band that takes a show in the Pacific Northwest at a venue that ends up being a cover for heroin trafficking and is run by neo-Nazis. Has a couple bigger names in it, including Patrick Stewart, the late Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, and Alia Shawkat. Will say it's very gory, so if blood wigs you out, probably not a good choice.
  • I bought a Japanese hibachi grill the other day at an auction. Truthfully don't know what I'm gonna do with it yet, but it's a really cool piece. Fun fact for those that didn't know: hibachi restaurants in the US are actually teppanyaki restaurants. I assume we thought that was too hard to say and changed it.
  • ICYMI my wife is gonna be doing opinion pieces for us every other week or so to spark discussion on some hot-button topics. Check out the first one here.
  • Does anyone really believe that Jeffrey Epstein killed himself?

Product Recommendation: Audio-Technica ATR-2100 USB/XLR Microphone

Around the time I started Emo Raleigh/Get Sad Y'all, I was running a podcast with a buddy called Seven Songs of Rye. Basically, we'd sit down with people in the music industry and discuss a playlist of seven songs that meant something to them while we drank whiskey. The exception to this rule was the one we did with Kevin, our main photographer and guitarist in Heirloom, because, ya know, he was 19 at the time.

Enjoyed doing that, might do it again in some capacity, who knows.

Anyways, one of the many components to running a podcast is a solid, reasonably priced microphone. In comes Audio-Technica's ATR-2100. I have three of these and have never had any issues with them. Sound quality is great and they just work - something to definitely not take for granted in podcasting. Will say that I cannot speak to their quality in recording music... might want to ask a musician for advice there.

If you decide to pick one up, I'd also recommend this pop filter from Neewer to avoid microphone popping on those nasty 's' hisses and 'b' and 'p' explosions. And if you're thinking about starting a podcast, be sure to check out the interview we did with Shane Told of Silverstein on that very subject.

(Bonus: I really love Audio-Technica and also recommend their record players.)

Album/EP Recommendation: No Man's Land - Frank Turner

English folk-punk rocker Frank Turner dropped a very interesting record this past Friday, one that attempts to tell the stories of important, "forgotten" women in history, including those of Christa McAuliffe and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. As a man telling women's stories through song - especially right now - it's a controversial idea that's getting quite a bit of backlash.

Let me backtrack a bit and say that I really love Frank Turner. He trekked through Europe touring on his own and battled through drug addictions for years to get to where he's at - he essentially DIY'd his way to the London Olympics. He's unapologetic and I love it - my wife and I even used "The Way I Tend to Be" as our first dance song in our wedding. He's also written a couple books that I strongly recommend.

I dig the idea of the record, but I'll admit that this was an ambitious undertaking.

So you may be wondering to yourself why I'm recommending such a controversial record this week and not something that I've necessarily enjoyed... because I think this record is, and will remain, important, for better or for worse.

Give it a spin, tell me your thoughts - and then go listen to Tape Deck HeartEngland Keep My Bones, and Love Ire & Song.

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Weekly Playlist

These are songs - new and old - that I've either (a) been heavily spinning, (b) got stuck in my head randomly, or (c) hold a special meaning over the past week.

1. Silent Key - Frank Turner

2. Blame It On Bad Luck - Bayside

3. Hold Your Breath - Sleep On It

4. Movement - The Higher

5. Fool's Gold - Chapel

6. Hallucinations - PVRIS

7. We'll Always Have Paris - Capstan

8. Destruction - nothing,nowhere. / Travis Barker

9. Drink About It - Issues

10. Shark Week - Silent Planet

11. Watch What Happens Next - Waterparks

12. Griztronics - GRiZ / Subtronics

13. Good Things Fall Apart - ILLENIUM / Jon Bellion

14. One in the Same - Cady Groves

15. Rubik's Cube - Athlete

This playlist can be found on Spotify.

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Would love to hear your thoughts on my thoughts as well as anything I've missed that I should check out! Drop a comment below. Previous week's musings can be found here.

Thanks for reading and have a great week, everyone!

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