Morning Commute: The Prussians “Karma”

For your morning commute on this beautiful (at least here) Sunday morning is from your bed to your favorite brunch spot, but we’ve got you covered either way.

Hailing from the small island of Mallorca, off of the coast of Spain, this 5 piece indie rock group is making the kind of music that deserves to be heard on a global scale. I don’t know what the music scene is like on the island, but The Prussians have not only made the Morning Commute today, but have already infiltrated multiple personal playlists.

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I hate that we came across this song immediately after the Bad Luck episode of the podcast because as you may have guessed from the title, this song is all about whether Karma is real or not.

Do you believe in karma instantly?
Then why are your actions so boring?

A question that we ask ourselves here at B-Side Guys all the time is essentially that same question. Do you believe that actions you take change future events? Obviously if you make the action today to not fill up a tire that’s low, it can lead to a flat tire, but if I pass a homeless man on the side of the road and do nothing to help, is that the cause for the flat tire? In short, I would lean towards a resounding no. That begs the question, “Why are you making such safe choices in your day to day life then?”

With heady vocals that fall in line with Arctic Monkeys, the opening verse is about as close to perfect as it gets. Starting with vocals and snaps, every measure adds something new until “3,2,1,” and then the song really starts.

If you find yourself with extra time on the commute, watch their music video for Soul too. Only if your commute is by public transportation, carpool, walking, or anything where you aren’t behind the wheel. Watch responsibly.

Also, side note to the band if you’re reading this, let us know about the music scene on the island. We would love to find out more.

Morning Commute Double Feature: Jim Audet

Get ready for a music filled day from B-Side Guys! New music Friday means tons and tons of new music just for you guys!

“Mojave Rain” is about the procrastination of the government to do anything about mass shootings, and how it becomes too late for those who are unfortunate enough to be involved in these events.

“Sex & Money” is track 1 off “The Lookout EP” set to release June 1st on Spotify. “The Lookout EP” is an “off the wall” concept record dealing with a spectrum of socio-political problems, mainly issues surrounding our culture’s obsession with sex, money, and violence in the media.

 

Alright. Now that you’ve listened to both, let’s explore them:

 

“Mojave Rain

First of all, how great is this guy’s voice? I told him he sounds like a slightly higher pitched Jim Morrison, especially on the “Sex and Money” track. The song itself is very topical, unfortunately it’s topical about every two weeks or so, because it’s about mass shootings and the governmental response to them.

The song starts with really strong, jarring lyrics:

“They no need no control
Gonna bet a dime, little Suzie, gonna bet your soul”

Referring to the seeming willingness for our government to sacrifice children for a quick buck, or more specifically the willingness of those who lobby the government to do so. Obviously gun control is a hot button layered issue, but I think it’s art’s job to help us think about these things that effect us, and the song really makes it clear what’s at stake in this debate.

“Good God, it’s too late,
Got caught up in a downpour, in the Mojave Rain

Say son, did you make the grade?
Save a brother down with a barricade, when there was rain in the Mojave?
Was it oh, so D.F.A, with a window wide on 32? ”

 

I love the dissonance between making the grade and saving someone. These two things shouldn’t be happening side by side, and you could argue if they are happening side by side, the learning environment is going to be effected. My biggest question in the song is why the title and repetition of Mojave rain? I know the Mojave is a desert, so it doesn’t get much rain. In fact it is the driest desert in all of North America. Maybe he’s using that as a metaphor for how unlikely it is to see any change on this issue soon? What do you guys think?

 

 

“Sex and Money”

I’m not going to talk about this one too at length because (hint hint) you’re going to be seeing this one again on the podcast. But like I mentioned before, how much does this song sound like a modernized The Doors song? I also love the throwback visuals of the video. There is a lot to explore here regarding our societies relationship to sex, money, and violence, and we will be following up that discussion on our podcast in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, check out all of Jim Audet’s new EP right here, and support this dude so we can see what else he comes up with.

 

-Caleb

TOTD: Mutant Daisies “Good People (Acoustic)”

 

It’s been two years since Conor Oberst released anything. Supposedly he has an album coming out soon (thankfully), but in the meantime, I’ve found a suitable replacement. Mutant Daises have created this 7 minute epic that mixes folk music, philosophy, and haunting vocals to create a beautiful track that keeps me wanting more, despite the long run time.

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“And they say that all good people suffer sorrow,
And they say that all good people turn their heads,
All the liars hide and weep,
In the secrets that they keep,
And they say that all good people suffer sorrow”

This actually fits in pretty well with some discussion we had on our more recent podcast (listen here) about why bad things happen to good people. I tend to think there isn’t some cosmic reason or anything, though I understand why some people think there needs to be. But I think Mutant Daisies definitely bring up that painful question in an important way throughout this song.

Let’s end with this: The term Mutant Daisies comes from this picture:

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Now after checking Snopes, it seems a little iffy on if these mutant daisies were actually caused by nuclear radiation after Fukishima, but it is possible. And honestly, sometimes I’m not sure they need to be true for the image to matter. Now obviously, fake news is fake news, and it’s negative in it’s own way. But if this causes people to consider the environmental impact humans have on nature, I think that’s positive.

 

They say that only good mother nature suffers sorrow.

 

-Caleb

 

Video of the Day: Woolbright – “Symbiotic Harmony”

 

It’s full blown summer here, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than this super fun video from Woolbright! The song itself is so good, but the video just makes me feel nostalgic and want to go play with nerf guns right now. During that round, don’t miss the major twist, it’s almost like Game of Thrones or something.

That’s before we even get to them settling loose on an arcade. Any bands out there trying to shoot a music video on a budget? Take notes from this one. It’s cheap, it’s fun, it looks good, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. What a great video on this sunny Thursday afternoon.

Want to support them further? Go check them out on bandcamp. 

 

-Caleb

 

Episode 13: Bad Luck

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Join the guys as they discuss race relations, economic inequality, the 1%, the law of attraction, heartless corporations, and as usual, the best new music you’ve never heard of.

Intro: Alpine Blizzard – Lie With Me (feat. Jack Fontes)
Alpineblizzard – Lie-with-me-feat-jack-fontes

Driftwood Soldier – The Tools
driftwoodsoldier.bandcamp.com/track/the-tools-2

www.youtube.com/channel/UCyxNOLmgX9SHWIGZF8MM3lw

L.H. – “Ghetto’s Hurt”
spinrilla.com/mixtapes/lion-heart-l-h-hennessequa
(may have to create a spinrilla account to download)

L-h-3 – Ghettos-hurt

3. Photo Fire – Cravings
photofire.bandcamp.com/track/cravings
itunes.apple.com/us/album/over-ov…frame/1361853467
www.youtube.com/watch?v=At65m5P0CAs

4. Hubris Rapper – Passion4Sale
hbrs.bandcamp.com/album/passion4sale

5. Great Wight – “Not Black Enough”
thegreatwight.bandcamp.com/track/not-black-enough

6. Babbling April – Blighted Years
babblingapril.bandcamp.com/album/holy-gold-ep