Morning Commute: Michael Flynn “Professional Network”

Good morning all you beautiful people out there! I hope you are rolling into your morning peacefully and without too bad of a hangover after Memorial Day festivities. For the morning commute this morning, we wanted to give you something really fun and a little quieter (just in case sun and sound aren’t your friend this morning). Ease into your day with something truly unique. Two steps away from being an acapella track, this is something that has to be heard.

Michael Flynn, who I literally just learned lives four hours away from me, is a self-proclaimed hermit from Charleston, SC. That introverted aspect of his life is on full display in this song. With the facade of being a song about LinkedIn, he tells a story of human contact and the need to be needed. I really love songs like this because it leaves so much to the imagination. I’m going to post the lyrics, and then give you my two best working theories. Here we go.

(I’d like to add you to my professional network)

Oh I get up and make no sound

Waiting on the phone to light up

No messages found I’m ready but I don’t wanna die alone

In my home

Don’t let me cause I don’t wanna die alone

In my home

Oh I get up and make no sound

Waiting on the sun to light up

All the cold wet ground I’m ready but I don’t wanna die alone

In my home

Don’t let me cause I don’t wanna die alone

In my home

Oh I get up and make no sound

Waiting on the phone to light up

No messages found I’m ready but I don’t wanna die alone

In my home

Don’t let me cause I don’t wanna die alone

In my home

Theory 1: The first thing that came to mind, especially given the fact that he is such an introverted person, is that everyone needs someone. He’s reaching out through social media because the thought of doing it in person is crippling. It seems like he may even try to get out in the second verse, but goes back to waiting on that LinkedIn friend to show up in the last verse. Even the most introverted people need a close friend or two, and either Michael, or a character Michael knows/created hasn’t found theirs yet.

Theory 2: Something else that I kept thinking about is that maybe it’s a tongue in cheek way of saying that social media relationships are empty constructs, and he’s ready to move past that. The phone lighting up being that friendship you create online, and the messages being empty being the quality of what you can create via a social media platform. Then, in the second verse, we see him go out and realize that he’s just as scared of what real world relationships are. He is outside and he’s ready to embrace the world, and even though it’s new and challenging, he knows trying is better than dying alone in his house.

Bonus Theory: It’s just a song about LinkedIn. Either way, this is a song that challenges the listener to think about social media in a whole new light.

 

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-Seth

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

Video of the Day: Johnny Raincloud “White Noize”

Johnny Raincloud’s new video, White Noize, is one of those videos that you really want to watch, but then feel guilty for watching it. The song is all about how we are too dependent as a society on our phones, the internet, the white noise in our lives, and we don’t foster relationships like we used to. We have become addicted (foreshadowing, if you’re paying attention) to our devices, and Mike Stortz, the brain behind Johnny Raincloud, wants us to know that it is having detrimental effects on our society and our psyche.

Glued to their screens
Everybody drowns,
And they can’t see
Because they’re looking down

Now, the lyrics may be off by a word or two (or ten, let me know JR, and I can fix them) because I couldn’t find them written out anywhere, but the point is abundantly clear. As someone who just had to change the way that I work on the computer because of neck problems, I can absolutely relate to this. I know it isn’t quite what they’re talking about here, but that’s the beauty of music. It belongs to everyone once it’s put into circulation… ya know… except for the actual song itself and the copyrights and whatnot, but you know what I mean.

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Disclaimer: This part is where I compare Johnny Raincloud to another band.
I noticed on the band’s Bandcamp page that they make take offense to me saying they sound like anyone, but I’m going to go ahead and make a comparison. This Portland, Oregon trio sounds like another PNW band that everyone is familiar with: Modest Mouse. Now hear me out. I’m not talking about “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank,” hell, I’m not even talking about “Good News for People Who Love Bad News” (Although I wouldn’t say you’re wrong if you made a case for how Good News has similarities). I’m thinking they are an updated version of “The Lonesome Crowded West.” I mean, at that time Modest Mouse was a three piece set as well. Stortz and Isaac Brock have a similar off beat cadence when they sing, and can easily find themselves talking to you or yelling at you in the same measure. The guitar slides around the whammy bar before hitting you with staccato punches, and the bass and drum act as the glue to keep the vocals and lead grounded in something that isn’t too outlandish. I’m sorry if you guys don’t think people’s comparisons are accurate, but when I hear this song, it makes me want to listen to Convenient Parking. They have the cleaner production value like when Modest Mouse broke out, but they still keep that raw power alive that I loved from the earlier stuff. Take the compliment, guys. I really dig your stuff.

Fun fact about the video: They only used one 50 foot roll of film for their Super 8 to make the entire video, and the full project cost $40 to make.

 

-Seth

Mid-Day Music Blast: Glass Lungs “Casting Stones”

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GLASS LUNGS is a band from Brooklyn that blends indie and post-rock with celestial guitar sounds to create an atmospheric brand of “space wizardry.” What results is an attention to haunting vocal melodies, specialized guitar tones, and lush, ambient soundscapes.

This song immediately makes me think of Anthony Green and TTNG, maybe mixed with a little Dance Gavin Dance. While my teenage self listened to this genre exclusively, I have branched out to various other places in the last 10 years, but honestly, first loves die hard, and Glass Lungs wears the same perfume. If you are going to be in New York this summer, you have to check them out. They are playing the Knitting Factory July 8th and The Kingsland July 20th. I know if I’m in town I’ll be dropping by.

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“All you want to know is,

what are we destined for,

if this town is treason,

as the walls converge?”

 

I can’t help but feel like these lyrics are very appropriate for our times. One thing I remember about the Bush era of America was how good punk, post-punk, post-rock, etc. music got at capturing our frustrations. I think Glass Lungs have continued that tradition, whether or not they are talking about anything political at all. They’ve spoken words and harmonies to that feeling of angst that comes with being aware of the world burning around you, and wishing you had a bigger hose to try to put out the flames.

 

-Caleb