First Pass - Week of October 18th, 2019

Every Friday is new music release day. I dig through new release lists from sources like All Music, Metal Injection, Pitchfork, and Bandcamp to put together a queue of releases from bands and labels that might interest me. As I listen through the list, I add the stand out albums to a playlist for revisiting. This list is what I refer to as the First Pass. Some of the albums make it to my best of the month playlists. Others get tossed upon further review. Below is a list of albums from this week that made the first pass.

Julien Baker - Tokyo

A beautiful song by one of the best songwriters out there.

Bloodshot [Trailer]

Marvel and DC get most of the coverage when it comes to shared comic universes, but Valiant needs to be part of the conversation. I am excited for their first foray into film. I hope it is awesome, and makes enough money to continue to give audiences more of Valiant’s cool characters and stories.

Masked Intruder - No Case

The opening track off Masked Intruder’s killer album from earlier this year.

Jojo Rabbit [Trailer]

I cannot wait to see this movie.

Social Anxiety

A couple of months ago, I decided to create an Instagram account again. I noticed that I had stopped using my camera as much after I deleted my original account. Without anywhere to share my photos, it made it hard to want to take them in the first place. I missed getting out and taking pictures.

I created a new account, and started to post photos. I began to create some small reviews to stick in my Instagram stories (like the ones in the bottom of this post). Heather and I began to go out on photo shoots again. I followed photographers, models, and artists. It was a lot of fun at first. Then it stopped being fun.

I started to get anxiety about the whole experience. I had connected with cool people, but those connections lacked depth. It ended up making me feel lonelier than before. When I got sick or felt depressed, it would get me down even more when I missed posting or got behind on my feed. I could see all the negatives of social media creeping back in full force. Many of the reasons why I had originally left.

I deleted my account again. I know it is the best thing for me and my mental health. However, I am back to having nowhere to post my photography. I have not used this site for much. I set it up and let it sit for a couple years. I am thinking about using it more; to post photos, to give me an excuse to mess around making more mini-reviews, to share things I think are shareable.

Without any mechanisms for interaction, this site is purely for me. It is an outlet. It is a form of expression that does not mess with my brain chemistry the way that social media has. At least, I think it is different. I could be wrong. I might try it and feel the same way. All that to say, I might be posting more around here. I have been tweaking things a bit in the past week. It has been fun. If it stays that way, this site may no longer be a graveyard. I am not guaranteeing anything.

The Menzingers - America (You're Freaking Me Out)

I am loving The Menzingers’ new album. This is one of the many songs that kick ass on it.

Grouch (Joker Parody)

I am not a big fan of SNL, but this is incredible.

Iron & Wine - Call It Dreaming

More beautiful indie folk from the mind of Sam Beam.

Tigers Jaw - June

Tigers Jaw is a band that I have enjoyed for years. Their sound has changed over time with a switch in line up, but they always produce consistently solid tunes.