by Mariel LovelandMariel's band Candy Hearts is coming out with a new album on Kind of Like Records, called "Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy". You can pre-order it now from KoLR and get an awesome t-shirt too. Mariel is also a talented writer, you can check some of her blog posts at Scribbal.com.
The Weakerthans – Left and LeavingThis isn’t a new album by any means. Actually, if it was a kid, it’d be old enough to talk back. It’s also probably something you’ve heard before, if not many, many times, but I’m starting off my Music Monday with this record because I truly believe this record is the only record anyone ever needs. I’ve been listening to this album since I was 15 years old and each time I hear it, it sounds completely new. The lyrics tell a story that I absolutely appreciated in my adolescence but really feel in the core of me, now. It has the perfect songs for any kind of moment and I really think everyone needs it on their iPod, record player, computer, whatever.
» Get it from the Weakerthans’ online store
The Front Bottoms – The BeersI think I love this song so much because it reminds me of growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey and going to parties in high school where there was always some boy I wanted to impress and it pretty much never worked out the way I wanted it to. I also like that the song, as sad the lyrics really are, is whimsical enough to not hit you right in the gut. It makes you sort of happy and sad at the same time and I think everyone can relate to trying to change yourself, even in a small way, to be what someone wants.
» Download “The Beers” on Facebook
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Field Mouse’s New EPOkay, so they didn’t actually tell me the name of their EP or when the EP was coming out other than summer which is sadly, pretty much over, but they did post demo tracks, which I assure you means they must almost be finished. The music they’ve posted so far is absolutely gorgeous and filled to the brim with that dreamy, lonely vibe of early Saddle Creek stuff like Now It’s Overhead and Azure Ray. In my opinion, these songs are pretty perfect sounding and I can picture myself listening to them when the weather starts to get cold and I’m walking home all alone.
» Listen to the demos on Facebook.
This has absolutely nothing to do with music, but this is the cutest video I have ever seen in my entire life – and I’ve seen a lot of cat-related videos. I’ve probably watched this 100 times and just...gosh. I challenge you guys to show me something cuter.