Sharpless, “Gemini”


March has been raining music on me (thank god it’s not raining water, that would be gross) and this band is no exception. I’ve only listened to the whole album once, keep getting stuck on “Gemini” (as well as a Maxo remix, which served as my introduction to the song [fun fact, he plays keyboard for Sharpless too and we have a mutual friend on Facebook??]) but this song feels almost like Garbage’s Shirley Manson backed by Los Campesinos!, just a rollicking good time with way too many instruments and vocals. Really perfect Brooklynite pop lyrics about smoking breaks and growing up and pizza.

Plus, check out what I can do with Spotify’s new lyrics interface!

Only one I disagree with is Carcetti. Carcetti’s good, real good, just stuck in the system. I’d say Landsman or Rawls are more Lawful Neutral— they don’t care what happens as long as homicides get cleared and they get payday. Frank Sobotka is more Neutral than Avon is: he facilitates the docks, but he ain’t killin anyone.

Still, this alignment chart is fine, fine po-leece work.

Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. Riley, an 11-year-old girl who recently moved with her family to San Francisco, is not the main character but the setting for the film. Moviegoers will go inside her mind to explore how memories are formed and how a mixture of five emotions—Joy, Disgust, Anger, Fear and Sadness—defines life experiences. In theaters June 19, 2015.

According to Reddit, Lewis Black voices Anger, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Bill Hader as Fear, Amy Poehler as Joy, and Phyllis Smith as Sadness.

Being Johnna Malkovich Jr.

36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Or Just Go Fucking Die



Yesterday, our favorite source of sloth photos, Buzzfeed, posted a list of 36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F——ing Die,’ which is a great idea except that they forgot to include any pop punk albums. Most of their picks were just early 2000s-era crapcore Warped Tour bands like All American Rejects and Simple Plan and Paramore. Even the good albums on it, like Op Ivy’s Energyshouldn’t have qualified as pop punk.

We’ve noticed a trend of people co-opting pop punk to mean whatever the shit they want it to mean. And here’s the thing: we get that punk is supposed to be all-inclusive and it’s open to interpretation. But if we can’t set up at least some broad musical boundaries, the genre is meaningless and everything is pop punk and we can include Dr. Dre’s The Chronic.

So here are 36 pop punk albums you should hear or just go fucking die. It’s not a definitive list. Just our side of it. And while you can argue the picks (and you should!), hopefully, we’ve come slightly closer to some semblance of actual pop punk. That way, when archaeologists study us milleniums from now, they can say, “Oh, so this is what people wasted their time on in 2013.”

Also, these are just in alphabetical because we all had a 4-hour debate about whether or not Bouncing Souls and Strung Out constituted pop punk (the council determined no), so the thought of ranking them made our heads explode.

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I’ve been listening to pop-punk for a decade now, and I’m really happy to find a list that doesn’t rehash everything I heard blasting from the radio in the car or during my middle school cryfests. I’m having a tough time finding music worth repeat listens these days; my hopes are high right now!

Ska stole its joy from pop-punk, but couldn’t fill a speaker quite as well. Emopop sapped feelings from its predecessor, and was so wrapped up in them that it lost sight of what all the kids dancing in the pit liked to hear. This music wraps you up in its sound, whether its holding you in a fetal position as your heart mends or manipulating your limbs in a skank.

Here’s a Spotify playlist that’s only missing eight of the albums.