I discovered the band The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die earlier this year thanks to the Absolute Punk Podcast. Their album The Whenever, If Ever is incredible. It brings me back to the punk/emo scene of the early 2000s, but still sounds fresh in 2014. In this live performance they play the first two songs off their album with the addition of spoken word artist Christopher Zizzamia, who takes the songs to whole other level. Check it out!

When shadows all had clung and the light diminished, he emptied out his lungs, crying “It is finished!”
— Dustin Kensrue (Thrice)

New Haley Bonar! 5/20/14
Haley Bonar
Last War
pre-order the CD/LP/Cassette here: http://www.graveface.com/graveface-catalog.html

Haley Bonar is set to release her 5th full length record, Last War, on May 20th via Graveface Records. Bonar takes a darker sonic direction on the forthcoming album which envelopes her omnipotent songwriting in lush, brooding soundscapes that feature hard driving rhythm sections, soaring synths and snarling guitars. The record was recorded at Devils Workshop, April Base and 606 (Dave Grohl’s personal studio in LA) The cherry on top: special guest Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, Volcano Choir) appears on two tracks adding his ethereal vocal harmonies to “From A Cage” and “Eat for Free”.

Haley Bonar was discovered during an open mic event by one of her musical heroes, Alan Sparhawk of Low. The next day she quit school, crammed her Honda Civic full of gear with her drummer, and was opening for Low across the country she had barely seen. Haley was twenty years old. Since then, she has released four full length albums, several EPs, started a punk/new-wave side project (Gramma’s Boyfriend), had songs tapped for major motion pictures and has had the pleasure to tour from coast-to-coast playing some of the most amazing venues with some of the most talented artists in the world.

New music from PHOX! This song is a JAM! From the debut album PHOX, out June 24, 2014 (US)/September 1 (EU).

Available on iTunes: smarturl.it/PHOX
Available on Amazon: smarturl.it/PHOX_Amazon

PHOX is a bunch of friends from the Midwestern circus hamlet, Baraboo, WI, a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants. They make music that straddles Feist and Monty Python.

www.phoxband.com
www.facebook.com/phoxband
www.twitter.com/PhoxBand
www.youtube.com/user/PHOXfilms

Check out Manchester Orchestra’s performance on David Letterman last night. Also, be sure to pick up their new album Cope out today!

"God that was nice!" - David Letterman

Um… new Jack White album anyone? Yes Please! Lazaretto out 6/10!

This is no April Fool’s Joke… Copeland is releasing new music! See for yourself!

Check out Conor Oberst’s new song “Governor’s Ball” from his upcoming album, Upside Down Mountain out 5/20.

I feel like this hasn’t been getting any press… either way it should be know that First Aid Kit have a new album on the way! “My Silver Lining” from “Stay Gold,” the new album from First Aid Kit, available June 10th.

Pre-Order the Album download “My Silver Lining” http://smarturl.it/FAK_StayGold

My Silver Lining

I don’t want to wait anymore I’m tired of looking for answers
Take me some place where there’s music and there’s laughter
I don’t know if I’m scared of dying but I’m scared of living too fast, too slow
Regret, remorse, hold on, oh no I’ve got to go
There’s no starting over, no new beginnings, time races on
And you’ve just gotta keep on keeping on
Gotta keep on going, looking straight out on the road
Can’t worry ‘bout what’s behind you or what’s coming for you further up the road
I try not to hold on to what is gone, I try to do right what is wrong
I try to keep on keeping on
Yeah I just keep on keeping on

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I’ve made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won’t take the easy road

I’ve woken up in a hotel room, my worries as big as the moon
Having no idea who or what or where I am
Something good comes with the bad
A song’s never just sad
There’s hope, there’s a silver lining
Show me my silver lining
Show me my silver lining

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I’ve made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won’t take the easy road

I won’t take the easy road
The easy road, the easy road

Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on

On Meetings:

There’s nothing more toxic to productivity than a meeting. Here’s a few reasons why:

They break your work day into small, incoherent pieces that disrupt your natural workflow

They’re usually about words and abstract concepts, not real things (like a piece of code or some interface design)

They usually convey an abysmally small amount of information per minute

They often contain at least one moron that inevitably gets his turn to waste everyone’s time with nonsense

They drift off-subject easier than a Chicago cab in heavy snow

They frequently have agendas so vague nobody is really sure what they are about

They require thorough preparation that people rarely do anyway

For those times when you absolutely must have a meeting (this should be a rare event), stick to these simple rules:

Set a 30 minute timer. When it rings, meeting’s over. Period.
Invite as few people as possible.
Never have a meeting without a clear agenda.

Excerpt from Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson