THE EDIT 05/07

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A bite-size run-down of the best stuff of the week.

1. Bruce Springsteen Announces HBO Canada Special

Came across this little bad boy on Instagram the other day and got CHILLS--red, white, and blue, first amendment-loving, straight outta Jersey chills.

Bruce Springsteen: In His Own Words airs May 22, but seems to be only an HBO Canada thing. Do I understand why this is? No. Do I live in Canada? Definitely not. Will I scour the internet day and night until I find some way to watch this? You better believe it. Illegal streaming sites, don't fail me now!

2. "Sweet Creature" By Harry Styles

Am I a One Direction fan? No. Despite my friend Tommy's valiant and well-executed Google Doc attempt to convert me, I remain a distant, respectful appreciator of their place in the music world and their even stronger status as a cultural phenomenon. It just ain't my cuppa tea. That being said, I'll be damned if this isn't a good song--and my favorite solo effort from any of the guys.

I also read the interview Cameron Crowe did with Styles for Rolling Stone and discovered there's absolutely nothing to hate about this guy. Extra kudos for being respectful and protective of his core fanbase with this particularly insightful quote:

Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That’s not up to you to say. Music is something that’s always changing. There’s no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they’re not serious? How can you say young girls don’t get it? They’re our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you.
— HS

3. Thurston Moore Remembers CBGB

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In his write-up for the New York Times, Moore recalls teenage nights spent hanging out at Max's Kansas City and CBGB. The Mumps, Blondie, Joey Ramone,  Jonathan the dog--everybody's in this. It's a great little look back, the glory days of the New York scene described in vivid detail for those of us who never go to experience. 

It was $3 to enter, which at that time was fairly steep, at least for teenagers from Connecticut with just enough coin from lawn-mowing jobs to pay for gas, cigs and a few Cokes. We were out of money and wondering how to get in when I noticed Richard Hell hanging around the door. I asked him if he could help. He had a stamp on his hand and licked it and pressed it on ours, and we slinked in.
— TM

4. Mac DeMarco's This Old Dog

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Mac DeMarco is a certified goofball who hires assistants for his absurd fan club based off of their "dankest Mac meme." This goofiness carries over to his music--a slacker/druggie hybrid that's perfect for listening to on summer afternoons when you have no concrete plans of accomplishing anything. Most people love him for it—me included. I'm all for someone not taking themselves--or their music--too seriously.

That's what makes his latest release so striking. He takes a more mature--dare I say, contemplative tone that hits all the harder with its sobering effect due to DeMarco's status as music's shaggy, slobbery golden retriever. 

Is it a perfect album? No. There's a lot of sameness which becomes even more apparent due to the lackadaisical nature of DeMarco's sound. But four songs straight-up bowled me over upon my first listen, and I knew This Old Dog had to be my pick of the week. 

Favorite Tracks: "My Old Man," "Baby You're Out," "Still Beating," "Watching Him Fade Away"

5. La Batalla Festival @ The Glass House

I am WIPED OUT from the non-stop party that was La Batalla Fest yesterday. Hosted by LA heroes, Santoros, it was a good-vibes all around, fueled by PBR, piñatas, and plenty of kickass bands. If you were there, relive the glory with my La Batalla playlist, and if you weren't there, get ready for next year.

Photo recap coming soon!