PENNY & SPARROW

Are you facing an issue with your Wi-Fi or Internet connection? After a hard day at work, when you return home hoping to see some rejuvenating videos online, it’s annoying to know that your computer is not getting connected to the net even after you turn on your router. The first thing that most of us would do the moment we realize that the router is not working is to call the service provider.

Is it such a big problem that you cannot troubleshoot on your own? What should you do if your router does not work? Here are some basic troubleshooting tips that can get your 192.168.l.l router admin back to working condition so that you can handle the problem on your own without the need for expert assistance.

Restart the Router:

What Should You Do If Your Router Does Not Work

Rebooting the router can be the simple solution to several network issues. Though some routers don’t need restarting, an occasional reboot can keep many working in good condition. All that you need to do is simply disconnect the power cable of your router and wait for a few seconds before plugging it back in. Some routers may have a power button, which you can simply switch off and turn back on after some time.

Check If Cables Are Connected Properly:

This is a no-brainer, but still, many of you forget to look into the most evident solution before moving ahead to more complex ones. There are chances that the cable could have been accidentally pulled off, making it loose or causing it to unplug. So, check if all the cables are securely connected.

Check for Overheating Problems:

Routers often experience overheating problems similar to any other electronic gadget. Such overheating can cause damage to the device over time and may cause it to be unstable. Check the temperature of your router to find out how hot it is. If it’s too hot, make sure that it gets adequate airflow. If it’s placed in hot places like atop a tower system that heats up or if the vents are obstructed, overheating could lead to instability. There are also chances that overheating in the past could have damaged the device.

Change the Router’s Wireless Channel:

If you reside in a place with plenty of wireless routers close by (for instance, an apartment), there are chances that your device is subject to intrusion from the other routers transmitting signals on exactly the same wireless frequency. Rather than operating the router on a congested wireless channel, find the right channel for your area and change the device to operate on that one. This can reduce the interference and enhance your wireless signal.

These are some of the most common router problems and solutions. As in the case of any other troubleshooting process, there could be literally an endless number of problems. If the device does not work no matter what you do, consider seeking assistance from your service provider. If your router is damaged, it might need a replacement.

ALDOUS HARDING

By Bekki Bemrose, AllMusic

Singer/songwriter Aldous Harding first drew praise for the gothic folk and stark emotionality of her 2015 debut that brought about comparisons to both Kate Bush and Scott Walker. She grew up as Hannah Harding in the town of Lyttelton near Christchurch in New Zealand to musician parents. Her mother was folk singer Lorina Harding, and it was on her Folk-Tui-winning record Clean Break that the 13-year-old Harding made here recording debut. Despite this early foray into the music business, the young Harding had no interest in pursuing a career as a musician, believing it to be a precarious existence. Just a couple of years later, she began to let go of her dreams of becoming a vet when she started singing and writing songs alongside friend and fellow musician Nadia Reid. By 2008 she was performing backup vocals for the traveling string band the Eastern, and Harding got an early break when she was spotted busking by Anika Moa, who on the back of that performance invited the young musician to open for her at her show that same night. In 2012 Harding changed her forename to Aldous and asked Marlon Williams and Ben Edwards to co-produce what would become her debut record. The self-titled release garnered much critical acclaim, and Harding toured the album extensively. For her follow-up, she signed to British independent label 4AD, and enlisted the help of John Parish (Sparklehorse, PJ Harvey) to co-produce the record. Her sophomore album Party was released in 2017, and was preceded by the singles “Horizon” and “Imagining My Man.”

This article originally appeared on AllMusic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/aldous-harding-mn0003259630/biography

Photo: http://www.weallwantsomeone.org/2016/12/30/deerhunter-and-aldous-harding-at-webster-hall-october-24-2016/

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TERRACE MARTIN: ‘I BELIEVE YOU SHOULD BE YOURSELF’

By Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley

Terrace Martin takes his job very seriously. Here’s just a taste of what he sees as at stake when he goes to work: “You got the Marines. You got the Army. We are the only people that soothe them. The art community are the only people that soothe the people that violently defend us cause they have to sometime, or sometime they don’t, but regardless we are the only community that defends them.”

This conversation, our second with Terrace, got heavy, even teary. It was always going to, and we taped only two days after Phife passed. All these words came out of a too-tired-and-sad-to-be-false period of time, which isn’t to say that they aren’t leavened by Puffy stories and suspect relationship advice.

ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD: Terrace Martin in the building.

FRANNIE KELLEY: Part two.

MUHAMMAD: Part two.

TERRACE MARTIN: Part two, man. The sequel.

MUHAMMAD: It’s happening, when we have return guests.

MARTIN: I love that, yeah.

MUHAMMAD: I’m like, “Oh, yeah. We official. We growing.”

MARTIN: I’m almost there, baby.

MUHAMMAD: No, you there.

MARTIN: I’m there. I’m here.

MUHAMMAD: Actually, you’re making us official.

MARTIN: S***. Shoot. Can I cuss on this?

MUHAMMAD: Yup.

KELLEY: Yeah. It’s fine.

MARTIN: I’m going to still not cuss. That’s my new thing, try not to f****** cuss so much.

MUHAMMAD: How you doing?

MARTIN: Cool, man. I’m happy, man.

MUHAMMAD: That’s important.

MARTIN: I’m happy.

MUHAMMAD: A lot of people might not be able to say that readily. Why are you happy?

MARTIN: I’m happy because, no matter, what I’ll always go under the understanding of: you could find beauty in every problem, and every day you wake up it’s always going to be problems. And this is not even no — this is not no deep miracle, spiritual s***. This is just really how I really feel. It’s beauty in every problem, and when I was younger, I could never accept challenges. I would turn away from challenges, life challenges, this, and that.

And then I realized that these challenges will never go nowhere in your f****** life. Challenge will always be here, so you have to press through every challenge. And I know every day is going to wake up; it’s going to be some form of challenge, but now I’m excited for every challenge. I’m excited for every challenge, every obstacle. I’m not even talking about in music; I’m talking about in life. None of my conversations are really on music now anyway.

But every obstacle that I encounter, I feel like once I go through it — cause I’ma make it through all of them — so once I go through the obstacle and I make it through, it’s like my own spiritual trophy. So I actually get up and I look forward to what may be the obstacle, cause whatever it is I’m gonna conquer it.

So that’s when I say I’m happy, that means I don’t live in fear. I don’t live in disbelief. I understand faith. I understand you have to lose faith to gain faith and to really understand faith. So that’s why I’m happy. Cause I understand those Earth, Wind & Fire-type things in my life right now. And I didn’t always use to understand that s***.

MUHAMMAD: What became the eye-opener for you to begin to see life that way?

MARTIN: When I started — when I realized this — cause I was young growing up in this record business. What started me — those things — I started opening my eyes about five or six years ago when things wasn’t that moving, as far as in Los Angeles with the hip-hop scene and certain — it was just another scene that I wasn’t versed at that was going on.

And sometime when — sometime in music when you don’t — it’s a psychological thing that happens cause in music, especially — unfortunately in a lot of things — but hip-hop music now, and I believe the past 15 years, some people — it became a thing to where it was OK to sound like everybody else and be like everybody else and look like everybody else. But all of my heroes and all of my teachers told me on records that I had to be different. So at the time, when I finally got good enough to be different, it was popular to sound like everybody else. And that was puzzling to me just in music in general, cause I don’t believe — I believe you should be yourself.

So it was a dark time business-wise for me and a lot of my friends in Los Angeles on the music scene to where we wasn’t working. Nobody was calling us to produce the records, to do the records, or record labels wasn’t calling. It was just a strong thing that was like a black cloud, I felt like, over Los Angeles, that — it really helped me get closer back to my saxophone. Cause I’ve always been a saxophone player, but when the records wasn’t going on, I had to play my horn really to make a real living again.

And through that is where I found out that — I realized what loyalty was, cause I had been disloyal really to the art. And I fell in love with kind of what it was supposed to be about, and that’s how I got lost in transition. That’s how all of us got lost in transition though. It was like a plague of some f***** up s*** going on in the music business. Just something was going on. But it —

KELLEY: Wait. So what was happening then? 2010.

MARTIN: They just —

KELLEY: Like music — what was popular? I can’t remember.

MARTIN: Music is always inspired by life, what goes on around.

KELLEY: For sure.

MARTIN: You know what I’m saying? I think a lot of just back then, it was just — I think it was going through a growing spurt. A growing thing. And that’s just what I — now that I’m older and I look back, I think it was that, and — I just think it was that.

But going through that dark time and not being called, not getting the phone answered or this and that, then I realized once it was just me alone in the room with my art, with my music, and I realized like, “You know what? Let me stop complaining about everything, cause at least I have my health and I’m able to get up in the morning. Play the horn, and I could still listen to music and then I’m just going to keep practicing everyday and stay loyal to the sound I want to do. And one day, something’s going to happen.”

MUHAMMAD: That’s a very —

MARTIN: And then that little m*********** from Compton came out, Kendrick Lamar.

MUHAMMAD: Well, I was gonna ask about him.

MARTIN: What happened?

MUHAMMAD: Since you brought him up, I was like — well, some people may take that and say, “Well, things got a little bit better. Maybe that’s why you can see things, life, from a brighter perspective.” But —

MARTIN: But.

MUHAMMAD: But before we go there, in that sort of adversity, in having to look at life through a different lens because you’re now focused on yourself, focused on your relationship with your horn, focused on seeing life from a different perspective, it’s very freeing. And it may be difficult for people who are not there yet to really see how free it is. So in other areas of your life, if that’s how you looking, how does it then begin to pay off for you?

What I’m asking is that, now that you have a new understanding, a new vision, an outlook on life —

MARTIN: OK.

MUHAMMAD: — and how you’re treating just life in general when you wake up, how does it then, that transformation, begin to pay off for you? Like, you’re seeing, I guess, the fruits of that growth.

MARTIN: Because it — now that I understand. It’s — I’ve learned how to live alone now. Like, I’ve learned how to sleep alone now. Same thing with a relationship. I’ve learned how to be alone, because I had to be alone, you know what I’m saying? There was nobody to call or — and what I mean nobody to call, I mean it was — and when I mean me, it was — it’s a few of us. But me in general, I had to learn how to be confident and happy with the blessings I have around me and the people that I have around me and the facility that the creator has giving me to be able to move how I move, in general.

So I think once I really humbled myself within myself, things start turning around. So it’s paid off, because I’ve learned how to be alone. I’ve been stripped down of everything to be made whole again, to build back up again. You know what I’m saying? So now my values are different, my morals are just totally different, my foresight, I know my job. My job is only to be a servant of the community, and just to inspire. That’s it. That’s my whole job, and I know that.

That’s why certain things don’t really get to me. Cause I’m grounded. I know what I have to do, and I know that we’re on a mission. I know this whole movement that we’re on, art, is on a mission. We’ve been told to do something by the forefathers before us, you know, P.E., Tribe Called Quest, N.W.A. Like, we’ve been set a manual. So we have a mission. We have a book that we’re following right now.

So that’s how it’s paid off, because I’ve stayed loyal and I believe your gift will make room for you if you just stay loyal and just stay put. So many people just get — right when you get frustrated like “Ah!” and then bam something cool could happen, you know what I’m saying? And I believe that’s what — that’s what those negative energies want to do. It’s like, they want to confuse you, and they want to steal your joy.

Cause once your joy is gone, it’s a wrap. Cause happiness is temporary; joy is everlasting. So once your joy is gone, damn, then they could f*** with your head, and once they f*** with your head, you just left on the side of the road.

MUHAMMAD: So with regards to the new record, Velvet Portraits, it definitely sounds — it sounds like a transformation, this record. I don’t know what it is. It’s something about it. It seems lighter and pleasant. I don’t know if that’s —

MARTIN: Yeah, it is.

MUHAMMAD: — deliberate, or if that’s just manifestation of where you are.

MARTIN: My art, most of my art, is — a lot of it, at least 75% of it since I could remember it, even when I used to draw pictures as a kid on canvases, most of my art sometime is always reflecting the opposite of what I’m seeing or what I’ve been through or what I’ve seen.

So you have some cases in hip-hop, the gangster rapper, some certain ones will talk about everything they’ve seen, everything they’ve been through, everything they’ve done. Then you have the gangster that don’t rap, that doesn’t talk about anything. Those are my heroes. And all they did was do things and they would soothe people in the neighborhood of the other guys that sometime would come in and disrupt the neighborhood.

Those are my — that was my earliest experience with the first formation of what kind of Africa was I read about, just in a different way, as a village and a community. So my heroes are people like that, that just stayed and made sure their family was taken care of.

So art-wise, my thing is like with all these crazy things going on — you have some people that literally talk about what’s going on. Like, you have “We gon’ be alright.” You have J. Cole. You have all these people. And MCs can just — bam — pinpoint it. So my thing is I didn’t want to do art like that, because that’s being done by greats right now. I’m — I don’t believe in — I believe in finding my corner and trying to fill that void to paint a different picture. So my thing is I want to do, musically, soothing music to soothe the times of what’s going on.

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Source:http://www.npr.org/sections/microphonecheck/2016/04/08/473407997/terrace-martin-i-believe-you-should-be-yourself
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KELLY LEE OWENS

In today’s world of Internet, where we have to remember lots of usernames and passwords for the different accounts that we have, it’s quite natural to forget passwords. The same is applicable to router passwords as well. If you have forgotten the password of your router, then you should know how to change or recover the Forgot Router Password. Fortunately, there are solutions. Read on to find out.

In Factory Settings, You Can Reset Your Router Password: By hard-resetting your router, you can retune the device back to factory default settings. That implies the router password and the username will be reset to their default settings too. Once you finish hard-reset on your router 192.168.1.254 login page, you can sign in using the default password and username.

Forgot Router Password – How to Change or Recover the Lost Password:

Troubleshooting Steps: Before you hard reset your router, It is better to attempt few troubleshooting steps that might help you to log in. Below are the 3 steps to troubleshoot.

Verify the IP Address of Router: While signing in to the router, be sure to use the right IP address.

Try to Sign in Using the Default Password and User Name: In case you fail to sign in to your router, you can try signing in using your router’s default password and username.

Reset the Router: In case the above two steps are not sufficient for you to sign in to your router, try to hard reset your router.

Default Password and Username:

Prior to trying a hard reset on your router, you can try entering the default password and username. Though it is not likely to be the same for all the devices, it will allow you to access. In many circumstances, the default password and username for a router will be the following:

The username will be administrator or admin

The password will be or admin

Useful Tip: In case you are not aware of your default router password and username, you can get into the website routerpasswords.com for a complete listing.

Reset Your Router:

In case the default password and username does not work, you or your network manager might have changed it in the past. Almost all routers will have a tiny pinhole button at the bottom or back of the device. If you press and hold on to it for ten to fifteen seconds, It will hard reset the router. This will help you to restore all default settings and after this, you can use the factory default password and username.

After the router gets reset, you can change the password of your choice by entering the setup screen. Similarly, you should ensure that you re-enter configuration settings, which were in place earlier to the reset.

Now that you know how to reset the Forgot Router Password, you can go ahead and try it out. It’s recommended to change the password once in a while to avoid illegal access by hackers.

JAZZ CARTIER

By Andy Kellman, AllMusic

Jaye Adams, known as Jazz Cartier (and alternately Jacuzzi La Fleur), is a rapper whose vantage is reflected in song titles like “See You in Hell,” “Never Too Faded,” and “Black and Misguided.” Born in Toronto, Adams had to adapt to numerous environments in his youth. The stepson of a diplomat, he lived in several cities across the U.S., and also spent time in Barbados and Kuwait. He debuted in 2011, as a teenager, with the mixtape Losing Elisabeth. After he settled back into his original hometown, Adams temporarily sold drugs to support himself and took his time with the follow-up, Marauding in Paradise, released in 2015. The patience paid off, as the mixtape was a long-list nominee for that year’s Polaris Music Prize. Despite the exposure, Adams remained independent, without a label. Hotel Paranoia arrived the following year and was received with another Polaris nomination.

This article was originally posted on AllMusic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jazz-cartier-mn0002894400/biography

Photo: http://urbanologymag.com/joey-bada-jazz-cartier-masters-of-the-stage/

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AILEEAH COLGAN TALKS RECREATING CLASSIC COUNTRY ALBUM COVERS FROM JOHNNY CASH & MORE FOR INVENTIVE VIDEO

By Chuck Dauphin, Billboard

Even if you’re not acquainted with country singer Aileeah Colgan, her “Country Scene” music video will definitely feel familiar. During the clip, she recreates the cover artwork of 21 iconic country albums as a way of honoring the legends she’s looked up to for so many years.

“When we sat down to write the song, we had talked about how people from the outside looking in think that the only thing that country music is about is dirt roads, belt buckles, and Johnny Cash,” she admits to Billboard. “You know what? That’s ok. I am a country girl. I love dirt roads, and I have a collection of belt buckles. I am country and that’s ok. So we wanted to pay homage to all the artists that have paved the way for all of us. We wanted it to be a fun and creative way of saying thank you for shining the light on country music, and making it possible for me to do what I’m doing today. That’s how the video came about.”

The singer filmed the video around her 24th birthday, so she chose the same number of album covers to tip her hat to in the video. Three were omitted from the final cut. When asked about some of her favorites during the clip, she doesn’t hesitate. “I watch it, and I laugh, because there were so many moments where filming it was so funny. The Conway Twitty album cover was so fun. There’s a part in the video where I do this awkward wink, and I am known for how bad of a wink I do. I got a chance to really just be myself.” Colgan stays true to the Twitty image of his later years, complete with his perm from 1979. She says her tributes to artists such as Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, and Johnny Cash have been well-received.

“Everything has been so positive. People have commented about this or that album being their favorites. I think that people have been refreshed that it was a creative tribute to the artists they love. Obviously, they don’t know who I am yet, but they connect to these albums. It’s been a great experience for me in re-creating the albums, and becoming familiar with all the songs all over again.”

Colgan is proud of her country roots, which she hopes is apparent from “Country Scene.” “Being able to pretend to be in their footprints was an honor, because these people have done so much for me and for country music. I’m just grateful for the chance to pretend to fill those shoes. It’s been a great experience all the way around.

When asked about her formative years, the songstress says that she was born in Missouri, and with her father being a traveling pastor, the family was on the move a lot. But their support for her dreams is something she feels very strongly. “I’m the youngest of seven kids, and my father was a pastor. We didn’t have much money growing up. My parents have always been so great in supporting me. I want to work incredibly hard so they don’t have to. Being able to see some success with the video has been amazing. I can see my path. I can feel it in my soul that this is the right thing for me to do as a career.”

Music is something that runs in her blood, as her mother had a stint as a recording artist years ago. “In her early years, my mom was a touring Gospel singer. I love going into used record stores and Goodwills and trying to find her records. They were Katie and The Sunshine Girls and the Blessed Hope Singers. You can still find their records around. I’m very fortunate to have parents and siblings that support me.”

Colgan, who now calls Illinois her home, will soon be releasing a new EP titled Life’s A Beach, which she plans to promote on the fair and festival circuits. Her method of travel? A red Ford conversion van named Reba.

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/7783955/aileeah-colgan-country-scene-classic-album-covers-interview

Photo: http://www.aileeahcolgan.com/

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THE NEW RESPECTS

By Timothy Monger, AllMusic

The New Respects are a high-energy throwback rock and soul quartet comprising siblings Alexandria, Alexis, and Darius Fitzgerald and their cousin Jasmine Mullen. The children of a Nashville preacher, twins Alexandria (guitar) and Alexis (bass) and their brother Darius (drums) grew up on gospel music, and while Mullen (vocals) heard a wider range of influences in the house, her parents were both songwriters in the Christian music industry, with her mom, Nicole C. Mullen, having established herself as a prominent recording artist in the early 2000s. Forming in high school as the John Hancock Band, the quartet was initially based around more of an indie folk sound. As they became more established, the influences of early rock, R&B, blues, and soul began to inform their sound, and their music became more dynamic. By 2016, they’d signed with Capitol CMG and changed their name to the New Respects. Following a pair of singles later that year, they made their debut in early 2017 with the Here Comes Trouble EP.

This article originally appeared on AllMusic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-new-respects-mn0003515695/biography

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GRACE VANDERWAAL

An IP address is a captivating product of modern computer technology that is basically designed to allow one computer to communicate with another via the Internet. ‘IP’ stands for Internet Protocol, which is actually a unique string of numbers that are separated by full stops and helps in identifying each computer that is using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a network. Let us see how to access 192.168.0.1 IP address Login and Administration.

The IP address 192.168.0.1 is a private IP address that is widely used by router manufacturers like Netgear and D-Link as a default IP for their routers. There is a range defined for private IPs, which is from 192.168.0.0 to 192.168.255.255 and 192.168.o.1 router admin falls in this range. All the IPs that fall in this range is private and cannot be accessed from the Internet. To access the private IPs, Network Address Translation (NAT) is required.

192.168.0.1 IP Address Login and Administration:

The private IPs can be used in a network, and no two devices in the same network can have the same IP address. If any such thing happens then it is ‘IP conflict’, which can cause either one or both units to become unstable. However, one IP can be freely used on two different networks and even more.

How to Access Your Router Configuration Settings?

  1. Verify whether your computer is connected to the router via an Ethernet cable or wireless.
  2. Type your default IP address in the browser.
  3. You will be asked to enter your username and password.
  4. Check the user manual for it and insert the ones given there. In case you have changed it earlier, key in that.
  5. This administrative login information authenticates your identity and allows you to use the router’s admin screens.

If the browser request returns an error message, then your machine is not connected to the router and you need to perform some additional troubleshooting to establish the connection. Normally, the following things are tried to establish the connection and then step 3 is followed again.

Reboot your router by switching the power off and on.

Disable the network firewall temporarily in case it is causing hindrance in connection.

Reset the router to factory defaults in case the password is changed and you either don’t remember it or are not aware of it.

192.168.0.1 IP – Router Configuration Settings:

192.168.0.1 is the default IP address that is used by router manufacturers so that the end user can gain access to the router configuration and edit all the settings if required. Also in the case of some networking problems, this is the first place to look into for troubleshooting. As all manufacturers use one default username and password, It is always recommended to change the password once you set up your network. If you want your network to be safe from potential hackers, you also need to turn on or off WPA/WEP security and change your SSID or completely hide it. If you have any doubt about this tutorial just comment below.

WHY CAR SEAT HEADREST IS THE INDIE ROCK HERO WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR

With his thick-rimmed glasses and sheepish demeanor, Will Toledo is much more Clark Kent than Superman. Sure, the 23-year-old songwriter behind Car Seat Headrest may be taller than most of the people he stands next to, but he has yet to find the particular swagger that’s so often apparent in rock stars of his stature.

Don’t blame the good folks at Matador Records, who have done everything they can to position Toledo as the heir apparent to Stephen Malkmus, Robert Pollard, and other titans of guitar-based indie rock. Last October, the label released Teens of Style, a collection of songs hand-selected from Toledo’s 11 Bandcamp albums and re-recorded as his proper solo debut. It was meant to register as a sonic boom on the rock-music landscape, but its frequent lightning flashes of brilliance only signified something bigger to come.

That something bigger has now arrived in the form of Teens of Denial, Car Seat Headrest’s second proper studio album and the first to feature an all-new collection of songs. “It’s sort of a unique situation,” Toledo explained when we caught up with him in Los Angeles, before a headlining show at the Natural History Museum of all places. While their names are similar, Style and Denial aren’t exactly sibling albums. Toledo describes Denial, out via Matador on May 20th, as the most ambitious thing he’s ever done, and early singles like the sprawling “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” might be the closest indie rock has come to perfection since Pavement bit the dust.

Rousing choruses, cut-to-the-heart lyricism, superfluous alter-egos — Teens of Denial pretty much nails every single ingredient that goes into a great rock record. And standing at the center of it all is the quiet, contemplative Toledo, who might just be the indie rock Superman we’ve been waiting for all these years. After chatting with the guy in person, here are five reasons why the glasses aren’t fooling us.

He Writes Angsty Rock Songs that Won’t Be Embarrassing 10 Years from Now

Toledo may be a few years removed from his teens, but he isn’t trying to hide the fact that teen angst still dominates his songwriting. “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” approaches that well-worn topic from a different perspective — or rather, several different perspectives at once. Toledo knew he wanted to write a song about that vague, listless, depressing feeling that settles in on the way home from the party, but he also wanted to reach beyond that, toward some kind of cosmic truth. He had just finished watching the documentary Blackfish and felt equally depressed about its depiction of captive killer whales, so he thought, “Why not conflate both forms of depression?”.

“Yeah, that was a thing where two separate, unrelated ideas came together,” he explains. “After the movie, I just had this idea for what became the bridge and the lyrics in the bridge. I think the killer whales is a perfect image that takes you away from the immediate action and draws out a contrast and comparison between the two ideas. And you know, you go from a car at night to a tank or an ocean.” The result is an odd kind of poetry, which looks silly on paper but really does find a new, mature way to approach the theme of teen angst.

It’s funny, Toledo observes, how the angsty music one listens to as a teen can be painful to revisit as an adult. He’s doing everything he can to fulfill the noble mission of writing honest, angst-ridden music that will actually stand the test of time. “I’m kind of impressed with my tastes as a kid,” he says. “As far as angsty music, I was into Nirvana, which still holds up, and Green Day, which I think in comparison to a lot of other pop-punk bands, they do hold up. American Idiot is still a pretty impressive concept album.

“But I think it’s totally a valid goal to aspire to: Having the sort of album where it can be something that maybe adults will smile a little bit about the kids listening to it, but the kids listening to it can grow up and look back on it and say, ‘That was a good album.’”

His Covers Hardly Sound Like Covers At All

One of the most delightful moments on Teens of Denial comes in a song called “There Is a Policeman in All Our Heads, He Must Be Destroyed”. The song starts off sounding like a straightforward cover of The Cars’ “Just What I Needed”, but Toledo superimposes his own vocal melody on the intro, and soon the “cover” becomes a new song entirely. It’s not until the song’s outro that he returns to the Cars song that inspired him, at which point it catches the listener off-guard. It’s a weird and delightful experience, and none other like it comes to mind.

Except for the fact that Toledo has been pulling off this trick for a while now. He brings up one of his earlier tracks, “The Gun Song”, which appears on his 2013 Bandcamp album Nervous Young Man. “My idea is that it would be a cover of Neil Young’s ‘Down by the River’, but that it would be extremely long and it would only go into that song at the very end of it. So that was the idea, that I would sort of showcase my own songwriting material in what was supposed to be a cover.”

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DJ HARRISON RETURNS WITH SMOOTH AND ECLECTIC ‘TAPECOOKIES2’ BEAT TAPE

By Zo

Like Soundcloud before it, Bandcamp has become the wild west for the beatsman and multi-hyphenates galore over the last few years. Living, breathing resumes of up-and-coming bedroom producers and small-batch labels alike. Look no further than Jakarta Records and Knxwledge for proof. DJ Harrison, a Richmond, VA native with all the tricks in the book, has made particularly good use of the cloud space with 26 releases over the last 6-plus years.

He returns with another stunner on the 21-track beat tape, TapeCookies2For the drummer and producer whose recently placed suites on Phonte and Eric Roberson‘s Tigallero and Joyce Wrice‘s Stay Around, the new tape offers a smooth and eclectic spread of heavy-swung heat from a young producer on the cusp of a breakout. And it may not even take a word-wielding sideman to make it work.

Fill the donut-sized hole in your heart with DJ Harrison’s dreamy new beat tape down below and head over to his Bandcamp page to keep digging into his expansive catalog. Hopefully someone scoops this kid up and makes their post-Dilla masterpiece. It’s time.

 

 

 

 

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