Polite Punk: Continental Shelf

Polite Punk: Continental Shelf

Nobody except my little sister has ever come to me for my music recommendations, but that doesn't stop me from foisting my "new" finds on everyone I meet!

To me, "new" usually means "music from the last 4-7 years that I just heard, but that everyone else was sick of 3-6 years ago." So for me, even knowing about an album that was released in the last 18 months is a pretty big deal.

Last year, my husband (who really is up on new music thanks to being on TDY all the time and having a lot of bro time) tried to convince me that this album from a Canadian post-punk band named "Viet Cong" was great.

"I'm not offended at all by the name," I snickered sanctimoniously, "but I am offended by the concept of a Canadian post-punk band. Isn't Carly Rae Jepsen from Canada?"

"I don't even know what you're talking about because I only know about stuff that's good," he snickered back, already out the door to another TDY in which he would spend hours of bro time discussing obscure coffee plantations, indie electronic music, and weightlifting techniques.

Well apparently, a lot of other people WERE offended by the name (which I sort of feel makes it a successful name for a punk band), BUT this band changed their name from the politically charged and morally ambiguous Viet Cong to the sort of sucky Jr. High School Talent Show band name "Preoccupations" which I think is a deeply un-punk think to do, but *is* very Canadian.

But the song is still my jam of the week. It's a little more aggressive than most music I like, but it feels very sincere: I totally believe this guy had a breakup and is bummed and angry about it. The hook is surprisingly pleasant. Canadian post-punk in a nutshell. 


Last year, my two DEEPLY homeschooled kids wanted to start their own punk band called "The Little F*ck*rs" which earned them each 50 pushups even though they pronounced it, "The Little F-star-c-k-star-r-s" because they somehow thought that would make it okay to say to their mother. So wrong, little guys, so deeply F-star-c-k-star-n-g wrong.

Anyway, they were studying the English Civil War and their second choice was "The New Model Army" because it was a historical reference AND implied they were a) models and b) in the army. Everyone loved it, especially my super-liberal friends. So the moral of the story here is that it's fine to name your punk band after unpopular military entities provided over 400 years has passed. 


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