My Music Diet: Five New(ish) Releases

Here are five of my favorite albums from the last month or so:

Yuno - Moodie EP (Sub Pop Records)
From his Apple Music profile: "Yuno blends surf pop, synth pop, and R&B into smooth yet distinctive songs."

Translation: catchy summer jams. So good -- hope there is more on the way soon.

Snail Mail - Lush (Matador Records)
The debut full-length from Lindsey Jordan is SO good. Can't get enough. Highlights are Pristine and Heat Wave.

Soccer Mommy - Clean (Fat Possum Records)
Best description I have is a combination of Liz Phair, Snail Mail, and Japanese Breakfast -- which means awesome in my book.

Joey Bada$$ - 1999
The re-released version of his 2012 mixtape & debut. So talented and fresh, even 6 years later.

The Carters - Everything is Love
A surprise release from the super duo. Bey shines here for me, but Jay is no slouch. All you would expect from them and more. Check it!

Undemocratic

Voter fraud is rare to nonexistent, yet there are ongoing attempts by a certain party to limit the pool of voters in America. To make it harder to vote. All of these rules disproportionally impact the poor and people of color. They count on you viewing the rules through your lens of privilege to get their agenda through the system.

Longtime Republican consultant Carter Wrenn:

"Look, if African Americans voted overwhelmingly Republican, they would have kept early voting right where it was," Wrenn said. "It wasn’t about discriminating against African Americans. They just ended up in the middle of it because they vote Democrat."

Everyone should be able to vote: auto-registered at 18, voting day should be a federal holiday, etc. It's not difficult.

Voting should be easier, not harder. Anyone celebrating or advocating for anything else is undemocratic and un-American.

What Happens When a Bad-Tempered, Distractible Doofus Runs an Empire? | The New Yorker →

History repeating itself:

One of the many things that Wilhelm was convinced he was brilliant at, despite all evidence to the contrary, was “personal diplomacy,” fixing foreign policy through one-on-one meetings with other European monarchs and statesmen. In fact, Wilhelm could do neither the personal nor the diplomacy, and these meetings rarely went well. The Kaiser viewed other people in instrumental terms, was a compulsive liar, and seemed to have a limited understanding of cause and effect.