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This month’s episode of BDWPS Podcast features a more upbeat mix of tunes (i.e. no metal or rap) and it also contains some of my favorite albums of the year so far. Here’s the track list:

The Love Language “Calm Down” 
Speedy Ortiz “No Below” 
The Ex & the Brass Unbound “Our Leaky Homes” 
True Widow “HW-R” 
Austra “Forgive Me” 
Jagwar Ma “Come Save Me” 
Nick Drake “Voice From the Mountains” 
Bob Dylan “Masters of War”

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Fuck Buttons “Slow Focus”

Fuck Buttons

Slow Focus

[ATP; 2013]

Rating: 8.3

Recently while watching Ken Burn’s six part series on the National Parks, I couldn’t help but find myself enamored by the late, great John Muir. I’d heard the name over the years, whether it be his fervent advocacy for preservation or his theories on how mountains were formed (he was correct: glaciers), but I’d never realized the treasure trove of eloquent statements on nature that he left behind. I’ve always believed that God can be best found in his creations – the mountains, the trees, and the animals – and through the documentary, I quickly realized Muir was my prophet.

It was no accident that moments after finishing the episode I decided to listen to Fuck Button’s latest release Slow Focus.  Instantly, the connections between their music and John Muir’s life intertwined in my mind.  In the world of electronic music, Fuck Buttons are bizarre outsiders much like Muir was viewed most of his life.  Both are minimalists by nature, Muir living off what he could find in the Sierra Mountains and Fuck Buttons reliance on whatever “instruments” they can manipulate enough to suit their needs (they’ve been known to use devices ranging from outdated computer software to children’s toys).

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