Unrequired Listening

Smith Westerns are back, two years after Dye It Blonde, one of my favorites from 2011. "Varisty" is their first single off their new record, due out June 25, and, well, they picked up right where they left off: funky and dreamy and ready for summer.

Tom Waits - I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You

Well, it only took me 23 years, five months and 29 days to finally discover Tom Waits. This is off his first album, Closing Time, recorded in 1972. I guess it still does the trick 31 years later? It’s perfect.

G R I M E S: I don't want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living


i dont want to live in a world where im gonna have to start employing body guards because this kind of behavior is so commonplace and accepted and I’m pissed that when I express concern over my own safety it’s often ignored until people see firsthand what happens and then they apologize for not taking me seriously after the fact… 

I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and i’m gonna flounder without them.  or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology.  I have never seen this kind of thing happen to any of my male peers 

im tired of being considered vapid for liking pop music or caring about fashion as if these things inherently lack substance or as if the things i enjoy somehow make me a lesser person 

I’m sad that my desire to be treated as an equal and as a human being is interpreted as hatred of men, rather than a request to be included and respected (I have four brothers and many male best friends and a dad and i promise i do not hate men at all, nor do i believe that all men are sexist or that all men behave in the ways described above)

Some real talk from Claire Boucher (Grimes). Read the whole thing.

[One Of Those] Crazy Girls - Paramore

Everyone’s talking about Paramore’s new album, so I gave it a listen today. Then I listened to it again, and again and again. I love it but I can see why some might disregard it. Listening to it makes me feel like I’m in high school again but without all the anxiety and people not liking me. There’s lots of Weezer and Best Coast throughout, which is always a sure way to get me to listen to something.


Whilst on tour in Texas, we decided to cover a song by a Texan. She is one of our favourite artists of all time, Beyonce. This song has always meant a lot to us and was written with another artist we really admire, Frank Ocean. Happy Valentines day to you all. Lots of love, xx The xx

The xx covering “I Miss You” by Beyonce? Oh, okay sure, melt my heart why don’t you.