July 11, 2016

Modcast #363: The World's A Mess

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
What a week it has been. What a month, what a year, a decade, a century in fact. It's like the world is falling apart around us and no one really has a clue of how to put it back together. Unless you were hiding under a rock lately then you, like everyone, have been inundated with the news, all of it bad. Much of it horrible. Killings, racism, phobias, terrorism, beheadings, culture clashes, not to mention a US presidential election. I don't mean to be a Donny downer but life sort of sucks right now. And relative to many, I have it pretty good day to day.

It finally got to me when I discovered myself listening to more and more depressing music. Which naturally bleeds over into the modcast. Art imitates life after all. So, here it is in all it's depressing, apocalyptic glory. A collection of songs that are either a sign of the times or a reflection of the end of times.

Listen Now

Mad Parade -- Freak Show (2003)
Offspring -- Stuff Is Messed Up (2008)
Against Me! -- Transgender Dysphobia (2014)
Everclear -- All Fucked Up (2000)
NOFX -- Franco Un-American (2003)
X -- The World's A Mess It's In My Kiss (1980)
The Clash -- London Calling (1979)
Circle Jerks -- Stars And Stripes (1982)
Ramones -- Planet Earth 1988 (1984)
The Editors -- Road To Nowhere (2006)
The Decembrists -- Calamity Song (2011)
The Kinks -- Drift Away (1993)
Gloomy Sunday -- Billie Holiday (1941)

Northern Soulshaker Cocktail

Fishbone -- Party At Ground Zero

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