Welcome to “This Week In…” a weekly roundup of the sports team I follow, alt-rock (like last week) and other news and notes from the last week
LCD Soundsystem, “Call the Police”
To be honest, I’ve never really understood the popularity of LCD Soundsystem and how they’re still picked to headline so many festivals. Alas, as there seems to be a lot of evidence that I should like this band I’ll always give them a chance. I really like “Call the Police,” which has an Arcade Fire sort of jam vibe to it, a la “Month of May.” Definitely more my thing than most LCD I’ve listened to.
Nothing But Thieves, “Amsterdam”
I was a big fan of both “Trip Switch” and “Wake Up Call” from their first album, and “Amsterdam” is the first single from their upcoming record. Guitar-heavy and a jam much like “Trip Switch” this certainly holds promise for the new album.
HAIM, “Want You Back”
I mentioned last week that they had released a video for this song but I figured I would wait until it was officially released. One of the things that makes HAIM great is the ability to harmonize well, which is featured again in this song. I was hot/cold on their first album but this song has me looking forward to their second.
Paramore, “Told You So”
Fun and pop-y but in a good way. It was a little disappointing to see Paramore lose their edge a bit on their last album, but it’s hard not to like anything sung by Hayley Williams, and “Told You So” shows that change doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Grouplove, “Little Mess EP”
A follow up to their recent “Big Mess” album that is more or less a continuation. Mostly on the mellow side except for “Adios Amigos” which is the standard dose of sillyness required by any Grouplove record (although this has decreased a bit with the band’s two singers having a kid in the past year). These guys have been and continue to be one of my favorite bands. Putting the album and EP together, I like the new stuff despite its mellowing. I’ll also always owe this band a debt for introducing me to Twenty One Pilots (who opened when I saw Grouplove live in 2012).
You can find a playlist of these songs here: https://open.spotify.com/user/1244678291/playlist/5BrsqHCBPg81TeRdhGyVWw
This week the Sox split a series with the Royals before being swept by the Orioles over the weekend. While not a great week, a 15-15 record through 30 games far exceeds any expectation I, or I think anyone, had for this season. Unfortunately, that sweep by Baltimore means the Sox fell from 1st to 4th place in the collectively mediocre AL Central. Avi Garcia continues to dominate, his average holding around .350 and top prospect Yoan Moncada is still producing at AAA Charlotte with a .337 average and .931 OPS.
The Blackhawks season may be over, but a handful of players are taking part in the IIHF World Championships over in Germany and France. Here’s who’s playing:
USA: Nick Schmaltz, Trevor van Riemsdyk
Sweden: Marcus Kruger
Czech Republic: Michael Kempny
Russia: Artemi Panarin
This past week, a boring first 60 minutes became a dominant final 30 as Chelsea beat Everton 3-0 in a win that felt easy by the end. However, the most important thing that happened to Chelsea this week was Tottenham, who sat only 4 points behind Chelsea with 3 weeks left, losing 1-0 away to West Ham. As a result, Chelsea need to win 2 of their last 4 games to lock up the title. That shouldn’t be too hard with Middlesbrough, West Brom, Watford and Sunderland (RIP) as the remaining games.
The Best of the Internet
Last week, Elon Musk was interviewed at the 2017 TED Conference in Vancouver, where he discussed a variety of his current endeavors. I’m planning on a post in the next couple of weeks about all the stuff he’s currently working on and why I think he’s the most interesting person in the world right now.
Here’s a link to the interview: https://www.ted.com/talks/elon_musk_the_future_we_re_building_and_boring