I learned that living is hard. That my depression would constantly make me feel like my lungs were filled with dark water and my legs made out of melting wax. That I was going to have to try harder than most, every single day of my life. But I also learned that the fight is worth it. I mean, life is cheese pizza, rain drop races, and fathers with hearts coated in gold. It is love and faith, and though there might not be much we can do about how horrible Mountain Dew is, life is worth sticking around for a second or two. I learned that living is hard.
But I learned that dying is much, much harder.
Excerpt from “What You Learn When You Attempt Suicide” by Natalia Castells-Esquivel
“So the fact that people think they’re, like Nancy Drew for claiming that none of her relationships have lasted long enough for her to be able to write a song about them really proves only that she has this uncanny talent for dressing up an experience until what happened matches how it felt.”— Tavi gevinson on her “Just kidding, love sucks; Notes on Taylor Swift” (via xloveswift)
The Story So Far played a show in Texas last night. During one of the band’s song, a fan made their way onto the stage and kissed frontman Parker Cannon without his consent or desire. This is never okay to do at a show, especially to a band that you apparently respect and love.
The Story So Far, in general, are also a band that fight to play shows at venues without barricades so their fans can enjoy the set to its fullest. Situations like these are what make fans want to play behind barricades. You can watch a video of the event below after the jump.
Hey, dude. How’s it going? I’d ask what you’ve been up to, but I’m sure it’s been nothing but ethereal mischief.
Couldn’t believe it when I heard it. It was enough to make a heartbeat stop. Reminded me of the uncertain, and love that we lost.
I know I took our hearts for granted. I never thought the sun would fail to rise.
All the flowers on the sidewalk, and every single tear that we cried… How I wish that I could change it, and bring you back tonight.
We were never what I would call incredibly close - but there was always a mutual respect there from the day we met. Two strong personalities such as ours are bound to have their conflicts, but somehow that never quite manifested itself with you. At the end of the day, I suppose it was easy to regard each other warmly because we loved so many of the same people.
When we hung out, it was always easy. We bonded over sarcasm, ice cream and South Park. I remember that much, but if those things hadn’t been there I have to believe I would have still found a way to admire you for who you were. Your spirit shone so brightly that it touched everyone who came into contact with it. There were some darker moments - you deeply hurt a girl who was one of the most important people in the world to me at the time and it was hard not to resent you for that. But as with all things, that hurt passed and the respect we had for each other remained.
So today, I’m remembering you and honoring that memory. I’ll throw on a few episodes of SP and get some Birthday Cake Remix from Coldstone for ya, bud. A spirit like yours doesn’t end - CAN’T end - with the death of the physical body. The loved ones and friends you left behind can have no doubt about that.
Sleep well, my friend. There will be another moment we’ll meet again - just let it go. Sleep well, goodnight. You’re something to remember. I wish that you were here by my side.
“I am tired, not of arguing in favour of equality, diversity and tolerance, but of having to explain, over and over and over again, why such arguments are still necessary, only to have my evidence casually dismissed by someone too oblivious to realise that their dismissal of the problem is itself a textbook example of the f*cking problem.
I am tired of being mocked by hypocrites who think that a single lazy counterexample is sufficient to debunk the fifteen detailed examples they demanded I produce before they’d even accept my point as a hypothetical, let alone valid, argument.
I am tired of a**holes who think that playing Devil’s advocate about an issue alien to their experience but of deep personal significance to their interlocutor makes them both intellectually superior and more rationally objective on the specious basis that being dispassionate is the same as being right (because if they can stay calm while savagely kicking your open wound, then clearly, you have no excuse for screaming).
Taylor Swift Is First Female Artist In History To Sell Out Sydney's Allianz Stadium
SYDNEY, Dec. 5, 2013 - Taylor Swift is now the first female artist in history to sell out Sydney’s Allianz Stadium, as she kicked off the Australian leg of her RED tour last night to a capacity crowd of more than 40,900 fans. The seven-time Grammy winner and reigningBillboard and American Music Awards Artist of the Year is also the first female solo artist in twenty years to undertake a national stadium concert tour of Australia. (x)
The first five bands for the 2014 Vans Warped Tour have been announced via Fuse’s Warped Roadies. You can check out the lineup so far below after the jump and be sure to reblog the post with your thoughts so far!
“There aren’t more girls in bands because guys make it fucking hard to be there. It’s the ultimate boys’ club, and you don’t get a pass to enter without a big pair of balls. But if you’re a girl with a pair bigger than the guys around you, they make you feel like you’re not being feminine or that you’re a bitch. The girls who make it in rock have achieved that delicate balance somewhere between having a big pair of hairy balls and pink lacy underwear, and there isn’t much wiggle room between those.”—Juliet Simms (Automatic Loveletter)
A Day To RememberCommon Courtesy album sales have been kept quiet until today. Soundscan has confirmed that the band has sold over 92,000 copies of the album that was self-released after years of struggle with Victory Records. Check out the press release below after the jump.
“I suppose in the end it’s almost too easy to look back and say what you should have done, how you might have changed things. What’s harder - what’s much, much harder - is to accept what you actually did do.”—Peter Hook, Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division (via ab-sences)
PropertyOfZack had the chance to film a new Session with Lydia at the Philadelphia, PA stop of the band’s tour with The Maine and Anberlin. The band performed songs from Devil for us called “The Exist” and “Do You Remember,” and you can watch the new Session below after the jump!
It’s December 3rd, which means it’s release day. Let us know what new releases you’re listening to today and hit the jump below to check out the album details and download information for all the great records coming out this week!