Monthly Archives: October 2017

That Sunday Barrel Mixtape: Distracted


We’re all so easily distracted, aren’t we? There’s so much noise around us that gets in the way of what we set out to do every day. Texts, tweets, TV, and other things that start with “T” (total inevitable annihilation?) weigh down on us, and it’s utterly exhausting. I mean, even right now as I’m typing this, I have the TV tuned to soccer. As a millennial, I’m contractually obligated to have at least 3 different forms of media occupying my senses at any given moment during the day.

Over the past year, I’ve had some wonderful opportunities to write for The Hockey Writers and my favorite music site Stereogum, but in turn, I kinda left this site neglected. I’ve been too distracted to write even the smallest post on this little site. But in an effort to keep my writing chops fresh and to share some of the music (both new and old) that has been keeping me sane through the weeks, I plan to write on here more. Hopefully, this will provide a new distraction for me.

Here are some songs I’ve been digging lately. Give yourself a chance on this beautiful Sunday to turn off the extra noise, and turn up the music while you nurse your hangover and inevitable dread for the week ahead.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – “Continental Breakfast”

(side note: isn’t this just the most adorable music video you’ve ever seen? The whole album is like this, and it’s absolutely delightful. Go listen to it NOW!)

The War on Drugs – “Pain”

Alvvays – “Plimsoll Punks”

The Replacements – “Unsatisfied” (Live at Maxwell’s)

(side note: this album does, in fact, rock like murder)

Jessica Lea Mayfield – “Sorry Is Gone”