After historic mid-term election results (and a frenetic press conference)... where does the US go from here?
In the space of one week, the United States has witnessed historic mid-term election results, a frenetic press conference in which Donald Trump clashed with a CNN White House correspondent – (followed by the President’s Press Secretary tweeting a doctored video alleging that the reporter sexually assaulted a female intern) – and the potentially unconstitutional firing of the Attorney General in an apparent attempt to undermine investigations into supposed Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Mr Trump didn’t stop the controversy there: he also blamed Barack Obama for America’s lack of safety, claimed that not enough was being done to tackle Californian wildfires even though he reduced funds for forest management, and he failed to turn up to one of the memorial services in Paris commemorating the centenary of World War I because it was raining.
Discussing the direction of the United States from here on…
We take you on a guided tour of the best, the good, and the quite good's of the week
When it comes to pop music, this New Music Friday has pretty much fulfilled our every desire. New Little Mix? It’s here. Some Hailee Steinfeld? NMF has come in clutch. Oh, and don’t even get us started on Sabrina Carpenter. Oh, wait, you want us to? Well you asked for it!
Featured Song: Sabrina Carpenter – Bad Time
We’ve been fans of Sabrina Carpenter for an unhealthy amount of time, but on new single ‘Bad Time’ it feels like we’re getting a side of Sabrina’s music which we’ve never had before. We’re far away from singing about thumbs and hands at this point – in ‘Bad Time’ she sings about, simply speaking, dating (or just, you know, being friends on another level) with an ass.
Like, who would say “it’s a bad time for a good time” to SABRINA CARPENTER?! They’re going to regret it big time…
A podcast breaking down the music of pop hits.
Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.
Classic rock climaxed a half century ago, yet it still survives in two places: FM radio and Greta Van Fleet.
The later are an upstart of four boys from Michigan who have found stardom by dusting off the mantle of guitar driven rock. Their latest album, 'Anthem Of The Peaceful Army', bares an uncanny sonic resemblance to Led Zeppelin. Jeremy D. Larson, senior editor of Pitchfork, gave the album a 1.6 out of 10 calling it…
Has society changed... or is it that we're just more aware of the darkness now?
The past week in the United States have been dark:
Two people were killed at a grocery store minutes after their shooter tried to enter an African American church.
Mail bombs were delivered to prominent Trump critics
and then on the Sabbath, 11 Jews were murdered in cold blood whilst praying at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Donald Trump tweeted that "a very big part of the anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media." Yet most of those on the receiving end of the bombs have featured repeatedly in Trump’s tweets or rally speeches, more often than not in a negative light, and an apparent spark for deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States was a racist hoax inflamed by a President in the run up to…