I have to admit, I haven’t been listening to a lot of new music lately. Actually that’s not entirely true. I have come across a few post-punk bands out of Oakland and Portland that have caught my ear. I have been trying to delve into more music, but grad school has been kicking my ass a little and I haven’t had the time nor the energy to look for new stuff, except through social media. When I was in high school and even throughout my 20s, the search for new bands was a never ending quest. I grew up in a controlled and strict environment, but music was my escape. Music healed my tired weary teenage soul. I knew everything would be okay if I just put my headphones on, closed my eyes and drowned out the world outside my bedroom door.
I’m training to be a therapist, and I always think about that Ramones song, “I Wanna Be Sedated” (you thought I was gonna say “Psycho Therapy,” right?). I found that whenever I use the words “psycho therapy,” it has sort of scary connotations to them so I’m just going to say I’m studying to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. I’ve been thinking a lot about how people heal and different modalities of healing. It’s not always and will not always be sitting across from someone in a state of catharsis. Although catharsis can take many forms and can feel different ways, it can also sound like a guitar, bass, vocals, and a drum kit. This was the healing I had access to as a kid; music was my form of healing.
This podcast represents my two dichotomies. I have also been living a Southern California and Northern California life at the moment. I’m attending Sonoma State University in Sonoma County, and going home to LA on the weekends. The drive between both worlds feels like an eternity at times, long stretches of farmland, vineyards, and dust. I’ve been finding myself enjoying those long 6-7 hours, just myself, my thoughts, and meditating on that long road home. Finding affordable housing is a fucked up situation wherever you end up, but seems to be just a little fucking harder in Sonoma County. With the recent fires that have devastated many people’s homes and whole towns, I wanted to dedicate my podcast and my love to people who are living through horrible shit. I don’t know what it’s like to lose a home to a fire, and I can’t imagine the horrible pain of such a tragedy, but I wanted to say I admire and am continuously encouraged and inspired by the spirit of the Bay Area. I’ve never met so many kind hearted, amazing souls who are willing to open their home to me. This is also dedicated to you and your own form of healing.
False Figure: “Exhale” Self-titled 7″ (Self-released)
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Fumigados: “Descerebrados” Self-titled 7″ (Verdugo)
Flesh World: “Just to Tear Me Down” “Just to Tear Me Down” b/w “Poolside Boys (Remix)” 7″ (Iron Lung)
Sextile: “Situations” Albeit Living LP (Felte)
The Nuns: “Walkin’ the Beat” Self-titled LP (Radiation Reissues)
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Catholic Spit “Inevitable Death” A Pact with the Devil LP (Crapoulet, Symphony Of Destruction)
Wax Idols: “Belong” Happy Ending LP (Etruscan Gold)
Descendents: “In Love This Way” I Don’t Want to Grow Up LP (SST)
Mercury Girls: “Ariana” Ariana 7″ (Slumberland)
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Tragatelo: “Resiste La Colonizacion” Self-titled 12″ EP (Lengua Armada)
Avengers: “Thin White Line” Self-titled 7″ (Superior Viaduct)
Tozcos: “Existencia Aturdida” Existencia Aturdida 7″ (Verdugo)
Astrid Oto: “D.I.Y.” Self-titled 7″ (No Idea)
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Dum Dum Girls: “Bhang, Bhang, I’m a Burnout” I Will Be LP (Sub Pop)