the smell of my desperation has become a stench

New Tunes – Cat Power

Cat Power (Chan Marshall) is by no means a new artist, but this is the first album of original material she’s put out in six years. She’s an American songwriter (sometimes model) whose voice is peerless: heartbreaking, deep, just this side of gravely, a bit like a fire burning. I just this second found out she spent some time growing up in my hometown, so this is extra special to feature (GO! GO BARTLETT! BARLETT PAIN-THERRRS!)

The song is called “Ruin” and I’ve been made fun of by more than a few people in the past for how I pronounce this word: two distinct syllables, each with as much emphasis as the other. She sings it exactly like I say it so she and I are obviously best friends DUH.

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Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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