Car Seat Headrest

Art Gets What It Wants & Art Gets What It Deserves by Julia Walck

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These are lyrics from Car Seat Headrest's 2013 song "Times To Die" off of the album Monomania. 

At the time, Will Toledo was 22, signing his deal with Matador Records, excited and scared for what was to come in Car Seat Headrest's career. 

The song starts off with, "all of my friends are getting married, all of my friends are right with God, all of my friends are making money, but art gets what it wants and art gets what it deserves". That's the scary thing with art when you're starting out: you're not secured a job, money, or stability. It's taking risks and chasing a dream because it's what you love. It can be tough seeing your friends having more "adult" lives than you, hitting "life milestones" left and right so easily... meanwhile you're taking the plunge into a new endeavor yourself, hoping to hit a milestone too but not knowing if you will. 

Their latest single released at the end of 2017, "Nervous Young Inhumans", ends with the lyrics, "You'll get what you want and you'll get what you deserve”. It's almost as if Toledo is reflecting back on "Times To Die" when he was just signing with Matador as a nervous, young inhuman questioning himself and his art. But he got what he deserved, and all of his hard work paid off. Man, is that a great milestone to hit.

Take risks, stay creative and never give up on that dream. 

February '18 Playlist by Julia Walck

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You guys... not to pat myself on the shoulder too much, but this month's playlist is really good! It's just one minute shy of an hour, starts off mellow, gets dancy in the middle, a bit head-bang-y towards the end, and finishes off with a toe-tap. Have a listen below. 

Here are some highlights from the February playlist: 

  • I'm a little late to the game stumbling upon Michael Nau. His song "Good Thing" is instantly relaxing... just breathe and listen. It'll do you good. 
  • Jack White has released 3 new singles within the past couple of weeks, and "Respect Commander" is my favorite out of them. I love the transitional pacing of the song and all of the weird little noises that accompany it. I snagged tickets to his sold out show at The Santa Barbara Bowl later this year!
  • The Shins recently flipped their latest album "Heartworms" and re-recorded it on the album "The Worm's Heart". It's interesting hearing the songs in a totally different tone than the originals. My favorite song from the re-work is "Heartworms - Flipped". From the get-go, you hear a synthesized version of the "la, la, la, la" intro from the original track, and it only gets poppier from there. 
  • Karen O is back with a new song ft. Michael Kiwanuka for KENZO's Spring/Summer campaign film. "YO! MY SAINT" is a celebration of the muse in creative collaborations, and I'm very happy with how this collab turned out.