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Kat Myers and the Buzzards - "Reluctant Love" (video) (premiere)

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In their latest music video, the rising L.A. Americana band yearn for the return of meaningful relationships in a distracted world.

It's been a whirlwind past few years for Kat Myers. Just five years ago, you could've thought that the Buzzards' frontwoman was living the dream between a steady job, steady relationship, and a steady place to live out amongst the throngs of New York City. Yet, she just wasn't happy.

Rather than stick around, she "realized that you don't have to do what your parents think you should do; that there are other paths", took a transformative trip to Southeast Asia after leaving her past behind, and wound up in Los Angeles. Now, she's a full-time musician following her dreams, right at the precipice of releasing a debut album.

Ahead of the upcoming EP, Kat Myers & the Buzzards are releasing a music video for their single, "Reluctant Love". The rolling Americana tune is driven forward by Myers' soulful alto, carrying the song with a particular vocal yearning for the greater sense of awareness in the modern world that it's lyrically centered around.

The video, directed by Thomas Smith, keeps the selling point of the song going as it follows an individual's struggles — and eventual success — at finding a meaningful connection in a wired world full of distraction.

"I feel that nowadays, people have a much harder time committing to things than they once did. Whether it be a relationship or just meeting a friend for coffee," says Kat Myers. "People seem to be more self-involved than ever and many times prefer the company of their phone and computer over a human being. The song isn't necessarily about love, it's about all types of relationships and being present.

"When we were planning the video, I had the idea of the camera following around a quirky person who was seeking human connection in a distracted world. Our awesome director Thomas Smith wanted to involve movement and a car, so we figured that a rideshare driver would be perfect. We had so much fun making this video, and our friend and lead Paul Schackman really killed it.

"I wrote the lyrics for the song a while back but shelved it. When Elliott came up with the drum beat and melody, it all started to come together, but we didn't think the other guys were going to like it. We showed it to them on a whim, and they surprisingly liked it a lot. So, the song was born and put into rotation, and we knew it would have a place on the EP."

Cover down, pray through: Bob Dylan's underrated, misunderstood "gospel years" are meticulously examined in this welcome new installment of his Bootleg series.

"How long can I listen to the lies of prejudice?
How long can I stay drunk on fear out in the wilderness?"
-- Bob Dylan, "When He Returns," 1979

Bob Dylan's career has been full of unpredictable left turns that have left fans confused, enthralled, enraged – sometimes all at once. At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival – accompanied by a pickup band featuring Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper – he performed his first electric set, upsetting his folk base. His 1970 album Self Portrait is full of jazzy crooning and head-scratching covers. In 1978, his self-directed, four-hour film Renaldo and Clara was released, combining concert footage with surreal, often tedious dramatic scenes. Dylan seemed to thrive on testing the patience of his fans.

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Publicity photo of Steve Coogan courtesy of Sky Consumer Comms

That the political class now finds itself relegated to accidental Alan Partridge territory along the with rest of the twits and twats that comprise English popular culture is meaningful, to say the least.

"I evolve, I don't…revolve."
-- Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge began as a gleeful media parody in the early '90s but thanks to Brexit he has evolved into a political one. In print and online, the hopelessly awkward radio DJ from Norwich, England, is used as an emblem for incompetent leadership and code word for inane political discourse.

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The show is called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend largely because it spends time dismantling the structure that finds it easier to write women off as "crazy" than to offer them help or understanding.

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Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

Publisher: W. W. Norton
Author: Jessica Bruder
Publication date: 2017-09
Amazon

There's been much hand-wringing over the state of the American economy in recent years. After the 2008 financial crisis upended middle-class families, we now live with regular media reports of recovery and growth -- as well as rising inequality and decreased social mobility. We ponder what kind of future we're creating for our children, while generally failing to consider who has already fallen between the gaps.

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Gallagher's work often suffers unfairly beside famous husband's Raymond Carver. The Man from Kinvara should permanently remedy this.

Many years ago—it had to be 1989—my sister and I attended a poetry reading given by Tess Gallagher at California State University, Northridge's Little Playhouse. We were students, new to California and poetry. My sister had a paperback copy of Raymond Carver's Cathedral, which we'd both read with youthful admiration. We knew vaguely that he'd died, but didn't really understand the full force of his fame or talent until we unwittingly went to see his widow read.

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