Soundtracking the Resistance - Favorite Excuses

The Ridiculous Arguments Against Gun Control

May 25, 2018

This week we look at the ridiculous excuses reeled out to avoid suggesting guns play any part in gun violence, plus Trump blows up his North Korea nuclear summit, several male cast members of Arrested Developmentdisgrace themselves, and Lykke Li watches a volatile relationship combust.  More

May 18, 2018

Don't worry, Trump gets a look in, but this week we're giving our time over to musician (and just about every other job you can think of) Rev. Sekou to discuss his protest songs, musical heritage, and political activism. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Going Their Own Way

Fallout from Pulling Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, North Korean Diplomacy, the NRA, Guns N' Roses, and Jonathan Fire*Eater

May 11, 2018

Back to Iran as the plug is finally pulled this week, plus the fallout is happening already, North Korea is on, the NRA is as polite as ever, and the '90s make a brief return. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - The Healthiest Man Alive

Trump's Doctor Comes Clean; Plus Rudy Giuliani, Stormy Daniels, Death Cab for Cutie, and Haley Heynderickx

May 04, 2018

Doctors change their story, presidents change their story, the Nobel Peace Prize has a way to make itself even less credible, Death Cab for Cutie return, and Haley Heynderickx channels Miyazaki this week.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance – France in the House

Emmanuel Macron, Iran Nuclear Deal, Superchunk, Janelle Monáe, North Korean Diplomacy, and Kanye West Buddies Up to Donald Trump

Apr 27, 2018

Our Gallic friends came to visit this week, plus cabinet positions remain unfulfilled, lawyers refuse to speak, Kanye West continues to court controversy, and Janelle Monáe remains impeccably cool. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Red Lines in the Sand

A Look at Syria, Paul Ryan, Moby, Kamasi Washington, and L7

Apr 13, 2018

This week we look at the ongoing disaster in Syria, plus Paul Ryan and Hungary depart the stage, Moby and Kamasi Washington make a point, and L7 remain relevant.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - MLK At 50

Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Assassination

Apr 06, 2018

This week we look at Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact he had half a century on from his death, plus there're sanctions, walls, pay gaps, reworked wedding songs, and Superorganism. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Still Marching

The Gun Control Fight Continues

Mar 30, 2018

This week we talk the anti-gun violence movement which seems to be picking up steam, plus scandals, redistricting, Julian Assange, racism, Wes Anderson, and CHVRCHES. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - To Russia With Love

Vladimir Putin, the Russian Election, and Donald Trump's "Congratulations"

Mar 23, 2018

This week we head over to Russia for a bit before returning for negotiations of various kinds, tariffs, election protesting, and classic rock. More

Soundtracking the Resistance – Causing Chaos in Iraq

The 15th Anniversary of the Iraq War Approaches

Mar 17, 2018

This week we look back on foreign invasions of years gone by, plus Trump turmoil, Russian spies, Neil Young laughing at the NRA, and Conor Oberst in his President Bush bashing days. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - An Interview with Young Fathers


Mar 09, 2018

This week we have Kayus Bankole of Young Fathers talking protest songs and political music, and after detouring through nuclear negotiations, trade tariffs and Italy, we finish with International Women's Day  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Dynasty Fever

Which of Trump's Kids is Next in Line for the Throne?

Mar 02, 2018

This week we're keeping it in the family before moving on to security risks, resignations, bunga bunga, op-eds, and Frankie Cosmos. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Trump Comes in Last in New Ranking of Presidents

Plus America Responds to Another School Shooting, Mark Kozelek Writes a Song About It, and Bon Iver's Manager Runs for Congress

Feb 23, 2018

This week the dear beloved leader fails to score well in a presidential poll, America continues to deal with atrocity in Florida, the Russia investigation refuses to stop, and Wye Oak sing. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Blowing the Budget

The Government Shutdown is Mainly Averted

Feb 09, 2018

Things have gone south and then been rescued in Washington (again) as yet another attempt not to shut down the government fell short. It's also not been a good week for economic benchmarks, or Chiefs of Staff. For that reason, we close by getting away from the swamp to hit up "Middle America." More

Soundtracking the Resistance - State of Things to Come

A Look at the State of the Union Address

Feb 02, 2018

It's State of the Union time, an event that saw a slightly different Trump from the usual edition. Don't worry, you can't keep him subdued for long. Amongst other things, we also have a rouge memo, resigning lords, unimpressive awards, and Austra looking to a brighter future. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Government Isn’t Working

The Shutdown, DACA, Trump Possibly Tried to Fire Mueller, Gender Inequality in the Music Industry, and the Passing of Mark E. Smith

Jan 26, 2018

We started the week by ending a government shutdown, and end it with the possibility of major changes to immigration law, both good and bad. Plus, Russia continues to plague the White House, men continue to dominate music, and for the second consecutive week we have the sad loss of another favorite. More

Jan 19, 2018

This week we're joined by Nate Lacy from Mimicking Birds who talks the wonders and dangers of nature, plus we have medicals, shutdowns, presidential racism, and a sad loss.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Stable Genius

The Fallout From Michael Wolff's Book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Jan 12, 2018

This week we look at the talk of Washington town, chaotic battles with legislation, half-time shows, and some more magic from the ever reliable and magically baffling Dan Bejar.  More

Jan 05, 2018

It would be inaccurate to say a lot of us started 2017 with optimism overflowing, but there was a certain relief at having put 2016 to bed. While the misery of a Trump White House still lay ahead, some comfort came from sweeping away the detritus of that car crash of an election. More

Dec 08, 2017

GGOOLLDD are an idiosyncratic bunch, unconstrained by the usual music industry formula. This flashy electro-rock outfit has so far shown no inclination to lock into big record deals, churning out template album after template album. Led by Margaret Butler, they've instead chosen to put out a collection of EPs, the latest, Teeth, at the start of this month, and basically do their own thing. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Steely-Eyed Missile Men

A Crash Course in the History of North Korea

Dec 01, 2017

To North Korea we go this week. Following yet another successful launch, we walk back a few decades to summarize the current situation threatening us all. Beneath the prospect of nuclear annihilation, there's also change afoot in the White House, an insulting president, tax reform, and the Grammys.  More

Nov 17, 2017

This week we speak to British musician Nadine Shah who covers everything from Syrian refugees to musicians entering the political fray, the rise of right-wing nationalism, and the extent to which she has to address her multi-cultural heritage through her music career. Alongside that, we have tax bills, dictators overthrown, Al Franken, Curtis Mayfield, and some good news from Australia. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - One Year On

The Anniversary of the Trump Election and a Very Short List of His Accomplishments Since

Nov 10, 2017

We've had a year of a world in which America elected Donald Trump to run the country, so we're talking about the anniversary this week, while also catching up on local elections, gun control, and repression outside Trump's America. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - The Tightening Net

Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation Intensifies; Plus Tax Reform, Tim Heidecker, and Benjamin Booker

Nov 03, 2017

Well something had to happen on this whole Russia scandal business, and so it came to pass. Which means this week we have indictments and what that might mean, alongside terrorism, tax reform, Tim Heidecker, and a hopeful Benjamin Booker note to end on.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Pathway to Paris and Beyond

An Interview with Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith on Pathway to Paris

Oct 27, 2017

President Donald Trump can pull out of the Paris Agreement, but that doesn't mean everyone else gives up so easily. This week we speak to musicians Rebecca Foon and Jesse Paris Smith who started Pathway to Paris as a way to bring music and climate experts together for a series of concerts.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - The Problem All Around

Sexual Misconduct Does Not Begin and End with Harvey Weinstein

Oct 20, 2017

As the Harvey Weinstein fallout continues to unfold, it's a reminder that the crimes he stands accused of are not exactly rare, nor are they confined to the world of tarnished Hollywood glitz. Like every other part of society, the music industry is also riddled with similar stories. We look at that this week, alongside President Trump insulting various people and imperiling the safety of the world. Not that he doesn't do the same thing most weeks.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Temperament of a Leader

Trump vs. Obamacare, Trump vs. Bob Corker, Trump vs. Rex Tillerson, Eminem vs. Trump

Oct 13, 2017

After a week off, we return to look at Trump's regular outbursts, his threats to end aid to U.S. citizens, and efforts to weaken healthcare for the most vulnerable in the country. On top of that, rappers have been calling out both the President and the Vice President while standing up to racists in public. And there's some Beyoncé too.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Refusing to Let it Go

Healthcare and Taxes (Plus Charles Bradley and The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die)

Sep 29, 2017

Debating healthcare is back, because efforts to destroy it won't seem to go away. On top of the latest attempts to replace Obamacare, we have updates on tax, German elections, unity concerts, Stevie Wonder on one knee, and the passing of Charles Bradley.  More

Sep 22, 2017

The backgrounds that form the soaring orchestral pop echoing out on Gracie Coates and Rachel Ruggles' self-titled debut as Gracie and Rachel can be reduced to a west coast/east coast duality. Hailing from California, and now based in New York, there's the majestic lightness of the golden state, and the urban isolation of NYC. More

Sep 15, 2017

This week Benjamin Clementine discusses the inspirations for his new record and the problems he sees around him, plus we round-up Trump's deal-cutting, hurricanes, mass persecution in Myanmar, The Beatles on the EU, and Mavis Staples on the state of America. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Trouble in the House

Trump Deals with Democrats, But Cancels DACA (Meanwhile Hurricane Irma Looms)

Sep 08, 2017

We have deals struck, and dubious friends treated dubiously this week. Oh what it is to see a little Republican discord. There's also Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the mistreatment of dreamers, the good side of Charlottesville, and a taste of Vitamin C on offer. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Fighting Floods

Hurricane Harvey, North Korea, Tax Reform, Coldplay, Wolf Parade, Yeasayer, and More

Sep 01, 2017

Texas dominates this week as Hurricane Harvey continues to cause mass suffering. Humanity shows its ugly side in such moments, but also its best face. We also include North Korea, tax plans, Russia, and Yeasayer. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Pardoning the Unpardonable

Plus the Barcelona Attacks, the Solar Eclipse, Allah-Las, and Amber Coffman's Anti-Trump Song

Aug 25, 2017

This week we're going to spend a little time looking at presidential pardons as Trump hints at throwing one to a most undeserving man. There's also inappropriate political rallying, Barcelona attacks, and a solar eclipse scored by TV on the Radio in the mix. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Fascists in America

Examining Trump's Response to the White Supremacist Rally and Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

Aug 18, 2017

With the President outdoing himself in a bid to appear like a terrible human being, there's only really one thing to talk about this week. Still, read on and you might find a few positive developments outside his Charlottesville debacle. More

Aug 11, 2017

This week we have renowned Cuban musicians discussing everything from their recent collaborative album covering American songs, to the political relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, plus elsewhere we update on the specter of nuclear war, Russia raids, climate change activism, and the death of a legend.  More

Aug 04, 2017

Singer/songwriter Laura Burhenn, who has recorded under the name The Mynabirds since 2010, has never shied from the world around her. Over the course of three albums, she's demonstrated a high degree of political engagement blended with subtly catchy indie pop.  More

Jul 28, 2017

This week Jake Snider from Minus the Bear discusses the future of the right, the state of the country, and his move from one side of the political spectrum to the other. We also round-up a busy and unpleasant week for Trump, particularly when it comes to healthcare and transgender rights, plus there's a little Iron & Wine to close. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Six Months Down

Examining a Half Year of Trump (Plus Radiohead, Michael Stipe, Coldplay, Randy Newman, and Dirty Projectors)

Jul 21, 2017

It's the half-year Trump anniversary so we're leading with that this week. Mix in a little summary of his various misdeeds, and a collection of protest tracks the man has inspired and we've got ourselves a column. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

Donald Trump Jr.'s Russia Meeting (Plus Radiohead, Algiers, Kid Rock, and Sufjan Stevens)

Jul 14, 2017

This week we focus on a different Trump causing problems after Donald Jr's. desire to thrust himself into the center of the Russia allegations emerged. We also throw in a little bit of healthcare, race relations, Radiohead, and a worrying new political candidate. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Changing Climates: An Interview with Marian Hill on the Environment

Plus Trump at G20, North Korea, Morrissey, Young Thug, and Will Butler

Jul 07, 2017

It's not been long since the President in all his wisdom announced his decision to withdraw America from the Paris Agreement on climate change. That will likely come up again during the G20 meeting (more below) but first we have duo Marian Hill demonstrating not everyone has to give up on the environment.  More

Jun 30, 2017

As crazy as political life may be in the US, Britain has its own problems after voting a year ago to completely reshape the country by leaving the European Union. Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family and The Moonlandingz joins us this week to discuss Brexit before we throw in healthcare reform, travel bans, cancelled festivals, and Glastonbury.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Settling Scores in Song

The Politics of the Eurovision Song Contest

May 12, 2017

In 2012 the Nobel Peace Prize went to the European Union, a reward for bringing calm to a continent with a troublesome habit of engulfing the world in large-scale destruction, not always for reasons anyone fully understands. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Alone Together

Discussing Mental Health Awareness Month and 13 Reasons Why With JR JR's Joshua Epstein

May 05, 2017

Politicking is thrust aside this week as Mental Health Awareness Month kicks off.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Taxing Problems

Music and Taxes: The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Primal Scream, Sharon Jones, The Knife, and More

Apr 21, 2017

This week we're going to build bridges, albeit of a temporary and highly specific kind. Because if there's one thing that unites people, it's the confusion, frustration, and panic brought on by the tax filing deadline.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Singing from the Barricades

Recapping Some Notable Anti-Donald Trump Songs Thus Far

Apr 14, 2017

If there's one thing we can say for President Trump, it's that he's been a boon for creativity. The mere thought of his residence in the White House sent a number of artists into spasms of rage, prompting a flurry of protest songs.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - This Is Where We Begin

Our Weekly Music and Politics Column Begins

Apr 07, 2017

Welcome one and all to Soundtracking the Resistance, our brand new shiny politics column. It's  a bumpier world out there these days, and each week we'll be here to keep you clued in, and to demonstrate how music can guide you through.