Happy Tuesday! I hope that you enjoyed your long holiday weekend (if you're in the States). The Fourth of July is always a fun time to spend with family and friends and get to watch some fireworks. I was able to catch the show at the Capital for the the annual Yankee Doodle Pops Concert, though I watched from a parking garage west of the river near the Civic Center rather than fighting the crowd by the Capital. I also caught the Waukee fireworks with family and friends.
But the holiday is over. It's Tuesday which means back to work and a new #TuesdayTunes for everyone! Today's is brand new music! The latest album from Blink-182 "California" was released everywhere on July 1st. I've been enjoying the first single "Bored to Death" since I first heard it through the speakers in my office. Blink-182 is a band that has always been important in my life. They stuck with me through the years I loved boy bands, through heartbreak, through high school, college and then adulthood. I was a radio DJ in college when Blink announced their "indefinite hiatus" over ten years ago. I did an entire show in tribute to the punk trio.
Their latest album, "California" is a return to the classic Blink sound with a twist. Guitarist and vocalist, Tom DeLonge has left Blink-182 to pursue other opportunities, also known as fighting for the safety of the world as he researches alien life form. No that's not a joke. Tom is taking on aliens. But Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker weren't ready to hang up their hats and quit making music for Blink fans. In comes one of my absolute favorite vocalists in the genre, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio. "California" is the perfect album to have to kick of the remainder of summer, remember your youth (if you're like me) and be excited that sometimes the great ones don't give up making their music. My friends in college and I always said there were certain bands that just went well with certain season and summer is the time for Blink-182.
Find "Bored to Death" on the Apple Musicor Spotify #TuesdayTunes Playlists that you can subscribe to. Or you can also buy the entire new record on Amazon. It's available as a part of Prime Music, a digital download, a physical CD, or my all time weakness vinyl. However you listen to it make sure you listen. Blink-182 is a band that impacted my life in more ways than I can list. Take a little time to stop and enjoy the music.