Heidecker, who is best known as one half of the comedy duo Tim and Eric, tends to combine intensity with humor in his political music. On his recent single “To The Men,” however, he veers straight into quiet solemnity.
“Autonomy” is focused on delineating the glamour and danger of cars, and it makes a captivating case for the role cars have, will and should play in our daily lives. However, it never stops to ask why we’re committing our innovative energy to rethinking personal vehicles.
“Remember when you lost your shit and / Drove the car into the garden / You got out and said I’m sorry / To the vines and no one saw it,” The National’s frontman Matt Berninger sings on “I Need My Girl” from Trouble Will Find Me (2013). This is the kind of song The National became famous for: It creates sentiment through pared-down specificity, and then it breaks your heart as you suddenly imagine the garden, the girl apologizing to the vines and the aching desire fed by this memory.
The first song I heard by Sun Kil Moon was “I Know It’s Pathetic But That Was the Greatest Night of My Life.” It’s fitting that this was my introduction to Sun Kil Moon (the moniker of San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek), since the song captures something essential about Kozelek’s approach to music. “I Know It’s Pathetic But That Was the Greatest Night of My Life” is sung in modulated, rambling monologues crowded with detail, and the lyrics radiate a self-aware strain of vulnerability.
Banking doesn’t have to be a chore — PNC proves that. With over 10 ATMs and six branches spread throughout Ann Arbor, it’s easy to make a deposit or get some quick cash. The bank’s app streamlines services, allowing customers to transfer money and check balances on the go. This is the perfect first bank, since PNC’s Virtual Wallet Student helps Wolverines grow their savings and create a budget through calendar tools, online statements, no minimum balance, free wire transfers and no monthly service charge. Ann Arborites love PNC, too, for its convenience, benefits and customer service.
Gretchen Primack’s “Visiting Days” is a collection of persona poetry taking on the perspective of people who have been or are incarcerated. This is a tricky theme to explore for an author who has never been behind bars, but Primack, whose career is in prison education programs, manages to create a coherent body of work that illuminates without exploiting.
Just as musicians found a way around the expensive establishment methods of music distribution, students are exploring different channels of acquiring textbooks. I know this seems like a leap, but stay with me.