Indeed, "turn it up" captures the affirmative (though not entirely happy) spirit that animates Isolation Drills. If you turned to Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam after the Replacements lost their edge or you had your first kid, Robert Pollard, along with Ben Gibbard and Blake Schwarzenbach, may have what you've been looking for—sublimely intelligent, emotionally direct music, but without a steel guitar in sight.
TODAY IN SLATE
Smash and Grab
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Even When They Go to College, the Poor Sometimes Stay Poor
Republicans Want the Government to Listen to the American Public on Ebola. That’s a Horrible Idea.
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Tom Hanks Has a Short Story in the New Yorker. It’s Not Good.
Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy
It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?
An All-Female Mission to Mars
As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.