Oh, how I wish the late BBC legend John Peel could hear this track! Sheffield's Standard Fare is an indie-pop trio with all of the goods, and enough Englishness to give the Kinks a run for their money. Frontwoman Emma Kupa is a delightful presence with a wry point of view and personality to spare. In this track she details the preparations she's made ahead of disappearing--that's right, splitsville. She's baked her jewels into a loaf of bread, apparently. And dug a bunker in her back yard. (We never hear exactly what has gone wrong.) However, two-thirds of the way through this track, Kupa counts off a guitar solo from bandmate Danny Howe that can only be described as blazing. If you've ever liked UK indie, waste not one more second. Click that link!
Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.