Everything is different today. Things that had been in place for years are suddenly changed, awkward, and troublesome. Yep, you guessed it: M got braces put on yesterday. Or at least her top brackets.

She was alternately excited and anxious. I think it’s weird that kids these days often look forward to getting braces. I guess it has to do with how you can personalize them with different colors, and how they are much less bulky than they were when our generation was growing up. I was lucky; I never had braces, so I don’t know what it’s like. But a 20-month process is now underway.

Oh, did you think I was talking about something else changing today? Hmmm…

Onto the tunes.

“Sherry” – Loose Tooth. It seems like I’ve been hearing a lot of really good, Australian indie-pop lately. This is the latest example.

“It’s Like Air” – Communions. These lads are from Denmark. They sound very Mancunian, to me, though. They don’t quite do the Oasis thing as well as DMAs, but this is a pretty solid song.

“Star Roving” – Slowdive. Oh. My. God. !!!! The first single in 22 years by one of the signature bands of the British Shoegaze era is an absolute stunner. How can you take a quarter century off and make a song this good?

“Fake Empire” – The National. I’ve been thinking of this song a lot as I mentally prepare for today’s events. Ah, those heady days of 2008, when this was the soundtrack to an amazing online ad for a skinny guy with a funny name who was running for president.

“Hot Thoughts” – Spoon. Man, the list of anticipated new albums for 2017 keeps growing. We finally get the first big wave next week. Spoon dropped their new single this week, in advance of a March LP release. As always, it’s thoroughly listenable.

“Doomsday” – Ryan Adams. New single that seems appropriate for the day.

“It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – R.E.M. I wish I could say I felt fine.