If you need a song that will kick your ass (or, better yet, inspire you to kick some ass of your own), let me highly recommend you blast "Ha Ha Ha" by the Julie Ruin directly into your earholes for the the rest of the day. When first listening to the band's new EP Run Fast, "Ha Ha Ha" wasn't the song that struck me—I was more enamored with both the single, "Oh Come On," and the nostalgic new-wave anthem "Run Fast" (the way Kathleen Hanna cries out "We wore shorts at the beach just to hide our thighs!" makes the 13-year-old inside me weep with joy for finally finding understanding).
This morning, as I braced myself to face yet another day of overwhelming to-do lists (in both professional and personal form) and a newsfeed filled with at least 75% bad news (it was a total mistake to follow Mark Driscoll on Twitter out of "curiosity"—no one should read hate at 8 am), it was the Julie Ruin's "Ha Ha Ha" that leapt into my body and shook me to my core. The lyrics, which I hadn't paid much attention to at first, resonated throughout my nervous system, causing my steps to feel strong, my pulse to quicken, and my attitude to flip over. I felt less overwhelmed by the world and more inspired by it, a feeling that hit me especially hard with the line "If anti YOU means anti US/I guess we just bit the dust/in reverse it's still a fucking pageant/OH SO CURSED AND NOT REAL MAGIC!"
Holy shit, those are some great lyrics. "Ha Ha Ha" is my Best Song Ever (This Week). Have a listen: