New Music Weekend: Bloc Party, Black Tusk, Money, and More!!!

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Hey there music lover! You like new stuff? Great! You’ve stumbled into the perfect corner of the internet.  Each week all sorts of audiolicious goodies are unleashed onto the masses and this is where they come to be judged. I’ll tell ya what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s a waste of your precious time. So strap on your headphones and let’s take a ride!
The Big News
Geez, after last week’s onslaught of strong new releases, and the week before with the Bowie death it would be nice to have a slow week, huh? Wish granted! Not a whole heckuvalot happenin’ this week hepcats and kitties. But pay attention cuz this is the kind of week that can slip a real juicy nugget by ya. Like this little number right here – the new Bloc Party, Hymns. This reviewer from Forge Today is not impressed, saying that the record sounds “dramatically different” from their past work. She continues (and I happen to agree): “The lyrics are repetitive and you will find yourself humming along at the time but a few hours later, you probably won’t even remember the name of the track.”

Metal Mania!!!
Yeah, you know it’s a slow week when I, of all people in this world, am leading off with fucking Bloc Party. Let’s blast that shite right out of our heads with some metal. In particular, let’s start with some Black Tusk. It’s the Savannah, GA based outfit’s first release since the death of bassist Jonathan Athon in 2014 and promises to be a monster. Head-Banger Reviews does not mince words when talking about this release: “When I say this is a stunning piece of sludge metal, I mean it is fucking incredible in every sense of the term… Pillars of Ash does not in one way disappoint.”

Nevermen is a new project featuring Mike Patton, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, and Doesone. It’s not really metal, but it is awesome and the trio’s debut self-titled effort is one of the most aniticipated new releases of the early year. Brooklyn Vegan loved this “slow-burning, ambient-then-thumping, noisy track”, as do I. You should too.

Indie-tritus
NPR says that Walkman Walter Martin has made a “Jonathan Richman-esque” sophomore effort titled Arts & Leisure “which has a loosely ambling quality to it that’s hard to resist.”

English dudes Money return with their sophomore release Suicide Songs. The cover depicts a shirtless dude (vocalist Jamie Lee) with a knife falling on his head.  Clash loved this record, awarding it an 8/10 and saying the record is “an emotional tumult that coaxes listeners in with woozy guitars, before spitting them out the other side fresh from a cathartic cleansing”. My sort of thing.

RIP
This is the part of the show where we say goodbye to those who’ve played their last solo. Rest in peace and rock on, brothers and sisters.
Rainbow and Dio bassist Jimmy Bain died at 68.

Rapper Cadalack Ron.

Finnish jazz dude and member of RinneRadio, Zarkous Poussa.

And Paul Kantner, a founder of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship passed as well.

My Recommendation

Irish rover Cian Nugent’s new release is well worth your time, mate.

https://soundcloud.com/woodsist/cian-nugent-lost-your-way

Next Week

Tune in next week, same new music time, same new music channel, for new stuff from: Wiz Khalifa!!

 


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