New Music Weekend: Killswitch Engage, Jeff Buckley, 3 Doors Down, 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
We haven’t heard from Massachusetts metalcore masters Killswitch Engage  in a couple years. It’s been three years since Disarm the Descent (a title which still doesn’t make any sense to me), and this reviewer at Metal Wani is hella excited, bro: “This album was more of a peek into pain and how anything worth doing is always a labour of love. This album has an infectious tendency to grow on the mind.” It’s called Incarnate and is their seventh overall release.

Poppy Pop
Mississippi bred Bon Jovi impersonators 3 Doors Down unveil their first release in five years, Us and the Night, which sounds like some sort of collection of Frank Sinatra standards but is actually just a crappy new 3 Doors Down record that everyone’s going to love.

Actress Rita Wilson offers up her second release, a self-titled effort.

Solo Suckers
I’m pretty proud of my assessment of the songs of Brian Fallon, leader of The Gaslight Anthem. As much as I love everything Gaslight has ever done, I’ve always had the sneaking suspicion that Fallon’s songs, and he has written some great ones, are secretly about motorcycles. He leaves behind more evidence for me to pore over with his latest solo effort Painkillers.

Pete Yorn is still around. Which is good news. He hasn’t released a record in six years, but, you know, whatever, man. Arranging Time is his sixth record… wait, what? Really? So like his first record, whatwasitcalled? Something about a morningafter. Yeah, yeah, that’s right. Ok, so it’s all one word, right? Yeah… Okay, the record is actually called ArrangingTime. See that? It’ all one word. Los Angeles Magazine says it’s full of “sonic layers of guitars and strings and catchy melodies”, which, okay, I can dig. I can’t wait to hear this record.

Legendary Legend
Not a huge deal, but You and I, a new Jeff Buckley compilation being released by Legacy Recordings, contains Buckley’s version of a few Smith’s songs, a Led Zepplin song, a Bob Dylan standard (Buckley’s covers of Bob’s stuff are great, btw), and the first recorded version of “Grace”.

Up and Coming

Spanish alt sounds master El Guincho’s latest HiperAsia sounds great. Definitely recommended.

And Chicago’s emo hero Into it. Over it unveils his latest, Standards.


This is the part where we say goodbye to those who’ve played their last solo. Rock on brothers and sister.

Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer passed at 71.

Renowned pioneering rock writer John Morthland died at the age of 68.

Andrew Loomis, drummer for pacific northwest garage rockers Dead Moon passed away at 54.

The Beatles’ producer, Sir George Martin, was 90.

Ross Hannaford of Australia’s Daddy Cool.

Bruce Geduldig of Tuxedomoon.

Aaron Huffman, who played bass in Harvey Danger.

Rapper Bankroll Fresh.

My Recommendation

Gonna pick the new one from English singer—songwriter Emmy the Great. Thought her first two records were good, really looking forward to her new one, Second Love.

Next Week

Tune in next week, same new music time, same new music channel, for new stuff from: Gwen Stefani!!



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