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Welcome music lovers! Looking for new stuff? Great! You’ve come to the right place. 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 time. Thanks for stopping by!
The Big News!
Ok, like I said last week, I know that I owe you an in-depth, solid, non-hungover column and that’s exactly what I intend to deliver. So instead of writing this on Saturday morning (when I’m inevitably hungover) I’m writing it on Friday night, while drinking cheap beer. That’s how I keep my promises, y’all. I promise to get drunk with ya.
Anyway, there’s a lot to get to this week, so let us not dally in the gardens of extrapolation too long youngsters. The big news this week is probably the new Lana Del Rey rekkid, Honeymoon. I have to admit, this first single, “Honeymoon” is the best thing she’s ever done and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the record.
More Solo Stuffs
Mr Grunge Guy and curly haired prima donna Chris Cornell removes his boots and releases his Higher Truth sees the light of day this week.
Glen Hansard of The Swell Season releases another solo set.
The new Black Dahlia Murder release, Abysmal, their seventh effort, “sees the band once again at their peak, and presents an exciting and crushing entry into their back catalog”, according to Kill Your Stereo.
The first Atreyu record since 2009, Long Live, has this Examiner reviewer slobbering:” [I]n the course of one track you remember why Atreyu once reigned as the kings of the scene… Atreyu has turned the metal world on its ear, after six years spent in oblivion.”
Metal Allegiance is a sort of super group that contains everyone that matters. Their self-titled debut album crawls out of the shadows on Friday.
Also, the bigots in Malevolent Creation can eat shit.
Good ol’ Keef returns with his latest solo effort Cross Eyed Heart. The Wild One has been in the news lately for trashing all sorts of other iconic bands, and this new record is supposed to be great. This person says:”[Cross Eyed Heart] might be the best of Richards’ solo records and is certainly the best Stones album since 1994’s very underrated Voodoo Lounge. Richards delivers blues, chugging rock ‘n’ roll, ballads and even a dub-inspired splash of reggae that he somehow pulls off.”
Pink Floydette David Gilmour unveils his fourth solo effort, Rattle That Lock. It’s only been a short time since the last Pink Floyd album, The Endless River was released, and this record includes music that is 18 years old.
And the down home dudes in legendary country troupe Alabama reunite for their 20th release, Southern Drawl, their first release since 2001.
Since we’re talking classic country how ’bout some “Elvira”
Ehh, they’re kind of legendary, I guess. The dudes in 80’s wonders Duran Duran must need to make some dough because the band is set to release Paper Gods, the English MTV gods’ first release in five years. “It takes a lot of energy to hate, you know? It’s exhausting,” main ‘ran Simon Lebon told USA Today or some other shite publication. “It’s easier for us to carry on than it is for the haters. And we’re never going to give up, because we believe we are a force for good in pop music.”
Best Band Around
New Lucero record, yo. One of the most anticipated of the year from my side of the fence. Called All a Man Should Do, it includes Jody Stephens from Big Star on a track. Can’t wait to hear the whole thing.
Despite claiming that the early releases for the new Motion City Soundtrack record Panic Stations “ranged from sub-par to underwhelming to just weak”, the reviewer at Chron concludes. Panic “is a pretty solid album and the band hasn’t lost it yet.”
New Metric. The little band that could. Pagans in Vegas is the Canadian outfit’s sixth release.
Featuring guest contributions from Iggy Pop and John Frusciante, the new Les Butcherettes record, A Raw Youth, produced by the most interesting man in music Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, is going to be hard to overlook.
Two rec’s this week. First the new Mercury Rev!!
Ummm… maybe I don’t recommend that anymore….
And now… Robert Forster is a member of one of my all time favorite bands, Austrailia’s The Go-Betweens. His new solo record, Songs to Play, is highly recommended.
Come back next week, y’all, cuz we got some new stuff from hippy dippy’s Widespread Panic and The Dead Weather!!
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