Stream Strange Places by METZ

NPR is killing the game today.  How can I listen to all these great albums at once?!  If you weren’t ready to kick enough asses after that Chelsea Wolfe, METZ have you covered.  Speaking of covered, I love the album art for this.

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/14/550444874/first-listen-metz-strange-peace

– MCG.

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Stream Hiss Spun by Chelsea Wolfe

NPR is coming with the heat this morning; first GY!BE and now you can also stream Chelsea Wolfe’s new album Hiss Spun.  Time to get heavy.

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/14/550443281/first-listen-chelsea-wolfe-hiss-spun

– MCG.

Stream Luciferian Towers by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

The new album Luciferian Towers by Godspeed You! Black Emperor comes out next Friday (09.22.17) but it is up to stream in full right now on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/2017/09/14/550446122/first-listen-godspeed-you-black-emperor-luciferian-towers

I’m excited to dig into this, going to wait until I get home tonight so I can blast it on some good speakers.

 – MCG.

 

Throwback Thursday: “Honey Bucket” by Melvins

Time to fight?  Time to kill?  Time to run through a brick wall?  Time to drink acid and spit fire?  Time to smash everything?  Time to annihilate anything in your path?  Time to kick a hole in the fucking universe?  Throw this on…

 – MCG.

West Coast Wednesday: “Blue Suede” by Vince Staples

So far I’ve used this spot to highlight a handful of classics from the West Coast rap archives.  Today I’d like to shine the spotlight on one of my absolute favorite guys from the new school – Vince Staples.  Vince can do no wrong in my book, and he’s accomplished a lot since his 2014 debut Hell Can Wait, including the best rap album of 2015, Summertime ’06.  That said, when I go to introduce someone to him, I still lean on this gem from his debut.  It’s going to be the song people are still screaming for when he’s doing his festival victory lap in spite of all the great things I’m sure he still has in him.  Behold:

 

 – MCG.

Sleep Well Beast by The National

The new album by The National is out today. I’ve only listened once, but it’s clear to me now as I start it over that The National is one of the most consistently great indie bands we’ve ever had. Five albums in a row now they’ve yet to fail at crafting songs that are rich in feeling and promise. Each album has the capability of being my favorite on any given day for different reasons. They’re one of a kind.

https://open.spotify.com/album/6zG9PHw8dlMLIyRE9TEGGk?si=dmi8TRIZ

– MCG.

Every Country’s Sun by Mogwai

Mogwai’s new album Every Country’s Sun was released today.  This isn’t an album review (I might do one later) because I’m just listening to this all the way through for the first time, but I’m so excited about it right now that I had to post something.  This is the best Mogwai has sounded in years.  I’m out of my mind right now; holy shit,  it’s so damn good.  Give it a listen!

Throwback Thursday: “If Only” by Queens of the Stone Age

I’ve been a fan of Queens of the Stone Age since I heard “Spiders & Vinegaroons” on the Kyuss/QOTSA split EP.  They’ve been doing it big, dirty, sexy, grimey, and sleazy in the absolute best ways possible for a long time.

I don’t like the new album, Villians, for a number of reasons, and it seems like overall the reviews are mixed; it’s a love or hate thing with the new one, and I happen to fall into the latter group.  That said, it’s not going to keep me from enjoying their previous six albums to their fullest extent.  They’ve been one of my favorite bands for a really long time and that’s not going to change.

So, with all of that said, here’s one of the first songs Homme recorded after Kyuss broke up.  Throwback to the good ol’ days.

 – MCG.