La Vida Continua by Dead Hero

This is an incredibly fun album by a punk band from Bogota, Columbia.  Punk en Español sung by a female vocalist?!  How can you not love that?  Their album is out for purchase mid-November but you can stream it now at their bandcamp site:

https://sabotagerecords.bandcamp.com/album/dead-hero-la-vida-continua-lp

– MCG.

 

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Throwback Thursday: “Staring at the Sun” by TV On The Radio

One of my favorite TV On The Radio tracks from their 2004 debut album Desparate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes.  This reminds me of being an awkward young adult cruising around my old college town with a girl that was way out of my league.  Cheers to the good old days.

 

 – MCG. 

West Coast Wednesday: “Dreams” by The Game

It’s hard to fathom the musical output The Game has managed in 12 years; he’s been a busy man.  I stopped following after awhile, but his debut album The Documentary was a breath of West Coast fresh air amidst the G-Unit era.  This song, produced by Kanye West when he was still on the heavy samples and bongo drum roll fills, is full of great West Coast references.

 

– MCG.

 

Throwback Thursday: “Someday” by The Strokes

I got in a little online debate this week about which band that broke out around the turn of the century would have the best “greatest hits” list at this point.  The article was about Phoenix and how good they are, but I offered up The Strokes as a counterpoint (others were also mentioned, but that’s not the point here).  I think a lot about The Strokes’ debut album Is This It; how it’s perfect in so many ways, how it’s one of the best debut albums ever, how it would easily be one of my choices if I were to be stranded on a deserted island and could only take three albums with me, how it was recorded, etc., so with all that on mind almost constantly, and given the debate I had this week, I chose my favorite Strokes song off of their debut for this edition of throwback Thursday.

“See, alone we stand, together we fall apart,
Yeah, I think I’ll be alright…”

 

– MCG.

“Little Dark Age” by MGMT

MGMT have just released their promising new single and title track for their upcoming album “Little Dark Age”.  Hopefully this album will be a return to the magical form of Oracular Spectacular and Congratulations.

 

– MCG.

Throwback Thursday: “Reckoner” and “Videotape” by Radiohead

It’s a double feature!  Radiohead’s magnificent album In Rainbows came out ten years ago this week, so I figured I’d do a track from that for this week’s throwback.  Problem is, every track on that album is so damn near perfect, and I couldn’t pick just one.  The first one, “Reckoner”, is one of the most beautiful pieces of modern music that I can think of.  It’s the feeling of watching the ocean wax and wane all alone in the early hours of a chilly morning.  The second, “Videotape”, is the album’s closing track, and it cuts me so deep and wrenches on my heart every time I hear it.  It’s the feeling of losing someone but knowing it’s still okay.  Both videos I selected are from the Live From the Basement concert which you can, and should, watch in its entirety on YouTube.

 

– MCG.

West Coast Wednesday: “Regulate” by Warren G and Nate Dogg

I’m surprised it took me this long to highlight this one being that it’s one of the most iconic rap songs of the 90’s.  Mount up!

 

– MCG.