“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.

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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.

Relatives in Descent by Protomartyr

I’ve been listening to this album nonstop since it came out yesterday.  I’m a big fan of their previous two efforts but I think they really got everything to click with this one.  It’s perfectly controlled chaos.  It builds and crashes out of nowhere.  It’s the feeling of rolling down a mountain with no brakes while laughing uncontrollably.  It’s thrashable and it’s danceable at the same time.  This is a master class in post-punk.

Throwback Thursday: “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane

I woke up with this song stuck in my head, so here you go.  One of the simplest, yet most recognizable, bass lines ever?

“…and the white knight is talking backwards, and the red queen’s off with her head…”

 

– MCG.

West Coast Wednesday: “Rapper’s Ball” by E-40 ft. Too $hort, K-Ci

I knew I was going to pick an E-40 song this week, and being that they’re frequent collaborators, I figured I’d get Too $hort in on this one too.  K-Ci from Jodeci on the hook is the cherry on top.  Three legends at once.

 

 – MCG.

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.