Material Control by Glassjaw

Glassjaw’s first full length album in 15 years feels different.  It’s the same bludgeoning, relentless, powerful music but it feels more calculated.  More like it has a methodical plan with unknown intentions as opposed to their previous efforts which felt like a speeding train that could go off the rails at any moment.  The hooks and melodies aren’t as apparent, but there is no doubt they exist.  In any event, it’s good.  In fact, it’s fucking good.  Where their contemporaries At The Drive-In failed to captivate with their 2017 comeback which had it’s moments but overall felt hollow, Glassjaw delivered a nonstop stream of twisted consciousness that punches you in the mouth, and after all these years, that familiar pain is very welcomed.

 

 – MCG.

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“Julie’s Place” by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

This has been an incredible year for music and the year-end lists are coming.  Here’s a great song and band that might’ve flown under your radar.

 

And here is the entirety of my best songs of 2017 (thus far) Spotify playlist which continually has changed throughout the year as new ones are released:

 

Let me know if there are any glaring omissions in the comments section!

– MCG.