Julian Casablancas Attempting to Fill an Unknown Void(z)

This week, two new songs have been released by Julian Casablancas with his secondary band, The Voidz, and if it wasn’t apparent before with their first album, Tyranny, it’s time to come to terms with the fact that The Strokes are dead, and along with it, their sound.  It is possible he is attempting to blaze a new trail once more.  He almost single-handedly started a movement in the early 2000’s with The Strokes, it’s quite possible he’s attempting to do it once again in a complete opposite direction.  The Voidz aren’t a tangent, they’re an about-face.  It’s like desperately wanting some honey because you know how good it tastes and instead getting lemon juice; different flavors and sensations, yet both are good in their own right.  One thing I know for sure is that I’m on board.  All hail, in Julian I trust.

 

 

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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.

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.

 

“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.

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.

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.

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.