“A Warm Place” by Nine Inch Nails

For a long time this was my alarm ringtone every morning, but through changing phones and time it got lost.  Some feelings are beyond explanation with words, I think we all know that.  I try my best to though, at least when it comes to music, so that maybe people can understand where I am coming from and perhaps feel it too.  The feelings I have that correlate to certain music are some of the strongest and most intense that I have ever felt.  Something happens with certain albums and songs that takes over me.  I can’t imagine a deeper connection to something than that.  It makes me think that, somehow, the music is inside of me.  Maybe those specific vibrations in that order coincide with the sequencing of my DNA.  Maybe it’s connected to my brain chemistry and thus how I interpret the world.  Maybe my life experiences up until now make certain music resonate deeper than others, and in myself deeper than it does in other people.  I am unable to put my finger on it and I am certain that I never will, I just know what I hear a song like “A Warm Place” by Nine Inch Nails, it evokes such a tender sentiment that a calming breathlessness comes over me.  Nothing else makes me feel more present in the moment as these three minutes.  This is tangible life in an audible form.  Just recently, I switched it back to my alarm ringtone, it feels good to wake up every day in “A Warm Place”.

– MCG.

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The 10 Best Albums of Quarter 1, 2018

Quarter one is done!  Here are two handfuls of albums that have our full attention.

Jericho Sirens by Hot Snakes

Like dropping in on a Tsunami, Hot Snakes return like they never left! These guys pummel with such groove it could never be duplicated though many have tried. People always ask me, if you were in a band what would it sound like? It would sound like this shit below, Ride the Snakes! – Apache Slomo

 

 

Drift by The Men

The Men keep churning them out and they’re all slightly different, this one possibly being the biggest departure from the sound that they’re most known for, which is perhaps why I’m so enthralled by it.

 – MCG.

 

All at Once by Screaming Females  

I don’t know about you but just having an absolute fucking shred head dressed in a beautiful little package like Marissa Paternoster helps me sleep at night. I can start this album at any point, Agnes Martin or my favorite Soft Domination and end up in the same place which is in awe of this band.  – Apache Slomo

 

 

Virtue by The Voidz

Read our short review on this gem!

 – MCG.

 

Dave’s Dungeon by Avon 

This one fell in my lap like a gift from above and also because I do my homework. I knew the drum work sounded familiar and when I looked into it wasn’t surprised to hear Alfredo Hernandez ( Kyuss, QOTSA) is providing the sticksmanship. This is the desert boogie by way of London psych rock that I dream of.  – Apache Slomo

 

All This Will Be by Closer

Such an easy listen considering how in your face it is.  Beautiful chaos.

 – MCG.

 

Freedom’s Goblin by Ty Segall

My wife didn’t quite grasp the sheer raw talent of the all mighty Ty until I queued up Alta and You Say All the Nice Things, then she melted understanding that Ty takes the Beatles to a garage punk wonderland. I could spend all day with his catalogue and today I just might cause it makes me feel good and is now on Spotty! – Apache Slomo 

 

Room Inside the World by Ought

I love post-punk and I’m not afraid to obsessively listen to it, talk about it, and write about it.  Ought rides a slinky through the darkness on this one, twisting reality into dreams.

 – MCG.

 

Mindfucker by Monster Magnet

This one is for me, probably not your cup of tea and I’m not sure why! But as a kid who once walked into a Peaches (old record store chain, they were nice) in Fort Lauderdale, I took a chance of Dopes To Infinity and never looked back in anger. An absolute cosmic power house Dave Wyndorf opened my third eye and for that respects get paid and I devour new Magnet! – Apache Slomo

 

 

Basic Behaviour by FRIGS

More darkness, more angst, more brooding aggression; just the way it should be!

 – MCG.

 

The honorablest of mentions:

Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers, August Greene by August Greene, Stone Woman by Charlotte Day Wilson

 

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.

Throwback Thursday: “Machine Gun” by Jimi Hendrix

If I had the impossible task of choosing one song to listen to for the rest of my life, this would be it.  Pure emotion expressed through music in a way that no one else had every done nor will ever do.

 

 – 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.

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.

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.

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.

Contempt by Couch Slut

The new album Contempt by band Couch Slut is an spews aggression over hardcore and metal riffs that will undoubtedly have your head banging along to it.  It grabs you by the face and doesn’t relent for it’s entire 7 track 44 minute duration.  The longest tracks “Summer Smiles” and “Won’t Come” are the highlights for me, with the middle sections breathing in some brooding moments to balance out the assault.  It’s perfect; listen below via Spotify:

 

 

 – MCG