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The Rockometer: Fuzz II by Fuzz

    Fuzz Fuzz II In the Red Records Did I miss the warning label? This new record by Ty Segall's Fuzz should have a ...
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The Rockometer: New Bermuda by Deafheaven

Black metal doesn't like California black metal band, Deafheaven, that much has been established since the band's rapid ascent. But did you know, Deafheaven, in addition to being influenced by black metal, but not being a black metal band, is fond of Brit-Pop icons, Oasis? In a lengthy profile in Pitchfork that is well worth the read (dude's didn't have it easy, dude's had to hustle and grind), lead guitarist Kerry McCoy was proud of the fact that Deafheaven's third album, New Bermuda, was scheduled to be released on the 20th anniversary of Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
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Play Me: “Come Back” by Deafheaven

Fuckin' brilliant, in the way bands like Mogwai and Godspeed! You Black Emperor can be fuckin' brilliant over 10 minutes, taking the listener on a ride though hills, valleys, peaks, and right off the cliff. And just when you think you know where Deafheaven are going with "Come Back," more (More horror show screams! More crescendo!) they drift off into this delicately pastoral movement, one more common to feel good folk rockers than Rock 'N' Roll behemoths. Fuckin' brilliant.
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Play Me: “Chlorine and WIne” by Baroness

"Chlorine and Wine" is epic without being tedious. None of the individual movements overstay their welcome. The ambient into, blends into a folksy passage, which in turn leads to evenly paced power chords. "Chlorine and Wine" is heavy without being obvious. Dave Fridmann's mix rightly focuses on the guitar chug (and later the Thin Lizzy style, double-tracked solo), but remains spacious. The Flaming Lips' go to man left plenty of room for brilliantly colored swooshes of electric sounds, like one would hear on a Lips album.
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New Jam City: Hear New Jams by Deafheaven, Destruction Unit, My Disco, Blank Realm, and Deerhunter

Deafheaven's "Brought to the Water," isn't a total reinvention of modern heavy into some overwrought philosophical work, like that of that other heavy-as-holy-hell, but totally not a black metal band, Liturgy. Rather, it's a refinement of the visceral thrills which made Deafheaven's debut so compelling.
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Play Me: “Two Urns (Radio Edit)” by Windhand

How in hell's infernal blazes to they get all that heft to fit on those blasted bits? It's a fair question to ask when pondering Virginia heavies, Windhand. Sunn O))) rivals Windhand in heavy, but Sunn O))) are slow and heavy, working with overwhelmingly black canvases, getting the most out of small variations in black, from total black to blackest ever black. Windhand actually, move, slowly, with measured, purposeful steps. And, not only do they move, vocalist Dorthia Cottrell does wonders with her voice that is one part enchantress (think psychedelic folk artist, Jesse Sykes), and one part cursed (here, your comparison would be long-passed grunge icon Layne Stayley). Time and again, I ask myself how do Windhand do it? You hear echoes of their work in grunge, metal and modern doom, but no one is quite like Windhind. So instead of contemplating physics and the bounds of modern electronics, I just sit and listen and take it all in. What a beautiful heavy!
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Jam City: New Jams by Bully, Heartless Bastards, and KEN Mode

Fun fact #1: While attending college at Middle Tennessee State, Bully's Alicia Bognanno majored in Audio Engineering. She did her internship with noted engineer, Steve Albini. Fun Fact #2: Bognanno recorded Bully's forthcoming album, Feels Like (out June 23rd on Star Time International). Fun Fact #3: The fact that I just said Bognanno is an Albini disciple means many of you will play the below tracks without any further context.
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Watch Me: “Blessed” by KEN Mode

In the spirit of full disclosure, the album cover you see above for KEN Mode's forthcoming Success (6.15 on Seasons of Mist), looks an awful lot like my couch. Shit, I look an awful lot alike the man on the couch. My couch is covered with blankets and pillows and there's a work laptop sitting on my couch this very morning, and there are loose papers scattered on the couch, too. At one point this morning, I was bent over in the fuck my life pose. Better living through technology, yo! I can have a shit day at work from the comfort of my own home and it's only 9:30 in the morning.
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