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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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A Fistful of Jams: New Jams by Liturgy, Death Grips, and Thee Oh Sees

The tech world loves its disrupters, those whose ideas and products shake up the status quo. The music world has a much more troubled relationship with those who dare challenge convention. Acting out in public is disruptive and accepted. Flamboyance and egos can be accepted form of disruption, too. Can you say Kanye? Live hard and live fast, destroy your shit and destroy yourself and you'll be admired for your edge. But try to change the way people engage with music through philosophy? No, no, no, now you're being a conceited asshole.
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The Rockometer: Restarter by Torche

As the title would imply, Restarter is a deliberate attempt by Florida heavies, Torche, to realign their recorded output with the band they consider themselves to be. Their previous two efforts, 2010's Songs for Singles EP and 2012's Harmonicraft, downplayed their background in the sludge and doom metal scenes, and instead focused on quick-hitting (and oh so burly) pop-metal. In one particularly memorable soundbite from this era, conservative commentator, and closet rocker, Mike Huckabee, labeled Torche the heavy metal Foo Fighters. It fit, especially if you've only heard Torche through earbuds.
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