New Jam City: New Jams by Protomartyr and Blank Realm
I am Morrissey. For the better part of 2015 I've been all "Burn down the disco/Hang the blessed DJ/Because the music they're constantly playing/It says nothing to me about my life." Then, there are weeks like this, when new jams by Protomartyr and Blank Realm, bands that do speak to me and my life, hit on consecutive days.
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.
The Rockometer: Perfect World by Uniform
Perfect World is not my perfect world, it is not your perfect world, it is not anyone's perfect world save for some dead existentialist whose idea of a perfect world is only shared by freshman liberal arts majors who've had their mind totally blown by pot and a longhair adjunct in intro to philosophy. This thing is dark and dreadful. It's the audio equivalent of city juice, the putrid brown-yellow waste water of unknown origins seeping out of urban streets and stinking the skies. Yet, this world created Ben Greenberg (The Men) and Michael Berdan (Drunkdriver), out of mashed and mangled guitars, harsh effects and harsher vocals is wholly necessary in that cliched only pain can bring happiness kind of way.
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.
The Rockometer: Boogalou Reed by Obnox
It's not just the whole damn country that's about to blow up, with his third long player in less than three years, Lamont "Bim" Thomas is due to blow up, too. For more than any other Obnox record, Boogalou Reed, showcases Thomas' unique ability to blur the lines between punk rock, hip-hop, and experimental sounds. There are no beat-based joints, or punk rock ragers, or improv head fucks. Instead, there are Obnox songs, fifteen of them, to be precise, and each one gives the listener a slightly different perspective into the mind of Thomas, on this, the outlaw rockers' most poignant work to date.
Two New Obnox Joints: “Boogolou Reed” and “Cynthia Piper at the Gates of Dawn”
Don't be fooled by the punny song titles, "Boogalou Reed" and "Cynthia Piper at the Gates of Dawn," Cleveland's punk rock 'n' roll ...
A Jam Packed Thursday with Sloan, The New Pornographers, Elephant Stone and Shabazz Palaces
During Sloan's 20+ years in the business, the band have always taken a democratic approach to their guitar pop. Each album contains a ...
The Rockometer: Noise by Boris
Depending on who you ask, the last essential album by Japanese ...