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Mono

August 30, 2016

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I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting to hear something official off of Mono’s upcoming album, Requiem For Hell, so (of course) I’m really excited that a track has finally arrived.  The headphone-worthy, Steve Albini-produced gem awaits you below.  Expect to get swept up in it.  Enjoy.

:Mono – Ely’s Heartbeat:

Requiem For Hell is due out October 14 via Temporary Residence LTD.

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Car Seat Headrest

August 29, 2016

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Every time I see the name Car Seat Headrest, I cringe.  It’s a terrible, just totally dumb name that I want to erase from existence.  I love the music though, and I definitely believe that band-main-brain Will Toledo is as talented as can be.  Check out the act’s recent release, Teens of Denial, for proof of that.  Or, if you’re short on time, you can just hit play on the slow burner below, which was made for a film called Loudini.  Enjoy.

:Car Seat Headrest – Does It Feel Good (To Say Goodbye):

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

August 26, 2016

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In lieu of me attempting to encapsulate some small part of the hip-hop universe for you this month, I’ll just pass on this accurate, amazing, and hilarious article from Mass Appeal called You’re Not An Old Head, You’re Just Old. Let’s all read that, listen to this mix, and reflect on how we talk about this genre of music and its artists.

SONG OF THE MONTH: The video for Nobody Speak by DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels. It’s a knock-down drag out political battle, and seeing old white men say the words of El-P and Killer Mike is somehow very stirring.

:A Tribe Called Red - R.E.D. Feat Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear:
:De La Soul – Royalty Capes:
:Eve – She Bad Bad:
:Danny Brown – Pneumonia:
:Madchild – Nature of the Beast:
:Lizzo – BGSW:
:Ana Tijoux – La Bala:
:Rae Sremmurd ft. Lil’ Jon – Set the Roof:
:Maurce “Mobetta” Brown – Meanwhile Back at the Ranch feat. Jean Grae:
:Slug, Aesop Rock & M.F. Doom – Put Your Quarter Up:
:DOOM – Gazzillion Ear:
:Step Brothers – No Hesitation feat. Styles P:
:Kate Tempest – Don’t Fall In:
:Bambu – Ain’t No Future in Yo’ Frontin’:

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American Football

August 25, 2016

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Well looky looky at American Football, they’re now set to release their sophomore full length a mere 17 years after their debut album hit store shelves!  At this point there is no denying that emo is all the way back, yeah?  I certainly think it is.  Anyways, slap on some headphones, rally up a small frown, and then spend some time with the first single from AF’s upcoming LP.  Enjoy.

:American Football – I’ve Been So Lost For So Long:

The band’s self titled album is due out October 21 via Polyvinyl.

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Show Of The Week (Powered by Pulsr)

August 24, 2016

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My good buddy Nathan (from Austin Town Hall) and me via my radio show, 101X Homegrown, have a rad gig happening this Saturday at Barracuda.  It’s a total Back To School Bash with a loaded bill that features Shivery Shakes, Basketball Shorts (creators of one of my fav albums this year – Hot And Ready), Summer Salt, Young Girls, Mean Jolene, Rose Selavy and Plantation Band.  What a lineup!  And the best part is that it’ll only cost you $5.  That’s right, for $5 you’ll get to see seven of my favorite bands out of Austin (and Houston).  You’d be super silly to miss it.

By the way, if $5 is just way too pricey for you, then shoot me a note HERE with the subject TUITION IS EXPENSIVE AND I’M BROKE.  On the day of the show I’ll randomly draw someone for a pair of guest list spots.

Check it out on Facebook HERE.

PS – If you’re inclined to see me twice this week, I’ll be at the Oasis on Friday for a show I booked for 93.7 KLBJ.  It’s FREE and you’ll get to see A. Sinclair, Nic Armstrong And The Thieves and PT Banks.

Thanks to Pulsr for sponsoring this week’s column!  For those of you who don’t know, Pulsr is a social discovery application meant to answer the age-old question “What should we do tonight?” By using personalized content and a live social media feed, Pulsr helps locals get the most out of living in Austin by showing the best live music, trendy restaurants, happy hour specials and more. Pulsr aims to help locals get out and live by joining with others to explore all Austin has to offer. The app is available for download for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

You can find each show on Pulsr by clicking on the first band.

Tonight:
- Plantation Band, Gossamer Frontier, Lord Buffalo, Bennet and Jodi at Hotel Vegas
- Al Lover, Botany, Teevee, Dark Palaces, DJ Boozwa at Barracuda

Thursday:
- Common Velvet, Jinx and the Hammer, Summertime Fun Band at Hotel Vegas
- Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Pleasers, Jean, Teenage Cavegirl, The Two Lips at Cheer Up Charlies

Friday:
- John Wesley Coleman III at Oskar Blues Brewery
- San Saba County, Henry Benjamin, The John Pauls at Lamberts
- Major Grizz, Birthday Club, Big Coat, Slomo Drags at the Mohawk
- A/B (formerly Chipper Jones), Grivo, Dry Spell, Sidechick at The Sidewinder
- Ex-Legionnaires, Xetas, Casual Burn, Oozer at The Sidewinder
- A Giant Dog, The Zoltars, Honey Bucket at Hotel Vegas
- The Boxing Lesson, Paceshifters, Residual Kid, Wildcat Apollo at Empire Control Room
- Megafauna, Muchos Backflips, Noooooooo!, Guy Town at the Hole in the Wall
- The Used at Emo’s

Saturday:
- Early Brunch with Spray Paint at Hotel Vegas
- Kay Odyssey, Pataphysics, She Sir, The Dizzease at The Swan Dive
- The Used at Emo’s
- Z-Trip, Chorizo Funk at the Belmont
- Scott Biram, Alien Knife Fight, Ghostwriter at Grizzly Hall
- Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men at Austin360 Amphitheater

Sunday:
- Lyle Lovett and his Large Band at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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Quickdraw: Bon Iver, Phantogram, Weaves, LVL UP, The Tallest Man On Earth

August 18, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Bon Iver – 22 (OVER S00N) (Bob Moose Extended Cab Version):  I’m not sure why, but I just listened to this new Bon Iver track.  It’s fantastic!  What a leap forward for an already great band.  22, A Million is due out September 30 via Jagjaguwar.

:Phantogram – Cruel World:  I haven’t been able to connect with the latest singles from Phantogram, but this track is something else.  One more like it and I’ll definitely go back to being excited about their upcoming LP.  Three is due out October 7 via Republic.  See the band at Sound On Sound Fest in November.

:Weaves – Help (Beatles Cover)Weaves recently let slip this Beatles cover, and I can’t get myself to take it off of repeat.  It’s such a quirky, charming little number.  This track appears to be a one-off effort that was done for fun, so grab it while you can.

:LVL UP – Hidden Driver:  Whenever I listen to this LVL UP track I get a really strong Neutral Milk Hotel vibe, and I’m super into it.  More please.  Return To Love is due out September 23 via Sub Pop.

:The Tallest Man On Earth – Rivers:  Here’s the second (seemingly) one-off track that Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man On Earth) has released while out on the road.  It’s just as magical as the one that came before it.

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Show Of The Week (Powered by Pulsr)

August 17, 2016

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On Saturday you should head to Spider House for their 20th Anniversary Party.  Not only is the event FREE, but there will be a giant water slide and a Tito’s Vodka dunk tank!  Also – and this is the best part – there’s a pretty rad bill that consists of The Octopus Project, Mobley, Ringo Deathstarr, Foot Patrol, The Peach Kings, Dead Music Capital Marching Band, Shivery Shakes, MCG, Wonderbitch, The Rotten Mangos, Orthy, Pleasers, Rose Selavy, Magic Rockers of Texas, Loteria, NGHT HCKLRS and Teevee.  Whew.  That’s a hell of a lineup.  Also, I mentioned it’s a FREE event, yeah?  Doors are at 2:3pm.  Be there.

Check it out on Facebook HERE.

Thanks to Pulsr for sponsoring this week’s column!  For those of you who don’t know, Pulsr is a social discovery application meant to answer the age-old question “What should we do tonight?” By using personalized content and a live social media feed, Pulsr helps locals get the most out of living in Austin by showing the best live music, trendy restaurants, happy hour specials and more. Pulsr aims to help locals get out and live by joining with others to explore all Austin has to offer. The app is available for download for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

You can find each show on Pulsr by clicking on the first band.

Tonight:
- John Wesley Coleman, Ballantynes, Plantation Band at Hotel Vegas

Thursday:
- Night Beats, Deep Time, Tamarraon at Hotel Vegas

Friday:
- Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Super Thief, Boss Eye, New China at Beerland
- Promised Land Sound, My Golden Calf, Reservations at The Sidewinder
- Lee “Scratch” Perry, SubAtomic Soundsystem, Mindz of a Different Kind, DJ Notion at Flamingo Cantina
- Big Bill, Mannequin, Pataphysics at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Hard Proof, Roxy Roca, Mama K and the Shades at the Parish
- Western Youth, Daniel Markham, Randy Reynolds at Lamberts

Saturday:
- Deep Time, Pema, Foreign Mothers, Hola Beach, Soaked, Lantic at Cheer Up Charlies
- Moving Panoramas, Roses, Outsider at Hotel Vegas
- Pennyfest with Riverboat Gamblers, Quiet Company, Ume, Sharks in the Deep End, Darkbird, Otis the Destroyer, Good Field, Ruby the Rabbitfoot, The Dirty Heat, Ghostbunny, Jack Ferrara, Scott Collins, Edison Chair at Empire Control Room
- Lemuria, Looming at The Sidewinder
- Lee “Scratch” Perry, SubAtomic Soundsystem at Flamingo Cantina
- Sometimes a Legend, The Sour Notes, Lola Tried, Bantam Foxes at The Swan Dive

Sunday:
- Alice Cooper at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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Quickdraw: The White Stripes, Lucy Dacus, Ian Sweet, Forth Wanderers, Jonny Fritz

August 16, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The White Stripes – City Lights:  This unreleased track not only makes me miss The White Stripes, but it makes me long for the days when Jack White wasn’t JACK WHITE.  The Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 is due out September 9 via Third Man.

:Lucy Dacus – I Don’t Wanna Be Funny AnymoreLucy Dacus is 21-year old who just recently signed to Matador (you can read all about that move here).  I think she has a rad voice.  The reissue of her debut, No Burden, is due out September 9.  By the way, she’s playing at Stubb’s tonight!

:Ian Sweet – All Skaters Go To Heaven:  While I’ve been into Ian Sweet for a bit, this is somehow the first time I’ve shared anything from them.  Oops.  In any case, the band is just noisy enough and the songwriting is really sincere -  I dig it.  Shapeshifter is due out September 9 via Hardly Art.

:Forth Wanderers – Slop:  First of all, I really love the name Forth Wanderers.  Secondly, these kids (they’re all under 21) really know how to write a good emo song.  The Slop EP is due out November 11 via Father/Daughter.

:Jonny Fritz – Are You Thirsty:  Here’s the first single off of Jonny Fritz’s upcoming Jim James-produced album.  Unsurprisingly, the songwriting is top notch.  Sweet Creep is due out October 14 via ATO.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars

August 15, 2016

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The heavy rain in Austin this morning had me ready to commit to a lazy day in bed, but I rallied myself up so that I could share the new Cymbals Eat Guitars single with you.  Also, I totally have a bunch of other things I need to take care of today, but let’s just ignore that detail.  Anyhow, the band’s new tune is rad.  Enjoy.

:Cymbals Eat Guitars – Have A Heart:

Pretty Years is due out September 16 via Sinderlyn.  The band will play Sidewinder on September 25.

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Raised Eyebrows: Top 50 Records Of 2016 – So Far (Randy)

August 12, 2016

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2016 has been a RAD year for new music. Maybe the best we’ve seen this century. With several months still left to go and a TON of wonderful records still to be released, I thought it’d be good to play catch up with the wonder that’s happened already.

50. Body Awareness – Evening Raga

One half of Skeppet. Late night wanderings.

49. Sam Moss – Fable

Gentle folk jams from the kinda-legendary Boston dude.

48. Dave McDonnell Group – Eidetic

Far out post-jazz from the former Chicagoan.

47. Marissa Nadler – Strangers

A lovely record with a voice you can just get lost in.

46. Joan Jeanrenaud – Visual Music

Modern classical does not get much better.

45. Paul Menska – Travel Memoirs

Absolutely stunning synth workouts.

44. Anenon – Petrol

One of the best ambient releases this year.

43. Qluster – Echtzeit

Roedelius does not ever disappoint.

42. Federico Durand – A Traves Del Espejo

A grower, but man does this hit hard when it hits.

41. C. Joynes/Nick Jonah Davis – Split Electric

Really great solo electric guitar workouts in here.

40. Chris Abrahams – Fluid to the Influence

Thoughtful modernism from a member of The Necks.

39. Ben Lukas Boysen – Spells

Between his two 2016 releases, Spells is the winner. Cinematic is an understatement.

38. TSU! – Dadebe

Charming ragas from Istanbul.

37. Orchestra of Spheres – Brothers and Sisters of the Black Lagoon

Weird as fuck and totally amazing.

36. Kikagaku Moyo – House in the Tall Grass

Japanese psych rock. Kinda like a fried candy bar.

35. Horse Lords – Interventions

Mind-bending meditational math rock.

34. FOG- For Good

Welcome back Andrew Broder!

33. Spacin’- Total Freedom

Cutting-edge classic rock.

32. BADBADNOTGOOD-IV

Fusion jazz for millennials.

31. The Greg Foat Group – Cityscapes/Landscapes

Stunning jazz from one of the best modern groups going.

30. Jeff Parker – The New Breed

Member of Tortoise since 1998. Beat-oriented spiritual jazz.

29. Spray Paint – Feel The Clamps

Austin, TX dudes! Absolutely gnarled.

28. Deerhoof – The Magic

A great American band turns in another great record.

27. Gunter Schlienz – Augenblicke

Totally amazing release. Full of ZEN.

26. AF Ursin – Aura Legato (Reissue)

Reissue of 2005 release. Completely peaceful journey.

25. Nap Eyes – Thought Rock Fish Scale

Recorded live to tape with no overdubs. They pull it off!

24. Chris Cohen – As If Apart

His first in 4 years and it does not disappoint.

23. Parquet Courts – Human Performance

These guys ebb and flow. This one FLOWS.

22. Khun Narin – II

Thai psych cranked out of a handmade traveling sound system.

21. Terry Allen – Juarez (Reissue)

Terry Allen is a fucking genius.

20. Fred Locks & Brizion – Roll Call

One of the best reggae tracks to come out this year.

19. Sidestepper – Supernatural Love

Their first album in close to a decade. Lovely Caribbean jams.

18. Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni – Les Filles de Illighadad

Recorded in the open air of Niger. Charming and chilling Tuareg.

17. Tim Hecker – Love Streams

The Brian Eno of this century.

16. Julianna Barwick – Will

This album is another grower but once it sinks in, its power can’t be denied.

15. Cian Nugent – Night Fiction

Nugent moves to the most song-oriented material of his career and it’s RAD.

14. Thousand Foot Whale Claw – Cosmic Winds

This one has been in constant rotation. Hits all the chakra points.

13. Cross Record – Wabi~Sabi

Emily and Dan are amazing. They did it up on this one. Oh man!

12. Daniel Markham – Disintegrator

Markham’s finest record to date.

11. Marisa Anderson – Into The Light

The sequel to Bruce Langhorne’s The Hired Hand.

10. Cavern of Anti-Matter – void beats/invocation trex

Ex-Stereolab member makes an all out krautrock record!

9. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

Though a total downer, this record is undeniable. There hasn’t been a full-on rock record this good since Light Up Gold.

8. Tortoise – The Catastrophist

Great Chicago band makes another great record! Their first in 7 years.

7. William Tyler – Modern Country

In order to “Make America Great Again”, just listen to this record.

6. Stephen Steinbrink – Anagrams

Easily the best pop/songwriter to come out this year.

5. Heron Oblivion – S/T

Smouldering psych from members of Espers and Sunburned Hand of The Man

4. The Skiffle Players – Skifflin’

Cass McCombs and members of Beachwood Sparks do their best Dead interpretations to songs both old and new. So Good!!

3. Trad Gras Och Stenar – Box Set
Extraterrestrial outer limits band from Sweden. DO NOT MISS THIS!

2. Steve Gunn – Eyes on the Lines

Probably the most pleasing record of 2016. A perfect ending to an incredible trilogy of songwriter LPs by one of the greatest artists going right now.

1. 75 Dollar Bill – Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock

DO NOT MISS THIS POWERFUL RECORD OF PAST FUTURE MUSIC

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A. Sinclair (Video Premiere)

August 11, 2016

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Boy am I excited to be premiering the Zack Scott-directed, Taylor Camarot-shot video for A. Sinclair’s You Got A Heart.  Not only is the song one of my favorites off of the Austin band’s super solid album, Get Out Of The City, but the video is one of those fancy one-shot efforts.  Rad!  Also, I like that it follows a guy desperately trying to retrieve his stolen heart.  Enjoy.

Get Out Of The City is available now via Dangerbird Records.  You can see the band (with Lowin) for FREE this Saturday at ABGB.


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Show Of The Week (Powered by Pulsr)

August 10, 2016

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Austin’s own Quin Galavis has assembled a double album, My Life in Steel and Concrete, and this Saturday he’ll be celebrating its impending release (it’s due out 8/26) at the Museum of Human Achievement.  The show is FREE (just make sure to register on the Museum’s site), which is awesome, and Mr. Galavis will be “performing three interpretations of the record.”  That’s can’t-miss stuff.

Find the show on Pulsr HERE.  Check it out on Facebook HERE.

PS – If you want to hang with me on Friday, I’ll be at the Oasis for a show I booked for 93.7 KLBJ.  It’s free and features Lowin, The Happen-Ins and Jared Boulanger (of The Sour Notes).

Thanks to Pulsr for sponsoring this week’s column!  For those of you who don’t know, Pulsr is a social discovery application meant to answer the age-old question “What should we do tonight?” By using personalized content and a live social media feed, Pulsr helps locals get the most out of living in Austin by showing the best live music, trendy restaurants, happy hour specials and more. Pulsr aims to help locals get out and live by joining with others to explore all Austin has to offer. The app is available for download for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

You can find each show on Pulsr by clicking on the first band.

Tonight:
- Spray Paint, Ben Waller, Andy Human and the Reptoids at Hotel Vegas
- Hikes, Henrietta, Tremble Out at The Sidewinder

Thursday:
- Wye Oak, Tushka at the Mohawk
- Dreamboat, The Sour Notes, UVH at the Mohawk
- Amplified Heat, Psychotic Reaction, Greenbeard at Barracuda

Friday:
- Ringo Deathstarr, The Human Circuit, Zettajoule, Hooka Hey at The Swan Dive
- Oozer, Mean Jolene, Vampyre, Lola Tried, Planet Manhood, Tres Oui at Barracuda
- Fire Walk With Me, Big Coat, Paceshifters, Residual Kid at The Sidewinder
- Skyline, Little Mikey & the Soda Jerks at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

Saturday:
- Kay Odyssey, Lake of Fire, Candace, Tamarron at Hotel Vegas
- A Sinclair, Lowin at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

Monday:
- Parquet Courts, US Weekly at the Mohawk
- David Bazan, Michael Nau at the Parish

Tuesday:
- Deerhoof, Blank Spell, Tele Novella at the Mohawk

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Bad Sports

August 9, 2016

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Fun Fact: 10 years ago today I started Side One Track One.  It’s been a good ride!  But it’s time to call it quits.  Just kidding.  SOTO has always served as an outlet for me, and it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

By the way, I did attempt to curate a rad anniversary show, but I couldn’t seem to get it to come together.  I also thought about pounding out some sort of disgustingly long post where I would look back on 10 years of typing, but that just seemed silly.  So, instead I’m just going to simply tip my keyboard to all of you and say thanks for reading.  I do appreciate it.

On the music side of things for today, I figured I should roll out Bad Sports’ new single, Done To Death.  Not only is it a great track, but its title matches up perfectly with how I feel about blogging.  HA!

Enjoy.

:Bad Sports – Done To Death:

Living With Secrets is due out this Friday via Dirtnap Records.

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Quickdraw: Jeff The Brotherhood, The Faint, Duchess Says, Tennis, Big Baby D.R.A.M.

August 8, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Jeff The Brotherhood – Roachin (Featuring Alicia Bognanno):  Here’s a quickie from Jeff The Brotherhood that features Alicia from Bully.  I love it, but I really do wish it was about four minutes longer.  Zone is due out August 12 via Dine Alone Records.

:The Faint – Skylab1979:  The Faint are getting ready to release a “greatest hits” comp of sorts, and with it will come a 7″ with some new tracks.  This is one of them.  It sounds like The Faint (in a good way, of course).  CAPSULE: 1999-2016 is due out September 30 via Saddle Creek.

:Duchess Says – I Repeat Myself:  I didn’t even think Duchess Says were a thing anymore, so it was a nice surprise when I stumbled across this new track from them.  It’s a very 80s-enthused effort, and I think it’s glorious.  Science Nouvelles is due out October 14 via Slovenly/Bonsound.

:Tennis – Ladies Don’t Play GuitarTennis recently rolled out this new single.  Sound-wise it’s like their previous material, but the lyrics definitely feature a more assertive approach from frontwoman Aliana Moore.  Good for her.  No word yet on when a new album will arrive.

:Big Baby D.R.A.M. – Cute:  A couple of months ago D.R.A.M. (I guess he recently tagged Big Baby to the front of that?) played a show I put together for Red Bull Sound Select, and this song was one of the standout moments in his set.  I’m pumped to have a studio version.

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

August 5, 2016

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A data scientist for Degenerate State compiled over 200,000 songs, analyzed their lyrics to find the most heavy metal word, or at least the word that seemed to appear in the most songs from thousands of bands. Heavy Metal and Natural Language Processing – Part 1 explained the process and at least some of the findings, and personally i was kind of shocked. I mean I figured it would be brootal and cvlt, but thought maybe Satan, or domination or something would be the one, well there can be only one and according to the study BURN is the most metal word over many years, songs, bands and genres of metal.

Which makes sense, fire, dragons, Hell, lava, so many things burn, whether it was the rash of Church burnings by Black Metal dudes or whatever the imagery stays ingrained as something pretty freaking metal. Plus I figured since we are in August, it is damn hot, time for some music about fire and burning. What I found though, is there ARE a lot of songs that fit either by title or lyrically, so here is a list of a few off the top of my head! Enjoy!

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