The last month or so has been fairly kind to us in terms of music releases. There’s been lots of good stuff released at all levels including Soundgarden’s Superunknown reissue and the first three Led Zeppelin albums also being re-released. The Robinson Brothers (Rich and Chris) each had their solo projects release an album too. Then there’s all the other bands who will never get mainstream attention. That’s what I’m here for.
As much as I’d like to sit and listen to music and write about it all day, the reality of everyday life prevents me from doing otherwise. I do get to listen to a lot but unfortunately don’t have the time to write about most. Here is what I’ve been listening to lately.
1000mods – Vultures – True desert rock may have started with Yawning Man and ended with Kyuss but that doesn’t mean that the genre has to die there. 1000mods have been carrying on the tradition for years now. Vultures is no different. This time around 1000mods seem to have gotten a bit darker in their tone and vocals. The album is heavy and fuzzy with a few “lighter” moments that add to the album. I had this one on repeat all day, and that was just the first day.
Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie – Head Down was a let down for me. It’s came out right hot off the heels of Pressure & Time. It was a little to slow for me. I had wondered where the band was going to go from there. Great Western Valkyrie is a return to their rocking form. The album is on pace with their earlier releases and not so many slower moments. The rock is classic, the blues is bluesy and the album just rocks!
Calliope – Calliope – I don’t quite remember exactly how I came across these guys, but I’m glad I did. While everyone that’s doing the “retro” thing is reaching out to Black Sabbath and other 70’s icons as their influences, Calliope are reaching out a bit further to The Doors for inspiration. Their music is The Doors mixed with a little bit more blues and a little boogie at times. My initial reaction to hearing this was “Holy shit this is fantastic” and resulted in me buying it and playing it for the whole 4 hours it took for me to prep my walls for painting. This self titled release came out last year and they just released a new album a few days ago. I highly, highly recommend this one.
Frozen Planet....1969 – Frozen Planet....1969 – I’ve had the opportunity to listen to this one for a few months now. It’s all instrumental that’s a very kick ass mix of classic rock, psychedelic rock, heavy psych, stoner rock. It’s a “drop some LSD and trip your balls off” type of album. It’s definitely a laid back. Another recommendation by me. Look for a new album from these guys too sometime in the future.
Wasted Theory – Death and Taxes – Another recent release, Wasted Theory wasted no time in bringing this album out a little over a year after their last album. Death and Taxes carry on their hard rock sound. The album has that heavy crunchy feeling with tons of killer riffs and an album the grooves from beginning to end. The album goes from 1 to 11 instantly and doesn’t let up until it’s over.
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music – This one isn’t stoner rock. It isn’t even rock music. It’s country music. I do listen to country from time to time but only when I find an album that I really get into. Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds In Country Music is an album that has taken up a majority of my listening time since it’s release 3 weeks ago. First off the sound. The sound is perfect. It’s perfectly mixed and mastered. There isn’t one element throughout the whole album that overpowers another. The vocals aren’t to high nor to low. The songwriting is brilliant. Each song has meaning and is catchy too. The album is a more traditional country album and not the pop or bro country crap that is flooding the mainstream. Sturgill Simpson’s music is like a little bit of Willie and Waylon with his own twist. Again, it’s a brilliant album. It isn’t common that an album can resonate with me as much as this one. It sounds great on vinyl too. If you like country music, even to the slightest degree, and haven’t heard this yet, do it now. You will not be disappointed.