Friday, July 24, 2015

3 Songs: On Repeat

Watkins Family Hour – “Brokedown Palace” (The brainstorm of siblings Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, the Watkins Family Hour is the acclaimed monthly residency at the Largo in L.A. that began in 2002.  Recently Sean & Sara gathered some of their virtuoso musical friends and residency performers such as Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Greg Liesz, Sebastian Steinberg and Don Heffington to record their self-titled debut album, out today via Family Hour Records.  Recorded live in studio in just three days, the recording captures the spirit and spontaneity of their live performances with a selection of cover songs originally by Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac and more.  Additionally, the collective will take the show on the road for the first time this summer.)

Check out the Fiona Apple-led album closer, “Brokedown Palace” here:  

Strange Wilds – “Starved For” (The Olympia-based power trio formed from the ashes of hardcore punk bands Negative Press, Outlook, and Wreck; their debut album, Subjective Concepts is out today on Sub Pop.  Their retro-leaning yet modern sound recalls the early days of the label with thunderous blasts of gritty, noise-addled skate punk alongside fuzzed-out grunge for a very promising debut.)

Stream the stomping, sneering Bleach-era Nirvana-esque single here:  

Hope Drone – “Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning” (The experimental Australian post-metal band released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Cloak Of Ash, today via their new label home, Relapse Records.  On it the quartet combines oppressively dark, Deafheaven-like black metal atmospherics and a brutal, sludge-thick heaviness with sweeping layers of droning, dissonant noise all to prove that they are an all-consuming, unrelenting force to be reckoned with.)

Stream the epic, torrentially mournful first single here:


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