Friday, July 08, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

BADBADNOTGOOD – “Confessions Pt. II” (The Toronto-based progressive-jazz quartet have released their stunning new album, IV today via Innovative Leisure.  The retro-minded yet forward-thinking band continues to stretch the boundaries of the jazz genre on their new album with the incorporation of electronics, krautrock and hip-hop inspired rhythms and for the first time, guest vocalists including rap verses from Mick Jenkins, soulful vocals from Charlotte Day Wilson and the haunting baritone of Future Islands’ Sam Herring.  Also, Colin Stetson brings his skronking bass saxophone to the Weather Report-like, 70’s fusion-informed single heard here.)  

Inter Arma – “The Paradise Gallows” (The Richmond avant-metal band returns with their highly-anticipated new album, Paradise Gallows, out today on Relapse Records.  Their epic hybrid of monolithic doom, stark sludge and progressive post-metal is laced with layers of beauty, psychedelia and melody for the perfect balance, like a ray of sunshine in a post-apocalyptic world.)   

The Julie Ruin – “I Decide” (Led by Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre and featuring Kathi Wilcox of Bikini Kill, Carmine Covelli, Sara Landeau and Kenny Mellman of Kiki and Herb - The Julie Ruin are set to release their sophomore album, Hit Reset, today via Hardly Art.  The new album comes hot on the heels of the biographical documentary, The Punk Singer, which depicted Kathleen Hanna's long-running music career and in the same vein, remains personal and empowering in nature.  Musically, Hit Reset is filled with the catchy, fun dance-punk that has become Hannah’s calling card mixed with doo-wop vocals, synths and surf-rock rhythms for good measure.)


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