Friday, September 15, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Prophets Of Rage – “Living On The 110” (On the heels of their many live performances and last year’s debut EP, the rap-rock supergroup consisting of  Tom, Brad and Tim of Rage Against The Machine, Chuck D and DJ Lord of Public Enemy and B-Real of Cypress Hill, has released their statement-making self-titled debut album today via Fantasy Records.  Dubbed by the band as a “Soundtrack To The Resistance” and led by the incendiary and revolutionary singles, “Living On The 110” and “Radical Eyes”, the timely album lives up to its name and then some; providing the perfect empowering playlist for this troubled political era like no one else could.)
Watch the band perform “Living On The 110” live on The Tonight Show:

MYRKUR – “Funeral (featuring Chelsea Wolfe)” (Even after recording in a cavernous mausoleum on her last EP, the Danish black metal artist Amelie Bruun has just released her most grandiose and accomplished collection of songs yet with the release of Mareridt, her sophomore album, out today on Relapse Records.  The album title translates to “nightmare” and Bruun transcends time with her blend of dark, ancient folk and classical compositions with blistering black metal and beautiful choral vocals for a hauntingly atmospheric sound that befits the album title.  In addition, her use of strange instruments like the mandola and the Swedish key harp called the nyckelharpa add to the stark ambiance.)  
Watch Bruun & Wolfe perform “Funeral” live in a Las Vegas hotel room:

The National – “Day I Die” (The Brooklyn indie rock favorites recently returned with their long-awaited new album, Sleep Well Beast, out now on 4AD.  As ever, their music is moody and introspective but this time around a little darker in places and with heavier guitars and solos, as on the standout track, “Day I Die”, heard here.  Additionally, baritone vocalist Matt Berninger wrote the more relatable song lyrics along with his wife Carin, tackling themes of marriage, growing old, life and love.)

Death From Above – “Freeze Me” (After returning from a long hiatus with their second album in 2014 and recently dropping the “1979” from their moniker (as always intended), the duo of Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler are back with their third album, Outrage Is Now!, out now on Warner Bros./Last Gang Records.  The unexpected new album is their most accessible with the addition of hyper-catchy, pop-leaning hooks to their raging, dance-punk sound and it is also their most socially-aware and politically-charged, lyrically.)            

Lotte Kestner – “Go To Sleep Now” (Lotte Kestner is the recording and performing moniker of Seattle-based singer-songwriter Anna-Lynne Williams, former vocalist of Trespassers William, Ormonde and collaborator with the Chemical Brothers, AFI, Damien Jurado and more.  Her latest album, Off White, was released today on Saint Marie Records and its sparse, ethereal acoustic guitar or piano-led arrangements that blend together folk and dream-pop are the perfect vessel for her knee-buckling beautiful vocals.  You may have also heard her stunning version of Beyonce’s “Halo” in HBO’s The Young Pope.)


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