Grateful Dead – Hell in a Bucket

I’m a Dead fan, but only if “fan” is short for “fanatic” and “fanatic” means “fucking evangelist.” It took me a while to get, but thank you Greg Ginn for turning me on to them. Everyone fixates on their late-60s / early-70s golden era and / or their live stuff. And y’know, I love Workingman’s Dead and Europe 72. But their studio stuff is terrific, including this track off their penultimate effort. The Dead making videos for MTV. Dig it.

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Carpenter Brut – Escape from Midwich Valley

I’m not necessarily against electronic music. I’m just more of a rock and roll guy. Breakcore and drum and bass got me through the last couple years of college. And I’ve always been a fan of John Carpenter’s soundtracks. So of course, I’m glad to have discovered France’s Carpenter Brut, a band nakedly worshipping his lo-fi efforts at doing every damn thing himself. Check out the intro track from their latest. It quickly goes from atmospheric, to heavy to danceable. Then check out their killer videos over at YouTube.

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Poison Idea – Bog

Old punk bands as a rule are pretty boring. But as Portland’s own Poison Idea are the GOAT (greatest of all time), it’s not surprising that their fourth or fifth comeback album is even more solid than their earliest efforts at loud/fast. Here’s the first track off Confuse and Conquer, out now on the god-tier Southern Lord Records.

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Peaking Lights – Breakdown

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Richard Dawson – Poor Old Horse

Live 2012

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