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Alice + The Devil and Dinosaurs

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Alice in Chains’ 5th long-player from 2013.

As a longtime ALICE IN CHAINS fan, I don’t really need extra motivation to listen to their catalog, but incidentally being in an AiC tribute band now has me listening even more intently than I normally do (and I’m quite the intentional and nerdy listener). Today I  specifically listened to the band’s latter three albums for potential songs to cover and I have to admit that I’ve been giving The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013), their fifth LP of six, a bit of a bad rap for a few years now. Mainly because I think its immediate predecessor Black Gives Way to Blue (2009) was better overall. And then its successor,  Rainier Fog (2018) arrived and was also a superior album and it definitely had me taking the piss on Dinosaurs in comparison to the two that it is sandwiched between. And that’s just it, today I realized that is really its only crime. Dinosaurs  is actually a pretty darn good album judged on its own with a few standout tracks like “Hollow”, “Pretty Done”, “Stone” and “Phantom Limb.” I’d say now that my only real criticism of it is that the songs aren’t as revelatory and intense (as they are on Blue) or as fresh and fun (as they are on Fog). A misdemeanor, to be sure, but not a felony, all things considered.

 

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“Mummified” by Versus

New single released today from what I consider to be indie rock’s most perfect band, Versus (from NYC originally). This single comes not long after the release of their new EP Ex Nihilo back on May 3rd. Curiously at the bottom of the cover for this one it says Ex Voto so there may be another EP forthcoming that this particular song is taken from. Of course Versus is one of those indie rock bands known for releasing lots of EPs. I gotta say this one is classic Versus as this band never disappoints. Check it out below.

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“Hurry On Home” by Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney’s new single reminds me of Depeche Mode, musically (the production on the drums and bass). Which is also to say that I like it quite instantly. It’s quite a departure for these Pacific Northwest ladies, but it’s catchy nonetheless. Dig it.

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Earworms – April 18, 2019

I will be seeing Death Angel live for the first time on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019. Depeche Mode is, of course, on my bucket list to see live before I die. I’ve been a fan of both bands since the 80s because I’m old.