King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Murder of the Universe
All signs would suggest that Murder of the Universe, the 11th release from Australian psych outfit King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, should be a disappointment. It’s 21 tracks long. It’s a concept album centered around the creation of outlandish altered beasts. And it’s the second release in a year where the band has promised to release five albums, resulting in possible oversaturation and carelessness (update: they released their third album of the year today). Yet somehow, all of these negative precursors somehow propel this album to new heights, making for one wild listen.
In this month’s episode of “Year of the Neil”, Young’s tumultuous relationship with CSN continues. We also take a look at his mainstream success on “Harvest” and begin seeing the impact drugs would have on Neil and the people around him.
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[Dead Oceans; 2017]
For over a decade, journalists have been writing think-pieces on the death of rock and roll, but not until the past couple years have their omens seemed possible. Two weeks ago Nielsen announced that for the first time in the rating system’s existence, rock music was not the most popular genre in their mid-year report. There’s no need for concern (yet). Rock music is closely trailing R&B/hip hop overall and in the category of albums, rock reigns supreme making up 40% of sales. Regardless, it does seem like rock and roll is on the down swing in popularity. For those in need of comfort during rock’s decline, Kevin Morby’s City Music plays as a perfect album of appreciation and reflection on the genre’s adventurous past.
In the latest episode of the BDWPS podcast, we revisit some of my favorite songs from 20 years ago (my senior year in high school). It’s an episode filled with memories and some great music from the past, including tracks from Fugazi, Archers of Loaf, Semisonic, Sunny Day Real Estate, Shudder To Think, The Descendents, Satchel, and Blur.
Check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or GooglePlay (search: BDWPS).
Archers of Loaf “Underachievers (Fight Song)”
Semisonic “Down in Flames”
Sunny Day Real Estate “8”
Shudder to Think “Resident Wine”
The Descendents “When I Get Old”
Satchel “For So Long”
Bob Dylan “Another Pawn in Their Game”