Drew’s Pick: “Take My Bones Away” – Baroness
Baroness has surpassed Mastodon again as the kings of sludge metal with their most recent release Yellow & Green. For some reason the album flew under my radar (I blame Gojira) so my first listen was a bit delayed. Someone needs to patrol me and make sure stuff like that doesn’t happen again because Yellow & Green is a masterpiece. Baroness’ best effort to date and easily in my Top 5 of the year thus far. Take a listen to “Take My Bones Away,” arguably the most approachable song on the record, but also one of my favorites.
Joe’s Pick: “Sing For Absolution” – Muse
Recently I’ve been going through Muse’s catalog in anticipation of the September release of their newest album, The 2nd Law. Their 2004 record Absolution was my first introduction to the band and the utterly haunting fourth track “Sing For Absolution” remains my favorite Muse song to date. Still giving me chills nine years later, it begins with a steady piano and soft, atmospheric vocals from Matt Bellamy. Later the guitars come in and the chorus allows Bellamy’s voice to soar sky-high. A great song to listen to late at night.
Jacob’s Pick: “Lake Pontchartrain” – Ludo
Sometimes, I get in a kick where I only want to listen to older music, and this is one of those songs that’s always a lot of fun to come back to. A quirky, catchy tale of strange happenings, this track, for me, defines the entirety of You’re Awful, I Love You”. Super upbeat with lots of synth, strong vocals, and great instrumental parts all around, this record got a lot of play at the beginning of my college career. There’s just a hint of overwhelmingly subtle creepiness strewn throughout, and there’s just something wonderful about indulging a something a little creepy and a lot catchy. Still sounds great now.
Dylan’s Pick: “Molly Ringwald” – Danny Brown & AraabMuzik
When I heard that hard knocks, Detroit-native rapper Danny Brown and beat maestro AraabMuzik were collaborating on a song, I was beyond excited. The final product is nothing short of spectacular. “Molly Ringwald” is two and a half minutes of Brown’s unorthodox rapping style intertwined with a dark and eerie Araab beat. Just about anything anyone could ever want in a hip-hop song.
Landon’s Pick: “Holy Book of Dilemma” – Every Time I Die
Let it be known throughout the world that 2012 was the year that the aggression in Landon Defever finally broke out…and it’s all thanks to Every Time I Die and their fantastic fifth studio album Ex Lives. While New Junk Aesthetic will remain my favorite release by the group, Ex Lives is one hell of a reminder that ETID is a force to be reckoned with in the hardcore music scene. Glorious displays of bellicosity can be found numerous times in the release, but “Holy Book of Dilemma” may just be the finest of them all. The song is a blink-and-you-might-miss-it moment of genius for the group, which is saying a lot since it directly follows lead single “Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space.” However, the track stands out well, proving to be a well thought out, visceral attack on the senses…a compliment worthy of the madmen behind Ex Lives.
Kaitlin’s Pick: “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” – Vampire Weekend
After Vampire Weekend closed their encore performance with “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” this past weekend at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, I have been playing this song incessantly (perhaps in denial of it being over). Upon finishing, the boys reassured their adoring fans that new material was in the works. Since this was their first festival performance in some time, it was great to hear this traditional show closer from their flawless 2008 self-titled release.