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Inverted Serenity premiere “We Who Wander” at The New Fury

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, September 4, 2017 at 7:34 PM (PST)

Winnipeg tech death band Inverted Serenity have a new song out today called “We Who Wander” that you can check out HERE at The New Fury blog. It is a blur of speed, well executed and precise death metal, tricky melodic instrumental passages and even a sleazy guitar solo moment or two amidst the progressive and straight up newer tech death metal influences. Fans of everything from the skillful insanity of Augury, Beyond Creation or Decrepit Birth to the prog touched inspiration of Circuitry or Fallujah can find aspects to enjoy. Pre Order As Spectres Wither , their new album HERE (it is out early October and has cool and not cliché cover art.

Inverted Serenity member Marc had this to say about today’s song premiere for “We Who Wander”:

“What provoked the lyrics for “We Who Wander” was the frustration I felt after someone told me I would “grow up and play country some day”. Of course, their condescension ticked me off, but as I reflected on that statement more and more it was this person’s lack of passion and understanding for art that bothered me more. There isn’t much that is more subjective than art. Every art form is as valid as the next. You can’t tell someone what can and can’t inspire them, especially if you aren’t inspired by anything yourself. If it’s unorthodox to play death metal, so be it. There’s nothing wrong with defying convention from time to time. But if “growing up” means suppressing passions and abandoning any creative thought that crosses my mind, I’d much rather wander in immaturity than conform to whatever bland existence is deemed more admirable.”

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Hey. Morgan from Metal Riot/Walking Bombs here with a cover song for you today. I want to thank you all for your own lives, for the ways you enrichen mine and for the times we can manage to remember one another’s goodness after distance grows.

In a time when the most toxic and defensive people attack others as “triggered snowflakes” while pushing for the same old same old white supremacy and kleptocratic patriarchy under the extremely fake guise of “shaking up the system”, when unrepentant and hurtful people with no desire to truly communicate gaslight society (remember kids- saying nazis are actually socialist is like saying GOP is still the party of Lincoln), when civil rights are threatened, when love is laughed at but the hard choice of physical resistance to violent fascism is also condemned, sensitive artists and souls or people with PTSD can really struggle. When we do make mistakes it is even harder to forgive ourselves. The waters are churning too much, like a blender that never shuts off and has no lid but somehow you are expected to keep the contents inside when everyone else is rewarded for being unplugged or complacent, even as they have no current flowing through their hearts.

Anyway, I wanted to send love to Scott from Neurosis, especially Sinead O’Connor and others alive and still with us trying to bravely battle stigma and depression in this climate. Or activists like Bree Newsome or Talib Kweli who put so much out there on the front lines of activism every day. Or people who were too exhausted to go on like Chester or Chris or Scott Weiland or any of the greats we have lost. Even Prince or MJ who gave so much but had a curated existence just to function on the cosmic frequency they did.

I love people but have a hard time with crowds anymore. Not to say I am an empath, necessarily…but when you have had bad experiences and are suspicious or scan for danger to survive or have had trust completely broken, when you sabotage yourself….your spider sense is often tingling. I love people but it can be so draining. And I need a lot of alone time society doesn’t always allow for unless you really have cash. Even monitoring it is easy to spiral for some of us.

I went today to a place I almost took my own life a few years ago. I wanted to send some light and loving energy out from that spot to remind how crucial communication (when possible) and room for healing are. I have a long semi-coherent intro, but I covered Sinead’s bittersweet “Last Day Of Our Acquaintance”  for anyone who has had relationships or friendships or their own personal aura clouded by struggles with depression. I have so much respect for people like Hether Fortune who talks online sometimes about the benefits of therapy or Christopher Stroop who is doing #emptythepews work to combat Evangelical societal abuse or other artists who try to stay engaged with social issues even when it is very taxing. I do it myself so much I exhaust myself and it is so important to also practice self care, especially for artists as well who often feel we have to be raw or on edge to be AUTHENTIC. Sometimes it is enough to function, honeys.

And as for forgiveness, some relationships don’t get fixed. Or sometimes in wider society we have situations, like with emboldened hate groups in the streets- where the option of forgiveness has to be in God’s hands because if you don’t act the motherfuckers will run over a girl or some kind of actual catastrophe will arise, but other times in this life a gentle word or listening CAN sometimes turn the tide.

May the road rise to meet all (er, most) of you. We have some healthy if not always easy discussions about what is problematic and what is helpful or good to keep alive in our scene right now. While I hope we can allow room for expression I also hope it is not just for the sake of itself and we can keep things actually growing productively, whether towards healing through art, helping one another with some hardcore scene style positive encouragement or trying on one another’s shoes wherever situations still allow safe room to do so.

And some people will give up on you, but you can’t give up on yourself. Actually, scratch that…you aren’t always bad just because you perhaps break after all.

Went a place I almost took my life few years back (I had wanted to die where I had good memories even though I was so low). Here is A cover song and thoughts on depression and thanks / prayers and best wishes for Scott Kelly, Supporting Sinéad Oconnor , Chris Cornell, Linkin Park and various lost lives and lovers. Xo. Do your best, darlings.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, September 2, 2017

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Witchery to return with “I Am Legion” album, release new video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 1:51 PM (PST)

Witchery knocked it out of the park with In His Infernal Majesty’s Service and now seem to have really gotten their devilish groove back after the long half decade gap between Witchkrieg and that album. IHIMS really should have made our staff year end best of list last year but thankfully we were hacked and lost a ton of site content so now you can’t see how we screwed up and didn’t include it. “Nosferatu” jams so gosh dang hard, we really screwed up.

We have another chance! Witchery are back already with a Century Media follow-up and are once again crushing it with the current band roster. The Swedes of charred thrash and gnarled emotional thickets shall drop I Am Legion in early November. Toxine/Legion/Emperor who?!! Angus Norder is turning out to be a real keeper (we hope)! Norder is joined again by Jensen (Guitar), Rickard Rimfält (Lead Guitar), Sharlee D’Angelo (Bass) and Chris Barkensjö (Drums). The album was produced and mixed by Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Studios (Behemoth, In Flames, Meshuggah) and comes packaged in powerful artwork completed by Andreas Diaz Pettersson (as seen above).

Check out first taste “True North” (not a Bad Religion cover, though that would have been wild) below! Frozen wastes! Snarling! Evil!

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King Parrot and Metal Hammer UK want you to “Disgrace Yourself”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 5:03 PM (PST)

King Parrot‘s Ugly Produce reminds me of some of the glorious tomfoolery of my bygone teenage years. You could see a Garbage Pail Kid card or a skanky Ugly Kid Joe sleeveless t-shirt and know whoever it belonged to was a “bad kid” and soon you would be hanging out with them and snorting Tang or shooting home made potato cannons at cop cars from the treeline by the road near school (I mean, hypothetically). The design aesthetic of their new amazingly titled Ugly Produce album, the new thrash album of choice for ugly ducklings everywhere, is certain to be iconic i years to come – if first mainly for those entrepreneurs who smoke weed out of home made apple pipes.

Seriously, if you find fault with this band for some reason you are probably a dick. It is like not liking Municipal Waste or 3 Inches Of Blood, just a loser position to take. They combine amazing metallic punk tinged anthems with comedy gold and a serious touring drive and are friggin’ Australian.

The Ugly Produce album is set to be released on September 22nd via Agonia Records in Europe (Housecore Records in North America and Rocket/EVP in Australia). Listen to their frenzied latest track “Disgrace Yourself” at this link:

http://teamrock.com/news/2017-08-31/king-parrot-release-new-song-disgrace-yourself

After recording the previous album in the US, 2017 saw the band head back home to where it all began – recording their third full-length album with Blood Duster’s Jason PC, at the enigmatic Goatsound Studios. The mastering was done by Brad Boatwright at Audiosiege Studio (Sleep, High On Fire, Nails) in the US, while the cover artwork was created by Boyd Synnott and Simon Robins for GraphOrlock.

Commented by KING PARROT: “Ugly Produce reaches new heights in abrasive song-writing and serves up an odious pile of repulsive flavors you wouldn’t want to find on your local fruit and vegetable shelves. A repugnant harvest of gnarled and nasty grind, death metal, thrash, and punk rock and it’s more caustic than ever”.

 

In addition, the band have Fall tour dates in Europe with friggin’ Decapitated, Venom Prison and Thy Disease. Check the dates out BELOW!

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Usnea reveal “Eidolons And The Increate” at Decibel

Posted by Metal Riot on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 8:46 PM (PST)

 

Portland doom quartet USNEA has unveiled “Eidolons And The Increate” off their impending Portals Into Futility full-length.

 

Now playing at Decibel Magazine, watch the Frank Huang/Maximum Volume Silence-directed visualizer RIGHT HERE.
 

 

“‘Eidolons And The Increate’ ebbs from a murkiness in the future where humanity has fallen from a technological grace, the sun is dying, and callous brutality is the way of the land,” issues the band of the track. “Mirroring the dark psychedelia of its source of inspiration – Gene Wolfe’s Shadow Of The Torturer – it is a meditation on the self-destructive conceits of humanity.” 
Additionally, watch USNEA‘s previously released video for “Pyrrhic Victory” as well as first single“Lathe In Heaven” at THIS LOCATION.

 

Inspired by dystopian science-fiction and the painful intersection of today’s crushing reality, Portals Into Futility offers five songs and fifty-six minutes of expertly crafted and elegantly depressive doom/sludge. With an evolved sound of strength and dynamism, USNEA delves more into the worlds of dissonant death metal, varied vocal structures, and cinematic composition, all while maintaining the monumental heaviness, brutality, discord, anger, and mournful melodicism of their previous work. Across dark and brooding peaks and valleys, USNEA reminds us that no matter how many doors are opened to the human species, our self-aggrandizement and hubris all lead to futility.

 

Portals Into Futility is due out September 8th on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical preorders and exclusive bundles are currently available via Relapse,com at THIS LOCATION and digital preorders are available via Bandcamp HERE.

 

USNEA will tour throughout Europe this fall as direct support for Ufomammut. The tour — which commences on September 30th in Paris, France and concludes October 22nd in Munich, Germany —  includes appearances at multiple festivals including Up In Smoke, Soulcrusher Festival, and Keep It Doom.  

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Nate Hall is one of my favorite artists and a very smart, interesting person. I always tell people he should be considered a national treasure (and I know I sound like a super fanboy) for his work, but it is true. The North Carolina sound architect is at the frontier’s edge for post-rock, psych metal and inspired, lonely folk music that cuts to the bone but also helps you find refuge when you are on the mend. Be it in USX, Uktena  or his prolific solo output (the guy just released the excellent A Year Under A False Moon earlier this year and already has another one on the way), Nate Hall is one of those people who it would be actually worth it to spend $ on for one of those full Bandcamp discographies. He can really take you to and through many different places.

Now Nate Hall has announced he is releasing The Center Of The Earth on August 31st, an album he says is one of his most important pieces of work.  “I’ve never sacrificed so much for my art,” Hall tells me. “I’ve never felt such clarity from confusion. These are songs that have always been.”

The sole single available so far as a prelude to the days away full album release is an impressive brooder called “Night Sky Humming” that opens with a tone setting pretty powerful cowboy’s lament-esque lyric: These are the words I use to tell me what I’m dyin’ from /My directions for living were all wrong…

 It is a reminder that not everything needs to be Slayer to visit some pained and troubled corners and that many weary roads and labors can bear potent fruit.

Hear the track and pre-order the full album HERE.

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Trivium are back with a follow up to Silence In The Snow and you might be wondering if the new single is able to top what was arguably their best album since perhaps Shogun. Well, “The Heart From Your Hate” can be heard below. It is pretty cool. Little less of a Metallica/Megadeth musical vibe to this one than the “Silence In The Snow” single (which also had some of Matt’s coolest vocal melodies – It is impossible not to notice his vocal growth since working with David Draiman on Vengeance Falls).  This new single reminds me a bit more of, say, Demon Hunter or Atreyu and has a very slick feel to the riffing, not in a bad way just more like speeding in a new Corvette than a thrash march to war.

Set for release on October 20th, The Sin And The Sentence is available for pre-order today at all DSPs and www.trivium.org, with all pre-orders receiving instant grat downloads of the album’s title track and the newly released single, “The Heart From Your Hate”. As this band grows more mature and continues to carve their name in metal history, you can’t help but feel they are destined to stay one of the biggest forces for metal that can bridge to the mainstream for the next generation. Here’s hoping they keep at it.

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Gwar release “Fuck This Place” official track, album details

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 7:30 PM (PST)

I have seen Gwar live more than any other band in my life (Melvins and Clutch run a close second and third). Some of my favorite memories include Oderus giving me a thumbs up as I faux-masturbated while crowd surfing during a show while the Scumdog billionaires performed their pretty much worst song “Sammy” or screaming along to “Horror Of Yig” until my throat was raw and my face was as orange from fake blood as Conald Trump’s is from spray tanning with Pam cooking spray before a good Putin nut gargle. What I am trying to say is, I am qualified to say as a very OG human filth that Gwar is still good.

I never thought I would be able to support the band without Oderus, one of the all time greatest and most original, fun and awesome voices in metal. Blothar, however, has done a fine job keeping the alien quest for dominance alive. They basically just sound like “I Hate Love Songs” and “Crush, Kill, Destroy” are every song now, which is a far better solution than if Oderus was replaced by someone with no past affiliation.

Now, the time has come…your Lords and Masters GWAR have unveiled the details of The Blood Of Gods. Today the first single “Fuck This Place” is available for audio and video streaming. Watch the video, check out the song and pre-order your copy of “The Blood of Gods” at metalblade.com/gwar! Your Intergalactic Overlords demand it! Digital pre-orders include an instant gratification download of “Fuck This Place”. Limited edition special bundle packs are available for pre-order as well.

The Blood of Gods“, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ronan Chris “Lord God” Murphy, will be released October 20th via Metal Blade Records. The album will be available in Standard CD, 2LP Colored Vinyl and Digital formats.

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On October 6th, The Black Dahlia Murder will release their eighth full-length, Nightbringers, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the record, a video for the title track can be viewed at: metalblade.com/tbdm – where the album can be pre-ordered. Surely Nightbringers will be a strong death metal year end list contender, as the band rarely ever disappoint. This has been another (cough) killer year for death metal with Succumb, Extremity, Beneath , Decrepit Birth and many more churning out bad ass new content for fans, so some new BDM will be a surely welcome cherry on top.

Death metal and nighttime are synonymous to me,” Trevor Strnad explains of the title. “We are the rulers of the darkened hours that the Christian good fears. A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld – such as marriage and monogamy – came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It’s ‘being-the-villain music’, because we’re the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it’s for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and ‘Kings Of The Nightworld’ are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle.”

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Grave Pleasures release “Be My Hiroshima”

Posted by Metal Riot on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 9:34 AM (PST)

Finnish post-punk quintet GRAVE PLEASURES have released their new single, “Be My Hiroshima”, taken from their upcoming sophomore album Motherblood, due for release on September 29 via CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS.

Watch the official music video premiere for “Be My Hiroshima” streaming below.

“Be My Hiroshima” is also available as a single on all streaming and download platforms and also as an Instant Grat Track on iTunes and Amazon. You can find all streaming links, digital and physical preorder links here: http://smarturl.it/Motherblood.

Vocalist Mat McNerney explains:
“Be My Hiroshima is our love song for the apocalypse. The video is taken from our cover art by Tekla Vály. Images of Kali, the mother who sits on top of the cycle of life and death, birth and rebirth (and her consort Shiva who is the destroyer and transformer). As the dawn of man begins to draw to an end, it is her blood that we have shed, and like the sands of time it spills out. We are sacrificing our mother, and eating her flesh and drinking her blood. This is the eucharist which represents our extinction. Within her womb we are born and we are born to die there. It’s an endless love affair with death. A love like motherblood.

I rest my mouth upon your mouth
and the world is the colour of murder
I lie beside your oblivion
in the shadow of mass destruction.”

GRAVE PLEASURES’ sophomore record was recorded in an old WW2 coding bunker at Orgone Studios in the UK by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Ulver etc). It picks up where 80s UK bands such as Magazine, The Wire and Echo And The Bunnymen left off, but never stopping long enough to look back too much into the past. Featuring guest vocals from David Tibet from Current 93, the band sets the tone for their eclectic inspirations, from the esoteric underground of England’s hidden reverse to Manchester’s sound of misery.

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Unsane “Sterilize” pre-orders from Southern Lord, new song.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 9:04 AM (PST)
The first audio insight into the new Sterilize album from legendary noise rock group UNSANE arrives today with the premiere of “Aberration.”

 

According to the band, “‘Aberration’ is classic UNSANE, raw and direct, it only took a couple of takes to lock it down. It’s essentially a ditty about the swirling thoughts that go through your head after being screwed over. I’m sure anyone can appropriate or relate it to their personal experiences.” 

 

Stream UNSANE’s “Aberration” HERE.

The track is taken from UNSANE‘s eighth studio album, and first for Southern Lord, Sterilize, set for release September 29th. UNSANE recently announced European tour dates in support of the album, taking place this October, and has just added a second hometown show at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar in November.
“Aberration” is now available at Spotify HERE, iTunes HERE, and Apple Music HERE,
 
Southern Lord will release UNSANE’s Sterilize on September 29th; find physical preorders and merch at Southern Lord’s web shop HERE.

 

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Cannabis Corpse stream “Left Hand Pass” title track

Posted by Metal Riot on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 2:52 PM (PST)

Death metal powerhouse CANNABIS CORPSE are streaming a new track from their forthcoming album, ‘Left Hand Pass’. The album’s title track, a ripping dose of death metal is available for streaming and sharing now, here.

‘Left Hand Pass’ will be released worldwide on September 8. Pre-orders for the album are available now at the Season of Mist E-Shop.

The track list and artwork for ‘Left Hand Pass’, painted by Pär Olofsson (IMMORTAL, EXODUS, ABYSMAL DAWN, SPAWN OF POSSESSION and more) can be found below:

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Exhumed reveal details for new album “Death Revenge”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 7:22 PM (PST)

I friggin’ love Exhumed, by far my favorite gore grind/at times death obsessed political extreme metal band (would be close tie with Brutal Truth but they broke up and were not gore). Exhumeds 6th full-length arrives soon and they are doing their first concept album based on true events. Death Revenge takes place in the late 1820s in Edinburgh, Scotland and (according to the press release): tells the macabre tale of a series of brutal murders where the victims’ cadavers were sold to anatomists, amid a grisly underground trade of grave-robbery.

I was a big fan of Sarke’s Bogefod (which deserved WAY better reviews from most of the metal community) and am ready for another band to tackle a concept album about some unhappy endings. Recorded with producer Jarrett Pritchard (Goatwhore, Eternal, Gruesome), Death Revenge will surely be extreme and put Matt Harvey in serious contention for work dog of the bloody apocalypse between this, Expulsion and Gruesome!

Frontman Matt Harvey commented:

“We’re very excited to see this record come out. It’s been a long time since we’ve fucked up your stereos! I think this record has a darker vibe than the last two, with a pretty gnarly tale of grave-robbery, dissection, murder and all sorts of general skullduggery. We dig it and we hope you filthy animals will too.”

Listen to the new song “Defenders of the Grave” via YouTube HERE and Bandcamp plus all streaming services AT THIS LOCATION.

Watch the official Death Revenge album trailer AT THIS LOCATION.

Death Revenge is set for release on October 13th on CD/LP/DLX LP&CASS/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages and digital order are available via Relapse.com HERE and Bandcamp HERE.

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Cormorant stream masterful new ‘Diaspora’ album at NCS

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 2:50 PM (PST)

Sometimes I get accidentally death metal bougie and forget I have heard records before the release date often when the general public hasn’t. To be fair, I listen to a lot of promos for this site and it isn’t always easy to keep the release dates in mind. The most important thing though is to remember if the album is good and beyond a doubt Cormorant‘s Diaspora is one of the must hear releases for the scene this year.

No Clean Singing hosts the official stream today for the Bay Area band of the progressive deathers and it will blow you away. Do NOT be left in the dark regarding one of the most important extreme records of 2017, full of lengthy yet engaging and soul churning performances. “Preserved In Ash”
in particular is a tornado of intense emotion paired with the tempered focus skilled musicians bring to complex arrangements yet with neither subordinate to the whole affect (plus you gotta love that statement of intent drum intro).

Hear Diaspora at THIS LOCATION.
 
No Clean Singing crowns Diaspora the band’s, “most extravagant and ambitious album yet,” furthering, “Whether it’s the feverish, chaotic drum work and snarling vocals of ‘Preserved In Ash,’ or the doomier, proggier strains of ‘Sentinel,’ CORMORANT rarely (if ever) seem content to simply rest on their laurels, and each of the four tracks which make up this album are absolutely packed with a wealth of unexpected twists and turns – moving swiftly back and forth between moments of ferocious blasting, moody melody, grandiose riffery, and ominous atmosphere – all designed to keep the audience on their toes and to prevent them from ever becoming too comfortable or complacent. As a result, Diaspora can be a challenging, even demanding, listen at times. At just over an hour in length it certainly isn’t for the faint of heart, and requires a solid investment of time and mental energy from the listener to appreciate fully, but this devotion is ultimately rewarded tenfold with one of the most diverse and dynamic musical experiences of the year.”
 
Diaspora will be released independently on 2xLP, CD, and digital formats on August 11th with US and European distribution through War Crime Recordings. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.
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Prophets Of Rage release “Radical Eyes”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST)

Prophets Of Rage featuring Public Enemy, RATM and Cypress Hill members have released another new single from their pending September 15th very anticipated Earth mover. I’m liking this one “Radical Eyes” a bit more than last single “Living On The 110”. Brad’s pocket/shuffle beat are dope and Chuck D is real strong on this one pointing out the idiocy of the alt-right’s attempt to paint anyone with a semblance of sanity as an extremist.

“The Western world has created biased structures and stereotypes. Opposing viewpoints and movements are seen as radical rather than diversity. ‘Radical Eyes’ is the lens everything is viewed through, any life movement in opposition is considered radicalized.”

– Chuck D

‘Make America great again. Turn back the clock to a time when privileges of whiteness were supreme and unassailable, misogyny was simply viewed as an extension of masculinity, women got back-alley abortions and worked for partial wages, coal was king and global warming was purely academic, and trans people weren’t in our bathrooms or barracks. The good old days.’ – Charles M. Blow in The New York Times

Shout out to DJ Lord for retweeting a Maxine Waters tweet I posted the other day, btw. That made me stoked.

I for one am stoked as heck for this record. I can’t believe the racist bullshit STILL festering in this country. When I was a kid my friends and I didn’t give a fuck what color or gender or sexuality a band was as long as their music was dope, be it Living Colour or L7 or Pansy Division. That’s part of why when people talk shit on RHCP for being famous now it is like ,” get a grip.” You know how many white ass people the Chili Peps got to appreciate P-Funk?

Anyway, turn this shit up!

 

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