Charles Moothart is a garage, psychedelic and post-punk rocker who collaborates often with fellow Californians Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin (both ATYP faves).
Next week, Moothart releases Dichotomy Desaturated under the moniker CFM (his initials). This album, on my heavy rotation, is great. Fans of Segall, Cronin, Sabbath, Kinks and a host of ’60s rockers will especially love this album.
While stylistically different, new albums by Blanck Mass (electronic), Pissed Jeans (punk) and Uniform (industrial) share an intensity that make each a worthwhile listen.
Blanck Mass’ World Eater is a beast of an album. The solo project of Fuck Buttons’Benjamin John Power (pictured above), World Eater, at points, is reminescent of Dan Deacon, the Knife and Nine Inch Nails.
Though it’s a range of those different approaches, the album still manages to be cohesive.
Pissed Jeans has been making loud, abrasive punk for more than a dozen years. On the band’s fifth album, Why Love Now, Pissed Jeans takes aim at creepy guys, which frontman Matt Korvette describes as most guys.
“There’s no guy that isn’t a total creep,” Korvette says in a statement.
The creepiest of creepy guy references appears midway through the album during the spoken word I’m a Man, written and performed by Chicago author Lindsay Hunter. It’s an extremely disturbing monologue depicting the (mostly) secret thoughts of that guy in the office that already makes everyone cringe.
Elsewhere on the album, Why Love Now, is a typical Pissed Jeans assault on your senses with punk guitar that sometimes morphs into metal.
Uniform, a two-man crew, sounds like classic industrial outfit with a modern feel on Wake in Fright.
It’s a relentless assault for about 37 minutes.
Focused, powerful and fierce, Uniform will remind you of vintage Ministry, the legendary Chicago noisemakers.
In two months just after the U.S. election, the great Brooklyn-based band Woods recorded Love Is Love, a 32-minute response to the rise of Donald Trump.
Though it’s not billed as a full-fledged protest album, it is definitely a reaction.
From Woods’ publicity material: “Love is Love was written and recorded in the two months immediately following the election, but it’s not a record borne entirely of angry, knee-jerk reaction to what America is becoming. Instead, it’s a meditation on love, and on what life means now.”
The Pitchfork Music Festival announced its full lineup for the three-day July concert binge in Chicago and it’s a good one.
Angel Olsen and Danny Brown, both turning in amazing albums last year, are among the top acts. The legendary Feelies also are scheduled. The lineup is once again a good mix of rock, hip hop and other genres.
PJ Harvey, Priests, Vince Staples, Dirty Projectors, Mitski and Cherry Glazerr are among the other highlights. See the list here.