In 2015, it is a rare occurrence to find a proto-punk record as scuzzy and defiantly poised as Pain from the Australian rockers in Deaf Wish presents itself as. The latest endeavor from the veteran band thrusts them into the limelight, putting out their most recent album on SubPop. Pain clocks in at around half an hour, and it doesn’t need to be a minute longer. It has the shrill croons and aggression of bands like The Stooges and Dead Kennedy’s while also maintaining a vibe reminiscent of Husker Du and Sonic Youth. The end result is something very dissonant and charming. It’s not your run-of-the-mill garage punk record, but if you’re in the mood for something with a little grungy flavor, this is a release you don’t want to miss out on.
Also out this week is the latest album from The Fratelli’s. Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied is the fourth full-length from the Scottish lads who have experienced both ups and downs in the world of alt-rock since the mid-2000’s. Overall, the record falls a little short in comparison to recent favorites from comparable bands like Arctic Monkeys, but individual tracks here definitely have their merit. Listen to “Baby, Don’t You Lie to Me!”, “Getting Surreal”, and “Too Much Wine” before you pour yourself a full glass of this album.
This week, KSDB made it a priority to freshen up our hip hop rotation, and it was a good week to do so between new singles from Drake, and of course the newest album from one of the best there ever was. Legendary west coast producer/rapper Dr. Dre has finally abandoned the long awaited Detox and produced a new album, coinciding with the release of the N.W.A. biopic this Friday. It’s not a half-assed cash grab. Compton is an ambitious and challenging album, and hits more than it misses. It features contributions Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, BJ the Chicago Kid and others.
YG’s My Krazy Life was a refreshingly straight forward gangster rap album. He’ll try to keep those good vibes going with a sequel album, Still Krazy, to be released later this year. The lead single, however, is quite the left turn when compared to the Mustard produced debut album. YG employs producer Terrace Martin (To Pimp a Butterfly), who brings “King Kunta” style G-Funk production to the new track. It works. YG may be proving to be more of a chameleon than we initially realized.