It’s over, it’s done, it’s out, it’s available, it’s the hard rocking follow-up to She Likes Black, the long-awaited Red Days EP! Groovy, heavy, fuzzy, and yet with a very tender underbelly, Red Days is a 6 track EP that rounds out an era of Mojo’s Army music and ushers in the next one. Stream or buy it now at Bandcamp in any digital format your heart desires!
Lost in the Fog
Nothing to Say
“Subtle, powerful and hard-hitting all at the same time!” – Broadcast Asylum
How can my pick of the week be anything else besides the long-awaited release by a rejuvenated Metallica, returning to solid form with “Hardwired… to Self-Destruct”? Teased with videos leading up to the release, then essentially released for free on YouTube, this album is their most solid, heavy, and musically sound since the Black Album.
The basic version of Hardwired includes 12 new songs including the dark, relentless thrashy title track, and other early favorites like Moth Into Flame and Spit out the Bone. The alternately soft and heavy Halo on Fire is a testament to a mature, confident band. I have a feeling that one will grow on a lot of people and get some serious airplay in areas that still have the stones to play hard rock on the radio. The deluxe 3 CD set includes 4 additional new songs plus 10 live classics, most of which were recorded at their killer small show at Rasputin Music in Berkeley in April 2016.
This is a don’t-miss release for Metallica fans. Stream it on YouTube, Amazon with Prime or pick it up now!
I love this thing. It’s not the biggest, or the loudest, or the coolest to look at, but this water-resistant little guy is one of my favorite pieces of audio gear. The sound is clear and full, and the battery life is great. I’ve had it since the summer when I bought it for myself as a birthday present, and since then it’s been to the beach, on road trips, in the darkroom, in the backyard. It’s small & light enough to toss in a backpack, and being IPX5 certified water resistant means I don’t worry about getting it wet at the beach or when it’s in the kitchen while I’m washing dishes or whatever.
The Oontz Angle boasts 10 watts of peak power and gets about 5-7 hours of playtime on a charge. It charges with a USB cable like a phone, and in fact is a handsfree phone receiver (though I haven’t used it that way). Did I mention it sounds good? Like really good? I picked it over other, louder and bigger ones because the sound is great, and size is perfect – it fits in a cupholder and frankly to me is the perfect size for a portable speaker. It may not be loud enough to power a busy pool party but for most purposes it’s great. Well worth the less than $30 I spent on it. If you’re in the market for a Bluetooth speaker, check it out the Oontz Angle.