Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Corrosion of Conformity

Corrosion of ConformityOn my list of Desert Island Discs (thank you Tower Records for that concept) are Corrosion of Conformity‘s Wiseblood and In the Arms of God. The legendary songwriting and angsty vocal prowess of Pepper Keenan shines through on these albums like a fog-cutting, soul-illuminating spotlight.

After some years slinging axe with Pantera’s Philip Anselmo in the NOLA-based group Down, Pepper is back with the original lineup of North Carolina’s influential stoner/southern metal band Corrosion of Conformity, along with bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer Reed Mullin. This group is kicking ass together again on stage for the first time in 15 years, as Pepper said when I saw them at Slim’s in San Francisco this week.

He went on to say that they had just signed with Nuclear Blast records and will be working on a new album, due out in 2016. All I know is these guys looked extremely and refreshingly happy together as they churned out an inspired set of beastly songs spanning their decades-long career. If you have an opportunity to catch them on tour, especially in a small venue, cancel your plans and go. You will not be disappointed.

Excerpt from a review of their LA show via

The audience greeted the band with deafening roars, so much so that it caught Pepper Keenan off-guard and he didn’t hold back in expressing his pleasant surprise when talking on the microphone. Heads were banging and fists were pumping throughout the set, and the song ‘Paranoid Opioid’ garnered the most notable mosh pit. Reunions are often overhyped and do not deliver, but Corrosion Of Conformity’s reincarnated four-piece lineup has met and exceeded all expectations, at least as a live band.

Read the rest of the concert review here.

CoC – Albatross

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Deap Vally “Royal Jelly”

Feminist fuzz punk duo Deap Valley have just premiered a new song and video from their followup to 201’s Sistrionix, a slow but groovy rocker called “Royal Jelly”. Directed by Jess Holzworth and starring Georgia May Jagger, the song features the duo playing to a small but curious crowd in a divey lounge bar. “Royal Jelly” was produced by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Here’s the full article on Noisey. Peep the song below, and download the track free at

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Alexa Melo “The Beautiful People”

I hadn’t heard of relative newcomer Alexa Melo until this excellent cover of one of my favorite songs popped up in my Twitter timeline, and now I’m an instant fan. This young LA-based artist released her acclaimed debut album earlier in 2015 after years of looking for the right producer to complement her sound and vision. If this single is any indication, this hard working multi-talented multi-instrumentalist is only on her way up from here.

Alexa Melo “The Beautiful People”, available on iTunes 10/30/15

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New TAIN Song – Lucky You

The Answer is None have a new song this week – “Lucky You”! Heavy yet melodic, with the killer riffs and impressive leads you’ve come to expect from our boys Troy and Jay. This latest song features Kendall Bishop on drums, and myself of course on vocals.

What are you waiting for, check it out!

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