Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Quest for Oblivion by Sun Crow

Quest for Oblivion by Sun CrowThis doomy debut from Seattle rockers Sun Crow actually came out at the end of 2020, capturing the ears of heavy rock label Ripple Music, who just rereleased it to even wider acclaim.

With its hypnotic, heavy energy, Quest for Oblivion sounds like a milestone album from a veteran band, not the auspicious debut of an up and coming stoner rock band.

Self-described as “existential doom blues and proto metal”, the sludgy, bluesy riffage of Sun Crow will weave its way into your subconscious and plant a skull and crossbones flag on your psyche. Let it.

Standout tracks: End Over End, Nothing Behind

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week: Let There Be Weed by King Weed

King Weed Let There be Weed CoverThese doomed and stoned motherfuckers have done it again, I don’t know how they do it.

Quietly building a hazy, fuzzy, riff-laden empire in their smoky corner of Bandcamp, France’s King Weed just keep coming out with hypnotic album after album that just get under your skin and stay there, like sticky THC in your blood stream just waiting to sabotage your next surprise urine test.

Check out the latest riff monster collection that dropped in January 2021, Let There Be Weed.

King Weed just keep on rollin. Smoke on, dudes, smoke on.

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Mojo’s Pick of the Week – Death by Rock and Roll by The Pretty Reckless

Taylor Momsen and crew have delivered another album of dark beauty, at turns hard and soft, at turns full of fire and full of loss, longing, and lament. Death by Rock and Roll is the long-awaited followup to 2016’s excellent and gritty Who You Selling For. Death by Rock and Roll is a more polished, less raw album than Who, less energetic, but certainly not lacking its own emotional rollercoaster.

I had the privilege of being part of an online album release party, complete with Q&A with Taylor herself, who is wise and mature beyond her years. We got to listen to her talk about her classic rock influences (The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, among others), and her year in relative solitude, all of which is reflected in some way on the new album, which features cameos by Tom Morello, Matt Cameron, and Kim Thayil. The album cover, she said, is quite symbolic, shot on a real gravesite, with her fetal pose surrounded by death while looking towards the light and away from the darkness.

Over the past few years I’ve become quite a TPR fan, and hope to see more join the ranks as this talented bunch spearheaded by this gifted powerhouse singer/songwriter deserves all the attention in the world. Check out Death by Rock and Roll today.

Standout tracks: Death by Rock and Roll, 25, And So it Went, Witches Burn

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