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
The end of 2020 saw a surprise and bittersweet release from the legendary Samsara Blues Experiment, who announced that this latest full length album End Of Forever will be their swan song.
This German psychedelic experimental electric blues trio have been going strong since they began their journey in Berlin in 2007. They gained widespread acclaim with their 2010 album Long Distance Trip, cementing themselves into stoner rock lore with their own special brand of transcendent psych rock.
End of Forever takes you on a trip through time and space, flirting with influences from 60s acid rock to 70s prog through modern psych rock, sprinkling mellotron pads, spacey synths, and other dreamy effects throughout its guitar jam journey. Sad to see the end, but glad to be along for the ride and enjoy the legacy of this timeless trio.
This was a delightful find, the debut album from a Twitter follower from Virginia. He was taking part in our weekly DIY Music Chat and I happened to follow his profile links to find this really amazing soulful blues album and listened to it the rest of the day while I worked.
Elements of funk, soul, blues, jazz, and reggae fuel this really heartfelt album full of great songs with emotional vocals. It was just a treat to stumble across this album and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and I look forward to more from Seedpicker and his collaborators.
Standout tracks: Low Down Musician’s Blues, Lineman’s Dub, Bottle of Red