March 25, 2020 Playlist

"In The Future" by Black Mountain (2008)
Black Mountain "In The Future"  2008 (Canada)
In the 21st century, there have been a lot of successful rock bands who are basically recreating a retro sound from the glory age of a 20th century style. One of the best examples is British Columbia's Black Mountain, who sound like a mix of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Budgie and all those classic heavy bands of the early 1970's. They even temper the immense guitar riffery with shades of acoustic guitars and proggy synths, just like they did back in the day. Their finest album to date IMHO was their second album, a double elpee that does the best job of balancing their verious flavors of hard rock. It would have been a classic album if it came out in 1972, so the same must hold true for 2008?
Meanwhile on the other side of the world - Haru Nemuri's first North American tour got cancelled for obvious reasons, so she webstreamed a solo performance on Sunday night which included tunes from her brand new record Lovetheism. Unfortunately, the webstream does not appear to be archived, so "you missed it." has also been releasing stuff at a furious pace in preparation for their new album due next month: new music videos for "Ai No Katachi" ("The Shape Of Love") - a classic example of their high energy dempa-rock style with their first "normal girl" video in years (no costumes or choreography, just gals being pals) - and also the video for the new album's title track (a weird combination of a scavenger hunt and a fanclub meeting, but mainly gals being pals, which seems to be the theme of the new album). AND they put out yet another concert DVD (they have done far more of those than studio albums), finally here's a peek at the very 1970's album cover of the forthcoming record - sweaters and jeans is certainly a different look for them.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
The Helpful SoulPeace For FoolsFirst Album1969Japan
Black Oak ArkansasWe Help Each OtherIf An Angel Came To See You, Would You Make Her Feel At Home?1972USA
Tom JonesHelp YourselfHelp Yourself1968UK (Wales)
L.A. Takedown Hugs On The BeachOur Feeling Of Natural High (N)2020 (Castle Face)USA
Califone Snow Angel V2Echo Mine (N)2020 (Jealous Butcher)USA
Haru Nemuri Ai Yori Tashikana Mono Nante Nai
("Trust Nothing But Love")
Lovetheism EP (N)2020 (TO3S)Japan Ai No Katachi
("The Shape Of Love")
Aiga Chikyu Sukuunsa! Datte Dempagumi.Inc Wa Family Desho (N - forthcoming album)
("Love Will Save The Earth! Because Is A Family")
2020 (Meme Tokyo/Toy's Factory)Japan
Caribou You & ISuddenly (N)2020 (City Slang)Canada
Smoke Fairies Super TremeloDarkness Brings The Wonders Home (N)2020 (Year Seven)UK
Nada Surf Something I Should DoNever Not Together (N)2020 (Barsuk)USA
Maximum The HormoneKoi No Sperm
("Sperm Of Love")
Yoshu Fukushu ("Prepare For Vengeance")2013Japan
Black MountainStormy HighIn The Future
Black MountainWucanIn The Future
Black MountainBright LightsIn The Future
Black SabbathThe WizardBlack Sabbath1970UK
Led ZeppelinIn My Time Of Dying (trad.)Physical Graffiti1975UK
Ilmo SmokehouseDevil Take My GrandmaIlmo Smokehouse1971USA
ZZ TopEl DiabloTejas1976USA
Jon WayneTexas WineTexas Funeral1985USA
Bluesiana Triangle
(Dr. John, Art Blakey & David "Fathead" Newman)
Shoo Fly Don't Bother Me (trad.)Bluesiana Triangle1990USA
Stephen Malkmus ACC KirtanTraditional Techniques (N)2020 (Matador)USA
Richard Dawson The Queen's Head2020 (N)2019 (Weird World)UK
(Sandy) Alex G CrimeHouse Of Sugar (N)2019 (Domino)USA
black midi WesternSchlagenheim (N)2019 (Rough Trade)UK
Black Lips GentlemanThe Black Lips Sing . . . In A World That's Falling Apart (N)2020 (Fire)USA
MV & EEDrone OffcutHick Smoke2010USA
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