Compiled here is a list of what this author has been listening to this week.
A Spotify playlist is below with some of my favorite tracks of the week. What have you been listening to?
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Iron Maiden in Nashville
Just 24 hours before the show, a friend called up and invited me to use an extra ticket for an Iron Maiden/Megadeth show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Thursday night. I’ll be honest, I have no clue about Iron Maiden or Megadeth in terms of music (the jeers are expected). I will tell you that I had a great time. Eddie was in full-force, appearing behind the stage several times—as expected—on stilts. After my friend told me about the insane politics of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine—very odd beliefs—I was a little underwhelmed with their performance. Iron Maiden slayed us even in our nose-bleeder seats.
New Neko Case album
After as much anticipation as any album of late, Neko Case has finally released "The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You." As a fan, I’ve listened to the album a few times, and it grows on me. A few tracks are among the best she’s written—"Night Comes In" and "Bracing for Sunday," for example—but I’m not sure the entire album works as well as, say, "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood." Still, a new Neko Case album is cause for celebration. We’ll most likely see her perform live in Atlanta on Oct. 24.
The Julie Ruin EP
The Julie Ruin is a New York-based band that you’re either going to love or completely hate. It’s all about the lead singer, Kathleen Hanna, and her piercing voice. There’s more to the story, however. Hanna, a founder of the legendary feminist punk band Bikini Hill, suffered for years from an undiagnosed case of Lyme disease. The Julie Ruin is her return. The band just this week released their first official video (see below). Their first EP, "Run Fast," was released Sept. 3.
Vinyl reissues: White Stripes/Nirvana
With analog recording becoming, once again, the new normal, a ton of wonderful records are getting spotlight reissues. This week, we have vinyl reissues of "Elephant" by the White Stripes and Nirvana’s "MTV Unplugged in New York." The former includes the mega-hit "Seven Nation Army," and the latter is, simply, one of the best acoustic albums ever recorded from a band at its prime.
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