Saturday, August 30, 2014

Album Review: ‘Get Hurt [Deluxe Edition]’ by The Gaslight Anthem

Title:  Get Hurt [Deluxe Edition] (Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk, AllMusic, Wikipedia)
The Gaslight Anthem’s fifth full-length album Get Hurt is easily their most ambitious effort to date.  Opening with the trudging, stoner rock, blues infused “Stay Vicious” Get Hurt announces that this record is unlike any Gaslight Anthem album before it.  While having a punk heritage, Brian Fallon and company have never shied away from their love of straight up rock ‘n’ roll music and it is that love, especially of the classic rock of the 1970s and the inspirational arena rock of the 1980s, that is on full display here.  The record is dark and moody, but it’s not a downer or a depressing record, part in thanks to the big and uplifting choruses in songs like “1,000 Years,” “Rollin’ and Tumblin’,” and “Dark Places.”  Get Hurt is not a record that grabs you on the first listen; it requires time and patients and multiple listens before its brilliance finally sinks in.  With moments that range from Tom Petty to U2, this record proves that The Gaslight Anthem is a powerhouse of a band that has far more to offer than many previously believed.   




Sunday, August 24, 2014

K98X The Fringe Sunday Spotify Playlist 8/24

Well it's a day late but hopefully not a dollar short.  Here's this week's K98X The Fringe Sunday Playlist including new tracks from The Gaslight Anthem, The Copyrights, Jenny Lewis, The Muffs, Hard Girls, and Strand of Oaks along with stuff from Superchunk, Discount, Chad Price, the Hudson Falcons, The Tim Version, Zoinks!, and Northcote just to name a few.  Enjoy.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

K98X The Fringe Saturday Spotify Playlist 8/16

This week's K98X The Fringe Saturday Playlist includes new stuff from Nona, The Gaslight Anthem, Bob Mould, The Copyrights, Jenny Lewis, and Hard Girls along with stuff from the Hudson Falcons, Austin Lucas, Guided By Voices, Luther, and much more.  Check it out!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

K98X The Fringe Saturday Spotify Playlist 8/9

This week's K98X The Fringe Saturday Playlist includes new tracks from Bob Mould, 7 Seconds, Hard Girls,  Against Me!, The Gaslight Anthem, Beach Slang, Lawrence Arms, The Menzingers, Cheap Girls, Lilac Daze, Cayetana, and Jenny Lewis; classics from ALL, Pegboy, Inspiral Carpets, Archers of Loaf, Hagfish, The Jam, Dag Nasty, and Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine; and much more.  Check it out!


Saturday, August 02, 2014

K98X The Fringe Saturday Spotify Playlist 8/2

Here's the week two K98X The Fringe Saturday Spotify Playlist.  K98X The Fringe is going to be a 24/7 online alternative (for lack of a better term) radio station that focuses on punk (and its various sub-genres), alt country, indie rock, power pop, and college rock from the 1970s to today.  It's going to be a few months before the station launches so in the meantime I've decided to create weekly playlists on Spotify to give folks a sense of what's to come from K98X.  Check it out!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

K98X The Fringe Saturday Spotify Playlist

My podcast On the Fringes is transitioning into a 24/7 online alternative (for lack of a better term) radio station called K98X The Fringe.  It's going to be a fewe months before the station launches so in the meantime I've decided to create weekly playlists on Spotify to give folks a sense of what's to come from K98X.  The station will focus on punk (and its various sub-genres), alt country, indie rock, power pop, and college rock from the 1970s to today.  Check it out!