Queens of the Stone Age - "Like Clockwork"

Although the cover art of this album, created by Boneface, is a nice warm and inviting color, the contrast of the skull man eating the woman is a more accurate portrayal of the album as a whole. Lyrically, this album can be compared to a dark cloud over a murky city. Joshua Homme was extremely depressed while writing this album (their first release in seven years), and this is reflected in the album's "raw as hell" n...

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Jon Hopkins - "Immunity"

Jon Hopkins is not an amateur musician seeking to please critics or new fans with a hyper-promoted album release. While many Americans may be unaware of the London-born musician, Hopkins has amassed a body of work that includes three solo albums prior to “Immunity,” several film scores, contributions to a variety of well-known acts such as Coldplay, David Holmes, Brian Eno, and King Creosote, as well as a handful...

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The Pastels - "Slow Summits"

"Slow Summits" is the first studio offering by The Pastels in nearly 16 years. The album was released on the band's own Domino Label, which has hosted such acts as Franz Ferdinand, Pavement, and Animal Collective. The Pastels were one of the early founders and supporters of the British indie movement know as Anorak, which later developed into the more widely known genre of twee pop. The band has narrowed its membersh...

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Required Listening - June 17 Playlist

This week's Required Listening was "Eat Your Vegetables" themed. Experience it again and again with the full playlist below: "Vegetables" || The Beach Boys "Big Eyed Beans from Venus" || Captain Beefheart "Jagged Fruit" || Deerhoof "So Long Old Bean" || Devendra Banhart "Kim's Watermelon Gun" || The Flaming Lips "Watermelon In Easter Hay" || Frank Zappa "Pumpkin Rose" || Helvetia "Watermelon Man" ||...

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Required Listening - June 10 Playlist

Below is a list of the songs played during this installment of Required Listening. Tune in next week to see what Sam puts together next! “What Do You Think of Love” || Shrimp Boat “Timbarma” || Ali Farka Toure “He’s a Mighty Good Leader” || Beck “I Feel As If I Might Be Vanishing” || The Caretaker  “The Violet Hour” || The Clientele “Dearly Departed” || Daedelus “Buck and ...

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