Guys, we need to talk. Everyone sit down for a second.
So, Dude Incredible is coming out on Tuesday. Shellac has been one of my favorite bands for about a decade, but one thing I'd say is that they've never put out a front-to-back killer of an album. Terraform, 1000 Hurts and Excellent Italian Greyhound each have at least one track that is legit bad, and even At Action Park has a few songs that grind on for too long. Dude Incredible has none of that. The first four songs are absolute shredders (the title track officially puts Shellac at 4/5 for perfect opening tracks) and the back half is kind of a side-long shred of an allegory about workers and masters and probably more than that. The motherfucker doesn't let up for half an hour, which is the perfect amount of time for an album to relentlessly kick your ass, and the riffs are every bit as massive as anything they've ever done. Most of this year I've been less than impressed with the new music, but in the past few months I've been heartened by the increasing level of great shit coming out. This and Pallbearer have put a huge check plus on the third quarter of the year.
Yeah, I've only listened once but I thought it was great.
Perfume Genius's new album is on NPR and definitely worth a listen. The new aggression in the electronics isn't carried throughout, but when it hits, it hits hard.