How well Spotify knows me…

Spotify punk rock

I’m not saying my Spotify listening is, uh, predictable in any way at the moment.

But maybe it is just a little bit.


Stick To Your Guns: From the first time I saw you I knew it was true

Stick To Your Guns Nobody punk rock metalcore screamo

The last couple of hours I’ve had Stick To Your Guns on repeat, particularly The Suspend, the last track off their 2016 EP for Pure Noise Records, Better Ash Than Dust.

The Suspend packs an emotional punch that I think I’ll notice in their other tracks only in retrospect, and even sounds a little like AFI in places (which, in my book at least, is no bad thing).

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Close Minded: If it’s not punk rock I’m never going to like it

Vision New Jersey hardcore punk rock

Before the likes of Spotify opened up a huge swathe of recorded music it seemed to be getting harder the older I got to find new, loud guitar music.

Discovering Epitaph’s Punk-O-Rama series was a key moment that opened up many bands that I’d heard of, but not heard (Bad Religon, NoFX and Rancid being the obvious ones), but also the entirely new (Beatsteaks, Undeclinable Ambuscade and I Against I).

To all intents and purposes my iTunes ‘punk rock’ genre (one of three punk genres I use, because at heart I’m a librarian) is anything that is, was, or sounds like it could be, on Epitaph.

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Dinosaur Jr’s Knocked Around and a heavy dose of guitar schralping

Dinosaur Jr Knocked Around video

Dinosaur Jr kicked off a US tour this week and to mark the occasion released a new video for Knocked Around that was filmed on their last tour.

Taken from the alt rock band’s outstanding 2016 album Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, Knocked Around is half mellow and contemplative, half thumpingly propulsive guitar work.

Or, as Otis Bperiod – who filmed the video – put it: “It is everything amazing about Dinosaur Jr: soft yet hard with J’s awesome sense of vocal melody and a heavy dose of guitar schralping! I shot the entire video live while on the most recent US tour, and in slow-mo and black and white to capture the way I see tour life.

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