Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Wrong Creatures


BRMC founding member Peter Hayes first came to prominence at age 21 in the late ‘90s as guitarist and bass player for the now infamous Brian Jonestown Massacre. His stint with the BJM is featured prominently in the critically heralded award winning music documentary DiG! from 2004. Following his departure in 1998 Hayes formed the San Francisco based power trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (named after Marlon Brando’s bike gang from the 1953 film The Wild One) with high school friend Robert Levon Been on bass (son of Michael Been from The Call) and Nick Jago on drums (since replaced by Leah Shapiro). 20 years on Hayes & Co remain loyal to the cause of fuzzed out reverb drenched American gothic. Wrong Creatures, their eighth album in two decades and first in five years, is a sprawling 12 song epic almost one hour in duration featuring no less than 5 tracks in the 6-minute range. Perhaps a bit too lengthy and polished in places Wrong Creatures dares to stray ever so slightly away from the hard rocking psychedelic roots of previous BRMC records but not so far as to loose itself completely.

Rating: 7.5/10



Song Of The Day Club Top 10 Albums Of 2017

2017 Top 10

Song Of The Day Club Top 10 Albums Of 2017

  1. The Orwells   Terrible Human Beings
  2. Ty Segall   Ty Segall
  3. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard   Polygondwanaland
  4. The Mavericks   Brand New Day
  5. Gorillaz   Humanz
  6. Dan Auerbach   Waiting On A Song
  7. The Flaming Lips   Oczy Mlody
  8. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales   Room 29
  9. Half Japanese   Hear The Lions Roar
  10. Big Wreck   Grace Street

The 30 Most Uncompromising Albums of 2017

30 uncompromising albumsThe 30 Most Uncompromising Albums of 2017

Algiers   The Underside Of Power

Alt-J   Relaxer

Dan Auerbach   Waiting On A Song

Chuck Berry   Chuck

Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales   Room 29

Corridor   Supermercado

Robert Cray   Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

Dave Davies   Open Road

Dirty Projectors   Dirty Projectors

The Dogs   Death By Drowning

Bob Dylan   Triplicate

Father John Misty   Pure Comedy

The Feelies   In Between

The Flaming Lips   Oczy Mlody

Foxygen   Hang

Grizzly Bear   Painted Ruins

Guided By Voices   August By Cake

Half Japanese   Hear The Lions Roar

Aldous Harding   Party

Dhani Harrison   In///Parallel

The Jesus And Mary Chain   Damage And Joy

Valerie June   The Order Of Time

Kacy & Clayton   The Siren’s Song

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard   Flying Microtonal Banana

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard   Polygondwanaland

Ty Segall   Ty Segall

Ringo Starr   Give More Love

Steel Panther   Lower The Bar

Thundercat   Drunk

Tinariwen   Elwan



#1 Corridor – Supermercado


For yesterday’s exciting new smash sounds, today, look no further than Corridor, Montreal’s hottest new underground art rock quartet. Dominic Berthiaume (bass & vocals) Jonathan Robert (vocals, guitar & synths) Julian Perreault (guitar) and Julien Bakvis (drums & percussion) make up the four essential ingredients behind the fab nu low-fi guitar-centric rock sensation that is Corridor. And much like the McCartney lyric, “I go back so far I’m in front of me”, so it is with Corridor, their early ‘70’s New York underground art vibe so retro and yet so legit it sounds altogether fresh and new. One has to go back to 1974 for Television’s first ever gig at CBGBs to feel the kind of integrity three guitars and a drum can inspire. With two full-length albums in two years and a six song EP from 2013 to their credit, Corridor are perfectly poised for continued success. Stay tuned.

Rating: 9/10

#2 Robert Cray – And Hi Rhythm


Thirty-seven years ago in the spring of 1980 twenty-seven year old Robert Cray released his first album Who’s Been Talkin’. At the time he was one of the shiny new kids of the youthful burgeoning blues scene of the early 1980’s that included Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Healy, Colin James and a host of others. Some 20 odd albums and five Grammy Awards later in a career spanning four decades 64-year-old Cray has firmly established himself as one of the elder statesman of the blues. For his latest album Cray has teamed up with two seasoned blues elders, R&B soul giants Charles and Leroy Hodges of the legendary Hi Rhythm Section. Recorded at Willie Mitchell’s historic Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm joyfully channels the spirit of those original Hi Records recordings, celebrating their magic in the atmosphere of the same room in the same building by many of the same folks who contributed to all those hit soul records from Al Green in the early 1970’s. Pure magic!

Rating: 9/10

#3 Alt J – Relaxer


English indie rock band Alt-J, also known (in the fashion of “the artist formerly known as” Prince) by the triangle shaped symbol for the 4th letter in the Greek alphabet (typed out on an Apple Mac using the key sequence Alt+J) are celebrating their 10th anniversary with the release of their third album in five years. After having survived both winning the British Mercury Prize for their debut record in 2012 and losing founding member Gwil Sainsbury in 2014, the Leeds trio are back with their first album of new material in three years. Hot on the heels of the meteoric success of their #1 2014 sophomore record, Relaxer knowingly ambles along under the heavy burden of high expectations and big shoes to fill. A wonderfully odd and unexpected album, uneven in parts, the overall success of Relaxer is largely due to the strength of its singles and individual tracks “In Cold Blood” and “Hit Me Like That Snare”. Enjoyable, intriguing and bewildering all at once.

Rating: 7.5/10