War On Women – Pro-Life: War on Women rock. They play punk rock with a message. Kick ass live and on record. They are the first of many Baltimore on this mix.
Priests – Design Within Reach: DC based, politically charged punk. Singer Katie screams her way through this ripper and the rest of the band rock the way through.
Jail Solidarity – No Fly List: Jail Solidarity is another DC band. They are kind of like Swans. Pummeling riffs. Screams. Can you see a theme here for this mix?
Bloody Knives – Too Far Gone: These Austin shoegaze/noise/metal deliver on this track off of their 2014 split with Screen Vinyl Image.
The Body and Thou – Terrible Lie (nine inch nails cover: Two forces of nature. One classic track. An epic cover that transforms the original into a hellish nightmare.
The Soft Pink Truth – Maniac [written by Hellhammer]: Drew Daniel of Matmos has a side project that is house music, and this track is from his collection of black metal covers done in his electronic style.
Obnox – All Hail The Dee Jay: I do not know much about this artist, but decided to give the album this is from, a spin, and really enjoyed it.
Four Fists – MMMMMHMMMM: This super group features Astronautalis, and that is pretty much all you need to know. Oh yeah, plus P.O.S! What????
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat – Weekend Train: ESMB is a two piece from Baltimore. This is one of their more subdued tracks, just bass and Ed’s voice, singing about what you see on a weekend train.
Raindeer – Slayer: They have been a staple on the Baltimore scene for a few years. They are a lot of fun live, and their infectious energy comes through in their records.
Wildhoney – Tea Leaves: Wildhoney keeps the Baltimore trend running with their brand of shoegaze goodness. Dreamy and fuzzy and rocking.
Roomrunner – Ms. DNA: Roomrunner change it up a bit on their J Robbins recored 2014 Accidental Guest release, Separate. The noise rock crew was joined by J Robbins and recorded this EP in Baltimore.
Dark Blue – Sounds Like Hell On Earth: Former Clockcleaner and Puerto Rican Flowers frontman’s newest band features vocals similar to PRF while losing the synths and punk of his other projects for a straight up rock release.
California X – Summer Wall, Pt. 1: I do not know much about this band. This song and the release it is from, are pretty rocking.
SPORTS – You’re So Sorry: I love Sports. They are a new favorite of mine.
Nots – Strange Rage: Punk with some noise. Female vocals. Awesome.
The Sidekicks – Jesus Christ Supermalls: They might be the Band of Horses little brothers vocally, but they have their own sound and vibe, and it shines through on this track.
The Gotobeds – Wasted On Youth/Melted Candle: They are fun live and on this record. I can see big things for this crew.
Black Clouds – And Then I Dove: Post metal from DC, I finally caught them live opening for A Place to Bury Strangers, and was thoroughly impressed.
Mount Eerie – This: I thought this track fit nicely to slow it down a bit before the end.
Bjork – History of Touche: Bjork is on fire. Her newest album is one of her strongest. I really dig it and became a fan again, almost twenty years after first listening to her.
Elisa Ambrogio – Superstitious: Magik Markers singer and guitarist recently released this solo record. You can feel the emotion come through in her singing and her guitar playing. I saw her on tour for this once so far, and look forward to time number 2 in a couple months with Six Organs of Admittance. Also, she is one of the nicest people.
Photo of War on Women by me (at their Metro Gallery record release show)