August 2018 Album Releases (Week One)

— 8/1 —

-Violet Cold: Sommermorgen (Pt. III) – Nostalgia

-Cindy Lee: Model Express

-Crossfaith: EX_MACHINA

— 8/2 —

-iKON: New Kids – Continue

— 8/3 —

-Lord of the Lost: Thornstar

-Diesel: 30 (The Greatest Hits)

-Iggy Azalea: Surviving the Summer EP

-Mac Miller: Swimming

-Amanda Shires: To The Sunset

-Felicita: Hej!

-Gabe Gurnsey: Physical

-Rezz: Certain Kind of Magic

-cupcakKe: Blackjack

-Dorian Concept: The Nature of Imitation

-Deaf Havana: Rituals

-Elephant Micah: Genericana

-Rat Columns: Sometimes We’re Friends

-Little Ugly Girls: Little Ugly Girls

-Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones: Vicious Circles

-Izzy True: SadBad

-Baseball Gregg: Sleep

-GIVERS: Movin’ On

-The Love Language: Baby Grand

-Loose Tooth: Keep Up

-Shy Boys: Bell House

-The Alan Parsons Project: Eye in the Sky (Reissue)

-Big Bad Hats: Lightning Round

-Campdogzz: In Rounds

-Free Cake For Every Creature: The Bluest Star

-GULP: All Good Wishes

-lovelytheband: finding it hard to smile

-Lucero: Among the Ghosts

-Spirit Animal: Born Yesterday

-YG: Stay Dangerous

-Halcyon Way: Bloody But Unbowed

— 8/4 —

-Albur!: Pinnacle

Advertisements

Playlist Challenge, Day 449

Nelly, P. Diddy, and Murphy Lee — “Shake Ya Tailfeather”

Album of the Week: Orgy’s Punk Statik Paranoia

Given that Orgy is touring this fall, I have decided to indulge in a refresher course, so to speak. My album for this week is their 2004 release Punk Statik Paranoia.

New Music (7/23 — 7/29)

Hespera: “Remnants of Existence”

Oh, Weatherly: “Chasing California”

The Treatment: “Let’s Get Dirty”

Judas Priest: “No Surrender”

Springbrooke: “End of the Line”

Beartooth: “Disease”

Set It Off: “Killer in the Mirror”

Aesthetic Perfection ft. Nikki Misery: “Bye Bye Bye” (NSYNC cover)

Fozzy: “Burn Me Out”

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators: “Driving Rain”

Unearthly Trance: “Mechanism Error”

Psychostick: “You Can (Maybe) Do It”

Make Them Suffer: “27”

Opia: “Ascend”

New Years Day: “Disgust Me”

Doro ft. Johan Hegg: “If I Can’t Have You, No One Will”

Graham Bonnet Band: “Livin’ in Suspicion”

Bobaflex: “Off With Your Head”

Metal Allegiance: “Voodoo of the Godsend”

Conan: “Vexxagon”

Crossfaith: “Catastrophe”

Hands Like Houses: “Overthinking”

Vista: “Witch Hunt”

Monster Truck: “Evolution”

Vherbal ft. Brett Carlisle: “Inside My Walls”

Weekly Focus: Wednesday 13, Day Seven

Wednesday 13 — “Come Out and Plague,” from the album Monsters of the Universe: Come Out and Plague (2015).

Bands You Should Know: Ward

I found Ward on Instagram, after he left a gracious comment on one of my posts. He then reached out and asked if I would consider his music for this blog.

Based in Los Angeles, Ward is the vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for a band of the same name. The first song I listened to was “Stand Me,” and I was visited with a Coldplay vibe, mixed with a little Brendon Urie.

Then, I checked out “Crush.” More rock-oriented, this track put me in mind of The Killers and Queens of the Stone Age.

A third song, “Soothe the Soul,” had a touch of The Police.

This is the brilliance of Ward. The music ranges from alternative to rock, from post-punk to new wave to pop, from Panic! at the Disco to Depeche Mode to The Smiths. This expansive dose of creativity is paired with a powerful, passionate voice and beautifully honest lyrics in a combination that isn’t quite like anything out there currently.

Ward is diverse and eclectic. You never know exactly what you’re going to get with each new song, but you can rest assured it will be interesting ear candy that belongs on your playlist. “Crush” is my favorite track that I’ve heard so far. And this year, Ward is donating 100% of the sales of “Crush” to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Visit Ward’s official site, or connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, and/or YouTube.

For added fun, listen to Ward’s take on a Rolling Stones classic, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”