The Sands of Time

Every now and again, I feel the need to create an eclectic playlist filled with many of the genres of music I love. This playlist starts with 100 songs and will continue from there. The playlists I create are always ongoing stories. The Sands of Time is no exception.

This playlist has tailored ups and downs and also a couple of spots where it is designed to "hangout" for a few, notably when Radiohead and The Promise Ring collide. I also go against my previous rule of not grouping artists together. It seems to work because of the abundance of variety throughout.

I think of the Sands of Time as a Summer playlist that celebrates life and the world we live in while also recognizing the peaks and valleys around every corner.

The Bronx - "IV" - One of the best rock records I have heard this year

I discovered IV by The Bronx on Rdio this week as it showed up in my Heavy Rotation section, which highlights albums listened to the most by people I follow there.. Released earlier this year, this is the band's fourth album and I have never heard of them. I clicked play and instantaneously thought this is the type of album that I search and wait for constantly. This is pure, honest, energetic rock. This album sounds like a cage match between Middle Class Rut and The Vines which is then interrupted by White Lung and then bombarded by and finished off by, earlier Local H.

There is nothing fancy on this album. It is straight ahead, straight forward rock driven by great raw melodies and bite sized hooks. While it is easy to recommend IV as a whole, there is a 1,2,3 punch that stands out to me with "Youth Wasted", "Too Many Devils", and "Pilot Light". Those three songs in a row comprise a good meaty portion of what this album has to offer. This album does not relent and I would not want it any other way. 

I am  glad that bands are still creating albums like this. With this album, The Bronx have earned a spot on my running playlist, Best of 2013.

Turn it loud up on Rdio.

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The Bronx (IV)
By The Bronx