Ehren Starks returns! "Cry Wolf" on Magnatune

Last year when I did my 100 favorite albums, I put Ehren Starks' The Depths of a Year at number 74. It had been 11 years since his last album, Lines Build Walls, and there were no signs of a third album in sight.

And then Cry Wolf dropped out of the sky unexpectedly. It was actually released in June of this year, but I hadn't caught wind of it until recently. I've given it a few good listens, and I do believe it's every bit as good as Depths.

It's really great, powerful instrumental music. It's not just background noise – it's worth, and rewards, sitting down and just listening. (A habit, I'm afraid, people have gotten out of.)

Go give it a listen, you'll be very happy you did.

Check it Out: Death to the Planet by The Comet is Coming

Don't recall how I stumbled on this one, exactly, but one of my Saturday morning music searches led me to a post on Bandcamp's blog about The Comet is Coming.

If you like instrumental music in the vein of Material, or early trippy Pink Floyd, I'd recommend checking this one out.

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My favorite 100 albums of all time: #83 ("Hallucination Engine")

cover_271202172009 Today's pick, Hallucination Engine by Material is a bit of a sharp departure from the likes of The Who, L7, Rollins Band, and the rest of the list so far – excepting, perhaps, Steven Jessie Bernstein.

Where I mostly go for straight-forward classic rock, hard rock, or alternative, Hallucination Engine mostly instrumental, or only features background chants or singing – and much of that not in English, so that the vocals are also treated as another instrument or texture in the fabric of the song.

Hallucination Engine is one of two records on this list that I bought based entirely on the strength of a review. When I got it home, I had little idea what to expect, just that it was highly recommended. Turns out, I really enjoyed it.

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