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HIGHLY SUSPECT – MCID
MCID, Highly Suspect‘s album (and first as a four-piece), is already dividing fans with the addition of hip-hop into their sound. Singer Johnny Stevens even takes on a rap alias as “Terrible Johnny” on a track that features rapper Young Thug. However, that track is immediately followed up by a track in collaboration with French metalheads Gojira.
MCID is not just the third full length project from three guys who approach the rock genre with a hip hop ethos, but it’s a family meeting and an apology from singer Johnny Stevens whose lyrics demand accountability from himself and urge him to be more honest and to conquer the demons that made him who he is.
A recent addition to the band’s lineup is one of their lifelong friends, Matt Kofos. Kofos has been touring with them for years, has lived with them, and completes the puzzle in Highly Suspect’s unbroken journey to translate their music from record to stage. This is what MCID is, it’s a family, a movement, and one hell of an album.
NIRVANA – MTV UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK 25TH ANNIVERSARY VINYL REISSUE
Nirvana‘s classic MTV Unplugged In New York performance has received a 25th anniversary vinyl reissue.
In addition to the 14 songs from the original album/broadcast, side D features five rehearsal performances of “Come As You Are”, “Polly”, “Plateau”, “Pennyroyal Tea” and David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World”. All five rehearsal performances were previously only available on DVD.
R.E.M. – MONSTER 25TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE
Along with Out of Time and Automatic for the People, Monster was one of R.E.M.‘s biggest selling albums and their last to go multi-platinum.
The classic grunge/alternative rock album turned 25 at the end of September. The standard edition of the 25th anniversary reissue is available on 2LP or 2CD.
If you want even more Monster in your life, the 5CD/1Blu-ray deluxe version includes the remastered & remixed versions of the album, demos, and the band’s 6/3/95 live show in Chicago.
TAYLOR HAWKINS & THE COATTAIL RIDERS – MIDDLE CHILD
The third single from the upcoming Taylor Hawkins & the Coattail Riders album features Hawkins’ fellow-Foo Fighter, Dave Grohl on additional guitar.
TAME IMPALA – IT MIGHT BE TIME
Tame Impala‘s long-awaited fourth album arrives on Valentine’s Day. This week, t(he)y released the second single from the upcoming The Slow Rush.