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It's been seven years since the release of Cobalt's Gin, a masterful metal album that's savage in its bleakness and made distinct by the warped, inventive work of multi-instrumentalist Erik Wunder. In the time since, Wunder has been busy with his fuzzy Americana act Man's Gin and touring in Jarboe's live band, but Cobalt is a pillar of American extreme metal — and deserving of more devastation.

In January 1997, the poet Miller Williams stood on the steps of the Capitol at President Bill Clinton's second inauguration and read a poem he'd written about our country:

We have memorized America,

how it was born and who we have been and where.

In ceremonies and silence we say the words,

telling the stories, singing the old songs.

We like the places they take us. Mostly we do.

Who you are and who people think you should be are often two very different things. Nigel Holt, the singer-songwriter/producer who performs under the moniker HXLT, knows this all too well.

The band School of Seven Bells wrote its final album together in 2012, but it's only now being released. They didn't know it at the time, but one of the band's two members, Benjamin Curtis, was about to be diagnosed with cancer. He died the following year at the age of 35.

Dr. Dog On World Cafe

Feb 5, 2016

With seven albums, four EPs, seven 7" vinyl records and one live set under its belt, the Philadelphia rock outfit Dr. Dog released its eighth full-length LP Friday. For this record, The Psychedelic Swamp, the band revisited and re-recorded songs from a set of experimental cassette recordings it had made in 2000.

"These are just the strongest melodies and the strongest ideas that occurred to me over a three to four year period, distilled."

During the climactic final scene of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Brad Fiedel's moody, pummeling synth score turns tender as industrial sounds clang in the background. That melody is as seared into viewers' memory as the scene itself. So it's hard to shake that melody from the first half of Good Willsmith's "What Goes In The Ocean Goes In You," which is centered on a modal, minor key as synths whir to life around it.

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