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We've started poking around in locals' iTunes, iPods, Spotify playlists, CD players, cassette decks, turntables and brains with one question in mind: What are you listening to? We don't even care if it's good, we just want to know what the music community has been obsessing over, playing on repeat, picking apart, hating or turning people on to. Sometimes, these things even all happen at once.
Nevada Hill, guitarist for Denton metal trio Bludded Head and poster artist about town, filled us in on what he's been listening to, as the group gets ready to head off on tour in support of their new self-titled record. You can catch them back here on August 27, at Rubber Gloves.
"I have been listening to Harvey Milk more then anything else lately. I mainly listen to music while I'm driving. The album that has been on repeat in my car for a few days is Harvey Milk's My Love Is Higher Than Your Assessment of What My Love Could Be. I found out about this record through Aquarius Records' new releases several years ago. For some reason, listening to it reminds me of somebody's last breath after being mortally wounded, if a last breath takes 40 minutes.
"There are still many things to learn from this album on repeat listens. It is a lost scroll on how to make an interesting rock record. There is a cello that appears for 10 seconds on the first track, and then it goes into one of the most devastating riffs known to man. Then the cello never appears again through the entire album. I picked up the Harvey Milk's The Kelly Sessions at Aquarius Records this summer. I have been listening to that as a supplement.
"I have also been enjoying Burning Witch's Towers.... I heard an interview with [Harvey Milk's] Joe Preston on WFMU, in which he said that Burning Witch was the last band he ever really enjoyed, which speaks to how original the band was at the time."
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