Music Recommendation: Reigning Sound

I rarely–if ever–use my blog to push a tastemaker agenda, but I’m doing it now. And you are powerless to stop me! HA HA HA HA!!!

Anyway, if you like rock music–including sub-genres like rockabilly, punk, blues, garage or any mixture of these–you will like Reigning Sound. Who are they? Just a bunch of great musicians that influenced the Memphis garage rock explosion of the ’90s and early ’00s, thanks to involvement in bands like The Oblivians and Compulsive Gamblers. Their songs are rooted in love, heartbreak, loss and all those silly feelings things. If you’ve felt it in a relationship, they’ve probably recorded a song about it.

To get to my main point, Reigning Sound put out a fantastic EP, Abdication… For Your Love, last year–one of my favorite albums of 2011. Like the rest of their albums, you probably have not heard it. But here’s the kicker: you can, and you can do so for free. WHA? Are you advocating digital piracy, Genial Black Man? you are probably asking the computer. NO I AM NOT.

In fact, you can download it legitimately and for FREE. The band partnered with automaker Scion (owned by car giant/evil overlord Toyota) as part of their “Audio Visual” music marketing push, and you can get it here: http://www.scionav.com/collection/852/Scion-A/V-Presents:-Reigning-Sound—Abdication…For-Your-Love. Hell, you can even listen to it before downloading it. But as someone that is listening to it right now, I wholeheartedly recommend nabbing the damn thing ASAP. In fact, I’ll think less of you if you don’t.

So that’s my soapbox moment for the day: download that Reigning Sound album. Do it for me, a random stranger that is trying to do some good in this world by guilting readers to carry out his wishes for some reason. You’re welcome.

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