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STREAM: IGGY POP’S ‘POST POP DEPRESSION’


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There’s a whole lot going on within the lineup, lyrics, and ethos of Iggy Pop’s latest album Post Pop Depression. To start, Pop assembled what would be called an “all star cast” if this were a Hollywood feature; the band that helped create these 9 songs include Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, drummer Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys, and Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age and the Dead Weather. Each of them had an audible, crafting hand in making these songs what they are.

It would take far too much math to figure out how many albums Pop has put out previous to this one. It’s an illustrious career as the king of Punk and, according to Pop, this very well may be his last musical endeavor. Listening to the album, it’s clear this has been on his mind. Within the lyrics, there’s lots of introspection and autobiographically flowing thoughts (some with lots of cursing). “American Valhalla” starts with a mesmerizing charm of an instrumental opener and ends with the closeup growl of Pop repeating “I’ve nothing but my name” in a tone as if he had just realized this while recording the song. “Vulture” is exactly what the title implies: the circling of death or an empirical end that you alone can see floating close by. It’s a sad thought but maybe it’s not exactly Pop’s physical life that is nearing an end but his musical life. The album ends with the track “Paraguay,” which is basically Pop venting all his frustrations with the world around him an more or less telling everyone to fuck off while he escapes to a far off land to finally get some rest. It’s an entertaining and familiar way to go out, and one that he more than deserves.

Perhaps this was his last shout into the darkness. If it was, it would be easy to listen to this album on rotation until we all fire our last introspected shout next to his.

Give the album a listen before it’s release next week, Friday March 18, below curtesy of the fine folks at NPR.

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There’s a whole lot going on within the lineup, lyrics, and ethos of Iggy Pop’s latest album Post Pop Depression. To start, Pop assembled what would be called an “all star cast” if this were a Hollywood feature; the band that helped create these 9 songs include Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, drummer Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys, and Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age and the Dead Weather. Each of them had an audible, crafting hand in making these songs what they are.

It would take far too much math to figure out how many albums Pop has put out previous to this one. It’s an illustrious career as the king of Punk and, according to Pop, this very well may be his last musical endeavor. Listening to the album, it’s clear this has been on his mind. Within the lyrics, there’s lots of introspection and autobiographically flowing thoughts (some with lots of cursing). “American Valhalla” starts with a mesmerizing charm of an instrumental opener and ends with the closeup growl of Pop repeating “I’ve nothing but my name” in a tone as if he had just realized this while recording the song. “Vulture” is exactly what the title implies: the circling of death or an empirical end that you alone can see floating close by. It’s a sad thought but maybe it’s not exactly Pop’s physical life that is nearing an end but his musical life. The album ends with the track “Paraguay,” which is basically Pop venting all his frustrations with the world around him an more or less telling everyone to fuck off while he escapes to a far off land to finally get some rest. It’s an entertaining and familiar way to go out, and one that he more than deserves.

Perhaps this was his last shout into the darkness. If it was, it would be easy to listen to this album on rotation until we all fire our last introspected shout next to his.

Give the album a listen before it’s release next week, Friday March 18, below curtesy of the fine folks at NPR.

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