Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tom Morello & Zack De La Rocha Both Have New Songs Out

Tom Morello at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival
First up is a new song from Tom Morello's Nightwatchman persona, which has seen him dabble more in the acoustic folk song realm of music. "Marching On Ferguson" is, of course, a protest song inspired by the death of Michael Brown and the protests that followed it. It's available free at Ferguson October, but donations are being accepted to assist protesters in paying legal bills associated with any arrests during the protests. Politics aside, the song is good, but not great. It's the closest The Nightwatchman has gotten to Rage Against the Machine yet. It's basically a blues song with Morello's signature riffs and solos from his time with Rage. If you've read this far, you probably need to check it out.

Run the Jewels (aka Killer Mike and El-P) have a second free album coming out soon, and they just released a new song for it. If you're releasing a free album, why not include Zach De La Rocha in a rare appearance? "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" is one of the best hip hop songs of the year. De La Rocha only appears on the final verse, and he's his usual brilliantly angry self. Run the Jewels is also one of the best hip hop collaborations out there, so you'll want to pick up their album as soon as it comes out. And, hey, it'll be free!

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