Kim Gordon and J Mascis have known each other for years, and even lived relatively close to each other for a while in Western MA, but this marks the first time the two have released music together. "Abstract Blues" is a monster of a single, with the only surprise being how straightforward of a rock song it is. Well... as straightforward of a rock song that Kim Gordon and J Mascis could be involved with. The song originally dates back to last year when the two wrote and performed it for SMooCH, a benefit for Seattle Children's Hospital. It's an absolute dream pairing that sees Gordon's raw vocals over what is pretty much a song long Mascis guitar solo for almost three minutes. If you're a fan of either (and who isn't?), this is a must listen. The song also features a B-side of "Slow Boy," which is decidedly more punk. It starts off with almost thirty seconds of pure feedback before erupting into Mascis' guitar and Gordon's intense growling vocals. It feels like a cover of a classic punk song, but I'll be damned if I can place it.
You can listen to "Abstract Blues" below. The single is available now through Sub Pop Records' singles club. You can get your copy here. For more on Kim Gordon, check out the artist's website. For J Mascis, you can find his website here.