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February 10, 2021

The Midweekly – Quelle Chris & Chris Keys

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Story arcs, character development, drama, comedy, politics, social awareness. All the things that make a good season of television. Or in this case, a great record. Innocent Country 2 is the latest collaboration from Detroit rapper Quelle Chris, and Oakland producer/musician Chris Keys. QC’s rhymes are top notch, confident in himself, smart in his observations about the times we live in, and genuinely funny, too. With guests, including Earl Sweatshirt, Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards), and others rotating in, the verses are tight and plentiful, and the hooks are irresistible. CK’s classical trained piano/keyboard skills are humble, but they do shine. The music ranges between funk, jazz, and even gets into strange territory. Laid back in mood, abundant in quality. The album opens with a sort of recap of the previous “season,” and interspersed are segues of clever sketches and monologues that give the whole work a conceptual feeling. But don’t worry, you won’t need to catch up to enjoy this sequel. 

February 10, 2021

The B-Side: Agent Orange

The debut album from SoCal punk legends Agent Orange turns 40 this year, and Living in Darkness remains one of the most influential albums of that era. Seamlessly fusing skate punk, surf rock and hardcore, the album showed that punk could be pushed beyond the relatively limited sound of the time and still be absolutely, 100% punk. They helped expand the possibilities of an entire genre, and that alone is reason enough to revisit this classic. Lucky for us, a special 40th anniversary edition has been available from Posh Boy Records for two years. Whether that’s due to poor impulse control on behalf of the label or proof that time travel is real, it’s still a win we’ll take.

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