New & Vintage Music Monday: Clutch and Down By Law


There’s a pretty standard hashtag used on Twitter these days called #musicmonday. The theory is that Twitter users share some music with each other to start the week. It’s a good idea but like most things on Twitter it’s really unfocused.

For my contribution I’ll add two songs a week. One will be new or at least current to highlight something I’m listening to a lot at the time. The other will be a vintage track form my library of seemingly a gazillion records. The vintage track will have to be at least ten years old and I hope to tie it into the new track in some way or at least have meaning to today’s music scene in general.

50,000 Unstoppable Watts
I’m a bit of a Clutch nerd and they’ve actually been around for over 15 years. They border on the alt-metal fringe but they always sound stripped down to me. On their new album Strange Cousins From The West that stripped feeling has never been more apparent. The disc is bluesier than some in the past and this is one of my favorite tracks of the disc. By the way, if you’re going to buy this album, buy the album. The disc packaging is one of the most intricate I’ve ever seen.

Clutch: 50,000 Unstoppable Watts

Down By Law, At Home In the Wasteland

Punk was going through some growing pains back in the early 1990s before Green Day broke everything crazy. Dave Smalley of Dag Nasty formed Down By Law and it was pop-punk in the best way, catchy hooks, guitar solos, and an upbeat vocal style. They sounded very little like Bad Religion or other angrier SoCal punk bands.

Down By Law: At Home In The Wasteland