Deap Vally’s Femijism has quickly become one of my favorite and most played albums of all time. Their fierce, intelligent rock would’ve fit perfectly in the early 90s Riot Grrrl/Grunge era, but it also absolutely relevant now. The standout track “Smile More” is my new theme song. Other tracks of note are “Royal Jelly” and “Post Funk,” but the whole album is magnificent.
I’m very sad to read about Chris Cornell’s death. Nirvana and Pearl Jam received more widespread attention, but Chris Cornell’s Temple of the Dog and Soundgarden bands were a driving force in the early days of grunge. And on into his more recent Audioslave and solo days, he remained one of my favorite male vocalists. His voice was extraordinarily powerful and unique, as was his music.