Shudder to Think, "Baby Drop"
Your Choice Records was a DIY label that mostly (entirely?) released live records by established bands. I've got several of them, and they're all very good records. Here, Shudder to Think is in fine form, and this album almost functions like a greatest hits record.
Colossus is a collaboration betweeen Ayatollah and Widowmaker, with an instrumental hip-hop record coming out of the partnership, which was created using Kickstarter. The compositions are pretty big, and they feel more like full songs, not just beat demos. It's a nice one to check out if you like this track.
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, "Mistakes & Regrets"
You know, I always think of Madonna as the first Trail of Dead record, but it's not. I've never heard the actual debut. Huh.
Anyway, Trail of Dead are just so incredibly earnest in what they do, it's hard not to root for them. They do a good job of combining prog and punk rock in a way that sounds organic and not just fussy or weird. Well, mostly. The records actually vary a fair bit in the success of merging their two halves, but Madonna is a solid one.
Merle Haggard, "White Line Fever"
"White Line Fever" was also the name of an expansion to Games Workshop's crappy Mad Max knock-off game Dark Future, which is what it'll always be associated with in my head. I actually lost my copy of that game in a move, and despite knowing it wasn't very good, I also still miss it and want it back. Among other things, I'd like to verify that it wasn't very good. It's a sickness.
That groove is mighty, it sounds like a turbine gone wrong.