Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Another week, another Mercury music section to pack with your sunscreen as you set sail on the ship of dead souls that is the KISS Kruise ("Wet, Wild & Rockin’"). How cruel, someone put KISS makeup on that poor, bloated manatee. What's that? That's not a manatee? It's Gene Simmons? Christ, he looks terrible. Um, can I still run over him with my boat?

It took a handful of years, and three records, for Jason Isbell to establish himself as a solo artist. It also took a few years for his absence to completely ruin his former band, the Drive-By Truckers.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - "Alabama Pines"

Author and musician—just like my idolAlina Simone walks the fine line between humor (in print) and tragedy (in song).

Alina Simone - "Beautiful Machine"

Gentlemen, fire up those vaporizers and pay your respect to underappreciated stoner metal kings, Orange Goblin.

Orange Goblin - "Blue Snow"

End Hits: Peter Criss will also be on that cruise, but sadly he'll be cooking at the buffet's omelette station. "Beth I hear you calling/But I can't come home right now/Me and the boys are cooking Denver omelettes/And we just can't find the cubed ham..."