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Patti Smith- "Banga"

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Legendary proto-punk, art rocker, and musical eccentric Patti Smith has a new album out this week titled Banga, which is actually somewhat of a nonsensical tribute to a fictional dog who waited 2000 years on the edge of Heaven for his master who had ventured in to speak with Jesus Christ. According to her, any dog that waited that long deserved a song.

And what a song it is. Smith's fierce vocal presentation spews abstraction after abstraction as her band rocks the tune with a wavy guitar riff and some shuffling drums. The sound of a howling dog pierces the background, even as the song reaches its loudest moments.

Banga is out now via Columbia. It's streaming on Spotify as well if you've got that available to ya.