Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Slowdive - Sugar for the Pill

Today brings welcome and excellent news, as reunited shoegaze wunderkinds Slowdive will be releasing their new, self-titled record on May 5th via Dead Oceans.  Hooray!  In the meantime, watch the video for the album's second single, "Sugar for the Pill" below.

Whitney cover Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is a national treasure, and i will fight to the death anybody who would imply otherwise. That being said, why aren't there more bands out there covering her songs?  Jazz, folk, and classic rock dabbling band Whitney have apparently heard the call, having just released a new 12" single featuring a cover of Lion's "You've Got A Woman" on the A-side and Dolly's "Gonna Hurry (As Slow as I Can)"on the B.  Listen to it below.  It's a wonderful take on the song, sounding like Whitney, but still serving as a loving tribute to the original.  Get it from Secretly Canadian.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Taiwan Housing Project

Like someone took a bunch of old new wave songs, re-recorded them with a group of no wave noise artists, and then put the finished project in a blender, the music of Taiwan Housing Project sounds like a wonderful and reckless deconstruction of pop.  Featuring former members of Little Claw and Harry Pussy, the band seems to want to please and punish your ear holes at the same time.  I'm all for it.  Listen to "Authentic Alien Perfume" below and pre-order the "Veblen Death Mask" LP from Kill Rock Stars.

Mountain Man - Love Hurts

I swear, i stop paying attention to the daily music releases from Our First 100 Days, and then there's so much excellent stuff to sort through.  A couple of days ago, we got a wonderful folky rendition of the classic rock staple "Love Hurts" from Mountain Man, which you should definitely listen to below.  When all is said and done, this project is going to finish off with an amazing collection of music.  You can still buy it here.

Future Islands - Ran

Next week brings us a new release from Future Islands.  "The Far Field" finds the band traversing their particular brand of synth pop to their usual dreamy and emotional heights.  Watch the video for "Ran" below and get the record from 4AD.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ron Gallo

A noisy mix of blues and garage rock, Nashville's Ron Gallo crafts music that feels like it's been pulled from time, gotten the shit shaken out of it, and then immediately broadcasted to the world.  Listen to "Why Do You Have Kids?" below and get the "Heavy Meta" LP from New West Records.

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Hailing from Chile, shoegazey pop three-piece Trementina make beautiful music that sounds like dreamy odes to neverending skies and the greater cosmos.  Listen to the delightful "Please, Let's Go Away" below and get the band's latest opus, "810," from Burger Records.

Pink Mexico

Still cycling through music from band's i wish i'd had a chance to check out during SXSW.  The latest is Brooklyn garage/punk rock band Pink Mexico.  Raucous, buzzy, fuzzy, surf-psych for the masses.  Listen to "Forgetting Everything" below and grab last year's "Fool" LP here in various formats via Burger Records and Big Tomato Records.

The Black Angels - Currency

Austin psych rock outfit The Black Angels are back at it in April with their new album of blasting drums and guitar freak-outs.  "Death Song" comes out officially on Record Store Day, but you can pre-order it here.  In the meanwhile, listen to "Currency" below with some disorienting, accompanying visuals.

Milk Music

Why didn't anyone tell me there was new music from Olympia, Washington band Milk Music out in the ether?  New record "Mystic 100's" is out now via Dom America, and it's full of hooky and contemplative guitar jams that fly a little more off the rails than previous efforts from the group.  I wouldn't say the band are entering experimental territory or anything like that, but it seems that they're maybe broadening their influences and input some.  I'm all for it.  Listen to "Twists & Turns & Headtrips" below.