Thursday, May 25, 2017

Nick Hakim

New York artist Nick Hakim crafts an otherworldly style of R&B music, combining an almost lo-fi bedroom pop aesthetic with studio trip-hop beats and psychedelic soul.  The result is intoxicating pop.  Listen to "Bet She Looks Like You" below and snag the "Green Twins" LP from ATO Records.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Brian McOmber - The Triumph of Death

I was never a fan of Dirty Projectors, but evidently that band's former members always seem to catch my attention with their solo endeavors.  The most recent comes from their former drummer Brian McOmber and his score to the upcoming horror movie "It Comes at Night."  First and foremost, the film looks pretty good, and McOmber's score oozes dread and menace.  Listen to "The Triumph of Death" below, featuring coincidentally enough, Angel Deradoorian, another former member of Dirty Projectors.  And snag the soundtrack next month from Milan.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Downtown Boys - A Wall

It's a crazy, frightening, orb-filled world we live in, and good and confrontational political music is sometimes what we need to help get us through the bullshit every now and then.  Rhode Island punk rock band Downtown Boys are here to help.  New album, "Cost of Living," is due in August from Sub Pop, but you should definitely listen to the sax-infused "A Wall" below in the meantime.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Chromatics - Shadow

Did everybody watch the return of "Twin Peaks" last night?  Yeah, it was awesome.  Yeah, i'm confused to, but that's kind of the deal with David Lynch.  Anyway, channeling Julee Cruise, Chromatics showed up at episode's end performing at The Bang Bang Bar, and now "Shadow" is pretty much set as my internal soundtrack for the rest of the week.  Please let "Dear Tommy" come out this year.  Is that too much to ask?  Watch the new video for "Shadow" below.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blak Saagan

Come take a journey to the outer edges of the cosmos, the vast expanse of the universe ahead of us, and then soundtrack that journey with quirky synth melodies like something out of a 1960's educational film, and you've pretty much nailed the lovely, sweeping sounds of Italy's Blak Saagan.  New album "A Personal Voyage" is out next week on Maple Death Records, but listen to "Cavalcando la Cometa 67P" below and prepare for takeoff.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

GRYPT

It's dark and stormy in Austin today, so here is some adequately dark and stormy music from the hard to pin down LA trio GRYPT.  The group feels equal parts horror synth, 90's hip-hop, and darkwave pop, a kind of proto-witch house act for scoring surreal, street level nightmares.  Listen to "Tin Can Tomb" below and snag the "Tin Can Tomb (And Other Modern Interpretations of Hell)" EP here via Cleopatra Records.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Beach House - Chariot

Beach House has a collection of B-sides and rarities and what not coming out this summer on Sub Pop.  It's even got a Queen cover on it.  Anyway, listen to the dreamy (as expected), previously unreleased track "Chariot" below.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ball

Man, do the Swedes know how to make the most mind-expanding, head-exploding psych rock, or what?  The eponymous new record from gutter-psychedelic freaks Ball is a churning mix of burnout biker acid rock, occult synths, coke-fueled freakouts, and oh so much hedonism.  It's fucking fantastic.  Get the record from Subliminal Sounds and watch the demon and devil courting video for "Satanas" below.


RIP Chris Cornell

I hate waking up to news like this.  Soundgarden's Chris Cornell passed away last night at the age of 52.  There are no confirmed reports of cause of death yet, but regardless, it sucks.  I always wanted to emulate his singing style, hitting those unbelievable high notes, but alas, i failed every time.  Listen to "Head Down" below, one of my all time favorites.  RIP Chris Cornell.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Beach Fossils

Beach Fossils?  I remember these guys.  A little bit shoegaze, a little bit dreampop, a little bit jangly guitar pop...they were great.  Turns out they still are.  It's just been a few years since we last heard from them.  New album "Somersault" is out June 2nd on Bayonet.  Listen to the jangle pop meets trip-hop vibe of "Social Jetlag" below.