Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LCD Soundsystem - tonite

Good news everyone, LCD Soundsystem released a new single from their upcoming return, the pulsing, electro-disco jam, "tonite."  Watch the video for the song below and get new album "American Dream" on September 1st.  That's just over two weeks away.  Holy shit!


Shabazz Palaces - Shine A Light

Shabazz Palaces put out one of my favorite songs of the year so far with "Shine A Light," from their "Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star" LP, and now they have an accompanying video.  And whoa, what a video.  Watch below and get the record (one of two the artists have released this year) from Sub Pop.


Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Experimental electronic artist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has a new album in the works, and here's a weird (and excellent) little track from it called "To Follow and Lead."  Listen below and get the upcoming new record "The Kid" from Western Vinyl in October.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ariel Pink - Feels Like Heaven

Ariel Pink's new album "Dedicated to Bobby Jameson" is out next month on Mexican Summer, and the artist has released another new track from the record, this time with the dreamy, 80's pop-tinged "Feels Like Heaven."  It's an airy and floating little jam, a wistful post summer tune for sunsets.  Listen below.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Wolf Eyes - No Hate

Following the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend that resulted in the death of 32-year old Heather Heyer at the hands of a white supremacist, noisy Detroit band Wolf Eyes have released a free experimental album called "No Hate" to help bolster the fundraising effort for a Go Fund Me campaign to aid Ms. Heyer's family.  Listen to the whole thing below, download it here, and donate here.


Carmen Villain (featuring Jenny Hval)

Here's a song from Norwegian/Mexican artist Carmen Villain's upcoming "Infinite Avenue" LP featuring fellow Norwegian Jenny Hval laying down some vocals.  "Borders" is a hushed and haunting looped track, churning and bubbling before Hval's feverish, escalating choruses, telling an abstract tale of racism and fear.  It's pretty amazing.  Listen below and get the LP from Smalltown Supersound.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

King Khan

October brings us some new garage shenanigans from King Khan...always a wonderful and good thing.  Listen to "It's a Lie" below and get the upcoming "Murderburgers" here.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ovef Ow

My methods of discovering new music over the years have remained relatively intact since i was a teenager (buying dollar bin stuff i've never heard of, record store clerk recommendations, music magazines, blogs, etc.), but they sure are taking the backseat lately, a result of the scores of wonderful bands and artists i find on Bandcamp.  It's truly invaluable for someone like me.  Anyway, this morning i came across a wonderful hybrid of post punk and surf rock from Chicago four-piece Ovef Ow.  Listen to the chugging "Working Girl" below and get the "Working" EP here.


Dale Crover

Melvins drummer Dale Crover just released a solo record, something that kind of feels like it was 30 years in the making.  "The Fickle Finger of Fate" finds the artist swerving all over the place across 20 tracks and 30+ minutes, but feels the most at home on the grungier punk tracks.  Listen to "Big Uns" below and cop the record from Joyful Noise.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Alice Glass - Without Love

I've been anticipating new music from Alice Glass ever since the artist's unamicable split from Crystal Castles, and her first solo single "Stillbirth" back in 2015.  So, it's awesome that she's got a new single out, "Without Love."  I certainly wasn't expecting it to be as poppy as it is, but i'm into it.  Watch the video below.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

King Dude - In The Eyes of The Lord (Country Version)

Gothic/rockabilly/dark folk artist King Dude loves to rework his old songs into something new every now and again, and most recently, he tackled older tunes "In The Eyes of The Lord" and "Why Must I Go On."  Originally from the 2011 album "Love," the single's A-side has been changed from an exotic, Gothic dirge into a dusty, dark country jam.  Listen below and get it from Not Just Religious Music.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Destroyer - Sky's Grey

I was unaware we had some new music from Destroyer in the pipeline, but lo and behold, we sure do.  New album "ken" is due in October on Merge.  Listen to the album's opening track and first single "Sky's Grey" below.


John Maus - COUNTER STRIKE!

Could it be?  New music from experimental synth pop musician John Maus on the horizon?  It's certainly been a while (2011).  Anyway, the artist just released a teaser video of sorts called "COUNTER STRIKE!" and a string of tour dates to boot, so maybe we have something to look forward to besides nuclear winter.  Watch the video below.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Stargazer Lilies - Enter the Black Lodge

It's everywhere i look.  "Twin Peaks" is everywhere i look.  I'm not even trying.  And most recently it presents itself in the new single from The Stargazer Lilies' upcoming album "Lost."  The Lynchian named "Enter the Black Lodge" is a beautiful, ominous swirl of sound, every bit as intoxicating as its namesake.  Listen below and pre-order the new album from Graveface here.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Dean Hurley

It's pretty safe to say that i've been on a bit of a "Twin Peaks" binge of late.  Ever since the premiere of the season 3, "The Return," several weeks ago, i've been glued to my television every Sunday night, and filling in the rest of the week with articles, viewings of the original series, "Fire Walk With Me," and oh so many music cues.  The music has all been fantastic, and true to all David Lynch's work, the ambient sound design in between songs is just as entrancing and important.  And so we have "Anthology Resource Vol. 1" from Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley, a collection of ambient work that has appeared on "The Return."  For Peaks obsessives, this is an essential listen, each piece of sound weaving its way into your brain and pulling you out.  Stream the whole thing below and download it here from Sacred Bones.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Couch Slut

Maybe the most abrasive thing i've heard this year, "Contempt," the new record from noisy New York metal band Couch Slut, is hard and brutal and rage-filled and...strangely beautiful too.  Listen to "Folk Song" below and get the record from Gilead Media.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Soccer Mommy

Here's a soft and dreamy little jam from New York artist Soccer Mommy.  There are a lot of songs about girls named Allison in this world.  Here's another one.  Watch the video below and get the "Collection" album from Fat Possum.


Friday, August 4, 2017

The Cribs

The Cribs are one of those bands that i've seen the name of a thousand times over the last several years, popping up on music blogs, or playing festival sets, but for some reason or another just never caught my ear.  But, i guess when you record and album with Steve Albini, it's going to pique my interest.  The UK act's new album "24-7 Rock Star Shit" is out next week on Wichita Recordings, and it's got that rough Albini flavor.  Listen to "Year of Hate" below.


Grouper - Children

Every purchase made on Bandcamp today raises money for the Transgender Law Center, so i encourage you to pad your collections today.  And while you're doing that, be sure to grab a new track from Grouper.  "Children" was recorded while the artist was making the "Ruins" LP, but for some reason or another didn't make the record.  But, it's available now.  Listen below and go buy it here.  Do something good today.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sleep ∞ Over

Man, it's been a long time since we last heard from Stefanie Franciotti's dreamy project Sleep ∞ Over (i saw her perform in a cold, damp warehouse on New Year's Eve way back in 2012), so new music from the artist is a welcome surprise this morning.  "Don't Wanna Hide" is a sensual and slinky little R&B jam, and hopefully a harbinger of more music in the near future.  Listen below.


Liars - The Grand Delusional

Still super stoked about Liars' latest album "TFCF" later this month, and the band (now just consisting of front man Angus Andrew) is keeping that excitement up with the release of another track from the upcoming record.  "The Grand Delusional" is an acoustic guitar driven tune that pulls from blues and lo-fi rock, smooshed and warbled and mutated all together.  It's lovely.  Listen below and get the record from Mute.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

METZ

Noise rock band METZ are back with a new album next month on Sub Pop.  Listen to the raucous and...noisy (of course) "Drained Lake" and be on the lookout for the "Strange Peace" LP in September.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Dream Syndicate

Did you know that The Dream Syndicate were back together?  I didn't know The Dream Syndicate were back together.  Anyway, The Dream Syndicate are back together...and they've got a new album coming out in September, their first in 29 years.  Listen to the soaring "Glide" below and grab the "How Did I Find Myself Here?" record next month from Anti.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Benoît Pioulard

Seattle based artist Thomas Meluch's Benoît Pioulard project has a new album headed our way in September, full of the beautiful ambient drone and hushed dreampop he's been perfecting over the last several years.  "Same Time Next Year" crawls, like the layered background music to an intricate nature film.  Listen below and get the Lignin Poise LP from Beacon Sound.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Ty Segall - Fried Shallots

It's Sunday.  I feel bleh.  The kids are crazy.  It's a million degrees outside.  Here's a new jam from Ty Segall from the surprise EP release "Fried Shallots."  The album features a handful of tunes from the last couple of years and new song "Big Man."  And all proceeds benefit the ACLU.  Listen below and get the album here via Drag City.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Roosevelt

Synthy, German electronic artist Roosevelt offers up some self-made remixes of material from last year's " self-titled album, and they are smooth, neon-tinted jams for a warm summer evening.  Listen to "Wait Up (Midnight Version)" below and download the "Midnight Versions" EP here via City Slang.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Baywitch

Seattle surf rock and wonderfully monikered band Baywitch just released a new album of chugging, reverby, gnarly guitar riffs and lo-fi, garage rock ditties.  Listen to "Widows" below and snag the "Hellaspawn" album here from the band.


David West with Teardrops

Australian musician David West is a busy man, churning out releases with bands like Rat Columns and Rank/Xerox, and on his latest, the upcoming "Cherry on Willow" LP with Teardrops, he combs through spacey beats, drugged up and warped melodies, and dubby, chilled vocals.  Or at least, that's what first single "Swan's Beat" would suggest.  It's a hazy, dazed little number that feels like post punk pureed in a blender with heaps of molasses.  What a great way to start a Friday.  Listen below and get the record in September from Tough Love.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Alvvays - Dreams Tonite

Indie rock outfit Alvvays have a new album in the works, and they've just released a new jam from it called "Dreams Tonite."  The tune finds the band traversing a much more dreampop vibe than on previous efforts, and they handle it stunningly.  I'm all for this.  Listen below and be on the lookout of the upcoming "Antisocialites" LP in September on Polyvinyl.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Magnatron 2.0

Stupid retro techno synth...i just can't help myself.  The good folks over at NewRetroWave Records have bequeathed us a pretty bitchin' compilation of synthwave and retro techno artists called "Magnatron 2.0."  Listen to "Dystopia" by ALEX below and grab the album in various formats here.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tyler The Creator

Somehow, i managed to sleep on this for the last couple of weeks, but Tyler The Creator just released a new record called "Flower Boy," and from what i've heard so far, it's really damn good.  Listen to synthy, underground R&B leaning "Boredom" below.


Monday, July 24, 2017

The Murlocs

It's storming outside, and i don't feel great, and electronic devices never work the way intended, and my dog is afraid, and i've got to go pick up my son from school in an hour.  Anyway, here's a new jam from Australian garage psych rock band The Murlocs (an offshoot of King Gizzard), and a wonderfully claymated video.  Watch "Snake in the Grass" below and get "Old Locomotive" from Flightless.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Stranger Things Season 2

Someday, i will try to make it to the annual nerd clusterfuck that is San Diego Comic Con, but until then, i'll just have to get my jollys watching all the trailers as they eek out on to Youtube like everyone else.  And lo and behold, one of my favorite things last year, Stranger Things, gets a great looking peek at the upcoming season 2.  Say what you will about the first season (there certainly is a lot to critique), but i still loved it.  And i'm psyched for the continuing story of the denizens of Hawkins.  Watch it below and nerd out with me.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Boy Harsher

Massachusetts cold wave duo Boy Harsher have a new record on the horizon.  Watch the video for the pulsing and brooding "Motion" below and be on the lookout for the "Country Girl" EP in October on Ascetic House.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Paul Draper

Long defunct Britpop band Mansun were always one of my very favorite groups from that era, releasing three excellent albums and a never completed final LP.  Lead singer Paul Draper is now releasing a solo album some 15 years later, and from the scope of first single "Things People Want," he hasn't missed a beat.  Listen to the track below, and pre-order the upcoming "Spooky Action" LP here.


Psychic Temple

Here's a little countrified psych pop from California band Psychic Temple.  Listen to "Paper Tiger" below, a dusty and AM ready little nugget and get the band's new album "IV" here via Joyful Noise.


Dent May - 90210

One of my very favorite things about quirky singer songwriter Dent May is the time years ago at SXSW when my friend (with no idea who he was) made like he was going to hit him in a crowd of festival goers, and May scurried away to then take the stage.  Good times.  But, as it turns out, his music is also consistently great.  Listen to future singalong "90210" below and get the upcoming "Across the Multiverse" LP in August from Carpark.


Liars - Cred Woes

Holy shit, how did i not know there was new Liars album coming out next month?  Easily one of my favorite artists since their inception 15 years ago, with a string of excellent, weird and noisy and challenging records under their belts, Liars are nothing if not strange and consistent.  New album "TFCF" is due at the end of August on Mute, but in the meantime, listen to the beeping, rattling "Cred Woes" below.


Lee Ranaldo and Sharon Van Etten - New Thing

Former Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo has a new solo record due in September called "Electric Trim."  The album features Sharon Van Etten on a number of tracks and feels like a lovely mix of crunchy, dusty rock.  Watch the video for "New Thing" below and get the album from Mute.


Andrew Hung

Andrew Hung of Fuck Buttons is all set to release his first full length solo album in October on Lex.  First single "Say What You Want" does not sound anything like his previous output, but is still a captivating little nugget of sound, using the artist's vocals for the first time.  Listen below and pre-order the "Realisationship" LP here.


The Lemon Twigs - Night Song

It looks like glammy rock duo The Lemon Twigs are back with some new music later this year.  Listen to "Night Song" below and be on the lookout for the "Brothers of Destruction" EP in October on 4AD.


Nine Inch Nails - Less Than

I was in Washington for the last week, so i'm a little behind in regards to all the music released or teased in the last few days.  Anyway, Nine Inch Nails have been all over the place like it's 1994 or something.  Aside from an appearance on "Twin Peaks" and a transcendent live Bowie cover, NIN has a new EP, "ADD VIOLENCE," out today.  Watch the video for the thumping "Less Than" below and get the album here.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wolves in the Throne Room

New Wolves in the Throne Room coming our way in September.  Listen to "Born from the Serpent's Eye" below and pre-order "Thrice Woven" from the band here.  That is all.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Patience - White of an Eye

"White of an Eye," the latest from synth pop artist Patience, sounds a bit like every single sound from the 80's all smooshed together into bubbly pop nugget.  And that's not a criticism by any means as the song is just infectious.  Watch the video below and pre-order the 7" here from Night School.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Algiers - Cleveland

Soulful, industrial, gospel, post punk band Algiers released their latest album, "The Underside of Power" last month, but now they've got a biting and political new video about police brutality for the single "Cleveland."  It's as angry and anguished as it should be, and should be considered required viewing.  Watch below and get the record from Matador.


SQÜRL remixed by Anton Newcombe

Jim Jarmusch's music project SQÜRL is releasing their new record, "EP #260" later this month on Sacred Bones, but in the meantime, Brian Jonestown Massacre maniac Anton Newcombe has tackled remixing the band's "Gates of Ishtar."  Newcombe's version crawls and oozes at nine and a half minutes long, sounding like some dark and menacing harbinger of encroaching doom.  Add Tess Parks' beautiful vocals to the mix and you get something all at once haunting and transcendent.  Listen below.



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Zola Jesus - Soak

Here's another new song from Zola Jesus' upcoming new album "Okovi," sung from the perspective of a serial killer's victim.  Guessing this new record's gonna be pretty dark.  Listen to "Soak" below and get the album in September from Sacred Bones.


Monday, July 10, 2017

A. Savage

Parquet Courts member A. Savage has a solo album due in October on Dull Tools.  Listen to the cowpunk leaning "Winter in the South" below and pre-order the "Thawing Dawn" LP here.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Four Tet - Two Thousand and Seventeen

Here's a chilled out and spacey new jam from Four Tet that came out earlier this week called "Two Thousand and Seventeen."  Listen below and get it here.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Here Lies Man

It's summertime and it's hot as crap here in central Texas, so some fuzzy, funky, Afrobeat psychedelia seems in order.  All hail Here Lies Man.  Listen to "Eyes of the Law"  below and get the self-titled album here via RidingEasy Records.