Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hot Snakes

Attention!  New music from Hot Snakes!  Attention!  New music from Hot Snakes!  Listen to "Six Wave Hold-Down" below and be on the lookout for new album "Jericho Sirens" in March from Sub Pop.

The Decemberists - Severed

I've never been the biggest fan of The Decemberists, their brand of Americana-drenched indie rock serving as so much background noise.  But you throw in super producer John Congleton and some synthesizers into the mix, and you've got my attention.  New single "Severed" sounds like the band spent some time listening to a bunch of New Order records and then decided to make one of their own, albeit with their Americana-drenched indie rock still intact.  It works way better than it probably should, and i feel it's only going to grow on me.  Watch the video below and look for new album "I'll Be Your Girl" in March from Capitol.


Here's some dancey, synthy, gothy post punk from Spanish trio S.A.D.  Propulsive beats, flowing washes of synthesizer, and punchy, catchy melodies to dance in the gray to.  Listen to "Money From Savages" below and get the "She's Gone" 12" here from Oraculo Records.

Mount Eerie

Phil Elverum continues to explore and work out his grief over his wife's passing on new album "Now Only," the follow up to last year's stark and devastating "A Crow Looked At Me."  Listen to "Distortion" below and look for the new record in March on Elverum and Sun.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Amen Dunes

Damon McMahon's Amen Dunes project has traversed in all manner of sound, from lo-fi and mangled underground rock to dusty and hallowed Americana, each release revealing different layers of the artist both sonically and thematically.  March brings us a new record, "Freedom," which continues to push McMahon in new directions.  Elements of groove, grime, and funk move us to dark and personal spaces on what looks to be another stellar release from McMahon.  Listen to "Miki Dora" below and get the record from Sacred Bones.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


There's a modicum of ice on the roads today here in Central Texas, so naturally the whole area's been shut down.  I'm home.  Wife's home.  Kids are home.  I've got a fire going, watching news on the television of the 100 car accidents the city's already seen this morning, and now digging on the news that we've got a new album from Preoccupations heading our way in March.  Listen to the moody "Espionage" below and pre-order "New Material" from Jagjaguwar.

Monday, January 15, 2018


A couple of years ago at SXSW, one of my must-sees was the amazing Welsh singer and musician Gwenno performing her solo work away from The Pipettes.  True to form, she was amazing, as was her album "Y Dydd Olaf," and i've been waiting for new music ever since.  Well, today's the day.  In March, Gwenno will release "Le Kov," another album sung entirely in her native Cornish in March on Heavenly.  Color me stoked.  Watch the video for first single "Tir Ha Mor" below and pre-order the record here.

RIP Dolores O'Riordan

The music of my youth just keeps dying away.  RIP Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries.  Your music soundtracked many a moment of my high school years.  RIP.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Jack White - Connected by Love

Jack White has always been kind of hit or miss with me.  I really dig on a couple of the older White Stripes albums, and the man is a vinyl enthusiast's vinyl enthusiast, and even if he's not your bag, you have to admit he's got talent flowing from every pore, but sometimes his brand of blues indebted rock just doesn't do it for me.  Sometimes it sounds redundant to me.  That being said, new single "Connected by Love," from the upcoming "Boarding House Reach" LP sounds like nothing he's ever done before while totally still sounding like something in his regular repertoire.  And it's kind of weird.  And i dig it.  Synths and organs and blues and gospel and guitar stomp and piano balladry all in one big pot.  Check out the video below.  And check out the album art above.  There's some serious Marc Almond shit going on in that thing.  It's cool.  The record is out March 23rd on Third Man.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

New Economy

Here's some lovely, airy, and meditative ambient pop from Indianapolis artist Gena Watson, otherwise known as New Economy.  Her new cassette, "Birth of Ergonomics," is out early next month on Warm Ratio, but in the meanwhile, check out the hypnotic visuals in the video for "Felt by Way of (An Emotionally Charged Aldous Huxley)" below.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Andrew WK - Music Is Worth Living For

It's been almost a decade, but eternal purveyor of positive energy and rock, Andrew WK is back in March with a new record, "You're Not Alone."  And somehow, there are only three songs with the word "party" in the title.  Listen to first single "Music Is Worth Living For" below.  It sounds like...well, it sounds like an Andrew WK song.  Also, be sure to catch the man live if ever given a chance.  He's unbelievably fun.  Party hard.

Friday Horror Trailer - Brain Damage


I saw Swedish metal band Tribulation a couple of years ago, and was kind of blown away by how overtly theatrical they were.  Combining aspects of death metal and black metal, but gothed up and played with earnest dramatic zest, the music and performance feels like theater kids aping our metal forebears but without a hint of irony.  They're buying into it, and so should you.  If you're only going to listen to one goth metal band today, make it Tribulation.  Watch the video for "The Lament" below and get the "Down Below" LP at the end of January from Century Media.

Louder Than Death

King Khan is a pretty prolific songwriter, releasing all manner of garage and psych rock for the eager masses to devour.  And every once in a while, he goes straight up punk rock, an always welcome endeavor from a highly entertaining artist.  Pairing up with Sean Spits and more for a snotty and abrasive project called Louder Than Death, the jams are sure to get you ready to throw a rock through a window.  Anyway, listen to "ABCs in Old Berlin" below and get the self-titled record from In The Red in March.

Pilotpriest - Green

Pilotpriest put out one of my absolute favorite records last year (or more succinctly, Waxwork re-issued it), and they've got a couple of new tracks out now.  Listen to "Green" below for all of your synth wave needs today and then go download it here from the artist.

TR/ST - Destroyer

Word on the street is we're getting some new music from TR/ST (formerly Trust) this year, and that makes me happy as a moody clam.  Gothy synth pop for everyone!  Anyway, watch the video for "Destroyer" below, and i'll keep you abreast of new album news as it develops.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Men - Maybe I'm Crazy

March is bringing us a new album from ever-evolving New York band The Men.  Listen to the mutated dance punk of "Maybe I'm Crazy" below and grab the upcoming "Drift" LP from the always dependable Sacred Bones on 3/2.

American Pleasure Club

It looks like last month's "I Blew on a Dandelion and the Whole World Disappeared" lo-fi tape release from the newly minted American Pleasure Club (fka Teen Suicide) was just a warm up for more new material in 2018.  "A Whole Fucking Lifetime of This" is due from the band in February on Run For Cover Records and finds the group still dabbling in lo-fi bedroom pop, and to an eerie degree on the album's first single, "Lets Move to the Desert."  Watch the video below and look for the album next month.

Johnny Jewel - Digital Rain

Dear God man, just give us a new Chromatics record already.  That's not to say that i don't wholly appreciate and love this current streak of sweeping, beeping, cinematic solo offerings from Johnny Jewel, i'm just needy.  Anyway, Jewel's "Digital Rain" LP is out at the end of this month on Italians Do It Better.  In the Meanwhile, watch the video for the stark and spacey title track below.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Green Child

The Green Child is the collaborative project of Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current Suppression Ring) and Raven Mahon (Grass Widow), and is full of analog synthesizer flair and wistful pop melodies.  Listen to the lovely "Her Majesty II" below and snag the self-titled record this Friday from Upset the Rhythm.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Moon Duo - Jukebox Babe

Here's Moon Duo doing a really motorik, krautrock version of Alan Vega's "Jukebox Babe."  It bumps and kills.  Listen below and get the 7" here from Sacred Bones.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The Shape of Water

I took the day off from work to go see this today.  I think i made the right choice.

Sunday, January 7, 2018


Here's some new music from Majeure, the side project of Zombi member A.E. Paterra.  "Phantasie" finds the artist courting a more ambient sound than usual, but it totally works.  Listen to "Macuma" below and grab the cassette release here via VCO Recordings.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Jeff Rosenstock

And it looks like we might just have our first essential release of 2018 with the surprise New Year's Day release of "POST-," the latest album from New York's Jeff Rosenstock.  A political record, but not overly nagging or annoyingly so, the album feels like a summation of all the frustration we've been feeling for the last year in this new post-satire, post-democracy, post-post-modernism world, using punk and pop and experimentation to get its point across and stick with you.  I'm pretty sure i'll be revisiting this one all year long.  Listen to "USA" below and then download or pre-order the vinyl here via Polyvinyl.

Oneohtrix Point Never and Iggy Pop

Where the hell was i last August?  Somehow i missed that Oneohtrix Point Never scored a film, and that he had Iggy Pop provide vocals on a track.  Seriously, where the hell was i last August?  Anyway, better late than never to the "Good Time" OST party.  Watch the video for "The Pure and The Damned" below and get the record from Warp.

Friday, January 5, 2018


Experimental electronic artist Profligate is back with today's new album, "Somewhere Else."  An oozing and haunting mix of noise, drone, and darkwave synth, the record sounds akin to summoning neon demons in a smoky crypt somewhere in a dilapidated and crumbling city.  Listen to the title track below and grab the album here via Wharf Cat.

Friday Horror Trailer - One Dark Night

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sonny Smith feat. Angel Olsen

Sonny and The Sunsets main man Sonny Smith has a solo record on the way in March on Easy Eye Sound, a stripped collection of old, rock n' roll Americana.  Watch the video for "Burnin' Up" below, a wonderful duet with Angel Olsen, and pre-order the "Rod for Your Love" LP here.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Thor & Friends

If the last couple of weeks of the year are spent catching up on all of the things i missed out on at the beginning of the year, then the first couple weeks of the next year are spent catching up on all of the things i missed out on a the end.  Back in November, multi-instrumentalist and carpenter Thor Harris released "The Subversive Nature of Kindness" with his group/collective Thor & Friends.  The album is kind of an experimental new age record, but filtered through notions of folk rock, chamber pop, and ambient sound.  Listen to album opener "90 Metres" below and pick up the record from Living Music Duplication.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


I am a newcomer in regards to New York metal band Krallice, a fact that should earn me a degree of chastising from my more metal head inclined friends, but with the band's latest album, "Go Be Forgotten," one of two records released in the second half of 2017, i find myself quite smitten with the band's mix of crushing guitar riffs, dramatic synthesizers, brain-rattling drumming, cacophonous eternity.  It's basically all the best parts of heavy metal, black or otherwise.  Listen to the title track below, download the album here, and pre-order the vinyl from Eroding Winds.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everybody!  We're ready for whatever 2018 has in store...i hope.