Saturday, August 31, 2019

Julie's Haircut

Here's a little krautrock and psychedelia infused avant garde rock music to kick off this Labor Day weekend to.  Do what you need to do and jam on the pulsing vibrations and din of "Until the Lights Go Out" from Italian band Julie's Haircut below.  Then collect yourselves and pre-order the "In the Silence Electric" LP here from Rocket Recordings.

Guerilla Toss

Raucous, experimental, and funky post punk band Guerilla Toss have a new EP coming our way in November.  Listen to the frenetic and club ready "Plants" below, a veritable dose of sonic ecstasy, and pre-order the "What Would The Odd Do?" EP here from NNA Tapes.

Daily Jam (Covers Week 2) - Jolene

It's Saturday morning, and it seems like now is as good a time as any to listen to funky, soulful cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene."  Check out Gloria Ann Taylor's grooving 1973 version of the track below, our Daily Jam.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Daily Jam (Covers Week 2) - The Bewlay Brothers

Failure is one of my all time favorite bands, and i discovered them via a covers project called Replicants featuring the members of Failure, Lusk, and a Tool or two.  The 1995 album features covers of everyone from The Cars to T. Rex to Steely Dan, as well as a trippy and spaced out version of David Bowie's "The Bewlay Brothers," a track that was already pretty trippy and spaced out in its own right.  Check the cover tune out below, our Daily Jam.

Friday Horror Trailer - Bad Moon

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Cigarettes After Sex

October brings us a new record from the dreamy Brooklyn band Cigarettes After Sex.  Check out the moody new tune "Heavenly" below, and pre-order the upcoming "Cry" LP here via Partisan Records.

Daily Jam (Covers Week 2) - Shake the Disease

I feel like you don't really see them anymore, but way back in this time called "the '90s," we'd get these tribute albums with a plethora of different artists all taking on a classic or fan favorite of some beloved act, be it Led Zeppelin, The Carpenters, Joy Division, or in today's case Depeche Mode.  1998's "For The Masses" featured everyone from Failure to The Cure to Deftones to Monster Magnet covering the long running British synth pop band, and for the most part it's pretty good.  One of the highlights was trip-hop band Hooverphonic's sleek and sexy take on "Shake the Disease."  Check it out below, our Daily Jam.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Aquarian Blood

Memphis punk band Aquarian Blood counts members of Ex-Cult and Nots among its lineup, and on their upcoming sophomore album "A Love that Leads to War," they're shifting gears from their more cacophonous past for something more eerie, earthy, and folky.  Check out the first taste, "There's a World," below and dig on those Americana and spectral folk vibes.  Then, pre-order here from Goner Records.

Daily Jam (Covers Week 2) - Suzanne

For our Daily Jam today, Francoise Hardy (one of my favorites) covers Leonard Cohen (another one of my favorites).  Check out her beautiful French language version of "Suzanne" below.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Daily Jam (Covers Week 2) - Take My Breath Away

Back in 2004, Kentucky band My Morning Jacket released two collections of early recordings, demos, covers, and more, "The Sandworm Cometh," and "Learning."  At the time, the band had made a name for themselves combining southern rock and Americana with reverb-drenched shoegaze, and these earlier recordings, raw and lo-fi, pushed that sound even further.  It really did sound like a bunch of guys recording music in an empty grain silo.  Anyway, the albums offered up an interesting assortment of covers, everything from Elton John to Pet Shop Boys to Erykah Badu.  Today, we're listening to the band's pretty faithful cover of Berlin's "Take My Breath Away," complete with sound ripped from "Top Gun" and some notes of Harold Faltermeyer's "Memories" at the end.  Check it out below, our Daily Jam.

Ghost Funk Orchestra

Maybe we shouldn't be looking back as often as we do, as a society, as artists, as culture architects, but damn it if there aren't scores of amazing sounds to uncover in the yesteryear.  New York's Ghost Funk Orchestra harvest a plethora of '60s aesthetic and then moosh it all together to wonderful effect, bits of psych rock, funk, soul, and jazz making something that should have been there all along.  Check out "Skin I'm In" below and get the amazing "A Song for Paul" LP here from Colemine Records.


Italian duo WOW make a kind of post punk blend of psychedelic European pop and garage rock.  It's wonderful, like smoking cigarettes on a cafe corner and people watching the busy bodies going about their day, a storm slowly moving in from the east.  Listen to "Occhi Di Serpente" below and get the "Come La Notte" LP here from Maple Death.

Have A Nice Life

What wonderful news to uncover this morning.  Connecticut band Have A Nice Life are readying their upcoming album "Sea of Worry" for November release, their first in over five years.  The post punk duo infuse elements of doom, shoegaze, and noisy drone into their sound, and the effect is sublime.  Listen to the album opening title track below and pre-order the record here from The Flenser.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Daily Jam (Covers Week 2) - Love Will Tear Us Apart

Gonna do another week of cover songs for our Daily Jam selections this last week of August.  First out the gate is this achingly beautiful version Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" from Swans.  The group actually recorded a couple of different versions, but i've always been partial to this stripped down rendition featuring vocals from band member Jarboe.  Check it out below, our Daily Jam.

Thom Yorke & Flea

Ed Norton directs and stars in the upcoming "Motherless Brooklyn," a film set in 1950s New York with a jazzy score from Wynton Marsalis.  Also included on the soundtrack is a new song from Thom Yorke called "Daily Battles."  The track is a somber, jazz-ish tune featuring Yorke on vocals and piano with a horn arrangement from Flea.  Check it out below and pre-order the 7" here.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Chromatics - I Want to Be Alone

Are Chromatics ever going to release their long gestating "Dear Tommy" LP?  I don't know and neither do you.  But they just keep on teasing and releasing new songs.  Here's the latest, a haunting cover of folk artist Jackson C. Frank's "I Want to Be Alone."  Watch the video below.

Night Tapes

Here's some dreamy, lo-fi pop from London's Night Tapes.  The "Dream Forever in Glorious Stereo" EP feels like walking down a long hall in some kind of fever dream state.  Sounds float.  Walls move.  Head swells.  Listen to "In Glorious Stereo" below and get the cassette here from Breaker Breaker.

Daily Jam - Plug in Baby

There was a time when i was a big fan of the band Muse.  What had started out as one of many Radiohead-lite acts churning out of the late '90s, the trio began fusing elements of glam rock, synth pop, Britpop, and more into something overtly dramatic.  And it worked.  Muse eventually morphed into self-parody, but 2001's "Origin of Symmetry" remains one of my favorites.  Check out the punchy "Plug in Baby" below, our Daily Jam.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Author & Punisher - A Crude Sectioning

Hooray!  Here's a crusty, noisy new single from Author & Punisher.  Check out "A Crude Sectioning" below and get it here via Relapse.

Daily Jam - Sure Shot

Man i miss The Beastie Boys.  Here's "Sure Shot," a song that's 25 years old.  Feeling old today for our Daily Jam.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Daily Jam - Space Age Love Song

It seems that anytime '80s synth pop band A Flock of Seagulls comes up in conversation somewhere, the focus always centers around the hair or the hit single "I Ran."  And that's a shame.  Because while their hair was certainly unique, and "I Ran" was a solid single, the focus really should be on how amazing of a track "Space Age Love Song" is.  That should be what people talk about when they talk about A Flock of Seagulls.  Listen to it below, our Daily Jam.

Friday Horror Trailer - TerrorVision

Thursday, August 22, 2019

METZ cover Gary Numan

Apparently a few years ago, raucous Toronto noise rock trio METZ recorded a cover of Gary Numan's classic "M.E.," and for some reason i'm only just now hearing it.  Check it out below in all of its glory, and grab it and couple of other covers from the band here via Sub Pop.

Daily Jam - Walking With Thee

A cool 17+ years later and this song still kills.  Clinic's "Walking With Thee," our Daily Jam.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Kim Gordon - Sketch Artist

Kim Gordon has kept busy over the last several years since Sonic Youth's breakup (a breakup of which i am very much still upset about), and now she's got a new solo effort heading our way in October on Matador.  Check out the video for the noisy and eerie "Sketch Artist" below and pre-order the album here.

Also, it looks like the record is going to include Gordon's 2016 track "Murdered Out."  That song kicked ass, so its inclusion is a bonus.

Prince Rama

We've got a new EP out Brooklyn sister duo Prince Rama, which unfortunately appears to also be their final release as they are splitting up.  While their sound could certainly be an acquired taste (i have some friends who despised them), i loved their particular brand of weirdo electro-pop.  So they will be least at my house.  Check out "Love in Kontrol" below and get the "Rage In Peace" EP here from Carpark.

The Body remixed by Lingua Ignota

New music from experimental metal duo The Body is always good news around these parts, even if said new music comes in remix form.  The band has an album of remixes and reinterpretations heading our way in October, titled appropriately enough "Remixed."  Check out Lingua Ignota's fairly somber mix of "Hallow/Hollow" from 2016's "No One Deserves Happiness" below and pre-order the record here from Thrill Jockey.

Daily Jam - Intensify

I've been really damn busy at work today, just a whole lot on my plate i guess.  Anyway, at least i've had the punchy groove of "Intensify" from !!! (CHK CHK CHK) to get my mind and booty through the day.  Check it out below, our Daily Jam.

Can you feel it?!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


I forgot all about New York darkwave synth pop duo Tempers, their 2013 track "Strange Harvest" being one of my favorite songs from that year.  But they're still kicking, and have released a lot more music than i knew of.  And now they've got a new record, "Private Life," heading our way in October Dais.  Check out the first taste, "Capital Pains," below and download it here or pre-order the vinyl here.

Daily Jam - Instant Crush

It's really weird that Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" is over six years old.  It's one of those records that i was listening to incessantly when my first son was born (along with Deafheaven's "Sunbather"), and so it has a special place in my heart.  But it's getting older, and so am i.  Here's the Julian Casablancas assisted "Instant Crush," our Daily Jam.

Monday, August 19, 2019


Here's some reverb-drenched psych rock from San Francisco's Topographies.  The band's new "Cherry Blossom" single pulls from shogaze, post punk, psychedelic fuzz, and more to make our ears ring in all the best ways.  Check the track out below and download it here from Sonic Cathedral.

Daily Jam - Broken Chairs

I don't know who needs to hear this, but Built To Spill's "Keep It Like a Secret" belongs in your record collection.  Here's the album closing "Broken Chairs" for your listening pleasure, our Daily Jam.

Sunday, August 18, 2019


Here's some lush, psych-tinged, shoegaze-laden pop from Oakland's Dye.  The band's new "Psychic Data" album is out now on Copper Mouth Records.  Listen to the album opening "Tilt" below and get the cassette here.

Daily Jam - Down By The River

Here's a psychedelic soul cover of Neil Young's "Down By The River" from '70s Motown outfit The Undisputed Truth, our Daily Jam.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

RIP Peter Fonda

A counter culture icon passed away yesterday.  RIP Peter Fonda.

Eamon Fogarty - I Am the Cosmos

Chris Bell's "I Am the Cosmos" is probably one of my favorite songs ever written and recorded, a heartbreaking little nugget of power pop that perfectly encapsulates all of the feelings that come and go with a breakup.  And now, Santa Barbara psych pop artist Eamon Fogarty has seen fit to cover it on his latest album "Blue Values."  He does a great job too, and it closes the whole thing out.  Listen below and get the record here from the artist.

Daily Jam - Better Man

There are probably thousands of songs out there called "Better Man."  Here's Mikal Cronin's.  Taken from the 2013 Adult Swim compilation "Garage Swim," our Daily Jam.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Charli XCX & Sky Ferreira

Every now and again things get a little poppy around here, and so we have the latest single from UK pop artist Charli XCX, this time around featuring an assist from Sky Ferreira, an artist whom i will admittedly always stan for.  Anyway, the two just released "Cross You Out," and as should be expected, it's pretty catchy.  Check it out below.

Friday Horror Trailer - Out of the Dark

Daily Jam - Nobody Knows

I am not a religious at all.  I went to a Christian private school for a number of years during my youth, but i guess the daily chapel sessions never took.  That being said, i sure can dig on some gospel.  Hailing from Chicago's South Side, Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth For Christ Choir released the positively sublime "Like a Ship...(Without a Sail)" in 1971, a record full of soul-laden gospel tunes to capture even the most atheistic heart (like mine).  Check out their rendition of "Nobody Knows" below, our Daily Jam.  Can i get an Amen?!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Daily Jam - Attack of the Ghost Riders

I'm feeling a little "Attack of the Ghost Riders" today from The Raveonettes.  Check it out below, our Daily Jam.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

I'm just a little bit late on this one, but i finally got around to checking out "Bandana," the latest collaboration between Freddie Gibbs and Madlib.  These two have a great track record so far and they sure don't disappoint here either.  Check out the video for "Crime Pays" below and get the record here from Rappcats.

Boris - LOVE

Cool!  October brings us a new double album from Japanese mainstays Boris.  Watch the video for "LOVE" below and look for "LOVE & EVOL" on 10/4 from Third Man.

Nothing On Semble

Here's some mellow, folky, lo-fi bedroom psych from Brooklyn's Nothing On Semble, a warped and dreamy tapestry to carry us through these melting days.  Check out "The Deepest Hole" below and download the "Corners and Their Places" album here from the artist.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Daily Jam - Rainy Day

Originally recorded in the '60s and then shelved until the Finders Keepers record label unearthed it in 2006, Susan Christie's "Paint A Lady" LP is full of dreamy, soft-rock tinged psychedelic folk that we really, really should have all been hearing for decades before its release.  Every song is that wonderful.  Anyway, let's listen to the melancholy album opener "Rainy Day," our Daily Jam.


Atlanta's minimalist post punk outfit Omni are readying their new album, and first for new label Sub Pop, "Networker," for November release.  Check out the punchy album opener "Sincerely Yours" below and pre-order it here.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Daily Jam - Weighted Down (The Prison Song)

In 1969, Moby Grape's Alexander "Skip" Spence released his lone solo record, the dusty and earthy psych folk oddity "Oar."  I got clued onto the record when i was in college by some fellow vinyl heads and never looked back.  Listen to weary "Weighted Down (The Prison Song)" below, our Daily Jam.


Here's a little ambient vaporwave, which is a thing i guess, from a project called TOWERS.  Opening track "TOWERS I" is a sprawling and meditative piece of sound that maybe feels a little like the past disintegrating on itself and blinking away out of existence.  Check it out below and get the self-titled album here from Geometric Lullaby.


San Antonio artist Mvtant makes loud and noisy industrial electronic music, dance ready beats paired piercing sound and clang.  Austin label Somatic are now issuing the artist's first two EPs together on the upcoming "Gore / Mirrorshade" cassette.  Check out "Gore" below and pre-order the tape here.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Nothing cover Silver Jews

A few days ago, we lost David Berman, and Philly shoegaze act Nothing were compelled to cover a classic Silver Jews track as a tribute.  Check out their take on "We Are Real" below.