Monday, August 31, 2020

Flesh of Morning - Dream Lover

Austin darkwave duo Flesh of Morning just dropped a haunting cover of Bobby Darin's classic "Dream Lover," and its mood is certainly capturing mine of late.  Give it a listen below and get it here from the artist.


Norwegian artist Ulver's continuing evolution from terrifying, black metal tinged drone to darkwave synth pop never ceases to both amuse and delight me.  New album "Flowers of Evil" is out now.  Download it here from the artist and listen to the album opening "One Last Dance" below.

Daily Jam - Apeman

In another universe, The Kinks got the same kind of attention and adulation that The Beatles got in ours.  I'm sure of it.  Here's "Apeman," our Daily Jam.

Sunday, August 30, 2020


Rising from the ashes of Boston band Krill, Knot is here with their self-titled debut of alt-rock that feels like some throwback, guitar-oriented slacker opus i would have jammed in my bedroom 25 years ago.  Sometimes angular, sometimes punchy, with jabs of post punk and prog flourishes, it's a get under your skin kind of record.  Check out album opener "Fallow" below and get the record here from Exploding In Sound.

Daily Jam - Swans (Life After Death)

In the early '00s, i was a big fan of Canadian band The Unicorns.  Naturally they broke up.  But then a few years later, a couple of the members resurfaced with their new band Islands who were also good.  So it's all okay i guess.  Anyway, here's "Swans (Life After Death)," our Daily Jam.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

RIP Chadwick Boseman

This makes me so sad.  RIP Chadwick Boseman.

Daily Jam - Bring Me the Head of Paul McCartney on Heather Mills' Wooden Peg

I know that there have always been some mental issues with Anton Newcombe, and he actually seems to have gotten himself into a better place over the last decade, but i still think Brian Jonestown Massacre's 2008 album "My Bloody Underground" sounds like it was made by a crazy person.  It might be my favorite.  Here's "Bring Me the Head of Paul McCartney on Heather Mills' Wooden Peg," our Daily Jam.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Daily Jam - Sylvia

Though Pulp's "This Is Hardcore" LP is a total comedown record, it has been soothing to my soul for over two decades.  Here's "Sylvia," our Daily Jam.

Friday Horror Trailer - Burnt Offerings

Kelly Lee Owens

I almost slept on the sophomore effort from Kelly Lee Owens that dropped today.  "Inner Song" feels like a meditative mix of techno and pop, that these days means closing your eyes and dancing in your bedroom.  Listen to "On" below and get the record here from Smalltown Supersound.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Weathering Covers Depeche Mode

Next month, Sacramento alt-rock duo Weathering are releasing their new "Chimera" 7", the B-side of which is a cover of Depeche Mode's "Blue Dress."  It's lovely.  Take a listen below and order the record here via Sunday Drive Records.

Daily Jam - À Pikao

A couple weeks ago i watched the bizarro '80s movie "Gwendoline," aka "The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak," starring Tawny Kitaen.  I'm not going to say it's good necessarily, though i was captivated by it and the dump trucks full of cocaine that probably went into the making of it.  So, while not good, i still very much liked and enjoyed it.  And i've got nothing but love for the dreamy score by Pierre Bachelet, the clips of which i can find i've been listening to obsessively ever since.  Any of you soundtrack oriented boutique record labels wanna jump on this one, i'll be forever grateful.  So, here's the theme of sorts from the flick, "À Pikao," our Daily Jam.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Divino Niño

Here's a new groovy, slinky, and dreamy jam from Chicago's Divino Niño that's got yacht rock vibes for days.  In another universe, i'm listening to this by the water sipping on something fruity.  Check it out below and get it here via Winspear.

Daily Jam - Drown Around Me

I have a vivid memory from about 5 years ago, right after i moved out to the 'burbs, of catching a late show at the Alamo downtown with a group of friends, and then making the trek back home in a torrential downpour.  And as the rain came down hard and lightning flashed around me and the thunder clapped on top of me, i listened to Telepathe's "Drown Around Me."  And it felt right.  Check out the synth pop below, our Daily Jam.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

William Basinski

Experimental, minimalist composer William Basinski has a new album coming our way in the Fall.  "Lamentations" finds the artist working his magic manipulating old tape loops of sounds into something gorgeous, ethereal, and often haunting.  Listen to "O, My Daughter, O, My Sorrow" below, the sound of a world in decay, and pre-order the album here via Temporary Residence.

Daily Jam - Mind Your Own Business

Every week is an exercise in how exhausted, either physically, emotionally, or both, i can be by the end of it.  At least there's music.  Here's some late '70s post punk from English band Delta 5.  Check out "Mind Your Own Business" below, our Daily Jam.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Father John Misty

Here's a couple of new melancholy tunes from Father John Misty.  Check out both "To S" and "To R" below and snag 'em here via Sub Pop.

Daily Jam - Need You Around

I could make a days long playlist of wonderful forgotten '90s jams if i really put my mind to it.  And i might start it out with Smoking Popes' "Need You Around."  Listen below, our Daily Jam.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Daily Jam - Live and Let Die

So recently, some asshole has been playing Paul McCartney and Wings' "Live and Let Die" Bond theme at his little rallies and appearances, making light of the 170,000 and rising American deaths from coronavirus pretty much caused by his callousness and incompetence.  Axl Rose of all people even called him out on it, but so far, no comment from McCartney that i can see.  And that's a damn shame.  I've always loved the song, and if Sir Paul won't take it back, than i guess i will.  So here's "Live and Let Die," our Daily Jam.  Fuck Donald Trump and fuck you too if you support him.

Maston Remixes Bananagun

Australian psych outfit Bananagun released their debut album "The True Story of Bananagun" earlier this summer, and now that album's lead off single, the groovy "Out of Reach," gets an even groovier remix from 60's kosmische psych homage wizard Maston.  Check out the video below and download the track here via Full Time Hobby.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Donny Benet

Australian disco pop artist Donny Benet released "Mr. Experience" back in May, and it probably would have been the big goofy summer record around these parts if not for...well, you know.  Anyway, summer's winding down (my oldest is already back in school, remotely at least), so i'm gonna try to remedy that as much as possible.  Check out the yacht funk vibes of the title track below and get the album here from Remote Control.

Daily Jam - Cold Blooded Old Times

Cold blooded old times.  Cold blooded old times.  Cold blooded old times.  Here's Smog's "Cold Blooded Old Times," our Daily Jam.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Friday Horror Trailer - The Majorettes

Daily Jam - Theme from Midnight Express (Vocal)

Basically flipped a coin this morning as to whether or not i would go with the vocal or instrumental version of Giorgio Moroder's "Theme from Midnight Express."  Chris Bennett's vocals won the toss.  Check it out below, our Daily Jam.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Wylde Ratttz

Wylde Ratttz were a veritable super group of alt-rock personalities assembled to basically be a stand in for The Stooges in Todd Haynes's kinda-sorta Bowie biopic "Velvet Goldmine" back in 1998.  The band consisted of original Stooge Ron Asheton, Mudhoney's Mark Arm, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Steve Shelley, Mike Watt, Sean Lennon, and more.  The band's rendition of "TV Eye" made it into the movie and on the soundtrack, but evidently they recorded a whole lot more and have been releasing the sessions over the last few months.  The most recent is a blistering take on Stooges classic "Fun House."  Check it out below, and get it here.

Daily Jam - Life in a Glass House

There's a part of me that really wishes Radiohead would release an album that leans really hard into the jazz vibes of "Amnesiac" closer "Life in a Glass House."  I would eat that shit up.  Anyway, listen to it below, our Daily Jam.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Daily Jam - Hihache

I may have woken up to some sludge metal this morning, but i'm going to turn to things a little bit funkier for the rest of the day.  Here's the very cinematic leaning funk, psych, and groove of "Hihache" from The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band, our Daily Jam.

Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou

Well this was awesome news to wake up to this morning in a world frequently devoid of awesome news.  Dark folk and metal chanteuse Emma Ruth Rundle has teamed with Louisiana sludge metal gurus Thou to create something heavy and melancholy, brutal and beautiful.  Check out "Ancestral Recall" below and pre-order the upcoming "May Our Chambers Be Full" LP here via the indispensable Sacred Bones.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Dean & Britta

Quarantine jams are just going to be a thing from here on out.  Lockdown loops.  Social distance tunes.  Here's a new collection from Dean & Britta called "Quarantine Tapes."  The pair have been making music for a long time, in the band Luna, or Dean with Galaxie 500 and Britta as the singing voice of Jem on the '80s cartoon show.  Great pedigrees all around.  Listen to "Neon Lights" below and get the album here from the duo.

Daily Jam - Hang on to Your Ego

It ended up being "I Know There's an Answer" by the time The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" was released, but i'm partial to the alternate title, "Hang on to Your Ego."  Check it out below, our Daily Jam.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Alexis Marshall

Daughters front man Alexis Marshall has a solo album heading our way later this year, and for the time being has seen fit to give us all the first taste with the nervous and noisy freakout of "Nature in Three Movements."  Check the track out below and get it here via Sargent House.

Daily Jam - Comfy in Nautica

Kicking into higher gear on this new phase of lockdown/quarantine/whatever you want to call it, as my oldest son's remote learning version of second grade really begins to move.  We haven't quite gotten into a rhythm yet, and while it's certainly beneficial that both my wife and i are able to work from home (most of the time), the two of us are increasingly and often chaotically busy.  So the whole thing is just really hard.  It's hard for everyone.  My younger son really wants to go back to pre-school too.  But today, i'm going to try and keep the depression and anger back for a little while, and i'm going to listen to the hypnotic sounds of Panda Bear's "Comfy in Nautica," our Daily Jam.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Live For You

LA band Live For You in the darkwave synth pop project of husband and wife duo Caitlin Rae and Eddie Wuebben.  Tragically, during the recording of the group's "Sometimes It Feels Like Chains" EP, Wuebben passed away suddenly.  After some time, Rae was able to complete the EP, and the moody, dreamy collection of songs is available for our ears now.  Listen to "Gem1n1 sun/Gem1n1 Moon" below and get the cassette here from Popnihil.

Daily Jam - Someone Saved My Life Tonight

When i was a kid, Elton John's music was one of those things that felt completely unappealing and adult contemporary to me, and he certainly did dip into those waters during the '80s and '90s.  It really wasn't until i was in college that i took the dive and explored his older catalog, and then pretty much turned into a devotee.  Elton and Bernie forever!  Here's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight," our Daily Jam.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Daily Jam - Divine (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)

French pop artist Sebastien Tellier collides with Australian synth band Midnight Juggernauts on this wonderful remix of "Divine" from 2008.  Check it out below, our Daily Jam.


Here's a new moody single recorded across New York bedrooms during lockdown from the goth and darkwave tinged Tempers.  Listen to "The Use of My Belonging" below and download the song here via Dais Records.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Mr. Bungle

In 1986, high school band Mr. Bungle recorded "The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo," a thrash metal arrival of sorts.  In 2020, newly reunited Mr. Bungle re-recorded "The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo," another thrash metal arrival of sorts.  The new recording features assists from Scott Ian and Dave Lombardo, and includes some songs written 35 years ago that were never recorded.  I was super busy with work yesterday and missed the album's announcement, and it seems that the most of the physical pre-orders of it have already sold out.  Boo.  I was able to hopefully procure a copy through a local record store in Austin, and i'd recommend you try the same if this sort of thing is your bag.  Anyway, listen to "Raping Your Mind" below and look for the record from Ipecac.

Friday Horror Trailer - The Shout

Daily Jam - Magic

Going with some bittersweet, sentimental pop from Ben Folds Five today.  Listen to "Magic" below, our Daily Jam.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu

Montreal artist Marie Davidson has been making cool electronic music for a number of years, and has now donned the moniker Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu, the group name including her usual collaborators.  The group's new album, "Renegade Breakdown," drops in September on Ninja Tune.  Listen to the icy cold wave of the excellent title track below and pre-order the record here.

Daily Jam - Bermuda Highway

It's the first day of school today for my second grader, going at it remotely from home for at least the next 9 weeks.  But i'm not kidding myself to believe that anything will be any different in 9 weeks time.  I'll be surprised if he's back in the classroom next semester even.  This is just the way of things now.  And it's hard.  And it sucks.  And i'm never going to forgive the idiots and monsters responsible.  Here's My Morning Jacket's "Bermuda Highway" to calm my nerves.  It's our Daily Jam.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020


Following their excellent "Choucoune Asphyxiate Repeat" 12" from earlier this year, Bristol post punk outfit Spectres have a full-length LP heading our way in October.  Check out the nerve singed "An Annihilation of the Self" below and pre-order the "It's Never Going to Happen and This Is Why" LP from the band here (if you're in Europe) or here from Little Cloud Records (if you're in the US).

Daily Jam - The Ocean

Years ago when i was working AV at the university, we were running sound at a summer orientation for an event on the east mall.  There was a band of young dudes playing the event and they covered "The Ocean" by Led Zeppelin.  It was terrible.  Anyway, here's "The Ocean" by Led Zeppelin, our Daily Jam.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020


Got some new tunes from synth wave artist Pilotpriest yesterday which is always a good thing.  Check out "Consumed" below and then go download the "Moments Lost" EP here from the artist.

Daily Jam - Spark

Good morning.  Here's my favorite Tori Amos song "Spark," our Daily Jam.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Flesh of Morning

I just heard Austin darkwave synth duo Flesh of Morning for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and now they've got a new (very limited) 7" coming our way in the Fall.  Check out the broody, gothy "Fantasy" below and order the "Fantasy//In the The Dark" record here via Annals Imprint.

Daily Jam - Plainsong

Perhaps the most overtly dramatic opening to an album ever, here's The Cure's "Plainsong" from their magnum opus, our Daily Jam.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Jaga Jazzist

Norwegian electronic band Jaga Jazzist released their latest effort, "Pyramid," on Friday, and it's a head-ful.  The record combines elements of electronica with prog rock, jazz, kosmische psychedelia, and krautrock, like it should be soundtracking some video game that sucks you into its world.  Listen to the world creating "Spiral Era" below and download the album here from Brainfeeder.

Daily Jam - Road Movie to Berlin

I was supposed to get a lot of stuff done this weekend.  I didn't get any of it done.  Here's "Road Movie to Berlin" by They Might Be Giants, our Daily Jam.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Lingua Ignota Covers Chris Isaak

With all the horniness in the air yesterday because of that Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion video, it was easy to miss things like the surprise Krallice album or this absolutely haunting rendition of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" from experimental metal and noise artist Lingua Ignota.  This version lays operatic vocals over soft piano and a warped sample of Krzysztof Penderecki's "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima."  It also features some backing vocals from Daughters' Alexis Marshall.  It's awesome.  Check it out below and get it here.