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.