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.


Friday, July 7, 2017

Toro y Moi - Boo Boo

Toro y Moi has a new album, "Boo Boo," out today via Carpark, and it's a slick and hazy collection of synth-driven, chilled, and dreamy pop grooves.  Stream the whole thing below, with accompanying video of Chaz Bundick (now going by Chaz Bear for some reason) hanging out and driving around the Bay Area.  It's kind of relaxing.


House of Waxwork

Already a fantastic record label releasing absolutely beautiful reissues of film scores, the good folks over at Waxwork Records have really come upon one of the coolest ideas i've heard in a long time.  The label has begun putting out a horror anthology comic book called "House of Waxwork," and each issue comes with a 7" soundtrack (if you will) of music composed for the stories within each comic.  It's awesome, and it's out today.  Go get it here right now.  And stream the record below, featuring work from Rami Sharkey, Kevin Dredge, The Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra, Douglas Pipes, and Creeper.

Also, dig on how much "The Die-rector" resembles David Lynch.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Amateur Childbirth

It's Thursday.  Here's some stripped down, minimalist, apocalyptic folk rock for your listening pleasure.  "Your Afterlife Is Cancelled," the latest upcoming album from Australian doom troubadour Amateur Childbirth looks at and channels all of the sadism and biblical nightmares of the gods into creeping, haunting dark folk.  Listen to "All Doomed" below and pre-order the record here from Blackest Ever Black.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Gyan Rosling

So maybe the reversing of letters for a band name is kind of dumb and played out now, but who cares when the music is fun, right?  Anyway, the long silent Retro Promenade finally issued a new release yesterday with the "Decadence" EP from Gyan Rosling.  Dreamy, sometimes cheesy, synth pop for the masses.  Hazaa!  Listen to the title track below and grab the EP here.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Xander Harris - Beautiful Blues

Somatic Records here in Austin is a pretty cool little label that puts out kinds of synthy, droney, noisy goodies.  (Full disclosure: i'm friends with one of the guys who runs the label.)  Anyway, celebrating the fact that they've completely sold out of all of their first run cassette releases, the label is offering up some of their offerings for free download for a limited time.  Right now, you can snag Xander Harris' new half hour opus "Beautiful Blues," and you should,as it's a sweeping, washing piece of sound, and perfect to cool out to later tonight after fireworks.  Listen below.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Solar Temple

Here's some atmospheric and pagan black metal from the Netherlands.  Listen to the absolutely cosmic "Rays of Brilliance" from Solar Temple below, download it here from Fallen Empire Records, and since it appears the limited cassette is long gone, just be good with that.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Myrkur

Fuckin' A, we've got some new music from Myrkur headed our way in September.  The gothy black metal chanteuse's latest, "Mareidt," even features fellow dark princess Chelsea Wolfe on a couple of tracks, so this should be a noisy and heavy candlelit affair to remember.  Get your corpse paint and your black nail polish ready, and listen to "Maneblot" below, and be sure to get the record from Relapse.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

Battery Point

Here's a little dreamy shoegaze love nugget from California 4-piece Battery Point.  "Wish" sounds like something i'd have hung my heart on listening to it on late Sunday nights on "120 Minutes."  Listen below and snag the band's "Star" EP here for a dollar.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Rick and Morty Season 3 Trailer

Rick and Morty return one month from today, with season 3 beginning on July 30th.  Who else is stoked?  Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!  Watch the television trailer below.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Arthur Vint & Associates

If we're all honest, there's really nothing much better than Ennio Morricone's film scores.  I could listen to the Maestro all day, everyday, and still be consistently blown away by his body of work.  That being said, it's also pretty cool to hear other artists' take on the great composer.  Brooklyn based drummer Arthur Vint gives us a groovy country-jazz collection of Morricone jams on his latest album "Death Rides a Horse," taking on songs from "The Man with No Name" trilogy as well as "Once Upon a Time in the West."  Listen to "For A Few Dollars More" below and pre-order the album here via Ropeadope.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Vessels featuring The Flaming Lips

Electronic collective Vessels have a new album, "The Great Distraction," out in September on Different Recordings.  New jam "Deflect the Light" features The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne doing what he does with his oft magical vocals in the mix.  Listen below.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wand - Plum

With three amazing albums released over a year's time, LA psych rock band Wand quickly became one of my favorites back in 2015.  The last couple of years has seen band members working on different projects, but they're back together again with a new album, "Plum," due in September on Drag City.  Watch the video for the title track below.  The band has dialed back the psychedelic stomp a little bit, but it's still great.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Nine Inch Nails on Twin Peaks

Eight episodes in to the return of "Twin Peaks," and there's been a veritable bevy of amazing music and bands featured on the show so far.  Last night Nine Inch Nails made an appearance performing "She's Gone Away," and...it was pretty fucking awesome.  Anyway, watch below.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Saba Lou

Doesn't it just make you sick when someone decades younger than you is infinitely better at something than you are?  Berlin artist Saba Lou has been recording music since she was 6 years old, and her debut full length, the upcoming "Planet Enigma," which she recorded at 15, is due next month on Ernest Jenning Record Co.  The record features folks like King Khan (who happens to be her father) and Ryan Sambol among others, which just makes it more awesome.  Anyway, listen to the wistful little piece of psych folk, "Lost and Found," below, and marvel at how far beyond her years the artist sounds.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Love Theme

One of my favorite artists of the last few years was the strange and lo-fi, rockabilly drone of Dirty Beaches, the project of Alex Zhang Hungtai.  That project has been defunct for a little while now, but the artist has remained busy, playing tenor sax for Trouble on "Twin Peaks" for one, and now with a new experimental and cinematic drone and electronics trio.  Love Theme make haunting stuff, and listening to "Desert Exile" is like painting a surreal night in ominous tones, driving through a dark city and observing its denizens silently through the window.  Listen below and grab the self-titled album here from Alter.


Friday, June 23, 2017

HEALTH and Preoccupations

Noisy LA electro-rock band HEALTH periodically release dancey remixes of their work.  They're a lot of fun, and the third installment, the aptly named "DISCO 3," has been out for a couple of months, but just made it to vinyl today (i think).  Anyway, as per usual it does not disappoint.  Listen to Preoccupations' remix of "Men Tomorrow" below and get the album from Loma Vista.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ex Eye

Saxophonist, experimental artist, and all around cool dude Colin Stetson makes some of the most amazing and mind bending music as both a solo artist and collaborator, and now he's put together a fusion of jazz, metal, and more with his new project Ex Eye, a project which band members have described as "post everything."  I dig it.  Listen to the noise of "Xenolith; The Anvil" below and get the self titled record from Relapse tomorrow.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Century Palm

A couple of months late to the party on this, but Toronto's Century Palm have a kind of new wave/post punk/krautrock thing going for them that i would be remiss not to dig into.  The band's "Meet You" LP is out now on Deranged Records, but you can listen to "Then You're Gone" below right now.  Do it.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dead Cross - Seizure and Desist

I am very much looking forward to the self-titled debut from hardcore supergroup Dead Cross in August, and watching the video for new single "Seizure and Desist" just makes it more so.  It's awesome.  Watch it below and pre-order the album here from Ipecac.



Tobacco - Got Wet in The Bomb Shelter

Always stoked to get new music from Tobacco or Black Moth Super Rainbow.  Listen to the former's latest single "Got Wet in the Bomb Shelter" below.


Hercules and Love Affair and Sharon Van Etten

New Wave disco project Hercules and Love Affair have a new album of heady, booty quaking jams on the horizon with the upcoming "Omnion" LP.  The title track features vocals from guitar wielding chanteuse Sharon Van Etten (fresh off of a spellbinding appearance on "Twin Peaks," and is a fairly subdued and warbly piece of work, a moving and oozing statement of vulnerability.  It's quite lovely.  Listen below and pre-order the record here.


RIP Prodigy

The first concert i ever took my oldest son to was an instore performance by Mobb Deep at Waterloo Records.  He was 9 or 10 months old.  So, it is with heavy heart to report that the group's member Prodigy was discovered dead this morning.  No word yet as to cause of death.  RIP Prodigy.

Cloakroom

Indian metal band Cloakroom play heavy, crunchy, doom-laden riffs against airy, ethereal, shoegazey vocals, and on upcoming new album "Time Well," add a dusty layer of Americana to the mix as well.  These are all things i can get solidly behind.  Watch the video for "Seedless Star" below and pre-order the record from Relapse.


Kedr Livanskiy

Russian artist Kedr Livanskiy will be releasing her full-length album "Ariadna" in September on 2MR.  Pairing a dreampop floatiness with an 80's electronic aesthetic, the record is looking to sound like an Eastern Bloc interpretation of sounds gone by.  Listen to the album's title track below, and if you're only going to be influenced by one Russian this year, make it this year, make it this Russian.


Monday, June 19, 2017

L.A. Witch

I do love the girls in the garage.  L.A. Witch, a trio from LA naturally, are set to release their debut of fuzzy garage rock nuggets in September via Suicide Squeeze.  Listen to "Untitled" below and be sure to pre-order the self-titled record.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hot Flash Heat Wave

Part psych pop, part 90's alt-rock, part doo-wop, and surf rock, San Francisco's Hot Flash Heat Wave just released the very summery and dreamy "Soaked" LP via OIM Records.  It sounds like a day at the beach or an evening by the pool.  Get it here and listen to "Raindrop" below.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Planetary Peace

In 1980, the husband/wife duo of Will and Kalima Sawyer built a mail order Serge synthesizer together at their home in London, and then recorded an album of quirky, devotional, cosmic new age in their living room on a Teac tape machine.  The end result was "Synthesis," which the pair released on a very limited run of cassettes (mostly to friends and family) under the moniker of Planetary Peace.  Unearthed a couple of years ago at a yard sale in New Mexico, the album recently got a reissue from Love All Day...which unfortunately is now sold out in all physical formats.  But, you can still download the whole album here for a dollar.  And you should do that because it's wonderful.  Listen to "Silence of Night" below.


Friday, June 16, 2017

LINGUA IGNOTA

Equally surreal, haunting, and abrasive, the music on Rhode Island artist LINGUA IGNOTA's new album "All Bitches Die," sounds akin to a coven of witches using everything within their power to hex the world and smite their enemies.  Extended moments of eerie stillness supplanted by cacophonous noise and shrieks, a cauldron bubbling over, and death everywhere.  Listen to "All Bitches Die (Bitches All Die Here)" below, and snag the album here.


Rips

New York band Rips channel the sounds of the late 1970's NYC punk scene into fuzzy, chugging riffs and late night excursions.  The band's self-titled LP is out now on Faux Discx.  Listen to "Psychics" below.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Washed Out - Hard to Say Goodbye

Here's another new track from Washed Out's upcoming new album "Mister Mellow."  "Hard to Say Goodbye" feels like a call back to the artist's earlier work from almost a decade ago, feeling a bit like an old school "chill wave" (a moniker i still despise as it was coined by a smarmy, annoying blogger who isn't me) jam.  Listen below and get the album (with accompanying videos) at the end of the month from Stones Throw.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chelsea Wolfe - 16 Psyche

Dark chanteuse Chelsea Wolfe has always drawn plenty of inspiration from heavy metal for her Gothic folk output, but her latest, the upcoming "Hiss Spun," finds the artist almost going full on crushing doom metal.  Listen to "16 Psyche" below and get the record from Sargent House in September.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Joseph Shabason

Here's a dreamy, mellow jam from Joseph Shabason, noted for his stellar sax work for Destroyer.  The artist's new solo record, "Aytche," is due in August on Western Vinyl.  Listen to the title track below and try not to float away.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Aldous Harding - Blend

I caught New Zealand singer/songwriter Aldous Harding earlier this year at SXSW, and honestly was somewhat perplexed by her mix of quirky folk and bizarro strands of pop.  But it works.  And it works well.  Aping on the Playboy bunny USO scene from "Apocalypse Now," the artist's new video for "Blend" finds her decked out in a cowgirl bikini outfit, dancing a go-go, all in front of a blank, white background.  Given the low-key and subdued nature of the song, the effect is eerie.  Watch the video below, and get Harding's "Party" LP from 4AD.