Thursday, September 21, 2017

Charlotte Gainsbourg

More good new album news today.  Charlotte Gainsbourg has a new album in the works, "Rest," headed our way in November.  It's her first in seven years, and features Owen Pallett, half of Daft Punk, and Paul McCartney.  Check out the video for "Deadly Valentine" below featuring the artist and Dev Hynes as a couple who spend their entire lives in love with each other.  It's a kind of saccharine sweet, yet beautifully shot companion piece to to the track, a lush and dancey synth pop jam.  Watch below and get the record from Because Music.


Angel Olsen - Special

Good news everyone!  Angel Olsen is set to release a B-sides and rarities collection called "Phases" in November.  Listen to "Special," a tune originally recorded during the sessions for "My Woman" below, and get the album from Jagjaguwar.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Alice Boman

All about the pretty, dreamy feels this morning, so here's a wonderful new single from Swedish artist Alice Boman.  "Dreams" is floaty, wistful, and yearning, and you should listen to it below, then be sure to cop the 7" here from The Control Group.


Lou Rebecca

Since its inception, Holodeck Records has released a string of excellent and beautiful records and cassettes from a cadre of different artists, and they show no sign of slowing down.  Next January will see the release of the debut, self-titled cassette from Austin-based Parisian Lou Rebecca.  Dreamy, dense, and cinematic, i can't wait to get my grubby little hands on it.  Listen to "Fantome" below.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MAINE

Synth soundtracks to films both real and imagined take up a lot of my earspace, and have for years now.  French synthwave artist MAINE takes these horror and sci-fi cues we've all grown to love and distributes them accordingly on new record "V," creating an atmospheric, and sometimes dancey record that twists and turns just like you'd imagine a pretend film it could accompany would.  Listen to "L'autome" below and get the album from Burning Witches.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Björk - The Gate

Anytime we get new music from Björk, it's an event.  Going on 3 decades now, starting with her time in The Sugarcubes, the artist continues to push boundaries and pursue innovations in both sound and vision.  Watch the video for new song "The Gate" below and look for new album "Utopia" in November on One Little Indian.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Venomous Maximus

Well, the Texas/Southern Cal game ended up being way, way better than anyone had anticipated...but the final result was still not in my favor.  So, a little bummed, and i've probably had too much to drink (it is pumpkin ale season after all).  Anyway, here's some psych-infused, horror stoner metal from Houston's Venomous Maximus.  The band's "No Warning" LP is out now (get it here).  Listen to "Spellbound" below.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

RIP Harry Dean Stanton

We lost another icon yesterday, as it was reported that great actor and all around awesome person Harry Dean Stanton left this mortal coil as the age of 91.  Even if you don't recognize the name, you know who he is.  You've seen him in something.  The prolific actor popped up in all manner of film and television, cementing himself to our pop culture in a way few others can replicate.  I'll always remember him for his roles in "Alien," "Escape from New York," "Repo Man," and his recent turn in "Twin Peaks: The Return," but he did so much more.  He's even in "Cool Hand Luke," which instantly makes him cooler than you, cooler than me, and cooler than his many peers in the industry.  And by all accounts, he was an excellent human being to boot.  So, RIP Harry Dean Stanton.  You will be missed by many and matched by none.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Beaches

I really don't know what they put in the water over in Australia, but whatever it is, it certainly makes the continent spew out some of the most fantastic psych rock this world has to offer.  "Second of Spring," the latest from the quintet Beaches, is an album of epic proportions.  Fuzzy guitar wail, sun fried droning energy, and hypnotic garage stomp spread over 17 tracks of psychedelic mayhem, the record is cosmic blast from start to finish.  Listen to the album opening "Turning" below and get the record from Chapter Music.


Living Nudes - Goodbye Lover (Hello Dirt) Alternate Mix

More shameless self promotion from around these parts.  I remixed/reworked the closing track from last month's "My World Exploded" LP.  Give "Goodbye Lover (Hello Dirt) - Alternate Mix" below, and stay tuned for more bedroom recordings in the future, as that's pretty much what i do with my free time now.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

RIP Grant Hart

Bad news this morning.  Grant Hart, founding member and former drummer for Hüsker Dü passed away today from cancer.  I've always loved the band, so much so that years ago i was almost in a band called Husker Don't.  Anyway, listen to the Hart penned "Don't Want to Know if You Are Lonely" below.  RIP Grant Hart.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

John Carpenter - Christine

As we're entering a new Hollywood Stephen King Renaissance, or so it seems, cemented by how freaking great "It" was, i expect that the rest of the horror nerds and i will go and revisit all those King properties we grew up before the onslaught of new films and remakes.  So, it's only fitting that for John Carpenter's upcoming album, "Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998)," he gets back behind the camera for the first time in seven years to direct a video for his theme for "Christine."  It's kind of a quick, re-imagining of the original film, and it makes me long for the man to make more films.  And while that's probably not going to happen, at least we've got this.  Watch below and get the album in October on Sacred Bones.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pink Fink

New Orleans duo Pink Fink, purveyors of swampy, funky, disco-Italo, horror synth, are releasing their debut full-length, self-titled record in October on Disko Obscura...just in time for Halloween.  Listen to album opener "Haunted Boogie" below and pre-order here.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Ecstatic Union

Summer's almost over, so here's a sunshine-fueled psych jam from LA's Ecstatic Union.  "Illuminator" hits all the right notes, like some long lost Elephant 6 nugget.  Watch the video below and get the self-titled record from Lolipop!


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Om Unit

It's Sunday, and i'm trying to reconcile my love of football with my disdain for its internal politics that ostracizes its more socially political members and, you know, covers up that whole brain injury thing.  Anyway, here's some cinematic synth music from London's Om Unit.  "Out of the Shadows" has kind of a Vangelis feel to it, with some house beats on the back side.  Listen below and pre-order the "Self" LP here, from Cosmic Bridge Records.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Acid Nightmares

I'm pretty sure that crate digging record label Numero Group has never put out an album that wasn't fantastic.  Everything they unearth, from unheard, swinging soul tunes, to crunchy power pop, to dusty old folk just makes my ears sing.  Previously focusing on rare folk jams and Americana, this time around the label's Wayfaring Strangers series takes a stab at acid drenched psychedelia on the compilation "Acid Nightmares."  The record contains 18 tracks of guitar fuzz, burn-out blasts, and fried freakouts, a perfect soundtrack for demented hippies blazing through the desert on motorcycles, chasing the demons in their heads.  Listen to "Dark Dawn" from Whistlers Mother below and cop the record here.


Friday, September 8, 2017

S. Maharba

It's been a little while since we last heard from UK electronic producer S. Maharba, and on the latest EP, the gorgeous and haunting "Mirror & Veil," the artist's dusty, warped, ethereal aesthetic remains firmly and wonderfully intact.  Listen to album opener "A Cold Glass Hand" below and snag the EP here.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Weyes Blood

Natalie Mering has been making music as Weyes Blood for a number of years now, and today via Mexican Summer, she's released a new 7" featuring covers of songs she used to regularly work into her sets in the early days.  The single features covers of Soft Machine's "A Certain Kind" and Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'," made famous by Harry Nilsson for the "Midnight Cowboy" soundtrack.  Anyway, they're both great.  Listen below and get it here.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts

Composer Daniele Luppi has a new collaborative album called "Milano" coming out in October, much in the same vein as his 2011 Danger Mouse/Jack White/Norah Jones project "Rome."  The new record feature New York post punk band Parquet Courts and Karen O, and should be interesting.  Listen to the cinematic "Soul and Cigarette" below and get the album from 30th Century Records.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Perturbator

It's going to be okay everybody.  We've got new surprise new music out from Perturbator today.  The "New Model" EP continues the artist's forays into cinematic synthscapes and techno blasts, but adds a layer of late 80's industrial flair to the mix this go around.  Listen to "Tactical Precision Disarray" below and download the album here.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Peter Oren

Western Vinyl has been amassing a pretty stellar string of releases of late, leaning towards more low key artists putting out impressive and intoxicating work.  Indiana's Peter Oren comes from a singer/songwriter aesthetic, but mixes a kind of dusty or earthy folk sound into his final product, all while the added orchestration gives everything a classic cinematic feel.  The "Anthropocene" LP is due in November, but go ahead and listen to the title track below now.


Sunday, September 3, 2017

PESSIMIST

Here's some dark tones and electronic drones from London producer PESSIMIST.  Listen to "Glued" featuring Loop Faction below and get the artist's self-titled album via Blackest Ever Black.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Kirsten Wenlock

Tacoma artist Kirsten Wenlock makes a kind of dreamy, hazy soul, retro R&B filtered through a lo-fi ear.  It's awesome.  Even more awesome is that she covered one of my all time favorite songs, The Four Tops' 1966 hit "Reach Out I'll Be There."  Listen below and get more from the artist here.


Friday, September 1, 2017

Deerhoof

Long-running, quirky and eccentric art pop band Deerhoof have a new record out next week on Joyful Noise.  New Deerhoof is always welcome around these parts, and if you order it here now and up to the official release date, 100% of the money made goes to the Emergent Fund.  Listen to "I Will Spite Survive" featuring Jenn Wasner below.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Father John Misty remixed by The Haxan Cloak

On a collaborative pairing i never would have even dreamed of, artist and troublemaker Father John Misty gets the remix treatment from dark and droney producer The Haxan Cloak, with the latter turning the former's treatise on a post-apocalyptic world, the wonderfully titled "Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution," into something even darker.  And it works like gangbusters.  Watch Matthew Daniel Siskin's nightmarish video for the remix below, a dread inducing collage of stock footage, current events, revelry, and garbage.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

I've got to be in the right mood to listen to Kurt Vile (though i do think he's great), and i've never really given Courtney Barnett much thought to be honest, but the two artists have made a record together, and from the first single, "Over Everything," it seems like a pairing that's long overdue.  The song is folky, spacey, stoner kind of jam, and i've got to admit i'm pretty into it.  Watch the persona-swapped video below and get the album from Milk! Records in October.

Kurt and Courtney...far out.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

John Maus - The Combine

He had hinted at new music on the way, and now we know that John Maus's new album "Screen Memories" will be out at the end of October on Ribbon Music.  Hooray!  Anyway, check out the lo-fi, psychedelic video for "The Combine" below, a dark and synthy song about getting chopped up by a combine harvester.  Sweet.


Monday, August 28, 2017

OCS - Memory of a Cut Off Head

Remember last week Thee Oh Sees, now known as just Oh Sees, released their 19th album "Orc?"  Yeah.  It was pretty awesome.  Well, the band has already announced a follow up album...and another name change.  November's "Memory of a Cut Off Head" finds that band going back to the original moniker used on their first release, just plain old OCS.  The album also marks a whole slew of anniversaries, the band's 20th release, their 20th year, and John Dwyer's Castle Face Records' 100th release.  May the celebration boogie begin.  Listen to the title track below and be sure to get the record in November.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

RIP Tobe Hooper

Responsible for 2 of my all time favorite films, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Poltergeist" respectively, i will always fondly remember Tobe Hooper as a master of genre filmmaking.  I may have to sneak in a viewing tonight after the boys go to bed.  RIP Tobe Hooper.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Allah-Las cover Kathy Heideman

LA psych rock band The Allah-Las have an EP of covers headed our way in November courtesy of Mexican Summer.  Tackling tracks from George Harrison, Television, and Further, the record looks to comb through a variety of influences.  The band also take a stab at forgotten folk-country artist Kathy Heideman's "The Earth Won't Hold Me," and it's a fantastic, dusty and sun-fried little psychedelic jam.  Listen below.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Living Nudes

I have never really been very comfortable with any kind of self-promotion.  It's hard.  It feels weird.  And i guess i just don't take compliments very well.  Anyway, i made a record.  Not a physical one mind you, as i don't have the kind of scratch required to press anything to vinyl, but a little digital collection of songs i've had sitting in my head for a long time.  Some of these were penned as far back as 2002, but for some reason or another, i just never got them down on tape (i guess i've been pretty busy).  I wanted to change that.  I needed to change that.  So, during any of the free moments i've had over the last few months, an hour here or 30 minutes there, i've been recording in my bedroom.  And this is what i've got.  I'm naming the project Living Nudes and calling the record "My World Exploded."  Normally i find it natural and easy to write about music, but when it's my own, i guess i'm at a loss.  All in all, it's a lo-fi affair, and i hope you like it.  Stream the whole thing below and download it here if you are so inclined.


John Carpenter - Anthology

Though he's been doing the primarily musician thing for a few years now, John Carpenter's filmography still weighs heavy, both in genre filmmaking and in film score composition.  The number of artists and bands out there influenced by Carpenter's sleek and spooky synthesizer accompaniment are too numerous to even go into, hordes of musicians making their own faux soundtracks.  And that's not even going into the many labels reissuing all of these old original soundtracks.  Anyway, the good people at Sacred Bones are compiling many of Carpenter's movie themes into one collection, the aptly named "Anthology (Movie Themes 1974-1998)."  This is a fantastic starting point for new fans, and another excellent and beautiful must-have for the old hats like myself.  Get it in October and listen to the theme from "In the Mouth of Madness" below.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Gyda Valtysdóttir

As a member of Icelandic post rock band múm, Gyda Valtysdóttir has always made ethereal, dramatic, and ghostly music, and she continues to do so on her solo album, "Epicycle."  Originally released as a limited CD in her home nation, the album is now getting a wide release courtesy of Figureight.  It consists of the artist's usual flair for haunting, beautiful, and unusual, and dives into reinterpretations of ancient tomes and classical pieces of music.  Listen to "Seikilos Epitaph" below and get the album in October.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Harlem Reuniting and covering Lana Del Rey

Dallas music blog Gorilla Vs Bear is reporting that old Austin garage rock band (and one of my personal favorites from the last decade) Harlem are reuniting.  That's awesome news.  I haven't seen the band perform since 2010, but hopefully i'll be able to remedy that over the course of the next few months.  Anyway, aside from getting the band back together, they also appear to be restarting their cover of the month project which they used to do way back in the Myspace era.  Listen to spooky and warped lo-fi cover of Lana Del Rey's "Cola" below.  Hooray!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Maston

Aside from working with folks like Jacco Gardner and The Allah-Las, recording artist Frank Maston also releases music on his own, under the name Maston.  New album "Tulips" comes across like some warped stew of 60's sunshine pop, old, dusty library sounds, and TV documentary soundtracks.  Watch the video for "Swans" below and pre-order the LP from the artist's own Phonoscope imprint.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Absolutely Free - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

Did you guys here that there's an eclipse today?  Of course you did.  It's been kind of hard to miss.  Anyway, in honor of that, Toronto band Absolutely Free released a pretty solid cover of The Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," which you can listen to below and buy here.  Enjoy.


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Jackie Shane

Long the purveyors of obscure soul gems from around the world, Numero Group has really outdone themselves this time, with the upcoming compilation album of 1960's Toronto transgender artist Jackie Shane.  "Any Other Way" compiles the artist's singles as well as live session from 1967 with the usual Numero attention to detail and sound.  Given a lot of the current political climate, this music feels as important now as it probably was 50 years ago.  Listen to "Cruel Cruel World" below and pre-order here.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ritual Howls

Gothy, industrial-esque Detroit post punk band Ritual Howls are back next month with a new EP on Felte.  On "Blood Red Moon," there's almost a dance thing going on, like some dour, but propulsive beat to send you into the grave.  Listen below and pre-order the "Their Body" EP here.


Friday, August 18, 2017

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard with Mild High Club

Continuing their mission to release 5(!) albums this year, the nuts in Australian garage psych outfit King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard with their third record of 2017, a collaborative effort with Los Angeles band Mild High Club called "Sketches of Brunswick East."  The album is available now for download and streaming via Flightless, and up for physical pre-order from ATO.  Listen to "Countdown" below.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Secret Chiefs 3 - Personae: Halloween

I was fortunate enough to see Mike Patton/Dave Lombardo supergroup Dead Cross last night, and made sure to get there early enough to catch Secret Chiefs 3 as well...and...they melted my damn brain.  I'm only familiar with some of their music, but seeing them live was something else entirely, only made more so by their proggy cover of John Carpenter's theme from "Halloween."  Color me smitten.  I going to have to deep dive into the band's catalog wholesale.  Anyway, the song appears on the 2013 album "Book of Souls: Folio A," which you can get from Web of Mimicry, and you should definitely watch the video below.


Grooms

Hey guys, it's Thursday, and as far as i know, we haven't descended into all out civil war yet, so here's some fractured, gloomy (yet dreamy) pop from Brooklyn's Grooms.  Listen to "Turn Your Body" below and be sure to get the upcoming "Exit Index" LP in October on Western Vinyl.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LCD Soundsystem - tonite

Good news everyone, LCD Soundsystem released a new single from their upcoming return, the pulsing, electro-disco jam, "tonite."  Watch the video for the song below and get new album "American Dream" on September 1st.  That's just over two weeks away.  Holy shit!


Shabazz Palaces - Shine A Light

Shabazz Palaces put out one of my favorite songs of the year so far with "Shine A Light," from their "Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star" LP, and now they have an accompanying video.  And whoa, what a video.  Watch below and get the record (one of two the artists have released this year) from Sub Pop.


Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Experimental electronic artist Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has a new album in the works, and here's a weird (and excellent) little track from it called "To Follow and Lead."  Listen below and get the upcoming new record "The Kid" from Western Vinyl in October.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ariel Pink - Feels Like Heaven

Ariel Pink's new album "Dedicated to Bobby Jameson" is out next month on Mexican Summer, and the artist has released another new track from the record, this time with the dreamy, 80's pop-tinged "Feels Like Heaven."  It's an airy and floating little jam, a wistful post summer tune for sunsets.  Listen below.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Wolf Eyes - No Hate

Following the events that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend that resulted in the death of 32-year old Heather Heyer at the hands of a white supremacist, noisy Detroit band Wolf Eyes have released a free experimental album called "No Hate" to help bolster the fundraising effort for a Go Fund Me campaign to aid Ms. Heyer's family.  Listen to the whole thing below, download it here, and donate here.


Carmen Villain (featuring Jenny Hval)

Here's a song from Norwegian/Mexican artist Carmen Villain's upcoming "Infinite Avenue" LP featuring fellow Norwegian Jenny Hval laying down some vocals.  "Borders" is a hushed and haunting looped track, churning and bubbling before Hval's feverish, escalating choruses, telling an abstract tale of racism and fear.  It's pretty amazing.  Listen below and get the LP from Smalltown Supersound.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

King Khan

October brings us some new garage shenanigans from King Khan...always a wonderful and good thing.  Listen to "It's a Lie" below and get the upcoming "Murderburgers" here.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ovef Ow

My methods of discovering new music over the years have remained relatively intact since i was a teenager (buying dollar bin stuff i've never heard of, record store clerk recommendations, music magazines, blogs, etc.), but they sure are taking the backseat lately, a result of the scores of wonderful bands and artists i find on Bandcamp.  It's truly invaluable for someone like me.  Anyway, this morning i came across a wonderful hybrid of post punk and surf rock from Chicago four-piece Ovef Ow.  Listen to the chugging "Working Girl" below and get the "Working" EP here.