Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HOLY

Here's some warm and gorgeous psychedelic pop from Sweden's HOLY.  "Heard Her" moves and swirls in all the right ways.  Listen below and get the upcoming "All These Worlds Are Yours" LP from PNKSLM in January.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Filthy Huns

It seems like it's been a while since i last hopped on the hype train for vast array of weirdo artists on Not Not Fun, and brother, that's just not right.  Anyway, December sees the release of the new cassette, "Forever Beast," from LA artist Filthy Huns.  Listen to "Magick Tea" below.  It sounds like wasted dub music mixed with pagan rituals all going on an acid trip together in the desert.  Then get it here.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

His Electro Blue Voice

Man, i sure am glad i came across Maple Death Records earlier this year when they released a vinyl reissue of Cindy Lee's "Malenkost."  Ever since then, the label has kept me in a steady supply of excellent off-center music coming out of Italy, from cowpunk to loopy synths to post punk and noise.  It's been great.  And now, out in a few days is the latest from Italian band His Electro Blue Voice.  "Mental Hoop" is searing, blistering mix of hardcore punk, industrial, noise, and psychedelic post punk.  Listen to "Earthworm" below and get the record here.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

HEALTH & NOLIFE

LA synth-noise-dance-rock band HEALTH have teamed with New York producer NOLIFE to craft the creeping and foreboding "Hard to Be a God."  It's pretty awesome, an oozing mix of icy club music and ominous noise.  Let's hope we get more from these guys soon.  Listen below.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Pinkshinyultrablast

Russian shoegaze band Pinkshinyultrablast go full on lush and gorgeous synth pop with their latest track "In the Hanging Gardens," and it works wonderfully.  An album is in the works, but you can listen to the song below now, and get it from Club AC30.


King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland

Still attempting to release 5 albums before year's end, Aussie psych and garage troubadours King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard just unleashed their 4th effort of the year, "Polygondwanaland," and they've made it available for free download.  Hooray!  Stream the whole thing below, and go get it here from Flightless.  Also, the band has made the masters to the songs available for free as well...which means there may be all manner of bootlegged releases of the record on the horizon in the near future.  Be on the lookout i guess, and let's anxiously await album number 5.  I'm thinking something just in time for Christmas.


Friday Horror Trailer - Nightmare




Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tea Leigh and Luke Reed

A few years ago, lo-fi artist Luke Reed used to record lovely dreampop singles with like-minded artist Tea Leigh which were eventually lost to memory and probably the inner sanctums of Soundcloud and Youtube and such.  After parting ways, Leigh went on to become a tattoo artist in Brooklyn, and Reed continued to make music, releasing an album of lo-fi folk pop jams earlier this year.  But now the duo are back together for a new single, the gorgeous and sleepy bedroom pop jam "Underwater."  Listen below, and then get it here from The Native Sound.  While there, you may also want to grab "Singles," an EP of the duo's songs from 2012.  They're fantastic.  Let's hope we get some more.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Loma

The wonderful Dripping Springs, TX band Cross Record have teamed up with Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg for a new project called Loma.  The project looks to be full of haunting and devastating beauty.  The self-titled album is due in February from Sub Pop.  In the meanwhile, watch the video for "Black Willow" below.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Swiftumz

Here's an excellent mix of psych-tinged Americana and jangle pop, a lo-fi stoner nugget that would have been perfectly at home in the late 80's with the likes of Galaxie 500 and folks like that.  Swiftumz makes jangly bedroom pop for the masses.  Watch the trippy video for "Honey" below and get the "Game Six" 7" here from Fruits and Flowers.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Godflesh - Post Self

F'n A!  I didn't know we were getting new Godflesh this month, but here we are.  New album "Post Self" is out on Friday from Avalanche Recordings.  Listen to crushing title track below and pre-order here.


Sunday, November 12, 2017

RIP Fred Cole

Fred Cole with his wife Toody
Fred Cole, lead singer and guitarist of the cult underground garage and punk rock group Dead Moon has passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.  The man made awesome music for decades.  Listen to one of my faves, "I'm Wise," below.  RIP Fred Cole.


Saturday, November 11, 2017

RIP Chuck Mosley

Admittedly, i am a far bigger fan of Patton-era Faith No More than Mosley-era Faith No More, but those goofy, old funk-rap-metal fusion songs maintain a soft spot in my heart, and a lot of that is due to the quirky delivery of former front man Chuck Mosley.  The 57-year old passed away yesterday, and feels like just one more little piece of the music i grew up with fading away.  Watch the video for the band's "We Care A Lot" below.  RIP Chuck Mosley.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Kelly Lee Owens - More Than a Woman

Coming off an excellent self-titled album earlier this year, Kelly Lee Owens just released a single covering Aaliyah's "More That a Woman," and then remixing it herself on the B-side.  I was never into Aaliyah's stuff back in the day, late 90's R&B being outside of my wheelhouse, but Owens' synthy and grooving take on the late artist's track is pretty infectious.  Listen below and get it here via Smalltown Supersound.


Dust Witch

Here's another goody i missed out on last weekend at Mondo-Con.  Massachusetts proggy synth band Dust Witch make 70's (and 80's) soundtrack inspired madness, taking cues from Goblin and Carpenter in equal measure.  Listen to both "Mirage" and "Hibernaculum" below, download the songs here, and you can still get the 7" from Mondo/Death Waltz here.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ty Segall - My Lady's on Fire

Here's another new jam from prolific garage rock artist Ty Segall, and this time he's got sax!  "My Lady's on Fire" marks the third month (and color) in a row for a new single from Segall.  I'd be happy if goes on ad infinitum.  Listen below and get it here via Drag City.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tim Heidecker - Sentencing Day

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary that...well...you know what happened.  Anyway, comedian, musician, and fellow libtard Tim Heidecker has been putting out all manner of protest songs about President Dipshit ever since, most of which will be collected on the album "Too Dumb for Suicide," out digitally tomorrow on Jagjaguwar.  Read Heidecker's thoughts on the album and then listen to the ballad "Sentencing Day" below.

Well here it is. About one year in the making, all my Trump songs in one place. Most of these songs were written and recorded quickly, with the blood still boiling from whatever indignity or absurdity had popped up on my newsfeed that day. Certainly, “Trump Tower” was written in the rotten dawn, days after Trump’s win. Let’s hope I don’t write any more of these, but I probably will. Thanks to Davin Wood for playing piano on “Trump Tower,” and thanks to Jonathan Rado, who produced and played on a good number of these (the ones where you hear some of that beautiful tape hiss on, mostly)—his tribute to Steve Nieve on “Imperial Bedroom” is particularly inspired. Thanks to Kane Ritchotte and Max Whipple for providing the best rhythm section a boy could ask for and to Jordan Katz, Taylor Plenn and David Ralicke for laying down some sweet horns on “Wilbur Ross.” Thanks to Vic Berger for adding some backups to “Sentencing Day” and for usually being the best audience for these tunes. Thanks to Josh Tillman for surprising me with a tear-inducing cover of “Trump’s Private Pilot” and for allowing us to include it here…. Finally, NO thanks to Paul Simon who didn’t let us include “I Am a Cuck.”

I'm totally into this.  How about you?



Monday, November 6, 2017

Blut Aus Nord

How did i miss that there was a new Blut Aus Nord record out?  Sure, the French metalhead is prolific enough, but i should have noticed.  Anyway, "Deus Salutis Meae" is the latest brutal and hallucinatory dirge from the black metal artist, and it's a doozy.  Listen to the terrifying "Chorea Macchabeorum" below, then grab the album digitally here or physically here via Debemur Morti Productions.


Khruangbin

Sometimes i forget just how big and diverse the city of Houston is.  I love Austin to death, but the cultural hub of Texas is more than likely a 3 hour drive southeast of us.  And bringing the proverbial noise is Houston 3-piece Khruangbin and their amazing blend of funk, psych, surf rock, and world vibes.  Translated from Thai, the band's name means "Engine Fly," and they keep the groove cool and humming.  New album "Con Todo El Mundo" is due in January on Dead Oceans, but listen to "Maria Tambien" below in the meantime.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Carla dal Forno

Berlin by way of Australia artist Carla dal Forno makes wonderfully complex and moody music with bands like Tarcar and F ingers, but makes equally dark, damaged, and fractured pop as a solo act.  She released her latest, "The Garden" EP, last month on Blackest Ever Black, a short collection of warped and somber post-punk-ish jams.  It's awesome.  Listen to "We Shouldn't Have to Wait" below and get the record here.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Horror Trailer - Splatter University

Horror movies are one of my favorite things.  And after a second consecutive year of posting a horror trailer a day during the month of October, i kind of figured it was bullshit to confine these wonderful slices of blood and exploitation to the Halloween season.  I also love posting these things.  So, from now on, i'm going to post a new horror trailer every Friday.  First up is an 80's slasher obscurity, "Splatter University."


Steve Moore - Unconquered Sun

Steve Moore, one half of the synth prog rock band Zombi, often ventures out solo to record all manner of different projects, be they film scores, droning experiments, or all out synth ragers.  He just put out the previously unreleased "Unconquered Sun," recorded in 2015 for the Star's End Ambient Radio Winter Solstice broadcast on WXPN in Philadelphia.  It's epic.  Listen below and get it from the artist here.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Belbury Circle

Ghost Box cast members Belbury Poly and The Advisory Circle have joined forces (again) with The Belbury Circle, and new album "Outward Journeys."  Combing through Italian library sounds, cinematic synths, and New Age vibes, the record explores all those old sonic explorations that were supposed to be a path to the future.  Well, here we are.  Listen to some clips from the record below.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Deadly Avenger

Aside from an endless string of amazing reissued soundtracks, Death Waltz also knocks it out of park with regularity on their original releases too.  One of the latest, from the UK's Deadly Avenger, is the artist's new album "Everyday Is Kill."  It's synth drenched goodness, and will be available at this weekend's Mondo-Con here in Austin (which i'm missing this year).  But don't fret if you can't make the trip, as it should be up for sale online shortly thereafter.  In the meanwhile, listen to "Nightrunner" below.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

VHS Glitch

VHS Glitch is always good for some evil, Halloween-fueled synth wave, and new album "ROBOROR" is no different.  Like a soundtrack to an imaginary action horror flick that bleeds ultra violence, this thing jams in all the right places.  Listen to the title track below and get the album here.


October Horror Trailer - Inside



Friday, October 27, 2017

Living Nudes - Call Me Lucifer b/w Demons! Goblins! Witches!

I recorded a couple of songs (written a decade ago) specifically for Halloween.  Listen to "Call Me Lucifer" and "Demons! Goblins! Witches!" below, and as always, if you are so inclined, download any and all of my stuff here.

Happy Halloween!


October Horror Trailer - An American Werewolf in London




Thursday, October 26, 2017

Sally Dige

Berlin by way of Vancouver artist Sally Dige makes simple and catchy, industrial-tinged synth pop.  The Gothic and darkwave edges are the perfect fit for Fall listening.  Check out "Holding On" below and grab the full-length LP of the same name from DKA Records.

October Horror Trailer - Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives




Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Brian Eno with Kevin Shields - Only Once Away My Son

Legendary artist/producer Brian Eno recorded a new song with My Bloody Valentine main man Kevin Shields...and that's really all you need to know.  Listen to "Only Once Away My Son," and then maybe blur out of reality.  It's beautiful.  Much thanks to Adult Swim.


Hannah Peel

Combining spacey, analog synths with a 29-piece orchestra, Irish experimental and electronic composer Hannah Peel crafts something truly epic with her latest album "Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia."  Lush and cinematic, the album sounds like a trip to the farthest reaches of space, the gorgeous soundtrack to exploring the universe.  It's magical.  Listen to album opener "Goodbye Earth" below and buy it from the artist here.


Parsnip

Here's some excellent, psych-tinged, girls-in-the-garage style rock from female four-piece Parsnip.  "Health" sounds like something that's been preserved in time for over 50 years, just waiting to be unearthed and danced to.  Listen below, and pre-order the band's self-titled 7" from Anti Fade.


Katy & Nick

London duo Katy & Nick make a kind of simple, stripped, and abrasive version of synth wave.  It's haunting, but also kind of intimidating.  And it's awesome.  Listen to "That Man Is Back" below and get the "What I Did For You" 2-track EP here from the band.


October Horror Trailer - Curtains



Goon

LA band Goon, who released the fantastic "Cammie at Night" single earlier this year, are back with a new EP at the end of October.  "Happy Omen" is a catchy mix of psych, garage rock, and grunge, and should definitely be on your radar.  Pre-order it here from the band and listen to "She" below.


RIP Fats Domino

Rhythm and Blues legend Fats Domino passed away today at the age of 89.  Maybe it's my NOLA origin, but i've always had a soft spot in my heart for the artist.  Listen to his wonderful "Walking to New Orleans" below.  RIP Fats Domino.


Box of Souls: A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection

So, this is pretty amazing.  Mondo/Death Waltz has been working on this release for well over a year, and now it's finally complete...the 8LP "Box of Souls: A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection," featuring the scores to the first 7 Elm Street films.  Featuring work from Charles Bernstein, Christopher Young, Angelo Badalamenti, and more, this fantastic looking box set looks to be perfect for horror hounds and film score connoisseurs alike.  It goes on sale today, and if i had an extra $250 hanging around, i'd totally order it.  Maybe you do have an extra $250 hanging around, so maybe you do order it.  Maybe you have an extra $500 on you.  Maybe you order two.  Maybe you give one to me.  I don't know, i'm just spit-balling here.  Anyway, get it here and listen to "Prologue/Main Title" from the Bernstein's original film score below.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

King Krule

King Krule is one of those artists where if i'm not in the right frame of mind, i just can't do it.  I don't mean that as a slight, i'm just being honest with myself.  But, on the occasion when my head and heart align with the musician's sonic worldview, i'll admit it's hard to shake from my ears.  New album "The Ooz" feels like an amalgamation of a hundred different genres twisted and filtered through one weirdo's mind, kind of like old Beck, but maybe without the irony, and with even more of a drawl (this one British no less).  Anyway, watch the video for album track "Dum Surfer" below, and cop the record from XL.


October Horror Trailer - Dr. Giggles



Friday, October 20, 2017

Witches' Halloween Brew

In case you haven't noticed, Halloween is right around the corner, and as i've been cramming as many horror films into my head as possible and sneaking handfuls of candy acquired for the neighborhood kids, i've also been listening to the darkest, spookiest jams i can find.  Coincidentally enough, the good folks at Burning Witches Records just released a compilation of dark and spooky synth wave music from a whole slew of awesome artists.  "Witches' Halloween Brew" has tracks from Xander Harris, MAINE, Pye Corner Audio, Wojciech Golczewski, and more.  It's some perfect evening soundtrack music for the remainder of the month.  Unfortunately, the cassettes are long gone, but you can still download the album here.  Get to it and stream the whole thing below.


October Horror Trailer - Carrie



BADBADNOTGOOD with Samuel T. Herring

Ever since Toronto jazz outfit BADBADNOTGOOD offered up a brilliant and inspired remix of Future Islands' "Seasons (Waiting on You)," i've been all in any time the group partners up with Future Islands lead singer Samuel T. Herring.  Somehow they make magic.  Listen to the one off single "I Don't Know" below, a swooning soulful jam that makes me long for a full length collaborative album from these guys.