As of today, there is no good current music to speak of, so here is a track from last year's "Sam Kinison Woman" by Pissed Jeans. Can't wait until they put out LP4 and blow all of these mother fuckers away.
The Skull Defekts have been at the forefront of the Swedish noise scene the last few years, along with personal favorites Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words. Although the latter has just concluded, The Skull Defekts are still going strong having just released "Peer Amid" on Thrill Jockey. While this is a heavy album, it is by no means suffocating. Instead, "Peer Amid" succeeds in tonal balance and experimenting at times, meaning each member gets their moment to shine while the others are there supporting either rhythmically or texturally. Enjoy.
I still plan on doing a post on Little Wings' very, very great new album "Black Grass" that came out a few months back, but seeing as the day is just so goddamned beautiful I'm going to grace you with something else first. "Sandy Babe" was a digital single given away by his imprint Rad Records back in 2009. It always screams summertime to me.
Brian Chippendale sure is a busy man. Between Lightning Bolt currently being on tour, his recent opus If-N-Oof and the now on hiatus Puke Force series (most likely due to the touring) he sure has been keeping fans busy. What's more—he's saving the gems on his recent Black Pus records for the last track (see "Body On The Tide" from All Aboard The Magic Pus). The track we have here for you is just that, the calm after the body slam that is every Black Pus release. Enjoy.
The deservingly legendary Stones Throw keeps throwing us all some pretty great wild cards to play with. As if their work with Connecticut's great band the Stepkids weren't enough, they've now announced a new signing in Los Angeles' Vex Ruffin.
Oh, but it gets better: to best promote the lo-fi rockin' psychster's great single "Losing Control", they've pressed up (I shit you not) a postcard 45 vinyl. Side A is the track, Side B is where you put a stamp. Holy shit right? One is coming my way in the mail and once I get it I'll be sure to gush about it further.
HEY EVERYONE: A new Cheeseburgerand a new season of Superjail! means life is pretty fucking good. As is universally known, the talented Christy Karacas doubles as guitarist and co-creator of said entities and the two have come together to produce this killer video. "Winner" appears on May 3rd's "Another Big Night Down the Drain", from Williams Street Records.
Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter have never written a bad record. Ever. But while they're always completely great, nothing from their camp was ever fuck yeah worthy... until now.
Perhaps influenced by recent time spent with Southern Lord, the opener to their newest LP "Marble Sun" will slowly burn throughout until a burst of fire proceeds to melt off your face. The rest of the album follows suit, though in a more subtle approach, and obviously this one is not to be missed.
More new Cults material continues to come into light as we get closer to their eponymous debut, out June 7th on Columbia imprint In the Name Of.
They're still sounding wonderful, though I must say the remix on the b-side for this single by The 2 Bears is on the list of all time worst remixes. Like seriously, it's every example of why they don't ever work.
The 2 Bears are a fuck no, while Cults thankfully continue to be a fuck yeah.
It's always rewarding to be a fan of Mr. Karl Blau as he is both prolific and consistent, the rarest combination. On May 10th he and K Records will release "Max" a 4 song 12 inch of that classic KB groove, the usual smooth and a bit of a subdued attitude.
Preview now with "Celebrate By Singing" and order a copy when you can.
Here's another band that is actually giving rock and roll some goddamn hope: Bass Drum of Death's album "GB City" initially drove me in with that bad ass album cover you see above this text, and the music it contained was just as worthy of high praise. These guys never stop ripping, ever. It is a killer one for putting on while having a pint and some grass. Well done dudes and also Fat Possum (again and again)!! Cop this shit now!
I guess it's only expected that the first proper Wild Flag recordings rock as hard as they do. What we have made available for you hear is the A-side from their Record Store Day 7" via Merge, while NPR has a stream of the B-side available. It's no real surprise that this supergroup have kicked it off immediately, and now we only have higher hopes for the full length.
It's a nice Tuesday treat to hear that the oft-beloved MMJ have returned to form with the title track from their upcoming record "Circuital". A nice classic rock country tinged groove with the driving acoustic guitar rhythms and Jim James' angelic voice returning to soothe the jaded indie rock listeners. Howl away sweet man, howl away.
I think the proper way to get us all grooved into the weekend is to post this: earlier this week I received the "Congo Rebel" single from Extra Classic and it's very awesome. Stream the whole thing above and then quickly purchase a copy from their own Nopal Records so that you too can have a weekend where you spin it and get your friends moving.
Thanks Dri and Alex!! Much love. See you all next week!
Grouper was one of the best shows I saw last year and her recorded output is always spot on. "Alien Observer" is our first peek of the 2 record "A I A", this one being the title track to the second LP. Highly recommended, and this opus sees release on April 11th from Grouper's own Yellow Electric.
As the younger bands continue to make not only a mockery of themselves but all music as a whole, it signals a time when the Dwarves return with the not only the answers but the path as well. Never ones to shy away from humility, they continue their mantra of "blood, guts and pussy" with this ripper of an album opener from the highly anticipated new opus "The Dwarves Are Born Again". Double fuck yeah!
Mi Ami have, at least on Dolphins, decided to abandon the spastic elements that made their older material a bit more propulsive. This maneuver is interesting because the grittiness of past releases tended to fit the shrieked vocals a bit more than the more straight up dance elements employed here. While it's still better than a lot of the danceable music being offered these days, fans of Mi Ami's driving noise may be a bit disappointed.
And I do like Best Coast, I truly do. I had a great time buying the first pressings of the vinyl singles as they were released and thought that the songs were truly special. "Sun Was High (So Was I)" is still an incredible track, their best even. "Crazy for You", while polished, is still a cool album. But eventually the whole thing feels shtick: like yeah your cat and weed are cool, but maybe it's time to try writing a new type of song? I mean we all have cats.
But did anyone else (bloggers, fans, brahs) feel betrayed by this chick? It's like she used the "cred" of P4K/Gorilla vs Bear/Stereogum/Fuck yeah! Go team! to basically become an "indie" (ugh) pop star. It seemed like she was trying to make all the mainstream things and people that she was into okay to like so she wouldn't be judged by a set of friends and peers that had been acquired from her time in Pocahaunted.
Don't be surprised when the full length gets a re-release on Atlantic or some shit corporate label and we're being force fed products with "Boyfriend" played over the adverts.
In fact, I just got wind of the new video from her upcoming major label debut. Let's watch: