It’s been a weird year for Neill Jameson, aka Imperial, the man behind the seminal American black metal project Krieg. If you follow the guy on Facebook, you know he’s constantly dealing with bullshit, and that has increased exponentially over the last few weeks. He works in this record store in New Jersey, whose customers [...]
After delving in the long undergrowth of the LA Underground last week I uncovered a lot more than the five bands I featured in last weeks post (Going Underground #22). So here are five more LA bands that you really need to hear and one you should already have heard.... Show More Summary
When you drive through Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood, you will pass an endless collection of gas stations and strip malls, the latter seeming to surrender their final delayed breath into the aqueous Florida air. You will pass a laundromat whose wan teal sign looks as if it hasn’t been touched since the 1950s. You will [...]
“Strong” is one of the highlights from last year’s London Grammar debut, If You Wait, centered around a characteristically strong vocal performance from Hannah Reid, diffuse drumming, and xx-style guitar licks. The song serves as their next single and is highlighted with a remix EP featuring remixes by Evian Christ and Claude VonStroke. We’ve already [...]
The gothy, dreamy, doomy British sister act 2:54 are coming back this fall with their new album The Other I, and that’s good news, since their rich and retro sound is about as autumnal as it gets. We’ve already posted the majestic first single “Orion,” and now they’ve shared the heavy, churning follow-up “In The [...]
Gemma Ray's Milk for Your Motors and Ty Segall's Manipulator are the two new albums I can most recommend this week. Archival releases include a remastered edition of The Unicorns' Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?. What...
[merely's Nirvana is out next month on Sincerely Yours]
It was only a matter of time before PC Music began seeping into the major-label world, and now SOPHIE and A. G. Cook’s collaborative project QT has made its debut via XL Recordings. The song was debuted during a show at the Boiler Room in Los Angeles last Friday (which included live sets from Oneohtrix [...]
Atlanta drug-rap motivational speaker Jeezy has now made five proper studio albums, as well as a neverending string of mixtapes. As far as the album-albums go, all of them are good, and a couple of them are great. Seen It All, Jeezy’s latest, is more in the “good” column than in the “great” one, but [...]
[out soon on XL / buy it now on beatport]
Vashti Bunyan will release the new album Heartleap this October. It will be only her third record since her debut in 1970. This one appears to be her most “solo” album yet: She self-produced the album, and recorded it with almost no assistance from other musicians. The songs we’ve heard from album so far — [...]
Piers, formerly known as Gondola, will release their self-titled debut album a few weeks from now, and single “The Rook” suggests it will be an album worth hearing. There’s a real sense of forward motion in the song’s convergence of pretty guitar chords, floaty falsetto, crisp rhythm, and slyly melodic bass. From that introductory sound, [...]
As maybe the most exciting new rock band to come along last year, Savages played a busy festival-based touring schedule last year. And since this is a committed and ideological band, and since the whole festival system has some seriously deep problems, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that frontwoman Jehnny Beth has some [...]
Vulture interviewed David Mitchell about his new novel The Bone Clocks. NPR Books shared an excerpt. Pop Sonnets transforms pop songs into sonnets. The Rumpus interviewed author Shane Jones. The Believer interviewed author Lance Olsen. Stereogum interviewed Sinkane about his...
Back in June, Busta Rhymes released the new single “Calm Down,” which has both him and Eminem going absolutely nuts over a Scoop DeVille beat that chopped up the opening horn-blast from House Of Pain’s “Jump Around.” That single makes up the basis for The Clash, a new three-song EP that’s really just three different [...]
The Swedish duo JJ evidently never got the memo about how it’s offensive to appropriate Native American culture — or maybe they got it and they’re intentionally ignoring it. Either way, the duo’s new video for “Inner Light,” a pretty drug-reverie from their very good new album V, stars a kid in a thrift-store version [...]
Bear In Heaven recently put out their fourth album, Time Is Over One Day Old, and it opens with “Autumn,” a drum-driven track that’s scattered with yips and squalls. The song now has it’s own trippy, headache-inducing video made up of pulsar images that recall the Unknown Pleasures album artwork. Pencil-lined animation gets pulled and [...]
Every day, Daily Downloads offers 10 free and legal mp3 downloads. Today's free and legal mp3 downloads: Ali Murray: Further Still album [mp3] Attic Wolves: "Here's to Looking Back" [mp3] Cariad Harmon: "You Don't Know Me Yet" [mp3] from Cariad...
The British postpunk trio Esben And The Witch released a split with Thought Forms earlier this year, and they’ll follow it up next month with the new album A New Nature. This is the band’s first album since they parted ways with Matador, and they recorded it live to tape in Chicago with Steve Albini, [...]