Friday, March 30, 2012
Maybe the only thing making more noise than the new Dirty Projector's single out today is the return of Jai Paul. His newest track, "Jasmine," is the first thing we've heard from him in years, and is damn good. Listen to the stream below and stay tuned if any more details come through.
It's only been out for about half an hour, but Dirty Projectors' brand new single "Gun Has No Trigger" has already gotten a lot (understatement) of attention. It's the group's first new follow-up to 2010's Mount Wittenberg Orca, and the first material from a new album since 2009's landmark Bitte Orca. And, yes, it's pretty damn good. Listen for yourself below and look for new album details very soon.
Dirty Projectors - Gun Has No Trigger by DominoRecordCo
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Yesterday, Chromatics made their giant double-album Kill For Love available in full stream over on their Soundcloud page, and we couldn't be happier. There's been a few comparison's to M83's last album (my favorite of 2011) Hurry Up, We're Dreaming in the size and scope of the whole endeavor, but the new work is a complete joy in itself. Listen to the entire thing below.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Following his two-song performance on The Colbert Report a few weeks back, Andrew Bird stopped by the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon stage to perform "Eyeoneye." Watch the unsurprisingly great performance below, and grab Bird's newest album Break It Yourself now.
Easily one of my favorite songs from 2011, Dum Dum Girls' Mazzy Star-esque epic "Coming Down" has been given the video treatment. And if you're watching, you'll notice the vague familiarity with Yoko Ono's "Cut Piece" performance art from 1965. Watch the newer video below, which was shortened from the original version for time.
The newest single from Screaming Females upcoming Ugly LP is the second off the album, which has already released a slightly gruesome video for "It All Means Nothing." You can grab the new album April 3, and listen to "Expire" below.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Bare with me here, because it's been a pretty long time before I've been able to say that it looks like we finally have some Lollapalooza confirmations.
The reason is a bit different than past years, but Lollapalooza (three-day passes are on sale today, by the way) has posted adds around the Chicago public transit system. At the Logan Square station, four "clue" ads were posted, verified by several Chicago blogs including Wine & Pop.
The "clues" indicate lyrics from four different acts, of which are two suspected additions: Justice and Jack White, alongside two very surprising inclusions, The Weeknd and Die Antwoord.
Regardless of your opinion on the last inclusion - it's usually not positive - those are four big attention grabbers, and have hyped up a pretty exciting festival that, by the way, will be fully revealed April 11.
As always, stay tuned for more details!
After running solo last year, Ty Segall has teamed up with White Fence for the collaborative album Hair, which is scheduled for release April 24. Check out the album's first single "I Am Not a Game" below, and stay tuned, because I'm sure I'll hype this up a lot.
The intensely addicting Delta Spirit have released the first video from the group's third album, Delta Spirit, with "California." Which, if you know me, is already sitting at the very top of my favorite songs so far in 2012. The video is a quick tour through the stereotypical lifestyle of a modern day punk, from suburban afterthought to the enriching world of throwing 40s at stuff. Watch below.
Death Grips will never be for everyone, but anything that follows along the guidelines (most of the time) of punk rap will usually have me interested. The forever abrasive group released another bright-fisted piece with "The Fever (Aye Aye) earlier today; another jumpy, distorted anthem to go into the growing catalog. Watch the video below.
Monday, March 26, 2012
I missed the memo somewhere when The Morning Benders officially changed their name to Pop Etc, after the band became aware that "bender" is a slur in other parts of the world for gay people. Regardless, the band formerly known to us as The Morning Benders have released their first music under their new name, as a free mixtape. Listen below or download it over at Pretty Much Amazing.
Kay Goodman (Kickball Katy!), known here as Le Sera, released her duel video for "Real Boy" and "Drive," a technique which is pretty damn underutilized, from her album Sees the Light, which will be out tomorrow. She seems nice too, which is a bonus in itself.
After scheduling a few spring/summer shows, the expected announcement of Sigur Ros' newest album is finally here. The Iceland icons will release Valtari May 28, which has pretty easily become my most anticipated album of 2012 so far. It'll be the first new album from the band, which took a short hiatus a few years back, since 2008. And unlike the previous album Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, the new album will not have parts in English. Listen/watch "Ekki Múkk," the band's first new song in too long, below.
The hype for Japandroids second album Celebration Rock continues to climb today with the release of "The House That Heaven Built." It's not the first new material from the album that we've heard so far, but it's the first studio version of one since last month's "Art Czars" leak. Listen to the song below and grab the album May 15 on Polyvinyl Records.