Alt-J – “Every Other Freckle”

Previously loved UK art pop outfit Alt-J drops yet another song from their forthcoming LP, This Is All Yours. The release date: September 22nd via Infectious.

Unlike the previously released songs off this new album, “Every Other Freckle” seems to be more in line with Alt-J’s previous output. There’s a heavy bassline matched with some equally lumbering drum beats, and atop that are the odd, soulful vocals of guitarist-vocalist Joe Newman.

The hook is great, and as the song progresses, the band manages to build the intensity up with more percussive and melodic layers. Alt-J writes catchy, upfront tracks, but their refined approach to arranging their instrumentation is what continues to keep them interesting.


Stream this nearly indescribable album from Czech music duo DVA titled NIPOMO. It seems to mix elements of jazz, noise, and indie pop with and a general sense of absurdity that makes this collection of tracks a fun listen. And as over-the-top as they may be, I find the vocals really cute at points. It’s like DVA has been able to embrace the quaintness of Belle & Sebasian or kawaii j-pop without losing sight of adventure. Enjoy!

The Scenes – “Anorexia Is Boring”

Finnish rock group The Scenes evidently feel anorexia is boring, but thankfully their music is anything but. This song is catchy, catchy, catchy. The “twiggy” guitar tones, that “woohoo-ooh” falsetto vocal, and my gosh that finale! – they all add up to an unlikely earworm. And of course there’s a good, powerfully-delivered message here: anorexia blows; lead a healthy lifestyle and be cool with your body, y’all. Check the track and its simple B&W music video out above.

“Anorexia Is Boring” is taken from the band’s upcoming LP Beige, which is due out in April via Sound of Finland. Be on the lookout for it!

Hopsin – “Ill Mind of Hopsin 6″

Alternative┬áhip hop artist Hopsin is scheduled to release his third studio full-length Knock Madness on November 26th via his label Funk Volume. This week, he shared a new song from the project, “Ill Mind of Hopsin 6,” in which the rapper ruminates in the loss of a close friend to meth. It’s a powerful, focused tale and it’s accompanied by a music video that is just as directly and emotionally affecting.

The Keepsies – “She (Was My Baby)”

Several newly released tracks from the Fergus & Geronimo-related Keepsies.

The band’s new 7″ can be streamed via the widget above. There’s almost a spastic variety to these three tracks, too. The opener has a vintage pop to it, “Mandibles” reminds me of the Feelie’s fast and punk-y aesthetic, and the closer reminds me of something I might hear from a Parquet Courts record. Enjoy!

Pixies – “Bagboy”

Indie rock legends Pixies release their first new music since 1992, the rocky cut “Bagboy.” At the time of this blurb’s writing, the top comment on the Youtube video is from user ExLionTamer13 and reads “First minute: “Oh no, I don’t like this.” Next 30 seconds: “Okay, this isn’t so bad.” Next three and half minutes: No more thoughts, just rocking the fuck out.”

I couldn’t have said it any better myself. This track may be without Francis Black’s usual vocal acrobatics and Joey Santiago’s jerky guitar riffage–and Kim Deal, too–but they make up for it with as much youthful energy as they still have. The video reflects that, showing a zitty 16-ish year old boy creating the havoc that most only dream of. Enjoy!

Queens of the Stone Age – “I Appear Missing”

Some twisted visuals coming through on the new Queens of the Stone Age video for “I Appear Missing,” which is a newly released track that’s set to be released on the band’s next album, …Like Clockwork. Enjoy!

Jenny Hval – Innocence Is Kinky

Singer-songriter Jenny Hval’s sophomore full-length has its share of jumbled ideas with obvious inspirations, but sometimes her vocal expressions and songwriting are just enough to keep this album intriguing and somewhat moving.


Bromheads – Choro

Energetic and to-the-point rock music from Bromheads on their new full-length, Choro. The tracks on this LP have a rough, garage-influenced sound to ‘em; however, Bromheads make up for their lack of cleanliness with sharp hooks and nutty vocals. Enjoy!

Survival – “Tragedy of the Mind”

Liturgy frontman Hunter Hunt-Hendrix seems to be embarking upon a more solo-oriented musical journey as Liturgy’s next album is yet to be released. While that’s a bit of a personal disappointment, this new project, Survival, might sit a little better with those who were turned off by Liturgy’s fast, abrasive black metal style.

While Survival still takes away a lot from metal music, the riffs and vocals feel a bit more toned down. CoS accurately compares the track streaming above to something Alice In Chains if Layne Staley were a bit more timid.

Though the recording isn’t exactly bright and pummeling, the riffs and grooves are there. I have no doubt that survival has the potential to be interesting.

Look for Survival’s self-titled debut on May 14th via Thrill Jockey.