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!
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!
Alternative hip 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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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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!
Shlohmo drops yet another track from his forthcoming Laid Out EP, which is dropping in March. This particular cut features vocal contributions from alternative R&B pioneer How To Dress Well.
It’s a really spacey, detailed track. Not only is there some trap influence coming from the hi-hats, but there’s some particularly emotive vocal work toward the end of the track. Who knew these guys could work so well together?