With tracks like “Surface Envy” being let loose on the public like an escaped zoo animal, I think it’s safe to say Sleater-Kinney‘s return from an almost 10-year hiatus has been an explosive one. While the wailing vocals and frantic guitar freakouts here aren’t the band’s wildest moment on record, the end result is undeniably fun and visceral.
The band plans to drop what is effectively its comeback album on January 20th via Sub Pop Records. The title: No Cities to Love.
TV On The Radio returns with a slightly more electronic sound on Seeds.
Nobody tell Sun Kil Moon‘s Mark Kozelek about this band or this video. If he called The War on Drugs beer commercial music, I’m not sure his mind could handle a band whose video essentially is a beer commercial. alt-J channel their escapist 90s soul in this video, and combine it with a very polite but catchy blues riff that carries throughout the song. Just watching this, it’s easy to understand why this band is so controversial. Listeners that need to take their music seriously 100% of the time probably won’t understand alt-J. Sure, they don’t have teeth, Joe Newman’s vocals ape a dated rap rock style, and stereotypical “oohs” and “whoas” persist throughout the song. But you know what? It all adds up to three minutes of pleasant escapism, and that’s all they’re trying to do.
Our review of the new alt-J album:
- Garrett Cottingham
Ariel Pink has just shared a fittingly chilling and tragic video for “Picture Me Gone,” taken from his upcoming “solo debut” pom pom. The track might just be Ariel’s most mature and moving track yet, expressing with commendable candor the anxiety and pressure that the prospect of starting a family makes him feel. The song’s also one of his most frightening, dwelling on the matters of our ultimately ephemeral existences and our fading senses of sentimentality in the modern world. But none of that’s anywhere near as disquieting as the latex Ariel mask that appears throughout the video…
pom pom is out November 18 via 4AD. If you’re still an Ariel Pink skeptic, he also did a powerful rendition of “Picture Me Gone” recently with the PS22 Chorus that you might wanna check out. Find it here:
Veteran indie rockers Deerhoof mark their 20th year as a band with La Isla Bonita.
New Jersey indie rockers Screaming Females have a new “EP”–it’s kind of a single, really–out via Don Giovanni Recs titled “Wishing Well.” Rather than delivering their usual deluge of shrill screams and wild guitar licks, the band is toning things down to deliver a pretty sweet tune. You could probably show your grandmamma this one, and then you could ease her into “Boyfriend.”
I’m loving some of the lyrics frontwoman Marissa Paternoster is bringing to the track, too. With the line about all of her “change going to hell,” this ranks as one of her most clever choruses yet. While I haven’t loved much of what the Scremales have been doing lately, this track is bringing them back on my good side.
Idiosyncratic indie rock band Deerhoof drops yet another cut from their forthcoming album, La Isla Bonita, and the track features one of the most nasty, dizzying, and dissonant guitar leads to ever make it into one of their songs–and that’s saying something.
Look for La Isla Bonita on November 4th via Polyvinyl Records.
After an odd fourth album, Interpol returns to form with an incredibly safe record on El Pintor.
Beloved indie rock vets Deerhoof have recently announced the release of a new album that will be dropping via Polyvinyl records this year. The title: La Isla Bonita. The release date: November 4th. PSYCHED! PUMPED!
“Exit Only” is the first track the band has seen fit to release from the upcoming album, but I’ve actually heard the rest of this release already. I ain’t saying that to try to get you pissed off at me or nothin’, but I can confirm that there are at least a few tracks on this record that follow suit in the heavy, riff-laden vibe of “Exit Only,” which is easily one of the most hard-hitting songs in the band’s growing discography.
As far as the vibe or style of this song, well, it’s Deerhoof. The band’s got one of the most idiosyncratic approaches to music today. Greg’s tight fills, Satomi’s absurdist lyrics, and the group’s typically strange melodies and grooves all ring through on this new cut. The most noticeable difference is how heavy the song feels for Deerhoof, which I don’t mind at all. BRING IT ON!
Singer-songwriter Shara Worden presents an appetizing teaser before the release of her new full-length album.