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!
We’re digging the new single from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, “Little Fang,” quite a bit. Now some visuals have been attached to the song, and they’re simultaneously adorable and terrifying. The video is drenched in psychedelic effects, mixes black and white and color photography, and stars a cute little cat puppet named Little Fang, courtesy of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Follow Little Fang as he drives through the countryside to the fairgrounds, going on a merry-go-round and eventually venturing into the most happening funhouse you’re likely to ever see. Remember that carnival sequence in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? It’s weirder than that…but cuter, too.
“Little Fang” appears on Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks’ forthcoming debut album Enter the Slasher House, due out April 8 via Domino.
Son Lux comes through with a handful of songs on a new EP titled Alternate Worlds. While I’ve never been a huge fan of this guy’s past efforts, there’s just something really “big time” and ambitious about the presentation of these songs that’s catching me. I can definitely see myself loving a Son Lux album in the future if he keeps up this combination of refined subtleties and larger-than-life background vocals.
What’s even more interesting is that the 2nd track here features a vocal contribution from Lorde herself, and it’s one of the more stellar tracks on this EP, too!
You might have seen Chelsea Wolfe’s “Feral Love” recently used in trailer for the fourth season of Game of Thrones. But the song has since gotten its own proper music video, which itself is apparently an excerpt from an upcoming feature-length film called Lone. I haven’t a clue what the hell kind of movie that’s going to be, given some this short’s visuals–why’s someone kissing a crucifix; why’s that dude have blood on his hands; and who the fuck’s that forearm-less, mask-wearing bro at 2:46?! Whatever, it’s a Chelsea Wolfe vid, and in that context, it’s all just pretty bad-ass. Enjoy!
Y’all probably know we loved Pain Is Beauty, but in any case, here’s a reminder:
We’ve been pretty stoked about this Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink collaborative project ever since they dropped one of 2013′s best singles, “Hang on to Life,” last summer. You might recall the single later receiving a crazy, smokey music video that was equally great.
Well, second single “Called to Ring” has received the same treatment. The video features a strange camo-clad band playing along to the song in slow motion, occasionally being interrupted by the conjoined, mask-wearing faces of Pink and Elbrecht mouthing the lyrics. Like the previous one, it’s a trip. Hopefully there’s a full-length in the cards for Jorge Elbrose because this pair has proven to be just a machine at turning out obscenely catchy songs.
The upcoming self-titled album from St. Vincent can’t come soon enough. “Birth in Reverse” and “Digital Witness” have hinted that this will be Annie’s most off-the-wall and adventurous project yet, and although decidedly a bit more understated than those two; new single “Prince Johnny” is a welcome come-down after them. It’s a smooth, seductive track with a laid-back groove, and of course it proffers a slick-as-sin guitar part from Annie. Yeah, it’s kind of simple, but it’s just so freaking well-written! At this point, I’m convinced she can do no wrong. Enjoy!
STV is slated for release February 25 via Republic.
Calgary art-rocker Chad VanGaalen will be dropping his follow-up to 2011′s tragically-titled Diaper Island, Shrink Dust, on April 29 through SubPop. Above, check out the fantastic lead single “Where Are You?,” an ambling freak-folkish number laden with the twisted vocal manipulations and trippy sonics that are basically trademark for him at this point. Enjoy!
The previously mentioned Frankie Cosmos drops a hilariously frank birthday song that tells it straight about these annual celebrations of existence. While it may seem like Frankie is raining on the parade, it’s sometimes good to laugh at arbitrary rituals a bit. Plus, the instrumentation is pretty endearing as well. Enjoy!
A short, four-track EP from ex-Unicorns member Alden Penner. The Canadian singer-songwriter dropped Precession late last year, and all of these tracks are set to turn up on his forthcoming full-length LP, Exegesis. The release date: February 4th. Enjoy!
Aaron Maine of Porches. sat down with Out of Town Films to play a couple of cuts from his group’s latest LP Slow Dance in the Cosmos, a sad-rock project with a lot of wit. These solo performances certainly loan each of the tracks a new emotional dynamic – first is a stripped-back, vulnerable rendition of “Franklin the Flirt” and second is a slightly twangier version of the dreary acoustic ballad “Xanny Bar.” They can be viewed above and below, respectively. Happy (rather: Sad) listening!