This debut full-length from Sisyphus is far from perfect, but it’s still an incredibly bold and fun display of pop absurdity and genre-blending.
I collaborate with the RIO!B’s Sami Jarroush on this review of the latest Cloud Nothings album.
Beach Boy is a wordy and captivating set of tracks from Ohio singer-songwriter Nick Hartkop and his band. It’s a mix of danceable punk music and acoustic emo ballads. It’s catchy and energetic, yet, downtrodden and slightly melodramatic. While I know this kind of music doesn’t translate for everyone, I think Nick has a strong pop sensibility that transcends his occasionally too-tragic vocals. Enjoy!
A wild, wordy, and riff-y track from Geronimo! titled “Mr. President.” It comes form the band’s next LP, Cheap Trick, which is dropping on May 13th via Exploding In Sound–you know, the home of my dude’s in Pile.
What his song doesn’t have in finesse, it makes up for in raw energy. The lyrics border on insane ramblings, and the tone of ‘em actually reminds me a bit of that new Big Ups album I loved recently. That makes me even more excited for this thing! Enjoy!
Recent Constellation Records signees Ought have just dropped the first song to be released from their forthcoming debut LP on the legendary Montreal label. The album is dropping on April 29th, and is titled More Than Any Other Day.
Admittedly, I’m a bit of a sucker for wordy rock ‘n’ roll with eccentric vocalists. I occasionally have to remind myself to really wonder if what I’m hearing is actually good, or if the band in question is just scratching some insatiable itch of mine.
Yes, Ought does scratch that itch, but I think there’s something truly genuine and moving about the slow-burning instrumentation and erratic vocal delivery of “Habit.” Singer Tim Beeler’s voice doesn’t feel too different from that of a young David Byrne, and the guitars on this track sound like something out of a Midwestern emo release from the mid-90s. The instrumentation grows in intensity as the music progresses, and the band lifts these guitars and drums with some wonderful strings and electric piano.
At the finish line, “Habit” gets pretty noisy. I suppose the wailing strings and repeated shouts of “I FEEL A HABIT FORMING,” are giving off “Heroin” vibes as well. And that’s not just an aesthetic comparison either, because Ought creates a similar kind of magic, I think. Enjoy!
Xiu Xiu has made plenty of videos in support of their great (but naturally polarizing) new album Angel Guts: Red Classroom – lead single “Stupid in the Dark” first got a really gritty one, followed by a Pornhub-hosted one for “Black Dick,” another NSWF, S&M-themed one for “El Naco,” and then two surprisingly inoffensive ones for “Lawrence Liquors.”
Thankfully, Xiu Xiu have continued going in a safe-for-work direction with their latest video, for the warm, oddly triumphant penultimate track “Botanica de Los Angeles.” It features twitchy, cubistic animation and it kind of reminds me of David Lynch’s early animation. It’s really neat!
I’ve been fine with the band’s more explicit, on-the-nose expression of Angel Guts‘ unsavory subject matters – although the visuals are repulsive, Jamie and co. are displaying a level of commitment to direction and aesthetic I’ve always wanted to see from them. Still, it’s nice seeing them get back to the more creative and abstract approach to conveying these themes, as they’ve done to fine effect for past projects. However, they hinted a while back at a video for “Adult Friends,” and things could get NSFW with that video real fast – let’s hope nobody gets down and dirty with a pig for it.
Angel Guts: Red Classroom is out now via Polyvinyl. Check out our review of it below:
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: