PUJOL – “Pitch Black”

Next month, singer-songwriter PUJOL, a.k.a. Daniel Lucca, will be dropping his next full-length album, KLUDGE via Saddle Creek. While I wasn’t really huge on his past few full-lengths, the tracks I’ve been hearing from this latest effort of his seems to show a significant improvement on the songwriting side of things.

Sure, PUJOL’s rough, slightly lo-fi aesthetic still remains on his latest material, and that’s gonna turn some people off, but I think the melodies and sweet chorus on “Pitch Black” shines through the grime. It’s power pop magic. It’s rock ‘n’ roll, baby

Alright, I’ll end this now before I embarrass myself any further. Enjoy!

Mastodon – “High Road”

Mastodon comes through with a new single that pleases and pummels. I’m definitely digging it more than most of what I heard on the Hunter a few years ago.

Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

Lana Del Rey drops a new single in promotion of her forthcoming album Ultraviolence.

Jack White – “Lazaretto”

HAH! Jack really came through on this new one. At first, I was a little on the fence about this whole solo thing, but he’s really starting to convince me on this latest single of his, “Lazaretto.”

Yeah, I understand that his voice, guitar tone, songwriting style hasn’t exactly done a 180 since the demise of the White Stripes–which you could argue he had an incredible amount of control over, making it a solo project in a sense–but I think Jack comes through with a decent track and some flashy accompaniment from organ, horns, and some glitchy synths as well. Since going #1 with Blunderbuss, he’s obviously making more instrumental strides and sending that ambition through the roof.

And that fiddle solo? Don’t even hate.

If you didn’t already know, Mr. White has a new album titled Lazaretto dropping on June 10th.

The Darcys – Hymn For A Missing Girl

Never heard of the Darcys before, but they definitely know how to pull together an epic, 21-minute instrumental! Hymn For A Missing Girl is the Halifax band’s latest offering right here, and it was a 500 LP offering this past Record Store Day. There might still be some copies of this thing floating around, right? Good luck to anyone who goes out seeking this dark, moody gem, and congrats to anyone who had the perceptiveness to look into what this band had to offer on this project!

The rest of us will just have to stream it, which isn’t exactly anything to complain about. Beautifully layered strings, vocals, and guitars come together into some immense moments on this thing. If drone, post-rock, experimental rock, and immense neoclassical compositions get you going, then you’re gonna want to clear out the next 20 minutes. Enjoy!

deM atlaS – Charlie Brwn EP

Technically proficient Minnesota rapper deM atlaS comes through with some speedy flows and thoughtful bars on this latest EP of his, Charlie Brwn. Enjoy!

DaVinci & Sweet Valley – “I Got That Line”

Remember “Sweet Valley”? You know, the brotherly production duo consisting of Nathan and Kynan Williams. You probably already know Nathan from Wavves. Well, they’ve recently teamed up with Bay Area rapper DaVinci for a new project titled Ghetto Cuisine, which is currently downloadable via Fool’s Gold Records.

“I Got That Line” is the lead single off of the project, and I’m digging the color video and obvious Beastie Boys reference attached to this thing. While I’m more enamored with the instrumental than I am the MC, it’s still worth checking out. Enjoy!

Girl Talk & Freeway – Broken Ankles

While I wish Broken Ankles was longer, in five tracks, Girl Talk and Freeway create more compelling material than some of the more buzzed-about mixtapes that have dropped thus far this year.

Aesop Rock – The Blob

Out of the damn blue, Aesop Rock drops a 30-minute collection of unreleased beats, loops, and sonic oddities that haven’t made his commercial releases. It’s a pretty colorful collection of tracks, honestly. It’s just as lo-fi and idiosyncratic as I’d expect. It’s kinda like a Tobacco or Black Moth Super Rainbow album, but without the incessant psychedelia vibe. Enjoy, and download the Blob here.

Merkabah – Moloch

Noise, progressive rock, and jazz come together on this new Merkabah album, Moloch. I’m just starting to listen to this thing, and am pretty stunned by how tight, twisted, and volatile these songs are. There’s some serious excitement in these tracks. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!