Parquet Courts and PC Worship – “Fell into the Wrong Crowd”

Can’t say I was expecting this: an 11-minute collaborative live recording from PC Worship and the New York post-punks over at Parquet Courts. Isn’t it “Parkay Quarts” now? Who knows? I certainly don’t know if the song at all works, especially with its disgustingly distorted vocal, but I’ll give it credit for being an interesting, left-field turn at the very least. Granted, it’s not nearly as profound as anything off that other garage rock/post-punk surprise from earlier this year.

Parkay Quarts has a new album on the way called Content Nausea. It’s out November 11 via What’s Your Rupture? and doesn’t feature this track. It’ll be the band’s second album this year, after Sunbathing Animal, whose review you’ll find below:

Foxygen – …And Star Power

Foxygen does a complete 180 on their new record, saying goodbye to the clean production on their last album, and heading into lo-fi territory. However, they throw out any semblance of good songwriting in the process.

Viet Cong – “Continental Shelf”

Ever since the sudden breakup of Canadian noise rock band Women, and the untimely passing of member Chris Reimer, there’s been a lo-fi-shaped hole in my heart few bands have been able to fill. Many have tried, but no group has successfully balanced catchy and subversive in the way Women has.

Enter Viet Cong: This new band not only features a similar aesthetic, but ex-Women members Matt Flegel as well and Michael Wallace. Scott Munro of Chad VanGaalen‘s band also works his way into the mix–if you didn’t know, Chad produced both of Women’s two full-lengths. And let’s not leave out bandmate Daniel Christiansen and.

Viet Cong started to test out the waters last year with a cassette that ended up on Mexican Summer, and now the band is gearing up to release a self-titled debut via Jagjaguwar in January 2015. Considering the quality of this lead single, I’m psyched.

The howling, haunting melodies on this track are fantastic! The galloping beat is a nice touch, and the vocals remind me of an early Wolf Parade record. It’s lo-fi, catchy, noisy, and there’s a touch of goth rock somewhere in there as well. January can’t come soon enough!

shangozeropoint – Nothing Is Original

You probably don’t know West Coast rapper shangozeropoint. That’s fine. Let me introduce you to him right here.

He’s got a new tape out titled Nothing Is Original, and he doesn’t really do anything that goes against that message either. He’s more of a laid-back bedroom rapper with a decent flow, some self-aware bars, and some interesting beat choices as well. While I don’t see this tape lighting anyone’s world on fire, the project’s got a fun, smooth, colorful, and pleasant vibe that I enjoy.

CIVIL CIVIC V R. STEVIE MOORE – “When You Gonna Find Me A Wife?”

Woah! This is coming out of left-field right here: Lo-fi legend R. Stevie Moore is collaborating with instrumental rockers Civil Civic on a new track titled “When You Gonna Find Me A Wife?

Considering Civil Civic has a new album release right around the corner, I’m pretty excited for whatever these guys have up their sleeves next.

Ariel Pink – “Put Your Number In My Phone”

Lo-fi pop fans unite: There’s a new Ariel Pink album on the way. HOORAY!

Yes, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Ariel Pink is gearing up for another album release this November via 4AD. The title of this forthcoming album is pom pom, and this debut single from it has been paired with the oddity of a music video embedded above.

“Put Your Number In My Phone,” is a catchy, blissful, and poetic love song where the protagonist desires a love interest’s phone number in his mobile device. Vocally, Pink is his typically shy self, and there’s even a cheesy phone recording that isn’t to unlike the one here.

Being this is a love song, it’s only fitting that the music video is loaded with awkward romantic rejections, which are experienced by Pink and his wheelchair-bound friend as they cruise the mall looking for fun and love. Need I also mention that Pink looks like a late 90s mall goth who just picked up a copy of Kid Rock’s Devil Without A Cause? Yes, yes, I need say that.

Look for pom pom on November 17th.

Michael Cera – True That

Michael Cera drops an album that’s a musical hobbyist’s affair.

Half Japanese – “In Its Pull”

So much hype surrounding Half Japanese’s upcoming record Overjoyed – it’s their first full-length thing in 13 freaking years! It’s not so hard to see why all the excitement: the band’s DIY sound was groundbreaking throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s and was influential to countless notable alt/indie rock artists, including Kurt Cobain and Daniel Johnston.

Now it’s 2014, and with lo-fi music so readily accessible with the web, I can’t really imagine this new single “In Its Pull” being mind-blowing for most listeners. That being said, Jad Fair still knows how to write the hell out of a song, so this is a pretty killer track all the same. It sounds in-the-moment like the group’s best work and I dig the raw production Deerhoof’s John Dieterich brings to the table. Thankfully, it looks as though Overjoyed will be a plenty enjoyable comeback that will be just offbeat enough. We know too well that sometimes even that is too much to ask for…

Overjoyed is due out September 2 via Joyful Noise Recordings.

Dub Thompson – “No Time”

Up-and-coming lo-fi rock outfit Dub Thompson drops yet another song from their forthcoming album on Dead Oceans, 9 Songs. Truth be told, “No Time” has been floating around for a little while, I believe, but I’ve been warming up to the song a bit. The damaged aesthetic of the recording just gives the eerie, viral refrain a lot of impact, and I think the quirky organ melodies at the start of the track add a lot of the song as well.

9 songs is coming out next week.

ikea-graveyard – stray

Alofa Gould is a 19-year-old Vista, CA-based singer-songwriter who has recorded under the moniker Your Bruise, and now under ikea-graveyard. This month, she put out a split EP with touringmates Bulldog Eyes and Yukon, as well as this collection of demos she recorded on her porch, called stray. The tracks are breezy and feature only Gould’s lovely voice and acoustic guitar, but while simple, they manage to be quite evocative. She caps off the tape with a nice Joyce Manor cover, too. Happy listening!