Dope Body – “Repo Man”

As you might recall from last week, we kind of sort of loved the new Dope Body record Lifer. It will almost certainly be considered among the very best rock releases of the year. And in the running for best rock video of the year is this Theo Anthony-directed one for standout cut “Repo Man.” An evocative portrait of socio-economic hardship in a presumably Marylandian town, the short is as thematically impressive as it is technically. It was a great idea to use “Intro” to set the stage and exponentially mount tension, and  the whirlwind intercutting of the noisy VHS footage, while something of a gimmick at this point, is appropriate and tastefully executed in this case.

Having delivered here a well-struck balance of kinetic, fun, and subtly moving; Theo Anthony is well-deserving of the Vimeo “Video of the Week” Award for which he’s just been nominated. If you really dig the video, vote for it here.

Lifer is out now via Drag City.

Dope Body – Lifer

Dope Body releases a chaotic and somewhat psychedelic followup to 2012′s Natural History.

Big Ups – “Rash”

Previously loved New York noise rock newbies Big Ups have a new split 7″ on the way via Exploding In Sound, and “Rash” is one of several tracks on it. Give a listen via the embed above, and try not to bob your head too violently.

USA Nails – “Am I A Man Or Not?”

Some heavy, crushing, and aggressive post-hardcore from the guys in USA Nails. I believe they’ll be dropping their full-length debut on November 17th via Smalltown America. The title: Sonic Moist.

Shellac – Dude Incredible

The new Shellac album is decent, but falls disappointingly short of the reaction “Dude, incredible!”

The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die – Between Bodies

Previously praised Connecticut emo revivalists The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die have a new release out titled Between Bodies.

It’s a collaborative project that features a number of passionate spoken word performances from poet Chris Zizzamia. Sometimes the instrumentals underneath his words compliment him well, sometimes they don’t, but this is still a pretty good listen. Skip right to the song “Thanks” if you’re looking for a really wonderful climax! Give it a try via the widget embedded above.

Antemasque – Self-Titled

Omar Rodriguez Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala are back with a new project: Antemasque.

The Austerity Program – Beyond Calculation

The Austerity Program’s blend of old school indie, post-hardcore, sludge metal, and noise rock is refreshingly seamless. They’re not quite heavy enough to be metal per se, but this album’s boot-to-face attitude is can go toe-to-toe with any number of aggressive rock groups out there. The mostly spoken word vocals are pretty enjoyable as well, and show an element of weakness and humanity in the midst of these fiery guitar tones and pummeling drums. Enjoy!

Greys – “Use Your Delusion”

Dammit! Carpark Records beat me to all the adjectives I was going to use to describe this new song from Toronto loud rock/post-hardcore band Greys. “Caustic. Brash. Noisy. Abrasive. Dissonant. Melodic. Sarcastic. Explosive.” Yep, “Use Your Delusion” is certainly all those things. So was the song they dropped a month ago, “Guy Piccioto.” I surmise all those words pretty accurately describe all of the group’s forthcoming full-length debut If Anything, out June 17 via the aforementioned Carpark Records. If you’ve dug these singles and those adjectives, then you ought to head on over to Greys’ Bandcamp page, where there are three solid EPs that will further whet your appetite for the album. Enjoy!

Oh, did I mention they’re a loud rock band from Toronto? That apparently demands restatement.

Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else ft. Sami Jarroush

I collaborate with the RIO!B’s Sami Jarroush on this review of the latest Cloud Nothings album.