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:

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.

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!

Iceage – Plowing Into the Field of Love

Danish post-punkers Iceage plow into the field of love with full force, backing up their longest set of songs yet with pianos, strings, and horns.

Shellac – Dude Incredible

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

Interpol – El Pintor

After an odd fourth album, Interpol returns to form with an incredibly safe record on El Pintor.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz – Tyranny

Fusing psychedelic pop, noise rock, lo-fi, and synth punk, this Julian Casablancas side-project is incredibly dense, diverse, and fun.

Iceage – “How Many” / “Glassy Eyed, Dormant And Veiled “

Previously loved Danish post-punk, goth rock, and noise-rock outfit Iceage has been leaving nothing to the imagination on their upcoming album, Plowing Into The Field Of Love. They’ve been dropping one track after another from it, and the two latest songs showcase the same appreciation for both chaos and finesse that previously released singles like “The Lord’s Favorite” do.

“How Many” takes Iceage’s typically noisy, busy guitars and drums, but some wonderful piano seems to weave its way into the mix. “Glassy Eyed, Dormant and Veiled” is the much more brooding of the two tracks here, and reinforces the Nick Cave influence I was feeling on “Forever” a little while back.

Dig on these two tracks below, and look for this new album via Matador on October 6th.

AHRM – Self-Titled

Praise to this up-and-coming band from Sweden. Their name: AHRM. They’ve got a debut, self-titled album on Bandcamp here, and it’s a barnburner. Punchy, sharp drums combined with some impassioned vocals and blaring guitars. It’s as informed by hardcore punk as it is the moodier, darker side of post-punk.

Girl Band – “De Bom Bom”

Previously mentioned and up-and-coming noise rock band Girl Band have released a new song and video right heretitled “De Bom Bom,” and I’m quite smitten with it. The song ain’t exactly musical, well, not in the traditional sense. However, it’s very distorted, textured, and intense. The performance is especially riveting between the yelping vocals and tightly wound drums. The band moves from one intense rush of sound and emotion to another until they bring the song to a close just before the 4-minute mark.

If you’ve got a soft spot for bands like Drive Like Jehu and Obits, this is a must-listen!