Andrew Jackson Jihad – Christmas Island

With Christmas Island, Andrew Jackson Jihad comes through with what’s essentially their pop album. While the band brings plenty of concise tracks with straightforward instrumentation, they mostly lack the emotional impact of previous material–the instrumental finesse, too.

Never Young – “Main Stacks”

Never Young whips out a sad, heart-stopping chord progression on “Main Stacks,” which is one of the many tracks featured on their new, cassette, Master Copy. If you’re looking for well-crafted guitars mixed with noise, and fed through some lo-fi recording tricks, then look for this thing on Father/Daughter Records.

Savages – “Fuckers”

UK post-punk outfit Savages drop a cinematic live video of their recently released single, “Fuckers.” The footage is stunning, and the performance is, well, anything but concise. I wouldn’t call it sloppy, but the band definitely seems “in the zone” on this one. The almost 10-minute rendition of this track shows the band getting lost in the moment between a lyrical mantra, tight drum beat, and a wall of wailing guitars. It’s hard for me not to get caught up in it as well. The atmosphere is so incredibly sinister, and the visuals only lend power to that sensation. Enjoy! Also, check out the band’s latest record, Silence Yourself, if you haven’t already.

Parquet Courts – “Black and White”

After dropping the rigid, rollicking title track from their sophomore album Sunbathing Animal last month; Parquet Courts are now offering a second glimpse of the project via the considerably wilder “Black and White.” The song features the band’s trademark snarky vocals, but throws a couple of great guitar and electronic freak-outs into the mix. Check it out above and enjoy!

Sunbathing Animal is due out June 3 via What’s Your Rupture? and Mom + Pop. A gentle reminder their debut album was pretty sick.

The Hotelier – Home, Like NoPlace Is There

While the Hotelier’s latest effort stays true to the emo archetype, and delivers some good production, the band’s approach still remains pretty nondescript for the genre.

Geronimo! – “Spitting In the Ocean”

The previously mentioned Geronimo! comes through with a new track titled “Spitting In The Ocean,” which will be showcased on the band’s next record via Exploding In Sound. The title: Cheap Trick. The date: May 13th.

The band’s got a raw sound, but a song pop sensibility, too. I’m finding the sharp guitar leads that kick the song off to be pretty sticky as well. Enjoy!

Andrew Jackson Jihad – “Linda Ronstadt”

Andrew Jackson Jihad comes through with an amazing new track from their forthcoming album, Christmas Island. Frontman Sean Bonnette goes through a personal story about being moved to tears by a piece of modern art–specifically, a video installation of Linda Ronstadt. Apparently, it was really beautiful. I only wish he worked the address of the museum in the song.

It’s personal, but monstrous emotional moments like these that make for the best Andrew Jackson Jihad songs, and I’m pretty happy to hear that the band is keeping their ambitions high from a production standpoint. Just like with their last record, Knife Man, this track is graced with some beautiful keys and strings, bringing some nice dynamics to the table.

Look out for Christmas Island on Side One Dummy in May.

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.

IDYLLS – Prayer for Terrene

Previously mentioned noise metal terrorists IDYLLS come through with a new record that actually rivals the hellish sonic pallet of their last release. Hard to believe, isn’t it? I mean, this thing even scratches some of the same itches the latest Indian record did, but a lot more violently, I think.

Get ready for some shrieking guitars, unrelenting blast beats, and some absolutely hideous vocals. Enjoy!

OBN IIIs – “No Time For The Blues”

Orville Bateman Neeley (OBN) III has no time for the blues. The Austin frontman is all punk, all day – no bullshit. To call him, with his excited studio persona and writhing stage antics, electrifying would be an understatement; to say his bandmates present a flurry of  barnburning garage-punk grooves would be as much of one. So, I recommend just pressing that play button above and letting the music take you where it may. If you find that the things around you are starting to get broken, like lamps, windows, your monitor, and such – don’t worry; that’s just the OBN IIIs’ magic working.

“No Time for the Blues” is taken from the band’s upcoming album Third Time to Harm, due out May 27 via Tic Tac Totally.