Future Islands – “Seasons Change (Waiting On You)” (BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpetation)

Give Ontario jazz-rock trio the opportunity to revise one of the most sensual songs of the year, and what do they do? They make it even more sensual.

Yes, BADBADNOTGOOD basically pulls apart and reassembles Future Islands’ “Seasons Change (Waiting On You),” and they turn it into a sweet piece of vintage soul in the process. What’s even more amazing is that they successfully maintain everything about the track that made it so great in the first place.

Few remixes churn out results this amazing.

Vision Fortune – “Dry Mouth”

A strange, unsettling single from the forthcoming Vision Fortune album, which is titled Country Music, and will be seeing a release via All Tomorrow’s Parties.

The otherworldly tones and deadpan vocals on “Dry Mouth” remind me quite a bit of Liars’ output in the 2000s, but even more challenging and pop-defying. Immediately after establishing the song’s central refrain, the band embarks upon an ominous instrumental interlude that leaves my mouth watering.

Marilyn Manson – Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge

Dark and dramatic, the new Marilyn Manson track isn’t bad at all, surprisingly. Considering how much of a let-down his last album was, I–like many–thought Manson’s best moments were well behind him on albums like Antichrist Superstar. However, with this new single of his, there’s a glimmer of hope that he might pull through on his upcoming full-length titled The Pale Emperor.

What makes “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge” so appealing is its dreary melody and organic rock instrumentation. The guitars sound and feel much more natural and dynamic than they did on much of Manson’s 00s output, and it really enhances his relentlessly depressing moans.

Some of the song’s top comments on YouTube liken the music to that of Bowie and Nick Cave, and I have to wholeheartedly agree. It’s nice to see Manson wearing his influences on his sleeve a bit more at this point in his career. If I recall correctly, Born Villain even had a few post-punk-y moments on it, which I dug a lot.

All I’m saying is we’ve got a pretty good song here, and a reason to have faith in rock’s last major figure of controversy again.

Sterilizer – Self-Titled

With Sterilizer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Brandon Duncan explores some incredibly harsh industrial metal.

Faith No More – “Motherfucker”

Famed alternative metal band Faith No More has just announced the latest in a string of comeback albums by bands whose artistic relevancy peaked in the 90s. The LP hasn’t been titled yet, and is currently being recorded in the band’s home state of California.

A lot has happened since Faith No More disbanded in the late 90s–frontman Mike Patton has been especially prolific–but the band comes together as if no breakup had happened in the first place on this new track titled “Motherfucker.” This cut reads more like a movie trailer than it does a sweet, concise single, which is absolutely fine. The song features an ominous introduction with some pretty dismal lyrics from Patton, and the instrumentation slowly builds until we reach a loud, boisterous, and anthemic ending in the last quarter.

Not a bad return at all.

A Place To Bury Strangers – “Straight”

New York’s A Place To Bury Strangers has announced a new album for 2015, and they just dropped the first single, and it’s titled “Straight.” This is one of the most ferocious noise rock bands on the East Coast, and they live up to that reputation with rumbling distortion, squawking guitar feedback, and a driving bassline.

While the band’s last record seemed a little distant and underwhelming, this new single sound up close and personal, which is just the way I like it.

Look for the new A Place To Bury Strangers album, Transfixation, via Dead Oceans on February 17th.

Crying – Get Olde / Second Wind

I don’t know whether the point with Crying’s sound is to send people on a uniquely nostalgic trip back to the 90s, provide the weirdest backdrop for vocalist Elaiza Santos, or even a secret mission to get the world head banging to the Mario theme tune–but whatever it is, it’s working. Get Olde / Second Wind is a double EP from the lovable three-piece group and will hopefully be a project that might get them the recognition they deserve. Although slightly repetitive and contained in some places, the fast-paced, electric, 8-bit pop sound props up the faint melodic vocals in a tightly woven, energetic package. Just don’t get too into Crying in a public place, people might give you looks.

- Fin Worrall

Viet Cong – “Continental Shelf” (NSFW Video)

These guys are almost here, I promise. The anticipation for their debut album brings to light one simple truth: Viet Cong know how to build hype the right way. A strong EP, quite a few scorching singles, and most importantly, quality music have the collective music world drooling for their album. “Continental Shelf” was released in October, but its video was released yesterday. The video features haunting macabre imagery with the occasional cut to chill-wave inspired footage of the ocean. Like the song itself, the video is quite jarring. When describing the song to a friend, I related it to him by simply saying “Imagine if Surfer Blood were really, really angry and a little scary.” That seemed to do the trick. The west coast stomp is there, as well as the monolithic guitar riffs lumbering a long like most surf-rock does these days. However, the sunny reverberation on the electric guitar has been swapped with an dark lo-fi hiss, and lead vocalist Matt Flegel could teach a university class on mastering the post-punk howl. It all ads up to a bizarre yet ultimately catchy experience definitely worth a view and a listen.

- Garrett Cottingham

Parkay Quarts – “Content Nausea”

Seeing Parkay Quarts, a.k.a. Parquet Courts, live at the intimate and classic venue DC9 will forever inform the way vocalist Andrew Savage’s singing reaches me. I’m not 100% certain, but I’m fairly sure that he alternated staring down members of the crowd while pummeling them with his trademark rapid fire stream of consciousness lyrics. On most of their records, it can become all too easy to overlook how fast the man sings, but watching him perform these songs in person while staring straight through me and other audiences members truly emphasized this talent. Well, “Content Nausea” captures that experience and even amplifies it. The song begins with a sauntering drum roll and polite yet punky guitar, before Savage’s word urgent but nonsensical monologue spills out and overtakes the song. Like it’s taken by a sudden bout of nausea, the instrumentation disintegrates from its previous structure to wailing noise. “Please stop!” it almost pleads, but thankfully Savage doesn’t. He wouldn’t be so savage if he did.

This track comes from Parquet Courts’ latest album via What’s Your Rupture?, which can be picked up here.

- Garrett Cottingham

YUNOREVIEW: NOVEMBER 2014

The magical monthly segment where I briefly touch down on a gauntlet of albums I didn’t get a chance to review this past month. These are just my short, straightforward, passionate, biased opinions.

These are the albums I touch down on:
Killjoy Club – Reindeer Games
Grouper – Ruins
Wiley – Snakes & Ladders
This Will Destroy You – Another Language
Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain
Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien
Twin Peaks – Wild Onion
Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind
At The Gates – At War With Reality
The Contortionist – Language
Jessie Ware – Tough Love