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!

Melted Toys – “Blush”

The latest single from Melted Toys starts off like your average jangle pop tune–well, as far as songs in this current jangle pop revival go–but the song actually comes through with a sweet, angular, creative melody that’s been sticking with me since first listen. Melted Toys get the blasé, blissful mood down, and back it up with a memorable pop tune.

The band’s self-titled debut is dropping July 15th!

PUJOL – “Pitch Black”

Next month, singer-songwriter PUJOL, a.k.a. Daniel Lucca, will be dropping his next full-length album, KLUDGE via Saddle Creek. While I wasn’t really huge on his past few full-lengths, the tracks I’ve been hearing from this latest effort of his seems to show a significant improvement on the songwriting side of things.

Sure, PUJOL’s rough, slightly lo-fi aesthetic still remains on his latest material, and that’s gonna turn some people off, but I think the melodies and sweet chorus on “Pitch Black” shines through the grime. It’s power pop magic. It’s rock ‘n’ roll, baby

Alright, I’ll end this now before I embarrass myself any further. Enjoy!

The Darcys – Hymn For A Missing Girl

Never heard of the Darcys before, but they definitely know how to pull together an epic, 21-minute instrumental! Hymn For A Missing Girl is the Halifax band’s latest offering right here, and it was a 500 LP offering this past Record Store Day. There might still be some copies of this thing floating around, right? Good luck to anyone who goes out seeking this dark, moody gem, and congrats to anyone who had the perceptiveness to look into what this band had to offer on this project!

The rest of us will just have to stream it, which isn’t exactly anything to complain about. Beautifully layered strings, vocals, and guitars come together into some immense moments on this thing. If drone, post-rock, experimental rock, and immense neoclassical compositions get you going, then you’re gonna want to clear out the next 20 minutes. Enjoy!

Swans – “Oxygen”

“Oxygen” is the second single to drop from Swan’s latest epic To Be Kind (after last month’s stellar, staggeringly funky “A Little God in My Hands”), and it is among the fiercest and most thrilling moments of its two-hour-plus runtime. It is certainly the most thoroughly noisy piece on the project, built on an unwavering no-wave bass groove and skittering drum line – guitars, lap steel, and finally brass falls piling on, amounting to something paradoxically crushing and danceable.

But the icing on the (dense, dense) cake is frontman Michael Gira’s vocals, which are at their most manic here, ranging from caveman-esque grunts on the bridge to a nasally call progressing into the second verse – “HEY THEEEEERRE.” It’s all just so cathartic; as a listener, you get release just from hearing these guys belt this thing out. It’s a sort of vicarious thrill that Swans has pretty consistently provided over the course of its now three-decade-long career.

And there’s also something to be said of the excitement this song manages to inspire despite the fact it has been kicking around for years in a number of iterations, in Gira’s solo acoustic sets, and then the live version that appeared on the limited edition live album Not Here/Not Now late last year. The band’s promotional/funding approach for these last few releases has been quite genius, as it has allowed the band to give glimpses of new content as they develop it – tiding us over, but allowing for plenty of surprises on the finished product. For instance, the glorious addition of brass here!

To Be Kind drops May 12 via Young God and Mute. A gentle reminder we loved their last one.

Girl Talk & Freeway – Broken Ankles

While I wish Broken Ankles was longer, in five tracks, Girl Talk and Freeway create more compelling material than some of the more buzzed-about mixtapes that have dropped thus far this year.

Aesop Rock – The Blob

Out of the damn blue, Aesop Rock drops a 30-minute collection of unreleased beats, loops, and sonic oddities that haven’t made his commercial releases. It’s a pretty colorful collection of tracks, honestly. It’s just as lo-fi and idiosyncratic as I’d expect. It’s kinda like a Tobacco or Black Moth Super Rainbow album, but without the incessant psychedelia vibe. Enjoy, and download the Blob here.

Merkabah – Moloch

Noise, progressive rock, and jazz come together on this new Merkabah album, Moloch. I’m just starting to listen to this thing, and am pretty stunned by how tight, twisted, and volatile these songs are. There’s some serious excitement in these tracks. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!!

Gridlink – Longhena

I’ll say it again: I’ve never been a huge fan of incredibly dense, cleanly produced metal. But I’m always ready to make exceptions for the right album, though. I think this new Gridlink LP is one of those moments. Man, is this thing brutal. The drums and vocals are absolutely relentless. This record brings Grindcore to a new level of shrillness and intensity.

While I know there are people–or goats–that’ll totally get off on how loud, extreme this record is, what I’m attracted to the most are the rich, melodic guitars. They’re complex, dizzying, and bring a lot of personality to the table. They really enhance the incredible rhythm section this album has backing it. Enjoy!

McCafferty – Beach Boy

Beach Boy is a wordy and captivating set of tracks from Ohio singer-songwriter Nick Hartkop and his band. It’s a mix of danceable punk music and acoustic emo ballads. It’s catchy and energetic, yet, downtrodden and slightly melodramatic. While I know this kind of music doesn’t translate for everyone, I think Nick has a strong pop sensibility that transcends his occasionally too-tragic vocals. Enjoy!