clipping. – “Work Work”

clipping. is sounding pretty polished on “Work Work,” the lead single from their Sub Pop and studio debut clppng. The harsh noise elements of Midcity are all but gone, but the trio is progressing and maintaining their identity as one of hip hop’s most forward-thinking outfits magnificently.

While the song sports some club-centric synth work and clipping. has clearly placed a greater emphasis on their hooks, the track’s instrumental is nevertheless incredibly inventive. According to Rolling Stone, the beat was “made by rolling a ball-bearing in a metal Thermos, smashing cinder blocks, and crumpling a beer can.” And on the flow front, all of the electricity of the Midcity-and-prior work is preserved – hell, it might just be turned up! The outlook for the group’s debut is extremely promising.

clppng is due out June 10 via Sub Pop. A reminder we absolutely loved the aural assault of  Midcity last year:

The Notwist – “Kong”

Next month German indietronic quartet The Notwist will drop its first album in six years, Close to the Glass. This second single, “Kong,” is certainly a buoyant number, but due to its conventional indie rock composition, it isn’t particularly exciting. At least not until around the three minute mark, which sees the band throwing in everything and the kitchen sink for the track’s glitchy outro. Hopefully we’ll find plenty more grand moments like this interspersed throughout the album. For now, check out “Kong” above, and enjoy!

Close to the Glass is due out February 25 via Sub Pop.

No Age – An Object

California rock duo No Age comes through with their most abstract release yet with An Object.

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clipping. – “Jump” / “Or Die”

During a recent performance at The Stables in celebration of Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee, recent signees clipping. performed two new tracks: “Jump” and “Or Die,” which are tracks I’m hoping make it to their first album on the famed Seattle label. Give a live to those live renditions via the videos above, and catch a review for clipping.’s midcity album / mixtape below:

Thanks for KEXP for capturing these videos, too!

Father John Misty – “Funtimes In Babylon”

Singer-songwriter Father John Misty, a.k.a. Josh Tillman, dancing through a post-apocalyptic set on this new set of visuals for the track “Funtimes In Babylon,” which is a cut from his latest full-length, Fear Fun. The album is out now on Sub Pop Records.

The Postal Service – “A Tattered Line of String”

Recently there’s been a ton of buzz about the Postal Service due to the duo’s recent reformation. Of course, people are drooling over the possibility of a new album, and there’s some titillation over this new song that’s streaming in the YouTube video above; however, I’m just skeptical as to how excited I should get, because all of these recent events just feel orchestrated in the name of the soon-to-be-released reissue of the Service’s only full-length album, Give Up. I love Give Up, I’d love for more people to hear it, but I would love some new material, too.

When I say “new material,” though, I mean stuff that isn’t like the track streaming above. As far as Postal Service tracks go, it’s pretty weak. The beat ruins any chance of enjoying the smooth, melodic qualities the duo’s music usually showcases, and the hook is pretty flavorless as well, in my opinion. If this track is actually a new recording–and not just some b-side–it doesn’t feel like a new era for the duo. It’s more like a speedy and less detailed version of what I’m already used to.

Still, I’m sure this forthcoming reissue of Give Up will be absolutely worth it for indie pop listeners who are new to the Postal Service. However, I don’t expect much more than for Ben and Jimmy to split apart once again after this release and some live performances. I’d like to be proven wrong, though.

Pissed Jeans- “Bathroom Laughter”

Pissed Jeans bring a brand new track from their forthcoming album in February, Honeys. It’ll be the band’s third album, and it’s dropping via Sub Pop. Listen to or download the mosh-friendly “Bathroom Laughter” above.

METZ- Self-Titled

On its self-titled debut, the Canadian noise rock band METZ brings some heavy sounds and great riffs, but not a lot of variety or songwriting power.

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METZ- “Wet Blanket”

Canadian rock upstarts METZ are gearing up to release their self-titled full-length debut via none other than the long-standing Sub Pop Records in October. Following “Headache,” “Wet Blanket” is the second track to drop from the album, and is available to stream above.

With plenty of emotion, dissonance, and distortion at their disposal, METZ don’t seem to be having trouble crafting raw, to-the-point rock songs. METZ may be their first LP, but with this and “Headache” confirmed as being under its belt, it’s shaping up to feel like a realized, confident collection of material.

Dum Dum Girls- “Lord Knows”

Back when Dum Dum Girls dropped their 2010 debut I Will Be, it would have been hard to predict that within two years, frontwoman Dee Dee would develop into a remarkably talented and mature singer/songwriter. Tracks like the devastating “Coming Down” from last year’s Only In Dreams established this newfound maturity, and the Dum Dums’ new single “Lord Knows” simply reaffirms it. Though not as lethargic or dark as some of the Dee Dee’s previous ‘mature’ statements, “Lord Knows” still displays an incredible ability to regulate and convey emotion, along with the Dum Dums’ consistently great melodic sense and an instantly memorable chorus. This band’s creativity is so far beyond their peers in the revivalist garage rock scene at this point that I almost wonder why anyone else even tries.

“Lord Knows” will appear on the forthcoming End Of Daze EP, which will be out September 25th on Sub Pop. Stream and download it at the embedded link above.