California rock duo No Age comes through with their most abstract release yet with An Object.
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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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
It’s easy to dismiss Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott’s band Poor Moon as simply a Fleet Foxes side-project, but this group should not be reduced to spinoff status. Although Poor Moon’s ambitions are tempered more than Fleet Foxes, this band has some interesting ideas of their own. Their new single “Holiday,” which will appear on the group’s forthcoming self-titled LP, is a breezy, bossa nova influenced piece with a gentle melody that is not unlike the Vampire Weekend song of the same name. The vintage production and shiny electric instrumentation are refreshing displays of originality, but those lush harmonies are undeniably Fleet Foxes. I’m that Wargo and Wescott recognize what makes their work in Fleet Foxes so enthralling; “Holiday” indicates that they know better than to stray too far from a formula that works.
Poor Moon is out August 28th on Sub Pop.
METZ is a new Canadian rock outfit, and they’re making their full-length debut this October on Sub Pop records, which is a huge start for any up-and-comer. It’s a big opportunity, and the band has the sound to match it. The first single from this forthcoming self-titled album hits hard. I mean h-a-r-d! It’s, like, almost Drive Like Jehu’s Yank Crime hard.
Post-punk, post-hardcore, and noise rock are certainly strong with this trio. Shots of guitar feedback and pure noise fill what little air surrounding the uncompromising riffs that are pounding through the first single from this new album, “Headache.” I love the way the vocals kinda swirl into the mess of guitar and bass with a shot of bouncy reverb. Oh, and let’s not forget the drums. Damn, they’re loud! It’s like a pistol going off every time a drum stick hits the snare drum.
The production is solid. From what I understand, Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh even had a hand in it. Again, this album is dropping in October, and you can scope the track list to this album below:
2. Get Off
3. Sad Pricks
5. Knife in the Water
7. Wet Blanket
9. The Mule
10. Negative Space
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