Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

Sleater-Kinney is back with a new record after ten years of studio album silence.

Father John Misty – “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)” (Video)

Singer-songwriter J. Tillman, a.k.a. Father John Misty, just dropped a simple, kaleidoscopic video for the song “Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins),” which is one of the many tracks that will be featured on his upcoming album, I Love You, Honeybear. It’s currently looking at a February release via Sub Pop Records.

While I find the video underwhelming, I’m completely swept off my feet by the song. Tillman’s voice is lovely and inviting, and horn section on this thing has a spice whose origin I can’t quite put my finger on. Is it South American? Middle Eastern? Maybe a mix?

The instrumentation is wonderfully layered, and the story told in the lyrics is worth diving into as well. Definitely looking forward to this record.

clipping. – “Get Up” (Video)

West Coast experimental hip hop trio clipping. drop a video for the track “Get Up,” which features one of the strangest instrumentals on their latest album, CLPPNG. The bars aren’t anything to shrug at either as Daveed Diggs delivers one rapid fire line after another.

However, we’re talking about a video here: Co-directors Carlos Lopez Estrada and Cristina Bercovitz bring this vid a simple but very effective concept. There’s an eerie, red glow that pulsates behind Diggs’ stiff, lifeless body. On the hook, we get these blindingly bright close-ups that look like he’s about to be taken away to Heaven or something. The assumption that he’s on death’s door is backed up by what seems to be a bleeding bullet wound that becomes more obvious as the video progresses.

Sleater-Kinney – “Surface Envy”

With tracks like “Surface Envy” being let loose on the public like an escaped zoo animal, I think it’s safe to say Sleater-Kinney‘s return from an almost 10-year hiatus has been an explosive one. While the wailing vocals and frantic guitar freakouts here aren’t the band’s wildest moment on record, the end result is undeniably fun and visceral.

The band plans to drop what is effectively its comeback album on January 20th via Sub Pop Records. The title: No Cities to Love.

Father John Misty – “Bored in the USA” (On Letterman)

Mainstream America got its first exposure to Father John Misty’s (Josh Tillman) haunting vocals and effortless stage presence on David Letterman. The word “angelic” is thrown around liberally when folks discuss the Fleet Foxes camp, and it’s always done deservedly so. Most often done in reference to Robin Pecknold, but now ex member of the band Josh Tillman is slowly claiming his place in the spotlight. Tillman’s unique mix of sincerity of satiric performance art is difficult to decode, but always remains incredibly entertaining to behold. “Bored in the USA” will be featured on Father John Misty’s upcoming album I Love You, Honeybear. While FJM’s last record Fun Times in Babylon displayed his talent for songwriting and lyricism, his vocals were unfortunately not featured prominently enough in the slightly muddy production. Here’s to hoping this next album is crisper than a 7 AM run through the Himalayans.

P.S. The piano is playing itself.

- Garrett Cottingham

Pissed Jeans – “Boring Girls”

Last month, Pennsylvanian noise-rockers Pissed Jeans reissued their 2005 debut album Shallow on their current label Sub Pop. Definitely check this re-release out if you’ve been digging the group’s recent output and want to witness the genesis of their “power dirge” ways. Above you can watch the music video for the LP’s second track “Boring Girls,” an amusingly uncouth love song whose visuals are part sitcom satire and part cartoony surrealist horror. Enjoy!

Sleater-Kinney – “Bury Our Friends”

This is not a drill. Famed Olympia, WA indie punk rock Sleater-Kinney are back! Returning with their first new record since 2005′s amazing The Woods. After the release of that record, the band went on “indefinite hiatus” and we all wept collectively as the prospects of their reunion appeared to grow less and less probable. The girls went on to other horizons, most notably guitarist-singer Carrie Brownstein, who’s gained some rightful popularity for writing and co-starring on the TV series Portlandia, and she and drummer Janet Weiss released a very good rock record with their currently defunct band Wild Flag in 2011. The other guitarist-singer, Corin Tucker, who gave the band one of their most defining elements in her untamed caterwaul of a voice, released two records with her band The Corin Tucker Band.

But now they’re back! New track “Bury Our Friends” was released on a mysterious 7” that came with their recent career-spanning box set Start Together, and it has now been officially declared: new record No Cities to Love is coming January 2015! And the song comes with a lyric video for the new single, starring the always awesome Miranda July. Watch and listen above to the chiming, propulsive track, with the twin vocals in the chorus hitting that nice little sweet spot that reminds us why this return is so very, very welcome.

No Cities to Love comes out January 20, via Sub Pop.

clipping. – “Inside Out”

Between “Body & Blood,” “Story 2,” and “Work Work,” West Coast experimental hip hop trio clipping. has been dropping some pretty intense and odd music videos. “Inside Out” is one of the strangest of them thus far, featuring a headless figure walking through a series of nocturnal, urban settings. As the lyrics of Daveed Diggs quickly roll against the track’s glitchy beat, many of the objects referenced in Diggs’ lyrics rise up through the hole where this figure’s head should be. Hilarious concept, fun to watch.

Check out my extremely positive review of clipping.’s new album right here.

Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

With more motifs and musical dead-ends than legitimate songs, the new Shabazz Palaces album is suffocated with a surprising amount of filler.

Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE”

Winding, twisted, and psychedelic is the new Shabazz Palaces song, “#CAKE.” It’s a cut off the experimental hip hop project’s forthcoming album, Lese Majesty, which is looking at a July 29th release on Sub Pop Records. Enjoy!!!