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
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!
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.
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.
With more motifs and musical dead-ends than legitimate songs, the new Shabazz Palaces album is suffocated with a surprising amount of filler.
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!!!
clipping. lives up to hip hop tradition and pushes “noise hop” unorthodoxy on their sophomore album.
Shabazz Palaces, the experimental hip hop duo behind of one of our favorite albums of 2011 Black Up, thankfully has a new project due out in a couple of months. It is titled Lese Majesty, and it is looking to be even more ambitious than its predecessor, at least in terms of structure, with this one being comprised of seven suites over the course of 18 tracks – it’s so intricate, it comes with a map. But it actually might be more aurally adventurous as well, this lead single “They Come in Gold,” containing countless ear-grabbing electronic textures. In particular, the vaguely brassy one that rises above the mix’s myriad swirling and ringing sounds. And the transition midway through the song is really quite breathtaking, leading into perhaps the twosome’s most powerful verse yet. Stream it up there; happy listening!
Lese Majesty drops July 29 via Sub Pop (which is months too many away).
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:
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.