11 New Songs Out Today
So many artists, so little time. Each week we review five new albums (of all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie,” and talk about what metal is coming out. We post music news, show recaps, track premieres, and more all day. That includes a lot of tour announcements, a list of tonight’s NYC shows, and NY shows that just went on sale. We publish a monthly playlist of some of our favorite tracks. Here’s a daily roundup with a bunch of interesting, newly released songs in one place…
GRANDADDY - "BISON ON THE PLAINS"
Grandaddy have shared a new song, "Bison on the Plains," which was started for their 2017 album Last Place but wasn't finished till recently. "It sounds as if the words are about the melodramatic lengths I go to... and methods I employ... to frame an image in a song," says main man Jason Lytle. "Almost jokingly. But respectfully. Like all of the noises, sound samples, buttons, keys, circuits, wires, strings, and gear it takes for someone like me to facilitate the lonely looking image of a solitary bison standing out on the open plains. I have no regrets of being a songwriter that cannot simply just pull this off with an acoustic guitar and some lyrics. I need my 'tricks of the trade.'" If it reminds you a little of The Cars' hit "Drive," that's intentional, but in a very Grandaddy way.
PERFUME GENIUS - "NOT FOR ME" (BOBBY DARIN COVER)
Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) has recorded a cover of Bobby Darin's 1963 b-side "Not for Me" as a new single, that comes with a video he directed himself. "It was very easy to see the visual world this song lives in,” said Hadreas. “I could feel it even in the beginning of putting the music together. I imagined something warm and painterly but wrapped in alien gauze. Directing the video myself brought the song closer to my heart.” The song and video were made in collaboration with W Hotels to benefit immigration equality. "In over 80 countries being LGBTQ is still criminalized," Hadreas added. "It is vital that we as a nation and as a global community continue to fiercely support those that keep us moving forward. Everyone deserves a chance to be safe and free, it is a human right.”
NICOLE ATKINS & MARK LANEGAN - "NOVEMBER RAIN" (GUNS N' ROSES COVER)
A couple years back, Nicole Atkins was staying in an Inn in Vermont where she had some "really weird dreams," including doing a cover of Guns N' Roses' hit "November Rain" as a country duet. A couple years later, the dream became realized with help from one of the masters of duets, Mark Lanegan. Their voices sound great together and the original's bombast gets smoothed out with this Nashville arrangement...and it's three minutes shorter than the original, too. Listen at Stereogum.
DIPSET - "ON GOD" (ft. BELLY)
Dipset's first album in 14 years, Diplomatic Ties, comes out on Thanksgiving and they've shared another song from it. With Belly's auto-tuned hook, it sounds a lot more modern than previous single "Sauce Boyz," but Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, and Jim Jones still sound as menacing as they did back in the day.
BLACK THOUGHT - "CONCEPTION" (ft. REEK RUFFIN)
Longtime The Roots frontman Black Thought released his first-ever solo EP, Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 (produced by 9th Wonder), earlier this year, and he's about to follow it with the Streams Of Thought Vol. 2 EP (produced by Salaam Remi) on Monday (11/26). He shared the new EP's single "Conception," which features Black Thought's rhymes in top form and a powerful, soulful hook.
TOMB MOLD - "PLANETARY CLAIRVOYANCE (THEY GROW INSIDE II)" & "CERULEAN SALVATION"
Canadian death metal new-ish-comers Tomb Mold released one of the year's most loved albums with Manor of Infinite Forms (which is already landing on year-end lists), and today they followed it with a new two-song EP. As on the full-length, they blend interesting (and often catchy) riffage with brutal, burly growls, and they manage to make familiar sounds feel fresh.
DRAMATIC LOVERS - "THE COMEDOWN"
Dramatic Lovers is a new-ish band with former Decibully frontman William Seidel and Promise Ring/Maritime drummer Dan Didier, and according to Milwaukee Record, they're planning to release their debut full-length in 2019. The first taste is the enjoyable, jangly "The Comedown."
SLOWTHAI - "DOORMAN" (ft. MURA MASA)
UK grime artist has been getting a lot of buzz for this year's RUNT EP, and he now followed it with the energetic, Mura Masa-featuring single "Doorman."
SNOOP DOGG - "GRATEFUL" (ft. E-40 & TYRESE)
Snoop Dogg released the new song "Grateful" featuring fellow West Coasters E-40 and Tyrese. It's an Amazon Music exclusive and you have to be a subscriber to hear it. (There's a 30 second sample for everyone else.)
CULTS - "NOT IMPOSSIBLE"
Cults have just released new compilation Offering B-Sides & Remixes which comes just in time for their tour and is pretty self-explanatory. There are three new songs, including single "Not Impossible," plus remixes from Mike Simonetti, Etienne de Crecy, and This Mortal Coil's John Fryer.
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