14 New Songs Out Today
So many artists, so little time. Each week we review a handful of 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…
DRAKE - "WHEN TO SAY WHEN" & "CHICAGO FREESTYLE"
Drake dropped two new loosies over the weekend, an fans of early 2000s rap may be interested in knowing that one features the same sample as Jay-Z's "Song Cry" and the other interpolating Eminem's "Superman."
SILVERSTEIN - "MADNESS" (ft. PRINCESS NOKIA)
We already knew that Princess Nokia (who released two great albums last week) was an emo fan, and now she has lent her voice to a new song by pop-screamo vets Silverstein. "Working on this record was really special to me because I've been a fan of this band since I discovered their first two albums," Nokia told NYLON. "Silverstein holds a special place in my heart. Their first two albums were the soundtrack to my adolescence. They later were an inspiration in the making of my record a girl cried red."
BUILT TO SPILL - "LIFE IN VAIN" (DANIEL JOHNSTON COVER)
If you miss the There's Nothing Wrong With Love era of Built to Spill when they were as likely to write three-minute pop songs as they were jammy indie rock guitar workouts, their upcoming album of Daniel Johnston covers fills that void a little. As you can hear on "Life in Vain," Doug Martsch and company are well-suited to adapt Johnston's material. Listen over at Stereogum.
BOY SCOUTS - "WISH"
Oakland, CA-based songwriter and musician Taylor Vic released a new album as Boy Scouts, Free Company, last year via ANTI-, and she's following it now with a new single, "Wish." "This song is an ode to reflecting on the past," she says. "Sorting through waves of nostalgia, and hoping for a future in which reflecting on aspects of the past can feel good, and what a privilege that is."
BOAT - "SO MANY REASONS YOUR HAIR TURNS GREY"
It's been ages (seven years, specifically) since Seattle band BOAT put out a new album and they're finally back with Tread Lightly that'll be out May 1 and features an appearances from Chris Ballew of '90s alt-rock hitmakers Presidents of the United States of America. First single "So Many Reasons Your Hair Turns Grey" is rousing and catchy...aka classic BOAT. Welcome back, guys.
D.O.A. - "ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN"
Vancouver punk vets D.O.A. recently announced their new anti-Trump album Treason and a tour with Dead Kennedys, and now the first single is here. It sounds like classic D.O.A., and Joey Shithead tells Punk News, "In 'All The President's Men,' we sampled Rudy Guilliani stating 'What is the truth?' Well, we know what the fucking truth is. It's time to put All the President's Men in the pen! One day Trump can join them."
RINA SAWAYAMA - "XS"
London-via-Japan pop artist Rina Sawayama is sharing another early taste of her debut LP, SAWAYAMA. "'XS' is a song that mocks capitalism in a sinking world," she says. "Given that we all know global climate change is accelerating and human extinction is a very real possibility within our lifetime it seemed hilarious to me that brands were still coming out with new makeup palettes every month and public figures were doing a gigantic house tour of their gated property in Calabasas in the same week as doing a 'sad about Australian wild fires' Instagram post. I mean I'm guilty of turning a blind eye too, because otherwise it makes me depressed. We're all hypocrites because we are all capitalists, and it's a trap that I don't see us getting out of. I wanted to reflect the chaos of this post-truth climate change denying world in the metal guitar stabs that flare up like an underlying zit between the 2000s R&B beat that reminds you of a time when everything was alright."
THE JADED HEARTS CLUB - "NOBODY BUT ME"
Supergroup The Jaded Hearts Club, which features Matt Bellamy of Muse, Miles Kane of The Last Shadow Puppets, Graham Coxon of Blur, Jamie Davis, and Sean Payne, formed in 2017, and they've just released their first single, a cover of The Isley Brothers' 1962 song.
ULCERATE - "STARE INTO DEATH AND BE STILL"
New Zealand's Ulcerate will release their sixth album, Stare Into Death and Be Still, on April 24 via Debemur Morti Productions, and going by the eight and a half minute title track, their unique blend of death, black, sludge, and atmosphere sounds as killer as ever. Listen below.
JARV IS... - "HOUSE MUSIC ALL NIGHT LONG"
Jarvis Cocker's new band, JARV IS..., just announced their debut album and this is the funky first single. "It’s a straightforward love song about someone stuck alone in the house whilst the object of their affections is out dancing to House music at a rave," notes Jarvis
TOBIN SPROUT - "THE MAN I USED TO KNOW"
Artist, singer-songwriter and Guided by Voices alum Tobin Sprout will release a new album, Empty Horses, in June. It’s a “meticulously-observed study of America and Americana” and will be out with an accompanying art book. You can listen to biographical single “The Man I Used to Know,” which sounds like late night drive though the American West.
DAMIEN JURADO - "BIRDS TRICKED INTO THE TREES"
Damien Jurado will release What's New, Tomboy? on May 1 via Mama Bird Recording Co. This record features a much more embellished sound than last year's In The Shape Of A Storm, as you can hear on laid-back, lightly twangy first single "Birds Tricked into the Trees."
GREG PUCIATO (ex-DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) - "FIRE FOR WATER"
Greg Puciato, frontman of the now-defunct Dillinger Escape Plan (and the dark synthpop band The Black Queen and the supergroup Killer Be Killed), is releasing his first-ever solo album, Child Soldier: Creator of God, this summer and first single "Fire For Water" is out now. Read more here.
THE LEMON TWIGS - "THE ONE"
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