15 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…
MUSEUM OF LOVE - "MARCHING ORDERS"
It's been four years since Museum of Love (LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney and Jee Day’s Dennis McNany) released their debut album and they're finally back with something new. "This single hints at that new material: caravan songs, about moving and moving on," say the duo. "An exercise in slapping ourselves in the face, taking stock of this moment we’re in and then out of. To explore the elephantine sadness that plagues us as we find ourselves complicit in our own extinction. Why do we love? Who do we love? For what do we fight? When faced with displacement how do you keep moving, and whistling on your way?" There is indeed whistling on "Marching Orders," and some skronky, Bowie-esque guitars. Look for LP#2 in 2019.
SUN KIL MOON - "ROCK N ROLL SINGER" (AC/DC COVER)
On the new Sun Kill Moon album "This Is My Dinner" (out today, Thursday, November 1st), Mark Kozelek continues his long tradition of not just covering AC/DC songs, but of covering the song "Rock 'n' Roll Singer." Eighteen years ago he not only included a version on his debut solo EP, but it was also the title track. That version, released while Red House Painters were still a band, was sung in Mark's signature nasally sadcore style, and could have easily been a Red House Painters song. It appeared again as the opening track on on the Sub Pop-released "White Christmas Live" album the next year. Sun Kil Moon is still essentially Mark's solo folk project, and this new version (which clocks in at 1.5 minutes longer than the original, which is a short song on this new SKM album) is still not quite the electric rocker AC/DC released in 1975, but this time Mark - no longer so nasally, sad or serious -- does get his rock star on. Or something like that.
MORRISSEY - "BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG" (PRETENDERS COVER)
Morrissey has been covering The Pretenders' 1984 hit "Back on the Chain Gang" live for a while now, and here's an official studio version and accompanying video. Moz and co don't mess with the original too much -- though they smartly opt not to do the Hoohs and Hahs in the chorus -- but there is a little more of a rockabilly twang to it as you might expect. In the video, Morrissey is pretending to play guitar and it almost looks like he knows what he's doing.
LIL PEEP - "RUNAWAY"
The late Lil Peep's new album of previously unreleased music Come Over When You’re Sober (Part Two) comes out next week (11/9), and a new song is out from it, "Runaway." Like "Cry Alone," it comes with a video with footage of Peep, and it reminds you that his music had been getting better and better before he passed at the much-too-young age of 21.
STARS - "ARE YOU WITH ME?" (prod. KEVIN DREW)
Stars, who are touring with My Brightest Diamond soon, put out another new single and this one was produced by Kevin Drew, and it was inspired by the death of The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, whose last solo album was also produced by Kevin Drew. "To work on a song with Kevin Drew reminded us all of what a beautiful person and brave artist he is, and why someone like Gord Downie trusted him to interpret his last music," Stars wrote in a statement. "Speaking of Gord, the words to this song came about after Torq spent one liquidy night sending text messages to Gord’s old cell phone number. It’s very difficult not to miss that guy, and sometimes you just want to send a message into the ether and hope he receives it. We’ve always used songs to communicate with ghosts. If you can think of a better method, let us know. We have a lot of ghosts we want to talk to…,"
MARTY WILSON-PIPER - "PICADILLY CIRCUS IN THE RAIN"
Former guitarist for The Church, Marty Wilson-Piper will release new solo album, The Afterlife, in February and has just shared this single that looks at the ups and downs of city life. "'Piccadilly Circus In The Rain' addresses the struggle and questions the romantic notion of London as a cultural melting pot - music, galleries, nightlife, history, energy, red double decker buses, unarmed friendly Bobbies, the cover of Abbey Road and the Queen. Singling out this city is purely coincidental but in truth, for most people with artistic tendencies "London brings you to your knees".
COSEY FANNI TUTTI - "TUTTI"
Cosey Fanni Tutti, of Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey, will release her second-ever solo album, simply titled Tutti, on February 8 via Conspiracy International. The album is eight instrumentals featuring manipulated sounds from her life and art. "My work is a continuum, the past feeding the present and vice versa," says Cosey. "The album is an interpretation of my past and present, of my understanding the shifting perceptions of how they inform one another. One form creating another through a metamorphic process." She's shared and edit of the title track -- a pulsing electronic number with eerie, atmospheric trumpet. The video is equally eerie.
ART FEYNMAN - "IDEAL DRAMA"
Luke Temple alter ego Art Feynman, who released a great LP and EP last year, is back with a new single. "It's basically about human extinction and that maybe we have some sort of planned obsolescence as well as a contradictory desire to survive," says Temple. "In many ways the devices that allow us to prosper are also our potential downfall." All that, set to a dense, synthy backing.
CUT COPY - "OCEAN BLUE"
Cut Copy are releasing a 7" single with the new song "Ocean Blue" and a Haiku From Zero Remixes 12” on Friday (11/2). "Ocean Blue" is now available to stream online, and it's the kind of sunny, yacht rock-ish synthpop song that Cut Copy have been tending to make lately.
SHIT ROBOT - "THE LIFE TO COME"
Longtime DFA artist Shit Robot is releasing a new EP called Cubed/Rotation this Friday on Man Power's Me Me Me label, and he's currently streaming the new track "The Life To Come." It's got a nice, chilled-out groove and you can stream it below (via XLR8R).
MELVINS - "IN THE FLESH?" (PINK FLOYD COVER)
Melvins offer up their take on "In The Flesh?" for the upcoming, mostly metal Pink Floyd tribute, which we wrote more about here.
THE FELICE BROTHERS - "PATTI" (ft. CONOR OBERST, PHOEBE BRIDGERS & more)
The Felice Brothers shared a new guest-filled song including the great Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers, and we wrote more about it here.
LAURA JANE GRACE & THE DEVOURING MOTHERS - BROUGHT TO ROT (ALBUM STREAM)
Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace is streaming her new solo album.
DEHD - "DYING FOR"
Chicago trio Dehd -- Emily Kempf (who until recently played live with Lala Lala), Ne-Hi singer-guitarist Jason Bala, and drummer Eric McGrady -- are working on their new album (out next year) but have just released this single ahead of their North American tour.
CARLY RAE JEPSEN - "PARTY FOR ONE"
Carly Rae Jepsen is preparing to release the follow-up to her 2015 album E•MO•TION, and she's shared its first single, the irresistibly poppy "Party For One." Read more about it here.
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