17 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…
CRAIG FINN - "IT'S NEVER BEEN A FAIR FIGHT"
Craig Finn is about to begin a Europe/UK tour, and ahead of that, he shared a new non-album single, "It's Never Been A Fair Fight." If you dug the stuff on his recent I Need A New War, you'll probably dig this too. Craig released the song as both full-band and acoustic versions, and he also put out a pro-shot live video of him and his band playing the song at Brooklyn's Murmrr Theatre. “‘It’s Never Been A Fair Fight’ is about the extreme difficulty of staying true to the rigid rules of a subculture as you get older,” Craig says. “The character in the song revisits an old peer and finds struggle and disappointment in the place he left behind. I’ve always really loved this song, and people seemed to connect with it on my acoustic tour with Brian Fallon. Excited to be sharing the full band version with the world.”
DOJA CAT - "BOTTOM BITCH"
Doja Cat is gearing up to release a new album in November called Hot Pink and today she debuted its new single "Bottom Bitch," which samples blink-182's "What's My Age Again" and comes with a video featuring a cameo from Doja Cat's "Tia Tamera" collaborator Rico Nasty. Check it out below.
CLIPPING. - "BLOOD OF THE FANG"
Avant-rap trio clipping. shared another single off their upcoming There Existed an Addiction to Blood (due 10/18 via Sub Pop), which samples Sam Waymon's score to the 1973 vampire film Ganja & Hess, and, according to a press release, "Daveed Diggs’s lyrics conjure an alternate history of black political struggle in the 1960s and 70s, name-dropping radical activists and reimagining them as a pantheon of undead superheroes fighting against systems of oppression." It also comes with a Lars Jan-directed video that was inspired by a photo of the Black Panther Party's Huey Newton, where he was handcuffed to a hospital gurney while being treated for a gunshot wound.
FOXES IN FICTION - "SAY YES TO VIOLENCE"
Warren Hildebrand's new album as Foxes in Fiction, Trillium Killer, is due out October 18 via their own Orchid Tapes label, and they've shared another new track from it, which was inspired, in part, by Charli XCX. "I was really enamoured with her both as an artist and from a songwriting / production standpoint when it came to making the songs on Trillium Killer," Warren says. "I found myself constantly inspired both by Charli's relentless work ethic and her constant willingness to fuck with the form, conventions and limits of pop music."
METRONOMY - "WEDDING BELLS" IDLES REMIX
Metronomy just released the terrific Metronomy Forever and now they've just dropped a boatload of remixes for various songs off the album. In addition to the sort of DJs and producers you'd expect, one of the remixes is by punks IDLES. "We saw their live show, when they had the push lights on their chests and did the awesome dance routines, that emboldened us to think more and put more into our live shows," says IDLES Mark Bowen. "There is also something about the way they use discordant notes and soundclashes in a very blissful way that informs much of our own songwriting. With this remix I wanted to replicate those halcyon days of DJing at indie discos; scrambling online for some bootleg blissed out remix to play to teenagers in a dingy room, high on life and disco biscuits. Metronomy Forever!" Metronomy's Joe Mount adds "I'm absolutely stunned! I had no idea that the (joint) best band in the country could also turn out indie disco remixes like this?!"
BLACK MARBLE - "PRIVATE SHOW"
Black Marble's video for new single "Private Show" was filmed at a county fair in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Shot on the fly by Ben Joyner, nobody seems to notice main man Chris Stewart at all as he lip syncs to the video while ordering funnel cakes, waiting in line for carnival rides, or even playing his keyboard in the middle of a crowd while the evening's actual concert happens in the background. It's a gorgeously shot slice of life, and the song -- gothy synthpop -- is very catchy, too. Black Marble's new album, Bigger Than Life, is out October 25 via Sacred Bones.
ELBOW - "WHITE NOISE WHITE HEAT"
Lead singer and lyricist Guy Garvey says Elbow's newest single from the upcoming Giants of All Sizes, "White Noise White Heat" was written in response to London's 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, but it isn't about the tragic event. "I kind of renounce all our previous records with this track," he says, "or what we are best known for. What is the point of uplifting songs in the face of this horror?"
ESOTERIC - "ROTTING IN DERELICTION"
Funeral doom masters Esoteric have unleashed another song off their upcoming album A Pyrrhic Existence, and you can read more about it at Invisible Oranges.
HENRY WU (aka KAMAAL WILLIAMS) - "WIVOUT U"
Jazz/electronic great Kamaal Williams is releasing a DJ-Kicks mix on November 8, and one of the songs exclusive to the mix is a new song from Kamaal under his Henry Wu guise, the groovy "Wivout U."
RUSSIAN BATHS - "RESPONDER"
Brooklyn's dark, discordant Russian Baths will release their debut album Deepfake on November 8. The band like their noise, but "Responder" shows of their melodic, atmospheric side as well. It's also a nice showcase for the way Luke Koz and Jess Rees play off one another, both vocally and with their guitars. It's one of the album's standouts.
SAMANTHA URBANI - "MADE IN LOVE"
Former Friends singer and Blood Orange collaborator Samantha Urbani returns with her first new music in over two years with this danceable, '80s-ish breakup anthem. "I’ve been thinking a lot about love as a space, rather than a feeling- a grounded, protected bubble with a different atmosphere, like a terrarium with its own ecosystem," she says. "It’s a place to be radically honest, empathetic, selfless- a place to feel safe, and recharge your batteries with trust and surrender.”
JEFF RUSSO & LISA HANNIGAN - "LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" (BEATLES COVER)
In addition to being the guitarist of '90s alt-rockers Tonic, Jeff Russo has become a well known TV/film scorer (Fargo, Legion, The Night Of, more), and he's teaming back up with Legion collaborator Noah Hawley to score Hawley's new film Lucy in the Sky. For that soundtrack, which comes out Friday (10/4) via Lakeshore Records, Russo tapped the great singer/songwriter Lisa Hannigan to do an eerie, atmospheric cover of the movie's namesake song, The Beatles' "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds." It's a very cool rendition.
CATTLE DECAPITATION - "BRING BACK THE PLAGUE"
Cattle Decapitation have shared a second single off their upcoming album Death Atlas (due November 29th via Metal Blade), "Bring Back the Plague." As you'd probably expect from this band, it seamlessly hops between genres, hitting evil black and death metal and melodic alt-metal, and sounding great throughout all of it.
THE WHO - "ALL THIS MUSIC WILL FADE"
The Who have shared a second song from their upcoming album WHO. “All This Music Must Fade” certainly sounds like a Who song, big and anthemic with Roger Daltrey sounding confident and riffs you can just hear being windmilled. As the opening cut on the album, their first in 13 years, it’s hard not to hear it as a statement of intent and as a comment on what it’s like to release an album 50+ years into your career.
BIG SCENIC NOWHERE - "THE GLIM"
Desert rock collective Big Scenic Nowhere (Yawning Man, Fu Manchu, Kyuss, etc) are releasing their debut full-length album, Vision Beyond Horizon, on Heavy Psych Sounds in January, and you can hear lead single "The Glim" now and read more about it here.
LAKE RUTH - "EXTENDED LEAVE"
Opening with a thick analog synth bassline, Lake Ruth soon adorn "Extended Leave" with groovy drums, a Peter Hook-style wandering bassline, swirling keyboards, and Alison Brice’s ethereal vocals. If you ever wanted a collaboration between New Order and Broadcast, listen up. Plus, the song was inspired by Michael McKean's character on Better Call Saul.
NICK CAVE - "HOLLYWOOD"
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