18 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…
PIXIES - "ST. NAZAIRE"
Pixies have always had a surf vibe and that comes out loud and clear on this song from the band's new album, Beneath the Eyrie, which is out this week. Frank Blank sounds riled up as he seeths "I'm done talking to you," as he and the band lay down a rockin', twangy punk-surf groove.
HAYDEN THORPE - "FULL BEAM"
Former Wild Beasts member Hayden Thorpe released Diviner earlier this year and here's a brand new track that was recorded at the same time, but is a little more like his old band than anything on that album. It's also got some cool guests. “'Full Beam' was the final track to emerge from the Diviner sessions, featuring drums from Stella Mozgawa, backing vocals from Josephine Stephenson and an outrageous saxophone performance from Matana Roberts," says Haden. "It was designed to be a moment of ecstatic release from the brooding songs that preceded it and as serves a calling card for what is to come."
BLIMES & GAB - "FEELIN IT"
San Francisco/Seattle hip hop duo Blimes & Gab (aka Blimes and Gifted Gab, fka B.A.G.) went viral with last year's "Come Correct," and now they're back with another fun jam, "Feelin It." They also announced a tour, including LA's Uncool Festival at the Palladium on 10/25, Brooklyn's Baby's All Right on 11/8, and more. All dates here.
PUSSY RIOT - "1937"
Pussy Riot share "1937" as a demand for the release of Russia's political prisoners, and to bring attention to the "unfair and corrupt 'elections' to Moscow city parliament that were held on September 8th." "The new '1937' track is a gentle reminder to those who abuse the power - boomerang effect is a real thing," they write. "You're going to go through the same abusive shit that you wished for us. "
CHRIS FARREN - "SURRENDER" (ft. ADULT MOM)
Indie-punk everywhereman Chris Farren has shared another song off his upcoming album Born Hot (due 10/11 via Polyvinyl), and this one has some shades of Plans-era Death Cab For Cutie, which Chris pulls off exceptionally well.
EFTERKLANG - "UDEN ANSIGT"
Efterklang return with Altid Sammen, their first album in seven years, next week via 4AD. They didn't lose their ability to make expansive, transportive music in that time off, as "Uden Ansigt" shows. Vocalist Casper Clausen says, “The lyrics are like pictures to me, based on a moment I once had when biking in Copenhagen. It was raining heavily, everybody packed away under umbrellas, hoodies, hats etc. Faceless, genderless, ageless, colourless. My vision was blurred out and those bodies were moving through the street like faceless ghosts of a Japanese Anime movie, simultaneously haunted, alone and united at the same time.”
CURSIVE - "BARRICADES"
Cursive returned last year with Vitriola, and now they are sharing their first single since that album's release, "Barricades." "Though ‘Barricades’ may conjure the southern wall our current administration has been salivating over," singer and guitarist Tim Kasher says, "the song is more specifically about the walls we construct in our minds as a means to safely ignore the atrocities of society without having to feel so terribly guilty about them."
AUTOMATIC - "SIGNAL"
L.A. trio Automatic have released another single from their forthcoming debut album that's out September 27 on Stones Throw. Like, "Too Much Money," "Signal" plays off familiar post-punk sounds but they make them sound fresh and electric, dark but danceable. Good stuff.
LUCY DACUS - "DANCING IN THE DARK" (BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN COVER)
Lucy Dacus has been releasing original songs and covers connected to different holidays all year; at the end of the year, they'll be collected into an EP, 2019. The latest addition to those songs is this new Bruce Springsteen cover, which Lucy transforms with her distinctive vocals. "Happy birthday to Bruce," Lucy says, "but also happy birthday to my dad, the biggest Bruce fan I know and the reason I’ve listened to The Boss since birth. I resisted it when I was younger as a rebellion to my dad’s taste, but I have come to love his music on my own time. His lyricism is embedded in my own songwriting inextricably at this point."
CHARLES RUMBACK & RYLEY WALKER – “HALF JOKING”
Guitarist Ryley Walker and drummer Charles Rumback teamed for Cannots back in 2016 and they've back for new album, Little Common Twist, via Thrill Jockey on November 8. The record came together through improvised sessions in 2017 and 2018, and judging by "Half Joking" the instrumental album is sun-dappled and pastoral.
FRIENDSHIP - "CLAIRVOYANT"
Philadelphia's Friendship are releasing a followup to their 2017 album Shock Out of Season. Dreamin' is due out November 8 via Orindal Records, and the first single is the gently folky and atmospheric "Clairvoyant." "I wrote “Clairvoyant” a couple days after seeing Willie Nelson perform in Camden, New Jersey at the BB&T Pavilion," band leader Dan Wriggins told Gold Flake Paint. "My friend Mark had won tickets from a radio station, but had to bail the day before, so he gave me the tickets and I went alone. This is only tangentially represented in the action of the song. But I think it’s pertinent given Willie’s (and one or two others’) creepy ability to read minds."
CANNABIS CORPSE - "BLUNT FORCE DOMAIN"
Weed and pun-obsessed death metallers Cannabis Corpse have shared another ripper from their upcoming Nug So Vile.
ANGEL OLSEN - "LARK"
Angel Olsen has shared the second single off her anticipated new album All Mirrors, which you can read more about here.
GHOST - "KISS THE GO-GOAT"
Occult rockers Ghost are back with a new song off their upcoming 7", which you can read more about here.
R.E.M. - "FASCINATING"
R.E.M. have shared a previously unreleased song, “Fascinating,” which was from the Reveal sessions and proceeds benefit relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas where Hurricane Dorian devastated many of the islands two weeks ago. The song was recorded in Nassau, Bahamas.
CLIPPING. - "LA MALA ORDINA" (ft. BENNY THE BUTCHER, ELCAMINO, THE RITA)
"La Mala Ordina" is the laters single off avant-rap trio clipping.'s upcoming album, and you can read more about it here.
WHITE WARD - LOVE EXCHANGE FAILURE
Black metal/jazz blenders White Ward's anticipated new album Love Exchange Failure comes out next week, and you can now stream the whole thing and read more about it at Invisible Oranges.
SWERVEDRIVER - "REFLECTIONS" (THE SUPREMES COVER") / "I THINK I'M GOING TO FEEL BETTER" (GENE CLARK COVER)
Swervedriver's new covers EP offers takes of Gene Clark’s “Think I’m Going to Feel Better" and The Supremes’ “Reflections” in their own particular shoegazy way. Adam Franklin and crew have always been great at making other people's songs their own and both of these are terrific, especially "Reflections" which really works well in the Swervedriver style.
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