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…
DABABY - "INTRO"
DaBaby is in the running for rap's rookie of the year, and he's recently been talking about following the great Baby On Baby with a second album of 2019, Kirk, this month. No word on an exact release date, but he just shared a new song called "Intro," which is the kind of introspective song that a lot of rappers have opened big-budget albums with, and DaBaby fills it with athletic bars.
DRAHLA - "GODSTAR" (PSYCHIC TV COVER)
Leeds post-punk inspired trio Drahla released Useless Coordinates back in May and today they've shared a cover of Psychic TV's ode to Brian Jones, "Godstar." They don't mess with it too much and that Stones-y riff remains infectious.
BEABADOOBEE - "I WISH I WAS STEPHEN MALKMUS"
Beabadoobee, who will be out on tour with Clairo this fall, will release her new EP, Space Cadet, that's out October 18 via Dirty Hit Records. She's cited Pavement as one of her biggest inspirations and if there's any doubt here's "I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus" (which also sounds a little like Juliana Hatfield). Malkmus has heard it!
A GIANT DOG - "INTERVENTION" (ARCADE FIRE COVER)
Austin punks A Giant Dog covered Arcade Fire's sophomore album Neon Bible in full for the next installment of Merge's 30th anniversary subscription record series. The whole album will be available on streaming services tomorrow, and a vinyl pressing will make its way to record stores in October. "Recording a cover album, we felt like actors in a movie," Sabrina Ellis says. "Taking someone else’s lines and embodying those emotions, and expressing those ideas through our own selves, made us portals of human expression... and that’s why the album artwork is an open butthole." They've done Arcade Fire proud with an excellent, impassioned take on "Intervention," which is streaming ahead of the album's release.
SEAN O'HAGAN (HIGH LLAMAS) - "CANDY CLOCK" (FT. CATHAL COUGHLAN)
High Llamas frontman Sean O'Hagan is releasing a new solo album this fall (his first in over 25 years) that also has him collaborating with his old Microdisney bandmate, Cathal Coughlan, who adds his distinctive pipes to this second single from the record.
GEORGIA - "NEVER LET YOU GO"
UK producer, singer, songwriter and drummer Georgia announced her sophomore album, Seeking Thrills, due out January 10 via Domino. She's shared urgent new single "Never Let You Go," which bubbles giddily along with technicolor electronics.
NERVUS - "FAKE" (ft. MILK TEETH's BECKY BLOMFIELD)
UK punks Nervus have shared another song off their upcoming sophomore LO Tough Crowd, and this one features guest vocals from a singer of another UK punk band, Milk Teeth. It's a ripper.
SAY SUE ME - "YOUR BOOK"
Surf-inspired South Korean indie rock quartet Say Sue Me released Where We Were Togther last year, and now they have a double single, Your Book/Good People, due out October 4 via Damnably. About the single's A side, "Your Book," vocalist and rhythm guitarist Sumi Choi told Stereogum, "everyone has their own books, and stories grow day by day. Some write a very thin book of poetry and some write a very thick and complex philosophical book, and I thought of them placed on a shelf. These stories comfort us and nourish our souls, but sometimes we are overwhelmed by too many stories. I thought we should let others read our books, not just secret books. If someone else reads sad or fearful stories, we might forget them and become a little lighter. I know it’s not the best thing to forget, but if you take the burden off your mind, everything will be free. In verse one, we show our problem and I complain about it and in verse two, I was hurt by it, but in the end, we’ll be able to solve it together. It’s a very simple construct."
DROPDEAD - "HATRED BURNING"
Providence hardcore/powerviolence vets Dropdead have a new album on the way and recently released demos from it to raise some money after their van was stolen, and now they've unleashed another new track on Atomic Action! Records' new New England hardcore comp Every Winter Is Cold. It's called "Hatred Burning," and it's a 58-second scorcher. Listen via No Echo.
HUBERT LENOIR - "HUNNY BUNNY" FT. KIRIN J CALLINAN
Montreal's hard-to-pigeonhole Hubert Lenoir is back with a new single, "Hunny Bunny," that features a vocal assist from Aussie wildman Kirin J Callinan. Though both Kirin and Hubert are known for crazy stage antics, "Hunny Bunny" is a low key, groovy track with a vampire-themed video.
CURSIVE - "BLACK HOLE TOWN"
Cusive returned with Vitriola, their first album since 2012, last year, and followed it last week with a new track, "Barricades." It seems like that single wasn't necessarily a one-off, as they've shared yet another new song, "Black Hole Town," today.
BLUE HAWAII - "ALL THE THINGS"
"'All The Things' turns over the thought of someone, time and time again, and in the darker moments of missing them, finding it ultimately a reflection into yourself," Raphaelle Standell-Preston of Blue Hawaii (and Braids) says of the newest single from the Montreal electronic duo's upcoming album, Open Reduction Internal Fixation.
NEULAND (EX-TANGERINE DREAM) - "MOON AGO"
Early core Tangerine Dream member Peter Baumann and ’80s-era member Paul Haslinger began working on a project together called Blue Room some 30 years ago. Their sessions never made it out of the studio, but a friendship and creative bond was formed. The pair are now working together again under the name Neuland. This is the first single from their self-titled debut.
SOCCER MOMMY - "LUCY"
Soccer Mommy signed to Loma Vista and her first single for the label is "Lucy." Read more here.
LORD MANTIS - "DAMOCLES FALLS"
Lord Mantis announced their first album in five years, and you can read more about the album and lead single "Damocles Falls" here.
FOXHALL STACKS - THE COMING COLLAPSE (ALBUM STREAM)
Foxhall Stacks is punky power pop from members of Jawbox, Minor Threat, Velocity Girl, and more, and you can read more about their debut album here.
CHILD BITE / BRAIN TENTACLES SPLIT
Two equally weird but very different heavy bands, Child Bite and Brain Tentacles, have a new split single. Read more about it here.
ITASCA - "LILY"
"Lily" is the second single off LA psych-folk singer Itasca's upcoming album, which you can read more about here.
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