18 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…
ARIANA GRANDE - "THANK U, NEXT"
Ariana Grande followed this year's world-dominating Sweetener with new single "thank u, next," which is addressed to her famous exes, including Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Pete Davidson, and the late Mac Miller, for whom she sings "Wish I could say 'thank you' to Malcolm 'cause he was an angel." The song came out after Pete Davidson made a joke about his broken engagement to Ariana by proposing to Maggie Rogers in this past week's SNL promo, which Ariana did not love (she initially responded by tweeting "thank u, next" but since deleted it). As for the song, it's a little more in the alt-R&B realm than most of Sweetener is -- sometimes it sounds a bit like SZA.
SMINO - "KLINK"
Smino's new album Noir comes out this week, and he just released a new song from it, following "L.M.F." Smino toes the line between singing and rapping and sounds great over the dizzying backdrop of fluttering acoustic instrumentation and electronic snare hits.
TEE GRIZZLEY - "WAKE UP" (ft. CHANCE THE RAPPER)
Tee Grizzley's is following his major label debut album Activated with the sequel to his great, breakout mixtape My Moment this Friday. Still My Moment includes recent single "Pray for the Drip" (ft. Offset) and new single "Wake Up," which features Chance the Rapper. Tee Grizzley's and Chance's styles are pretty different, but they both sound great over this song's triumphant, head-nodding production.
J MASCIS - "ELASTIC DAYS"
Dinosaur Jr's J. Mascis has shared the title track of his new album Elastic Days which is out this Friday (11/9) on Merge. It's a lovely, chilled-out song and the video features drag artist Dina Martina who J says he's been a fan of for years. "I’m glad that I got her to do this video before she becomes an untouchable superstar. I am amazed at how the video came out, I’m so psyched." Watch that below.
IRMIN SCHMIDT (CAN) - "KLAVIERSTÜCK V"
One of the founding members of Krautrock icons Can, Irmin Schmidt will release new album 5 Klavierstücke on November 30 via Mute. The album was recorded and produced by Gareth Jones in the South of France on Irmin Schmidt's two grand pianos, one of which was "prepared" in the manner taught to him by John Cage. "The tracks are spontaneous meditations, only played once and recorded simultaneously - no edits or corrections," says Irmin. "They are formed from an emotional memory in which Schubert, Cage, Japan (Gagaku) and Can are equally present." Check out "Klavierstück V."
SILENT SERVANT - "DAMAGE"
Electronic artist Silent Servant will release new LP Shadows of Death and Desire on December 7 via Hospital Productions. He debuted a track, "Damage," on Red Bull's First Floor and it falls somewhere between gothy late-'80s EBM and techno.
WILLIAM TYLER - "FAIL SAFE"
Guitarist William Tyler has announced his next album, Goes West which will be out January 25 on Merge. The first single from the record is "Fail Safe," a glimmering instrumental that really showcases his fretwork. You can catch him on tour this week with Ty Segall.
Willie Nelson - "CRUEL CRUEL WORLD" / JOSH HOMME - "CRUEL CRUEL WORLD"
Much-hyped videogame Red Dead Redemption II's soundtrack features some pretty cool artists contributing original songs. You may have hears D'Angelo's "May I? Standing Unshaken" and now here are two different versions "Cruel Cruel World' -- a pared-down, acoustic version by Willie Nelson, and a more robust arrangement featuring Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.
THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN - "GUN TO THE HEAD"
The Good, The Bad & The Queen -- Damon Albarn's supergroup with Paul Simonon (The Clash), Simon Tong (The Verve) and afrobeat legend Tony Allen -- will release their second album next week. Here's the second single.
MINERAL - "AURORA"
Emo vets Mineral released their first new song in 20 years, which is coming out on a two-song 10" single in conjunction with a new book and a 25th anniversary tour. More info here.
DAVE EAST - "NO PORK"
Harlem rapper Dave East is staying prolific, and just returned with the new song "No Pork" less than a month after releasing his collaborative LP with Styles P. Like a lot of East's recent stuff, it sounds like the kind of song that could've come out in 1997 save for the slightly more modern production, and Dave continues to be great at this kind of thing.
PLANET B - "DISEASE CONTROL"
Planet B, aka Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox, Dead Cross, Head Wound City) and Luke Henshaw (Sonido de la Frontera, First Power Crew), have shared a third single off their upcoming self-titled album (due 11/23 via Ipecac). Following "Manure Rally" and "Crustfund" (ft. Kool Keith), they've unleashed "Disease Control." It's an abrasive yet accessible mix of electronics, industrial, and post-hardcore, and it comes with an animated political video that -- among other things -- stars Trump as an actual penis. Needless to say, you might not wanna watch this one at work.
DAVE SMALLEY & THE BANDOLEROS - "JOIN THE OUTSIDERS"
Punk legend Dave Smalley (Dag Nasty, Down By Law, etc) and his band The Bandoleros are releasing their debut album Join The Outsiders later this month, and we wrote more about the title track here.
FOXWARREN (ANDY SHAUF) - "EVERYTHING APART"
Andy Shauf has had a band, Foxwarren, with some of his childhood friends for 10 years but they're only now putting out their first album. Check out the first single and its video (inspired by '70s political thrillers) and learn more here.
ICEAGE - "BALM OF GILEAD"
PARQUET COURTS - "WE R IN CONTROL" (NEIL YOUNG COVER)
Parquet Courts have recorded a cover of Neil Young's "We R In Control" for the Amazon singles series. The original, from Neil's "synth" album, Trans, was already in Parquet Courts' wheelhouse and they've really made it their own.
DON'T STOP NOW II: A COLLECTION OF COVERS
This new covers compilation benefits RAICES (Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services) and features Craig Finn + John K Samson covering Gillian Welch, Tom May of The Menzingers covering Regina Spektor, Wild Pink covering Springsteen, Chris Farren covering Joanna Newsom, Augusta Koch covering Sharon Van Etten, awakebutstillinbed covering Julien Baker, Anika Pyle covering Lucinda Williams, and much more.
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