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…
BIG BUSINESS - "HEAL THE WEAK"
Big Business, who are touring with Sleep this year, have unleashed a second single from their upcoming The Beast You Are. This one's especially Torche-y, and it's another very promising taste of the new LP.
GUIDED BY VOICES - "ANGELIC WEIRDNESS"
Having just released the double album Zeppelin Over China earlier this month, Guided by Voices sets their sights on Warp and Woof, which is made up of four EPs and will be out in April. "Angelic Weirdness," which coincidentally is how we used to describe Cocteau Twins, is a druggy acoustic number that is nonetheless very catchy as all Robert Pollard songs are.
LOMELDA - M FOR EMPATHY (ALBUM STREAM)
Los Angeles via Silsbee, TX musician and songwriter Hannah Read, who releases music as Lomelda, has shared a new album, M For Empathy, that she recorded in a weekend in her TX hometown. The new album "is mostly things said or shoulda said," Hannah says, "heard or shoulda. Much of it, and it's just a lil, came to me, or outta me, outta a deepening silence. Something you can hear a lot of I hope. It let me voice again. It also let me not, and only sing as much as I wanted, which is important too. Making peace with the word in me, just a lil, all my might."
AMANDA PALMER - THERE WILL BE NO INTERMISSION (ALBUM STREAM)
Amanda Palmer's third post-Dresden Dolls full length album, and first in more than six years, There Will Be No Intermission, spends its 74 minutes tackling topics like abortion, cancer, motherhood, and politics. It comes out on March 8, and you can listen to it ahead of its release via NPR, who is streaming it in full.
LORD DYING - "ENVY THE END"
Portland sludge crew Lord Dying are releasing their third album, Mysterium Tremendum, on April 27 via eOne, and they're now streaming opening track "Envy The End," which sees them putting howling clean vocals in the forefront more than usual.
NOTHING - "HEAVY WATER/I'D RATHER BE SLEEPING" (GROUPER COVER)
Nothing are releasing a b-sides and rarities compilation called Spirit of the Stairs next Wednesday (3/6) via Relapse, and it comes with this previously unreleased cover of one of Grouper's most classic songs, "Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping." Nothing apply their usual heavy shoegaze style to the song, but stay pretty faithful to the melodies of the original.
MATMOS - "THERMOPLASTIC SHIELD" & "BREAKING BREAD"
Every sound on creative samplers Matmos' new album was derived from plastic, be it toy instruments or them banging on every kind of plastic item imaginable. For example, a police issue thermoplastic shield which resulted in one of the more eerie songs on the record. There's also "Breaking Bread" which is one of the LP's most danceable.
COMBO CHIMBITA - "AHOMALE" / "BRILLO MÁS QUE EL ORO (LA BALA APUNTÁNDOME)"
Brooklyn tropical futurists Combo Chimbita have announced their first album for ANTI-, which is titled Ahomale and will be out May 3. "The protagonist of this album whose name is Ahomale possesses the ability to communicate ancestral wisdom through the music,” says guitarist Niño Lento. You can check out the title track from the album, which is almost hard rock, along with first single "Brillo Más Que El Oro (La Bala Apuntándome)" which is pretty danceable.
FRANCIS LUNG - "I WANNA LIVE IN MY DREAMS"
Francis Lung (aka former WU LYF member Tom McLung) is working on his debut album, which will be released by Memphis Industries, and he's shared a single from it, "I Wanna Live In My Dreams." It's a nice dose of baroque pop that Lung says is an homage to The Ronettes, and you can hear some of their influence coming through for sure (in a modern, sorta psychedelic way).
COKIE THE CLOWN (AKA FAT MIKE OF NOFX) - "PUNK ROCK SAVED MY LIFE"
NOFX frontman Fat Mike is releasing his first full-length album under his Cokie The Clown alter-ego, You’re Welcome, on April 26 via Fat Wreck Chords. He made the album with blink-182's Travis Barker on drums, Guns N' Roses' Dizzy Reed on keys, and former Nine Inch Nails member Danny Lohner producing. The first single is "Punk Rock Saved My Life," a self-deprecating yet kinda touching story about how NOFX was family to Fat Mike even more than his real family, delivered in Fat Mike's usual snot-nosed punk rock way. Also, it's cool to hear Travis Barker drumming on mile-a-minute punk songs again.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL - "EVERY WAVE TO EVER RISE" (ft. ELIZABETH POWELL)
American Football's upcoming LP3 includes some high-profile guest vocalists, and they've now shared the song featuring Land of Talk's Elizabeth Powell, which we wrote more about here.
L7 - "BURN BABY"
"Burn Baby" is the first single off L7's first album in 20 years, which we wrote more about here.
THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH - "THE RUNNING STYLES OF NEW YORK"
The Tallest Man On Earth announced his first album in four years and shared lead single "The Running Styles of New York," which we wrote more about here.
JO SCHORNIKOW - "GHOSTS"
"Ghosts" is the latest single off Jo Schornikow's upcoming album Secret Weapon, and it comes with a very well-matched animated video. Read more about it here.
WASABI (WE ARE SCIENTISTS ART BRUT INTERNATIONAL) - "HANDLE WITH CARE" (TRAVELING WILBURYS COVER)
"I thought it would be great for WASABI to cover The Traveling Wilburys because both bands are Supergroups," Eddie Argos of tells us of Art Brut and We Are Scientists' version of "Handle with Care." "At the time, though, I didn’t know Supergroup meant a group of people from other bands. I just thought it meant we were super! and we are, fucking super awesome, just like the Wilburys." Read more about this Record Store Day release here.
TOWNES VAN ZANDT - SKY BLUE (ALBUM STREAM)
Cult country/folk artist and songwriting great Townes Van Zandt died back in 1997 but had such a large collection of unreleased material, that it’s still coming. Sky Blue is his fifth posthumous collection and features 11 songs he recorded in 1973 with friend Bill Hedgepeth. It features songs that would end up on official albums, covers, and two previously unheard songs, one of which is “All I Need.” Listen to the whole thing now at NPR.
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