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…
RIZ MC - "MOGAMBO"
Actor/rapper Riz Ahmed is one third of Swet Shop Boys with Heems and Redinho, and he also makes solo material under the name Riz MC including the new single "Mogambo," which was produced by Redinho. It comes with a video directed by Bassam Tariq, and both the song and video are very powerful stuff.
JESSIE WARE - "OVERTIME"
Jessie Ware released her third album, Glasshouse, last October, and now she's back with an electro-flavored new single. "'Overtime' is a taste of what's to come," she says. "It's been really fun being back in the studio and I'm so excited to share this track. I worked on it with some of my favourite producers; James Ford & the guys of Bicep. It feels like I'm going back to my early days; it's a late night song to flirt to."
JULIA JACKLIN - "BODY"
Australia's Julia Jacklin released a very solid album with her band Phantastic Ferniture this year, and now she returned with a new solo single, "Body." It's more atmospheric, more fleshed out, and less straight-up folky than her last solo album. It's getting us pretty excited for Julia's next album, which she says is coming early next year.
U.S GIRLS & TUNE YARDS REMIX EACH OTHER
Tune-Yards and U.S. Girls are going on tour together beginning October 18, and they'll be selling an exclusive 7" at the merch table where they remix each other's songs. The Tune-Yards Fiction Dub Mix of U.S. Girls' "Velvet 4 Sale" takes the song into Massive Attack Territory; while the U.S. Girls neverlearn2saygoodbye Mix of Tune-Yards' "Coast to Coast" also goes the dub route but in more of a post-punk sort of way.
MARK LANEGAN - "NOBODY HOME" (PINK FLOYD COVER)
Pallbearer, The Melvins, ASG, Ruby the Hatchet and Scott Reeder and more are on a new song-for-song cover of Pink Floyd's classic album, The Wall. Onetime Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan takes on "Nobody Home" with a spare style, almost nothing but guitar and his voice. "The Wall is a work of undeniable greatness, an unparalleled work of art. There are so many fantastic songs that it's practically a greatest hits record. But I'll be damned if I know what its contemporary relevance is. That's above my pay grade," he told The Quietus (which is where you can listen to the song).
DAVE DAVIES - "THIS PRECIOUS TIME (LONG LONELY ROAD)"
Kinks guitarist Dave Davies will release Decade next week (10/12) which is a collection of unreleased solo material dating from 1971 - 1979. The rocker began at Apple Studios in 1975 but was then finished when the Kinks started their own Konk Studio.
ST. VINCENT - "SAVIOR" (MassEducation version)
St. Vincent and Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) have shared a stripped-down version of "Savior" off MassEducation, their upcoming album of stripped-down versions of MASSEDUCTION songs. We wrote more about it here.
THOM YORKE - "HAS ENDED"
"Has Ended" is the second single off Thom Yorke's score for the upcoming Suspiria remake, and we wrote more about it here.
HIGH ON FIRE - "SPEWN FROM THE EARTH"
High on Fire shared the second single off Electric Messiah ahead of the album's release this Friday, and we wrote more about it here.
JOHN PRINE - "I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU" (STEVIE WONDER COVER) & "I HAVE MET MY LOVE TODAY"
John Prine recently had an Amazon single and now he's got a Spotify single. The two tracks here are a new version of Prine's “I Have Met My Love Today” as well as cover of Stevie Wonder's 1984 hit “I Just Called To Say I Love You.” Both feature The Secret Sisters.
PILL - "MIDTOWN"
Pill's video for "Midtown," from their upcoming album Soft Hell, takes on a Halloween theme. Straight from the band's fangs: "In a world where vampires rule the streets of New York City, vampires are seen, ruling the streets of New York City ... is there enough blood to go around? A scream splits the sky, as a check is cashed in Midtown. What’s that smell you ask? Hell is the subway! Blood, money, death, corruption, Dance Dance Revolution. Scream, if you dare! hahahahhahha." Watch if you dare.
GRAHAM VAN PELT - "MOUNTAINSIDE"
Onetime Think About Life guitarist and the artist formerly known as Miracle Fortress, Graham Van Pelt releases his solo debut, Time Travel, on October 19. Much of the record is dance music, inspired by Arthur Russell, Kelly Lee Owens and others, but here's one of the more ambient pieces on the record, "Mountainside," which is no less compelling.
TRACYANNE & DANNY - "BABY'S GOT IT BAD" & "CAN'T GET OVER YOU"
The "Peak Vinyl" edition of Tracyanne & Danny's debut album came with a bonus 7" single featuring two exclusive tracks and now those songs have been made available digitally. Danny takes lead on both songs which have a classic '60s pop vibe to them, complete with sweeping strings. Meanwhile, they've also released a video for "Cellophane Girl" from their debut which they shot on their North American tour (the video opens with a shot on Bedford Ave right here in Brooklyn).
PSYCHIC TEMPLE W/ CHERRY GLAZER - HOUSES OF HOLY VOL 1
Psychic Temple, the LA band fronted by Chris Schlarb, have just released an EP with Cherry Glazerr. "I booked us a place in Joshua Tree big enough for everyone to record in the same room," says Chris. "Clem, Tabor, and I had been working on a group of songs for a couple months. A lot them started at the breakfast table in the sweet moment when the coffee is still warm, your stomach is full, and the light is coming through the windows. We started recording around 2am on June 19th, 2018 and cut two songs before going to bed. In the morning we took a dip in the pool, made a huge breakfast and dug into the next three tunes." The five songs, recorded in 24 hours, are in the '60s psych-pop mode and you can listen to the whole thing:
JOAN OF ARC - "INDELIBLE IN THE HIPPOCAMPUS IS THE LAUGHTER"
The shapeshifting Joan of Arc released their latest album 1984 earlier this year, which was their first with newer member Melina Ausikaitis on lead vocals, but main member Tim Kinsella is back in the vocal booth for new song "Indelible in the Hippocampus is The Laughter," which is an excerpt from Joan of Arc's score to the 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc, with a title that references Christine Blasey Ford's powerful Senate testimony. Their tour with mewithoutYou starts in Brooklyn tonight (10/3).
JOHN GRANT - "IS HE STRANGE"
So far we've heard three tracks off John Grant's new album, Love is Magic due out October 12. He calls the fourth, "Is He Strange," a "pure love song about how you cannot own or possess another person. It's about letting go of someone you still love and moving on and also how it is possible to continue to love while you are letting go. Much easier said than done."