19 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…
CITY GIRLS - "JT FIRST DAY OUT"
JT of City Girls has finally been released from prison, and to celebrate, she released the new song "JT First Day Out," and it's a triumphant return.
THE YOUNG KNIVES - "RED CHERRIES"
It's been six years since UK group The Young Knives released Sick Octave and four years since their Something Awful EP. The Dartnall brothers are finally back, and sounding a little different than you might remember, at least on this song "Red Cherries." Gone are the catchy mid-'00s post-post-punk jams and instead something decidedly more astringent and intense. This is closer to Girl Band than Futureheads. "It is a lament to something all used up," says Tom Dartnall. "The song is a simple melody set to a repeating scream and wild jazz drums.” It sure is.
CORRIDOR - "POW"
This might be the catchiest song we've heard yet from Montreal band Corridor's new album Junior, which is out next week via Sub Pop. "Pow" has a little new wave mixed in with Corridor's usual melty guitar leads and dreamy harmonies.
THE DODOS - "THE ATLANTIC"
The Dodos fall Visiter tour kicks off tonight in Boston and to celebrate, the band have released this new single that starts off folky but then adds the group's signature clattering percussion. "The Atlantic is a song about the limitations of what you can see if you don't surround yourself with people that challenge you," says Meric Long. "In the first couple years of knowing my partner, the Atlantic ocean was literally between us, and now when we disagree and see things very differently it can feel like that ocean still exists metaphorically."
ERIC BACHMANN - "MISINFORMATION AGE"
Crooked Fingers and Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann is gearing up for an intimate living room tour and to promote that he's just released this new single that is timely in other ways, too. "American lawmakers value wealth over the health and safety of other people’s children. American leadership is affiliated with several criminal organizations, both foreign and domestic. The citizenry knows they’re not getting accurate information. We’re distracted. We value entertainment over the truth. We value comfort over justice. Young people, participate! All strains of human decency, please! You’re being lied to! Vote the bastards out!"
PHANTOGRAM - "IN A SPIRAL"
Phantogram have been releasing some new singles, their first new music since their 2016 album Three, over the spring and summer, and they've shared another, "In a Spiral." Vocalist Sarah Barthel says the song "started from a beat that Josh had in his back pocket for quite some time, which I had gravitated to immediately and written some vocal ideas for. But the song was waiting for the right moment to reveal itself to us... We threw it on at the last minute while we were preparing to go record in Joshua Tree at the magical Rancho de la Luna with our friend Boots, and once we got out there everything started to fall into place."
DJ SHADOW - "“URGENT, IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ” (FT. ROCKWELL KNUCKLES. TEF POE, DAEMON)
Featuring St. Louis MCs Rockwell Knuckles and Tef Poe, plus Daemon. DJ Shadow's new single looks at our information-overload world, also set to a killer, paranoid beat. The track is from DJ Shadow's upcoming double album Our Pathetic Age.
HOMEBOY SANDMAN - "LOOKOUT" (ft. QUELLE CHRIS & YOUR OLD DROOG)
Homeboy Sandman has shared the second single off his upcoming album Dusty, and this one features Quelle Chris and Your Old Droog. All three have weirdo, underground styles, and they sound great together over "Lookout"'s psychedelic, synth-fueled beat.
CURSIVE - "I AM GODDAMN"
Cursive's new album Get Fixed comes out later this week, and here's one more single ahead of its release. The dark, maniacal "I Am Goddamn" pretty strongly recalls Cursive's Ugly Organ era, so if you miss that kinda stuff, check this one out.
PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS - "MUNDUNGUS"
Hailing from Perth, Australia, the vividy named Psychedelic Porn Crumpets dropped And Now For The Whatchamacallit earlier this year which is closer to King Gizzard than Tame Impala in the world of Aussie psych. On tour in the U.S. now, on their way to this weekend's Desert Daze fest, they've shared this new rave-up. As for the title, frontman Jack McEwan says, "Mundungus is the rare post tour recovery period where all our surrounding friends and family assume we’re crippled with alcoholism, burdened with lives of social estrangement and are far too disillusioned to foresee our self destructive tendencies”.
STEPHEN MALLINDER (CABARET VOLTAIRE) - "WORKING"
Cabaret Voltaire's Stephen Mallinder will release Um Dada this week, which is his first solo album in 35 years. New single "Working" is bouncy but still has roots in the Sheffield industrial scene. The playful video riffs off the song's title, says director Caleb Madden: "It's a conceptual thing rather than a treat for the eyes. I like the way it makes me think about 'working' and screensavers... Kinda like screensavers represent the banality of actual work, but also represent a time away from the screen, which is the fun time... So in some ways it turns the track into a kind of knowing joke. Like saying 'working' is about finding the gaps in the days..."
CANNABIS CORPSE - "DAWN OF WEED POSSESSION"
Weed and pun-obsessed death metallers Cannabis Corpse have shared another song off the upcoming Nug So Vile, and it comes with a music video that pairs performance footage with a storyline where two guys (including drummer Josh "HallHammer" Hall) get busted with weed by a cop (aka frontman Phil "Landphil" Hall), and then things get pretty ridiculous from there.
MOUNT KIMBIE - "YOU LOOK CERTAIN (I'M NOT SO SURE) (WXAXRXP SESSION)
Warp Records is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and in conjunction with that, they're releasing WXAXRXP Sessions on November 15. It "features ten specially selected sessions recorded for radio from across the history of the label," including this very lively version of Mount Kimbie's "You Look Certain (I'm Not So Sure)."
CONSUMER (mem HAVE A NICE LIFE) - "THE MILLS/IN COMPUTERS PART 1"
Consumer (aka Tim Macuga from Have a Nice Life along with HANL’s live band) have shared another song off their upcoming album In Computers. It covers a lot of ground its 11-minute running time, including some dark post-punk stuff that's cut from a similar cloth as HANL.
MARIA TAYLOR - "SPINNING WHEEL"
Azure Ray reunited in 2018 and released Waves, an EP of their first new material in six years. Half of the band, Maria Taylor, has now announced a new self-titled solo album, due out November 11 via Flower Moon Records. Its first single, "Spinning Wheel," still has a few traces of Azure Ray's gauzy dream pop, but incorporates more upbeat sounds, too.
PANDA BEAR - "PLAYING THE LONG GAME"
Panda Bear is back with a new non-album single, and you can read more about it here.
POLICA - "DRIVING" & "TRASH IN BED"
Polica announced a new album, and the first single is "Driving," which comes with non-album B-side "trash in bed." Read more here.
THE POP GROUP - "KISS THE BOOK" (STUDIO VERSION)
The Pop Group‘s debut album, Y, is one of the definitive post-punk artifacts, that simmers wiry guitars, danceable rhythms, dubby production (courtesy producer Dennis Bovell), and a dark, paranoid vibe together into one highly influential record. For its 40th anniversary, Mute Records is reissuing Y in a deluxe edition, and one of the bonus track is this unheard studio version of "Kiss the Book" which has been previously only released as a Peel Session.
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