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…
CLAMS CASINO - "RUNE"
Clams Casino, who helped pioneer cloud rap and has produced songs by A$AP Rocky, Lil B, Mac Miller, The Weeknd, Schoolboy Q, and more, has announced his second studio album. It's called Moon Trip Radio, it'll be here next week (November 7 via Columbia/Sony), and the first single is the eerie, atmospheric "Rune."
JUNGLEPUSSY - "SPIDERS"
Just in time for Halloween, Brooklyn rapper Junglepussy shared the new single "Spiders," which sounds as creepy as you'd hope, and comes with a well-matched video.
THE INNOCENCE MISSION - "ON YOUR SIDE"
Long-running Lancaster, PA dream-pop band The Innocence Mission, who once drew comparisons to 10,000 Maniacs and The Sundays and had records on A&M in the '80s and '90s and are now signed to UK label Bella Union, have a new album, See You Tomorrow, due out on January 17. They've shared the first single, a melancholy folk track with yearning strings, "On Your Side."
AMY KLEIN - "WINTER"
Former Titus Andronicus member Amy Klein was on the brink of quitting making records she she began writing the songs that became Winter/Time, her new solo album, which is due out 11/22 via Don Giovanni Records. Entranced by The War on Drugs' 2014 album Lost in the Dream, she linked up with their longtime producer Jeff Zeigler to work on the album, and the first single is "Winter," by far the most compelling song she's ever released.
AGNES OBEL - "ISLAND OF DOOM"
Danish musician and songwriter Agnes Obel has announced her fourth LP, Myopia, due out February 21, 2020 via Blue Note. About haunting first single "Island of Doom," she says, "the song is made up of pitched-down piano and cello pizzicato and vocals, all choirs are pitched down and up... In my experience when someone close to you dies it is simply impossible to comprehend that you can’t ever talk to them or reach them somehow ever again. They are in many ways still alive because in your consciousness nothing has changed, they’re still there with everyone else you know."
JEFFREY LEWIS - "EXACTLY WHAT NOBODY WANTED"
Jeffrey Lewis' new album finds anti-folk singer in feedback-loving indie rock mode but this new song falls somewhere in between his old self and new. That album, Bad Wiring, is out Friday. Listen to that and a few other tracks off the album:
WILSEN - "RUINER"
Brooklyn's Wilsen announced their sophomore LP, Ruiner, due out on February 21 via Secret City Records/Dalliance Recordings. About the first single and title track, vocalist and guitarist Tamsin Wilson says, "'Ruiner' is about meeting your various inner selves and a promise to be better. It was written after a moment of self-sabotage and I wanted to address the inner monster who was responsible."
KELE - "GUAVA RUBICON"
Bloc Party's Kele Okereke will release his new solo album, 2042, next week. "I named this song Guava Rubicon after my favourite soft drink," admits Kele of the record's new single, but adds "this song is a love letter to my favourite type of girls in the world; the black girls of London. The Black woman is the most maligned figure in today's society and I wanted to make something that celebrated her smarts, her sexiness and her magic."
STEF CHURA - "HOW TO RENT A ROOM" (SILVER JEWS COVER)
Stef Chura recently released new album Midnight but here's something new, a cover of Silver Jews' "How to Rent a Room" which she recorded in tribute to the late David Berman.
"'How To Rent a Room' has always been one of those songs that I could never let go of," says Chura. "Ever since the first time I heard it it’s always been one of my favorite songs and remains one that imprinted me as a young songwriter. Now, in light of his death, the lyrics take on a new and much sadder meaning. At the time they seemed conceptual, but the line 'Now there’s a lot of things that I’m gonna miss, like the thunder down country and the way water drips' is now a haunting and deeply poetic rendering of everyday minutiae and the texture of our lives that we don’t appreciate on a daily basis. The song seems nostalgic for a life he was currently living, and how important it can feel to mean something to someone. Or at least that's my interpretation." A portion of proceeds from the cover will go to MusiCares, a charity "providing financial, health and rehabilitation resources to music people in times of need."
LAIBACH - "HONOURABLE, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHEN FOLLOWING THE REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (ARDUOUS MARCH VERSION)"
Last year, Slovenian industrial icons Laibach released The Sound of Music which was inspired by their trip perform in North Korea (where they were given strict rules about what they could and couldn't perform). Now they're releasing an EP, Party Songs, of unpublished tracks from the repertoire of those North Korean shows. “Honourable, Dead or Alive, When Following the Revolutionary Road (Arduous March Version),” is based on an aria from the North Koreal revolutionary opera Tell, O Forest. Their version was deemed too “confusing” by the North Korean hosts and struck from the concert repertoire.
FIDDLEHEAD - "GET MY MIND RIGHT" / "STAY IN THE ROOM"
Fiddlehead (who share members with Have Heart and Basement) have followed their 2018 debut album Springtime and Blind with a two-song single featuring the new song "Get My Mind Right" alongside "Stay In The Room," an outtake from Springtime and Blind. If you wish Title Fight were still active, you may find these guys do a good job at scratching the same itch.
ANGEL HAZE - "BLACK BUTTERFLY"
Angel Haze has a new album on the way, but first she unveiled standalone single "Black Butterfly," which she says had to be left off the album due to sample clearances, and which is an ode to her mother (and released on her mother's 50th birthday). "My mom has been an incredible influence over my life and my art and my person consequently. I owe her so much more than a song and an apology," she says.
UPSET - "HOLY BASIL"
Upset have shared a second single from their upcoming self-titled album, and it'll take you right back to '90s pop punk.
BIRD CALL - "CHROMA LOVE"
Chiara Angelicola makes sweeping dreampop as Bird Call and will release new album Year of the Dogfish next week. New single "Chroma Love" is a driving number that gets extra power from the blast of technicolor horns in the chorus.
AJJ - "A POEM"
AJJ announced their new album Good Luck Everybody and the first taste is opening track "A Poem." Read more here.
DAN DEACON - "SAT BY A TREE"
Dan Deacon is back and will release Mystic Familiar, his first album in nearly five years, on January 31 via Domino. The first single is “Sat by a Tree,” which is blissed out and contemplative but still very much a hyperactive Dan Deacon song.
EMPTY COUNTRY (ex-CYMBALS EAT GUITARS) - "MARIAN"
Cymbals Eat Guitars are no more, but frontman Joseph D’Agostino just announced his first album as Empty Country, which includes new single "Marian." You can read more about it here.
ALGIERS - "DISPOSSESSION"
Atlanta’s Algiers have announced their third album, There is No Year, which will be out January 17 via Matador. The band made the record with Randall Dunn [Sunn O))), Marissa Nadler] and Ben Greenberg [Zs, Uniform Hubble] who helped them expand their goth/postpunk/industrial-draped brand of gospel and soul. Here's the first single.
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