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…
THOM YORKE - "THE AXE"
Thom Yorke's new solo album ANIMA (and accompanying Paul Thomas Anderson-directed short film) is out now. The whole thing is great (read our review), but one clear early standout is "The Axe." With its repeated "I thought we had a deal" hook, it sticks with you instantly and already feels like a Thom Yorke classic.
JACQUES GREENE & CADENCE WEAPON - "NIGHT SERVICE" / "SILENCIO"
Electronic musician Jacques Greene and rapper Cadence Weapon have teamed up for a collaborative two-song single, and it's pretty cool stuff. Jacques Greene sticks to his usual production style, which is pretty far from what you'd call a "hip hop beat," yet Cadence Weapon raps over them with ease. Jacques Greene also has upcoming shows, including Brooklyn's National Sawdust on 10/23 and LA's Echo on 10/25.
KAZU (BLONDE REDHEAD) - "MEO"
Blonde Redhead singer Kazu will release solo album Adult Baby on September 13. The album is heavy on electronics and features Ryuichi Sakamoto, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, her BR bandmate Amedeo Pace, and more. Adult Baby was conceived as a "visual album," that was shot on the island of Elba off the coast of Tuscany. You may have seen some of it in the video for "Salty" and she's now released the gorgeous, widescreen "Meo," which she wrote with Amedeo Pace and which soundtracks the film's trailer. You can listen to the full song below, too.
MONSTER RALLY - "MENAGERIE" & "GINGER ON THE WIND"
Monster Rally, the Avalanches-esque crate-digging, cut-and-paste alter ego of Ted Feighan, will release Adventures on the Floating Island on September 20. Feighan pulls samples from obscure exotica records and reconfigure's them into something new and groovy. Check out two tracks.
GIANT SAND - "A HARD MAN TO GET TO KNOW"
Indie rock vets Giant Sand will release new album Recounting The Ballads Of The Thin Line Men on September 20 via Fire which is actually a re-recording of their 1986 sophomore album, Ballad Of A Thin Line Man. This new version re-orders the tracks, drops two and adds "Reptilian," a previously lost song hailing from their album’s 25th anniversary reissue. Check out this new version of "A Hard Man to Get to Know."
LIAM GALLAGHER - "THE RIVER"
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher will release his second album, Why Me? Why Not., in September and he's just shared the album's stomping new single. "I want the second album to be a step-up because the hardest thing to do is to make something the same, only better. So that’s what we’ve done. It’s a better record than As You Were. Which is saying something, as that was epic, wasn’t it?”
CLAIRO - "CLOSER TO YOU"
Rapidly rising bedroom pop artist Clairo is releasing her debut full length album, Immunity, on August 2 via FADER label. New single "Closer to You" features heavy vocoder and an irresistible beat.
GOOD FUCK - CHERRY TREE (ALBUM STREAM)
Tim Kinsella (Cap'n Jazz, Joan of Arc, Owls, etc) and Jenny Pulse already released their self-titled debut album earlier this year, and today they returned with a second album. They write: "10 New Songs. Think Badlands and Pierrot Le Fou, mythic romantic road-trips. Bonnie and Clyde, but with Alan Watts paperbacks in their backpacks. Like that new Gaspar Noe documentary Climax. The cherry tree’s uncommon embodiment of both American and Buddhist mythologies seemed a fitting image to contain it all."
LINGUA IGNOTA - "DO YOU DOUBT ME TRAITOR"
Lingua Ignota, aka Kristin Hayter, releases her sophomore album, Caligula, on July 19 via Profound Lore. New single "Do You Doubt Me Traitor" is an intense, slow-burning listen, over nine minutes of Kristin's screams and wails over mournful, gothic music.
LIGHTNING DUST - "DEVOTED TO"
Lighting Dust, the Vancouver duo of Amber Webber and former Black Mountain member Josh Wells, will release their fourth album, Spectre, on October 4 via Western Vinyl. It's the first in six years and you can check out the gorgeous, moody first single "Devoted To" right here and you can catch them on tour with David Berman's new band Purple Mountains later this summer.
RAYLAND BAXTER - "OBJECTS IN SPACE" & "2009" (MAC MILLER COVERS)
The late Mac Miller's influence went far beyond just hip hop, as evidenced by Americana artist Rayland Baxter's new EP of Mac Miller covers. He recorded these seven songs with keyboardist/guitarist Aaron Embry (Elliott Smith, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), drummer Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), and his own father, famed pedal steel guitarist Bucky Baxter (Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, R.E.M.), and the first two are out now. It might seem unexpected on paper, but the covers sound pretty great.
NOMAD STONES - "TRUE ABILITY"
Nomad Stones share members with post-metal band Cave In but their music is more in the power pop-tinged punk realm. New single "True Ability," which appears on their upcoming album Unriddled, is no exception. And it's yet another ripper from this promising LP.
SANGUINE EAGLE - "BRIDE OF BLIZZARD"
New York black metal band Sanguine Eagle are releasing not one but two new albums this year, Shores of Avarice and Storm Mysticism, both due July 5 via Profound Lore. You can hear the 13-minute "Bride of Blizzard" off Storm Mysticism now.
MARCO BENEVENTO - "LET IT SLIDE"
Marco Benevento was bridging the gap between indie rock and jam bands way before there were thinkpieces on how “all your indie faves are jam bands now," so it's an especially good time to get a new album from him. You can read more about the just-released title track here.
MEAN JEANS - "PARTY LINE"
Ramones-y punks Mean Jeans are releasing their new album Gigantic Sike in August via Fat Wreck Chords, and you can read more about the album and lead single "Party Line" here.
THE BLACK KEYS - "LET'S ROCK"
DE LA NOCHE - "AVENUES"
De La Noche is a long-distance trio fronted by Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds, Gayngs and (his soul alter-ego) Howard Ivans, plus longtime friends Robert Rogan and Brian Weeks. They’ve known each other since college, and Weeks played live in The Rosebuds, but they reconnected last year; Brian and Robert had recorded an album’s worth of ’80s-inspired songs but wondered if Ivan, who had just moved across the country to Portland, might want to sing on them. De La Noche was born, Postal Service-style. Ivan’s vocals on "Avenues" exude a sense of romantic loneliness, and the smooth sax just seals the deal.
Looking for even more new songs? Browse the ‘New Songs’ archive.