20 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…
BAD BUNNY - "EN CASITA" (ft. GABRIELA)
Bad Bunny just released a great new album earlier this year, and now he already has another great new song that he recorded on his iPhone while self-isolating. It features guest vocals by Gabriela Berlingeri, Bad Bunny's girlfriend.
YACHT - "DO THEY OWE US A LIVING?" (CRASS COVER) & "ISOLATION" (JOY DIVISION COVER)
"Do They Owe Us A Living?" is a song that resonates very strongly in these times, and YACHT have done a minimal synthpunk cover of it with 100% of proceeds going to One Fair Wage’s Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund.
Last month, YACHT also gave a similar treatment to another classic that resonates rright now:
INFANT ISLAND - "SOMEPLACE ELSE"
Infant Island, whose split with Frail Body, Massa Nera, and dianacrawls was one of our favorite screamo releases of 2019, will release a new album, Beneath, on May 15 via Dog Knights Productions. The first single, "Someplace Else," is a song that's not screamo at all, but instead is an Eno-esque ambient track that builds to a noise crescendo and cuts off just when it sounds like something else is about to happen. It vey much leaves you wanting more, and we're looking forward to hearing just what that "more" is.
O'BROTHER - "KILLING SPREE" (prod. MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA)
O'Brother are prepping a new album called You and I, and the first single is "Killing Spree," an atmospheric slow-burner produced by Manchester Orchestra's core duo of Andy Hull and Robert McDowell.
HARKIN - "DIAL IT IN"
Katie Harkin, who has played as a live member of Sleater-Kinney, Wild Beasts, Courtney Barnett's band and more, will release her solo debut on April 24. New single "Dail it In" is moody and atmospheric and another nice appetizer for the LP.
GOLDEN RETRIEVER & CHUCK JOHNSON - "EMPTY QUARTER"
Portland duo Golden Retriever and Oakland guitarist Chuck Johnson will release collaborative ambient album Rain Shadow on May 15 via Thrill Jockey. "Empty Quarter" sounds like sunrise on an open plain.
OTHER LIVES - "WE WAIT"
"When I was 15, I formed the All American Rejects. This was my high school band. Always there in our everyday life were Tommy and Jennifer, a member's older sister and brother-in-law. Tommy was the older brother I never had. Kind and wise, he was my mentor and family to me," says Jesse Tabish on the sad backstory for Other Lives' new single. "Tommy was shot and killed at the age of 25, on the morning of 30th November. Jennifer, his wife, had hired his murderer. This event completely devastated and shattered my reality. I quit the Rejects and was very lost. I soon found the piano and started moving towards a deeper place inside, artistically, which has shaped me to this day. For many years, I had avoided this trauma and couldn’t touch the subject. I pushed it out, only for it to haunt me more recently. Writing this song is the way for me to heal and remember my old pal, Tommy." Other Lives' new album, For Their Love, comes out April 24 via ATO Records.
HELFRÓ - "ÁVÖXTUR AF ROTNU TRÉ"
Icelandic black metallers Helfró have shared another song off their upcoming self-titled album, and it's another gorgeously heavy scorcher.
GRUESOME - "A MIND DECAYED"
2ND GRADE - "VELODROME" & "MY BIKE"
2nd Grade is a new project from Peter Gill, who's played in Friendship and Free Cake For Every Creature, and his band also features members of Remember Sports. 2nd Grade's 24-song (!) debut album Hit To Hit comes out May 29 via Double Double Whammy, and here's two songs from it: the breezy, jangly "Velodrome" and the more slow-paced sway of "My Bike." '90s-style indie rock fans, take note.
SPIRAL HEADS - SURPRISE! EP
A lot of surprise releases happen these days, but this might be the first one we've seen that's actually called SURPRISE! It's a new EP from Spiral Heads, the '77 punk-style supergroup of Simon Doom on bass/vocals, Jim Carroll (American Nightmare) on guitar/vocals, and Q (Doomriders) on drums.
ED ASKEW - 2020
Psych-folk legend Ed Askew is even more prolific now than he was during his classic late 1960s era, and here's seven new songs he recorded in the comfort of his own home in Ridgewood, NY.
TRICKFINGER (JOHN FRUSCIANTE) - LOOK DOWN, SEE US EP
While he's back in Red Hot Chili Peppers these days, John Frusciante is also releasing glitchy electronic music at Trickfinger. Look Down, See Us is the first of three planned Trickfinger releases due this year.
YAEJI - "WHEN I GROW UP"
Yaeji released her new mixtape, WHAT WE DREW 우리가 그려왔던, last week and has just shared this video for new single "When I Grow Up." Made by animator Luis Yang, it's based on drawing by Yaeji.
SHERYL CROW & CITIZEN COPE - "LONELY TOWN, LONELY STREET" (BILL WITHERS COVER)
"A while back," Sheryl Crow Citizen Cope teamed for this faithful, well-executed cover of Bill Withers' classic "Lonely Town, Lonely Street," and it's now seeing the light of day in memory of Withers, who sadly passed away last week. Sheryl says:
I love Bill Withers. His passing last week was a heavy blow, on top of the challenges we’re all facing just trying to live day to day right now. After making incredible, beautiful, funky records like “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Grandma’s Hands”, “Use Me”, and “Lean On Me”, Bill got tired of the music business and stopped recording in 1985. When I was fortunate enough to meet him, I begged him to make music again and he replied, "I am a stonemason now and I am good at it!" He told me he was happy and didn’t want to make music anymore. Times like these remind us about what’s really important in life - love, family, living life in harmony with each other and our planet. Bill’s music was about that, and so much more. In loving memory, I am releasing one of my favorite Bill Withers songs that I recorded with Citizen Cope and Steve Jordan a while back, "Lonely Town, Lonely Street."
PORTUGAL. THE MAN - "LOVELY DAY" (BILL WITHERS COVER)
Here's another Bill Withers cover, which you can read more about here.
LAURA MARLING - "HELD DOWN"
"My new album Song For Our Daughter is coming out this week, ahead of our planned schedule," announced Laura Marling today. "In light of the change to all our circumstances, I saw no reason to hold back on something that, at the very least, might entertain, and at its best, provide some sense of union." Here's the first single.
GERARD WAY - "PHONING IT IN" & "WELCOME TO THE HOTEL"
The fate of My Chemical Romance's reunion tour may be in question, but meanwhile frontman Gerard Way has uploaded some new solo material to his Soundcloud. Technically, he uploaded four "songs," but only two of them really count as songs, so here are those two. Read more here.
THE STROKES - "BROOKLYN BRIDGE TO CHORUS"
The Strokes' new album comes out this Friday, and here's the third single from it, which you can read more about here.
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