20 New Songs Out Today
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…
CHERRY GLAZERR - "WASTED NUN"
“‘Wasted Nun’ is about a woman trying to come to grips with her life,” says Cherry Glazerr's Clementine Creevy of their new single. “She’s a tragic woman. She hates herself and is trying to move through the world but gets deflated by extreme self-loathing. She wants to harness the power of the universe but instead she turns to self-destruction. The song is aggressive and intense because I’m letting out my anger, I’m enraged. People want girls to be strong, I want to be strong, but I just feel angry, and those are two very different things. There’s a stubbornness there, I know.” The video for the song, from Cherry Glazerr's new album Stuffed & Ready (out 2/1) has Creevy in a nun's habit and a fishnet body suit. "Music, blood, blades, babes" is how director Jess Calleiro puts it. It's more than a little NSFW.
BEIRUT - "LANDSLIDE"
For those anxiously awaiting Game of Thrones' final season in April, you might want to check out the video for new Beirut single "Landslide" which features actor Ian Beattie who played Meryn Trant on the series. Shot in Kazakhstan (!), Beattie plays a fallen knight who must get back on his horse and into battle. There's also a damsel, but whether she's in distress is open to interpretation. "Landslide," the song, is properly cinematic for such treatment and is from Beirut's new album, Gallipoli, which is out February 1 via 4AD.
GARY CLARK JR - "THIS LAND"
Gary Clark Jr is prepping to release his third album, This Land, on March 1 and he's just released the title track which is the first single, which packs a powerful message and comes with a powerful video. "I'm just basically saying we're here, everybody's here. We all deserve an equal shot and let's get over the bullshit," Gary told Zane Lowe. "I grew up in the south, in Austin, Texas. I had a few situations down there with some racism, and some Confederate flags, and people calling me out of their trucks, and all that kind of stuff. It wasn't an everyday thing, but I recently had an incident in my neighborhood with that, in front of my kid. Everything that was going on in November 2017, around that time, just the past couple years have been kind of crazy. Climate's been a little bit wild. I had a track, a beat that I laid down, I didn't have any lyrics over it and it just ... I was just kind of sitting in there and it just came to me. I just went in there and fired off."
POND - "DAISY"
Prolific Perth psychedelic popsters Pond have announced their eighth album, Tasmania, which will be out March 1. The band produced the LP with old friend Kevin Parker of Tame Impala and the first single is the anthemic "Daisy."
TORO Y MOI - OUTER PEACE (ALBUM STREAM)
Chillwave survivor Chas Bundick will release his new Toro Y Moi album, Outer Peace, next week but you can stream the whole thing right now via NPR. "Technology is allowing people to become creative at home and become almost like entrepreneurs just from their desks," Bundick told NPR. "I felt like that's who I really wanted to connect with [on this album] — the people that are grinding behind the computer in a creative way."
SWERVEDRIVER - "SPIKED FLOWER"
Here's another single from Swervedriver's upcoming album, Future Ruins, which is out later in January. This is more a slow burn, and Adam cites NYC legends Television as inspiration on this song, through it all happened in L.A. "Television came and played next door to the hotel we were staying at. On the Sunday, as I walked to pick up my laundry, I saw Tom Verlaine climb into a car on a side street and then Jimmy had this riff and I started singing “Why don’t you talk to me?” to it and it made me think of Marquee Moon. It didn’t sound like them in the end though."
JIM JARMUSCH & JOZEF VAN WISSEM - "CONCERNING THE WHITE HORSE"
Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem, who put out two records in 2012, have announced a new collaborative album, titled An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil, which will be out via Sacred Bones on February 8. "An Attempt To Draw Aside The Veil is another adventure with Jozef into the realm of vibrating strings and the dreamlike musical textures of darkness and light,” Jarmusch said of the album which draws inspiration from the works of William Blake, Emanuel Swedenborg and Russian occultist and philosopher Helena Blavatsky. "Concerning the White Horse" is all darkness, light, and heavy ambience.
BLOCKHEAD - "KISS THE COOK" (ft. AESOP ROCK)
Not only does Aesop Rock have his collaborative album with TOBACCO as Malibu Ken coming out next week, he's also on a song off his longtime collaborator Blockhead's upcoming album Free Sweatpants, which drops the same day. That song, "Kiss The Cook," is out now, and Aesop's abstract tongue-twisters blend with Blockhead's psychedelic production as perfectly as ever on it.
MISERY INDEX - "RITUALS OF POWER"
Deathgrind greats Misery Index have unleashed the title track off their upcoming Erik Rutan-produced LP Rituals of Power (due 3/8 via Season of Mist), and it's another skullcrushing taste of this highly anticipated record.
ROTTING OUT - "REAPER"
San Pedro hardcore crew Rotting Out ended a three-year hiatus last year with appearances at Sound and Fury and This Is Hardcore, and now they've released their first new song in four years, "Reaper." It clocks in at under two minutes, and it's as relentless as you'd hope. Rotting Out also have a sold-out hometown show this Friday (1/11).
GOLDLINK - "JUSTINE'S INTERLUDE"
DC rapper GoldLink debuted a new song, "Justine's Interlude," a freestyle over a chilled-out beat by WavelQ, in a new COLORS session. It's cool stuff, and the rapper promises more music is coming soon.
LALA LALA & WHY? - "SIREN 042"
Recent tourmates Why? and Lala Lala collaborated on this single, which officially comes out on Friday. About the song, Lala Lala's Lillie West says, "Yoni once talked me down when we were on the the strongest LSD of my life and I claimed to be ‘drowning in a river of sadness.’ I text him when I'm sick. Is he my life coach? Seems that way. I am a WHY? super fan and making this song was a dream come true. I hope to trick him into letting me into his home and more collaboration soon." Why's Yoni Wolf replied, "from the golden olden days when Lillie used to sneak backstage at WHY? shows to drink up the whole rider and taint the water supply while the band was on stage, I never would have guessed I would end up such close friends with the Lala Lala songwriter. But fate has a strange way of contorting space, time, and our better judgements. I’d say we started to get close when we sat down for my podcast and talked it all out. I feel confused. I just adore her."
SOAK - "KNOCK ME OFF MY FEET"
Bridie Monds-Watson is back with Grim Town, her second album as SOAK (and first in four years), which will be out April 24 via Rough Trade. New single "Knock Me Off My Feet" is a lovely, poppy ode to small town life with nods to New Order, The Cure and Concretes.
ADIA VICTORIA - "DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE"
Nashville, TN's Adia Victoria is releasing a new album, the Aaron Dessner-produced Silences, on February 22 via Canvasback. Following first single "Dope Queen Blues" she's sharing a second, "Different Kind of Love," a bluesy track that pairs her striking voice with some horn backing.
HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS - "YOU COULD HAVE IT" & "I'D RATHER BE WITH ME"
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads released one of the best punk albums of 2018 with S/T, and they've now followed it with a two-song cassingle featuring the new songs "You Could Have It" and "I'd Rather Be With You." Both songs show off their usual mix of garage rock swagger and hardcore punk attitude, and if you're a fan, you'll probably dig this. Physical copies of the cassingle will be available on the NYC band's upcoming tour, which ends with a hometown show opening for Japanese punks ZyanosE.
CHERRY PICKLES - "ELVIS EXORCIST"
Hailing from Birmingham, England, duo Cherry Pickles are Priscila B from Brazil and Mimi B who make raucous garage rock. Their new single "Elvis Excorist" (out this week on Swedish label PNK SLM) is cheeky fun for fans of The Cramps, Beat Happening and The Gories.
KEMBA - "DEADASS"
Kemba is gearing up to release a new album this year, and he just shared the great new single "Deadass" which we wrote more about here.
WINTERSLEEP - "BENEIFICIARY"
"Beneficiary" is the latest single off Canadian indie rockers Wintersleep's upcoming seventha lbum, and we wrote more about it here.
PEDRO THE LION - PHOENIX (ALBUM STREAM)
Next week, Pedro the Lion are releasing their first album in 15 years, Phoenix (via Polyvinyl), and the whole thing is now streaming at NPR.
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