22 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…
MICK JENKINS - "PERCY"
Mick Jenkins' Pieces of a Man was one of the best rap albums of 2018, so it's good news that he's back with a new single, "Percy." It's a little darker and more psychedelic than the warm, jazz-inspired Pieces of a Man, but as appealing in its own way.
CUPCAKKE - "GRILLING N****S"
CupcakKe continues her series of 2019 singles with "Grilling N****s," a hard-hitting anthem that finds her at her most threatening.
LIAM GALLAGHER - WHY ME? WHY NOT. (ALBUM STREAM)
Liam Gallagher knows what his fans want -- big, Beatlesque, arm-waving anthems -- and he delivers loads of those on his second solo album, which he made with producers/hitmakers Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow) and Greg Kurstin (The Bird & The Bee).
ANNA WISE - "ABRACADABRA" (ft. LITTLE SIMZ)
Anna Wise, who's perhaps still best known as a singer on the last three Kendrick Lamar albums, is releasing her own new album As If It Were Forever on October 18 via Alpha Pup Records, and it features appearances by Little Simz, Denzel Curry, Pink Siifu, Nick Hakim, and more. Simz is on the new single "Abracadabra," and her always-breathtaking raps fit in very nicely with Anna's soulful pipes.
THE FREE NATIONALS - "ON SIGHT" (ft. J.I.D, KADHJA BONET & MIKNNA)
The Free Nationals, who are best known as Anderson. Paak's backing band, have been releasing some impressive guest-filled singles of their own recently, and they're now back with another one. "On Sight" features the super talented Atlanta rapper J.I.D, psychedelic soul singer/multi-instrumentalist Kadjha Bonet (who also recently has been working with Anderson .Paak), and LA R&B duo MIKNNA. It's a bubbly, funky jam, and these guests sound great together.
TEGAN AND SARA - "DON'T BELIEVE THE THINGS THEY TELL YOU (THEY LIE)"
Tegan and Sara's upcoming album Hey, I'm Just Like You, which features the sister's unreleased songs from high school, recorded in the present, comes out next week. New single "Don't Believe The Things They Tell You (They Lie)" was inspired by an episode of Punky Brewster, according to Sara, who says, "our mother tells a story about watching [it] with us when we were four years old. The episode’s morality tale focused on lying, and near the end of the show, she describes one of us climbing onto her back, sobbing into her neck and confessing a lie we’d told her earlier in the day. At 15, we started telling lies again, and we absolved ourselves constantly in the lyrics of our songs."
TEE GRIZZLEY - "SATISH"
Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley sadly just lost his aunt and manager Jobina Brown after she was killed in a shooting, and he mourns here with this sentimental new song.
DEVON WELSH - "GRACE"
Former Majical Cloudz vocalist Devon Welsh releases a new solo album, True Love, on October 11, and he's shared the lovely, stirring new single "Grace," which he says is about "freedom, boredom and space travel."
LEE SCRATCH PERRY & ADRIAN SHERWOOD - "ENLIGHTENED"
Reggae icon Lee "Scratch" Perry re-teamed with dubby post-punk producer Adrian Sherwood for this year's Rainford, and they're releasing a dub version titled Heavy Rain on December 6. Sink into this deep grooved version of "Enlightened."
JUBILEE - "SHOTS" (ft. P MONEY)
Miami bass DJ/producer Jubilee has nabbed South London grime MC P Money for the new single "Shots," which is off Jubilee's upcoming album Call For Location (due November 1 via Mixpak). Jubilee's production is chilled-out and mesmerizing, and P Money contrasts it with in-your-face bars that, in their own way, are just as trance-inducing.
GOGO PENGUIN - "OCEAN IN A DROP"
GoGo Penguin have shared the second single and title track off their upcoming EP, which drops October 4 via Blue Note. This one's got sort of a hypnotic post-rock vibe, but with some standout basslines that recall the long history of jazz their current record label is most associated with. It's cool stuff.
THE MYNABIRDS - "GLORY BOX" (PORTISHEAD COVER)
Laura Burhenn's last release as The Mynabirds was 2017's Be Here Now, but she's reuniting the band from her 2012 album GENERALS for a tour this fall, and to celebrate that she's shared a new cover of Portishead's classic "Glory Box." "Portishead's Dummy was one of my favorite (make-out) records in the 90s," she writes, "and with 'Glory Box,' Beth Gibbons wrote one of the most important feminist anthems of our time. Singing 'I just want to be a woman' never felt so urgent, as women’s rights over their own bodies erode + esp today as folx around the world — little girls, too — march for climate change. I’m donating a portion of the proceeds to Omaha Girls Rock because no matter how dark things get, music + community can save us. Here’s to all the wome/x/yn of the world + the men who support us.
WITCH MOUNTAIN - "PRICELESS PAIN"
Long-running stoner metallers Witch Mountain are back with new single "Priceless Pain," which follows their 2018 self-titled album, which was their first with new vocalist Kayla Dixon. Like on that album, "Priceless Pain" proves Kayla fits right in with the band, and "Pricess Pain"'s mix of soaring howls, guttural screams, and lumbering doom riffage make this song yet another winner.
BRYCE DESSNER W/ ENSEMBLE RESONANZ - "TENEBRE" FT MOSES SUMNEY
The National's Bryce Dessner is releasing an album of classical compositions that was recorded with Germany's Ensemble Resonanz. "When I first heard Ensemble Resonanz perform my music, the energy and precision of the group was somewhat shocking." Bryce says. “It’s like there’s a fierceness to the sound, while retaining its depth.” You can listen to "Tenebre," which features vocals from Moses Sumney, and the album's out October 11.
GRAYLING - "SLOW"
Philadelphia's Lexi Campion signed with 6131 Records earlier this year, and they've released her new EP as Grayling, Slow, which is made up of the two previous tracks she's shared over the past few months, as well as a new title track, which has real emotional appeal with its loud/quiet dynamic.
LES BIG BYRD - "SNÖ-GOLEM"
Swedish band Les Big Bird are working on the follow-up to last year's Iran Iraq IKEA and here's the first taste, a tripped-out motorik psych groover that may have you hypnotized.
THE HIGH DIALS - PRIMITIVE FEELINGS II (ALBUM STREAM)
Long-running Montreal psych-rock combo The High Dials have dropped the second half of their two-part album Primitive Feelings, which pulls from 50 years of trippy music, from The Velvet Underground to Edwin Starr to The Jesus & Mary Chain and Primal Scream.
MELII - "TM INTERLUDE"
Harlem rapper/singer Melii has been on the rise this year, and she's now set to follow her very good 2019 debut album phAses with the Motions EP on October 18 via Rule#1/Interscope. It'll include the recent single "No Hard Feelings," as well as the somber acoustic R&B of new single "TM Interlude."
GANG STARR - "FAMILY AND LOYALTY" (ft. J COLE)
DJ Premier has unearthed a posthumous Guru verse for the first new Gang Starr song in 16 years, and J Cole appears on it too. Read more about it here.
LEONARD COHEN - "THE GOAL"
A posthumous Leonard Cohen album is coming out, featuring contributions from Feist, Beck, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and more. The first single is "The Goal" and you can read more about it here.
BLINK-182 - "BLACK RAIN"
The new blink-182 album is out today, and it's still not up to par with their classics, but it's a massive improvement upon California (read our review). One of its best songs that wasn't previously released as a single is "Black Rain," which is on the band's darker, heavier side and lets Travis Barker go absolutely wild.
DJ SHADOW - "ROSIE"
DJ Shadow's new album, Our Pathetic Age, is a double that's half instrumentals and half collabs with the like of Run the Jewels, Nas, Wiki, De La Soul, Paul Banks (Interpol), Samuel T Herring (Future Islands) and more. This is one of the instrumentals.
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