26 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…
CASS MCCOMBS - "THE WINE OF LEBANON"
Cass McCombs has a new standalone single which was also the first single recorded with Universal Audio's new recording system LUNA. "They were still writing the code for LUNA in the control room as we were recording," Cass says. "[It felt] like being part of the crew of a space shuttle launch." It features string arrangements by the MAGIK*MAGIK ORCHESTRA, and as you'd expect from Cass, it's a gorgeous song. The video features footage of the recording process.
JEHNNY BETH - "HEROINE"
“When I think of this song, I think of Romy from the xx strangling my neck with her hands in the studio," says Savages' Jehnny Beth of this new single. "She was trying to get me out of my shell lyrically, and there was so much resistance in me she lost her patience. The song was originally called Heroism, but I wasn’t happy because it was too generic. Flood was the first one to suggest to say Heroine instead of Heroism. Then I remember Johnny Hostile late at night in my hotel room in London saying 'I don’t understand who you are singing about. Who is the Heroine? You ARE the Heroine.' The next morning, I arrived early in the studio and recorded my vocals adding ‘to be’ to the chorus line: 'all I want is TO BE a heroine.' Flood entered the studio at that moment and jumped in the air giving me the thumbs up through the window. I guess I’m telling this story because sometimes we look around for role models, and examples to follow, without realising that the answer can be hidden inside of us. I was afraid to be the Heroine of the song, but it took all the people around me to get me there.” Jehnny Beth's solo debut, To Love Is To Live, is out June 12.
DANIEL ROMANO - "FOREVER LOVE'S FOOL (ft. TOOL'S DANNY CAREY)
Following genre-hopping Ontario singer/songwriter Daniel Romano's recent collaboration with two Fucked Up members comes a 22 and a half minute prog/psych epic featuring Tool drummer Danny Carey. This whole thing is pretty nuts and really earns its lengthy running time. It's like early Pink Floyd, early King Crimson, and The Kinks in a blender, and these two really pull it off.
PAUL EPWORTH, JAY ELECTRONICA, LIL SILVA - "LOVE GALAXY"
Not only did Jay Electronica finally release an album this year, he also lends a verse to the new cinematic, psychedelic pop single by producer Paul Epworth.
ARIEL PINK - "IRON WORRIER"
This hazy Ariel Pink song is the latest track from Mexican Summer's Looking Glass series "celebrating the human condition through remote connection that benefits artists directly during these uncertain times." Stay tuned for songs from Tonstartssbandht, and more.
NICK LOWE - "DON'T BE NICE TO ME"
The great Nick Lowe is back with another new single, this time a tale of a “big galoot” who’s too proud to beg (“yes I need a ride to the station / but I’d rather walk in the rain”). Los Straitjackets provide the twangy backing.
WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS - "SAME MISTAKES"
Here's another track from WWPJ's new Out of Insterest EP that's out June 19. It's soaring, widescreen stuff as you might expect.
NZCA LINES - "REAL GOOD TIME"
NZCA Lines, aka Michael Lovett who is also a touring member of Metronomy and plays on the new Christine & The Queens single, will release new album Pury Luxury on July 10 via Memphis Industries. First single is the clubby, dubby "Real Good Time" that documents a hedonistic night out while worrying about the state of the world.
CEMICAN - "YOOK 'OL KAAB MAYA"
Guadalajara folk metal sextet Cemican combine indigenous instrumentation with Headbanger's Ball-worthy riffage on their new total head-trip of a new song. "The song, which mixes the Mayan language with Spanish, is based on the Mayan worldview and the integration of nature into the universe," the band says. "It discusses the construction of the Mayan empire, its sacred temples and its people. There is also talk of contact with the stars and the astral journey together with non-earthly beings -- the helpers of creation -- who were given the power to create, die and reincarnate, dominate eclipses and walk with the jaguar. The four elements of life are mentioned -- water, fire, wind and earth as part of the mystical light."
COVET - "PARACHUTE"
San Francisco math rock trio Covet are releasing their new album technicolor on June 5 via Triple Crown, and new single "Parachute" is the band's first song to ever have vocals. Guitarist Yvette Young sings, and her dream pop-like delivery is as compelling as her masterful fretwork.
CAN'T SWIM - WHEN THE DUST SETTLES EP
NJ's Can't Swim are usually a pop punk/emo band, but last year they released a guest-filled hardcore EP (ft. members of Taking Back Sunday, Trash Talk, Gallows, and Stray From The Path) and today they released an EP of subdued, indie rock-style reworkings of four of their earlier songs. This is a pretty cool side of them and here's to hoping they show more of it.
THE MURDER CAPITAL - LIVE FROM BBC MAIDA VALE EP (FKA TWIGS COVER)
Irish post-punk group The Murder Capital have released a three-song EP which they made at the BBC's famed Maida Vale studios, including a cover of FKA Twigs' "Cellophane."
HUNDREDTH - "IDIOTEQUE" (RADIOHEAD COVER)
Following their recent Postal Service cover, post-hardcore band Hundredth have released a cover of Radiohead's "Idioteque." Like the Postal Service cover, it's pretty faithful to the original, but they do a good job with it.
BAAUER - "AETHER"
Baauer's new LP Planet's Mad drops June 5 via LuckyMe, and the booming, maximalist new single "AETHER" is out today.
BULBILS (RICHARD DAWSON) - "JOURNEY OF THE CANADA GOOSE"
Singer-songwriter Richard Dawson and Sally Pinkington started a lockdown project called Bulbils. "We aim to record most days," say the pair, and upload to Bandcamp. Here's the latest in the series.
DEEP THROAT CHOIR - "CAMILLE"
UK singing collective Deep Throat Choir, whose voices include members of Stealing Sheep, Peggy Sue and more (and who made memorable contributions to Simian Mobile Disco's Murmurations), have started their own label, Amorphous Sounds. The first release is DTC's new single "Camille." While voices are central to their sound, there are traditional instruments as well. Check out the striking video, directed by Rachel Sale and Alexandra Boutsi.
GUM COUNTRY (MEMBER OF COURTNEYS) - "TENNIS"
Gum Country is the "harsh twee" duo of Courtney Garvin of The Courtneys and Connor Mayer. This new song is about their love of tennis. "Kinda goofy, but in all honesty my relationship with tennis is so meaningful to me on a spiritual level," says Courtney. "It's my meditation practice. The game makes you present, you're repeating movements, and finding a rhythm. And it's so creative. I think all athletes are artists. Plus you get to be outside, getting exercise, hanging with friends and all of those things are so good for you. So the song is pretty much about how tennis just makes my life better. I love tennis. If anyone reading this wants to play (after the pandemic) please hit me up."
LITTLE SIMZ - "MIGHT BANG, MIGHT NOT"
"You ain't seen no one like me since / Lauryn Hill back in the '90s, bitch." Yeah.
STEVE VON TILL (NEUROSIS) - "DREAMS OF TREES"
Neurosis' Steve Von Till released the first single off his upcoming solo album, and if you like Neurosis’ softer side (or Nick Cave’s recent albums), you'll like this.
BECCA MANCARI - "FIRST TIME"
Becca Mancari officially announced her sophomore album and first for Captured Tracks (which was produced by Paramore's Zac Farro), and you can read more about the great new single "First Time" here.
WEEZER - "HERO"
"This one is for the stay at home dreamers, the zoom graduators, the sourdough bakers, and the essential workers," say Weezer of their new single. They also pushed their album release back and they're donating meals to healthcare workers. You can read more here.
GRATEFUL DEAD - "CASEY JONES" (LIVE AT CAPITOL THEATRE - 2/21/71)
The Grateful Dead are giving Workingman's Dead a 50th anniversary deluxe reissue which comes with a previously unreleased concert recording from Port Chester, New York’s Capitol Theatre on February 21, 1971. Here's the fiery "Casey Jones" from that concert. Read more here.
SILVER SCROLLS - "NATURE'S PROMISE"
Polvo founder member Dave Brylawski, along with the band’s ’00s era drummer Brian Quast, have formed a new group, Silver Scrolls, who will release their debut album, Music for Walks, on July 10 via Three Lobed Recordings. They’re calling it a ‘light’ concept album, and it’s divided into “Walk One” and “Walk Two,” with shorter walks (you can call them “songs”) within them.
SAME SIDE - "STUCK IN A HOLE"
"Stuck In A Hole" is the second song released by Story So Far/Elder Brother member Kevin Geyer's new atmospheric solo project Same Side. Read more here.
TIA CARRERA - "TAOS"
Long-running Austin instrumental stoner rock trio Tia Carrera's new single finds the band floating way out in jam/acid rock territory, and it’s the kind of song that can really take you there. Read more about it here.
THE ORANGE PEELS - "THANK YOU"
Alan Clapp’s long-running indiepop group The Orange Peels are gearing up to release a new album this fall. Details are still TBA but this is the first single.
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