27 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…
HAYLEY WILLIAMS - "WHY WE EVER"
CAR SEAT HEADREST - "HOLLYWOOD"
“This song is about Hollywood as a place where people go to make their fantasies come to life, and they end up exploiting other people and doing terrible things to maintain their fantasy,” says Car Seat Headrest's Will Toledo of their new single that has a declarations like "Hollywood makes me want to puke!" Toledo appears in animated form, as his alter-ego Trait, in the song's video. CSH's new album, Making A Door Less Open, is out May 1 via Matador.
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS - "(I WANT TO JOIN A) BIKER GANG"
Stephin Merritt always does well with concepts, whether it's 69 Love Songs or writing a song for every year of your life. His new Magnetic Fields album, Quickies, all the songs are between 13 seconds and 2:35. "I Want to Join a Biker Gang" clocks in at "2:22" and is terrifc -- the video is set to footage from '70s biker exploitation films.
DEVENDRA BANHART - "SWAN" (IOANNA GIKA COVER)
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of her debut album, Ioanna Gika has shared a cover of her song "Swan" by Devendra Banhart. "I admire and respect Ioanna immensely, one of the great singers, poets, composers & performers of our time, really an otherworldly kind of creature/being," says Devendra. " I love her and I love this song so much...it was an honor to totally ruin this amazing song!" Proceeds from the cover are going to all proceeds going to the Los Angeles Downtown Women's Center.
TOM MISCH & YUSSEF DAYES - "NIGHTRIDER" (ft. FREDDIE GIBBS)
UK duo Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes' genre-blurring What Kinda Music comes out next week (4/24), and this new laid-back single features a verse from the great Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs. It also comes with a psychedelic video featuring animated versions of Gibbs Misch, and Dayes.
BEDOUINE - "THE HUM" (MARGO GURYAN COVER)
Bedouine has covered Margo Guryan's Watergate-era song "The Hum" (about Richard Nixon's tape recorder) which includes such lines as “The rich save money and the poor save gas / Vote for an elephant and get an ass / He hires and he fires, he appoints and sacks / But he can’t figure out his income tax." "I’ve been a fan of Margo Guryan for a while but it was only recently that I truly absorbed the lyrics to 'The Hum,’” says Bedoine. "Margo’s nonchalant cutting wit is something to admire.” Bedouine's version, which hews fairly close to the original, is pretty great.
AUSTRA - "MOUNTAIN BABY" FT. CECILE BELIEVE
Austra's new album HiRUDiN is due out May 1, and she's shared another new single, "Mountain Baby," which brings together the disparate elements of a children's choir, Cecile Believe, and her own icily operatic voice. "'Mountain Baby' explores the different stages of a breakup," Katie Stelmanis says. "Surrounded by a feeling of unknown and grounded only by a hidden sense to move forward (the choir), we’re also reminded through flashbacks of both the uncertainty and resistance we experienced in the relationship (Katie), as well as the pure, unbridled joy (Cecile)."
TOADIES - "YOU'RE NOT ALONE" (MAVIS STAPLES/JEFF TWEEDY COVER)
Texas alt-rock vets Toadies have released a cover of Mavis Staples/Jeff Tweedy song "You Are Not Alone" which the four band members recorded alone in their respective homes during COVID-19 isolation. "I first heard this Jeff Tweedy song about two weeks ago," says frontman Vaden Todd Lewis. "It was a live performance of Tweedy with Mavis Staples, and it felt like it had been written for this very moment, when we can't hug our friends or even some of our family. I immediately wanted to cover this song so I could help deliver the message that you are not alone."
COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS - "BURLAP STRING"
Courtney Marie Andrews has shared another song off her anticipated new album Old Flowers, and it's another example of the kind of tender, timeless-on-arrival folk music that she's so good at.
FAYE WEBSTER - "IN A GOOD WAY"
Faye Webster released her third album, Atlanta Millionaires Club, in 2019, and followed it with an Adult Swim single later in the summer. Now she's shared her first new music of 2020, the slow-dancing and string-laden "In a Good Way."
PLAYBOI CARTI - "@ MEH"
Playboi Carti returns with his first single since 2018's Die Lit, which finds him dishing out squeaky raps over a pretty addictive keyboard line.
SELF DEFENSE FAMILY - "FLORIDA TRIP" & "TISSUE THIN"
Post-hardcore eccentrics Self Defense Family are "cleaning out our hard drives for your quarantine entertainment" and releasing "demos that we forgot about, sessions that were lost to a congested release schedule, and a few bizarre missteps." Here's the first, a two-song single on their softer side that was recorded in 2014.
BIG MOTHER GIG - "20 MILES"
Milwaukee alt-rock vets Big Mother Gig released their first album in 22 years in 2018, and today they're back with another new single, "20 Miles," and it's a big, soaring dose of jangly, road-trip-friendly alt-rock that longtime Big Mother Gig fans (or Replacements or Husker Du or Gin Blossoms fans) are gonna wanna hear.
SAME SIDE - "THE WAY IT SEEMS"
Kevin Geyer is best known as the guitarist and backing vocalist of long-running pop punk band The Story So Far, but Same Side is his new solo project and debut single "The Way It Seems" finds him more in atmospheric emo/indie rock territory. Cool stuff. His self-titled EP drops May 29 via Pure Noise.
THE TWILIGHT SAD - IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME LIVE
Live albums mean more now than ever. The Twilight Sad writes:
We have been talking about recording a live album for a long time. We think this is the best we’ve been playing as a live band and wanted to document that. With five albums of material we felt now was the time.
Over the past few months we were figuring out how to release the album and then covid-19/lockdown/gig cancellations happened. We quickly decided that we would release the album digitally on a pay what you want basis. The reason behind this is that we know that financially it is a worrying time for a lot of people and for ourselves included. We wanted to make sure we could give everyone who likes our band one of our gigs live in their living room as we can’t be out in the world playing gigs right now. We wanted to make sure that anyone who wants the album can afford it as well.
I hope everyone is doing okay. I hope this helps.
The title of our last album It Won/t Be Like This All the Time has been living with me for the past three/four years and right now that sentiment feels stronger than ever. We’ll get through this together.
Sending our love to you and all the health services around the world.
James, Andy, Johnny, Brendan & Seb - The Twilight Sad
RULE THEM ALL - LIVE ON WNYU CRUCIAL CHAOS
Here's another (sort of) live album. LIHC up and comers Rule Them All recorded this live-in-studio session for WNYU in January, about a month after they released their killer Dreams About... EP.
KATIE MALCO - "BROOKLYN"
Katie Malco is a UK artist but the latest single off Failures and its video are full of hometown references for us New Yorkers, and the song is also a lovely dose of somber indie rock.
TASHA - "BUT THERE'S STILL THE MOON
Chicago songwriter Tasha released her debut album, Alone at Last, in 2018 on Father/Daughter Records, and now she's shared a new song, the soulful, soothing "But There's Still the Moon."
KALL - "RISE"
Swedish depressive black metallers Kall formed out of the ashes of Lifelover back in 2012, and now they're set to release their second album (and first in six years), Brand, on June 19 via Prophecy Productions. First single "Rise" is pretty great stuff.
PROTEST THE HERO - "THE CANARY"
Tech-y, proggy post-hardcore vets Protest the Hero will release their first album in seven years, Palimpsest, on June 19 via Spinefarm, and lead single "The Canary" is as all over the place as you'd expect from this band.
-(16)- - "CANDY IN SPANISH"
San Diego sludge vets -(16)- will follow their very solid 2016 album Lifespan of a Moth with a new LP, Dream Squasher, on June 5 via Relapse. The first single is opening track “Candy In Spanish,” and it’s got all the white-hot intensity you’d expect from this band.
ANGELS & AIRWAVES - "ALL THAT'S LEFT IS LOVE"
Tom DeLonge has released a new Angels & Airwaves song, and this one's a little more somber than the others he put out lately, but still in AVA's usual pop-punk-goes-U2 style.
JOHN CARROLL KIRBY - "WIND"
Solange collaborator John Carroll Kirby has shared another song off his upcoming album My Garden (due 4/24 via Stones Throw), and it sounds partially like classical piano coming through an old crackly vinyl and partially like modern electronic music.
KEHLANI - "EVERYBODY BUSINESS"
R&B singer Kelhani continues her reign and returns with a new ballad, "Everybody Business."
SEER BELIEVER (mem GLEEMER) - "HARD"
Seer Believer is the new project of Nick Manske, who plays in Colorado emogaze band Gleemer, and he’s gearing up to release his debut album Bent on May 29 via Will Yip‘s Memory Music label. Read more about lead single "Hard" here.
NAAEM - "SIMULATION" - FT. JUSTIN VERNON & SWAMP DOGG
Naeem (aka Naeem Juwan, formerly Spank Rock) has announced Startisha, his first album for Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon’s 37d03d, which will be out June 12. Here's the new single featuring Vernon and Swamp Dogg.
PUBLIC PRACTICE - "MY HEAD"
Public Practice have shared a second single from their upcoming debut album Gentle Grip, which is out digitally on May 15 via Wharf Cat, with physical editions now out June 26. “My Head” is buoyant bit of funky reggae-tinged pop in an early-’80s style, with a little disco strings thrown in to up the breezy vibes. It’s an instant earworm and the video, featuring a dozen or so dancers shot in colorful silhouette, is a lot of fun too.
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