21 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…
GAMA BOMB - "LIVING FOR THE LOCKDOWN"
Irish thrash revivalists Gama Bomb have signed to Prosthetic and are preparing to release a new album on the label this fall, but first they put out this tongue-in-cheek song about the times we're living in.
COUCH SLUT - TAKE A CHANCE ON ROCK 'N' ROLL
Metal/punk/noisemakers Couch Slut gave an early digital release to their new album, and as you'd expect from this band, it's totally in-your-face and abrasive and awesome.
THE DRUMS & JONNY PIERCE - "TAKE YER MEDS (A GUIDED MEDITATION)"
“I feel a lot of us, myself included, have seen this COVID-19 bullshit as a sort of awakening, a sacred stillness that offers an opening for deep spiritual shifts to occur,” says The Drums' Jonny Pierce of this 14-minute track that's somewhere between a song and a meditation. “I’ve been spending a lot of time examining and honoring all the things that make me human and I’ve been wanting to offer something helpful during this precarious time we are all in. After a lot of emotional back and forth, I decided that I would make an unconventional guided meditation with some musical accompaniment. I’m really big on traditional meditation where you can let thoughts drift in and out and be transient, but I wanted to sort of turn the whole thing inside-out (or outside-in) and do a mediation where we are actually focusing on specific themes.”
CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS - "HEART OF GOLD" (NEIL YOUNG COVER)
Christine and The Queens has been doing regular livestreams on Instagram, "guests and weird concepts included." She covered Travis Scott in April, and on Saturday she did an atmospheric electro reimagining of Neil Young's classic "Heart of Gold."
AMITIÉ / EMPATÍA / MARÉE NOIRE - 3-WAY SPLIT
Here's a new split from three screamo bands from three different countries -- Providence, Rhode island's Amitié; Bogota, Colombia's Empatía; and Montreal, Quebec's Marée Noire -- out now on Zegema Beach, No Funeral, and other labels. From the rawer sounds of Amitié and Empatía to the prettier, more post-rocky sounds of Marée Noire, it's a great split all around.
ED ASKEW - "RODEO ROSE" (ft. TREMBLING BELLS)
Ed Askew is releasing a new album, London, on June 19 via Tin Angel. It's a studio session that Ed recorded in London while on tour with The Incredible String Band's Mike Heron, and it was originally going to be a Record Store Day exclusive but with RSD being pushed back, it's now coming out ahead of time. Thee first taste is the gorgeous, swaying, piano-folk ballad "Rodeo Rose."
BENT SEA - "GRIND TO A HALT" (ft. MIDNIGHT'S ATHENAR)
Bent Sea, the grind project of drummer Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, ex-Soilwork), has an upcoming, guest-filled album called Instagrind, and it'll include this scorcher featuring vocals by Midnight's Athenar.
CALEB GILES - "DIAMONDS"
Experimental New York rapper Caleb Giles continues his recent string of singles with this hazy, head-nod-inducing track that finds him in fine form.
TG (TODD GOLDSTEIN of ARMS/HARLEM SHAKES) - "AGREE2DISAGREE"
Todd Goldstein of ARMS and Harlem Shakes is releasing the debut album by his new electronic solo project, TG -- titled Memory Foam -- on May 22 via House of Feelings. "I spent a lot of time in my 20s and early 30s going to warehouse raves and underground techno parties, taking enthusiastic part in dance music culture — I found it incredibly exciting, romantic, dangerous, artful. I wanted to make a track that evoked that time in my life: the woozy, zoned-out, loved-up feeling with more than a hint of menace," Todd says.
VOIDCEREMONY - "DESICCATED WHISPERS"
Ramona, CA filth-spewing death metallers Voidceremony formed in 2010 and have three EPs dating back to 2015, but Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel will be their first full-length album. It drops June 26 via 20 Buck Spin and here's the first single.
XIBALBA - "AÑOS EN INFIERNO"
Metallic hardcore bruisers Xibalba have shared the second single from their upcoming album Años en infierno (due 5/29 via Southern Lord), and it's as bludgeoning as you'd hope. Listen at Revolver and revisit the first single below.
DEVIL WITH NO NAME (mem LORD MANTIS) - "GRAND WESTERN APOSTASY" & "MONAD"
Devil With No Name features members of Lord Mantis, Void Omnia and Sovereign, and they're releasing their self-titled EP (which was mixed and mastered by Lord Mantis/Abigail Williams' Ken Sorceron) on May 22. They're currently streaming two tracks from it, and both are doses of evil, venomous, blackened sludge that sound really great.
KA - "SOLITUDE OF ENOCH"
The consistently great underground New York rap veteran Ka has released his new album Descendants Of Cain as a download on his website, and it's set to hit streaming services on Thursday (5/7). The first song streaming is the very psychedelic, very promising "Solitude of Enoch.'
PRESERVATION - "NORTH BRIDGE" (FEAT. NAVY BLUE)
Speaking of Ka, here's his Dr. Yen Lo partner Preservation. The DJ and producer, who has collaborated with Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), GZA, RZA, KRS-One, Navy Blue, Roc Marciano, Jim Jarmusch and more, is gearing up to release new album Eastern Medicine, Western Illness on May 29 via Nature Sounds. He made the record while living in Hong Kong and it features Ka, Mach-Hommy, Your Old Droog, Roc Marciano, Mc Tree, Quelle Chris, Billy Woods, Nickelus F, Grande Marshall, Navy Blue, A.G., and HK rapper Young Queenz. “For me, this album is a document of when I lived in Hong Kong for 3 years and was diggin up music of the region," says Preservation. "I would head to Sham Shui Po – one of the more authentic neighborhoods with flea markets, hidden record stores, and locals selling their personal goods. There was a purity to the approach, I wanted every track to be sourced only from Chinese records, which was also an exciting challenge.” You can check out single "North Bridge," which features Navy Blue and should appeal to fans of cinematic '90s rap.
LIVING GATE (mem YOB, OATHBREAKER, ETC) - "HEAVEN ABLAZE"
Members of YOB, Oathbreaker, Amenra, and Wiegedood have a new OSDM-style band called Living Gate and you can read more about their gruesome lead single here.
TANYA DONELLY - "HERE COMES YOUR MAN" (PIXIES COVER)
Tanya Donelly (of Throwing Muses, The Breeders, and Belly) continued her weekly covers series this week with a cover of “Here Comes Your Man” by Throwing Muses’ old 4AD labelmates and tourmates (and Breeders-related band) the Pixies. She also wrote a tribute to beloved Allston, MA venue Great Scott (which is closing), and donations will benefit the venue's staff. Read more here.
GORILLAZ - "HOW FAR?" (ft. TONY ALLEN & SKEPTA)
Afrobeat legend Tony Allen sadly passed away earlier this week at age 79, and as a tribute to him, Damon Albarn (who Tony played with in The Good The Bad and The Queen) released a song that he and Allen recorded with Skepta shortly before quarantine began. Read more here.
THURSTON MOORE - "MAY DAZE"
Thurston Moore has shared another previously unreleased song on his Bandcamp, “May Daze,” which was recorded with the Thurston Moore Group, aka Thurston, his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine’s Deb Googe, and James Sedwards. Read more here.
POST-SKELETON (mem THE JAZZ JUNE) - "THE LOUDEST"
Post-Skeleton is the new project of Andrew Low, singer/guitarist of emo veterans The Jazz June, and also features fellow The Jazz June alumni Bryan Gassler on guitar, bassist Matt Whittle (ex-Emperor Zero), and drummer Robbie Richardson (ex-Giant Sons). Read more about their debut single "The Loudest" here.
DOWNWARD - "LEECHY"
Downward are a band from Tulsa, Oklahoma named after Hum’s Downward Is Heavenward, and their music is very much cut from the atmospheric, shoegazy post-hardcore cloth of Hum, but Downward do it in a way that feels fresh. They're releasing a new two-song 7″, 2 Songs, next week (5/11) via New Morality Zine, and you can stream one of the songs now and read more about it here.
EDITH FROST - NOTHING COMES AROUND EP
Texas singer-songwriter Edith Frost, self-described maker of “pensive countrified psychedelia,” is back with her first new music in 15 years in the form of a three-song EP released just today, featuring new song “Nothing Comes Around” and covers of Jimmie Rodgers’ “Ben Dewberry’s Final Run” and The Carter Family’s “Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone.”
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