The Caretaker’s Leyland Kirby will be chronicling through music the changes wrought by dementia on his own newly diagnosed mind. Kirby released a statement outlining the project: The series aims to enlighten our understanding of dementia by breaking it down into a series of stages that provide a haunting guide to its progression, deterioration, and […]
Yo La Tengo is releasing another series of totally destroyed versions of covers from their annual performances at WFMU’s fundraiser. The compilation, Murder in the Second Degree, is a follow-up to the band’s 2006 release Yo La Tengo Is Murdering the Classics, and like its predecessor the liner notes are vague, replaced by a promise that “there are endless ways to […]
Mangy Love, Cass McCombs’s latest, is one of those records where an artist makes the most compelling argument for their sound and content possible. During his career, McCombs has eschewed interviews and the kind of lifestyle-sensationalizing journalism that usually surrounds music coverage. As a piece on Aquarium Drunkard puts it, he is “an artist who wants to […]
The Russian trio’s self-proclaimed “disturbing and depressive” apocalyptic electronic music has hit an incredible, eerie place with PHOENIXXX, one of their seven (!) releases from 2016. Members Lit Daw, Lit Eyne, and Lit Internet met via the web, beginning their collaboration over an encrypted messaging service to evade the censorship of the post-Soviet russian landscape that […]
It’s not hyperbole to say that everyone is losing their minds over Frank Ocean’s release of Endless, Blonde, and Boys Don’t Cry Magazine. After a four-year wait between albums, this outpouring offers a lot of incredible material to unpack. Blonde’s credit list alone makes perfect fodder for music writers, listing David Bowie, Brian Eno, Kanye West, Jamie xx, Kendrick Lamar, Elliott Smith, Beyoncé, the Beatles, André 3000, and Pharrell, among others. Add in Ocean’s […]
We’re always happy to celebrate our friends’ work, so we’re pleased to announce that Rumpus alum Casey Dayan has released a new single with his band, Mootheband. Listen to the track, “Call Center Blues,” after the jump, and stay tuned for more Mootheband, coming soon!
India Arie has released her first single since 2013, a hymn titled “Breathe.” As one writer put it, the track “serves as a guiding mantra, a means of dialing back the hurt and frustration that flooded the collective consciousness of the world in these trying weeks and shows us how to process, how to simply ‘Breathe.’” Watch […]
For those of you nostalgic for Warped Tour summers, all ages shows at community centers, and taking your skateboard literally everywhere (you’re right, it was totally messed up that they weren’t down with boards in the mall’s Olive Garden), we’ve got some good news: NOFX is coming out with a new album. First Ditch Effort, the band’s first release […]
For years, people have been referring to lost sessions featuring Betty Davis and her former husband Miles Davis playing with bending genres, with Betty Davis introducing the jazz giant to Jimi Hendrix and the sounds of psychedelic rock. Recorded from 1968-1969 at Columbia’s 52nd Street studios, the mythic sessions laid the groundwork for the mix of jazz and […]
As part of the lead-up to De La Soul’s next album And The Anonymous Nobody, the group has released a new single featuring Snoop Dogg. The album is set to come out via a crowdfunded, independent release on August 26th and is available for pre-order on iTunes. Listen to the single “Pain” after the jump.
Steve Gunn is coming out with an album June 3 on Matador Records, and has shared a new single at NPR in anticipation of the upcoming release. “Ancient Jules” sees Gunn’s voice and guitar work once again backed by a full band, which fills out his sound without fundamentally altering it. As NPR’s premier says, “here he is […]
Radiohead’s new music video “Burn the Witch” has debuted, and uses imagery reminiscent of a classic British children’s cartoon to render its very unsettling message about the spread of hate in (we’re just guessing, but trust that the allegory is quite strong) contemporary nativist politics across the West. The video employs a stop-motion technique and aesthetic […]
It’s been about four years since the LA post-punk band’s last record, and by all accounts Matter of Choice was worth the wait (but the record here). Still Single gave the record one of the most sincere recommendations in recent memory: But out of the seven new songs here (not counting the slow, world-crushing version of “Crowds” […]
Soul icon Chaka Khan and her siblings Taka Boom and Mark Stevens have put out their first collaborative effort in the song “House of Love.” Listen to the track via Shaboom and read more about the collaboration at NPR.
The Welsh singer’s fourth album, Crab Day, has a beautifully uncomfortable, displaced sound, as if each song’s eye were following just to the right of its own focus. Pitchfork says of the album: Le Bon establishes a strange, almost Dadaist lyrical scheme to make sense—or make more nonsense—of some unnamed life rupture that’s left her grasping. Her […]
Kendrick Lamar has released a new album, untitled unmastered. The album was a surprise, although the artist performed some of its songs last year on The Colbert Report and this past January on The Tonight Show. The album is available via iTunes (along with just about every other online music retailer). The full album is also available to stream from Spotify.
This Saturday, Beyoncé dropped “Formation,” her first single since 2014. The song came one day before the Queen’s Superbowl 50 appearance and was accompanied by a free download via Tidal, Pitchfork reports. Like most of the artist’s videos, the video for “Formation” is incredibly visually compelling, moving from an Antebellum House to images protesting police brutality to […]
The experimental legend reissued his album Music for a New Society on Domino this past Friday, thirty-four years after it first came out. Alongside the reissue, Cale is releasing a complete remake of the album—titled M:FANS, the remake has Cale re-imagining the stories he told on the original record. Stereogum’s Gabriela Claymore writes, Cale has always been a […]
Before news hit about David Bowie’s passing, we had planned a post about the posivibes his most recent album, Blackstar, had received from the media. Although there is so much more to talk about in the wake of his death, we still want to acknowledge the haunted beauty of his last album. After a prolonged […]
Will Ivy’s first solo 7” came out on Pretty Penny this weekend, with a release show at LA’s HM157. Most recently of Dream Boys, Ivy has played in a number of great SF groups, including Girls and Hunx and His Punx. Scrap Plastic b/w If I Was A Painter is a great debut of solo material, […]