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Hi! Hello! Here we are with some bite sized goodies and a taste of some new things that we dug this week, quick fire responses to some great new music we think you should check out. This week Chantal, Kate and Mike weighed in on some killer songs, so give em a listen!

 

As always, if you’re in a band or from a label, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know about you! If we dig ya, you’ll get a nod in the column. Read on to find out what we dug the last week or so:

 

BrutusVictoria. The third single from Brutus’ upcoming album Unison Life, this one finds the band in more melodic territory than before, but still with plenty of heavy riffs to spare. Singer/drummer Stephanie Mannaerts pushes the song to blistering heights with her urgent and soaring vocals alongside the pierce of the lead guitar line. The song comes with a video directed by Jonas Hollevoet; the album will see release on 10/21 via Sargent House. [KH]

 

Deerhoof My Lovely Cat. Deerhoof’s latest single is a fun, fuzzed out track that captures the obsessive joy of having a cat (taking lots of pictures to post on social media, watching them on a pet-cam and not wanting to leave them at home) with a bittersweet ending: “one wish… make longevity longer, make you my immortal friend.” I wish cats were immortal too, Deerhoof. The song wasn’t written for Lil Bub, a famous kitty who passed away in 2019, but Bub’s human Mike Bridavsky coincidentally produced the track, so it is dedicated to her. [CW]

 

Dry CleaningGary Ashby. The latest from Dry Cleaning is “a lament about a pet tortoise, escaped as a result of family chaos,” with the band going on to say “We wrote it in December 2020, one of the first new songs after the New Long Leg session.” Jangly and full of hooks, singer Florence Shaw gives quite the description of just what may have happened to poor Mr. Ashby and his “stumpy legs,” though in actuality does so in not many words and really leaves the mayhem of the scenario up to the imagination of the listener. This single is part of the upcoming album Stumpwork (10/21 via 4AD) and also comes with the announcement of headlining world tour which will hit Brooklyn on 2/2/2023 at Pioneer Works. [KH]

 

GiftFeather. Brand new from the Brooklyn quintet, “Feather” was the result of singer TJ Freda awakening from a lucid dream. Elaborating, Freda said “This is one of the most personal songs on the record. One night I connected with a loved one in a dream, except I was in their mind. I was standing right in front of them and kept trying to call to them but the world in this dream was too loud and noisy. They couldn’t see or hear me. ‘Feather’ is about trying to help someone who can’t be helped, but in the end you accept them for who they are and love them no matter what.” The shimmery song is part of their debut album, Momentary Presence, which is due out 10/14 via Dedstrange. [KH]

 

Joudy Uneasy. The Brooklyn based Venezuelan psych rock trio has just released the first single from their upcoming album Destroy All Monsters. This track features a hypnotic bass line and the intoxicating trip-hop meets rock psych blend they are known for (catch one of their shows for their amazing cover of Massive Attack’s “Angel”). The song also comes with a video directed by Gabriel Duque. Read more on the band’s story at Wonderland Magazine which premiered the track and catch the band at one of their upcoming residency dates at Berlin (9/15,9/22 and 9/29). [KH]

 

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard- Ice V. This new track (pronounced ‘ice five’) is a groovy ten minute cut with jazz fusion vibes, perfect for jamming while holding on to the last dregs of summer, even while the lyrics about a crystalline space queen are a bit menacing. The band has an epic three albums coming out in October— Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms And Lava on 10/7, Laminated Denim on 10/12 and Changes on 10/28. [CW]

 

Otoboke BeaverChuchu Song. A not so brand new but absolutely super fun ripper from the frantic Japanese quartet. This one was the first song they wrote and a live staple for years. It was originally recorded and released in 2019 as a subscriber exclusive on Bandcamp to fans who helped fund their trip to SXSW. Now it has seen a wider release on Spotify and YouTube just in time for their upcoming US tour which will hit Brooklyn at Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Ratas En Zelo) on 10/5. We’ll see you there! [KH]

 

PlaceboShout (Tears For Fears cover). The recent announcement of Placebo being forced to postpone their North American tour certainly bummed us out here at FTA, but this was a bit of a pick me up in the wake of that news as we do love a good cover (see our list of 25 of our favorite covers). They keep things pretty close to the original, with the addition of Brian Molko’s signature warble of course, but do switch things up and bring them to a bit of a darker place in the breakdown of the song—which they also shortened—making for a nice twist. [KH]

 

Ruth RadeletStranger. Best known for fronting the influential group, Chromatics, Radalet has announced her debut EP, The Other Side, which is due out on 10/7. “Stranger” is the lead single and a song the artist says is “a love letter to LA.” The song is accompanied by a stark black and white video made with director James Manson and cinematographer Freddie Whitman that features Radelet exploring the city alone. Expanding on the concept, she said  the song is “about a specific kind of loneliness that I have only felt in Los Angeles. Although the song is very much about longing, it’s more about a place than a person.” The song is cinematic and sweeping and something anyone who has felt lonely can relate to, even in places like LA or NYC, surrounded by millions. [KH]

 

Sean SpadaThe Wild Ride. This is the title track and first taste from Brooklyn based pianist Sean Spada’s upcoming solo album. If you love slightly spooky lounge vibes, this track delivers. Spada softly croons about a crazy trip that stretches the imagination sprawled over his dynamic tickling of the ivories. If you’ve ever half woken from a dream that’s just escaped your fingertips and you’re stuck somewhere between two realities and can’t seem to find your way back to either, well then you may have just taken your first steps on “The Wild Ride.” Read more here. [MB]

 

Smut After Silver Leaves. Smut has announced a brand new album, How the Light Felt, and along with the album announcement comes the news tour dates and the first single “After Silver Leaves,” a song singer Tay Roebuck says is about “a former relationship I was in, it was really horribly abusive. But the approach to this one was to just spell it all out and see how silly it feels once shit really hits the fan.” Musically it’s a glinting, pretty upbeat song which belies the dark subject matter, Roebuck elaborating that “The song sounds so happy, but I’m talking about driving someone to the hospital when they’ve overdosed. And having to detach myself and realize that maybe it’s not my job as a teenage girl to save some sad sack of a guy. I think a lot of young women will relate to that, unfortunately.”

 

Indeed, the album (which follows up their 2020 EP Power Fantasy) is deeply personal and will touch on the death of Roebuck’s sister with the singer saying “This album is very much about the death of my little sister, who committed suicide a few weeks before her high school graduation in 2017. It was a moment in which my life was permanently destroyed, and it’s something you cannot prepare for.” The sure to be emotional album will be released on 11/11 via Bayonet Records and the tour will hit Brooklyn a day later at Alphaville. [KH]

 

Sun Ra ArkestraChopin. This first studio recording of the celebrated groups elaboration of “Prelude in A Major” from the Frédéric Chopin Opus 28 No. 7, which had previously only been heard at performances or live recordings. Baritone sax player Knoel Scott says of the song “This freshened arrangement of this Sun Ra classic is a testament to the vintaged mastery of Marshall Allen and is truly reflective of his position as a keeper of the Sun Ra Legacy.” This interpretation is part of their upcoming album Living Sky due out 10/7 via Omni Sound. [KH]

 

Strange NeighborsWhoa! Is Me. The newest Strange Neighbors single is “a song about catching yourself in the act of being the bad guy” and was apparently inspired by Jefferson Airplane but ends up being truer to the jangly power-pop the band is known for. Catch them on 9/15 with Creek and Kills at Mama Tried. [CW]

 

Tom SkinnerBishara. The prolific British drummer of The Smile and formerly of Sons of Kemet (who recently completed their final tour and disbanded) has just announced a brand new solo album, Voices of Bishara, and released the first single “Bishara.” The album features contributions from his former bandmate and SoK bandleader Shabaka Hutchings on tenor sax and bass clarinet as well as from Kareem Days on cello, Nubya Garcia on flute and tenor sax and Tom Herbert (of The Invisible) on bass. The album is due out on 11/4 via Brownswood Recordings/International Anthem/Nonesuch. [KH]

 

White HillsOceans Of Sound. This group has put out an astonishing amount of music over the past couple decades, and their newest single “Oceans of Sound” is a slab of buzzy, throbbing stoner psych, replete with wah-wah guitar and accompanied by an equally trippy music video. Their newest LP The Revenge of Heads On Fire will be out on September 16th. [CW]

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Hi! Hello! Here we are with some bite sized goodies and a taste of some new things that we dug this week, quick fire responses to some great new music we think you should check out. This week Kate and Mike weighed in on some killer songs, so give em a listen!

 

As always, if you’re in a band or from a label, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know about you! If we dig ya, you’ll get a nod in the column. Read on to find out what we dug the last week or so:

 

Dentist Check the Calendar. Forgot to check the calendar? Better late than never. End of Summer track by Asbury Park, NJ’s jangle fuzz darlings, Dentist, reminds us of all the possibilities that await us when Summer first begins. With a big satisfying fuzz pop chorus laid over delicate and deliberate musical interplay between Emily Bornemann (bass,vocals), Justin Bornemann (guitar), and Matt Hockenjos (drums), “Check the Calendar” has enough sugar to keep us bouncing off the walls well into next Summer. [MB]

 

FaderdazeBreak! The latest from Amelia Murray’s Faderdaze and the title track from her first release in five years, a new EP due out October 14th via section1. The song is a grungey alt jam that would have fit wonderfully in 1994 but still feels fresh in the moment of 2022. On the subject matter Murray says “I wish I had broken earlier because it was one of the truest things I ever did for myself. This EP is about finally allowing myself to give up. It’s about severing from the false parts of myself that were conditioned and not authentic to me. It’s everything I wasn’t allowing myself to feel over the past few years; angry, disappointed, cynical, exhausted and over it.” Very relatable indeed and very anticipated by us here at FTA. [KH]

 

Ghost Funk OrchestraScatter.  Ahead of their upcoming October 28th release A New Kind of Love, a teaser single “Scatter” dropped this week along with a slick music video that gives nod to the classic bygone age from which it draws influence. Think sparkles and spotlights surrounded by cigar smoke and thick curtains, this new track grooves along the funky beat that’s become almost signature inside the mind of multi-instrumentalist/composer/producer, Seth Applebaum.

 

The former Mad Doctors guitarist/singer never completely abandons his 60s garage/psych influence when writing, composing, and performing over a dozen different complex musical components, blending it all with the big band orchestras of parallel era. Applebaum has once again enlisted his junkyard gang of mostly current and former King Pizza Records musicians to round out Ghost Funk’s spectacularly talented live band, currently on tour across the U.S. And if the occasionally frantic oft lazy stride of “Scatter” is any indicator of what’s to come, we are all in for a crisp and hazy ride through space and time. [MB]

 

GloinShoot To Kill. Brand new music from the Canadian noise rock quartet who have also just announced their debut album, We Found This (due out 10/21 via Mothland). I discovered this band when I saw them opening for the wonderfully weird Snapped Ankles (see pics) back in March and they were the perfect pairing, also making for one of my favorite discoveries of the year thus far. They’ve drawn comparisons to Sonic Youth meets Lightning Bolt which I’d say is spot on and I hear some distinct goth influence in there as well.

 

This song is a fun dancey groove, showing off their post punk sensibilities quite nicely with a driving, dirty bassline and plenty of noise to spare. Accompanying the song is a music video directed by Chris McCluskey who says it was intended to “support the energetic style and sound of Gloin,” a goal they definitely achieved. The band told me they aim to return to the States and New York specifically in March 2023, wonderful news and something I’m definitely very much looking forward to. [KH]

 

GoatUnder No Nation. The return of the masked Swedish band that effortlessly blends funk, psych and jazz. The song will be on their first album in six years, Oh Death, and hits all the hallmarks of their signature sound. Also accompanying the song is a trippy animated video which was producted/animated by John-Mark Lapham. The album is due out on 10/21 via Rocket Recordings. [KH]

 

GorillazNew Gold (feat. Tame Impala & Bootie Brown). For lots of 90s kids, Blur is the be all end all as far as Damon Albarn is concerned, but not for me. I’ve always loved his work in Gorillaz the most which usually comes as a surprise to people who know me. But it’s the truth, I do love laid back electro music in this vein and have loved Gorillaz since their very first album. This latest track is the second from their just announced 8th album, Cracker Island, which is due out in early 2023. The song doesn’t break a lot of new ground from previous releases, rather it has a comfortably familiar feel, but honestly that’s what I love about it. Bootie Brown (of The Pharcyde) and Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala) provide guest vocals alongside misty vocals from 2-D (the alter ego of Albarn) accompanying a bouncy beat, lithe bassline, and fun synthy production which all coalesce in a nice late summer heading-into-fall jam. [KH]

 

Native SunThere’s Revolution. The lead off single from the just announced a brand new EP Off With Our Heads, due out 10/14 via Grand Jury. Big big riffs, sexy guitar leads and loads of fuzz make up the core of this fuzzy psych jam from Brooklyn’s Native Sun. [KH]

 

Ok CowgirlJust Friends. The latest single “Just Friends” by Brooklyn indie-dreampop quartet, Ok Cowgirl, serves up a powerfully moody mix of almost Colatura style melody, dirtied with a touch of Dilly Dally, poured over a Flashdance backbeat that makes you wanna just dance it all out. The lyrics penned by vocalist/guitarist Leah Lavigne, confidently address when an ultimately unsatisfying relationship has run its course. “You ever try to be just friends with the devil
/You ever try to be just friends with an angel
/You ever try to be just friends/with a girl who breaks your heart/Over and over again”

 

The song’s unique approach to romantic misfire plays as genuine and organic in its execution as well. The group rounded out by Matt Birkenholz (drums), Jake Sabinsky (guitar), and John Miller (bass) sound like a band who have evolved together as writers and players completing each other’s musical sentences. The places where the guitar and vocals fill and create space feels just as confident as it’s lyrical content would suggest. Meanwhile the entire track drives and punches relentlessly with an underlying bass/drum rhythmic spine that hits like velvet hammer. I’ve always appreciated Ok Cowgirl’s ability to identify an emotional pressure point and proceed to assert strength in the complexities of ambivalence, and am really looking forward to hear what’s next from the band. [MB]

 

QuicksandGiving The Past Away. The post hardcore greats are back with a new song, a track that is reminiscent of all the things this band does best and comes ahead of their tour with Clutch and Helmet which kicks off on 9/13 in Toronto. This song was left off of their 2021 album, Distant Populations, and on this the band said “The working title for this song was “Greatest Quicksand Song Ever” so you can imagine it was a very tough call leaving this song off Distant Populations. The only reason we could agree on to leave it off was that we wanted to have some really strong material in reserve for later in the year. Ultimately the title came from the most prominent line in the song which is an embrace of the present which is very in line with our thinking with Distant Populations, we’re super proud of this one and are very psyched to share it with the world.” [KH]

 

RubeDisco Italo. The debut single from NJ’s, Rube. The instrumental quartet is made up of members of other bands (Keef Chamber, Fang Gang and more) and the title for this song is apt, it does hit quite the disco groove along with quieter proggy interludes. This is the first recorded output from the band and an EP will soon follow. [KH]

 

UpchuckFacecard. A fun, bouncy alt rock meets garage punk bop from the Atlanta group and the second offering from their upcoming debut album Sense Yourself. The album is due out September 30th via Famous Class and if the first two songs are any indication, this is sure to find it’s way onto my Best of 2022 list. [KH]

 

Venus TwinsMist Mist Mist Mist Mist Mist Mist Mist Mist. Jake and Matt Derting’s high octane twin blast/noise rock duo, Venus Twins, released this new single just in time for September to pull its dark cloak over Summer’s tail, and it’s a tension builder for sure. Every time you think it’s about to boil over into total madness, they pull back the heat and allow the beat to simmer.

 

The real prize however, if your ticker can handle it, shows in the perfect juxtaposition with the two previously released singles, “God’s Machines,” the ten minute opus that is just as powerful and thunderous as its title would suggest. Providing very little room to catch your breath, the twins frantically weave in and out of time signatures with monstrous force. Only in the moments where there’s a brief lull, do you remember that you’re listening to just bass and drums. The rest of the time you’re hanging on for dear life as everything devolves into a wall of noise. “Return to Dust,” is a quick but massive ripper, serving as a direct message to The Refused that Venus Twins are clearly the new Shape of Punk to Come. And more is coming soon in the form of an anticipated full length due out in October. [MB]

 

 

Weep WaveMy Desire (Tour Song). Hot on the heels of the bands 2022 EP “Join Our Cult”, Seattle’s Weep Wave drops their new single “My Desire (Tour Song)” as an end of Summer anthem for being on the road. “I need to stretch my legs/Gotta strut my stuff/ Leave it all behind if you think you got the guts.” Fitting for a band that seems to have been on an endless DIY tour of the US all Summer long. With its blend of electro and post-punk live instrumentation, it’s a bit of a shift for the rock band that almost feels like it was written and recorded in the backseat of the van after long hours on the road. Really excited for these guys to roll through Brooklyn on Saturday 9/24 at The Tubs. [MB]

 

Work WifeRide, Ride. If there was a soundtrack sitting passenger-side for a road trip across the US, “Ride, Ride,” the latest single by Work Wife is it. Feet up on the dashboard, window down, hair blowing in the wind. As the dusty gas station shrinks in the rear view mirror, this track can take you through the forests of Pennsylvania, the rolling foothills of The Ozarks, winding up the mountain passes of Wyoming, and cruising down the PCH at sunset. It’s a beautiful track with subtle strings behind layers of soaring vocals, and a super catchy guitar hook that begs for you to never come home. [MB]

 

 

 

 

FTA’s Bandcamp Friday Picks September 2022

FTA’s Bandcamp Friday Picks September 2022

 

Hello and welcome to FTA’s list of what we are excited for this Bandcamp Friday, aka every music nerds favorite day! A bunch of us weighed in on what we’ve been into lately and we’ve got LOTS of goodies old and new for you to dig into over a wide range of genres. But don’t take our word for it, dive into these tracks/albums and judge for yourself. Feel free to let us know what you think and tell us your suggestions.

 

Check out our past lists from April, May, and June 2022.

 

Kate Hoos- Editor In Chief

GoolagoonLife of Crime. “Patrickviolence” aka Deep sea queer powerviolence with a SpongeBob motif (though just artwork wise, not lyrically like other “theme” bands such as the X Files themed F. Emasculata or Ned Flanders themed Okilly Dokilly) I recently thought about this band and pulled them off the shelf again after a while. I don’t tend to be big into powerviolence in general, but there is something about this band that I’ve always loved. I’m not sure if they are still active and their most recent post on Instagram from earlier this summer reads: “GOOLAGOON has been committed—we have been unable to print more merch and play shows due to all of us being absolutely insane” but these songs still slay and stand tall. The title track which calls out abusive men is the real standout here and my favorite. Hope to see more from this band in the future, you know when they get back on the outside.

Julien BakerB-Sides. Extra tracks from the Little Oblivions sessions that didn’t make the album, I find these three tracks excellent slices that show the past, present, and a nod to perhaps the future of Baker’s exceptional body of work. Read my full review.

Middle-Aged QueersToo Fag For Love. I discovered this band right before I sat down to write out my entries for this list when I saw a show flyer for another band I know (the way I still discover a lot of music truth be told), and never has a band name felt closer to who I am. Proving us punx over 40 are still and fun and dare I say flirty, this group hails from the Bay Area and has all the hallmarks of the classic Lookout! pop punk sound that I was obsessed with in the mid 90s (complete with a Green Day Kerplunk flower spoof t-shirt). It was love at first listen to their debut, Too Fag For Love, and I knew right away I had to include them on my list for this month. I also found myself forking over my gay ass money pretty much immediately for a copy of their 10inch record AND the accompanying “go fuck yourself” Golden Girls t-shirt. With merch like that and lyrics in their theme song like “We are the queers. The Middle-Aged Queers. We’re the fucking queers. Go fuck yourself” I think you all already know this band speaks to me on a deep level.

SurfyerSurf In Blood. I’m not sure who is ready for this collection of ten Slayer shreds reworked to reverb soaked surf jams, but I sure as hell was when I learned of its existence. I’ve already established in this blog that I love off kilter covers (read our listicle of favorite covers) and this? Wow was this ever an example of that! So far these ten songs seem to be all the band ever did but here is holding out hope that they hit more thrash classics and drench them in reverb. SURF IS METAL METAL IS SURF \m/

Unsanitary NapkinAll Billionaires Are Bastards. Blistering anarcho-punk from Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Aotearoa, (Māori for Wellington, New Zealand). A deeply political band with razor sharp wit, absolutely ZERO words are minced on these 12 fucking rippers and I often find myself hitting play on track one again immediately after the last song is finished (that last song being a cover of the 1978 Crass classic “Do They Owe Us a Living?”). The stand out for me is “Dildo Baggins,” a minute and a half of pure rage with a beautifully nasty bass line and rapid fire drumming. Also quite possibly the only political song I’ve ever heard that combines mention of chucking sex toys at politicians (based on a 100% true story) with references to The Hobbit and Lucy Lawless—which you know is ticking a whole hell of a lot of boxes for me in one fell swoop.

 

Chantal- Contributing Writer 

Bev Rage & The Drinks Exes & Hexes. Fronted by drag queen Bev Rage, this Chicago-based group puts out fun poppy queer punk that will have you bouncing.

Folklore– Constellations Form And Fall Apart: Dadurday Light Soundtrack, Vol​.​1. Folklore is a band that put out a few albums of lush, story-based songwriting over a decade ago that I thoroughly enjoyed. They’ve resurfaced and are releasing music again, including this, a soundtrack to a series of video shorts which are easily enjoyed on their own.

The History of Heavy Metal Vol. 3THE GOLDEN AGE OF THRASH: Thrash and Crossover 1983-1991.

The newest issue of the zine The History of Heavy Metal is finally here! Look for a forthcoming review on this blog; in the meantime, you can snag a copy right now.

 

Edwina Hay- Contributing Photographer 

Big Joanie– Back Home. London’s Big Joanie will release their sophomore record on Kill Rock Stars in the US in November and I can’t wait to hear the full record when it is released then.

Katie Alice GreerBarbarism. The former frontperson for the Washington, DC punk band Priests released a solo album in June.

The Koreatown OddityISTHISFORREAL? I loved Little Dominique’s Nosebleed that was released in June 2020 and have been digging their newest album too.

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire– This is a single originally released a decade ago that finally hit Bandcamp digitally in June but will be released on a 7″ in a couple of months. Features a b-side with Danny Brown and fellow NY rappers Despot, El-P, and Das Racist (RIP).

Wrecking CrewSedale Threat. Wrecking Crew (rappers Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro, and PremRock) released an album that takes its name after a basketball player that played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, Seattle SuperSonics and the L.A. Lakers.

 

Jenifun- Webmistress 

AdwaithLipstick Coch. Every song on the album ‘Melyn’ is a banger, particularly this one.

Bad WaitressStrawberry Milkshake. Can’t stop listening to this—so I’ve added it to three of my playlists and I don’t care.

BisThis Is Fake D.I.Y. Blew me away when I was very young, and still does to this very day.

JOHN (TIMES TWO)Future Thinker. Two piece punk with a gruff voiced lead singing drummer, enough said!

Petrol GirlsFight For Our Lives Ft Janey Starling. Money from this Bandcamp-only release goes to LevelUp who help people access healthcare. It’s a common misnomer that abortion is legal in England, Scotland, and Wales, but it isn’t and there are actually significant barriers in place to prevent those seeking abortion care from receiving it. (Read more detailed info at the LevelUp link.)

 

Juliette Boulay- Contributing Photographer

Field Medicuuu.

FREE THE BIRDSs/t.

High Dead. 

Ovlovam.

SadurnRadiator. 

Space CampInevitable Demise. 

They Are Gutting a Body of Water– Destiny XL. 

Venus TwinsEat Your Dogs. 

 

Kate Bell- Contributing Writer

Angel OlsenBig Time. 

Aviva JayeSo Close. 

The Crystal FursCalifornia Misses You.

Jane Doe EnsembleThe Corruption of What Cheer? 

Kill AltersTime Warp. 

RaFiaLeave Me Alone.

The ShebangsNow! Is When.

Underground SystemInto The Fire. 

 

Kevin McGann- Contributing Photographer 

King HannahI’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me. Liverpool duo Craig Whittle and Hannah Merrick recently released their gorgeous debut I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me. Low-key, moody, atmospheric sounds for fans of Mazzy Starr, PJ Harvey, and Portishead. Check out the subdued enthusiasm of ‘Go-Kart Kid (Hell No!).

Trash Moths/t. Recently featured in an FTA piece for the album release, Brooklyn’s Amelia Hazen unleashed her album Trash Moth on August 19th. See the article for more details on this labor of love.

TV PriestMy Other People. London post-punk band released their 2nd album My Other People in June as the follow up to their excellent debut Uppers. Finally able to tour after not hitting the road for their debut album in 2021, TV Priest has been tearing up stages including NYC’s own Baby’s All Right earlier this summer.

 

Mike Borchardt- Contributing Writer

Baby DelgadoDon’t Cry. Some industrial heavy synthy goth goodness perfect for dancing while out roaming and embracing the night.

Bummer Camp s/t. The long awaited release from the self-proclaimed goth pop rocker dropped last week. Dive face-first into layers upon layers of sound that evoke melancholic Summer evenings, shed some tears as you peel away the onion and discover Eli Frank.

DadHuman Garbage. The original Dad is back and their 2022 release Human Garbage will knock you down and rip your face off. Still heavy as fuck, get ready to party with your Dad like it’s 2017 all over again.

The Royal TheyForeign Being. Completely sold out of every copy. Ages ago. But the band is back after a three year complete silence and are working on new material, so in the meantime, why not revisit this 2018 masterpiece? And if you message the band, maybe they can find you a spare cassette tape that fell thru the cracks, but probably not.

A Very Special EpisodeFix Your Hearts or Die. Do you like noisy guitars, thunderous drums, and killer vocals? You (along with everyone else) probably already scooped this David Lynch inspired red vinyl soundscape, but if for some reason you haven’t, the band has a few remaining copies in stock.

Nick AD- Contributing Writer 

Harvest of AshAche and Impulse. Pulverizing, yet melodic doom/sludge out of Salt Lake City.

Heavy LooksApathy. Power pop from Madison, Wisconsin. First record in 7 years!

KMES.King Mike Entertainment System. Fun and infectious garage rock from Screaming Females bassist, King Mike! Also featuring Jenna Fairey of Spowder on drums.

TEEELWe Live Here Now. Meticulously crafted and executed synthpop, maybe the best of TEEEL’s long career. “Airport Rosé” is a Song of the Year contender.

 


Ray Rusinak- Contributing Photographer

Lee Baines & The Glory FiresOld-Time Folks. Alabama native, Lee Bains III and his band, The Gloryfires, released what just might be my favorite 2022 album. Baines, who has a NY connection in that he went to NYU, throughout his career has struggled with his rural southern roots and what it means to be a progressive southerner in today’s society. This dichotomy has played a heavy hand throughout his previous recorded output, from There Is A Bomb In Gilead  (not available on Bandcamp) through Deconstructed through Youth Detention as it still does on this new one. The difference this time is, Baines decided to purposely tone down the loud scorching distortion filled guitars and with the help of Athens, GA’s David Barbe (producer). Baines’ poignant and thought provoking words truly shine on this one. Do yourself a favor and check this one out.

 

 

Sun Ra Arkestra @ Union Pool

Sun Ra Arkestra @ Union Pool

Sun Ra Arkestra at Union Pool (photo by Ellen Qbertplaya)

 

On Sunday 8/28, Sun Ra Arkestra, led by 98 year old Marshall Allen, played two sets at Union Pool as part of their Summer Thunder series which offers free outdoor shows every Sunday. Matt Fiveash, a WFMU DJ, spun some records to warm up the at capacity crowd before Sun Ra Arkestra performed as there was no opening act. Tara Middleton provided beautiful lead vocals for the band and some favorites include “Space Is the Place,” “Nuclear War,” and “Angels and Demons at Play.” Even on the small deck of Union Pool’s courtyard, saxophonist Knoel Scott managed to find room to do his impressive space dance.

 

Union Pool just recently got back in the swing of things after the fire in an adjacent building that damaged the venue and it’s awesome to see them doing shows again.

 

In conjunction with the show there was also a toy drive at the entrance with toys going to children of asylum seekers being bussed from Texas to New York City. There will be opportunities to donate at the remaining Summer Thunder shows as well, read more info here.

 

Scroll down for fan shot videos and pics of the show (photos by Ellen Qbertplaya)

 

 

SUN RA ARKESTRA

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

Sun Ra Arkestra performing

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Hi! Hello! Here we are with some bite sized goodies and a taste of some new things that we dug this week, quick fire responses to some great new music we think you should check out. This week was pretty busy for everyone with real life stuff, so this list is brief, but Kate and Mike still found a little time to weigh in on some new songs we dug so give em a listen! See you again next week with more.

 

As always, if you’re in a band or from a label, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know about you! If we dig ya, you’ll get a nod in the column. Read on to find out what we dug the last week or so:

 

 

BabehovenI’m On Your Team. Talk about an uplifting motivational pep talk, the latest release by Babehoven takes the duo’s typical slowcore melancholy and flips it on its head. The lead single “I’m On Your Team” from their upcoming debut LP Light Moving Time (due out Oct 28) gives us all the warm and fuzzies we can use in these uncertain and scary times. Tucked between the sleepy shuffle and cozy guitar, singer Maya Bon wraps you in her arms and stacks melodies that slowly soar in and out of whispered lullaby. “Even if you feel so alone/Someone’s going to listen/Give you back what you’ve given.” Living lightly in the grey areas of existence when everything today has become so heavily polarized, she invites you into ambivalence with powerfully subdued harmonic crescendo to “Make a choice and then change it/ respect where you’ll take it/ In these end gamеs, we’ve got to Creatе a life that’s liveable.” It’s nice to hear a track offer up such emotional support and promote healthy life balance, and know that after a rough week or a shitty day, Babehoven’s got my back. [MB] 

 

BLKVAPORProxy. There’s a lot to BLKVAPOR’S sound—emo, punk, noise—and it all coalesces into something that is uniquely them. This Baltimore based outfit also puts on an explosive and enthralling live performance and are without a doubt a band you need to be keeping your eyes and ears on. “Proxy” was originally released in 2021 as a Bandcamp exclusive and on it they lean pretty firmly into their emo side. The song now comes with a fun music video that was just released. [KH] 

 

BotchOne Twenty Two. Math metal greats, Botch (which features members who went on to be in Russian Circles, Minus the Bear, These Arms Are Snakes and others), have just released their first new music in 20 years, the absolute ripper, “One Twenty Two.” The band will be re-issuing their catalog on vinyl this year via Sargent House, and as of now this new song appears to firmly be a one off. Bassist Brian Cook elaborated on things on his Twitter, addressing why now and some of the apparent backlash as well as some of the hopes for more from the band. He also addressed things on Instagram saying the song is “a bit of a fluke. Originally written by David Knudson for his solo album, it eventually morphed into a Botch song as former bandmates were brought on board to add their distinctive flair to the piece. No… we’re not back together. No… there isn’t more material in the pipeline. This was just a random thing that happened over COVID and we decided to share it with the world as part of the upcoming reissue of We Are The Romans.” [KH]

 

The Casual DotsFrequency of Fear. The indie punk supergroup featuring Christina Billotte (Slant 6, Quix*o*tic), Kathi Wilcox (Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin) and Steve Dore (Deep Lust) have just released their first new music in 18 years which was quite the welcome surprise to me and I’m sure a contingent of deeply nerdy music fans of a certain age. Read more here and listen to the awesome first single, “Frequency of Fear.” [KH]

 

Future TeensTeam Sports (feat. Dan Campbell). This is the latest single from Boston “bummer pop” aficionados Future Teens and will be on their upcoming album Self Help (out 9/23 via Triple Crown). “Team Sports” is as catchy as the crescendo is gigantic and they also got some help from The Wonder Years vocalist Dan Campbell who really helps drive the final chorus into the stratosphere. Regarding the song, guitarist/vocalist Amy Hoffman said “The first time I bleached my hair, a surprising number of people asked if I was doing okay. I know they were just razzing me, but it struck me as such an absurd barometer for wellness, like, no! I’m not okay, but that’s not why I’m blonde now! I think it’ll always be challenging to ask for help, or to be honest when my best friend gently checks in about the motivation for my latest self haircut, but I’m grateful I’m not always white knuckling it until my next therapy session anymore.” Elaborating on Campbell’s involvement, Hoffman went on to say that the last chorus “was originally a wordless, rock out ending, but Andy [Park, who is producing the album] felt like there was something missing. Dan happened to visit us as we were working through it and was kind enough to sing on that section. All of our jaws hit the floor as soon as he started, it was such a memorable part of recording the album.” Future Teens will next be in NYC on 10/13 at The Meadows. [KH]

 

Wild PinkHold My Hand (feat. Julien Baker). The second single from the upcoming Wild Pink album, ILYSM (due out 10/14 via Royal Mountain), this one is a tear jerker about singer John Ross undergoing cancer surgery. On this he said “I wrote that song right after my first surgery, about lying on the operating table where a member of the surgical team held my hand right before I went under. It sounds kind of arbitrary, and like it shouldn’t have been as impactful as it was, but I felt very comforted and wanted to capture that loving feeling in the song.” The vulnerability of the subject matter is heightened by the subdued beauty of the music—piano, lightly strummed guitar, with subtle drums played with brushes accompanying—and the addition of the master of heart wrenching songs herself, Julien Baker, who sings a verse and on the choruses. On how the song came together Ross said “I knew pretty quickly that I wanted it to be a duet, and I’m super grateful to Julien for joining me on it. This was one of the first songs we rehearsed together as a band in the studio and David’s piano part felt great almost immediately. There were a couple moments like that in the recording process where a song just immediately fell into place as soon as we started playing it.” [KH]