Re-recorded, re-mastered and carved into heart-shaped vinyl, Bella Union’s PINS release two of their hardest hitting tracks for a super limited run in celebration of Record Store Day.
They have also unveiled a brand new video for the new version of Shoot You, watch it here.
And listen to an older version…
The Toothe share a musical chemistry born of a lifetime of collaboration and experimentation. Raised in the same small Piedmont town, they relocated to the mountains of Asheville to explore and develop their mutual love of song.
Their most recent effort is the Talons EP (out on 10th June), a six-song foray into a hook-laden and intensely engaging sound they call Apocalyptic Americana. The EP draws from a deep well of American musical tradition while simultaneously reveling in a jubilant pop energy and outlandishly off-kilter lyrical musings. The songs range from up-beat and lively pop delights to contemplative and intricately-crafted ballads, but united by an aim to take the listener on a psychedelic journey across mesmerizing musical and emotional landscapes.
Listen/download Mustard from the EP below and stream Earthworms.
Grand lake Islands six track EP Wake of Waking is a collection of thoughtful indie-folk that ranges from warm and lush organic instrumentation to thin guitar lines and shaky vocals.
Fans of Phosphorescent, A.A. Bondy and Jason Molina will find much to enjoy here.
Listen to the EP’s opening track, Flood. And buy from Bandcamp here.
Here is another from Philly-based four-piece, Creepoid who have just released the single Truth from their Record Store Day 12″ Wet. It builds from a slow, malevolent swirl into a fully fledged nightmarish slice of ominous grunge-pop.
The EP features four new songs and a B-side etching.
Black Girls, a psych-pop quintet out of Richmond, VA recently released long-player Claire Sinclaire. The latest single from it is Buyin’ Time, a potent mix of surf and glam rock.
Check it out. Buy the album from Bandcamp here.
Farmer’s Corner, the new album from Wooden Wand promises to be a rawer, more personal affair than the brilliant Blood Oaths Of The New Blues and we have already shared the wonderful Dambuilding with you here.
Now we have Alpha Dawn for your listening pleasure, another sublime cut of relaxed, informal, wandering folk that evokes all those classic intimate campfire and back-porch scenarios, as acoustic strings meander sweetly beneath James Jackson Toth’s gently sung vocals.
Absolutely gorgeous. Listen/download it below.
“Maybe I’ll go make love with another man,
forget about you for the evening and say I’m just playing pretend,
I’ll be someone’s fantasy then maybe you’ll want more of me.”
Thin Ice is from 19 year old Liza Anne’s recently released debut album The Colder Months. It fully justifies the haunting, melancholy, and beautiful descriptors that it has been attracting.
The latest effort from Roof Beams, Tectonics EP, though true to the band’s storytelling lyrics and ramshackle Americana roots, comes from a new place. Frontman Nathan Robinson wrote these songs during quiet evenings after work, while his daughter was asleep and his wife was at night school. This led to a more thoughtful, reiterative process resulting in thick layers of harmonies using quieter, lower registers.
Along the theme of big life changes, Tectonics is an analysis of long-term relationships, as they move apart or together at an almost imperceptible pace.
Listen to Your Shoes, the first single from the six-track EP. Purchase from Bandcamp here.
Sacred Bones will present the fourth volume of their annual Record Store Day vinyl compilation, Todo Muere. It will be limited to 1,500 copies only.
This year’s edition features eight tracks from a wide variety of their artists, each one new or previously unreleased on any physical format. The first track is the brilliant Lonely Richard by Amen Dunes, a hazy cut from the band’s forthcoming LP, Love that we posted here. That song is followed by a recording of Zola Jesus’ Vessel taken from the sessions for last year’s Versions, the string quartet album she made with the composer J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus). Side A is rounded out by And Light Shines, a David Lynch song from The Big Dream sessions that was previously unavailable outside of Japan, and Marissa Nadler’s spare, haunting take on the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds track The Kindness of Strangers.
Also featured on the compilation is Pop. 1280 with the newly recorded track Kingdom Come. Föllakzoid’s Domingo Garcia-Huidobro contributes a new minimal techno remix of his band’s Pulsar for the penultimate track on the collection, and Illume from Lust for Youth’s forthcoming LP shows the band moving completely out of coldwave into far warmer territory, even adding guitars to the mix.
Side B of Todo Muere, Vol. 4 kicks off with a bang though – two, in fact. Pharmakon’s cover of Bang Bang, the great song written by Sonny Bono for Cher and popularized by Nancy Sinatra, is a sharp cold-water shock that shows a side of Margaret Chardiet that may surprise fans of last year’s Abandon LP.
Todo Muere Vol. 4’s track listing is as eclectic as the Sacred Bones roster itself, and serves as a snapshot of where the label is in 2014.
Michigan power-pop trio Cheap Girls have revealed new track Man In Question, which features The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn.
A fine slab of authentic Midwestern rock, the track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album, Famous Graves, which is released via Xtra Mile on May 12.