Ex Hex "Beast"
Ex Hex is Mary Timony’s (Wild Flag, Helium) new band. They’re releasing their debut album, Rips, this October on Merge. “Beast” is the third single.
"Let You In" is taken from Terry Malts’ new Insides EP, out September 23 via Slumberland.
At my old job, I used to have to read press releases, which is fun in a nausea-inducing way. However, the press release accompanying this release is a gem, so I am going to reprint it here in support.
Since 2010, and over two albums and a slew of singles and tapes, Terry Malts have been exploring the murky area where hope meets disgust, an area populated with anger, hatred, exhaustion, delusion, seclusion, consumption, life, death, breathing, eating, and a host of other conflicting and confusing ideas. Their records to date have been a refreshing blast of catchy punk, pop-influenced but also chaotic, noisy, [and] shredding. Imagine Bubba from Void sitting in with the Descendents and you’re part of the way there. Fall 2013’s “Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere” was their most concise release yet - a concentrated blast of melodic bile that cast a long look at life and didn’t always like what it saw.
Now Terry Malts are releasing their first new material in almost a year. The “Insides EP” might be their most “pop” record yet, but don’t let that make you believe that they’ve given up on the blazing, verge-of-feedback guitars or pummeling rhythms. “Let You In” is classic power-pop revved up and played LOUD - a pogo party in under two minutes.
Terry Malts are playing the Brick and Mortar Music Hall on August 27, with Girl Tears.
"I like “A Little Lost” because it’s all about kissing. I love kissing. If I could kiss all day, I would. I can’t stop thinking about kissing. I like kissing more than sex because there’s no end to it. You can kiss forever. You can kiss yourself into oblivion. You can kiss all over the body. You can kiss yourself to sleep. And when you wake up, you can’t stop thinking about kissing. Dammit, I can’t get anything done because I’m so busy thinking about kissing. Kissing is madness! But it’s absolute paradise, if you can find a good kisser.- Sufjan Stevens on why he chose to cover “A Little Lost” for Red Hot’s Arthur Russell tribute compilation (also featuring Robyn, Devendra Banhart, and more). Hear the cover over @ P4k
Arthur’s music is all over the place, but most of it seems to be about embracing darkness (loneliness) and ambiguity (confusion) with the biggest bear hug in the world. Catharsis! He didn’t give a shit about fads or fashion even as he was influenced by popular music, club music, and all that shitty art music at the Kitchen. He kind of cobbled it all together to create his own diverse musical language, He was funny as shit (a wordsmith, a master of the innuendo), but also dead serious (and blunt) about the deepness of his feelings, unafraid to express affection in his songs, without pandering or cliche. Arthur was real as shit. You can’t fake realness."
If you were in Brooklyn recently and saw someone at the Nassau G station wearing a Homer Simpson rubber mask, you were witnessing the creation of Mac DeMarco’s video for Salad Days track “Chamber of Reflection.” For the video, DeMarco slowed the audio down to about half the album speed. The video’s credits thank Kiera McNally, Andrew White, Jasper Beydata, Shigeo Sekito, Colin Caulfield, and Jesus. Salad Days is out now on Captured Tracks.
Peter Binswanger directs the video for Speedy Ortiz’s track “American Horror,” off the Real Hair EP (currently available from Carpark). Speedy Ortiz are currently on tour with Ex Hex and Fucked Up.
There is now a music video for the title track off Janelle Monáe’s latest LP, The Electric Lady. The video features cameos from T.I., Estelle, Esperanza Spalding, T-Boz, Monica, Kimbra, Joi, Fatima Robinson, and a guest appearance by Monáe’s real life mom. The press release for the video included choice quotes by Michelle Obama (the First Electric Lady) and her husband AKA POTUS, who says:
Janelle has performed at the White House, like, 15 times. There’s going to be an official Janelle Monáe room in the White House. We love her. Michelle and I love Janelle. We love her energy. We love her talent. But we most of all love her character. And anybody who gets a chance to talk to her, this is just a remarkable, strong, smart young lady. And I have to say nice things about her because she may be the only person in possession of a video in which I try to keep up with her and Usher on the dance floor. Now, this is top secret. She has promised that this will never be released. But she can blackmail me at any time.
For the record, I strongly support an official Janelle Monáe room in the White House.
"Had to Hear," a single from Real Estate’s latest LP Atlas, is getting its very own music video. The video, directed by Richard Law, shows the band looking upsettingly happy in Mexico City, and precedes the release of a limited edition 7” featuring “Had to Hear” along with a cover of the Nerves’ track “Paper Doll”
Domino will be releasing said 7” on August 25.
Like TV on the Radio, Pharmakon has released a trailer (directed by Jacqueline Castel) to announce her new album, Bestial Burden. The trailer is accompanied by a press release, describing how her hospitalization inspired the record.
After seeing internal photographs taken during the surgery, I became hyperaware of the complex network of systems just beneath the skin, any of which were liable to fail or falter at any time. It all happened so fast and unexpectedly that my mind took a while to catch up to the reality of my recovery. I felt a widening divide between my physical and mental self. It was as though my body had betrayed me, acting as a separate entity from my consciousness. I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will’s control, and seeking to sabotage. I began to explore the idea of the conscious mind as a stranger inside an autonomous vessel, and the tension that exists between these two versions of the self.
Sacred Bones will release Bestial Burden on October 14.
Here is a teaser trailer for TV on the Radio’s just-announced followup to Nine Types of Light [can someone explain to me the point of a teaser trailer for an album?]. It’s called Seeds and it is being released this fall on Harvest Records (the band left Interscope last year). Seeds will be the first record since Gerard Smith passed in 2011.
Sophie Muller directed this black and white clip for Beck single ”Heart is a Drum.” Morning Phase is out now on Capitol.
"Rust" is the latest single from PC Worship, off their album Social Rust. PC Worship was originally the solo recording project of one Justin Frye, but it has morphed over time to encompass a variety of instrumentalists. The current lineup is comprised of Frye, Michael Etten, Jordan Bernstein, and Shannon Sigley. Social Rust is being released on September 9 by Northern Spy Records and Parquet Courts frontman Andrew Savage’s label Dull Tools.
The second single off Spoon’s They Want My Soul is “Inside Out,” The accompanying visual features photos by Todd Baxter edited together by Mau Morgó. They Want My Soul comes out August 5 on Loma Vista.
Spoon’s “Do You” video is part of the Urban Outfitters Music Video series, which paired the band with director Hiro Murai. The video features frontman Britt Daniel, “bandaged and semi-shellshocked as he cruises through a city under siege” by giant children. “Do You” is a single from Spoon’s upcoming album They Want My Soul, which comes out August 5 on Loma Vista.
"Pickles From the Jar" is Courtney Barnett’s contribution to a forthcoming Milk! Records compilation, which will be released at the end of August. The limited edition, crowdfunded 10" features new recordings by Barnett and four other artists.