Your Old Droog – “Hidden Persuaders”

By Tom Breihan / April 16, 2015 - 9:10 am
Brooklyn '90s-rap revivalist Your Old Droog is a man who sounds so much like Illmatic-era Nas that people online were convinced he really was Nas for a few months. He came back earlier this year with the goofy but intermittently great rock-themed mixtape Kinison, and now he's got a new track called "Hidden Persuaders" floating… More »

Iron & Wine And Ben Bridwell – “Bullet Proof Soul” (Sade Cover) & “No Way Out Of Here” (Unicorn Cover)

By James Rettig / April 16, 2015 - 9:03 am
Earlier this month, Iron & Wine's Sam Beam and Band Of Horses' Ben Bridwell announced that they would be releasing a covers album called Sing Into My Mouth. They've just shared the first two tracks from the record to coincide with their appearance on Letterman last night. One of them is a cover of Sade'… More »

The Go! Team – “Ye Ye Yamaha”

By James Rettig / April 16, 2015 - 8:32 am
The Go! Team released their new album, The Scene Between, earlier this year, and they're pairing that up with a Record Store Day release containing two new songs. The A-side is "Ye Ye Yamaha," a characteristically playful song with a super catchy chorus that's drowned in fuzz. "'Ye Ye Yamaha is a French girl o… More »

Kanye West – “All Day (Remix Feat. Kendrick Lamar)”

By Chris DeVille / April 15, 2015 - 4:30 pm
A maddeningly short six-second snippet of Kendrick Lamar rapping over Kanye West's "All Day" emerged last week, and now the full song is here. It's basically the original "All Day" with Kendrick swapped in for Theophilus London (hooray!) and the wild meltdown from the end of the song chopped off (boo!). Allan Kingdom's dancehall bit… More »

Honeyblood – “The Black Cloud”

By Caitlin White / April 15, 2015 - 3:39 pm
Scottish duo Honeyblood introduced their brittle punk on last year's self-titled debut, but they are back in 2015 with a vengeance. A few months ago they unleashed "No Big Deal" on the world. Sure, it pretends to swoon, but it's all an act; this song's gentle melody masks the process of kicking and bucking your… More »

Jacco Gardner – “Hypnophobia”

By Caitlin White / April 15, 2015 - 1:08 pm
We've previously heard "Find Yourself" off Jacco Gardner's freewheeling, psyschedlia-infused Hypnophobia, and seen the doomsday drug trip video. Today he's released the title track, a mostly instrumental, linear number that feels like it could soundtrack a spy movie from the '70s. But it's not all nostalgia; the Dutch producer/multi-instrumentalist works xylophone, pounding drums, and tossed… More »

Damaged Bug – “Jet In Jungle”

By Aaron Lindenberg / April 15, 2015 - 1:05 pm
Last year, Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer debuted his side project Damaged Bug with Hubba Bubba, a collection of dark, skittering synth freakouts that evoke both the whirring of damaged gadgets and the scattering of frightened insects. We've already heard "The Mirror", the first single from follow-up Cold Hot Plumbs. Now Dwyer has shared… More »

Sarah Cracknell – “On The Swings”

By Caitlin White / April 15, 2015 - 12:23 pm
The last time Sarah Cracknell put out a solo album it was 1997, so Red Kite is technically her first record in 18 years. Of course, Cracknell has kept busy during the interim as the vocalist for the romanticized-pop trio Saint Etienne. She sings with a sweetness that's almost cloying and she veers toward theatrical… More »

Circuit Des Yeux – “Fantasize The Scene”

By Caitlin White / April 15, 2015 - 12:16 pm
Haley Fohr wields her voice like it's an extremely sharp knife she's afraid to cut herself on. It's so rare to hear a woman singing in a baritone voice, but it's even rarer to hear one who can use it so fluidly. "Fantasize The Scene" is the first single off her new album as Circuit… More »

Mew – “Water Slides (Graham Massey Remix)”

By Tom Breihan / April 15, 2015 - 12:16 pm
Danish proggers Mew are about to return witn +/-, their first new album in six years. And they've made a fascinating choice in recruiting someone to remix their single "Water Slides." Graham Massey is essentially the frontman of 808 State, the pioneering late-'80s/early-'90s British house trio. 808 State were always one of the more adventurou… More »

Mitski – “Fireproof” (One Direction Cover)

By James Rettig / April 15, 2015 - 11:59 am
Hopefully we've all gotten past the stupid idea -- born out of some misguided notion of "authenticity" -- that rock artists can't worship at the same altar of pop as the rest of the world, so we can all properly mourn Zayn's depature from One Direction together. Mitski puts it best in this quote from… More »

DVS – “Very Special Episode”

By Tom Breihan / April 15, 2015 - 11:48 am
DVS is a New York rapper with a punk rock past and connections within the Das Racist axis. He's ridiculously funny and charming, and he's got this great hoarse, attacking style. He's a fun guy to have around. Last year, his odds-and-ends collection Mutant League landed him in the Mixtape Of The Week column. For… More »

Girlpool – “Before The World Was Big”

By James Rettig / April 15, 2015 - 11:31 am
When I was seven or eight, my parents started to let me walk to the park by myself. It was only a few blocks away, but it felt like the biggest deal, like this was the furthest in life that I could go and, wow, wasn't it far! I had a sense of freedom and… More »

Downtown Boys – “Wave Of History”

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 15, 2015 - 11:20 am
If you're still unfamiliar with Downtown Boys, then it's time to get acquainted. They're a six-piece bilingual punk band hailing from Providence who emote the kind of noise that's so all-consuming, so overwhelming, that you can practically roll around in it. They are politically motivated and completely unafraid, riding on the kind of enviable convictio… More »

Oddisee – “Belong To The World”

By Caitlin White / April 15, 2015 - 11:19 am
Oddisee has never been one to shy away from a fight. The Washington D.C. rapper/producer has been toiling away in his own little corner of the industry for years now, churning out albums with lightning speed and shirking current trap-and-gunshot production trends like the plague they've become. His new album The Good Fight encapsulates that… More »

Sia – “Elastic Heart (Blood Diamonds Remix)”

By Tom Breihan / April 15, 2015 - 11:12 am
Sia's "Elastic Heart" -- the one where Shia LaBoeuf does that predatory dance with Maddie Ziegler in the video -- already has remixes from Evian Christ and Clams Casino. And now Sia has found yet another cooler-than-thou producer to remix the track. Blood Diamonds, the Grimes associate who has been finding steady work as a… More »

Wise Blood – “Cretin’s Club” (Feat. Priscilla Sharp) (Stereogum Premiere)

By Peter Helman / April 15, 2015 - 11:08 am
Last year, weirdo-pop auteur Chris Laufman, aka Wise Blood, produced an EP for fellow Pittsburgh oddball The Moon Baby. The experience of creating music for someone else's voice must've gone pretty well, because "Cretin's Club," the first new Wise Blood track since 2013's id, is also the first Wise Blood track to feature someone other… More »

Gacha – “Send Two Sunsets” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Collin Robinson / April 15, 2015 - 10:55 am
Berlin electro-pop beatsmith Gacha is set to release his debut album, Send Two Sunsets, in less than a month. He had this to say about the project: "The album is a collection of tunes built over the years rather than an album with a concept that you try to understand over time." The beautiful title… More »

Paul De Jong – “Hollywald” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Collin Robinson / April 15, 2015 - 10:50 am
It's always sweet when either of the former Books boys drops a piece of solo ear candy. Nick Zammuto had his turn with 2014's Anchor, and 2015 belongs to Paul De Jong with IF due in two short weeks. We've already heard the lead single, "Auction Block" and followup "This Is Who I Am." Today,… More »

The Lees Of Memory – “Soft Places” + “Within A Dream II” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Collin Robinson / April 15, 2015 - 10:31 am
Tennessee trio the Lees Of Memory -- the current project of Superdrag's John Davis and Brandon Fisher -- are back with their signature brand of awesome shoegaze. In honor of Record Store Day, the band will release two new tracks on the 7" "Soft Places" b/w "Within A Dream II." The pair of songs couldn't… More »

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