The face-ripping Canadian post-hardcore power trio METZ released their awesomely punishing self-titled debut last year, and now their Sub Pop labelmate Chad VanGaalen has directed them a video for the surging, anthemic “Get Off,” one of that album’s standouts. It’s gross, nutso Heavy Metal-style animated comic-book surrealism, and it tells us of the fate of an alien dolphin-dog creature. Check it out below, and also check out METZ’s long string of tour dates for the rest of the year.
Los Angeles dream-punks No Age are dropping a new album called An Object in a couple of months, and we’ve already posted their early track “C’Mon Stimmung,” maybe the most straightforward banger they’ve written since “Everybody’s Down.” “No Ground,” the second song we’ve heard from the album, is a similarly charged-up anthem with a serious guitar riff and little in the way of digression. Nobody’s going to confuse it for a Pennywise song anytime soon, but it definitely raises the intriguing possibility of circle pits and walls of death at future No Age shows. Listen to the track at NPR.
An Object is out 8/20 on Sub Pop.
Drake still hasn’t announced the details of his new album Nothing Was The Same, but he’s been steadily sharing tracks like “Started From The Bottom” and “5AM In Toronto” for months now. And now we’ve got another new one. This one is called “On My Way,” and it’s a soft, fluttery, bedroom-eyed R&B song with no rapping whatsoever. It pairs Drizzy with James Fautleroy, the R&B singer-songwriter who last worked with Drake on previous leak “Girls Love Beyoncé.” Give it a listen below.
Arctic Monkeys apparently haven’t gotten that whole stoner-rock thing out of their system yet. “Do I Wanna Know?,” the band’s new single, rides a souped-up fuzz-rock riff, and it seems custom-designed for high-school parking-lot bong-rip sessions. The band shared the new song this morning, pairing it with a lightly psychedelic animated video that features lots of wav-forms and almost-naked cartoon women. Check it out below.
The where-does-that-other-sock-go mystery has been solved in the video for the Postal Service’s “A Tattered Line Of String.” In the clip for the Give Up anniversary edition bonus track, we venture into the dirty clothes-filled alternate universe of an otherwise standard issue laundromat. Check it out below.
In a year already frontloaded with critically beloved and big name releases, it might be easy to overlook one of the year’s most wonderful records — Matthew E. White’s Big Inner. Originally released in 2012 on Hometapes and given a proper re-release earlier this year via Domino, Big Inner is, in some ways, something of a lark. Recorded in White’s attic at home in Richmond, Virginia alongside the Spacebomb House Band (a coterie of local Richmond musicians White has assembled to work as an ongoing collective), the album originally created as a kind of experiment. (“Originally I was only supposed to press, like, 250 copies of this thing!” he says) After sharing the recordings with friends, the album eventually took on a life of it’s own — eventually garnering a deal with Domino and sending White out on the road with his band for the better part of two years. Garnering comparisons to everyone from Allen Toussaint to, more frequently, Randy Newman, Big Inner is a fascinating hybrid of American roots music and jazz-infused gospel — a sonic experiment that addresses religion and human failings with the kind of open-hearted earnestness that is exceptionally rare within the milieu of contemporary indie rock. I caught up with White during his recent visit to NYC to discuss just how Big Inner came to be and how the record has essentially changed his life completely.
At Rock The Garden 2013 this week Low (who we recently did a Counting Down on) gave a performance that, according to Minneapolis’ Star Tribune, left some audience members really confused and angry. The band decided to take a risk and played a 30-minute version of the stormy drone epic “Do You Know How To Waltz?” to the thousands attending the rainy outdoor show. Now that might sound awesome to you (it does to me), but keep in mind this was during a big outdoor show opening for Silversun Pickups and Metric. As Star Tribune writer Chris Riemenschneider explains in his review of the event, between some “disgusted” audience members and other thrilled fans, “everyone was baffled.” In a new interview though, Alan Sparhawk explained and defended the band’s performance.
Last month, Brooklyn’s Small Black released Limits Of Desire, an absolutely lovely album of starstruck small-stakes synthpop. Today, they drop a video for “No Stranger,” one of its highlights. The clip tells the story of a dude who sees a girl on a train, thinks about talking to her, chickens out, and then imagines how things might’ve turned out differently if he’d taken the leap. I feel for you, guy in the video. It’s a completely gorgeous and romantic piece of work, with a few vaguely NSFW bits; Mandy Mandelstein and Addison Mehr directed it. Check it out below.