Maine-based Lady Lamb The Beekeeper is the recording project of Aly Spaltro, who’s gearing up to release her sophomore album After on Mom + Pop in March. We’ve already seen a lyric video for the album’s uplifting single “Billions Of Eyes,” and today Spaltro is sharing the follow up, “Spat Out Spit.” Her exalted voice breathes new life into what could otherwise be considered a fairly minimal track. That, accompanied by the song’s whimsical lyric video, makes After a record to look forward to. Spaltro edited fragmented scenes from Yvonne Anderson’s 1971 documentary Let’s Make A Film, featuring children’s animations. Watch the lyric video and hear the new song below.
Run The Jewels made the best album of 2014, and 2015 is looking more and more like their worldwide victory lap. One recent stop brought them to Paris, where they performed a 30-minute set at a former train station-turned-concert venue called La Recyclerie. As Pitchfork points out, La Blogothèque captured footage, which you can watch below.
Hercules And Love Affair’s Andy Butler is about to release a two-track solo EP called You Can Shine. The title track is a darkly euphoric techno cut with guest vocalist Richard Kennedy rhapsodizing over top in gospel style. Check it out below.
Today, the quietly brilliant Odd Future rapper Mike G released Award Tour II, his new EP, and we already posted “Highlights,” in which Mike went in over a vintage beat from the Tyler, The Creator archives. The five-track EP also features production from fellow Odd Future member Left Brain and crew ally Mac Miller, and you can stream the full EP below.
Delaware’s annual Firefly Music Festival is set to reveal its lineup this week, but it might already be out there in the world. A Twitter account called @EDMsecrets shared a leaked poster Friday that appears to be legitimate. If so, Firefly’s lineup will include headliners Paul McCartney, the Killers, and Kings Of Leon plus Morrissey(!), Modest Mouse, Run The Jewels, Spoon, Charli XCX, Twin Peaks, DJ Mustard, Tove Lo, Slyvan Esso, Sturgill Simpson, How To Dress Well, Ryn Weaver, and more. Not bad! Here’s the alleged poster:
Last year, permanently downcast Scottish indie rockers the Twilight Sad gave us their album Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave, and they’re getting ready to release the album track “I Could Give You All That You Don’t Want.” As a B-side, they’re using “The Airport,” a song from the album sessions that didn’t make the final cut. It’s a foggily majestic rocker that completely fits with the tone of the album and really probably could’ve been on it. Listen to “The Airport” below.
Torn Hawk is the experimental electronic project of guitarist Luke Wyatt, and his LP Let’s Cry And Do Push Ups At The Same Time was one of the most intriguing Mexican Summer releases of the past year. Wyatt is back with an all-new collection of sounds that he curated as a mix for FACT Magazine. Listen below.
Dan Keech, the Baltimore rapper who records as Height, has been a vital part of his hometown’s DIY-indie scene for more than a decade, and he’s also a supremely good dude. There’s a good chance you’ve seen him on tour with Dan Deacon. For the past few years, Keech has been putting out low-key fun-as-hell records with his Height With Friends group; we posted streams to his last two, the conceptual period pieces Versus Dynamic Sounds and Versus Electric Rockers. Keech’s latest is a guitar-based affair, and since it’s a solo record, he’s using the new moniker Height Keech. Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner sings throughout the record, which should be reason enough for you to check it out, and it’s some powerfully swampy and jagged hybrid rap music that doesn’t sound quite like anything I’ve heard before. Stream the whole album below.