Today, Courtney Barnett announced that the follow-up to her 2013 release The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas will be a full-length LP entitled Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. The record will be released by Mom + Pop. Barnett also shared the album’s excellent first single, “Pedestrian At Best,” along with an equally impressive video. In “Pedestrian At Best,” we find Barnett exactly where we left her, gleefully spitting mouthfuls of sneering disaffection: “Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you/ Tell me I’m exceptional I promise to exploit you/ Give me all your money and I’ll make some origami, honey/ I think you’re a joke but I don’t find you very funny.” It’s fitting that director Charlie Ford put Barnett in a clown suit here. Watch “Pedestrian At Best” and check out the Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit tracklist below.
Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit tracklist:
01 “Elevator Operator”
02 “Pedestrian at Best”
03 “An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)”
04 “Small Poppies”
06 “Aqua Profunda!”
07 “Dead Fox”
08 “Nobody Really Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party”
09 “Debbie Downer”
10 “Kim’s Caravan”
11 “Boxing Day Blues”
Here’s Barnett’s latest photo:
Wes Borland is the guitarist in Limp Bizkit, and you probably remember him as the guy with the makeup and the weird contact lenses in the band’s videos. Even when the band was at its commerically dominant peak, Borland was something of a reluctant participant. There was a “Nookie”-era SPIN cover story that described him a the guy who tries to make the rest of the band listen to Ween on the tour bus, and he said that he didn’t imagine he’d be in the band for much longer. Well, he wasn’t, and then he was again. Borland has quit and returned to the band a few times over the years. But now he’s back in, and he seems to really, truly hate it.
Following the unreleased demos that Michael Angelakos has been posting to SoundCloud under the name Eastern Shift, it’s time for some brand new Passion Pit music. Today we get the official news that the group’s third album Kindred, the followup to 2012′s Gossamer, will be out in April. They shared this teaser today…
The prolific Appleton, Wisconsin hardcore-affiliated outfit Tenement is the kind of band that’s cool to name-check and might come up with relative frequency at college radio stations, but isn’t all that well-known outside of certain circles. That’s OK, because thankfully in this day and age you really don’t need to be that widely heard for a label to want to put out a rarities LP of your work. Dorks will buy it, myself included. In March, Grave Mistake and Toxic Pop Records will release Bruised Music Volume One, a compilation of Tenement’s out-of-print songs from 2006 through 2009. “Spaghetti Midwestern” is a riotous portrait of suburban disillusionment, the American Dream gone awry. You can listen to it below and check out an interview the band did with Impose here.
Tomorrow night, two nights after he brought Loretta Lynn and the Raconteurs to the stage in Nashville, Jack White will headline Madison Square Garden. Run The Jewels will open. And for those of us who aren’t anywhere new New York, White will offer a live recording of the album on Pandora, streaming it live and then archiving it a few days later. As some sort of corporate-partnership deal, White recently sat down at his Nashville Third Man headquarters with Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper. The whole interview won’t go up online until after the show, but there’s a preview up online, with White talking about adjusting different shows for different audiences and how he hasn’t made it because he hasn’t had coffee with “Weird Al” Yankovic. Watch it below.
Philly punks Beach Slang are usually confrontational with a soft underbelly — despite the band’s blown-out sound, there’s a tangible sensitivity to their lyrics. Regardless, none of Beach Slang’s prior releases are quite as willingly vulnerable or instrumentally naked as “Too Young To Die.” James Snyder’s rasp sounds all the more defined as he whispers the opening verse over a bare-boned acoustic guitar, “Too young to die/ Too late to die young.” It’s a careful scrutinization of existence, a worried rumination. Something about Snyder’s transition from yowling frontman to understated philosopher reminds me a bit of the Replacements’ 1987 song “Skyway.” The two don’t necessarily sound all that similar, but Snyder knows how to quiet down just as well as Paul Westerberg. “Too Young To Die” is included on a Lame-O Records benefit compilation titled Strength In Weakness, with all of the proceeds going to the Philadelphia branch of United Cerebral Palsy. Listen to Beach Slang’s contribution below.
Yesterday, Dan Vidmar’s Shy Girls announced that his new mixtape 4WZ will drop any day now, but while we wait, here’s another cut from the project. My colleague Chris DeVille dubbed “Xhampagne” the “exact midpoint between How To Dress Well and the Weeknd,” and that nails the vibe perfectly. Over a slow, lulling set of synths, Vidmar describes a heartless, calculated vixen who is “only in it for the champagne” — but he doesn’t seem particularly bitter about the arrangement. Antwon also swings through near the end of the track, and his quick flow adds some punch to the track’s pace. Listen below.
Steely Dan are playing this year’s Coachella, they’ve been sampled by everyone from Kanye to Cities Aviv, and you can hear hints of their sardonic lyrical brilliance in indie rockers ranging from the Dismemberment Plan to Destroyer to Father John Misty. But for a band that made its name puncturing the remnants of the flower-child ’60s with a New York bohemianism that recalibrated the trappings of “cool,” the Dan are still widely considered anything but. Judd Apatow’s an admitted fan, but he still got a laugh line out of Knocked Up’s Seth Rogen at their expense (“Steely Dan gargles my balls… if I ever listen to Steely Dan I want you to slice my head off with an Al Jarreau LP”). One of the funniest running-gag tirades on The Best Show is Tom Scharpling’s fuming contempt for them (“If you like rock music, you can’t like Steely Dan,” and vice versa), even if his comedy partner Jon Wurster loves them. When the Minutemen covered “Doctor Wu” on 1984′s Double Nickels On The Dime, most punks must’ve figured it was a goof.