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Cass McCombs – “Angel Blood” (Video)

Cass McCombs released his seventh full-length LP, Big Wheel And Others, last year, but today we get a video for a track from that album, “Angel Blood.” The melancholy song is accompanied by footage gathered on McCombs’ last tour and in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. It’s humble yet emotionally poignant, just like McCombs’… More »

By: Ethan Jacobs / October 31, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Watch Alexis Krauss, Carrie Brownstein, Cass McCombs, Eleanor Friedberger, Sia, & More In Joan Jett’s Voting For Women’s Rights PSA

Joan Jett recruited a whole bunch of people to appear in her women’s rights PSA that encourages people to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. “There are candidates running for office this November that have backwards views on women’s rights,” she says at the end of the video. “If you care about our right to… More »

By: James Rettig / October 28, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Check Out Cass McCombs’ Protest Song & Jarvis Cocker’s Essay For The People’s Climate March

The People’s Climate March, the largest climate change rally in history, is happening this Sunday, 9/21 in New York, and various musicians are playing a part. For instance, Cass McCombs teamed with the Chapin Sisters for a gleaming old-fashioned folk singalong simply entitled “Protest Song.” Over hand-strummed campfire chords, McCombs and the Chapins harmonize o… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 19, 2014 - 12:14 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Labor Day Weekend is upon us, and with it, the unofficial end of summer. So, in hindsight, what was the Song Of Summer 2014? “Fancy”? It was probably “Fancy.” What else even came close? “Anaconda” arrived too late, “Happy” peaked too early … ” “Rude”? “Problem”? Eh. Feel free to shout out your own Song… More »

By: Stereogum / August 29, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Cass McCombs – “Night Of The World”

Esteemed folk-rock singer-songwriter Cass McCombs is heading out on tour this fall with his spiritual ancestors the Meat Puppets, and the two artists are releasing a limited edition split 7-inch for the occasion. Cass McCombs Vs. Meat Puppets will feature two McCombs originals and two Meat Puppets covers, plus original art by Meat Puppets ba… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 27, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Photos: Woodsist Festival Pioneertown 2014

This past weekend brought the Pioneertown edition of the Woodsist Festival, now in its second year. The label delivered several bands to the Southern California desert location, including Foxygen, Cass McCombs, the Fresh And Onlys, Peaking Lights, and (of course) Woods. We sent photographer Jasper Bernbaum to capture the event, and you can take a… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 18, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Sky Ferreira – “Rancid Girl”

Sky Ferreira’s Night Time, My Time was one of our favorite albums of last year, so it’s pretty exciting to find a new track by her today. Thing is though, it’s actually an old track, and one that wasn’t really supposed to see the light of day. The leaked “Rancid Girl” is a stripped-down acoustic… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 27, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Cass McCombs – “Name Written In Water” Video

Cass McCombs’s 2013 double album Big Wheel And Others has already yielded a truly strange parade of music videos: for “Morning Star,” “Big Wheel,” “Brighter!,” and the all-time what-the-fuck-did-I-just-watch champion “Unearthed.” And now director Jeffrey Peixoto has come up with a fun treatment of the jaunty tune “Name Written In Water”: Two minutes and 48… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2014 - 12:55 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This is the time of year when everyone gets very confused and worried about who’s going to win big at the Grammys, and we are not facing down the sad likelihood that the music industry is about to anoint Macklemore as a 12 Years A Slave-esque juggernaut. So I’m sure you won’t be shocked to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 24, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Cass McCombs – “Unearthed” Video

Almost all of the video for “Unearthed,” a ghostly acoustic blues song from Cass McCombs’s new double album Big Wheel And Others, is a single serene shot of clouds billowing across a mountaintop. But when that show changes — and I don’t want to spoil how it changes — it forever alters the entire tone… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Cass McCombs – “Brighter!” (Feat. Karen Black) Video

Before she died last year, the great cult actress and singer Karen Black recorded vocals for “Brighter!,” a song from Cass McCombs’s double album Big Wheel And Others. After she passed, McCombs asked Black’s widower Stephen Eckelberry to direct a video for the song. Eckelberry used a bit of footage of Black and McCombs rehearsing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 13, 2014 - 10:30 am

Cass McCombs – “Big Wheel” Video

Cass McCombs put out a massive album last year, and now has a music video for the title track. Filtered images of nature, animals, bleeding fingers, and other visually manipulated shots wash over you as McCombs’ steady folk rocker pushes along. Watch below and be sure to read our interview with McCombs afterward. More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 6, 2014 - 11:48 am

Q&A: Cass McCombs On Writing Songs, Doing Press, And His Epic New Record Big Wheel And Others

It seems weird that Cass McCombs has been releasing records for what is now an entire decade. In some ways, it’s like he’s kind of been around forever — given the current attention span of the indie-rock world, passing the 10-year mark is something akin to a small miracle — but it’s only really withi… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / October 16, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Stream Cass McCombs Big Wheel And Others

The great American songwriter Cass McCombs has released a ton of music in the last decade or so, and his new album Big Wheel And Others is his longest and most expansive piece of work yet. The album sprawls loosely over 85 minutes, and it works as a direct transmission from McCombs’s rambling, hazily bummed-out… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 7, 2013 - 9:29 am

Cass McCombs – “Brighter!” (Feat. Karen Black)

Last month, we lost Karen Black, the great actress who was in half of the best movies of the ’70s, to cancer. A few years ago, Black sang on “Dreams Come True Girl,” one of the best songs that the singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has ever recorded. McCombs has a new album, the massive 22-song double… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 18, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Cass McCombs – “There Can Be Only One”

Cass McCombs has announced he will release the 22-track Big Wheel And Others, his “seventh-and-half” full-length this October and has shared its lead single, “There Can Be Only One.” The calming cut bears a mood that kicks offs uncertain but turns into quiet confidence. Check it out below… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 22, 2013 - 10:28 am

Cass McCombs – “Morning Star” Video

If you’ve watched enough skateboarding videos, you’ve probably come to expect certain things on the soundtrack, like bruising hardcore or breezy rap. So it’s a welcome juxtaposition to see skating footage set to “Morning Star,” a softly gorgeous new song from softly-gorgeous-song specialist Cass McCombs. The song’s video, from director Patrick O’Dell, cobbles together a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 28, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Cass McCombs – “Three Men Sitting On A Hollow Log”

As far as we know, the great inward-looking indie singer-songwriter Cass McCombs has no plans to drop a new album on us anytime soon. But this summer, he will release a split 7″ with the veteran folk-music outsider Michael Hurley. McCombs’s contribution is a warm and buoyant shuffle called “Three Men Sitting On A Hollow… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Cass McCombs – “If You Loved Me Before…”

Brooklyn label Famous Class will release the sixth installment of their Less Artists More Condo’s series on February 18th, featuring a track each from Cass McCombs and White Magic. Now you can hear McCombs cut, “If You’ve Loved Me Before…” It’s a moody, slow-moving track featuring McCombs stark, straightforward vocals over minimal electric guitar and… More »

By: Liz Pelly / February 18, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Cass McCombs – “Empty Promises”

Cass McCombs has a few dates coming up with John Cale, and a new single made for the Wikileaks-embroiled US soldier “Bradley Manning.” Today Cass unleashes an internet stream of the “Manning” b-side, “Empty Promises,” an occasionally tuneful cut suffused with low-fidelity recording and vaguely flanged/psychedelic, bummed-out ennui:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 3, 2012 - 12:53 pm
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