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Stream Cage The Elephant’s new single “Come A Little Closer”. The song maintains the raw emotional power Cage has channeled in their last 2 albums while showing a more sonically subtle side.
“Come A Little Closer” will be featured on the band’s forthcoming 3rd studio album due this Fall.
Friday Jam Pack feat. Destruction Unit, Running, Black Hearted Brother, Zola Jesus, Neko Case and Gap Dream
Destruction Unit mean it this time. After an uneven debut EP, these Arizona shredders are living up to their name. “Bumpy Road,” is but one sample of the type of mad brutal, psychedelic garage rock to be found on their forthcoming Sacred Bones release. Trust me, the rest of Deep Trip (8.20 on Sacred Bones) is just as heavy.
Do you like feedback? Do you really like feedback? Excuse me while I ask the same question a third time because those first two questions are very important when dealing with the Chicago band Running. Do you like feedback so much that hearing vocals annoys you because you can’t hear the feedback? If you answered yes to all three questions, then Running is the band for you. Running’s Vaguely Ethnic is out now on Castle Face Records.
Slowdive’s Neil Halstead is back to making sweet, sweet, guitar racket, and if that name means anything to you; if you have any affinity of ’90s UK shoegaze, then you’ll want to press play on this Black Hearted Brother track.. It’ll be bliss for you. Black Hearted Brother’s debut release will be out 10.22 on Slumberland Records.
Zola Jesus has always been one of those artists who’s capable of the fantastic, but whose albums always leave me with the feeling of, “Is this it?” She’s capable of more than being another sweet voice. She can be more than a modern day goth. Her new collaboration with JG Thrilwell, where some of her older material is rearranged for a chamber musicians, just may be thing to take her over the top. Sample, “Avalanche (Slow),” below and be prepared to floored. Zola Jesus’ Versions will be released 8.20 on Sacred Bones.
Sorry Neko, I’m a little too busy to type out the name of your new album. I just got back from vacation to a big pile of work and having time to listen to music, let alone type an unwieldy album title has been at a premium. Ahh, but that voice, and the piano, and that longing, heavy-hearted tone of yours, all apparent on your latest track, “Night Still Comes,” oh, I’ll always have time for more of that. Neko Case’s latest will be out 9.3 on Anti-Records.
Cleveland ex-pat Gabe Fulvimar is on a roll with has band Gap Dream, a nice, steadily-paced, starry-eyed stroll of a roll. His brand of slacker synth-pop is just so damn likable, including this new track, “Fantastic Sam,” from his upcoming release on Burger Records (11/12), that it’s frightening, in a good way of course.
Located squarely between ’90s grunge (the first wave, the good stuff) and modern doom metal, “Woodbine,” by Richmond, Virginia longhairs, Windhand, is two tons of barbells and cement blocks, all-caps HEAVY. It’s almost too heavy for a recording, MP3 stream or otherwise. The low end, especially, nearly crumbles underneath its massive weight. Yet, Windhand manage to slug and trudge their way through, delivering an abundance of massive riffs in the process. It certainly doesn’t hurt when you have a singer who’s a dead-ringer for the late, Layne Stayley of Alice in Chains, either. Windhand’s latest album, Soma, will be out 9.17 on Relapse Records.
The UK electronic outfit Factory Floor have long been critical favorites. Personally, I’ve been hooked ever since I saw their scene-stealing show at ATP NJ in the fall of 2011. But, what do the people, the real people, the type who comment on the internet, think of this band who play disco like they’re in a post-punk band, post-punk like they’re in an industrial rock band and industrial rock like a disco band. The users of SoundCloud have this to say about, “Turn It Up,” the latest track to be featured from their self-titled debut (9.10 on DFA):
I’d likely be more eloquent in my own comment, but the sentiment is the same. This one is nuuuts.
Speaking of debut records of the especially stoked to hear kind, His Electro Blue Voice have their new, nicely titled one, Ruthless Sperm, coming out August 20th on Sub Pop. “Born Tired.” I accidentally looked at the SoundCloud comments for this one, too, but couldn’t get past the one which read something like, “Hey, Nirvana’s got a new song out.” That person was clever, more clever than me.
Yes, HEBV will hit the sweet spot for those who don’t find grunge to be a dirty word. It’ll also pull in fans of old Touch and Go and AmRep records, too. For the younger ones out there, songs like “Born Tired,” are a reminder that rock songs can still thrill with a solid foundation in the classics and slight variations along the way.
When we last heard from PJ Harvey, she was pitting her words against centuries of English wars with her modern protest-folk album, Let England Shake. Two years on, and she hasn’t lost that fire. Her new target is the plight of British citizen, Shaker Aamer, a man in the unfortunate situation of being caught up in a post-9/11 terror sweep and never being charged of a crime. He’s currently being held indefinitely at the soul-sucking haven of freedom called Guantanomo Bay and recently took part in a four-month hunger strike. Oh, and he was cleared to be released six fucking years ago. This song is important. PJ Harvey’s cause is important. Ask yourself, are we safer with this man behind bars? Are we safer with the NSA sniffing every piece of electronic data they can find? It’s about time people realize the harsh realities of our new security state.
Windhand photo by Tony Lynch
The dense, lo-fi, garage rock of Chicago’s Heavy Times has had me captivated for the past several days. Their recently released 3rd LP, Fix It Alone out on Hozac Records, is an 18 songs in 33 minutes frenzy of jangly garage rock, heavy fuzzed-out lo-fi and in your face punk rock that will leave you exhausted and wanting more. Check out the :41 second blast of “Future Creeps” along with the fuzzed out “In My Sleep” below, both songs are killer and represent the album well. Head over to Hozac’s site and snag you a copy before they are gone, I highly recommend it. Enjoy.
Heavy Times – Future Creeps from Fix It Alone (2013)
Heavy Times – In My Sleep from Fix It Alone (2013)
A strange thing happened when Cleveland ex-pat, Gabe Fulvimar moved to the left coast. No, I’m not talking about his career, and the music he’s released under the name Gap Dream on labels like Burger Records and Suicide Squeeze. Those records are pretty sweet. Fulvimar has this way of making the most out of his minimal, bedroom pop productions. Rather, I’m talking about something that’s happened back here in Cleveland. We’re no longer in Ohio, we’re in Bro-hio, man. The biggest bro in all of professional sports, the one and only Nick Swisher, calls Progressive Field home. He’s got his own Bro-hio section at the stadium and his signature Bro-hio t-shirt.
What does this has to do with Gap Dream, you ask? Well, his new single and video is called “Chill Spot.” Do I have to say more? This track with its weed dreams and relaxed disco vibe could very well be the theme song for Bro-hio. It’s too perfect, like that.
Photo courtesy of Burger Records