So many artists, so little time. Each week we review a handful of new albums (of all genres), put together some more new music that we would call “indie” and talk about what metal is releasing. We post music news, song premieres and more all day long. We update a weekly playlist of some of our favorite tracks right now. Here’s a daily recap with a bunch of interesting, recently released songs in one place.
CORRUPTED VISION – X YOURSELF UP
For National Edge Day (10/17), Orange County ska-core team Corrupt Vision released a three-song EP, X yourself, with two originals and a cover of “Fuck Bar Culture” by Coke Bust. It’s raw, gnarly, super abrasive ska-core in the vein of Leftover Crack, and there’s some blackened, squeaky stuff in there, too. Great stuff.
SPARKLING – “C’EST MA VIE” (PRODUCED BY HOT CHIP)
London-based German electronic trio SPARKLING are preparing to release the This Is My Life / Das Ist Mein Leben / C´est Ma Vie EP which will be released on March 11 via Moshi Moshi. It was produced by Joe Goddard and Al Doyle of Hot Chip and the band just shared “C’est Ma Vie” which is a nice slice of pop house and post-punk.
DARK HORSE FT DEAN WAREHAM – “ALTHEA” (RECOGNIZING DEAD COVER)
Dark Horse, who recently released two albums produced by Sonic Boom, has a new EP, Althea, which will be released on November 5 via Sonic Cathedral (the vinyl edition is released by Knoxville-based Fat Elvis Records). It includes covers of “Althea” by The Grateful Dead and “So Far Away” by Dire Straits as well as a new version of “Are You Ready” from this year’s album. Days pass. “I’ve always loved the dead,” says Dark (real name Chris Porpora). “A cousin of mine showed me how to play ‘Friend of the Devil’ on two guitar strings when I was really little, and I was mystified. Fortunately, I was able to see them several times before Jerry Garcia passed away. I have always found her voice to contain all the best things in music – tenderness, harshness, knowledge, humanity, gentleness, experience, weariness, innocence. I had never heard “Althea”, but a few years ago my father got sick and I heard it on the radio on my way to the hospital – my jaw dropped. It felt like both a song about everything – about everything that is crucial. “Althea” was produced by Sonic Boom and features Dean Wareham on guitar.
HERIOT – “TEN TON HAMMER” (MACHINE COVER)
After releasing a very promising single on Church Road Records earlier this year, British band Heriot have now put their atmospheric metalcore twist on Machine Head’s’ 90s classic “Ten Ton Hammer”.
MEMBERS OF NOTHING, GOUGE AWAY, DIX-EUIT VISIONS AND MORE – “ROAD TO HELL” (INK & DAGGER COVER)
Two minutes until late at night hit it again with a cover of the song “Road to Hell” by beloved and influential post-hardcore band Ink & Dagger. Your host Gwarsenio Hall conducts Aaron Heard (Jesus Piece, Nothing, Action News), Thomas Cantwell (Gouge Away, Hesitation Wounds), Keith Barney (Eighteen Visions) and Jay Webster (UnityTX) in a pretty faithful, (spooky) season-wise. . interpretation of the song.
VHS – “HORROR DRACULA” (ft. TREVOR STRNAD)
Ontario death n ‘rollers VHS releases a new album, Heard they suck … Bloodon December 3, and this grubby new single stars The Black Dahlia Murder frontman Trevor Strnad.
DREAM PHASES – “DON’T FORGET LOVE”
The group of LA Dream Phases will release their second album, New distractions, the 11th of November. The album’s new single is the easy-going, sunset-sounding “Don’t Forget Love”, which is a ’70s talk show tribute video.
WE, LARAAJI & ARJI OCEANANDA – “RENT”
WE, the great ambient Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda will release a new album Celebration circle November 12th via Our Silent Canvas and the first track to come out is “Giving Praise”. Say Laraaji: “In ‘Giving Praise you’ hear multi-instrumentalist Christopher Bono (from US), sound healer Arji OceAnanda and me on electric zither and voice, while exploring and exploding in exhilarating joy, during an affirmative afternoon of impromptu sound celebration. “
URGE OVERKILL – “FREEDOM” (WHAM! COVER)
Chicago rock greats Urge Overkill have announced their first album in a decade. It’s titled Yes and will be released in January. It contains 11 new songs by Nash Kato and Eddie “King” Roeser, but the first single is a cover of “Freedom” by Wham !.
JACK WHITE – “TAKING ME BACK” & “TAKING ME BACK (SOFTLY)”
Jack White is back with his first solo material in four years. “Taking Me Back” is a slab of high octane denigrating rock and features Jack on all instruments. He also released an alternate lower octane version of the song, called “Taking Me Back (Gently)”, and you can check out both.
BOYRACER – “BULLETS”
Indiepop veterans Boyracer have released their 14th album, Insured, in August, and now they’ve announced a companion EP, titled Armored, which will be released on November 2 via Emotional Response. Principal member Stewart Anderson has been feeling revitalized lately, thanks in large part to new band member / partner Christina Riley bringing new energy to Boyracer’s signature scrappy janglepop. The EP’s catchy title track also has a distinct New Zealand vibe, via The Velvet Underground.
MOM JEANS – “CIRCUS CLOWN”
Mom Jeans shared the second single Sweet tooth (get it on a light blue vinyl), which you can read more about here.
LENT CRUSH – “LULL”
Belgian shoegazers Slow Crush will release their new album Silence this Friday, and you can read more about the new single “Lull” here.
Looking for even more new songs? Browse the “New Songs” archive.