Sheer Mag Announce Long-Awaited Debut LP, Stream “Just Can’t Get Enough”

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The output from Philadelphia’s Sheer Mag have consistently been burning up our turntables for just short of 3 years now and, today, they have shared the official details of their proper long-play, named Need to Feel Your Love, slated for release on July 14th via Wilsuns RC. According to the press release, the album general mood is heavily in response to the current state of unavoidable lack of political and social justice currently permeating throughout American society. However, the first single “Just Can’t Get Enough” is, from the mouth of the band, a “rock ballad about ACTUALLY being in love” and the “feeling for that person is something as natural and powerful as a gravitational pull.” As with all of their tracks, Christina Halladay’s Ramones-styled guttural delivery marry perfectly with the classic Thin Lizzy-indebted guitar rifts. We just can’t get enough…Pre-order is available now for physical and digital copies.

Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister Unveil “Saturn” from Collaborative Album

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Planetarium is an album from Sufjan Stevens, composer Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner of the National, and drummer James McAlister inspired by the Sun, the Moon, the planets and other celestial bodies of our solar system. Slated to drop on June 9th via 4AD, the album was the product of approximately five years that turned into a long, twisted journey that can be read about in greater detail here. You can listen to the spacey “Saturn” via video below.

Gorillaz Unveil Four Songs from New LP Humanz

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Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz project have dropped four new tracks from their fourth or fifth studio album (depending if you count the iPad created The Fall as more than a novelty) and first in over a half-decade. Humanz is slated to drop on April 28th and can be pre-ordered here on various formats and packages. The four tracks unveiled so far are “Saturnz Barnz” featuring Popcaan, “Andromeda” featuring D.R.A.M., “We Got the Power” featuring Savages’ Jehnny Beth, and “Ascension” featuring Vince Staples. All of the tracks are dope as fuck and come with animated visual companions.

01. Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)
02. Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett)
03. Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)
04. Momentz (feat. De La Soul)
05. Submission (feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
06. Charger (feat. Grace Jones)
07. Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)
08. Busted and Blue
09. Carnival (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
10. Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)
11. Sex Murder Party (feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
12. She’s My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)
13. Hallelujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)
14. We Got The Power (feat. Jehnny Beth)

Deluxe edition bonus tracks:
15. The Apprentice (feat. Rag’n’bone Man, Zebra Katz & Ray BLK)
16. Halfway To The Halfway House (feat. Peven Everett)
17. Out Of Body (feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Voshana
18. Ticker Tape (feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis)
19. Circle Of Friendz (feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)

TOPS Return with a New LP, Stream “Petals”

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Montreal band TOPS will return with their new album, Sugar at the Gate, on June 2nd to be released through Arbutus Records. The first single is the relaxed-yet-funky “Petals.”

Sugar at the Gate, which was recorded in LA at Glamdale,” a mini-mansion and former brothel out in Glendale. Jane Penny talked about posting up in LA to make the album:

“Living in LA was living out a teenage fantasy, living with your band and practicing in the garage. It was also the first time we’ve ever had that much space to make music. I took the experience of living LA as a challenge to make music that I know is real to me, in the sense of it feeling true and containing true feelings, but also recordings of great songs, the real thing.”

Pre-order the record on limited edition “sunshine yell-O” vinyl.

Watch the Video for “Iron Man” from El Michaels Affair

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Back in 2009, El Michels Affair, an NYC instrumental/soul project featuring members of The Dap-Kings, The Menahan Street Band, and The Budos Band released a somewhat underground classic, a Wu-Tang Clan cover album entitled Enter the 37th Chamber. They apparently didn’t scratch that itch because they’re coming back with another one on April 14th. Return To The 37th Chamber will be the follow-up, and it is stacked with added talent. Lee Fields provides guest vocals on “Snakes” and “Tearz,” the latter of which also features Shannon Wise of The Shacks. Lady Wray also appears on the project’s version of Method Man’s “All I Need.”

Producer and bandleader Leon Michels recorded the album completely analog, sometimes hitting 6 generations of tape before it was ready for mixing, giving the Return to The 37th Chamber it’s own hazy sound. He’s also laced the album with many “psychedelic flourishes” – “John Carpenter” synths, heavy metal guitars, triumphant horns, and traditional Chinese instruments. You can order the album through Big Crown Records.

Listen to “Alex’s Room” by Cotillon

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Jordan Corso leads the Burger Records + Modern Sky Entertainment signed Cotillon, and he will release his sophomore LP, The Afternoons, this April 21st. This new album was written in Corso’s small apartment in NYC and he says that is draws influence from big city culture, French new wave, Japanese literature, uppers, downers, and a romantic relationship. The Afternoons was co-produced by Al Carlson (St. Vincent, Wild Nothing, Ariel Pink) and Shane Butler (Quilt). This new single is an upbeat fuzz rocker with pop accessibility.

If you enjoyed this, you can also listen to album track “Black Sea“…

Listen to “Blood Under My Belt” by The Drums

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It has been three years since The Drums released a new album, but that all changes this summer. Jonny Pierce and crew have signed with Anti Records and will release “Abysmal Thoughts” on June 16. Befitting the celebration, the first single, “Blood Under My Belt,” is a shiny, happy, summer pop jam. Don’t let that fool you though, Pierce wrote this record coming out of a painful break-up and he’s going to be raining down some Morrissey/Smiths-level pain in this new one. In talking about the new album Pierce stated:

“Happiness can be confusing to me. It shows up out of nowhere, and before you can even get used to it, it’s vanished. But Abysmal Thoughts? I can rely on them – and with the political chaos that is raining down, who knows when these dark feelings will subside?”

The Drums on tour: (more…)

Hoops Announce Debut LP, Stream First Single “Rules”

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It has been a crazy year and change since we first broke Indiana homies Hoops. Today, after signing with Fat Possum and releasing their debut EP in 2016, they are dropping their debut long-play, Routines, on May 5th through Fat Possum. Unlike their EP, the album pulls back to their more lo-fi cassette recordings that made us fall for them in the first place, while stillmaintaining their quick-witted guitar melodies. The first track “Rules” is one of many highlights on a LP that is going to fully showcase band really coming into its own musically. Pre-roder the release on all formats, including limited cotton candy vinyl here.

Routines Tracklisting:
1. Sun’s Out
2. Rules
3. On Top
4. Benjals
5. Burden
6. On Letting Go
7. The Way Luv Is
8. Management
9. All My Life
10. Underwater Theme
11. Worry

Tour dates:
2/18 – Norman, OK @ The Opolis
2/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
2/22 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic *
2/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre *
2/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop Music Festival *
2/27 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
2/28 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
3/01 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
3/03 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room *
3/04 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
3/09 – Nashville, TN @ Freakin Weekend at The End
3/10 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Music Festival
3/12-18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
5/12-14 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
5/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo ^
5/26-28 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
6/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right +

* w/ Tennis
^ w/ PARTS
+ w/ Joy Again