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.

TrackList:
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

The Return of Annie Hardy

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Eleven (11) years ago, I wrote about Giant Drag’s Hearts and Unicorns album, and Annie Hardy appeared to be on top of the world. She would soon be playing Coachella as well as the Reading and Leeds festivals, while also being named one of the Top 50 Coolest People of the Year by NME. But then she just dropped out.

Hardy recently told LA Weekly, “Whatever your name is — whether it’s a band or a business — it always takes on the energetic frequency of the name. Giant Drag was always these huge bummers.”

Hardy farted around with a project or two but eventually fell out of music. She got a bad boyfriend, ditched him, found love, and became a mother, but tragically for only 17 days. Hardy lost her son, Silvio, to SIDS. After her son’s death, Hardy refound music and says that writing songs helped her with the grief, say goodbye, and ultimately saved her life.

The new album, Rules, will be released on April 7th, and the first single, “Want” features Don Bolles from The Germs on drums and Stephen McBean from Pink Mountaintops and Black Mountain on guitar.

Listen to “Care” by David Bazan

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A couple weeks ago, we emailed David Bazan to find out more about his cover of “The Commander Thinks Aloud” from the Barsuk Records ACLU benefit album, but he was unavailable and deep in studio work, finishing up this new album.

Care is an album that was written during the second half of 2016, and is a response to both political and personal crises, seeking ways forward in each. The album, Bazan’s third in less than a year, was produced, recorded, and mixed by Bazan and legendary producer Richard Swift, and will be released on March 7th via Undertow. Below is the slow-burning title track….