Here’s J Mascis with another batch of understated and partly unplugged tunes for Sub Pop. Mascis surprised everyone with the intimacy of 2011’s Several Shades of Why. Despite the often revelatory nature of his lyrics throughout his career, he’ll always remain pegged as indie rock’s patron saint of awkward aloofness, eternally more eager to stomp on the fuzz pedal than to sit and talk about his process.
Shockingly, The Rentals’ first LP in 15 years may also be their best. Lost in Alphaville finds a happy medium between the heavy fuzz and Moog synths of the group’s 1995 debut, Return of The Rentals, and 1999’s over-stuffed and too-ambitious left-turn Seven More Minutes.
When Grumbling Fur released their Furrier debut three years ago there was little indication that they would soon be topping Album of the Year lists (well, one list at least) and collaborating with internationally-beloved musical superstars (well, The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess at least). As compelling as it was, Furrier’s largely wordless, jam-based, rustic Krautrock was always going to remain an acquired taste.
Guest Listed is our recurring series where an artist puts together a list of their choosing. This guest list was put together by Cold Specks (aka Canadian singer Al Spx). Neuroplasticity, the follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, was released this week by Mute.
Who better to give us all tips on new music than accomplished musicians themselves. For this new series we have asked more established artists one simple request: tell us who your new favorite band is. For this My Favorite New Band Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche tells us about a new band from his home country. Lerche’s new album, Please, is out September 23 via Mona. Below also check out a video of Lerche playing album cut and single “Bad Law” to a classroom of Norwegian kindergarteners.
Ahead of its September 23 release, Aphex Twin will share their new album SYRO with a few lucky fans via listening parties in select cities. Devotees can RSVP starting Sunday, August 31 at 4 am Pacific Time, 7 am Eastern, and 12 pm GMT. The lottery will close at midnight in each time zone on September 2.
Esben and the Witch release their third album, A New Nature, in a couple weeks, and today they’ve shared a new track. “The Jungle” is an epic, fourteen minute piece they claim is the “dark, sprawling heart” of A New Nature.