New Releases: Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric – Czarface (Brick Records)

Apparently Inspectah Deck doesn’t feel the same as El-P when it comes to 7L & Esoteric. New collaboration out 2/19.

Video: R.A. The Rugged Man – Legends Never Die (album teaser)


Sounds: TRST – “Sulk”

I’m thinking Crystal Castles meets The Knife… but I like it. TRST’s new album, Trust, comes out 2/28 on Arts & Crafts.

Sounds: AU – “Solid Gold”

Portland, OR’s AU are quite an interesting band. Here is why (listen below). New album out April 3.

Streaming: Lambchop – “Gone Tomorrow”

The wife and I could not stop listening to KORT, but Kurt Wagner returns with a new Lambchop album next month, Mr. M, and proves he’s doing just fine with his old band, thank you.


New Releases: Aaron Freeman (Gene Ween) – Marvelous Clouds

Check out this teaser video for Aaron Freeman’s (better known as Gene Ween) new solo album, Marvelous Clouds, due out 4/10 on Partisan Records. The album features “13 heartfelt interpretations of songs written by 20th century poet/songwriter, Rod McKuen” – so he’s either completely off drugs or on a steady regimen. Either way, I love him, and I’m looking forward to hearing the new record.

Streaming: Xiu Xiu – “Hi”

Tuesday is the best day for great, overwrought art rock. New Xiu Xiu, Always, comes out on Polyvinyl on 3/6.

Streaming: The Cure – “Boys Don’t Cry” (Live)

The Cure have a new live album out today, The Cure: Bestival Live 2011, and you can check out “Boys Don’t Cry” here. Anyone lucky enough to have seen them on the recent Reflections Tour knows they can still rock the oldies.


New Releases: The Misfits – The Devil’s Rain

What constitutes The Misfits these days will release a new album this October called The Devil’s Rain. The band now consists of Jerry Only on vocals and bass, Black Flag’s Dez Cadena on guitar, and Eric Arce on drums. Glenn Danzig must be spinning in his grave (which he probably has reconstructed in his Hollywood Hills mansion).

Download: Is And Of The – “Sleepless Dream”

Is And Of The is the article and preposition-happy project from Drew Bandos, a kid from Philadelphia who’s making some interestingly textured  and languidly paced electronic music. The album, Head Phased For Dreamless Sleep, comes out on Mush Records this September, and you can listen to a preview of the track “Sleepless Dream” here.

Video: Evidence feat. Fashawn – “Same Folks”

Evidence keeps giving us some great reasons to pick up his new album, Cats & Dogs, due out this September. The latest is “Same Folks,” which continues his tradition of everyman style video making, with Fashawn and Evidence hawking CDs on the Venice Boardwalk. Watch below.

Download: Pterodactyl – “School Glue”

Pterodactyl are keeping Brooklyn rock and roll alive – if you’re looking for some Dirty Projectors bullshit, keep looking… not that Brooklyn rock really needs to be kept alive because there’s close to a billion bands, but Pterodactyl is one of the better ones. Their new album, Spills Out, comes out on Brah on 11/15. Listen to “School Glue” here.

Download: Rob Crow – “Sophistructure”

Pinback’s Rob Crow has a new album on the way, He Thinks He’s People, due out on Temporary Residence this October. Listen to the Elliott Smith-like first single, “Sophistructure,” via

Stream: Beat LA

Southern California’s fertile punk and new wave scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s is still inspiring bands today, a fact immediately apparent upon listening to the new compilation, Beat LA, out on Narnack Records. Listen here, and make sure to check out Microphonies‘ version of “We Got The Beat” because it’s spastic and Sam Farfsing is my pal. PS – he’s currently working on a face-melting version of “I Love LA.”

Download: Comet Gain – “An Arcade From The Warm Rain That Falls”

Comet Gain are back with a new album of solid, jangling, British indie rock, Howl of the Lonely Crowd, out this October. Download the first single, “An Arcade From The Warm Rain That Falls,” here.