New music today from Generationals, The Preatures, Run The Jewels, Erlend Øye (of Kings of Convenience and Whitest Boy Alive), Shakey Graves, Ariel Pink, Mike Doughty, Allah-Lahs, The Juan Maclean, Sir Sly, My Brightest Diamond, and more.
The New Orleans duo’s fourth album is, according to Noisey, “a compendium of sparky, falsetto and synth-driven indie-pop. Like MGMT before they fell down a psych-K-hole, boys who could pass as girls never sounded so sweet… Summer’s not over because every time you spin Generationals’ new record you’ll want to throw on your shortest shorts… and dance like it’s the beginning of August.”
"When John MacLean began making disco-inflected dance music for his old friend and LCD Soundsystem honcho James Murphy’s influential DFA label, he added a “The” in front of the Spanish variant of his name to ensure that his recordings could be more than just a solo project. In the 14 years since then, none of The Juan MacLean‘s many collaborators have become more central to the music than the singer and frontwoman Nancy Whang. “I used to sort of spread icing on top of nearly finished tracks,” she says, describing her process on earlier records. But for The Juan MacLean’s third album, Whang and MacLean collaborated on each track from start to finish, working alongside Holy Ghost!‘s Nick Millhiser, who co-produced.” –New York Times
"It’s difficult to associate the hardiness of ‘Soon Away’ with the sort of dreamy, summery guitar melodies that first got the 19-year-old GRMLN recognised back in 2012. In those days it was Yoodoo Park’s own outlet, a moniker adopted to release the kind of tracks so in keeping with the surfer aesthetic they almost felt like the remnants of waves washing up on shore. With last year’s full-length debut ‘Empire’ signalling a significant shift from those earlier releases, the transformation from solo teenage surf pop to gritty lo-fi pop punk is seemingly brought to conclusion with ‘Soon Away.’” —DIY Mag
"Naturally, for a band made up of former second-hand record shop employees, the title of Allah-Las’s second album makes reference to a song by an indie touchstone – Felt’s I Worship the Sun. Those beguiled by the psychedelic garage-pop of this LA foursome’s debut will find more impeccable mid-60s nuggets here, as sun-dappled as they are faintly sinister.” –The Guardian
The former Soul Coughing frontman’s funky fan-funded release is a mix of hip-hop influences with bits of banjo.
The second single released from Killer Mike and El-P’s sophomore collaborative album features Michael Winslow, the sound effects master from the Police Academy movies, contributing “guest robot voice.” Like its predecessor, Run The Jewels 2 will be available for free. It’s set for an Oct. 27 release. (The first single, Blockbuster Night Part 1, is now up on Spotify.)
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