Category Archives: Garage Punk

The Julie Ruin’s Hit Reset is out now

Hit Reset, Kathleen Hanna’s latest installment of her off, on musical project The Julie Ruin, can be ordered online today, but you can still hear it through Spotify and read Ann Powers’ take on the album at NPR Music here.

If you haven’t heard Hit Reset yet, Hanna sounds just as good as the first Julie Ruin album, a bit more reserved than Le Tigre, and with all the fire she’s had since she was 9, when she first heard Gloria Steinem speak.

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Watch The Julie Ruin’s video for “I Decide,” with Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee, wearing a Yoko T-shirt, walking down a thoroughfare at South By Southwest.

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Open Windows 3: Deap Vally grinds and Alexis Taylor unwinds

Prince’s influence on the music world after his death continues unabated. Via FactMag, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor has now covered the Prince unreleased rarity, “Old Friends 4 Sale,” with heartfelt, somber piano notes. Taylor unplugging himself from his electro-synth world is jarring enough; Taylor explaining how he wanted to relearn the song as a tribute to Prince is even more emotional.

 

Deap Valley’s finally got new music on the horizon, and we’re thankful they haven’t changed their stripes. The female duo continues their blues-punk, guitar-dripping sound with the slow-burning track “Royal Jelly” and some advice for those who want to rule the world.

Deap Vally’s album Femijism, produced by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner, will be out Sept. 16 on Nevado.

Watch the video below:

Read NPR’s blurb on Deap Vally in their “New Mix” wrapup: http://www.npr.org/player/embed/484374847/484377500

Deap Vally also released the video last month for “Smile More,” a tender ode to guys who try that advice on others.  “I am not ashamed of my age/ I am not ashamed of my rage,” Lindsey Troy sings. Deap Vally always knows the right thing to say.

 

The first two songs off Lando Chill’s upcoming album are more than just promising. The Tucson hip-hop artist spits honest truth, whether he’s feeling just fine rolling a bowl on “Early In the Morning” or fighting demons like depression on “Coroner”:

“There’s no more to say, no more to pay, no world to save / I’m not the man you believe in, see I’m just the man you were leaving,” Lando Chill says rather calmly on the song, and you believe he’s got something bubbling underneath the surface.

His album, For Mark, Your Son, will be out Aug. 12 on Mello Music Group. Listen on Bandcamp:

 

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Catch The Buzzcocks on their brief U.S. tour

British punk originators Buzzcocks have announced an eight-date U.S. tour, welcome news for fans.

They kick off Sept. 22 at Vic Theatre in Chicago and wrap up Oct. 1 at Irving Plaza in NYC. Tickets go on sale June 17 but an AmEx presale starts tomorrow (6-14). They’ve already been touring in Europe as part of their 40th (!) anniversary.

For the U.S. dates visit BrooklynVegan.com, while the Buzzcocks‘ site lists their UK/European dates.

Not that you need a refresher, but check out “Something’s Gone Wrong Again” (one of my favorite songs):

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Open Windows 2: Nice dreams, coathangers and shoegaze/metal fire

Atlanta garage punk group The Coathangers paid a visit to Paste’s studios recently. The band members all have stage names ending in Coathanger — Rusty Coathanger, Crook Kid Coathanger and Minnie Coathanger. They’re already seasoned punk veterans, with their fifth album, Nosebleed Weekend, out April 15 on Suicide Squeeze Records.

With the constant tick-ticking of the rim and two acoustic guitars, the three of them play a stripped-down version of their song “Make It Right” for Paste, but to hear them in their full punk-rock glory, watch them do the cutting in their video for “Hurricane” from 2011:

 

The debut from Boston-based thrash-metal-shoegaze group Astronoid is out June 10 on Blood Music, and Metal Injection has posted the lyric video for “Up and Atom.” One listen to that song will hook you– their vocal harmonies simply float in the heavens, while waves of guitars perform their own shredded masterpiece below. Their debut is going to be huge.

 

Almost everyone’s reviewing Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool, including an 8-year-old who’s broken the songs down in very simple terms. Radiohead’s music is extremely dense and layered with different meanings, so it’s refreshing to see a child tackle the album, track by track. And to be honest, every music critic has to start somewhere, and my early reviews started like this, so kudos to him for getting an early jump.

Read it for yourself:

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Jazz/classical/synth and sonic mastermind Floating Points (Sam Shepherd) has released the studio version of an 18-minute song called “Kuiper,” part of his upcoming Kuiper EP out July 22 on Luaka Bop/PLUTO. Shepherd had earlier released the live version on video. His instrumental works are pieces of electronic art. Kuiper will be available to download May 20.

Actor and MC Daveed Diggs can rap 19 words in 3 seconds — the fastest rapper on Broadway. While there’s not many rappers on Broadway, that’s pretty damn impressive. Diggs shows off his skills in the song “Guns and Ships” which he performs on the massive Broadway hit “Hamilton.”

Don’t blink as he slams a few verses from his hip-hop group, clipping., on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

 

EL VY, a project created by The National’s Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf of Menomena, have mixed and released Wye Oak’s song “Need A Friend.”

Wye Oak’s Andy Stack said this about the remix:

I spent the last quarter of 2015 playing drums on tour with EL VY. “Need a Friend” was consistently our closer, and arguably the most high-energy song of the set. By contrast, when I went to remix it, I imagined it as a Sade-style slow jam (complete with horn solo), a genuine reading of the angst, “love” and “heartbreak” which the original presents as more tongue-in-cheek. 

Wye Oak has been hinting at new music and will head out on tour this summer.

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Open Windows 1: New music bits and bytes this week

The year 2016 might not be new at this point, but I plan to make a habit out of this: Tired of not having time to properly blog about everything I want to hear and learn more about, I’m just going to pile up those dozens of web pages with album streams and bandcamp goodies I save through the week, then check out what I like and paste it all here, along with a quick note or two. This way, I’m not totally abandoning them, but at least giving them a more permanent bookmark for readers and the blog — There’s that much good music out there, every day, every week.

First thing’s first:

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Stream Iggy Pop and Josh Homme’s new album, Post Pop Depression at NPR. Not much more to be said, just the godfather of punk laying down the law with grit and grime, with help from a rock god.

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Oh Bree is a nine-piece orchestral punk band from Philadelphia who’s just put out a four-song EP, just out March 11, Feed Me Poison:

 

Kristin Welchez, aka Dee Dee, Dum Dum Girls’ leader, is back with a new project, the aptly named Kristin Kontrol. Check out “X-Communicate” and revisit the retro-rock ’80s sound Welchez is so good at. The new album is out May 27 on Sub Pop.

 

Noise rap outfit Dalek from NJ has a new single “Guaranteed Struggle,” their first music since 2009. Just make sure you’re in the right headspace for this addictive hummer. Their album, Asphalt For Eden is out April 22 on Profound Lore.

 

Sheer Mag came out with four new songs a few weeks ago, the EP III 7″, and everyone went mad. Catchy, fresh emo-rock, with intelligent lyrics about these shitty economic times.

 

Mitski’s album Puberty 2 won’t be out until June 17, but better find out about her now so you won’t be left behind. Mitski was raised on Japanese pop, and folk records and loves MIA — a compelling hybrid. You can only hear one song from the album so far on Bandcamp, the powerful and bleeding tome “Your Best American Girl,” and that will have to tide you over for now.

 

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Download Tacocat’s “I Hate the Weekend”

Tacocat’s song “I Hate the Weekend” is for all those who have drivers that peel out on their street as soon as it hits 9 p.m. on a Friday. (That might just be personal experience), but Tacocat’s new tune about the two most loved/hated days of the week is bright and quick and has an extremely likeable chorus.

“At the end of every week/ you’re screaming in our streets,” goes one line, and it’s the most fun song about hating the weekend that you’re gonna get.

Tacocat’s new album, Lost Time, will be out on Hardly Art on April 1, fittingly.

Download “I Hate the Weekend” for free on Soundcloud.

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Hear early Jack White in raucous song “Itchy”

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Third Man Records will release music from Jack White’s early, early days, with pre-White Stripes bands Two Star Tabernacle.

Third Man has released a live cut of Two Star Tabernacle’s “Itchy” on Jan. 16, 1998 at the legendary Gold Dollar in Detroit, where the White Stripes got their start.

Jack White is introduced as “Jackson White” before they launch into a rollicking country punk banger that’s purely got White’s name all over it. The first line is even about how he wishes TV was black and white again — those colors an early indicator of what would drive his most famous band.

Jack White 2 star tabernacle“Somebody better break my fingers” he repeats, and gets more harried and unraveled as the drums go off the chain. The song would have fit in nicely with the Stripes’ first album, right next door to “The Big Three Killed My Baby.”

 

“Itchy” is part of Third Man Records’ latest Vault package — for $60 you can get that, plus music from Jack White and the Bricks, (which included Brendan Benson, who later joined the Raconteurs), and music from The Go, a Sub Pop band that Jack White played briefly with. The package will be available until Jan. 31.

Read more on the Vault package at thirdmanrecords.com.

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Stream Hinds’ ‘Leave Me Alone’ before you buy it

Garage-rock band Hinds, hailing from Madrid, today released one of the most hotly anticipated albums (so far) of 2016 — Leave Me Alone.

It’s streaming now on NPR, for your listening pleasure. FYI: NPR points out that hind is another word for a female red deer.

Their sound is a bit like ’60s harmony Britpop or laid-back surf-pop, which then turns right around and slaps you with some harsh punk reality.

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In their press release, the band explained how they expected a perhaps sunnier album and were rather taken aback when that’s not what came out.

“Feelings are more balanced, like in life. So suddenly we had a more sober – or even sad – album than we expected. Please don’t think we’ve turned into depressive people or something, we’ve always been humans, it’s just we’re now showing it to you.”

Hinds are on the lo-fi side but with amped-up passion, authenticity and sheer confidence. Leave Me Alone, their full-length debut, contains demos and a cover of The Headcoats’ “Davey Crockett” for Record Store Day. Hinds have already released the singles “Garden” and “San Diego.”

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Hinds is on Mom + Pop/ Lucky Number. Read more details at NPR.

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Music world stops as Eagles of Death Metal crew member among 129 killed in Paris attacks

The terrorist attacks Friday in Paris that has killed at least 129 and injured more than 350 hit the music world hard as well. The band Eagles of Death Metal, which was performing at the Bataclan venue in Paris on Friday night, was onstage when shots rang out. People in the concert hall were held hostage by the gunmen, according to police. When the siege was over, at least 87 lay dead.

Early reports on social media contradicted whether band members had escaped the attack uninjured. Hours after the massacre ended, the band was reported safe.

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But it was reported Saturday that a member of the EDM crew, merch manager Nick Alexander, 36, was killed in the attack at the Bataclan.

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According to a story by the Telegraph, a former girlfriend of Alexander, Helen Jane Wilson, was with Alexander during the shooting, and was injured in both legs. She attempted mouth to mouth resuscitation on Alexander.

“I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life,” said Wilson. For more on those details, read the Telegraph’s story.

Polina Buckley, Alexander’s girlfriend, posted this on Saturday:

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Eagles of Death Metal have canceled the rest of their European tour and are heading back to the U.S. The Deftones, which also had shows scheduled at the Bataclan, are also heading back to the States.

As news of the attack spread around the world, other bands have scrapped European tour dates.

Foo Fighters, who have played with Eagles of Death Metal in the past, released a statement after canceling their shows:

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour,” Foo Fighters wrote in a statement. “In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

U2 was scheduled to film a live concert in Paris for an HBO Special on Saturday, but canceled that as well as a Sunday show. According to a statement Friday on their website:

“As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time.”
“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight. We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”
British duo Ultimate Painting was also scheduled to play a set at La Maroquinerie in Paris, but canceled their show.
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Coldplay was scheduled to livestream their show in Los Angeles on Friday, but scrapped those plans. Instead, the band held a moment of silence before playing an acoustic version of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Coldplay did play a short set for fans who were already heading to the show at the Belasco Theatre.

“Tonight’s live stream for TIDAL & KROQ has been postponed out of respect for the terrible events in Paris. We send our love and prayers to the people of Paris.”

France is in the midst of three days of mourning. Check back for more details and updates.

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Radkey: Johnny Cash version prompted “Personal Jesus” cover

You certainly can’t say “Personal Jesus” will ever be the same.

Radkey has shared a hard-driving, marathon cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus.” The band has sped up the tempo and amped up layers of guitars, cloaking the alt-80s anthem in full-throttle punk rock. Radkey’s version is under 2 minutes if that helps describe the song — listen below:

Isaiah Radke described how the band happened upon “Personal Jesus” — and it’s not the way you might think:

We were on the road listening to the radio and heard Johnny Cash’s version of the song. I heard how simple the riff was, and pictured how it could easily be turned into a killer rock song. We’d always wanted to cover Depeche Mode, but we could never really pick the right track. We’re really stoked about being able to do our own version of this song.

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Their debut album, “Dark Black Makeup” is out now.
Radkey’s tour dates are below:
Sep 08 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Sep 09 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
Sep 10 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Sep 11 Denver @ Larimer Lounge
Sep 12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Music Garage
Sep 14 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Sep 15 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sep 16 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre Lounge
Sep 18 Oakland, CA @ Leo’s
Sep 19 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Sep 20 Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
Sep 21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sep 22 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
Sep 25 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Sep 26 St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
Sep 27 Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom
Sep 29 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Sep 30 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Oct 01 Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon
Oct 02 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Oct 03 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Oct 04 Washington DC @ Black Cat Backstage
Oct 07 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Oct 08 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Oct 09 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
Oct 10 Chicago, IL @ Township
Oct 15 Vienna, AT @ Fluc
Oct 16 Muchen, DE @ Strom
Oct 17 Stuttgart, DE @ Zwölfzehn
Oct 18 Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
Oct 20 Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
Oct 21 Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
Oct 22 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Kleine Zaal
Oct 23 Utrecht, NL @ EKKO
Oct 24 Brussels, Beligum @ AB
Oct 26 Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Oct 27 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
Oct 28 Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
Oct 29 Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill
Oct 30 Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega
Oct 31 Manchester, UK @ SOUND CONTROL
Nov 02 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
Nov 03 Newcastle, UK @ 02 Academy 2 Newcastle
Nov 04 Leeds, UK @ Key Club
Nov 05 London, UK @ The Dome

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