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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:


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.

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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PINS release B-side “Live and Let Go”

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Manchester shoegazers and girl band PINS have premiered a B-side, “Live and Let Go,” on Stereogum, and there was really no reason why it should have been left off their new album “Wild Nights” – it’s just as good as the rest of the album. Read our review of “Wild Nights” here.

“Live and Let Go” is the flip side of “Dazed By You,” which will be released as a single Aug. 21 on Bella Union. Dave Catching of Queens of the Stone Age sings backup on “Live and Let Go.”

And if you haven’t seen it, watch the video for their upbeat and carefree single “Young Girls”:

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Pins bears the scars of falling in love with “Wild Nights”

The British all-girl band Pins works the smooth and jagged angles that intersect dream-pop, shoegaze and garage punk to create a highly stylized second album with “Wild Nights.”

The album glorifies those universal moments of lust and danger; later, when they try to clean up the shards of their painful breakups, they wise up and realize love, at least as they’d like to imagine it, is never a sure bet.

The group comes out, guns blazing, on the punk-rock “Baby Bhangs,” and shocked at how good being bad can actually be.

The bright guitar jangle of “Young Girls” embodies what most disheartened teens are going through, living in blank and bleak cement suburbs. Instead of sitting around waiting for their big break to come, Pins suggest breaking out.

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By the time you hit the confident ease of the shoegaze sound on Song 3, “Curse These Dreams,” the band establishes itself as heartbroken dreamlovers, moving confidently through “Wild Nights.”

On the more retro biker-chic songs like “If Only,” they storm the genre full-tilt, and singer Faith Holgate declares her loneliness in love.

Holgate can confidently pull off lines like, “I don’t know what to do with myself” and “I tell myself I’m OK, but honestly, I don’t believe me,” and sounds sure of, and resigned in, her femininity.

Pins has shown way more dimension than what can be expressed through anger and straight punk chords.

Through Sophie Galpin’s pounding drums that richly and glumly sound the beat, Holgate’s richly romantic voice, and solid talent from bassist Anna Donigan and guitarist Lois McDonald, the band lets songs breathe and flow, and then slowly build momentum, until you feel their loss too.

Pins’ “Wild Nights” is out on Bella Union.

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The Twilight Sad are more than excited for tour, new album

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Scottish indie band The Twilight Sad have sent out a jolly message to fans in the U.S. reminding them they’ll be in the States soon for their tour with We Were Promised Jetpacks.
The band will also perform Oct. 16 at Rough Trade NYC, where they’ll play their debut album, “Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters.”

Their new album, “Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave,” is out Oct. 27 in the UK and Oct. 28 in the U.S. on Fat Cat Records

Twilight Sad’s message includes a friendly reminder that their music is on Spotify, Deezer, Rdio and YouTube.

Says the band, “See you on the other side of the pond really soon.”

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Shoegazers Nite Fields release “Vacation” ahead of 2015 album

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Australian newcomers Nite Fields, who hail from the Brisbane DIY scene, have released “Vacation,” their first U.S. single.

Lead singer and songwriter Danny Venzin, at first listen, seems pretty low-key, but it only means the vibe is just very mellow on “Vacation.”
Nite Fields cavernous sound is reminiscent of Magnetic Fields, with Stephin Merritt’s drone. Among that noisy grime, heavy wisps of Joy Division or shoegazers the Horrors (albeit a tad toned down) can also be heard.

Just about everything in the song is drenched in echo– that “wall of sound” we’ve come to know and love (or hate, depending on who you ask.)
The debut from Nite Fields’ is due early next year on Felte Records.

Listen to “Vacation.”

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