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Dead Weather is alive! Listen to “Buzzkill(er)” and “It’s Just Too Bad”

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Today Jack White’s (other, other) band, The Dead Weather, officially released the song “Buzzkill(er)” with B-side “It’s Just Too Bad.”

The songs follow the release of “Rough Detective” and “Open Up (That’s Enough)” that were out at the beginning of the year.

Vocalist Alison Mosshart of The Kills brings the grunge on both, sounding like she just surfaced from the inky depths of a Quentin Tarantino film — so it’s definitely worth your time.

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“Buzzkill(er)” was originally released only through Third Man Records’ Vault subscription series, but both songs will be out digitally Nov. 4.

A new album from The Dead Weather is expected in 2015.

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Welcome to the funhouse: Parquet Courts raise freak flag with new EP

By Emily Reily

The playful and raucous set served up on Parquet Courts‘ latest five-song EP, “Tally All the Things That You Broke,” sounds like their sitting at the controls on a Saturday afternoon, the adults are gone, and they’ve got the house to themselves.

Tally All the Things That You Broke

As proven from their 2012 full-length “Light Up Gold,” the indie-guitarpunk band has a clever knack for addictive guitar and  bass hooks that dig into your brain and settle down for the night.

Their music is sometimes irreverent and always  frantic fun. These guys like to poke fun at themselves and their music, but they still know how to put out precision punk-rock.

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Vocalist and guitarist Andrew Savage practically spits out the lyrics and serves up a spoken word diatribe in a nagging  monotone. Savage always seems appropriately spazzed out.

The pan flute on “You’ve Got Me Wonderin Now” lightens up the song. It sounds the closest to their August 2012 full-length release “Light Up Gold.” Listen to “You’ve Got Me Wonderin Now” here.

The song “The More It Works” is a rambling sweat-fest as it experiments with guitar noise and feedback built around a repeating guitar riff and rapid drumming.

“Fall On Yr Face” (the shortest at 1 min. 26 seconds) employs a Southern-drawl guitar riff — a signature sound for Parquet Courts. Vocals are shifted around and manipulated like it’s an android from the movie “Westworld.”

He’s Seeing Paths” is the goofiest, longest (at 7 mins., 39 seconds) and most enjoyable tune on the EP. It’s offbeat and loaded with Beck flavors. Something that sounds like a cowbell runs rampant as the vocals are manipulated up and down, fast and slow, and some strange Middle-Eastern chirp follows behind. Guitar distortion and hand claps are thrown in– it’s like a giant steaming pot of funk stew.

It’s not THAT experimental when you really think about it. But they are stretching their limits as far as weird sounds go, and that’s never a bad thing.

Dig It or Ditch It: Dig it

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TEEN sends love from the ’60s on ‘Carolina’

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Indie-pop wunderkinds TEEN bring a pop-psych vibe to their latest release, the EP ‘Carolina’. Although TEEN definitely possesses an alt-rock flavor, they sway quite often toward psychedelia, which makes their alt-rock side all the more mellow and fuzzy. The group may have met The Magnetic Fields in a past life.

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TEEN is an all-female quartet formed in Brooklyn in 2010. TEEN is Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson, and her two sisters Katherine and Lizzie, and Jane Herships. Kristina left her spot in the band Here We Go Magic to take the reins on TEEN.

The addition of organ, especially on the title track and the EP’s highlight, ‘Paradise,’ turns ‘Carolina’ into a more dreamy affair. A small horn section (a trumpet) adds some kitsch on ‘Circus.’ Teeny’s sprawling voice takes up residence throughout the EP. She’s a meld of late 70s Debbie Harry and 80s Laura Branigan, refreshing for this century.

According to an interview in  The Line of Best Fit, Teeny Lieberson cites as past influences Patti Smith, Pink Floyd and the experimental band Can from the ’60s and ’70s — which could explain the wonderfully loopy guitar improvs on “Carolina.”

Here is a link for TEEN’s new video, “Circus.” Carolina EP comes out May 28 on Carpark Records. TEEN is also touring with Eleanor Friedberger starting June 4. By the way, you can download the single “Stare at the Sun” at Friedberger’s website.

Dig It or Ditch It: Dig it, but be prepared for the echo effect. The EP sounds like everyone’s in a giant tin box, which can be distracting sometimes.

Listen to “Carolina:”

http://soundcloud.com/carparkrecords/teen-carolina/s-bwgd9

and “Paradise:”

https://soundcloud.com/carparkrecords/teen-paradise-1/s-fdeac

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