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