Best New Music Releases, Week of Oct. 23rd – Bat For Lashes, of Montreal, Diamond Rings, Paul Banks, Black Moth Super Rainbow
Next, Pittsburgh experimental rock band Black Moth Super Rainbow unleash a trippy synth grinding romp on “Windshield Smasher,” accompanied by noisy, crashing cymbals, ghostly vocals, and a sinister bass rhythm. If you love hard rock, and dark, brooding electronica, this opening double-shot of controlled chaos ought to fit the bill just right. It also made sense to start this playlist mix with these two singles because they (and others to follow) are Halloween-appropriate. In fact, if they were on a bill together, we’d title the show, The Trail of Dead Black Moths. Perhaps that’s stretching the Halloween theme thing a bit too far. Perhaps not. Either way, both tracks are fitting for a hard rock Halloween mixtape.
“Up To Infinity” - …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead from Lost Songs on Richter Scale/Superball Music
“Windshield Smasher” - Black Moth Super Rainbow from Cobra Juicy on Rad Cult
Titus Andronicus Drops Third LP, ‘Local Business’
The New Jersey indie rock punk band, Titus Andronicus, raise the ante on their earnest and unique brand of conceptual punk rock with the release of the new album, Local Business, which is our album of the week. The AOTW post is still in the works, so stayed tuned; it will include highlighted tracks, videos and a free mixtape featuring demos, cover songs, and live recordings from Titus over the years. In the meantime, here’s a video (via Pitchfork) for one of the singles, “In A Big City,” which is somewhat tame compared to the usual noisy bluster of Patrick Stickles and the band.
“In A Big City” – Titus Andronicus from Local Business
Bat For Lashes’ New Halloweenish single, “A Wall” Sets Tone For New LP
It’s kind of like finger nails on a chalk board every time we find out another indie rock band has signed to a major label (and of course we always wonder if the artist thought about their loyal fans who were with them before they became popular). This time around it’s Bat For Lashes signing with Capitol. We used to have the attitude that we wouldn’t profile artists that we, and many of you, like once they’ve traded in their DIY or a small label status for a contract with one of the four mega-conglomerate global entertainment corporations.
However, if a newly minted ‘corporate’ artist, like Bat for Lashes, The Decemberists or The Black Keys, to name just a few, are still putting out great music once they’ve “sold their souls to the evil corporates,” we’re not going to be so self-righeous (or at least give the appearance) as to refuse to acknowledge good music or share it with our listeners. Singles from Bat For Lashes’ just released third LP, The Haunted Man, have been making the rounds for months, including the upbeat goth-pop rouser, “A Wall.” Following that is the heart-aching, somber new single, ”Can’t You See?” from female singer and songwrtier, Steffaloo.
“A Wall” – Bat For Lashes from The Haunted Man
“Can’t You See?” - Steffaloo from Would You Stay on Mush
Former Brooklyn Art Collective Release Debut Album as People Get Ready
Now, let’s pick it up a little with the week’s sunniest, most infectious single, “Windy Cindy” by the Brooklyn quartet, People Get Ready. The band evolved from an arts collective (featuring members, Steven Reker, James Rickman, Jen Goma and Luke Fasano, who used to play with Yeasayer) formed years earlier. People Get Ready DIY released their self-titled debut album this week. Plus, The Amazing have a new single, “Flashlight,” from their Partisan Records’ release, Gentle Stream, available now (all this week’s albums are available for purchase quickly and easily from the album links at the end of this post).
“Windy Cindy” – People Get Ready from People Get Ready
“Flashlight” – The Amazing from Gentle Stream on Partisan Records
Paul Banks Synth Soaked Goth and of Montreal’s New 17-Track Compilation
Paul Banks‘ new single, “The Base,” is intriguingly goth-like, expansive, and progressive song, soaked in synths and rounded out by a steady, heavy beat, punctuated by moments of levity where Banks’ vocal range heightens, sounding briefly like Peter Gabriel, and backed by orchestral flourishes that, for a few seconds, seem to channel Sufjan Stevens‘ unique indie pop style. Overall, the song has a driving, yet somehow understated, magnetism about it that gets better with each spin.
“The Base” - Paul Banks from Banks on Matador
Veteran indie rockers of Montreal prove once again why they’ve remained an important band in a genre they helped popularize during the past 15 years. The band’s new release, Daughter of a Cloud, is a 17-track compilation of B-sides and outtakes from the period of 2008 to 2011. It includes the single, “Sails, Hermaphroditic,” a perfectly compelling, upbeat track thanks to its genius, electrifying blend of pop, rock, dance and soul, a phat groove, and the Prince-like vocals of the band’s founder, multi-instrumentalist, serial collaborator, songwriter and singer, Kevin Barnes.
Earlier this year, of Montreal released LP No. 11, Paralytic Stalks (see our post), which received mixed reviews across the board, with publications like Pitchfork, Spin and Rolling Stone basically slamming it, contrasted to thumbs up from CMJ, The New York Times, and Paste and Prefix magazines. However, Daughter of a Cloud, can’t really be compared to Paralytic Stalks because the former is a compilation of music created over a period of nearly four years. It’s definitely a must-have for hard-core of Montreal fans. Following of Montreal is the fantastic new single, “Art and a Wife” from Canadian indie band, Rah Rah. In 2009, the band broke through after being named the “Best Alternative New Artist” and “Best New Canadian Artist” on iTunes’ ‘Best of’ lists, and it sounds like they’re just getting better as time goes on.
“Sails, Hermaphroditic” – of Montreal from Daughter of a Cloud on Polyvinyl Records
“Art and a Wife” – Rah Rah from The Poet’s Dead on Hidden Pony Records
Indie Bands Other Lives and Your Youth Drop New Albums
Other Lives and Your Youth are two relatively new indie bands that do not have a great deal of exposure but, little by little, they are getting their songs out on blogs, music sites and via touring, YouTube and social media – all essential components for most bands to build a following and make a living in the fiercely competitive business of indie and alternative rock.
“Take Us Alive” – Other Lives from Mind The Gap EP on TBD Records
“Thick Gold (Bodied)” – Your Youth from Battery EP on Old Flame Records
Reptile Youth go straight for the danceability factor on their latest single, “Speeddance,” fusing together a mean beat, goth inspired synths and a 80′s new wave groove along with authoritative lead vocals. There are moments in the song where we swear we can hear David Bryne and The Talking Head‘s classic track, “Burning Down The House.” Another dance track, “I’m Just Me,” from the sophomore album, Free Dimensional, by Diamond Rings – with its infectious, crazed drive – fits perfectly following “Speeddance.”
“Speeddance” – Reptile Youth from Reptile Youth on hfn music
“I’m Just Me” - Diamond Rings from Free Dimensional on Astralwerks
…Etc.: Andy Burrows, ExDetectives, Matt Bauer, The Amazing and More
The following are other singles from this week’s new album drops by Andy Burrows, ExDetectives, Matt Bauer, Talk Normal, and GRMLN.
“Company” - Andy Burrows from Company on [PIAS] America
“Second Chance” – ExDetectives from Farthest Star on Post Planetary
“Tonight We Get To Sing Our Songs” – Matt Bauer from No Shape Can Hold Me Now EP on Crossbill Records
“Cover” – Talk Normal from Sunshine on Joyful Noise
“Coral” – GRMLN from Explore EP on Carpark Records
Purchase MP3, CD, Vinyl Editions of this Week’s Releases via Amazon
You can easily and quickly purchase any of this week’s new releases by clicking on, where applicable, links for the MP3, CD or vinyl edition of the album(s) of your choice. All MP3 albums from Amazon work perfectly fine with all kinds of MP3 players, including iTunes. Plus, you get fast, affordable shipping for CD and vinyl copies, and in some cases, a corresponding MP3 download code as well. If you ever lose your music for whatever reason, you can re-download it for free. There is also free cloud storage from Amazon’s popular, award-winning cloud services available for most purchases.
Matt Bauer – No Shape Can Hold Me Now [EP] | MP3
The D.O.T. – And That [EP] | MP3
The Eeries – Home Alone | MP3
Fossil Collective – On and On [EP] | MP3
Hank & Cupcakes – Ain’t No Love [EP] | MP3
Harouki Zombi – Objet Petit A [EP] | MP3
Hero Jr. – Backup Plan | MP3
Jerzey Street Band – Breaking Radio Silence | MP3
Johnny 5th Wheel & The Cowards – Music to Shake’n’Shuffle to | MP3
Aidan Knight – Small Reveal | MP3
Sassparilla – Magpie | MP3
Sinkane – Mars | MP3
The State Stereo – Crossing Canyons [EP] | MP3
Steffaloo – Would You Stay | MP3
We Are the Physics – Your Friend, The Atom | MP3
Yellow Ostrich – Ghost [EP] | MP3