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Algiers: “Can The Sub_Bass Speak?”

Aug 30, 2019

This week Algiers shared a new song, "Can The Sub_Bass Speak?" It is an intense piece about race that also seems to tackle some of the criticism the band has received in the past. It's a combination of spoken word vocals from frontman Franklin James Fisher mixed with free-jazz backing provided by saxophonist Skerik and drummer D'Vonne Lewis.

The song was paired with an auto-visual piece put together by filmmaker Sam Campbell and typographer Farbod Kokabi and features production from duo Randall Dunn and Ben Greenberg. It's part of bigger web-installation:

Fisher had this to say about the song in a press release:

"Who has the cultural authority to designate origin and authenticity? 'Can the Sub_Bass Speak?' is a frustrated regurgitation; a re-contextualization; a re-appropriation; a shield and a mirror that projects back onto the world a lifetime of interpellating language rooted in weaponized ignorance and supremacist privilege.

"The improvised punctuation is provided by Skerik on the tenor saxophone and D'Vonne Lewis on drums and percussion. The underlying cacophony traces the evolution of African-American music, experience and identity.

"This is not for the mercenary architects: the Jacks and Queens of simulated experience. This is for anyone who has found themselves on the sharp end of insidious, rhetorical prying: 'Where are you from?' 'What are you?' This is for anyone who has had their identity assigned and determined by the agents of patriarchy. This is for the Subaltern."

Algiers' last album was 2017's The Underside of Power.

Read our 2017 interview with Algiers on The Underside of Power.

Gardens & Villa

Gardens and Villa Share Video for New Track “Rosie”

Aug 06, 2019

Now Los-Angeles based indie rockers, Gardens & Villa have returned with a renewed perspective on their sound and life. Their newest track "Rosie" finds the band in a meditative psychedelic folk mood as they conjure a phantasmagoric dream world where imperanence is the bittersweet sap from the trees. The video features a cosmic fairy tale world where trolls, wizards, and magical beings all converge.


Squid Announce EP and Share “The Cleaner”

Jul 19, 2019

This week Brighton, England-formed five-piece Squid announced a new EP, Town Centre, and shared a new song from it "The Cleaner." Town Centre is due out digitally on September 6 via producer Dan Carey's Speedy Wunderground, with a physical release on November 15. The band have a post-punk sound, with comparisons to Talking Heads and Television fairly warranted. "The Cleaner" is seven-and-a-half minutes long, an easy song to get lost in.

The band features Ollie Judge (drums, lead vocals), Louis Borlase (guitars, vocals), Arthur Leadbetter (keyboards, strings), Laurie Nankivell (bass, brass), and Anton Pearson (guitars, vocals).

The band collectively had this to say about the song in a press release: "'The Cleaner' is a lost acquaintance, one that we've spent the last year trying to get to know... tirelessly working and turning up whenever needed. We work for the money to spend our time doing other things. 'The Cleaner' imagines the divided work and play structure and thinks about breaking from it."

Dan Carey had this to say about the song: "I love Squid so much. To record with them is such a joy - the room is a sea of ideas and enthusiasm without any clashes of ego; every suggestion is given full attention. This, combined with their musicianship results in beautifully inventive music, underpinned by a hard steady groove and topped with lyrics that are important and surreal. When I first saw squid I was blown away. In the middle of being blown away, they played 'The Cleaner.' In the middle of 'The Cleaner' I was blown away by the middle bit of 'The Cleaner.' So I was 3 levels down, and I thought 'Yes...Squid.'"

Town Centre EP Tracklist:

1. Savage
2. Match Bet
3. The Cleaner
4. Rodeo

Squid Tour Dates:

7/19/2019 - Bluedot, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, UK
7/21/2019 - Latitude, Suffolk, UK 
8/2/2019 - Neverworld, Kent, UK
8/3/2019 - The Three Wheel Drive Festival, Andover, UK
8/3/2019 - Visions Festival, London, UK 
8/16/2019 - Green Man, Wales, UK
8/22/2019 - The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK
8/23/2019 - Future Yards, Liverpool, UK
8/24/2019 - This Must Be The Place, Leeds, UK
8/29/2019 - Into The Great Wide Open, Netherlands
8/30/2019 - Knee Deep, Cornwall, UK
8/31 - 9/1 - End of the Road 2019, Salisbury, UK
9/6/2019 - Krankenhaus Festival, Cumbria, UK
9/13/2019 - Leffingeleuren, Leffinge, Belgium
9/14/2019 - Hop Pop Hop, Orléans, France
9/16/2019 - Muziekodroom, Hasselt. Belgium
9/17/2019- Roodkapje, Rotterdam, Netherlands
9/18 - 9/21 - Reeperbahn, Hamburg, Germany 
10/12/2019 - Tenement Trail, Glasgow, UK
10/19/2019 - Future Days, Birmingham, UK
10/19/2019 - Simple Things, Bristol, UK
10/20/2019 - Swn Festival, Cardiff, UK
10/21/2019 - The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool, UK 
10/22/2019- Yes, Manchester, UK
10/23/2019 - The Picture House, Sheffield, UK 
10/24/2019 - Elsewhere, Margate, UK
10/25/2019 - London Calling, Amsterdam, Netherlands
10/27/2019 Tunbridge Wells Forum, Tunbridge Wells, UK
11/1/2019 - Pitchfork Paris, Paris, France 
11/6/2019- Village Underground, London, UK with Warmduscher
11/ 8 - 11/9 - Primavera 20th Anniversary Weekender, Benidorm, Spain
11/10/2019 - Sonic City, Kortrijk, Belgium

Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster

Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster Shares New Single “Take Heart, Take Care”

Jun 27, 2019

Fayetteville-based singer/songwriter Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster has shared the title track from his forthcoming album Take Heart, Take Care, due out August 30 on Big Legal Mess Records. The track is a gentle exhortation wrapped in the fineries of sun-baked folk with taught lyricism and gentle piano accents. 


Florist Share Video for New Track “Time Is A Dark Feeling”

Jun 25, 2019

Brooklyn-based indie pop band Florist have shared the transportive new video for their new track "Time Is A Dark Feeling." The video features a slideshow of images that embellish the frail and vacant qualities of the song. Florist recently announced the release of their third album Emily Alone due out July 26 via Double Double Whammy.

Oh Sees

Oh Sees Announce New Album Face Stabber, Share Epic New Track “Henchlock”

Jun 25, 2019

The ever prolific and restless California garage-rockers have announced their new album Face Stabber, due out August 16 via Castle Face, and along with it they have shared a truly face melting 21 minute freak out called "Henchlock." Face Stabber is the follow up to last year's Smote Reverser and will be a double album. 

The band will tour behind the album this fall. You can find those dates on the band's website.


1 The Daily Heavy
2 The Experimenter
3 Face Stabber
4 Snickersnee
5 Fu Xi
6 Scutum & Scorpius
7 Gholü
8 Poisoned Stones
9 Psy-Ops Dispatch
10 S.S. Luker's Mom
11 Heartworm
12 Together Tomorrow
13 Captain Loosely
14 Henchlock

Caroline Polachek

Caroline Polachek Shares New Video for “Door”

Jun 19, 2019

Caroline Polachek (ex-Chairlift member) has shared her debut track under her newly minted solo project, the first to go by her birth name. This track is the first piece of new music to come from Caroline since her 2017 album Drawing the Target Around the Arrow, released under her CEP moniker. Previously, Polachek had also released music under her Ramona Lisa moniker with 2014's Arcadia

Despite being her first proper solo appearance, it is quite collaborative in nature. The track was written and produced by Polachek, Danny Harle, Dan Nigro, and Jim-E Stack. The video features Polachek warping through portals in mirrors and screens with lush CGI and some sweet Greyhounds.

Planet Giza

Planet Giza Share New Video for “Ace Boogie Energy”

Jun 14, 2019

Montreal-based hip-hop/producer trio Planet Giza (Rami B, Tony Stone, & Dumix) have shared their new video for their track "Ace Boogie Energy." The track comes from their album Added Sugar released earlier this year on the group's own label, which featured Mick Jenkins and a track co-produced by Kaytranada. 

The video, directed by Touchemoipas and inspired by Paid in Full, features the group hanging in a house while the camera veers kaleidoscopically through hazy rooms.