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9 Best Songs of the Week: The Mountain Goats, Mitski, Ratboys, A. Savage, and More

Plus L’Rain, Anjimile, GUM, Patio, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 25, 2023

Welcome to the 26th Songs of the Week of 2023. Last week’s Songs of the Week was our first one after a month-long hiatus and there were a lot of strong choices (plus we put together a playlist of all the great songs we missed while on vacation). This week, the pickings weren’t as plentiful, but there were still some new tracks we liked. More

GUM Shares Video for New Song “Music Is Bigger Than Hair”

Saturnia Due Out September 15 via Spinning Top

Aug 24, 2023

GUM is releasing a new album, Saturnia, on September 15 via Spinning Top. Now he has shared another new song from it, “Music Is Bigger Than Hair,” via a music video. GUM is the solo project Australian psych-pop musician Jay Watson, who is also a member of both Tame Impala and POND. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Squid, Jess Williamson, Lindstrøm, Anjimile, Foo Fighters, and More

Plus The Mary Onettes, Clark and Thom Yorke, M. Ward, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 26, 2023

Welcome to the 19th Songs of the Week of 2023. This week we lost the Queen of Rock. Tina Turner’s death was the kind of passing that makes the world pause and garners comments from world leaders. More

May 24, 2023

GUM has shared a new song, “Race to the Air,” and announced some new U.S. tour dates. GUM is the solo project Australian psych-pop musician Jay Watson, who is also a member of both Tame Impala and POND. More

GUM Announces New Album, Shares New Song “Don’t Let It Go Out”

Out In the World Due Out June 12 via Spinning Top

Apr 24, 2020

GUM, the solo project Australian psych-pop musician Jay Watson, who is also a member of both Tame Impala and POND, has announced a new album, Out In the World, and shared a new song from it, “Don’t Let It Go Out.” Out In the Worldis due out June 12 via Spinning Top. More

Premiere: Watch GUM (aka Jay Watson) Perform “Out In the World” From His Living Room

Also Read Our COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In Interview with Him

Apr 14, 2020

Australian psych-pop musician Jay Watson, who releases music as GUM, but is also a member of both Tame Impala and POND, shared a new song, “Out In the World,” in March via Spinning Top Music/Kung Fu Nation. Now we are premiering a new video of Watson performing the song recently from his living room in Perth (he plans to release other such videos in the future). It accompanies a new interview with Watson as part of our COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In series. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The Dears, Yves Tumor, Deradoorian, and More

Plus Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Vundabar, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 13, 2020

Welcome to the tenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s been a scary week thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus, which meant the postponement of Coachella, Record Story Day, various movie releases, sporting events, and more, as well as school closings and a stock market crash. More

GUM (Jay Watson of Tame Impala) Shares Video for New Song “Out In the World”

To Be Released as a 7-Inch Single via Spinning Top Music/Kung Fu Nation

Mar 13, 2020

GUM is the solo project of Jay Watson, who’s a member of both Tame Impala and POND. The Australian psych-pop musician has shared a new song, “Out In the World,” via a video for the track. More

Desert Daze Announces My Bloody Valentine, Julia Holter, GUM, and Other Lineup Additions

They Join Previously Announced Lineup Including Tame Impala, Jarvis Cocker, Mercury Rev Performing Deserter's Songs, and More

Jul 24, 2018

California’s Desert Daze festival has been announcing its lineup in stages. Now they have announced the third round of artists, including second headliner My Bloody Valentine, as well as Julia Holter, Shellac, Escape-ism, and Yonatan Gat & The Eastern Medicine Singers. More

Jun 04, 2018

GUM is the solo project of Jay Watson, who’s a member of both Tame Impala and POND. The Australian psych-pop musician released a new GUM album, The Underdog, back in April. Now he has shared a video for “Couldn’t See Past My Ego.” More

Album of the Week: Wye Oak

The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs Out Now via Merge

Apr 06, 2018

In the Google’s documentary, Merge Records: 25 Years in 24 Minutes, Wye Oak frontwoman Jenn Wasner discusses how the help she received from label cofounder Laura Ballance kept the band continuing even after Wasner’s romantic breakup with drummer Andy Stack. Fortunately, for us, the band sounds stronger than ever at 12 years old and with the release of their sixth LP, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: CHVRCHES, Wye Oak, Julia Holter, Hookworms, and More

Plus Middle Kids, GUM, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Soccer Mommy, Laura Veirs, Jay Som, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 02, 2018

Wow, what a week for fantastic new tracks. Last week when we were putting together the Songs of the Week the pickings were slimmer and the best we could come up with was nine songs, rather than a full 10. More

GUM (Jay Watson of Tame Impala and POND) Announces New Album, Shares Two Songs

The Underdog Due Out April 6 via Spinning Top Music, Listen to "The Underdog" and "S.I.A."

Feb 02, 2018

GUM is the solo project of Jay Watson, who’s a member of both Tame Impala and POND. The Australian psych-pop musician has announced a new GUM album, The Underdog, and shared two songs from it, title track “The Underdog” and “S.I.A.” More

Kirin J Callinan Shares Mockumentary Starring Mac DeMarco, Mark Ronson, and Weyes Blood

Video Also Features Jack Black, Tame Impala's Jay Watson, Sebastien Tellier, and More

Mar 29, 2017

Australian experimental musician Kirin J Callinan has shared a funny mockumentary video about his song “Telling Me This.” It features Mac DeMarco, Mark Ronson, Weyes Blood, Jack Black, Jay Watson (Tame Impala, Gum, POND), Sebastien Tellier, Ladyhawke, and others. More

GUM (Jay Watson of Tame Impala and POND) Announces New Album, Shares “Gemini”

Flash in the Pan Due Out November 11 via Spinning Top Music

Nov 04, 2016

GUM is the solo project of Jay Watson, who’s a member of both Tame Impala and POND. The Australian psych-pop musician has just announced a new GUM album. It’s almost a surprise release, as it’s due out next Friday, November 11, via Spinning Top Music. More



Interviews

Jay Watson of GUM and Tame Impala – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

“Being in the most isolated city in the world is finally paying off.”

Apr 14, 2020

We are checking in with musicians during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to see how they are dealing with everything. What has their home quarantine experience been like so far and how is the crisis impacting both their career and art? Here we check in with Australian psych-pop musician Jay Watson, who releases music as GUM, but is also a member of both Tame Impala and POND. We also have the premiere of a new video in which Watson performs his recent GUM single “Out In the World” in his living room in Perth. More

Jun 21, 2018

For fans of Tame Impala and its many side projects, few might be familiar with the solo work of one of both group’s common denominators: Jay Watson, aka GUM. Watsona multi-instrumentalistis known for playing drums, bass, keyboards, and synths in both Tame Impala and POND. More


Reviews

Apr 18, 2018

One of the most impressive things about Tame Impalaapart from their three terrific full-length albums and mercurial live performancesis just how talented all members of the band have proven to be individually. More

Dec 31, 2015

It’d be easy for Jay Watson’s solo project, GUM, to be dwarfed by his involvement with Australia’s psych-rock poster boys Pond and Tame Impala, easy, but not fair. The comparisons write themselves, but his second record under the moniker, Glamorous Damage, doesn’t attempt to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the grandiose acidity of his various other projects. More