New Music Monday – 7/25/16

As regular readers know, we started our weekly New Music Monday feature earlier this summer. We’re covering a really broad range of stuff in these posts, and we’re always including embedded music. Enjoy.

Mild High Club
Chicago/Los Angeles
“Skiptracing,” on Skiptracing out 8/26 on Stones Throw Records

The title track from the band’s imminent second album; the sound is warped, lo-fi, you could say jangle pop a la Mac DeMarco, with a jazzy undercurrent. Unexpectedly danceable around the 2-minute mark, at the lyrics “gift that keeps giving,” I realize this song grows on you with a couple of listens. Check out “Homage” too, another track that has me looking forward to the rest of the record. – Elena

Feeding Tube

The Hostess City’s best old school, nasty, punk outfit with a confrontational, gimp masked frontman has released a album of speedy, noisey blasts that are absolutely worth checking out if the preceding description hasn’t turned you off. – Tom

Thee Oh Sees
“The Axis” from the upcoming album A Weird Exits, due out 8/12 on Castle Face.

A hazy, keys driven slow build that falls apart toward the end of its 6 minute run time, super prolific John Dwyer and Thee Oh Sees unsurprisingly sound in fine form. – Tom

Sleigh Bells
“Hyper Dark” off the upcoming album

A little bit different vibe on this new Sleigh Bells track, with the signature overdriven guitars a little further back in the mix. I will forever check out new tracks from the band on the strength of their first release, this song shows definite maturation while still retaining some teeth. I’m hopeful. – Tom

Hudson, NY

PWR BTTM just released their first single since 2015’s acclaimed debut album Ugly Cherries. Those trademark guitar wails are still there but beautifully interspersed with darker lyrics about isolation behind a gorgeous melody. They’ve cemented themselves as one of the most exciting new voices in music; can’t wait for more! – Kayne

Margaret Glaspy
New York, NY
Emotions and Math

Truthfully, I’ve been sitting on this one for awhile. Glaspy dropped a few singles early in the year and her debut album Emotions and Math was released June 17th on ATO Records. It’s one of those albums that just keeps growing and growing on me. The Berklee College of Music grad gave up the fiddle for a guitar and never looked back. Shades of Joni Mitchell for a new generation. Single “You and I” is finding its way to Satellite radio and NPR stations. – Kayne

Generation Pill
Edict of Rats

Generation Pill follows up their excellent debut album Out​-​pāShənt with Edict of Rats, which overlays the group’s grunge with more frantic emotion and unexpected pleasures. We’ll have a longer review up soon. – bill

Screaming Females
New Brunswick, NJ

In the midst of their seemingly endless touring schedule, Screaming Females has dropped a little love in the way of a B-Side track from their Rose Mountain recording session. The track features some killer riffs coupled with Paternoster’s signature snarls. The stellar solos that are all too common in Screaming Females tracks really make one wonder how any of their tracks are technically B-Sides. – Petee

Manhattan Beach, California
“Without Love” off Hypercaffium Spazzinate due July 29th on Epitaph Records

After over a decade, Descendents have finally come out of their extended studio hiatus and released their first full length album since 2004. Hypercaffium Spazzinate is the classic Descendents sound that fans of all ages have come to love: fast, loud, and full of the band’s signature tongue and cheek lyrics. If only all band reunions could be as solid! – Petee