New Music Monday – 12/18/17

For this week’s post of new music, we have two Savannah bands — Clouds & Satellites and Rude Dude and The Creek Freaks — plus music from Lemuria, N.E.R.D., Craig Finn, The Decemberists, and Guided By Voices.

Clouds & Satellites
“sad song” from the band’s as-yet-untitled full-length album

Clouds & Satellites — one of Savannah’s most talented, versatile, and unpredictable bands — has just released “sad song” from their upcoming debut album, which was recorded at Dollhouse Productions. Wait, a band as good as Clouds & Satellites hasn’t already released a full album? Surprisingly not. The EP titled simply ep came out over a year ago, and we’re excited to hear the rest of the new work. The b-side “marbleize” is an early demo. – bill

Buffalo, NY
Recreational Hate now available on Turbo Worldwide

Lemuria has been a cornerstone of the indie rock scene for well over a decade and it looks like they don’t have any plans on slowing down anytime soon. With the upcoming holiday season, they’ve managed to give everyone a little surprise gift in the surprise release of their latest album, Recreational Hate. There’s a definite evolution in sound and even a few surprises when it comes to instrumentation on the latest project, but at its core, Recreational Hate is more of the hook-heavy, indie rock that fans would expect from the trio. – Petey

Virginia Beach, VA
No_One Ever Really Dies out now on Columbia Records

N.E.R.D. is a band that traditionally defies definition. Funk, R&B, rock, hip hop, electronica; it’s all present in their music and generally gets rolled into one, cohesive, sound. Their latest album, No_One Ever Really Dies, is the culmination of 7 years of work since their last album release and really shows the polish that one would expect. Along with the band’s stellar instrumentation and production, the album also showcases a who’s who of hip hop artists like Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Andre 3000, and more. – Petey

Craig Finn
Brooklyn, NY
“Fault Lines” out now as part of the “I Only Listen to The Mountain Goats” series of singles and podcasts

Okay, so this one will be a bit different, but totally worth it, especially if you’re a fan of The Mountain Goats. “I Only Listen to The Mountain Goats”, besides sounding like a phrase I’d utter on any given Saturday night, is an ongoing collaboration between Night Vale Presents and Merge Records where several artists like Laura Jane Grace and Amanda Palmer discuss their relationship with certain songs from The Mountain Goats. The latest episode has Craig Finn covering “Fault Lines” and, if you’re as obsessed with The Mountain Goats or The Hold Steady as I am, the track and the episode are definitely worth a listen to. – Petey

Rude Dude and The Creek Freaks
Savannah, GA
“Follow Me Down” video from Acid Bath, out now.

Yo, there’s a new really well done and rad video for Follow Me Down shot at El-Rocko during a Rude Dude show. I’m digging the expanded lineup. You should just mash the link above.

The Decemberists
Portland, OR
“Ben Franklin’s Song”, from Hamilton: An American Musical (sorta).

Colin Meloy put music to lyrics that didn’t quite work with the Hamilton musical, and it’s pretty awesome. I’ll be honest, I would love any song that has the lyrics “Do you know who the fuck I am? I’m Poor Richard’s Almanac writing Benjamin Fuckin’ Franklin.” Seriously, if the music was performed by Yanni (is that dude still a thing??) I would still dig this song.

Guided By Voices
Dayton, OH
“Space Gun” from album of the same name, due out March 23.

Hyper prolific Robert Pollard releases his 102nd album of his career in early 2018, Guided By Voices 26th proper album. I don’t even know what to say about that. The lead song is prototypical Pollard, semi lo-fi, weirdo lyrics and a brain worm melody and hook. A bit out the norm for the band is the run time of over 4 minutes, but stretching it out suits the song well, allowing it to sink in a bit more than their usual 2 and a half minute epics.