So, have you gotten used to the shift from new releases on Tuesdays to Fridays? I know I'm still getting used to it, but I'm excited because it mean I can share so much more - a curated look at fresh videos created for already-dropped 2015 LPs, stand-alone singles and cuts off forthcoming LPs, remixes, and anything else that's new, tasty and should be in your ears, plus a condensed peek at what's coming up this Fri., July 24, with links to full album streams included...
The Bohicas, "Swarm"
The NME write-up drew me in ("Straddling early-60s Merseybeat, blues rock, Krautrock and Velvets fuzz-fuckery while throwing in modernist electro twists. A radical reimagining of the pre-Beatles age"). The new single from fresh Essex Brits The Bohicas is fast, loud and fun, a barrage of ripping guitars and fast chugging bass and snotty vocals that come to a howling climax. Debut album, The Making Of, is due out August 21 via Domino. Amusing Chris Turner-directed video for "Swarm" below.
Dam-Funk, "We Continue"
Following his successful 7 Days of Funk collab with Snoop Dogg, LA's multi-instrumentalist purveyor of '80s-hued electro funk and R&B is finally releasing a new solo LP and follow-up to 2009's Toeachizown. He's said that Invite the Light is his first fully-realized effort – a “concise, beginning-to-end vision” and it has a loosely autobiographical concept inspired by the trials and tribulations in his personal and professional life over the past six years. He handles all the production but invites guests like rapper Q-Tip, pop surrealist Ariel Pink, collaborator Snoop Dogg, the father-son duo of Leon Sylvers III & IV, and funk giant Junie Morrison (Ohio Players), who apparently opens and closes the album with "dire warnings of what could happen in a world without funk." Today, he delivered the Jeff Broadway-directed video for lead single “We Continue.” Watch below; Invite the Light drops September 4 via Stones Throw. Check out the 2011 story I did on Dam-Funk HERE.
Frugal Father, "Dirty Kids"
Anytime I read "experimental pop," my interest is piqued. Frugal Father is the project of Mac Welch, formerly of LA dreampop band StaG. Fizzy synths, skipping sample reels and warped static flotsam, gently effected monotone vocals, twinkling glock, and electro drums bop along in a sort of weird harmony. Frugal Father's Held EP is out August 4 via Stereocure.
Kurt Vile, "Pretty Pimping"
Because everybody loves a little Vile. This is the video for the first single from his much-anticipated LP, b’lieve i’m goin down…, out September 25 on Matador.
Muddy Waters 100, "Got My Mojo Working" featuring John Primer and Shemekia Copeland
Vocalist/guitarist John Primer, who performed with iconic bluesman Muddy Waters until his death in 1983, pays tribute to the musician around the time of what would have been his 100th birthday. Other Waters band alumni include harmonica wailer James Cotton and guitarist Bob Margolin, and among the guests performing his songs on this album are the late Johnny Winter, Billy Branch, Gary Clark, Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Keb Mo' and Derek Trucks. This track has Copeland belting lead alongside the gravelly tenor of Primer. The tribute has its official release on Friday.
Have Gun, Will Travel, "True Believers"
Bradenton’s Have Gun, Will Travel is gearing up to release Science from an Easy Chair, a conceptual work inspired entirely on the endurance-testing Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17) by British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, and recorded with Tampa’s own Shawn Kyle at his Warm and Alive studio space. Diffuser.fm premiered the below video for the urgent stomping “True Believers,” which is a salute to the perseverance of Shakleton’s crew, but according to Burke in his interview with the indie music site, “the song itself is very personal and relevant to the band.” Have Gun, Will Travel's album release party happens this Fri., July 24, at Crowbar in Ybor City with Hollis Brown and Garret Klahn.
DUE OUT THIS FRIDAY, JULY 24
Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Sweet Disorder!
The Bunny The Bear, Liar Wrote This
Vanessa Carlton, Blue Pool EP [Full Stream Here]
Kasey Chambers, Bittersweet
Counterparts, Tragedy Will Find Us
Sara Curtin, Michigan Lilium
The Dustbowl Revival, With A Lampshade On
Ducktails, St. Catherine
Grave Babies, Holographic Violence
Warren Haynes feat. Railroad Earth, Ashes & Dust [Full Stream Here]
Jesse Jones, Jesse Jones [Full Stream Here]
Lamb of God, VII: Sturm und Drang
Madchild, Silver Tongue Devil
Mas Ysa, Seraph
Ashley Monroe, The Blade [Full Stream Here]
Old Man Luedecke, Domestic Eccentric
On an On, And The Wave Has Two Side
Raccoon Fighter, Spiral Flag
Ricked Wicky, King Heavy Metal [Robert Pollard project]
Jill Scott, Woman
The Sediment Club, Psychosymplastic
Omar Souleyman, Bahdeni Nami [Full Stream Here]
Titus Andronicus, The Most Lamentable Tragedy [Full Stream Here]
Trae Tha Truth, Tha Truth
Various Artists, Muddy Waters 100
Vinyl Williams, Into
Watkins Family Hour, Watkins Family Hour [Full Stream Here]
We Came as Romans, We Came As Romans