My Blog: Aural Ephemera # 26.
Again, a super-short one:
1. Afghan Whigs to release new album, Do to the Beast, on SUBPOP on April 15th. News here: http://www.nme.com/news/afghan-whigs/75123
I 1st heard the blazing "Miles Iz Ded" with Gregg Dulli's exhorting exclamations, the hidden track on album Congregation, on college radio way back when (Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNFgLKJDmao), then the bilious rage of "Conjure Me" ("I'm gonna turn on you before you turn on me."; Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB0_vRfcN60), and kept going from there. Other faves of mine by the band are "Gentlemen", the kinda gentler "What Jail Is Like", "Blame, Etc." , "Going to Town" (Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BM6cY-CB0c), and "Honky's Ladder". Can't go wrong w/ any of those tracks.
2. Gazelle Amber Valentine, one half of super-sludge/metal duo Jucifer, actually released a solo album titled Devil's Tower I in 2004. The 9 songs that are in a spare folk mold are at her Bandcamp site: http://officialgazelleambervalentine.bandcamp.com/
3. Nice druggy, hypnotic song from Del Venicci - "Contagion" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q79_inOxNNo Sounds like a 60's Girl Group slowed down by half and played in a haunted piano hall...
4. Blackstone Rangers (or Rngrs?!) - Forgot how I found out about the band, but Descendant EP is out on Saint Marie Records. Dreamy, woozy, blissful to biting, depending on the track. Here's link to "Frozen Echo" audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6UlfQRZXt4
5. Seasurfer I heard by chance on Soundcloud while researching a different band. Even fuzzier dream-pop w/ a lead singer who enunciates and sounds like Siouxsie Sioux in dream-drift mode: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEWZAUI5EMQ
6. Continuing the spiraling, planing, atmospheric guitar distortion theme, Slowdive is reuniting! New's here: http://www.nme.com/news/slowdive/75153
"Catch the Breeze" (Maybe the 1st song I heard from Slowdive?): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVY9p1IHops
Love the aero-uplift of the choruses of "When the Sun Hits": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc9qO9Doa2o
7. Ever-prolific Steve Kilbey has released a collection of his sonic odds 'n' ends from 2011 to 2013 titled Miscellanaea: Whispers In the Static. Link to official vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVT0qm-n800
8. Skating Polly is my new fave band of the moment - punky, early 90s-style, riot/kinder/grungy (a tad) w/ awesome female vocals, like a very young hybrid of KatieJane Garside and L7. Me like: The chuging, grimy "Blue Obvious" vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6crfpmKyW-Y and "Carrots" vid" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCVy0gBdfDM The band's newer stuff may be even better than all this; I still have to take a listen...
9. New album from Prince soon! News: http://www.essence.com/2014/02/03/prince-debuts-new-single-pretzelbodylogic-essence-festival "...w single "Pretzelbodylogic" with his female backing band 3rd Eye Girl, and preview new music from their forthcoming album, PlectrumElectrum." Preview of song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9OIFeNYBYk
10. Garage/rock/pop/indie band BOYTOY grabbed my attention w/ this sweetly super-catchy song and fun video for "Visits" starring Horatio Sanz and La Wendy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvl7420GOWE
11. New album from Phantogram titled Voices on February 18th. Official video for "Fall In Love": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsQjC5zVnt8
12. Wow, the knobs are going past 11!! Morrissey is planning a new album release this year. News here: http://www.nme.com/news/morrissey/74911 And just in time for Valentine's Day nonsense, some sweet sentiments from Morrissey in fine warbling form: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTHB2xUi_Gw