Los Angeles’ three-piece band Cherry Glazerr are streaming a track, “Nurse Ratched”, from off the band’s 2014 7-inch release, “Had 10 Dollaz”. This song is the b-side on the Suicide Squeeze Records release. Singer and guitarist Clementine Creevy leads the way with this opening salvo, sung without instrumentation: “Your eyes like tigers, ran through his skin / Your so-called master, where do I begin?” A lot of bravado and wonderful guitar on this pop-punk track, from a band that doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously (judging by what they’ve sung about), despite the music itself showing a skillful sharpness. The band also features Hannah Uribe on drums and Sean Redman on bass. You can follow the band on facebook and twitter. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Here’s a clever re-working of Caribou’s (aka Dan Snaith) lovelorn track “Can’t Do Without You” by Liverpool trio All We Are. It’s the first song of Caribou’s latest release, “Our Love”, out now via City Slang and Merge. You can follow All We Are at facebook and twitter. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Timber Timbre posted a video for the song, “Grand Canyon”, from off 2014’s “Hot Dreams” LP, out now via Arts & Crafts. The video was directed by director Scott Cudmore. Note: The images above are screen captures from the video. – David D. Robbins Jr.
This track is so good. Brings me back. Shades of Bauhaus and Echo & the Bunnymen. Viet Cong’s “Continental Shelf” is the first single off the band’s Jan. 20th, 2015 self-titled release via Jagjaguwar. The record will feature seven tracks: Newspaper Spoons, Pointless Experience, March Of Progress, Bunker Buster, Continental Shelf, Silhouettes, and Death. You can hear two tracks from Viet Cong’s 2013 cassette release at bandcamp. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Call “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)” the David Bowie meets Ornette Coleman phase. Bowie’s dipped into jazzy territories over the years, including the “This Is Not America” (1984) soundtrack for the film “The Falcon and the Snowman”, recorded with the Pat Metheny Group and the 1993 album “Black Tie/White Noise”. This time around, “Sue”, a nearly seven-and-a-half minute breakdown of jazz conventions, is a wild orchestral ride, free-flowing and hyperkenetic. It was created with American record producer and collaborator Tony Visconti. The song is set to highlight Bowie’s monstrous three-disc career-spanning compilation “Nothing Has Changed: The Very Best of Bowie”, due out Nov. 17 on Parlophone in the UK, with the U.S. version to be released the next day via Columbia. The songs will cover everything from his 1964 debut, “Liza Jane”, through to the this new recording. The song was co-written with composer-pianist Maria Schneider. The song opens with a pulsing bass beat, dynamic jazz that feels like improvisation, and “Sue, I got the job / We’ll buy the house / You’ll need to rest … ” It’s really a dark, beautiful and Gothic track about sickness, death, dreams, love and betrayal. It’s an epic song that pushes the emotive and atmospheric over attempts at melody. There are hints of that dystopian feeling in the verses and music that is reminiscent of 1995’s “Outside”, one of Bowie’s finest works. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Artist George Maple released a video today for the gorgeous Flume-produced “Talk Talk”, a song off her upcoming EP release “Vacant Space” on Future Classic. I read a few comments on YouTube suggesting they didn’t understand the video. Well, I don’t understand it exactly either, but I really prefer it that way. Who wants everything spelled out? Not me. But I will say this, it’s easy to imagine a priest’s frustration at the thoughts of this enchantress of the woods. In all seriousness, it’s a pretty video, telling the outline of a story through stark black and white imagery. You can pre-order Maple’s EP at this i-tunes link. Follow her on facebook. Note: Images are three screen captures from the video. Video was directed by Yeoseop Yoon. — David D. Robbins Jr.