Saturday, October 21, 2017

King Krule

King Krule is one of those artists where if i'm not in the right frame of mind, i just can't do it.  I don't mean that as a slight, i'm just being honest with myself.  But, on the occasion when my head and heart align with the musician's sonic worldview, i'll admit it's hard to shake from my ears.  New album "The Ooz" feels like an amalgamation of a hundred different genres twisted and filtered through one weirdo's mind, kind of like old Beck, but maybe without the irony, and with even more of a drawl (this one British no less).  Anyway, watch the video for album track "Dum Surfer" below, and cop the record from XL.

October Horror Trailer - Dr. Giggles

Friday, October 20, 2017

Witches' Halloween Brew

In case you haven't noticed, Halloween is right around the corner, and as i've been cramming as many horror films into my head as possible and sneaking handfuls of candy acquired for the neighborhood kids, i've also been listening to the darkest, spookiest jams i can find.  Coincidentally enough, the good folks at Burning Witches Records just released a compilation of dark and spooky synth wave music from a whole slew of awesome artists.  "Witches' Halloween Brew" has tracks from Xander Harris, MAINE, Pye Corner Audio, Wojciech Golczewski, and more.  It's some perfect evening soundtrack music for the remainder of the month.  Unfortunately, the cassettes are long gone, but you can still download the album here.  Get to it and stream the whole thing below.

October Horror Trailer - Carrie

BADBADNOTGOOD with Samuel T. Herring

Ever since Toronto jazz outfit BADBADNOTGOOD offered up a brilliant and inspired remix of Future Islands' "Seasons (Waiting on You)," i've been all in any time the group partners up with Future Islands lead singer Samuel T. Herring.  Somehow they make magic.  Listen to the one off single "I Don't Know" below, a swooning soulful jam that makes me long for a full length collaborative album from these guys.

Cluster Buster

It's been a few years since we last heard from Cluster Buster, and as it turns out, October is the perfect time for some new horror score indebted synth slayers.  Listen to "Threshold Into Terror" below and grab the new "Midnight Maimer" album from Future 80's Records.  Just in time for Halloween.


Looks like we've got some sleek new synth-fueled darkwave jams from Spain's Nightcrawler.  New album "Beware of the Humans" is a mix of horror score and icy 80's synth pop, equal parts creeping and dancing.  Listen to the title track below, featuring Celine and Vincenzo Salvia and get the album here.


Here's some mind crushing, noisy, spaced-out psych rock from Connecticut's Headroom.  "How to Grow Evil Flowers" crawls and oozes, reverb drenched notes echoing for eternity into fuzzy synths and cosmic oblivion.  Listen below and get the band's "Head in the Clouds" LP digitally here, or physically from Trouble In Mind.

Fever Ray - To the Moon and Back

Now, here's our first new music from Fever Ray in 8 years, an icy and catchy synth pop song with some pretty X-rated lyrics, and a creeeeepy video to accompany it.  Watch a reanimated corpse make its way to a sexual fetish filled tea party in "To the Moon and Back" below.  And maybe be on the lookout for a new record?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Crumbling Castle

Australian psych and garage rock weirdos King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard are still hard at work on their quest to release 5 studio albums this year.  So far, we're 3 albums in, and regrettably beginning to run out of time...BUT, the band just released a video for a new tune called "Crumbling Castle" from an as of yet untitled 4th record for the year.  Watch and listen to the epic jam below and be on the lookout for the band's next record.  I'm crossing my fingers that they get this done.

October Horror Trailer - Slaughterhouse

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ty Segall - Meaning

Hey, here's a new track from Ty Segall.  As per usual, it's great.  Listen to "Meaning" below and grab it here via Drag City.

October Horror Trailer - Carnival of Souls


I'm at a bit of a loss on how to describe the music of Portland, Oregon duo Nurses.  From the opening notes of "In the Mirror," the first track on the band's new "Naughtland" LP, there's something unnerving about the atmosphere, familiarity shrouded in fog, like stumbling through a waking dream, where logic is turned inside out and everything feels slightly askew.  It's wonderfully warped and experimental pop.  Listen to "In the Mirror" below, download the album here, and be on the lookout for vinyl version in the near future.

Superchunk - Break the Glass b/w Mad World

Good news!  New music form alt-rock stalwarts Superchunk, and all the proceeds benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Listen to both "Break the Glass" and the band's cover of Corrosion of Conformity's "Mad World" below and buy them here via Merge.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Go! Team

Looks and sounds like we've got a new album from The Go! Team headed our way in January.  These guys consistently put a smile on my face.  Listen to "Semicircle Song" below, and be on the lookout for "Semicircle" on Memphis Industries.

October Horror Trailer - Starry Eyes

Friday, October 13, 2017

The New Mutants

Evidently, Josh Boone is making a horror movie...but with X-Men in it.  Check out the trailer for next year's "The New Mutants."  I am so down with this.

Death of Lovers

If you've ever wondered what it would sound like if the guys from Nothing recorded a moody synth pop album, wonder no more.  Death of Lovers' full-length album "The Acrobat" is due next month on Dais Records, and answers all your questions.  Hint: it sounds pretty good.  Listen to "The Absolute" below.

October Horror Trailer - Dead & Buried

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross cover Halloween

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross covered John Carpenter's theme from "Halloween."  So, happy early Halloween everybody.  It's pretty cool.  Listen below.

Exploded View

I was not expecting new music from Exploded View next month, but i'll gladly take it.  The Anika fronted post punk group makes cold and eerie music to put the soul ill at ease.  Listen to "Summer Came Early" below and get the EP of the same name from Sacred Bones.


Though it came out back in February, the folks over at NewRetroWave are putting out synth pop maestro ALEX's "Youth" EP on vinyl.  You can pre-order now, with the record coming out sometime early next year.  Listen to the Rachel McAlpine assisted "Rebel of the Night" below.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October Horror Trailer - Train to Busan


I've been a fan of Dominick Fernow's often challenging Prurient project for a few years now, and news about the artist's upcoming new album may make it even more than i can handle.  Due in December via Profound Lore and Hospital Productions, new album "Rainbow Mirror" is said to be over 3 hours, spread out over 7 LP's or 4 CD's.  It will be noisy.  It will be droney.  It may sound like the end of the world.  Anyway, listen to the first taste from the record below, the 14-minute "Naturecum."

John Maus - Teenage Witch

Here's another new track from the upcoming, triumphant return of John Maus and his new record "Screen Memories."  Watch the video for "Teenage Witch" below, featuring footage of a young Mr. Maus and get the record later this month on Ribbon Music.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Deep Cross

Here's a dark and moody little slice of experimental, industrial drone from Deep Cross.  Good to set the mood this Halloween season before the powers that be kill us all.  Listen to album closer "Ophite" below and get the self-titled cassette from Somatic next month.

October Horror Trailer - Wild Beasts

Monday, October 9, 2017

October Horror Trailer - Near Dark

Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds - Spider Baby

Just in time for Halloween, we get a pretty bitchin' cover of the theme from the 1967 cult horror film "Spider Baby" as performed by Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds.  Watch the video below and snag the 7" (in an edition of 666 copies) from In The Red.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October Horror Trailer - Dagon

U.S. Girls - Mad As Hell

No word yet on a new album, but we've got an excellent new single from pop deconstructionist U.S. Girls with the disco-flavored "Mad As Hell."  Watch the superb video below.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bell Witch

Seattle two-piece, doom metal outfit Bell Witch have a new record out this month on Profound Lore, and boy is it a whopper.  "Mirror Reaper" is an 83-minute piece of music sprawled out onto one continuous track, a kind of classical magnum opus that plays out slowly like a gradual crawl towards death.  Listen to an excerpt below and pre-order the vinyl here.


Sweden's one-man band Lustre has been making beautiful, atmospheric black metal for a number of years now, and now he's got a new record on the horizon.  "Still Innocence" is due in November from Nordvis.  Listen to album opener "Dreaded Still" below.

Boys - Rabbits

Here's a sweet and dreamy little pop song from Sweden's Boys.  Taking its cues from 60's pop as filtered through a lo-fi, bedroom aesthetic, "Rabbits" is a wonderful little sound nugget for a difficult week.  Listen below and get the band's split 7" with Magic Potion from PNKSLM.

October Horror Trailer - The Sentinel

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October Horror Trailer - My Bloody Valentine

The Caretaker - Everywhere at the end of time

And speaking of Leyland Kirby, the artist just released the third volume of his "Everywhere at the end of time" project as The Caretaker, a six-volume effort of music chronicling the artist's own early onset dementia.  As should be expected, it's pretty devastating.  Listen to "And heart breaks" below and get the album(s) here.

Leyland Kirby

The incomparable experimental artist Leyland Kirby consistently puts out breathtaking and heart wrenching music through any number of his various projects.  His most recent, "We, so tired of all the darkness in our lives," released under his own name is available for free.  Stream the whole thing below and download it here from History Always Favours the Winners.

Monday, October 2, 2017

October Horror Trailer - Society

RIP Tom Petty

This day just keeps getting worse and worse.  RIP Tom Petty.  To me, you'll always be that weird, kind of creepy, stoner guy from MTV when i was growing up, or maybe Lucky from "King of the Hill."  Either way, it's hard to think of someone cooler.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Horror Trailer - Pet Sematary

It's the first of October, so that means it's time for another month of horror movie trailers.  Like last year, i'll be posting these without any babble from myself.  And, as we seem to be at the beginning of Hollywood Stephen King Renaissance, let's kick it off with "Pet Sematary."