So many artists, so many songs, so little time. Every week we review a handful of new albums (of all genres), collect even more new music which we would call “indie”, and talk about what metal comes out. We publish music news, premieres of songs, etc. all day. We are updating a weekly playlist of some of our current favorite tracks. Here is a daily summary with a bunch of interesting and recently released songs in one place.
ANTI-FLAG – “NVREVER” (ft. STACEY DEE from BAD COP/BAD COP)
Anti-Flag shared another track from their guest-filled album Lies they tell our children, and this one is with Stacey Dee from Bad Cop/Bad Cop. The band states, “Stacey Dee of Bad Cop/Bad Cop is one of those unsung heroes. This fact inspired us to ask him to appear on this song. In addition to being an incredibly talented performer, she devotes countless hours to the organization she co-founded The Sidewalk Project, which works to empower homeless communities around the world.”
HEMLOCKE SPRINGS – “FRIEND”
North Carolina-based artist Hemlocke Springs’ second single has gone viral on TikTok, and for good reason: it’s a total bop,
WHITE LUNG – “IF YOU’RE GONE”
White Lung’s latest album Premonition comes out in December, and here’s another single. “Suicide was in the air in so many ways when I wrote that song,” says Mish Barber-Way. “At the time, a few prominent public figures had committed suicide and they all had children. I was thinking about postpartum depression and how real it can be. The song is about the emotions of children when their parent is now gone and how they deal with this loss.It also examines the struggle parents face when life gets so bad that you see no other way but to end it.
HEADIE ONE – “LINK IN THE ENDINGS” (ft. KOBA LAD)
British rapper Headie One has announced a new mixtape, No borders: European compilation project, and as its title suggests, it features guests from all over Europe. The first single “Link In The Ends” features Frenchman Koba LaD, and the multinational collaboration is working well. The project arrives next week (November 11).
NOCAP – “SOULS OF VALUABLE”
Alabama rapper NoCap reflects on the deaths of loved ones and fellow rappers like Pop Smoke on this dark, self-tuned trap song.
NINA NASTASIA – “ALL YOU NEED TO BELIEVE” AND “TOO SOON”
Nina Nastasia returned with her first album in twelve years, Horse without a rider, earlier this year, and now she’s followed it up with two unreleased tracks from the sessions that produced the album. About “All You Have to Believe,” she says, “It can be boring to hear people talk about exactly what happens to a person when they die, and then suggest things to do for that deceased person. so that she can make her way smoothly to the next destination in the afterlife, so that they are not trapped in a waiting pattern. First and foremost, why do I have to deal with their travel plans. And second…well…what exactly did you choose to happen?” About “Too Soon,” she says, “Getting old is cruel. Nature is cruel. screaming and kicking. And if science can find a solution to the pains of aging and the disappointment of dying, I’ll sign up for clinical trials, but that’s another song.
AVRIL LAVIGNE – “I’M A MESS” FEAT. YUNGBLUD
Avril Lavigne has released a new single accompanied by tracks from her album Love Sux, which was released in February. “I’m A Mess” is new, however, and it shines with an angsty pop sensibility like many Avril tracks. The chorus is simple and catchy, outlining a complicated love story, and YUNGBLUD brings a more modern emo-pop sound to its verse without overshadowing Avril at all.
THE WOODS – “AHIMSA”
The Antlers shared a pastoral, full-length version of one of Peter Silberman’s solo tracks, from his 2017 album Impermanence.
BIG JOANIE – “YOUR WORDS”
Before the release of their new album Back home tomorrow (4/11), Big Joanie shared one last preview single, the dark and searing “Your Words”.
PALETTE KNIFE – “AVATAR THE LAST CAKEBENDER”
The Columbus Palette Knife shared a math and rock jam today called “Avatar The Last Cakebender.” The lyrics are playful and cleverly self-deprecating, harkening back to Avatar: The Last Airbender with lines, “Say you will and I’ll come watch the avatar. But my anxiety says waterbending code for something else.” We’re both consenting adults, I don’t do that anymore, I’m going to die like a fishman on my shower floor because I’m too lazy to clean my hair from the drain.
PIGLET – “OVER TO YOU TONIGHT”
Irish songwriter and producer Charlie Loane has announced a new EP as Piglet, seven songswhich is due out on December 2 via Blue Flowers, and shared a new single, “to you tonight”, which he calls “a fun song about bein fucking gayyyyyy!”, adding, “My intention was to write a song which reflects and celebrates the love and joy that has been added to my life by my partner and our relationship while doing my best to avoid what I consider to be the pitfalls that love songs can often fall into. Often love is expressed in songs via feelings of belonging, a persistence towards eternity, gender stereotypes and unrealistic expectations of unhealthy devotion – which I think we could live without haha! not say that I succeeded – that’s what you think when you hear it, I think – but that was the idea.”
JID – “2007”
JID The Eternal Story was released at the end of August, but it just released an extended version this week which added the bonus track “2007”, a fast jazzy flow with a sound reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar Pimp a butterfly. It’s complete with a spoken interlude between JID’s super-smooth autobiographical verses over vintage beats.
PVA – “NOT” (GREAT THIEF COVER)
British ambient dance trio PVA recorded a cover of Big Thief’s “Not” for a BBC Radio 1 session. It’s a wonderfully taut slow cover, adding an edgy factor to the traditionally folk-rock song. Mesh percussive electronics with evocative lyrics create a sound reminiscent of Massive Attack, before the tension builds and breaks halfway through – from there it’s a densely textured, dance-ready track .
SAD SNACK – “SUN AND LOLLIPOPS 2020”
Having recently published a ska cover of “No Children” by The Mountain Goats San Francisco’s Sad Snack has now released their first original song, “Sunshine and Lollipops 2020”, via Lavasocks Records and Ska Punk International. It’s a very cool minor-key ska-punk song, complete with jazzy sax.
HC McCENTIRE – “DOVETAIL”
“The less is more approach created a vulnerability that felt right and also applied the intent – to speak clearly, suspend and spread the narrative,” HC McEntire said of new single “Dovetail.” “Throughout the verses, I have posed the personalities of various women in juxtaposition – a way of both celebrating differences and individuation, as well as acknowledging the complexities of relating to a range of traumas, including mine. The pre-chorus and chorus lyrics nod to a problematic dynamic that can occur when inferences are made about an artist solely based on social consumption and/or interpretations of their art. – romance versus reality.” Learn more here.
MIKE – “WHAT AM I DOING?”
MIKE shared the second single from his upcoming album Beware the Monkey, which arrives at the end of the year (December 21, to be exact). Read about it here.
AUGUST BURNS RED – “ANCESTRY” (ft. JESSE LEACH)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania metalcore veterans August Burns Red will release their tenth album next year, and you can hear more about the lead single “Ancestry” (featuring Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach) here. We also have an exclusive “bloodshot” vinyl variant of the album, limited to 500.
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