Friday, March 03, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Bleached – “Can You Deal?” (On the heels of last year’s stellar sophomore album, Welcome The Worms, the L.A. punk-pop trio - led by sisters Jen and Jessie Clavin – are set to release a new EP today via Dead Oceans titled, Can You Deal?.  The infectiously catchy 4-song EP – produced by Alex Newport - is bursting with their trademark sun-drenched fuzz-pop and also can be bundled with a limited edition zine featuring poetry, essays, artwork and lyrics with contributions from the Clavins, Bethany of Best Coast, Donita Sparks of L7, Julien Baker, Liz Phair and many more.  The EP and the zine both deal with the frustrations caused by gender preconceptions and misconceptions within the music world.)         

Easy Habits – “Party King” (The fun-loving Chicago trio are set to release their debut 2-track 7” today on Good Land Records.  The anthemic, aptly-titled A-side - heard here - rages like an all-night party with danceable rhythms and scuzzy, punk-inspired rock-and-roll in the spirit of early Japandroids and The Replacements and I cannot wait to hear more!)     

Temples – “Certainty” (The UK quartet’s long-awaited and highly-anticipated sophomore album, Volcano is out today via Fat Possum. On it they have dropped the Byrds-like guitar-led jangle of their acclaimed debut album and have added hazy, sometimes eerie dream-pop elements along with colorful synths and trippy yet infectiously catchy psych-pop melodies that are reminiscent of early MGMT and Tame Impala for a slight stylistic change that suits the band well.)  

Harriett Tubman – “Real Cool Killers” (Harriet Tubman - the long-running free jazz trio consisting of guitarist Brandon Ross, former Rollins Band bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer J.T. Lewis along with guest trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith - recently released their new album, Araminta, via Sunnyside Records. Led by Ross’s fractured, ethereal and noise-addled guitar delineations, the trio effortlessly incorporates 70’s funk and dub-inspired rhythms with hints of progressive metal and blues into their genre-defiant brand of jazz for a headphones-worthy and other-worldly listening experience.)     


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