The 16 Best tracks from the last two weeks. New music from the USA and Canada.
Ex Hex ‘War Paint’
Ex Hex join the hallowed ranks of those who get four tracks from their debut album featured on In The Pharmacy. Rips is a classic that taps into the glam, powerpop and college rock while still sounding au courant. Echoes of The Cars, Tom Petty, Joan Jet, Suzi Quatro, Cheap Trick and early Roxy Music.
Thurston Moore ‘Speak to the Wild’
Opening track from Thurston’s first post-Sonic Youth solo album, The Best Day.
Greylag ‘Yours to Shake’
Taken from the Portland-based indie rock trio’s eponymous album, out now on Dead Oceans.
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead ‘The Dragonfly Queen’
Taken from the Austin band’s cunningly titled ninth album, IX.
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Punk grunge band from Toronoto
Portland band with a track from their second album Bazaar, a step forward from their debut Curiosity. Out now on Polyvinyl.
Absolutely Free ‘My Dim Age’
Following on from the sunshine pop of ‘Beneath The Air’ featured back in August (ITP #61) this is a hazier slice of dream pop track from the Toronto band’s self-titled debut album (just released on Lefse).
Viet Cong ‘Continental Shelf’
Calgary band featuring two ex-members of Women with a track from their forthcoming debut album (due out in January on Jagjaguwar /Flemish Eye)
Kevin Morby ‘The Ballad of Arlo Jones’
Sometime Woods bassist and Babies frontman with another track from his new solo album Still Life, the follow up to last year’s Harlem River (both on Woodsist).
This is the band led by sometime Ty Segal and Mikal Cronin band member Chad Ubovich. Heavy grooves from the LA band’s self-titled debut.
Parkay Quarts ‘Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth’
Nice slow number from Parquet Courts alter-ego band. Taken from forthcoming album Content Nausea (November 11, What’s Your Rupture?).
Single Mothers ‘Half-Lit’
First featured here in January 2103 with their At The Drive-in-meets-The Hold Steady ‘Christian Girls’ (ITP #25). This is taken from the London, Ontario band’s brand new debut album Negative Qualities (out now on Hot Charity).
Porches [featuring Greta Kline] ‘Forgive’
Electronic pop from Aaron Maine and Greta Kline (of Frankie Cosmos).
Garage (post) punk from all-female Memphis band fronted by Natalie Hoffman (formerly?) of Ex-Cult.
John Southworth ‘Ode to the Morning Sky’
Canadian singer-songwriter with a classic Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter number taken from his Niagara album.