Songs inspired by fate, sisterhood, sex, love, death, drugs, weather, fire, childhood, World War II battleships, Jay Reatard and Yugoslavian anti-fascist resistance slogans. Seventeen new tracks from Sweden, the US, Australia, Canada, Spain and the UK. New music from The Radio Dept., Cherry Glazerr (pictured), Gold Class, Haley Bonar, Local Natives, Sat Nite Duets, Happy Diving, Look Park, Savoy Motel, Wilco, Mild High Club, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Papa M, The Parrots, Katy Goodman and Great Morgan, The Wedding Present, and Okkervil River.
The Radio Dept. ‘Sloboda Narodu’
Five years on from Clinging to a Scheme, the Swedish dreampop band return with their fourth album Running Out of Love (Labrador, October 21).
[The Radio Dept.]
Cherry Glazerr ‘Told You I’d Be With The Guys’
After hitting a high with their ‘Had 10 Dollaz’ 7” (Suicide Squeeze) Cherry Glazerr return, with the guitars ramped up, a new line up and now signed to Secretly Canadian.
Gold Class ‘Kids on Fire’
Melbourne post-punkers (and one of the best live bands around at the moment) with a new track, their first since their split single with Mere Women.
Haley Bonar ‘Kismet Kill’
“I was impossible, when I was beautiful”. From Bonar’s latest album Impossible Dream (out now, GNDWIRE).
Local Natives ‘Coins’
After an amazing debut and an underwhelming follow up, Local Natives return with new album Sunlit Youth. Not as joyously infectious as Gorilla Manor, but more focussed and with stronger hooks than Hummingbird.
Sat Nite Duets ‘Attached to the Lamp’
Another track from the Milwaukee indie rock band’s debut album Air Guitar (September 16). This one appears to be ruminating on the inequities of being in band, traveling across the country to “play to the soundman and the other band“. Features the line “We’ve got Bob and the Band/ we’ve got Spooky and Dan/ and we’ve got ourselves a motherfuckin’ rock & roll band”.
[Sat Nite Duets]
Happy Diving ‘Don’t Be Afraid of Love’
Some excellent nineties-influenced fuzzy wigged out guitar from the Oakland, CA band’s second album Electric Soul Unity (out now, Topshelf).
Look Park ‘Breezy’
Classic pop that lives up to its title from former-Fountains-of-Wayne-frontman Chris Collingwood’s new band.
Savoy Motel ‘Sorry People’
“A song based on the late Jay Reatard’s skewed philosophy of never apologizing for anything, even though I remember him telling me he was sorry about countless crazy things in the past.” From the Nashville skewed garage pop band’s forthcoming debut album (What’s Your Rupture?, October 21).
Wilco ‘If I Ever Was A Child’
Stripped down and understated track from the band’s stripped down and understated new album Schmilco.
Mild High Club ‘Homage’
Psych pop from the LA band’s new album Skiptracing (out now, Stones Throw).
[Mild High Club]
Cymbals Eat Guitars ‘Have a Heart’
From the Staten Island indie rock band’s fourth album Pretty Years (Barsuk, September 16)
[Cymbals Eat Guitars]
Papa M ‘Walking on Coronado’
Post-rock kingpin David Pajo returns in his Papa M guise with this lovely instrumental.
The Parrots ‘Letas Do It Again’
Madrid garage band with a track from their album Los Niños Sin Miedo (out now, Heavenly)
Katy Goodman and Greta Morgan ‘Sex Beat’
Buddies Goodman (La Sera/Vivian Girls) and Morgan (The Hush Sound / Springtime Carnivore) previously recorded one track together as Books of Love back in 2013 (ITP #33). Now they have got back together under their own names to record a collection of punk and new wave covers in a dreampop style (Take It, It’s Yours, out now). It doesn’t always work, but when it does as on this Gun Club classic (and on covers of The Replacements, Bad Brains, Blondie, The Wipers and Misfits) it’s a treat.
[Katy Goodman and Greta Morgan]
The Wedding Present ‘Marblehead’
Dream-like number from the band’s Going, Going Gone album (which features more typically Weddoes-like tunes, as well).
[The Wedding Present]
Okkervil River ‘Comes Indiana Through the Smoke’
From the new Okkervil River album Away (out now, ATO) This song is about the death of Will Sheff’s grandfather, Sheff imagines the battleship Indiana (that his grandfather served on during World War II) returning to take him away.