In The Pharmacy #76 – April 2015

Eighteen new tunes from My Morning Jacket, Houndstooth, The Mountain Goats, Big Deal (pictured), Girls Names, Hot Chip, The Go! Team, Oddisee, Drenge, Tunde Adebimpe, The Lilac Time, East India Youth, Circa Waves, Psychic Reality, Bully, Upset, Rose Windows, and This Is The Kit.

My Morning Jacket ‘Believe (Nobody Knows)’
Suitably epic opening track from the band’s forthcoming seventh album The Waterfall (Capitol, May 4) their first since 2011’s Circuital.
[My Morning Jacket]

Houndstooth ‘Bliss Boat’
Motorik drumbeat and loose guitar lines drive this opener from the Portland band’s second album No News From Home.

The Mountain Goats ‘Foreign Object’
Another standout track from the wrestling themed Beat The Champ album. An incongruously jaunty tune with lyrics of graphic violence, “one of these days my legs will snap like twigs, if you can’t beat them make ‘em bleed like pigs”.
[The Mountain Goats]

Oddisee ‘That’s Love’

Funky 70s soul underpins this hip hop track taken from the Maryland artist’s forthcoming The Good Fight album (May 5, Mello Music).

The Go! Team ‘Til We Do It Together’
A bonus track on the Japanese version of The Scene Between and due for release as a very limited edition Record Store Day release, this features Tweens’ Bridget Battle on vocals.
[The Go! Team]

Drenge ‘We Can Do What We Want’

The Loveless brothers expand to a three-piece for a handful of tracks on their second album Undertow (out now).

Upset ‘Glass Ceiling’
LA garage punkers fronted by Ali Koehler (formerly of Vivian Girls / Best Coast) and featuring Hole’s Patty Schemel on drums. Previously featured here back in October 2013 with the track from their debut album She’s Gone (ITP #44), ‘Glass Ceiling’ is taken from the ’76 EP (out now, Lauren Records).

Big Deal ‘Veronica’
First taste of the dreampop duo’s third album (title and release date tbc).
[Big Deal]

Tunde Adebimpe ‘Speedline Miracle Masterpiece’ [feat Sal P and Sinkane]
Grand Theft Auto inspired tune from the TV On The Radio vocalist and friends, taken from the forthcoming GTA V tie-in The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos (April 14).
[Tunde Adebimpe]

Bully ‘Trying’
Another track from Alicia Bognanno-fronted band’s forthcoming debut album.

The Lilac Time ‘A Cat On the Long Wave’
Baroque closing track from No Sad Songs, The Lilac Time’s first new album in eight years.
[The Lilac Time]

Circa Waves ‘T-Shirt Weather’
In your face summer pop from the Liverpool fourpiece’s debut album Young Chasers (out now).
[Circa Waves]

Hot Chip ‘Need You Now’
House-y number from the forthcoming Why Make Sense? album (Domino, May 18). Built around a sample from Sinnamon’s 1983 post-disco hit ‘I Need You Now’.
[Hot Chip]

Psychic Reality ‘Island’
Suitably tropical lo-fi electronic pop from Brooklynite Leyna Noel’s Chassis album (May 5, Not Not Fun) the follow up to 2011’s Vibrant New Age. Feature’s a lyrical nod to Madonna’s ‘Holiday’.
[Psychic Reality]

East India Youth ‘Beaming White’

Newly signed to XL, this is taken from the Bournemouth musician’s Culture of Volume album (out now), the follow up to last year’s debut Total Strife Forever.
[East India Youth]

Girls Names ‘Zero Triptych’

The apostrophe eschewing gothy post-punk Belfast band return with a new 11 minute epic that nods to OMD, Joy Division, The Cure and Krautrock.
[Girls Names]

Rose Windows ‘Hirami’
It’s never a good sign when a band announce their split prior to releasing their new album. Add to that the underwhelming nature of the ‘Glory, Glory’ the first track to surface. But, while their eponymous second album, doesn’t reach the spacey heights of their excellent debut The Sun Dogs, there are some understated gems, including this one.
[Rose Windows]

This is the Kit ‘Misunderstanding’

Haunting folk pop taken from the Bristol band’s Aaron Dessner-produced third album Bashed Out.
[This Is the Kit]

In The Pharmacy #75 – Late March 2015

Sixteen great tracks, two weeks worth of the best new music from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden.

Torres ‘Sprinter’
Title track from Mackenzie Scott’s second album (May, Partisan). While Scott has always had her own style, there’s a touch of early PJ Harvey to it, perhaps because the New York via Georgia and Tennessee singer songwriter recorded the album in the west country with Rob Ellis produced and playing drums (there’s also some guitar from Portishead’s Adrian Utley).


Young Guv ‘Ripe 4 Luv’
Title track from the power pop side project of Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook. All hooks and harmonies and ringing Cars guitar lines.
[Young Guv]

Courtney Barnett ‘Dead Fox’
The most Australian song on a very Australian album, with references to the Hume Highway, the Holbrook bypass, roadkill possums and kangaroos, culling sharks and the general taking-your-life-in-your-hands nature of sharing the roads with Australian drivers.
[Courtney Barnett]

The Go! Team ‘Reason Left to Destroy’
One of the many excellent tracks from the new album The Scene Between. This one closes the album and has the spirit of a pop My Bloody Valentine, with vocals from two (relatively) unknown US artists Doreen Kirchner (of Vinyl Tigers) and Emily Reo (of Foxes in Fiction).
[The Go! Team]

Chic featuring Nile Rogers
The first new Chic music since Chic-ism in 1992, based around an old, recently rediscovered Chic demo for a song called ‘Love Someone Today’ and features the work of sadly departed Chic members Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson.
This is classic, seamless Chic groove with Nile Rodgers inimitable guitar style.
[Nile Rodgers]

Eskimeaux ‘Broken Necks’
Taken from O.K., the latest release from prolific bandcamp releaser and genre hopper Gabrielle Smith, “beat-driven and poetic bedroom pop”.

Girlpool ‘Ideal World’
First taste of the duo’s debut album Before The World Was Big (Wichita, June 1) is hypnotic in its restrained minimalism, compared to the garage punk we’ve come to love from this duo. There’s a nice, scuzzy guitar solo at the end so we don’t forget who we’re dealing with here.

Pill ‘Misty Eyed Porno Reader’
Brooklyn band with post-punk skronk!

Yumi Zouma ‘Second Wave’
Lush sophisticated pop from NZ, previously featured here with
[Yumi Zouma]

Au.Ra ‘Morning’
Shoegaze meets dreampop from the London-based Sydney duo which features Tim Jenkins of much-missed one-album-wonders Parades. This is taken from their debut album, Jane’s Lament (out now on Felte).

Hop Along ‘Waitress’
Philly indie rock band fronted by the remarkably-voiced Frances Quinlan. This is from their forthcoming second album, Painted Shut (May 4, Saddle Creek).
[Hop Along]

Mas Ysa ‘Look Up’
New York-based Montreal musician Thomas Arsenault with layered, smart electronic pop. Hints of a smoother Future Islands meets a balearic, chilled out M83.
[Mas Ysa]

Mini Mansions ‘Honey, I’m Home’
Electronic pop from QOTSA bass player’s side project. Taken from their second album The Great Pretenders (out now).
[Mini Mansions]

Jeff Zagers ‘Neighbours Knock’
Jeff Zagers has recorded music in a number of different (usually electronic) styles. This is one of his most melodically straightforward and accessible tunes, taken from his Still / Alive album, out now on Wharf Cat (though it originally appeared in a different form on a 2010 cassette only release).
[Jeff Zagers]

Death and Vanilla ‘Necessary Distortions’
Swedish band who have a love not only for Broadcast, but also for all those sounds that influenced the much missed Birmingham band – sixties sci-fi soundtracks, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and The United States Of America”.
[Death and Vanilla]

Wand ‘Melted Rope’
Fuzzy stoner psych from the Ty Segall / Mikal Cronin affiliated LA band’s Golem album (out now, In The Red).

In The Pharmacy #70 – January 2015

The best songs from the last two weeks (and a couple of late 2014 strays) . Tracks from the US, UK, Canada and Australia. New music from Belle and Sebastian, The Go! Team, Sleater-Kinney, The Dodos, Purity Ring, Father John Misty, Diet Cig, Cool Sounds, The Decemberists, Of Montreal, Girlpool, Ryley Walker, All Dogs, Waxahatchee, Twerps, Chastity Belt, Natalie Prass, and Iron & Wine.

Belle and Sebastian ‘Nobody’s Empire’
On first listen, the new Belle and Sebastian album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance is all over the place – Kleztmer, Mariachi, disco, sixties pop. But it soon reveals itself as something rather special. This, the opening track, is one of the most instant and also one of Stuart Murdoch’s most personal songs, dealing with his experience with chronic fatigue syndrome.
[Belle and Sebastian]

The Go! Team Scene Between
Ian Parton’s Brighton-based genre-hopping pop mashup project returns with title track of their fourth album, due out in March on Memphis Industries.
[The Go! Team]

Sleater-Kinney ‘No Cities To Love’
Title track from the comeback album, out this month on Sub Pop.

The Dodos ‘Goodbyes and Endings’
Second track to appear prior to the release of their forthcoming sixth album Individ. Baroque indie folk psych.
[The Dodos]

Purity Ring ‘Begin Again’
After ‘Push Pull’ (ITP #69) another track emerges from forthcoming second album Another Eternity (4AD, March 3), the follow up to 2012 debut Shrines.
[Purity Ring]

Father John Misty ‘Chateau Lobby 4 (in C for Two Virgins)’
J Tillman, prolific solo artist and former Fleet Foxes drummer, prepares to release his second album under the FJM moniker, I Love You Honeybear, the follow up to his excellent 2012 album Fear Fun. This song is beautiful.
[Father John Misty]

Diet Cig ‘Scene Sick’
Indiepop duo from New Paltz, NY. Taken from their limited edition cassette only release, Over Easy.
[Diet Cig]

Cool Sounds ‘Death Boys’
Melbourne indie pop band with a track from their new album, Healing Crystals.
[Cool Sounds]

The Decemberists ‘Mistral’
Penultimate track on the forthcoming What a Terrible World, What A Beautiful World.
[The Decemberists]

Of Montreal ‘Bassem Sabry’
Funky number from the forthcoming follow up to Lousy With Sylvianbriar, Aureate Gloom, out March 3 on Polyvinyl. This track is named after the Egyptian journalist and human rights campaigner who died in tragic circumstances last year at the age of 31.
[Of Montreal]

Girlpool ‘Alone at the Show’
After last year’s excellent self-titled EP / mini album. This is a new track featured on The Le Sigh Vol. II

Ryley Walker ‘Primrose Green’
Lovely bit of retro, jazzy, psych folk. The title track of his second album, due out on Dead Oceans in March.
[Ryley Walker]

All Dogs ‘Georgia
Columus Ohio female fronted indie rockers first featured back in September 2013 with Lovesong (ITP #41). Like Girlpool’s ‘Alone at the Show’ this is taken from the new The Le Sigh Vol II zine + tape (sadly already sold out).
[All Dogs]

Waxahatchee ‘Air’
From Katie Crutchfield’s follow up to Cerulean Salt.

Twerps ‘I Don’t Mind’
Melbourne janglers with a track from their forthcoming second album Range Anxiety, out next week in Chapter Music / Merge.

Chastity Belt ‘Time to Go Home
First featured with ‘Black Sail’ back in August 2013 (ITP #39), this is the title track from the Pacific North West band’s forthcoming second album, due out in March on Hardly Art.
[Chastity Belt]

Natalie Prass ‘My Baby Don’t Understand Me’
Following on from ‘Why Don’t You Believe Me’ (ITP # 67) here’s another track from the debut album by sometime member of Jenny Lewis’ backing band and old schoolmate of Matthew E. White, Natalie Prass. This is taken from her debut album due out January 26 on Spacebomb.
[Natalie Prass]

Iron & Wine ‘Everyone’s Summer of ‘95’
An old previously unreleased track, this is coming out on Archive Series Vol. 1 album and dates from the same time as the songs on his debut album The Creek Drank The Cradle (2002).
[Iron & Wine]