In The Pharmacy #94 – Late January 2016

PJ Harvey ‘The Wheel’
First single from the forthcoming The Hope Six Demolition Project (April 15, Island) follows on from where Let England Shake left off, with added sax.
[PJ Harvey]

The I Don’t Cares ‘Born For Me’
Paul Westerberg and Juliana Hatfield team up for a new project which rocks in an understated way. The original version of this track featured on Westerberg’s album Suicaine Gratifaction (1999).
[The I Don’t Cares]

Operators ‘Cold Light’
Dan Boeckner (Divine Fits, Handsome Furs, Wolf Parade) with a track taken from the forthcoming debut Operators album Blue Wave (April 1, Last Gang Records). Eighties-indebted electronic pop with more than a nod to New Order.
[Operators]

Daughter ‘No Care’
The first of two tracks featured this episode from Daughter’s excellent second album Not to Disappear (4AD, out now). This is the record’s outlier, fast and direct and under three minutes long.
[Daughter]

Two White Cranes ‘Unattached’
Roxy Brennan (who can also be found playing with Trust Fund and Joanna gruesome) has been singing in her home town of Bristol for ten years. Two White Cranes is her solo project (though it also features collaborators). It’s a little indie folk, a little indie pop and very tuneful.
[Two White Cranes]

Suede ‘Like Kids’
Since 2010, Suede have done a great job of showing how you can handle a reunion with dignity. Playing hits heavy shows (check out their 2015 Glastonbury performance) and releasing two very good new albums 2013’s Bloodsports and now the loose concept album Night Thoughts. This track channels the same energy and vibe of the Coming Up-era.
[Suede]

Walter Martin ‘The Tourist’
Another tropical-flavoured track from the former Walkmen member’s Art and Leisure album (out now, Ile Flottante).
[Walter Martin]

Eleanor Friedberger ‘Cathy with the Curly Hair’
Former Fiery Furnaces Friedberger with another charming track from her third (and best) solo album New View (out now, Frenchkiss).
[Eleanor Friedberger]

Ryley Walker ‘The Roundabout’

I was fortunate to see Ryley Walker twice on his recent visit to Australia and was surprised when he played sets that featured none of my favourite tracks from last year’s excellent Primrose Green. Surprised, but not disappointed when he treated us to new songs such as this one.
[Ryley Walker]

Ty Segall ‘Diversion’
More west coast heavy psych from the Emotional Mugger album, this is a cover of a 1973 Equals number penned by Eddy Grant.
[Ty Segall]

Naps ‘Social Skills’
DIY indiepop from Tallahasee band.
[Naps]

Amber Arcades ‘Right Now’
Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf records (aided by friends) under the moniker Amber Arcades, last year she went to New York to record her debut album with Ben Greenberg (formerly of The Men). The album is due out This track is taken from those sessions.[Amber Arcades]

Beverly ‘Victoria’
Brooklyn indiepop types Beverly, (now the core of Drew Citron plus collaborators after the departure of fellow founding member and Brooklyn indiepop-Zelig Frankie Rose) return with another track from their forthcoming second album Blue Swell (May 6th, Kanine).[Beverly]

Public Access TV ‘On Location’
New York Band. fans of The Strokes no doubt, deliver a crisp slice of new wave influenced guitar rock.
[Public Access TV]

Your Friend ‘Come Back From It’
Domino-signed Kansas musician Taryn Blake Miller channels her inner Jana Hunter on this excellent track from her debut album Gumption (out now).
[Your Friend]

Nap Eyes ‘Roll It’
Following on from Mixer (ITP #92) this taken from the Halifax Nova Scotia band’s new album Thought Rock Fish Scale (February 5, Paradise of Bachelors).
[Nap Eyes]

Martha Ffion ‘Wallflower’
“Classic songwriting with a dream pop sheen” from Glasgow-based Irish singer songwriter, Claire Martha Ffion McKay.
[Martha Ffion]

Frankie Cosmos ‘Sinister’
Prolific Brooklynite musician Greta Kline follows up Zentropy with a track from her second album under the Frankie Cosmos name, New Thing (April 1, Bayonet).
[Frankie Cosmos]

Daughter ‘Fossa’
Second, more spacious track from Not to Disappear (4AD, out now).
[Daughter]

Father John Misty ‘Maybe, Sweet One, You Won’t Have Nightmares Tonight’
“I was asked to write a lullaby for Stephen Colbert as part of a skit for the show. Unfortunately the bit was cut for time/content.”
[Father John Misty]

Britta Phillips ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right’
Britta Phillips of Luna and Dean and Britta fame will release her debut solo album later this year. Here’s a taste of what she can do in the driving seat with this wonderful Dylan cover.[Britta Phillips]

Stars ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’
Stars have long had a way with the cover version and in 2016 they’ll be releasing one a month, here’s the first featuring a lead vocal from Amy Milan on another Dylan classic.[Stars]

In The Pharmacy #71 – Late January 2015

The 20 best songs from the last two weeks. New music from Courtney Barnett, Death Cab for Cutie, The Mountain Goats, Torres (pictured), Diet Cig, Sleater-Kinney, Milo Greene, Cool Sounds, Mondo Drag, Mikal Cronin, Twerps, Motorama, Belle and Sebastian, Ty Segall, The Dodos, Diagrams, Girlpool, Chandos, Ryley Walker and Natalie Prass.

Courtney Barnett ‘Pedestrian At Best’

Apart from one track on her own Milk! Records compilation, Courtney Barnett hasn’t released any new music since the How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose EP back in October 2013. She and her band have spent the last 15 months touring the world in support of a compilation of that record and its predecessor (2012’s I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris) which, despite being called The Double EP some people seem to have mistaken for her debut album. Sometime in there, CB and her (now fourpiece) band have found the time to record her debut album proper, the forthcoming Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (due out in March on Milk! / Mom & Pop). This is the first track and if this and live favourite ‘Depreston’ are anything to go by, she is about to totally deliver the album everyone is hoping for.
[Courtney Barnett]

Death Cab for Cutie ‘Black Sun’
The first taste of DCFC’s first post-Chris Walla album Kintsugi (March 31, Atlantic) doesn’t stray very far from the template they’ve carved out on recent albums, but is better than anything on their last album, the underwhelming Codes and Keys.
[Death Cab for Cutie]

The Mountain Goats ‘The Legend of Chavo Guerrero’

First taste of John Darnielle’s wrestling-themed album Beat the Champ (April, Merge) proves that, like his previous works, you don’t need to know much about the subject matter to find his lyrics fascinating (and, of course, the music is great too).
[The Mountain Goats]

Torres ‘Strange Hellos’

Mackenzie Scott (aka Torres) made the best debut album of 2013. Last year, her output was limited to two tracks. One (‘The Harshest Light’) on a Record Store Day split 7” with Motel Beds, the other only available on Soundcloud. The latter track, ‘New Skin’ featured performances from Adam Granduciel and Sharon Van Etten and was my favourite track of 2014. Both tracks appear (possibly in different versions) on her forthcoming second album Sprinter (Partisan, May 5).
[Torres]

Diet Cig ‘Harvard’

After ‘Scene Sick’ appeared earlier this month (ITP #70),this is the second track to get a release from the New Paltz, NY duo’s limited edition cassette EP, Over Easy due out via their Bandcamp at the end of February.
[Diet Cig]

Sleater-Kinney ‘Price Tag’
Opening track from their excellent (and very beautifully packaged) comeback album, out now on Sub Pop.
[Sleater-Kinney]

Milo Greene ‘When It’s Done’
From the fictitiously monikered California pop band’s second album Control (out this week on Atlantic).
[Milo Greene]

Cool Sounds ‘Night Line’
Another track from the Melbourne indie pop band’s new album, Healing Crystals (out now on Beko).
[Cool Sounds]

Mondo Drag ‘Zephyr’

Oakland, CA heavy psych rockers with the opening track from their eponymous second album, out now on Kozmik Artifactz. Is that the influence of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Higher Ground’ in the rhythm?
[Mondo Drag]

Mikal Cronin ‘Make My Mind Up’
The occasional Ty Segall sideman returns with a track from his forthcoming third album MC III (May 5, Merge). Hopefully, like its predecessors, it will contain more lush, melodic psych pop nuggets like this.
[Mikal Cronin]

Twerps ‘Simple Feelings’
Superior Melbourne janglists with an unabashed fondness for The Clean with another track from their excellent second album Range Anxiety (out now on Chapter Music / Merge).
[Twerps]

Motorama ‘Lottery’
Half early-Cure post-punk, half jangle pop, all goodness from the Russian five-piece.
[Motorama]

Belle and Sebastian ‘Allie’

Another stand-out track from the band’s eclectic and wonderful Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance album.
[Belle and Sebastian]

Ty Segall ‘Mr Face’
Title track from the prolific San Francisco-based garage psych rock muso’s new EP.
[Ty Segall]

The Dodos ‘The Tide’

The third track featured here from the band’s forthcoming sixth album Individ.
[The Dodos]

Diagrams ‘Phantom Power’
Taken from former Tuung man Sam Genders’ new album Chromatics. Breezy pop with eclectic influences and bearing a little of the folktronica thumbprint of his previous outift. 
[Diagrams]

Girlpool ‘Chinatown’ 

After their appearance on the The Le Sigh Vol. II comp (ITP #70) this is another new track, from a forthcoming 7” (Wichita, March 24).
[Girlpool]

Chandos ‘Swim Gym’
Taken from the Boston band’s twisting, chugging, a little post-hardcore, a lot great Rats In Your Bed album (out now on Carpark).
[Chandos]

Ryley Walker ‘On the Banks of the Old Kishwaukee’
Another track from the Chicago folkie-jazzy guitarist’s wonderful new album Primrose Green.
[Ryley Walker]

Natalie Prass ‘Your Fool’
Taken from her debut Matthew E. White – produced debut album
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[Natalie Prass]