The Men at Mellow Johnny’s during SXSW 2012 photo by Jim Bennett
Last week the straight outta the mosh pit quartet The Men released the first song from their upcoming album New Moon - “Electric” carries on their direct and loud, but sincere and present, approach to punk. If anything can remind us what it’s like to sweat gallons at a show and wash it all down with a cold beer, “Electric” definitely can. For tour dates and the track list visit Impose and hear the official audio below.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds released a lyric video for their “Jubilee Street” from their upcoming album Push The Sky Away out February 19th. Moody vocals are backed by lovely instrumentation as Nick Cave fills the song with mournful soul - “She had a little black book - and my name was written on every page” he sings. [Pitchfork]
In advance of their newly announced and long awaited debut full-length, Seattle band Pickwick are releasing a 3-song covers EP tomorrow, January 15th. Today, you can download Richard Swift’s “Lady Luck,” featuring Sharon Van Etten as guest vocalist, on their website (and listen to it below). The LP, Can’t Talk Medicine, will follow on March 12, just in time for SXSW.
I hope you are ready for this: you can now stream the entirety of Toro Y Moi‘s new album Anything in Return over at Pitchfork Advance. Not only can you listen to the creator of chill’s album, but you can view the album liner and artwork as well.
Also streaming on Pitchfork Advance is Foxygen‘s new album We are the 21st Century Ambassador’s of Peace and Magic. If you’re looking for calm indie rock to soothe your Monday-morning-ness, this album is the one for you.
Karen O is back - and she’s blonde - and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have got a whole new album, Mosquito + the freaky album art. Based on these things, I think it’s safe to say the new album is going to be dark. Check out the album teaser. [Stereogum]
Witty herald Mac Demarco released a new video for his “Dreamin” - featuring Demarco turned Mozart by sporting some truly lovely lipstick, a dapper wig, and (hopefully) a Viceroy dangling from his mouth. In the end he’s slime covered and lost in dreams. Check it out below. [Impose]
San Diego’s Tropical Popsicle released a new Kubrickian video for “Ghost Beacons” - and though the sound on this particular song might not be as dark as they are often labeled, the video’s weirdness makes up for it. Catch it below. [Impose]
In local and nearby news, Seattle producer Kid Smpl has been making big, slow, warm, calm waves with his remix of The xx‘s “Fiction”, and Vancouver punks Nu Sensae released this strobe heavy video for their track “Spit Gifting”. Catch both below. [Fader, Fader]
In case it was possible for you to miss these three announcements, here they are - Destiny’s Child have released their new single “Nuclear,” which you can listen to here, Justin Timberlake (yes) released his first track in years on his countdown site, and Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray and TV celebrity is hosting his own boat festival “Mark McGrath & Friends”. I could tell you things about this such as the fact that the line-up includes Smash Mouth and Gin Blossoms, but really you should just click here so you can see the whole thing yourself. [Spin]
Okay, one last thing - Santigold released this joyous video for her track “Girls” for the HBO show Girls that had it’s season premiere last night. Catch that below.