25 September 2012

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - "Walk Like a Giant"

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have made a new record, and will be blessing us with Psychedelic Pill on October 30 via Reprise. It's their first batch of new jams since 2003, and if "Walk Like a Giant" is any indication then we are in for a treat. This is only a taste, and the full-length version of this track clocks in at nearly 16 minutes. The official video also features an appearance by Bigfoot, which is just cool.



Dum Dum Girls - "Lord Knows" (VIDEO)



Arguably, the most striking thing from the Dum Dum Girls recent recorded output is the fact that they've swelled and evolved into so much more than a garage rock band. It started when He Gets Me High arrived, and last year's long-player Only In Dreams further reiterated it. This isn't to say that garage rock is a simple thing to tackle because it isn't, and this is more than just a celebration of a fully realized brand.
Depending on your temperament, the music fills more than just your headphones or your speakerbox. It's considerably more polished, and yet the lyrics have gotten considerably more heavy. On the first record, there was some yearning but there was also a certain attitude, if you will ,and the songs moved by at such a clip where the album undoubtedly soundtracked many Saturday nights.
"Lord Knows", off the stellar End of Daze, is seemingly for wrestling with issues while caught in that mid-week lull. Not to generalize, but there are some who drink not because they hope to find a grand party at the end of the tunnel but because they're coping or because their head/heart hurt badly enough where there isn't another outlet. By no means is this merely a song to drink along with, but depending on your circumstances it should make you think at least a little bit.
The video is shot strikingly in a hued grey-ish, and is mildly hard to follow in the sense that it's difficult to understand exactly what another is going through when you yourself are not going through the same thing.  The track, on the other hand, is divine no matter how you slice it.

End of Daze is out now via Sub Pop

24 September 2012

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - "Black Mold"



It's not every day that you can see something that includes flannel shirts, dudes eating meat right off the bone, and rampant cannibalism; but then again, it's not all that often when bands like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion come around. After a prolonged absence, they're back making music again. It's hard to say whether it's their titan status or just general vision that allows for music videos to be made like this, but it's rad either way. There are proper opening credits, and the action that takes place doesn't really focus on the band all that much. It feels like a piece of film. It moves briskly, too. Man finds hand. Hand sends a shock through man's system. He gets an itch. His friend is unfortunate. How all the apples factor into the proceedings is anyone's guess, but there's something gnarly afoot in the woods and even Jon Spencer himself can't avoid it.

Meat and Bone is out now via Boombox / Mom + Pop
video via Pitchfork.tv

15 September 2012

Big Time Hanging Out

As per Gary's official dispatch from Hopscotch the other week: "This band rocks shit."
When the dust settles, some missives will be sent out. Also a certain column that highlights the cross-section between cigarettes and rock and roll will be making a return, but until then enjoy your weekend. I have some Lightning Bolt tickets to track down.

01 September 2012

From the Correspondence Desk...

It's pushing four in the morning where I'm at, but I intend on watching cerebral crime drama/thrillers until sometime tomorrow afternoon. This week has alternately shot my nerves and invigorated me to the point where I can't wait until what's next. This may be too much of an editorial for what normally passes as par for this course, but it seems (at least at this hour) like something that should be shared. There are many, many shows coming up. to go along with several wildly anticipated album releases; All of which leads to a grand idea that the soundtrack of the year has not been set yet. There have been some divine entries for sure, but it's vitally important to remember that September has barely entered the picture. Not to suggest that any of this will definitively upset the current landscape, but at the same time its worth mentioning that some veritable behemoths of all-things-good are prepping new releases.
In other news, there may or may not be a tropical storm occurring. Regardless of the shakedown, it appears that action is on the horizon.
Additionally, it has come to my attention that this song has slipped passed me for far too long.