Cynthia Orgel

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    10 Albums to Stream: Future, Thee Oh Sees, Kelis, and Lefse Records' 'The Space Project'

    Close out the work week by streaming new albums from Future (who headlined our SPIN's 2014 SXSW day party at Stubb's), Thee Oh Sees, Kelis, and the late, great Jason Molina.1) Future, Honest. "Featuring appearances from huge names including Drake, Kanye West, Pharrell, Pusha T and André 3000, the songs on [Future's] follow-up to 2012’s Pluto is, in his own words 'just a reflection of me…I stayed mysterious [with Pluto] because I wanted people to feel like they're growing with me. There's no room for growth if people already know everything about you. With Honest, I know what I'm doing much more.'" (via MTV U.K.)2) Thee Oh Sees, Drop. "We all got a bad scare late last year when the prolific and consistently great garage-psych institution Thee Oh Sees announced their hiatus, but now here we are just a few months later and the band is back with a brand new album.

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    Stream Fantasmes' Chilling, Enticing 'Thralls to Strange Witchcraft' EP

    Back in March, Puerto Rico's Fantasmes released nearly five minutes of subtly bone-chilling, Western-tinged psych-rock dubbed "The Shadow Self." That same otherworldly — dare we even say sinister — muse runs throughout the Puerto Rican six-piece's latest EP, Thralls to Strange Witchcraft.Recorded at the band's studio (Casa Fantasmes), the upcoming release features "The Shadow Self" alongside three other tracks: the slow-moving, floaty opener, "Bare Bones"; the suspenseful "They Will," powered by throbbing drums and steamy growls; and entrancing, shimmering closer "Sieben Vier." Worship the entire Thralls to Strange Witchcraft EP below. Vinyl pressings arrive April 23, digital versions are out now via Last Bummer Records (U.S.) and L.O.O.S.E (Canada).

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    Thee Oh Sees, OFF!, and Gizmos Join Burger Boogaloo Lineup

    The good folks at Burger Records have announced another batch of performers for the upcoming fifth annual Burger Boogaloo. OFF!, Personal & the Pizzas, iconic proto-punk rockers Gizmos, and Thee Oh Sees are now booked for the two-day showcase, which takes place at Oakland's verdant Mosswood Park on July 5 and 6.Previously announced performers include the Ronettes' starlet Ronnie Spector, La Sera, Shannon and the Clams, Nobunny, Juan Wauters, White Fang, and the Muffs. The Fourth of July weekend event is doubly significant for Thee Oh Sees: Not only do the garage-rock kings have a new album coming out (Drop, due April 19), but the summer gig will also mark the band's first Bay Area performance since frontman John Dwyer relocated from San Francisco to Los Angeles.Single-day tickets and two-day passes for the Burger Boogaloo are currently on sale through the festival's website.

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    The Harpoons' Unwavering Devotion is Palpable in 'Unforgettable' Video

    Back in 2012, the Harpoons released Walk Away/Keep You Around, a heartfelt EP full of mixed emotions and soothing beats. Later this year, the Australian pop/R&B outfit will release its debut full-length via Down Under label Two Bright Lakes. Dubbed Falling For You, the upcoming album powered by alluring electronics and a captivating case of unconditional love, as heard on first single "Unforgettable."First, though, comes the track's official video, directed by Annelise Hickey and Ruby Fiedler. While the song boasts handclaps, bongo beats, and heavy, humming synths, the clip features vocalist Bec Rigby, up close and personal, belting out her love-stricken lyrics with her eyes closed. She then appears alongside her bandmates — songwriters and brothers, Henry and Jack Madin, as well as Martin King (beatsmith, singer) — in color-coordinated outfits as they jump and dance in slow motion.

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    Hear Jon Langford & Skull Orchard's Buoyant, Folky 'Days & Nights' Single

    On April 1, Jon Langford & Skull Orchard released Here Be Monsters, a 10-track album replete with nods to Langford's long-running cowpunk project Mekons. Now, less than a month later, the Welsh-born, Chicago-based songwriter already has a Monsters follow-up on the way. For this year's Record Store Day (that's April 19), Jon Langford & Skull Orchard will drop the "Days & Nights" seven-inch by way of In De Goot Recordings.The upcoming vinyl contains two new songs: the fluttering, daydreamy title track, and its lively B-side, "Here's What We Have (The Nixon Song)." Both tunes complement Langford's sometimes-smooth, sometimes-gruff pipes with sugary, female vocals, and both are streaming below.

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    Ed Schrader's Music Beat Celebrates Post-Punk on 'Televan'

    Two years ago, Ed Schrader's Music Beat released their spirited, genre-bending LP Jazz Mind. Now the Baltimore duo — which includes singer-songwriter-drummer Ed Schrader and bassist Devlin Rice — are preparing to release their follow-up full-length, Party Jail, due out on May 20 via on Infinity Cat Recordings. "Televan," the second single off of Party Jail, contains no trace of jazz, though it offers a minute-and-a-half's worth of irresistible, in-your-face post-punk in its stead. The spurt of energy comes with Schrader's shouty hook, the persistent poundings of his single floor tom, and Rice's top-notch, tempestuous basslines.Ed Schrader's Music Beat are currently on tour with their hometown friends Future Islands.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Slint, Afghan Whigs, Woods, the Both, and More

    Another week, another batch of fresh album streams. Below you'll find a remastered version of Slint's classic Spiderland, followed by new releases from Afghan Whigs, the Birds of Satan, Woods, and more.1) Slint, Spiderland (Remastered). "It's hard to talk about Slint without using two foreboding and loaded descriptors: 'seminal' and 'post-rock,' neither of which conjures much in the way of warmth. To call a band 'seminal' is to redefine its albums as homework; to call a band 'post-rock' is to make it seem as shadowy and formless as self-important as the term itself. Listening to Spiderland now, freshly remastered for this box set by Bob Weston, it's clear how much it deserves reconsideration as a work of haunting beauty and surprising warmth." (via NPR)2) The Both, The Both.

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    Young Galaxy Stretch Sam Roberts Band's 'Shapeshifters' Into a Smooth Banger

    Back in February, Sam Roberts Band's funky "Shapeshifters" inspired New Yorkers to loosen up and dance their way through subway stations. Now, the Canadian quintet's Lo-Fantasy opener has received the remix treatment from with fellow Canucks Young Galaxy.This new version of "Shapeshifters" contains the electronic buzzes and whirs found in the original, but this redux is less about cymbal-crashing dance-rock, and more about sleek keys, hand claps, bongo beats, and glitchy, stuttering vocals. Stream the remix below, and find it on April 19 (a.k.a. Record Store Day 2014), when it arrives as a limited-run vinyl via Paper Bag Records. Find the track list below, followed by U.S.

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    Hear Bonsai's Darling Dream-Pop Single 'I Fashion You're a Dreamer'

    Bonsai's name may suggest East Asian origins, but the trio of singer-songwriter Simone Stevens, guitarist Greg McMullen, and drummer Bryan Bisordi has its roots in Brooklyn. That said, the moniker fits for their delicate and consciously well-crafted music. Bonsai's brand of gentle, acoustic guitar-driven dream-pop organically grows into something grand. Below is "I Fashion You're a Dreamer," the first single from the band's self-titled, Kickstarter-funded debut EP, out May 27. Press the play button below and get lost in this lovely nod to doo-wop carried by Stevens' pensive and haunting lyrics: "Oh, I never fashioned you a dreamer / I saw you suffer in a melody called reality / I never fashioned you a dreamer / 'til your dream shook me."

  • cousins, mess, the halls of wickwire

    Watch COUSINS Play With Food, Make An Existential 'Mess'

    COUSINS are on the cusp of releasing The Halls of Wickwire, their third album of bold, tastefully fuzzy garage-rock. In advance of the upcoming platter (which is out May 13 via Ba Da Bing! Records) we have the not-so-tasteful music video for anthemic LP cut "Mess." The song delivers a pleasing blend of raucous guitars, crashing cymbals, and headstrong lyrics.

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