Here’s Some Good New Music


This week, an earthquake battered Mexico while a hurricane battered the Caribbean and Florida, Apple announced a new iPhone, Ted Cruz liked a porn video from his private Twitter account, and these songs came out.

Happy mid-September.

Mermaidens – Sunstone

Mermaidens are a three-piece band out of New Zealand. They just dropped this track from their new album, Perfect Body. Singer Lily Paris West has incredible control over her voice, shifting gears between a sultry coo to a full blown shriek like Senna in his prime.

Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black

I kid you not, a Pepsi ad played before I could listen to this song on YouTube. Ho0-boy. Anyway, this jam is the title track from Staples’ upcoming album, If All I Was Was Black. The album features ten songs about contemporary America today, and how little has changed in terms of the prejudice, ugliness, and danger she encountered during her early years touring with her family as The Staple Singers.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Little Thing Gone Wild

Here’s the latest from those leather-clad San Franciscans, BRMC. “Little Thing Gone Wild” is the first single off their newly announced upcoming album, Wrong Creatures, out January 12, 2018. Nick Launay, famed for his work with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is in the producer’s chair, so you know it’s gonna be good.

St.Vincent – Los Ageless

“How could anybody have you? / How could anybody have you and lose you? / How could anybody have you and lose you and not lose their mind, too?” Daaaamn Annie. How good is St. Vincent’s ability to throw down heart-wrenching lyrics over the top of a beat that makes you want to dance like no one’s watching? Except in this case, heaps of people are watching, because it’s St.Vincent and she has fans on every continent of the world.

Jaye Bartell – The Wilderness

After a U.S. tour with Kevin Morby in 2016 and a solo tour in Italy in 2017, North Carolina native Jaye Bartell returned to his former home to record his upcoming album, In A Time Of Trouble A Wild Exultation, out October 20. This is the first single off the album, a sombre ode to unhappy families everywhere.

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