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Danny Elfman – Big Mess

Danny Elfman has announced he will be releasing “Big Mess”, his first album of new music that is not soundtrack oriented, in June 11th via Epitaph and ANTI-.

Tracklist: 01 Sorry
02 True
03 In Time
04 Everybody Loves You
05 Dance With the Lemurs
06 Serious Ground
07 Choose Your Side
08 We Belong
09 Happy
10 Just a Human
11 Devil Take Away
12 Love in the Time of Covid
13 Native Intelligence
14 Better Times
15 Cruel Compensation
16 Kick Me
17 Get Over It
18 Insects

He has released a video for the latest single “True” directed by Sarah Sitkin.

His comeback started with the release of his first song in 36 years titled “Happy” which he had written for what would’ve been his triumphant show in Coachella 2020. This video was directed by Aron Johnson. The 3D photography was done by Sarah Sitkin.

The single that followed was “Sorry”. The animation was done by Jesse Kanda. This work was originally created as a visual for the Coachella live performance.

This was followed by “Loge In The Time Of Covid” which was directed by Sven Gutjahr.

“Kick Me” followed it. This video was directed by Petros Papahadjopoulos.

As exciting as it is hearing new Danny Elfman music, the excitement is exponentially greater knowing there would/is a tour involved. Seeing, experiencing, a live Danny Elfman show should be in (almost) everybody’s bucket list. He just might be the one artist who EVERYBODY knows at least 2 songs from.

Via a statement Elfman said: “Once I began writing, it was like opening a Pandora’s box and I found I couldn’t stop. None of it was planned. I had no idea how many songs I would write but from the start, it quickly became a two-sided project with heavily contrasting and even conflicting tones.”

Elfman enlisted guitarists Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N’ Roses) and Nili Brosh (Dethklok, Elfman), drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, The Vandals) and bassist Stu Brooks (Lady Gaga, Dub Trio).

Michelle Gurevich – No One Answer

Michelle Gurevich just released a new single titled “No One Answer”. This is available thru her bandcamp so go over and download it as this counts as essential listening.

She released a lyric video for it.

This is the first release since “Ecstasy in the Shadow of Ecstasy” was released back in May of 2020. No additional information has been released. Michelle Gurevich is a writer of ballads. She used to perform as Chinawoman and wrote the destined to be classic “Party Girl”.

Museum Of Love – Cluttered World

Museum Of Love will be releasing their second album “Life Of Mammals” this summer via Skint.

Tracklist: 1. Your Nails Have Grown
2. Life of Mammals
3. Marching Orders
4. Hotel at Home
5. Cluttered World
6. Ridiculous Body
7. Flat Side
8. Army of Children
9. The Conversation
10. Almost Certainly Not You

They’ve released a video for the song “Cluttered World” which was directed by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe.

Museum Of Love is Pat Mahoney and Dennis McNany. Mahoney is best known as the drummer in all-conquering NYC band LCD Soundsystem, while Dennis got his studio chops as an intern and assistant engineer at Plantain Studios in the West Village at a time when DFA’s Tim Goldsworthy was in permanent residence and a whole scene was emerging from Manhattan. “In those early days,” says Dennis, “it was just friends coming in and out, occasionally doing projects, so you would meet a lot of people. Pat was in and out and that’s how we got to know each other. It just became a little bit of a family there for a couple years.”

The album was written and produced by the band and it was mixed by James Murphy. The album features appearances from Arthur Russell, Peter Gordon and Matt Shaw.

Paper Mice – 1-800-MONDAYS

Paper Mice returns with their third full-length, and second for Three One G Records, 1-800-MONDAYS, out May 7th, 2021.

Tracklisting:
Fight Fire With Firearms
1-800-MONDAYS
Fight Spider With Fire
For The Birds
Trial By Fire
Fresh Coat
It’s Your Funeral
Taking The Heat
A Regular Guy
The Cynic Route

Paper Mice released a video for “The Cynic Route” with the direction and video concept by NNAMDÏ:

Still centered on their dense-but-slamming post-punk trio compositions, the arrangements broaden in scope, adding orchestral instruments and Beach Boys-inspired vocal harmonies, while the band incorporates new stylistic elements with occasional Metal riffs and twisted Latin-tinged melodies. These choices cleverly tie in with the pun-strewn lyrics about bizarre true-life stories: a parrot who flies away from home and returns four years later speaking Spanish; an educator who secretly- and repeatedly- defecates on the school’s track; an arachnophobic driver who tries to kill a spider at the gas pump… with a cigarette lighter! The band also expands their sonic footprint, recording the album at famed Electrical Audio. The ten songs go by quickly, but repeated listens are rewarded with new details and new laughs- provided you don’t throw your neck out trying to bob your head!

Bachelor – Stay In The Car

Bachelor is Ellen Kempner (Palehound) and Melina Duterte (Jay Som) and they have their debut album Doomin’ Sun coming out May 28th via Polyvinyl.

TRACKLIST:
01 “Back Of My Hand”
02 “Sand Angel”
03 “Stay In The Car”
04 “Went Out Without You”
05 “Spin Out”
06 “Anything At All”
07 “Moon”
08 “Sick Of Spiraling”
09 “Aurora”
10 “Doomin’ Sun”

They’re sharing the video for “Stay In The Car” which was directed by Haoyan Of America.

This is what Kempner said about “Stay In The Car”: “I wrote the lyrics to “Stay In the Car” back in December of 2019 when I was in Florida for my partner’s top surgery. I had run out one afternoon, post op, while he was healing to grab lunch for us and as I was gathering my stuff in the parking lot, a big car pulled up and this absolutely beautiful woman got out. She was dressed all in red, dripping with jewelry and had the most wild fiery mane I’d ever seen. She was yelling at the man behind the wheel asking him what he wanted from the store and I wished I was that man. I wanted to be a part of her life, her best friend, her driver, whatever she wanted me to be. I was completely mesmerized.”


“We wanted this song to be a visceral listening experience, inspired by the Pixies and the Breeders,” Duterte added. “For the music video, we worked on a two-day shoot with Haoyan of America in Poughkeepsie in extremely cold weather. We all collaborated on the idea that our friendship should be portrayed in a fun and stylish way. Haoyan captured that energy in his own unique and creative lens through his collection of 80s/90s/00s props and toys, CGI, and anything car-themed.”

We cannot wait until there’s some sort of touring in the near future and we are able to see them live.

Mike Edison & Guadalupe Plata – “The Devil Can’t Do You No Harm”

Just announced that Guadalupe Plata have partnered with Mike Edison for their new release “The Devil Can’t Do You No Harm” out April 16 via Everlasting Records.

Additional details such as runtime and tracklist have not been released yet. What they have released is the first single for the album: “Who Ya Gonna Call”, and it’s as good as anything that Guadalupe Plata have released before.

Mike Edison began his recording career back in 1987 with Sharky’s Machine. He also recorded and released a couple of albums with G.G. Allin. As Edison Rocket Train he has released a couple of albums that were produced by Jon Spencer. Edison is also an acclaimed and accomplished writer and editor.

The album was recorded in Seville, Spain in 2020 but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tomahawk – Predators and Scavengers

Tomahawk have released their first full-length album in eight years, Tonic Immobility (Ipecac Recordings), and with it they have shared a video for “Predators and Scavengers” directed, animated and produced by Diego Cumplido.

Duane Denison (The Jesus Lizard/Unsemble) said of the clip:”‘Predators and Scavengers’ started out as a general observation on the current ecological climate of our planet. Perhaps it could also be applied to the socioeconomic climate as well? “

Stop if you’ve heard this one before…Four guys from a bunch of other bands walk into a studio and walk out with a record. That’s sort of the story of Tomahawk, but it’s not the whole shebang. The guys—guitarist Duane Denison [the Jesus Lizard, Unsemble, etc.], vocalist Mike Patton [Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, etc.], drummer John Stanier [Helmet, Battles, etc.], and bassist Trevor Dunn [Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, etc.]—show up just when we need them. The first time was in 2001 with the self-titled Tomahawk. Following Mit Gas [2003] andAnonymous [2007], they dropped Oddfellows during 2013.

NOÊTA – Elm

NOÊTA will be releasing their second album titled “Elm” on April 23rd via Prophecy Productions.

Tracklist: 1. Dawn Falls
2. As I Fall Silent
3. Disillusion
4. Above And Below
5. Fade
6. As We Are Gone
7. Elm
8. Elm (II)

The duo, Êlea and Andris, released a video for the song Dawn Falls: Êlea says about the song: “The song “Dawn Falls” revolves an inner struggle that tries to balance between giving your trust to someone and holding back for self-protection. We can be so hopeful in our relationship with other people and give them power over us with our trust, our desires, our honesty. Yet in human relationships high hopes can betrayed leading to the inner abyss of loneliness and from there to isolation and resignation. When being alone becomes the easier choice, then pain might also offer an opportunity for strength and with it new hope.”

Something dark, melancholic, and at times even sinister is haunting each of the eight tracks collected on NOÊTA’s sophomore full-length, “Elm”, which is lyrically based loosely on emotions connected to the eponymous poem by the celebrated American writer Sylvia Plath. The music of the Swedish duo comes with an inherent ethereal beauty, which is carried by Êlea’s both lucent and lucid voice. The focus on the singer’s bewitching vocals is further underlined by a subtle and nearly minimalistic instrumentation by her long-time collaborator Andris, who masterly captures and enhances the musical moods.

Taking their name from the ancient Greek philosophical notion of universal thoughts or ideas that exist independently of any agent having them, NOÊTA embark on their musical journey into the otherworld with the highly praised 2015 EP “psykhē”, which also refers to classical Greek philosophy where it denotes the wholeness of a person. This was followed by the equally acclaimed debut album “Beyond Life and Death” in 2017, which added more depth and audible confidence to the duo’s compositions.

With the recording, production and mix again firmly controlled by NOÊTA, mastering of “Elm” was for the first time left to the expert hands of Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (MAYHEM, WATAIN). Guest contributions by KNOKKELKLANG and P.Stille of STILLA and BERGRAVEN also hint to Êlea’s roots in black metal that remain present although her darkness takes a different stylistic direction.

“Elm” witnesses NOÊTA charting their very own left hand course through the rising tide of unique female artists such as KRISTINA ESFANDIARI, ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF or EMMA RUTH RUNDLE to name but a few of the highly individual female voices claiming their territory in the world of dark music.

The Horrors – Lout EP

The Horrors released on March 12th via Wolf Tone titled “Lout”

The tracklist: 1 Lout
2 Org
3 Whiplash

The band released an audio video for Lout:

Faris Badwan said: “’Lout’ is about the relationship between choice and chance, compulsive risk-taking and pushing your luck. As a band, particularly live, we’ve always had an aggressive side and as we began writing new songs it became clear that we were heading in that direction.” Bassist Rhys Webb added: “It’s the nastiest music we’ve made since Strange House. An intense barrage of industrial noise. A return to the spirit and attitude of our debut LP but blasted into the future.”

Indeed as the statement reads the 3 songs are louder, heavier and more of a Skinny Puppy / Ministry industrial sound to them. The songs sound amazing. We cannot wait for touring to start so we can see them again.

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