It was 2004 last time Björk gave us something truly badass like this. I KNOW, RIGHT!? I would have thought an album featuring TMT favs Chris Corsano and Brian Chippendale would have been a lot more brutal, but I digress. “Crystalline” is the first single from her upcoming album/multimedia project Biophilia, and it is better than every last song on Volta. When you hear its ending, the Venetian Snares fans among us will be wondering if Aaron Funk had anything to do with this track. Scrape your jaw off the floor people, she’s fucking back!! Check it out here.

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“I Might”

Break out the streamers: Wilco has just unveiled their new single, “I Might.” The single comes in the form of a “special festival clear-vinyl edition” (a 7-inch), and it’s backed with a cover of Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label,” a dedication to his then-new label Stiff Records. Kind of a weird song to choose, am I right? Anyway, the single, which was recently performed live at the group’s Solid Sound Festival and spun on local radio stations, celebrates the launch of their own label, dBpm Records (TMT News). Ohhhhh…. I get it now! Those silly Wilco boys!

Check out “I Might” here.

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Jib Kidder

“Do It All The Time”

Jib Kidder, who made his debut appearance on the Chocolate Grinder earlier this year (congrats, Jib!), has a new song to share. The track, titled “Do It All The Time,” is off Steal Guitars, a new album that’s expected later this year on the mighty States Rights Records.

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Mika Vainio

“Open Up and Bleed” [The Stooges cover]

Next month, Mika Vainio, the more easily pronounceable half of Pan Sonic (Ilpo Väisänen is the other dude), is releasing a new solo album. The album, henceforth known as Life (…It Eats You Up), is said to use guitar as the primary sound source. Check out Vainio’s bold cover of “Open Up and Bleed,” an Iggy Pop and The Stooges song. Then re-listen to The Stooges’ version for, you know, purely educational purposes:

Look for Life (…It Eats You Up) on July 26 on Editions Mego.

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Barn Owl & The Infinite String Ensemble


“Levitation” is a beautiful slice of drone work from Ellen Fullman, Theresa Wong, The Norman Conquest, and Barn Owl, whose new collaborative album Headlands is out now on Important Records. The collision of electronics and acoustics is particularly exciting here, with the rise and fall of sound allowing overtones to creep in and out of the mix. It’s a very “big” sound. Watch the video below for an explanation of Fullman’s Long Stringed Instrument, which definitely adds to that organic bigness:

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John Maus

“Head for the Country”

A couple months ago, John Maus released a video for “Believer.” TMT writer Keith Kawaii wrote some bullshit about it here. While his new album, We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves, still isn’t out yet — it’s due June 28 on Ribbon/Upset the Rhythm — Maus has another video in the bag, this time for “Head for the Country,” which was shot in my neck of the woods.

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