“Artificial Lamb”

Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista project is back with a new album, In Animal Tongue. Due September 20 on longtime home Constellation, the album features bassist Tara Barnes and keyboardist Dominic Cramp backing up Bozulich, whose lyrics are, in her own words, driven “by the forces of rocks, evolution, geology, drugs, boxing, everything-ology and dead stuff that makes the dirt and cement and the trees grow. Plus real versus fake!!!” (For more fantastic quotes, check out our 2008 interview with Bozulich here.)

Check out “Artificial Lamb,” the album’s leadoff track.

• Evangelista: http://www.carlabozulich.com
• Constellation: http://www.cstrecords.com


The Hunter [album trailer]

Warner Bros. wants us to feast our eyes on the “official” album trailer for The Hunter, the forthcoming fifth album from metal dudes Mastodon. For those keeping track, that crunchy riff in the trailer comes from album track “Black Tongue.” Expect that riff and a bunch of other ones in full later this year.

• Mastodon: http://www.mastodonrocks.com
• Warner Bros.: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com

Death Grips


Death Grips, the Sacramento hip-hop group (which just so happens to feature drummer boy Zach Hill), have posted a video for “Beware,” the intro track to ExMilitary. The free, self-released mixtape made our list of favorite 25 albums of the year so far. Hear the full album here:

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net


Wugazi: 13 Chambers [full-album download]

Today, Doomtree’s Cecil Otter and Swiss Andy release Wugazi: 13 Chambers, a mashup of Wu-Tang and Fugazi. Grab a full download of it here, and check out “Sleep Rules Everything Around Me” below. Minneapolis represent!

• Doomtree: http://www.doomtree.net

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks


Stephen Malkmus, the Kemialliset Ystävät of indie rock, has another track to share. This one’s called “Tigers,” definitely the coolest cat in the Felidae family.

• Stephen Malkmus: http://stephenmalkmus.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

[Photo: Leah Nash]

Carol Kleyn


Next Tuesday, Drag City will reissue Carol Kleyn’s Love Has Made Me Stronger, a 1976 album that was originally sold directly from Kleyn and only on tour. Somehow, someway, her voice and harp skills have survived through 35 years of political and social bullshit (I’m in one of those moods) and has landed on the desk of Mr. Drag City himself. Finally: worldwide distribution.

• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com



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