Neneh Cherry & The Thing
“Dream Baby Dream” [Suicide cover]

On June 19, Neneh Cherry and avant-jazz trio The Thing (Mats Gustafsson! Ingebrigt Håker Flaten! Paal Nilssen-Love!) will release The Cherry Thing via Smalltown Supersound. The collaboration is fitting too, since The Thing is named after a piece by jazz legend Don Cherry, who is the stepfather of Neneh, who is collaborating with The Thing, who are releasing a new album called The Cherry Thing on June 19 via Smalltown Supersound. See what I mean? Now listen to what I mean. “Dream Baby Dream” is streaming right here:

• Neneh Cherry: https://www.facebook.com/nenehcherryofficial
• Smalltown Supersound: http://www.smalltownsupersound.com

The Summer Pledge

“B’s Teeth”

Much of The Summer Pledge’s forthcoming album incurs the adage that some songs are meant to be played loud-as-fuck. One listen to the Detroit quartet’s music and you’d think they were sonic adrenaline junkies, polyrhythmic-pounding, swirled-up-shreds and keyed-up grooves, the levels all pushed up and the vocals soaring, almost searing their way up to the top of all the intertwining crash-upon-clash-upon-coalescing-cascade of meticulously spindled, knotty melody.

These four twenty-somethings aim to put their own signatures upon the malleable (inherently spacious) stylistic realm of post-prog and/or math-rock (should we call it post-math-rock, yet?). They’ve had a few years now to synchronize their intricate rhythms and enthusing stomp-of-the-mighty-guitar-pedal into some kind of scorching, almost-orchestral swell of barrel-rolling riffs; now on their second full-length, they’re that much closer to fully grasping that propulsive aesthetic for which their album (Vessels) is titled. Dazzling at some points, but a bit of a deluge at others — the key, for the listener and for these players, might be merely to just hold on.

• The Summer Pledge: http://www.thesummerpledge.com

Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band

“Sangre Colorada”

In May, Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band will release their second collection of Spanish folk song called Perlas via Fire Records. The album, which follows 2010’s Anda Jaleo, sees the group drawing directly from the folk traditions of Castile, the Basque, Santander, and the Costa Brava, with songs and poems handpicked by Foster. It’s a really fantastic record, and makes me even more excited for Foster’s solo follow-up to 2010’s Graphic as a Star (no word yet a new solo album, but I’m still excited anyway — leave me alone!).

Listen to “Sangre Colorada”:

• Josephine Foster: http://myspace.com/josephinefoster
• Fire: http://www.firerecords.com

Death Grips

“I’ve Seen Footage”

When I listen to this song, all I hear is this: The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic. The Money Store is out April 24 on Epic.

FYI: the video is coming out in a couple days.

• Death Grips: http://thirdworlds.net
• Epic/Columbia: http://www.sonymusic.com

Johnny Headband

“And Then Again”

Try again. Again, please. How else are you going to get to Carnegie Hall… or at least to the Rodeo? Practice! It will make perfect. Try it again. Maybe that horse snaps you off, you break a rib, maybe you’ve got some internal bleeding, or maybe you pull a hamstring out there, trying to jog in a suit and tie under an imposing cowboy hat in 80-degree weather, or maybe breakdancing in reverse will sprain your ankle. You mend, and then you try it again. Detroit’s brother duo Johnny Headband show their resolve in this video for the second single from their forthcoming Who Cooks For You (summer 2012). The secret as to how mastery of the royal game of Chess can lead to the Americana corral-kick-outs of the rodeo will likely be revealed throughout the subsequent songs on the full album.

In the meantime, this is just a glimpse, wherein the boys (Chad & Keith Thompson) casually flare their funky dance moves with tasteful employment of laser lights and smoke machines.

• Johnny Headband: http://johnnyheadband.com

Patrick Higgins

“Bouree” [from Lute Suite No.1, J.S. Bach @ Garfield Artworks]

This whole Patrick Higgins/Diamond Terrifier tour sports a strict balance between electronic and instrument crafting. Remember last Thursday? Well this is that, and live-r than ever. Patrick Higgins ain’t fuckin’s ‘round. At first, it’s possible to get confused at all that sound-drone-plugged-delay furry. Err, wait. Isn’t that what is happening? Man between guitar and motherboards. And doing it across a couple states, right now. And, again, at your leisure, show your balance between electronic and instrumental craft by clicking on ya mouse and going to the tour Twitter! Give ‘em something to do on their way to you.

• Patrick Higgins: http://patrickhigginsmusic.com

  

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