White Suns
“Footprints Filled”

“Footprints Filled” reminds me why I love LOAD Records. It’s also helping to solidify 2012 as an amazing year for “heavy” music, because White Suns are heavy, both literally and figuratively… or wait, I mean, I’m not saying they’re overweight and shit, but, like, it’s loud and also an epic trip. Listen to “Footprints Filled” here:

• White Suns: http://whitesuns.blogspot.com
• LOAD: http://loadrecords.com

Torche

“Reverse Inverted”

I don’t know what the bat that pissed in guitarist Andrew Elstner’s eye was thinking, because Torche might just be one of the best things to happen to sludge-pop since the Meat Puppets. By now, you’ve probably snagged “Kicking” — the balls-out, horns-up first single. Now, the Floridians have shared another track from their upcoming Harmonicraft (due April 24). “Reverse Inverted” has the same crunchy goodness you’ve come to expect from Torche, along with some downright hummable solos to add just enough pop to cut through the muck. There’s also a nice, Sabbath-y groove that sprawls throughout — hey, great bands with bat problems think alike. If you’re not a bat and you’re a fan of early, pre-suckage Foo Fighters or Houdini-era Melvins, be sure to give “Reverse Inverted” a listen.

• Torche: http://www.torchemusic.com
• Volcom Entertainment: http://www.volcoment.com

Death Grips

The Money Store [album stream]

Death Grips just wowed the world a few hours ago by getting Pitchfork to post this sweet picture from Coachella, alerting the “proper authorities” if you get me, and now they’re deciding (via Twitter) to share the whole damn Money Store album over a week ahead of its April 24 release date.

Go ahead and listen to it from back to front. Maybe even leave a comment, like “so killer,” or, “just preordered the vinyl!” or “just saw this at http://www.tinymixtapes.com interesting site btw.”

Also don’t forget their tour starts May 5.

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

[Photo: Natalie Kardos]

Hubble

“Hubble Escape”

To kick off both FriFri der 13th and his Hubble tour, Ben Greenberg provides you with exit music, “Hubble Escape.” Nothing says getting the fuck out of New York than the movie Escape from New York accompanied by a meandering soundtrack. And this is Hubble I’m writing about here; technology-gaping, delay-echo absorbed, an infinity of notes: SHREDDER. Maybe not shred in terms of let’s fucking shred, but in terms of a human being who transcends sound by gutting craft. Witness it above, and check out Hubble’s dates at Northern Spy.

• Hubble Homepage: http://missionhubble.blogspot.com
• Northern Spy: http://northern-spy.com/category/home

Chris Corsano

“Famously Short Arms”

Watch the video above. Seriously, it will change you. Chris Corsano, drummer extraordinaire, has taken to YouTube to release several videos documenting the recording process of his new album, Cut. In addition to the stunner above, check out Corsano playing a stringed-drum, a melodica, a triangle dangling from his mouth, and some thingamabobs.

Cut is due April 24 on Hot Cars Warp Records. Corsano will be bringing copies with him on his solo tour, so, you know, see you at the merch table.

• Chris Corsano: http://www.cor-sano.com

First Person Shootr

“Punch-Struck”

At least two or three times in my life, I have said, “This is gonna be the last chillwave album I really like.” The most recent time was back in February when I heard Mobility For Gods by First Person Shootr. For me, chillwave has always instigated imagery of beaches and surfers and such, and I felt the same way about Mobility — I used to bump it on my nano as I bladed down to the wharf. But now that I’ve seen the new video for the lead-off track “Punch-Struck,” I realize my imagery was all wrong. Paired with dark, haunting images, the slow-motion guitars and slurred lyrics turn from a lazy beach day to a very scary trip to the woods. Suddenly, First Person Shootr’s molasses beats topped with angelic synths don’t seem so comfortable anymore.

• First Person Shootr: http://twitter.com/#!/FIRSTSHOOTR
• Lefse: http://lefserecords.com/?page_id=2105

  

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