Big Business
“The Drift”

“The Drift” is off Big Business’ 2009 full-length Mind the Drift, released on Hydra Head.

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“(Yes) The Border Crossed Us”

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“(Yes) The Border Crossed Us,” the second single from Italian avant-punk gang TSIGOTI’s ESP-Disk Debut, Private Poverty to the Power People, is an exercise in political debauchery and a forward vocal delivery of self-restraint from Thollem Mcdonas that comes a-swingin’ right out of the gate. Behind this lies the wirey, convulsive guitars of mastermind Matteo Bennici that become the driving force of this quasi-punk anthem, while the rhythm section spends time deconstructing things down into No-Wave-esque breakdowns and pummeling, fluid drumming.

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Mi Ami

“Cut Men”

Mi Ami’s second full-length, Steal Your Face, is released April 6 via Thrill Jockey. “Cut Men” isn’t on there, but as the beautiful publicist says, “the track hints at Mi Ami’s current direction and offers up a taste of what’s to come.”

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Local Natives


Gorilla Manor is due February 16 on Frenchkiss.

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“Speak The Truth”

The 5LP box set for Dam-Funk’s Toeachizown is finally available through Stones Throw. Apparently, the set was delayed due to “a manufacturing issue” beyond the label’s control. Dam-Funk is offering this unreleased track as a present to those who were waiting for the set (as if 5LPs of material wasn’t enough).

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Fucked Up

“Crooked Head”

Fucked Up’s singles and rarities compilation, Couple Tracks: Singles 2002-2009, is out this week on Matador.

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