The third Obits LP, titled Beds & Bugs, hits streets Sept. 10. As such, Rick Froberg and the gang have given us a brand new single for download called Spun Out. Here’s a little background on the song from guitarist Sohrab Habibion (via Brooklyn Vegan):
This tune was originally called “Black Ice” until we realized that there is an exceptionally mediocre AC/DC song and album from 2008 with the same name. So, instead of changing the name to a great Acca Dacca number like “She’s Got Balls,” we decided to go with “Spun Out.” When I first wrote the intro guitar part that ends up sort of doubling the opening bass line, I was thinking of trying something like what Stuart Moxham does on Young Marble Giants’ “Choco Loni,” but then Rick came up with those buttery Duane Eddy chords, which gave it nice twist. And for music nerds, there’s an interesting change in the outro, where Greg holds his bass loop from the chorus while Rick transitions from a picking guitar part to more of a rave-up and I add some rhythmic guitar stabs. We wanted to gradually increase the tension before the song finally falls apart. Also I really like Rick’s lyrics on this one, which are as heartbreaking as a classic country song. It’s easy to imagine one of the great Chuck’s (Charlie Rich, Charley Pride, Charlie Daniels) singing “Want a change in lighting. Want a change for life. Each link on a bad road broken. Want a change for life.”
The latest album from California native Alela Diane, About Farewell, has been getting a lot of press. Written on the heels of a major breakup (with her former guitarist Tom Bevitori), the album sees Diane pare her sound down in a style reminiscent of her older output. About Farewell is out this week, and in honor of the release we have the lead cut for you, The Way We Fall.
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When J. Roddy Walston & the Business come back to Louisville to headline September’s Waterfront Wednesday, they’ll have a brand new album called Essential Tremors in tow. Here’s the first song from the record, Heavy Bells, which is out Sept. 10.
Against Me! just released a new acoustic EP, True Trans. For a limited time, you can download it for free. It’s the first release from the band since frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, formerly Tom Gable, came out as transgender. AM! has an entire album in the can, so True Trans might be a stripped-down version of what we can expect from the as-yet-untitled record.
Polyvinyl Records is giving away five songs a week each Monday in July. Here’s the catch, though: The songs are only available for one week. So you have until Sunday at midnight to grab these five tracks.
Phoenix has just released a live performance clip of the latest single from Bankrupt!, Trying to Be Cool, in conjunction with the Creators Project. In addition to the video, they’re making the live version of the track available for free until this Thursday at 11 a.m. ET!
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound will be here in just a few weeks for the Independence Day Festival, so here is a track from the Howl LP to get you ready for the festivities. Like JC says in the song, rouse yourself baby!
Zach Schwartz is back with a new Rogue Wave album called Nightingale Floors, which is out June 4. It was inspired by the loss of Schwartz’s father, but Nightingale Floors isn’t an examination of grief. It’s a celebration of life. The lead track, College, is proof of that both musically and lyrically.