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So, it's been nearly a month since the last broadcast. Sorry about that. There's various reasons for this: hard drive failures, sickness... I won't go into it all. I'm back this week and the following week before shooting off to Spain for the 2013 Primavera Sound festival. This episode stretches the definitions and boundaries of pop music: Deafheaven's new track "Dream House", from their upcoming second LP "Sunbather", is first up, and it's a grand, majestic, sorrowful-yet-uplifting ride. Fantastic. My newfound obsession with Unwound continues with Songs for Singles this week, which features their split with Versus. A new, minimalist cut from Pusha T's upcoming album "My Name Is My Name" also features, as do recent tracks from Phoenix and Yo La Tengo. The recommended record this week is the sweet, reverb-soaked "Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill" by Grouper, A.K.A. Liz Harris.
Posted at 08:11, 12th May 2013
i believe that there is light in the void
This week is built around the term "Lushness Darkness", which is just something I made up. I'll try to explain: a lot of the music I enjoy tends to be extreme or urgent, yet passionate and emotional. The songs featured here represent, to me at least, darkness, mysteriousness and intensity with an unmistakable air of beauty and artistry. Songs for Singles is dedicated to two San Francisco-based bands who draw from the black metal and instrumental rock genres to create something heavy, emotive and stunning. The Recommended Record this week is the final LP - a double album - by Washington's Unwound. It's an odd sprawl, sometimes sparse, other times loud but always engaging and exciting. There isn't much time left for more music aside from the featured stuff this week, but I hope you find my other selections enjoyable too.
Posted at 22:01, 13th April 2013
...and the skies cave in
This week sees Jesu, one of Source Tags' most played artists, make their first appearance on Songs for Singles. There's also a recommended record from hardcore/emo group Indian Summer, a track from Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace project, and a recent cut from ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Beck makes an indie-flick folk song, and The End of the Ocean fill your heart with glittery post-rock feels. Check it.
Posted at 19:42, 6th April 2013
all this getting high brings me down
Opening this week's episode is a raging, eleven minute-plus riff-fest from U.K. black / death metal crossover act Dragged Into Sunlight, who are touring the country in late May. Don't miss it; I regrettably have to, so head along to their Glasgow date on the 27th of May (or any of the others, if you're around) and see what they're all about in a live context. COLLECT EVIDENCE.
Songs for Singles this weeks sees METZ return again, post-debut. Here's how they rock the single-format; you be the judge.
Elsewhere: there's some brand new Altar of Plagues from their upcoming third full-length. I've heard it - this thing is a huge departure from their other work, but that's no bad thing. Keep an eye out for "Teethed Glory and Injury" in late April. Nails are also back, and they're still as heavy and aggressive as ever. Deathfix - a collaboration between Fugazi's Brendan Canty and Blowoff's Rich Morel - are uneven on their debut LP, but there's a cracking few songs on there. Here's one of them.
The recommended record is Crime in Stereo's latest before their hiatus. They're now back together, but until they come out with some more material, let this album provide you with an insight into how good they can be. A glorious mix of indie, punk and art rock.
Posted at 21:12, 1st April 2013
come on y'all let's rock this
More hip-hop than usual this time, with a recommended record from Mos Def, one of Lil B's stronger cuts and some filthy white-boy rhymes from Action Bronson. On the "guitar music" spectrum, there's a track from The Bronx's first "real" album in almost five years, some modern classic British post-hardcore from Hell is for Heroes, and a couple of dreamier songs towards the end (The Casket Lottery, Whirr). Enjoy responsibly. Particularly recommended: Scottish indie-pop band Farewell Singapore.
Posted at 13:16, 25th March 2013