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New Adds: Iggy Pop, Com Truise, Frankie Cosmos and More!

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression: I am unashamed to say that I usually do not like old people. Not for any of those stereotypical (and immature) reasons that they "smell" or are "creepy" -- I disagree with both of those sentiments entirely. Grow Up. My discomfort with older people centers on how depressing it is to watch old people try and fail to exist with a youthful mentality, a phenomenon that only makes me feel guilty for squandering my youth. Aging gracefully is the hardest experience of life, and the same goes for musicians: some artists' styles never mature with them, and the resulting age-inappropriate music is pitiful garbage. (Some people shit on bands like the Foo Fighters for "selling out" or making dad rock, but my argument is always that I would much rather see/hear them making dad rock that I maybe don't vibe with than watch them try to make hardcore punk albums in their fifties... but I digress.)

On Post Pop Depression, however, Iggy has aged gracefully WITHOUT making geezer tunes -- probably largely in part to his collaborating with members of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys. This is simply NOT music that Iggy could cut himself to on stage -- and that is ok; homie is 68 (and although he's still pretty hot tbh), no one wants to see that anymore. Instead, Iggy delivers a pretty mesmerizing vocal performance over blues-infused alt-rock. Although the instrumentation sounds nearly identical to that of the bands of the collaborators ("Gardenia" feels similar to Arctic Monkeys' "Arabella" and most of the songs have a very QoTSA stoner rock vibe), Iggy Pop's deep, well-aged vocals give this album an unparalleled alternative sound... though reminiscent of David Bowie, honestly, RIP. THRASHLEY
 
RIYL: Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie

Recommended Tracks: "Gardenia" (2), "In the Lobby" (4), "American Valhalla" (3) 


Com Truise - Silicon Tare: Com Truise's work has largely kept to the same synthwave style that he has become known for: a purely 80's synthy beat that keeps itself pure of outside influences or genre-bleeding. With the advent of nu-disco and synthwave, the past has often been recycled, time and time again without much regard for keeping things new, fresh and innovative. Many producers are equally content to flood their materials with samples of that era, hoping that the pure amount of nostalgic callbacks will distract the listener from how bad the song actually is.

Thankfully, with Silicon Tare, Com Truise has done precisely the opposite and kept things bare, and perhaps more evocative of the sound's implied environment as a result. Each track on this EP seems to evoke a particular mood: "Sunspot" and "Forgive" both start off with a bare platter of sounds before ascending into well sequenced and off-kilter tempos which invigorate and challenge the listener. "Silicon Tare" is a different feeling entirely: the opening phasing almost seems to reflect on the distortion of the record as a whole, before transitioning into the "driving at night" piece that Com Truise demonstrates his best skills at producing. If anything, Silicon Tare is Com Truise's way to demonstrate that the pathos of music of this kind is as important as what it calls back to -- how it makes you feel and the environment where you believe it is set or fits best, is equally weighted to its choppiness or what it calls back to. SEAN
 
RIYL: Perturbator, Mitch Murder, Mega Drive, Lazerhawk, Hotline Miami

Recommended Tracks: "Sunspot" (1), "Silicon Tare" (4), "du Zirconia" (5) 

Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing: Frankie Cosmos’s newest album, Next Thing, packs a punch in its 29-minute runtime. All the album’s tracks are under three minutes, coming in and making an impression before dissipating.  On the surface the tracks feel really simple, with each following the standard singer-songwriter arrangements, but lyrically the tracks are interesting and reference heavy. On standout “Sinister,” Cosmos dwells on negative relationships before moving into a chorus on which she claims she can’t always “turn to Arthur [Russell]” records to fix all her problems. Next Thing is littered with these small moments that lift the album above many of the releases of her peers. KEN

RIYL: Porches, Girlpool, Radiator Hospital, Adult Mom

Recommended Tracks: “Fool” (3), “Embody” (4), “Too Dark” (5), “On the Lips” (9), “Sinister” (9), “Is It Possible/Sleep Song” (10) 

M83 - JunkM83’s latest work, Junk, finds the band in a place where they are continuing to make the music that originally made them great. Even though there is nothing new here, many of the jams are still solid additions to their catalogue. If you are unfamiliar with the band's music, it is very electronic rock with a funk backbone. This includes steady beats with lots of synth and guitars. One of the main things that stuck with me on this album was the guitar work. On "Go!," which is probably my favorite track, there is an unexpected guitar solo that gave me the same feeling that I had when I first heard a great guitar solo. This same track is also a great pop song with a memorable hook. The catchy hooks on this album are really what make the whole work worthwhile. The album is titled Junk because band leader Gonzalez states, “Anything we create today is going to end up being space junk at some point anyway… everything goes so fast and everybody is kind of throwing away art in a certain manner”. Hopefully you guys don’t feel that way about this one. If you’ve been a fan of the band I’d absolutely listen to it. Also – there is a song on this album called "The Wizard," which is always a win in my book. HARRY

RIYL: Neon Indian, Daft Punk, Muse, Beach House

Recommended Tracks: "Go!" (2), "Walkway Blues" (3), "Solitude" (7) 

The Drones - Feelin Kinda Free: One of the greatest guitar based acts of the past ten years, the Drones take folk rock and beat it to death with a lead pipe. They're unique and ever innovative in a field rife with recycled shit. I've never heard anything so ugly yet so emotionally gripping. When I got Spotify, I made a playlist called Pretty Dirt, in it, I put the Drones discography; three years later it's still the only thing in there because nothing else comes close. Gareth Liddiard is a genius, a masterful lyricist and talented guitarist. His riffs rip through the air like a chainsaw as he wails in writhing agony under the crushing weight of feedback. The music is oppressive, violent, brutalist -- but not harmful; it cuts into your skin as much as you want it to -- that dull sting of a cut that reaches the bone -- leaves you naked, vulnerable, but somewhere genuine. If you close your eyes you can imagine Liddiard bludgeoning your skull with the butt of his guitar -- dull blows coupled with piercing shrieks like the flash of light you see just before you lose consciousness. This album is actually quite different from their old stuff, but it retains the brutal force. Some freak show circus horror and even some danceable beats, which is new. SHILL

RIYL: a rock band based off of the monster in Silent Hill? 

Recommended Tracks: "Private Execution" (1), "Taman Shud" (2),"Boredom" (6) 

Teen Suicide - It's a Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot: There's a whole lot going on here. The name is a mouthful and with 26 tracks of ups, downs, and everything in between, it's an earful, too -- in a good way. There's speculation as to whether this is the band's final album, but it certainly makes sense as a swan song, a grand display of all the band has to offer. The range here is pretty fucking wide. Compare, for example the gentle, stripped down "Have a Conversation" with the kind of frightening, scream-y noisiness that follows it, "Beauty." Total opposite sides of the spectrum. Personally, I think the album really finds it's stride when it's somewhere in between these two, like on auto-tuned delight that is "Wild Thing Runs Free" or the melancholy indie rocker "What You Want." Really, there's something here for just about everyone. While sticking to a cohesive indie rock/noise pop driven sound, these guys flow in and out of different realms, playing with synthesizers, vocal distortion, and drum loops one minute then dropping it all the next for just a piano. It's a big and exciting listen and indeed a big joyous celebration of all that Teen Suicide has to offer. NIPPLE MAMMA

RIYL: elvis depressedly, Car Seat Headrest, Alex G, Homeshake(?) 

Recommended Tracks: "Wild Thing Runs Free" (8), "What You Want" (11), "Pavement" (16), "Long Way Down" (22)