One of the most influential indie rock bands Duster are releasing their first official album in 19 years. Long overdue, the new album still sounds like classic Duster—filled with spacey and slowcore songs but sounds trippier than anything they did on ‘Stratosphere’ and ‘Contemporary Movement.’ Regardless, this still serves as an excellent introduction the band’s space-rock sound.
For a month straight, Spoon has been releasing and digitizing demos and rarities from their archive. Last week, they released the emotionally complex and minimal “Is This The Last Time.” Now they’re back with another rarity called “Text Later,” previously released on the 2002 split 7” with rock duo Swearing At Motorists. Recorded during the sessions of ‘Series of Sneaks’ in 1997, this b-side is a punchy minute-long instrumental that’s like a papier-mâché of almost all the songs recorded on that album. You hear the assertive wildness of “Car Radio” and the jagged propelling rhythm on “Execution.”
We last heard from the Voidz (you know that peculiar experimental rock band Julian Casablancas seems to care a lot more about than the Strokes these days?) this past summer when they released the absurd and weird experimental dance track “The Eternal Thao,” which was co- produced by Kirin J Callinan and Mac DeMarco. Now Julian Casablancas and the boys are back again with the hazy and dreamy single “Did My Best” which shows the band going in a different direction and less auto-tuned, but more classical vocals from Casablancas.
After releasing their superb comeback album in 2017 ‘Little Dark Age,’ MGMT is back with the catchy and gothy single “In the Afternoon,” which sounds like a fantastic start to whatever is next. The single was unveiled at a show last month in Las Vegas and will serve as
the A-side to the band’s upcoming 12” single out this March coming from their own MGMT Records.
‘All in Good Time’ by Eddy Current Suppression Ring
Melbourne garage-punks Eddy Current Suppression Ring are releasing their first album in nearly a decade. ‘All in Good Time’ features minimal, but tense protest punk songs. One of the standouts “Medieval Wall” features a motorik groove with rapid guitars and vocals from nervy frontman Brendan Huntley.