METZ – Headache [mp3] (from METZ, out now on Sub Pop)
Power sludge-punk trio from Toronto took five years to hone their craft before attempting to render it to wax – the inscrutable power that they’ve harnessed would make Ian MacKaye smile.
Blindfolder – Cover Your Mouth [mp3] (from Artifact Effect, out now)
Post Noise slow core from Seattle.
PAWS – Miss American Bookworm [mp3] (from Cokefloat!, out now on Fat Cat)
This contemporary take on 90s alt-rock shines with youthful enthusiasm. Turn it up.
Lord Huron – Time To Run [mp3] (from Lonesome Dreams, out now on IAMSOUND)
Pastoral, harmonic toe-tapper from Michigan’s rustic Americana purveyor Ben Schneider.
Ending People – Beat of My Heart [mp3] (from Fill Your Lungs, out Oct. 30th on Cash Cow)
Desolate dream pop from Denver featuring former members of Castanets, Phosphorescent, Porolo, Dust on the Breakers, Crooked Fingers, and Hearts of Palm – mastered by Bob Weston.
Bogan Via – TES [mp3] (from Wait Up, out now)
Phoenix duo that makes atonal electro-nerd pop.
Elliott Brood – Ziggy Stardust [mp3] (from Paper Bag Records V. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, out now)
From a compilation of PBR artists covering classic David Bowie – Elliott Brood’s version mixes electronic and blue grass instrumentation; the vocals are true to form, but don’t sound like they’re aping Bowie. Very Cool.