Beloved New Zealand musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords (Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement) appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night. They performed the new song "Father & Son," a hilarious new track with Clement the father and McKenzie the son, and were interviewed by Colbert.
New Zealand indie-pop band Yumi Zouma released their sophomore album, Willowbank, last year via Cascine (it was one of our Top 100 Albums of 2017) and are releasing a new EP, EP III, this Friday via Cascine.
Montréal electro-pop band Young Galaxy (Stephen Ramsay and Catherine McCandless) are taking a break, they have announced an indefinite hiatus. But before they do, they are releasing one more EP, Snow Leopard, which they have also announced today (and is due out this Friday).
New Zealand-born/Portland-based Unknown Mortal Orchestra (mainly the project of Ruban Nielson) released a new album, Sex & Food, back in April via Jagjaguwar. Now they have announced another new 2018 album, IC-01 Hanoi, and shared a track from it, the nine-minute long "Hanoi 06."
Bay Area singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte) has teamed up with Justus Proffit for a collaborative EP, Nothing's Changed, which is due out this Friday, September 28, via Polyvinyl. Now they have shared another song from it, "Invisible Friends."
Melbourne, Australia five-piece Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever released their debut album, Hope Downs, back in June via Sub Pop. (It was our Album of the Week and you can also read our review of it.) Now they have shared a video for "Sister's Jeans." Riley Blakeway directed the video, which features the band traveling around in an old bus.
Superorganism are a promising new multi-national band based in London. They feature members from Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, and the U.K. and their self-titled debut album came out in March via Domino. Last night they stopped by Conan to perform "Everybody Wants to Be Famous." The delightfully quirky performance began with singer Orono Noguchi sitting in a lawn chair, wearing sunglasses, and it progressed from there.
The new album by The Joy Formidable is being self-released on their own label Seradom. Whatever the reason for AAARTH (an aggressive-sounding title I'm sure you'll agree) being released in this way, one thing is abundantly clear from the outset: the freedom suits The Joy Formidable.
Eric Bachmann (of Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers) released a new solo album, No Recover, earlier this month via Merge. Now he has shared a video for one of the album's advance singles, "Jaded Lover, Shady Drifter."
Chad VanGaalen has shared a new song, "Monopoly Arp." The standalone single is part of Adult Swim's Singles Program and can be heard below. VanGaalen is playing the first ever Adult Swim festival in downtown Los Angeles, which is October 5-7.
The Weezer covering Toto's "Africa" thing has gotten even sillier. Now Weezer has shared a video for their cover that stars "Weird Al" Yankovic, the greatest music parody artist of the 1980s (and perhaps any decade), as Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo in a recreation of Weezer's 1994 video for "Undone - The Sweater Song."
For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by two members of Joan of Arc, Tim Kinsella and Melina Ausikaitis.
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy has announced a new solo album, WARM, and shared a video for its first single, "Some Birds." WARM is due out November 30 via dBpm. Sam Henrikson directed the "Some Birds" video, which features Tweedy watching himself get a haircut.
Ryley Walker just released a great new album, Deafman Glance, back in May via Dead Oceans. Now he has already announced a new album, The Lillywhite Sessions, but it's not your average follow-up album. Instead he has taken an unreleased Dave Matthews Band album from 2001 and covered it track-for-track. He has shared the album's first single, "Busted Stuff."
Following the release of Phil Elverum's perfect, poetic eulogy to his late wife, 2017's A Crow Looked At Me, he embarked on a tour that included not only the first performances of several of those songs but also a second-half preview of what would follow on 2018's masterful, stoic Now Only.
In many instances an album's strongest songs are shared before the album's release. There were several albums released this week, however, that featured standout tracks that were not advance singles and so this week's Songs of the Week features some of those, filtered in with other new singles released this week.
Petite Noir (aka half-Congolese, half-Angolan, Cape Town-residing artist Yannick Ilunga) is releasing a new mini-album, La Maison Noir / The Black House, October 5 via Roya. Previously he shared its first single, "Blame Fire"(which was one of our Songs of the Week). Now he has shared another song from the album, "Beach," which features Danny Brown and Nukubi Nukubi.
We were in a quandary about this week's Album of the Week. There were a multitude of solid choices and we were racked with indecision. We narrowed it down to six choices: the new albums by Beak>, Christine and the Queens, Frontperson, Richard Reed Parry, Suede, and Villagers.