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New Danger Mouse video: Chase Me ft. Run the Jewels and Big Boi

Video: Danger Mouse – “Chase Me” (ft. Run the Jewels and Big Boi)

Chase Me – Danger Mouse ft. Run The Jewels & Big Boi (Baby Driver Official Video)

From the Baby Driver soundtrack, out now on 30th Century/Columbia.

Danger Mouse samples the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s 1994 classic “Bellbottoms.” Annoying that there’s not a higher resolution video on YouTube, but that’s 90s music for you. It exists in the ephemeral pre-digital ether where people taped “120 Minutes” on VCRs; it all eventually gets upped to the internet but it looks and sounds like crap. Oh well. Orange is still a great album and I’m happy I bought it on vinyl back in the day (and that it survived my great vinyl purge of 2005.

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New Last Leaves video: The World We Had

Video: Last Leaves – “The World We Had”

Last Leaves — The World We Had

From Other Towns Than Ours, out October 13 on Lost And Lonesome in Australia and on Matinée in the USA. The single is out now.

I was just saying how much I miss the Lucksmiths when lo and behold here’s a brand new video from three-quarters of them. Last Leaves has been teasing us with the possibility of new music for years now, but this is the first we’ve heard about a full album. Marty Donald, Mark Monnone, and Louis Richter recruited drummer Noah Symons and recorded Other Towns Than Ours in their fancy treehouse in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges where this video was filmed.

The song sounds lovely. A little beefier than the Luckies with crunchier guitars and heavier drums. And Donald’s voice isn’t as “pretty” as Tali White’s, so the overall vibe is less twee and more rock and roll. I’ve listened to this at least 30 times in a row now and it continues to reveal its charms. Gone are the signature puns and clever wordplay, but that doesn’t mean they won’t turn a phrase to conjure up emotions.

Did I dream that weekend in a weather-bored hotel
In a tumbled down old tourist town that we had to ourselves?

I kissed you briefly underneath the broken bridge
The moon behind the mountaintops beyond

And I’m sure I was never so happy before
But darling, don’t you sometimes think we could say the same for since?

You were twenty-something the first time you saw snow
We stood there shuttering as the clouds closed in on Buffalo.

I can’t wait to hear the album. Autumn is the perfect time for this type of music.

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New Ice Cube video: Good Cop Bad Cop

Video: Ice Cube – “Good Cop Bad Cop”

Ice Cube – Good Cop Bad Cop

From the Death Certificate (25th Anniversary Edition) release, out now on Interscope.

This new song doesn’t have anything to do with Cube’s seminal 1991 album that it’s tacked onto, but whatever. People need bonus tracks on their anniversary releases and apparently Cube doesn’t have anything contemporary lying around, so…here we are. New Ice Cube.

It’s good. Strong message, fat horns. Has Cube been listening to Killer Mike?

When Death Certificate came out I was doing a semester abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. I bought the cassette at my local HMV but the UK release eliminated “Black Korea” and “No Vaseline” because of the controversy, which bummed me out. But they have laws about inciting racial violence over there and no first amendment, so what can you do? When I got back home I dubbed “No Vaseline” to the end of side 2 where it belongs. Which made a whole lot more sense than adding three brand new songs to the beginning of the “25th Anniversary” edition, but again, no one consulted me.

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Free Download: New Public Enemy album

It’s always comforting to hear Chuck D’s voice. He reminds us that there are still righteous people out there speaking truth.

On PE’s bandcamp page, Chuck writes, “After 30 years, 106 tours across 105 countries and countless records, THANK YOU! This one is on Public Enemy. Get it while it’s free.”

I’ve only listened once so far but I wanted to get this up while it’s hot. All I’ll say for now is it’s definitely worth checking out. Dig it.

Download: Public Enemy – Nothing Is Quick In The Desert

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New Tristen video: Glass Jar (ft. Jenny Lewis)

Video: Tristen – “Glass Jar” (ft. Jenny Lewis)

Tristen – Glass Jar (feat. Jenny Lewis)

From Sneaker Waves, due July 7 on Modern Outsider Records.

Do you like the jingle jangle of hollow-body guitars? Do you dig the folk rock vibes of the Byrds? Have you enjoyed the last couple of Jenny Lewis albums? Then you’re gonna love this song by Nashville songwriter Tristen.

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New Micah Schnabel video: The Interview

Video: Micah Schnabel – “The Interview”

Micah Schnabel "The Interview"

The internet is failing me lately. I didn’t realize that Micah Schnabel of Two Cow Garage had a new solo album out until I heard a song on satellite radio in the car. That’s not how this is supposed to work, guys. I should know about these things before the dorky programmers for “The Spectrum” (the channel for old white guys like me who still care about guitar music).

The song I heard was “Oh, What a Bummer” and it’s really great. Like all of Schnabel’s best music, both solo and with Two Cow, it makes you sad and it makes you smile. And you end up just wanting to give the kid a hug and buy an extra t-shirt from him so hopefully he can spend the night in a motel instead of his van after the show. “My parents still buy me my socks and underwear for Christmas / Want a tattoo on my face but it would break my mother’s heart / And I’m trying to act natural, can you tell that I am nervous? / I’m just trying to make it through this life without falling apart.”

Of all the bands we’ve championed here on Glorious Noise over the past 16 years, I can’t think of any that deserve wider recognition as much as Micah Schnabel and his Two Cow Garage. I don’t know of any musician who has worked harder, toured more relentlessly, or written half as many heartbreaking, ass-kicking, bottle-waving, righteous shitkickers as Micah Schnabel has in the 14 years we’ve been following him. If you like having good things in the world, support them however you can.

“The Interview” is a spoken word piece about the trials and tribulations of a struggling artist. The video is a spooky animation created by Charly Fasano. Your New Norman Rockwell is out now on Last Chance Records.

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New Grandaddy video: Brush with the Wild

Video: Grandaddy – “Brush with the Wild”

Grandaddy – Brush with the Wild

From Last Place, out now on 30th Century/Columbia.

Gee, blink and you miss a whole album rollout from one of your favorite bands. This is the fourth single released from Last Place but it’s the first I’ve heard. And it’s great! All the chugging synths, crunchy guitars, and sad lyrics you expect from Grandaddy. What have I been missing? Glad to have them back.

Via NPR.

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New Charly Bliss video: Westermarck

Video: Charly Bliss – “Westermarck”

Charly Bliss – Westermarck [Official Music Video]

From Guppy, out now on Barsuk Records.

I love power pop. And this is awesome.

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New Dream Version video: Fight Fair

Video: Dream Version – “Fight Fair”

Dream Version – Fight Fair

From Fight Fair, out July 7.

I like this. These Chicago guys are geeky, you can tell. There were a lot of bands like this in the 80s, but it seems to have fallen out of favor. The Pursuit of Happiness, They Might Be Giants, and King Missile come to mind. Maybe Dream Version will trigger a resurgence of quirky, cerebral rock music. Or, as Steve Albini might refer to it: “wieners in suits.”

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New PJ Harvey video: The Camp (with Ramy Essam)

Video: PJ Harvey and Ramy Essam – “The Camp”

PJ Harvey and Ramy Essam – The Camp (Official Video)

This song sounds a lot breezier than its subject matter would suggest. It’s an interesting contrast. “I prayed an angel would come but no angel came.”

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