David Bowie - "Where Are We Now"
A mini tweet-tempest erupted after Columbia released this single off David Bowie's first new album in 10 years
in the early-morning hours of January 8, which also happens to be Zig's birthday (and, coincidentally, Elvis's. Oh, and my dad's--HBD, pops!). Peppered among the commentary from the psyched masses were a few of the snarky "Come on guys, has he put out anything worthwhile in the last three decades?" variety. Well, haters, the answer to that question is YES. "Where Are We Now" rules. The full album, The Next Day
, is scheduled to drop this March.
Carmen Villain - "Lifeissin"
A meandering guitar loop ushers in the ghostly laments of this model-turned-multi-instrumentalist in a sprawling, cut-and-paste gem of equal parts regret and longing. Villain's debut album, Sleeper
, comes out March 12 on Smalltown Supersound.
Charli XCX - "You (Ha Ha Ha)"
This teaser video for Charli XCX's first single off her forthcoming full-length (slated for sometime this spring on Asylum Records) finds the Hertfordshire, England singer-songwriter going for a girly, grindhouse aesthetic in a gun factory. As a catchy dance-pop beat builds under breathless vocals, a crew of platform-shoed lovelies inserts lipstick tips inside spent casings. Ha Ha Ha is right.
Lapalux - "Guuurl"
The smooth, house-y through-line in this first single off British producer Stuart Howard's debut LP as Lapalux slips and slides between pin-pricks of static and glitch, AutoTuned vocals until everything coalesces into a pleasingly syncopated beat that would feel equally at home vibrating a pitch-black, fog-filled nightclub or a super-luxe pair of headphones. It's easy to see why Flying Lotus moved so quickly to sign him. The full-length, Nostalchic
, comes out this March on Brainfeeder.
Iceage - "Coalition"
I'm sweating just listening to this hyper-speed cut of the Copenhagen hardcore quartet's sophomore album You're Nothing
(out February 19 on Matador)--or is that blood? Either way, get ready to experience this chaotic yawp in the flesh--the band's going to be on the road through May. We're especially looking forward to the January 26 gig at NYC's Home Sweet Home, which will also feature artwork by Merchandise's Carson Cox, Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster, and many more of the band's multi-talented friends and collaborators.