Single (Red Bull)
RIYL: The idea of a more screamy USS.
There is an album coming at some point, but for now, AWOLNATION is working out how to move forward without long-time keyboardist Kenny Carkeett. He left the group back in March, saying that he’d rather spend time with his electro band, Fitness. Methinks he had wanted a little more input into what singer Aaron Bruno was doing.
M. Rivers, “Champion”
Champion (Parts + Labor Records)
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His website describes him thusly: M. RIVERS IS A COSMIC CRAFTSMAN WITH A THIRST FOR AUTHENTICITY AND THE WILL TO DELIVER. HE IS HERE TO TELL YOU WHAT HE THINKS AND FEELS IS REAL. TO MOVE YOU INSIDE AND OUT WITH STORIES OF LOVE, LIFE, AND BEYOND SET TO A BED OF SOUND THAT WILL NO DOUBT LEAVE YOU SATISFIED. All caps. Nice. Very subtle. As for the video, talk about a drug deal gone wrong. I think. And who needs that many boomboxes?
Weezer, “Weekend Woman”
Pacific Daydream (Atlantic)
RIYL: Weezer’s pop side
Depend on Weezer to deliver another wonderfully weird video (the fourth pre-release single) to draw our attention to Pacific Daydream, which is due October 27. The chorus is pretty catchy, so if you do click on the video below, prepare to acquire a vicious earworm. What of The Black Album that was to follow The White Album? It’s coming, but it was decided that the songs on this record were too sunny for that project. Next time.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, “Holy Mountain”
Who Built the Moon? (Sour Mash)
RIYL: Britpop crossed with “Livin’ La Vida Loca” and “Jet Boy Jet Girl” with backing Beach Boys vocals
A big horn-heavy stomper from the Gallagher Elder, released just a couple of days after Our Kid’s first solo album appeared and began dominating the UK charts. All of Britain is hoping that this turns into The Battle of the Gallaghers, especially after this record comes out November 24. The biggest hype fight since Oasis vs. Blur in the summer 1995? We’ll see.
The Beaches, “Gold”
Late Show (Universal)
RIYL: Girls who ROCK!
Thumpy second single from their debut record which just came out on Friday. There are high hopes for this all-female band from Toronto—and so far, so good. The video features “a handcrafted zombie boyfriend.” Hey, it’s probably better than Tinder, right?