This might be the cutest thing you’ll see all day. Kitten Covers is a Tumblr page which features some of the most important albums in rock history, with the band members and models replaced by cats. Like, the KISS cats! The kitten craze is everywhere. Cat memes have been done to death, but this project gets a pass. Just look at Bowie cat. It would be the best pet ever. Check out more of the rock-star felines below!
For the second year in a row, Sargent House and Rodriguez Lopez Productions have a free sampler of their roster’s music. This is a perfect opportunity to check out new tunes from some very exciting bands. Sargent House is home to musicians like Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta and At The Drive-In, so you can expect to hear loud and experimental music all around. Artists like Hella, Le Butcherettes, Zechs Marquise, and Boris are relatively unknown, but this free release might gain them some more fans.
Here’s the tracklist.
SARGENT HOUSE / RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ / Vol. 2 LABEL SAMPLER
Russian Circles – Mladek (Empros)
Le Butcherettes – New York (Sin, Sin, Sin)
Gypsyblood – Take Your Picture (Cold In The Guestway)
Adebisi Shank – Genki Shank (This Is the Second Album of A Band..)
Boris – Hope (New Album)
Tera Melos – Frozen Zoo (Patagonian Rats)
ME & LP – Bonnie Says (Chez Raymond)
Good Old War – Get Some (Self Titled)
Hella – Yubacore (Tripper)
Boris – Riot Sugar (Heavy Rocks 2011)
Zechs Marquise – Everlasting Beacon Of Light (Getting Paid)
Check out “Hope” by Boris, for a preview of the sampler.
While Mount Wittenberg Orca was quietly self-released in digital format in 2010, the EP finally received a CD and vinyl release this week, through Domino Records. Last year, the musical partnership between Björk and Dirty Projectors was something no one really expected. But it just makes sense. They both create unconventional music with unique vocals that pushes boundaries. Take Björk’s Medulla, and Dirty Projectors’ The Getty Address for example. You won’t hear anything like them. Put the two together and you get something truly special. Perhaps because of its official label release, Mount Wittenberg Orca will draw more attention this time around.
Check out “On and Ever Onward” from Mount Wittenberg Orca.
Parenthetical Girls is a relatively unknown experimental indie pop band out of the West Coast. Their music is akin to acts like Xiu Xiu, Dirty Projectors and even The Smiths. They’ve recently released their latest single “A Note To Self,” which can be streamed below. It’s a sample of whats to come, as the band prepares to put out their new EP, Privilege pt. IV: Sympathy For Spastics on November 1st.
If you like what you hear, you can pre-order Privilege pt. IV: Sympathy For Spastics on the Parenthetical Girls website. Band member Amber Smith will personally hand number all 500 physical copies of the album, with her own blood. That’s some very strange dedication. But Parenthetical Girls embrace the strange. Just watch their unconventional video for “Careful Who You Dance With.” Weird is a good thing.
Chairlift is a synth-pop act based in Brooklyn, New York. In recent years, they’ve been featured in an iPod commercial, and were nominated for an MTV Video Music Award, yet they still remain fairly unknown in the music world.
The duo, made up of Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly, are set to release their second album Something in late January. After a brief tour with James Blake, Chairlift have revealed their latest single “Sidewalk Safari.” It’s set to open their upcoming album. Check it out below.
In 2010, the band’s future was unclear after original member Aaron Pfenning left in order to pursue a solo career. But Polacheck and Wimberly decided to go on without him, and returned in the summer to release their single “Amanaemonesia.” Chairlift have been on a roll ever since.
Check out “Amanaemonesia”:
In UFO folklore, a Big Black Delta is a massive triangular aircraft. There have been sightings of these mysterious ships since the 1980’s, even by Dan Akroyd himself. Yes, Ray the Ghostbuster. It’s true. Recently, a certain Big Black Delta has been seen in LA night clubs. This one isn’t from outer space, but it makes music that’s been considered “otherworldly” to those California club goers.
In this case, “it” is the drum and synth heavy project from Jonathan Bates, perhaps better known as the bassist and vocalist of Mellowdrone. While Bates caters to a lofi indie-rock crowd with Mellowdrone, his solo project gives him the opportunity to experiment with a darker electronic sound. Big Black Delta’s latest single “Betamax” is the perfect representation of his new venture. Check it out below.
In a live setting, Bates moves around the stage like a young Iggy Pop, and is accompanied by two female drummers. Big Black Delta’s music has been appropriately compared to electronic acts like The Knife and M83. The latter even worked with him on the “Fall” remix, featured on Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy R3CONF1GUR3D. BBDLP1, the aptly titled debut album of Bate’s goth solo project was released last month, and can be downloaded here. The LP’s stand out track, “Huggin And Kissin”, can be streamed below.