Actress Karen Black died from cancer last month. Before she passed, she recorded this great song with singer Cass McCombs, who also dueted with Black on the memorable “Dreams-Come-True-Girl,” the opener to 2009’s Catacombs. In this song from the upcoming Big Wheel and Others, Black takes the lead, her voice sounding lively and wild. For fans of Black, this posthumous release is a beautiful gift. The 22-song Big Wheel and Others is due Oct. 15 on Domino, listen to “Brighter” below and “There Can Only Be One” here. McCombs will be at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown Nov. 12, L.A.’s The Echo Nov. 14 and S.F.’s Great American Music Hall Nov. 15.
Glasser – “Design” video
The video for the second single from L.A.-based Glasser’s upcoming Interiors album (preorder on CD or LP) features Glasser’s Cameron Mesirow in a futuristic Mad Men dress dancing with an animated sculpture. It reinforces the message: This is electro-pop fit for a museum, not just the dancefloor. Interiors is due Oct. 8 on True Panther/Matador.
Lumerians – “Smokie Tangles” video (NSFW)
Psych-rockers Lumerians have a video for their instrumental “Smokie Tangles,” from the recently released The High Frontier. It’s NSFW, especially if viewing multi-boobed cartoon things have sex with fish and give birth is frowned upon at your place of work.
Obliterations – “Kick Against the Pricks”
Ouch! To that song title and the sound of “Kick Against the Pricks,” the first single from hardcore band Obliterations. The band consists of friends from other bands—Stephen McBean (Black Mountain/Pink Mountaintops), Austin Barber (Saviours), Sam James Velde (Night Horse/Bluebird) and a guy named Flo Schanze on drums, introduced to the guys by the band OFF! Sounds like a match made in hardcore heaven. Their debut four-song 7” is due Oct. 22 on Outer Battery, which has put out records by OFF! and Dinosaur Jr. They’ll be all over L.A. soon—5 Star Bar Oct. 12, The Echoplex Oct. 29 and The Echo Nov. 21.
MellowHigh – “Yu” (preview)
The Odd Future member group MellowHigh is a bit confusing, so I’ll explain: Odd Future (the L.A.-based hip-hop label and collective, duh) members Left Brain and Hodgy Beats together are MellowHype, who put out last year’s excellent Numbers LP. Now, together with OF member Domo Genesis, they’re putting out a self-titled record as MellowHigh Oct. 31 on Odd Future Records. All we have so far is a minute-long preview of the track “Yu,” but it sounds cool enough to get weed-soaked hip-hop heads ever-so-slowly riled up. MellowHigh’s at L.A.’s Los Globos Oct. 31 and Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival Nov. 9.
Kelela – “Enemy”
L.A.-based singer/songwriter Kelela has sung on tracks by Teengirl Fantasy and the stunning “Bank Head” by Kingdom. Now has her own mixtape due called CUT 4 ME, out Oct. 1 from Fade to Mind. Nguzunguzu prodives production on “Enemy,” giving it that dark, closed-in feel, while Kelela’s vocal strides confidently over the stuttering beat.
L.A.-based indie funk/experimental pop band Body Parts have a cool sound, inspired by the likes of Kate Bush and Prince. Their debut album, Fire Dream, is due Oct. 29 on Father/Daughter Records. They’re at the 75th Annual Chinatown Mid-Autumn Moon Festival this Saturday, Sept. 21, and they’re at the Bootleg Sept. 25. Stream at Spin and pick it up from Amoeba here.
Carol Kleyn - Return of the Silkie reissue
Before there was Joanna Newsom, there was Carol Kleyn, a nomadic West Coast harpist and singer/songwriter. There’s no real era-appropriate genre to place her in. The closest comparison is perhaps freak-folk icon Vashti Bunyan, but even then, Kleyn is one-of-a-kind, singing about nature and mythical creatures with the abandon of a child’s magical thinking. Kleyn released three albums during the 1970s and early ’80s, and Drag City has been reissuing them; the latest, Return of the Silkie, is considered by some to be her best. You can order it now from Amoeba on CD or LP. Give “Storm Over Paradise” a listen and hear for yourself.
FUZZ – “What’s In My Head”
We’ve been waiting on the debut record for a while now from FUZZ, the band featuring the ever-prolific Ty Segall on drums and vocals, plus Charlie Moothart on guitar and Roland Cosio on bass. Think early Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer—or Ty Segall Band’s glorious Slaughterhouse, slowed down about halfway—and you’re close. Fuzz’s self-titled debut is due Oct. 1 on In the Red. Hear the sludgey “What’s in My Head” on Pitchfork, and listen to “Loose Sutres” here.
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