Kings of Leon, "Supersoaker"
As promised, international superstars and Nashville-dwelling family men Kings of Leon released their single "Supersoaker" this week, and it's a characteristically pristine slab of studio rock. Fellow Creamster Adam Gold — upon hearing a live performance of the tune — called it "nervy, jaunty, frenetic rock." Indeed, the track itself is nervy and upbeat, if a bit of a far cry from raw, visceral rock 'n' roll. Miles from the garage, you might say. Thoughts? Stream it above or via Soundcloud, or download it via iTunes. And now for something completely different ...
Buck Best, Beautiful Country EP
Local dude Buck Best makes country- and rock-rooted folk, and his new Beautiful Country EP (recorded at Eastwood Salon) veers from dark and sinister ("Beautiful Country") to sweetly nostalgic ("You"). Fans of Phosphorescent, Will Oldham and Iron and Wine will likely appreciate Country for its full, graceful arrangements and pleasant vocal melodies — there are loads of assists on the album from local instrumentalists and singers, and it pays off. Stream Beautiful Country above, or purchase it for any amount you like at Buck Best's Bandcamp page. Also, see the Seth Pomeroy-directed video for the titular "Beautiful Country" below.
All Them Witches, Extra Pleasant EP
Over at the low end of the fidelity spectrum, local stoner-rock bros All Them Witches just released their four-song EP Extra Pleasant. "Recorded to four-track cassette tape using two mics," write the Witches. "It was hot as shit in the room and loud as hell. Enjoy these uncompressed, raw tape recordings." Sparse, minimalist, bluesy rock ramblin'? We'll take it. Stream Extra Pleasant above, or download it for $4 via ATW's Bandcamp page.
Sherbert, "Hate You More"
Last we heard from self-described "dumb pop" band Sherbert (intentional misspelling is theirs, not mine), they'd released a track I referred to as "bright, dreamy, sunshiny indie-pop with straightforward, lovelorn lyrics." Well, the 'Bert is back with more of the same. "Hate You More" is straightforward, simple and, yes, somewhat dumb pop music. The Bethany Cosentino comparisons are unavoidable, I'm afraid. But that's how it goes. Stream "Hate You More" above or via Sherbert's Bandcamp page, and stay tuned for their five-song EP This Never Happened — out July 30.
Moon Taxi, "The New Black"
As previously mentioned, jamsters Moon Taxi will release their next long-player, Mountains Beaches Cities, on Sept. 10. They recently debuted their second track from the album, the alt-pop sing-along "The New Black," and you can hear it above.
Good Sex, Get Bent
Weird, frenetic, silly, "queer" garage punk. Need I say more? Stream Good Sex's Get Bent above, or buy it for $7 via Bandcamp.