Freeloader Friday: Wovenhand, Mark E, Kina Grannis, Big Freedia, PAWS, Tombs, People Get Ready, TOBACCO, Sebastian Bach & Luke Haines
Well look what day has finally arrived. As always, it took a bit longer than wished for, but we got through the work and made it out on top, right? I don’t know about y’all, but this weekend’s going to be phenom. And for absolutely no good reason — no big family plans, no holidays, no Record Store Day lines — just a low-key, laid-back 2-day hiatus. And to go along with that, here’s a jam-packed list of this week’s music greats.
For starters, we’ve got Wovenhand’s latest album: think apocalyptic, True Detective madness meets grassroots Punk. Mark E’s also got a full album stream available this week, and man, is it a doozy! I’ll be more than likely be putting this one on as a pre-gamer for Saturday night — machinery beats, heavy analog-use and pure dark-House grit.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, Kina Grannis’s latest track bubbles over with effervescence and sun-lit bliss, something for the likes of your lazy Sunday morning. Big Freedia’s jam, which comes boooooming out of nowhere, is to be played at absolutely any time, any day — it is straight up booty-bounce funness. But if you’re looking for more lyric-based content, check out PAWS’ true-to-life clumsy relationship-awry love song. For your rough-around-the-edges Hard Rock fix, sample the latest from Tombs; for complete instrumental, Pop-kitsch gloriousness, ya gotsta play People Get Ready’s new one on repeat.
Our videos this week need a bit of forewarning. Well, only one. But seriously. TOBACCO’s kinky, warped-out & geeked-out music vid is NOT intended for office viewing! (But you should most definitely see it.) Sebastian Bach gives a stellar shout-out to Amanda Bynes, and Luke Haines whips out perhaps the greatest ode to Lou Reed in art form (these last 2 are G-rated, don’t worry).
That’ll do us for this week. Enjoy some down time and let the listening begin!
Wovenhand: Full album stream via Pitchfork
Refractory Obdurate out April 29 on Deathwish Inc.
Mark E: Full album stream via XLR8R
Product of Industry out April 29 on Ghostly International
Kina Grannis: “Oh Father” track premiere via Refinery29
Elements out May 6 on One Haven
Big Freedia: “Explode” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Just Be Free out June 17 on Queen Diva Music
PAWS: “Owls Talons Clenching My Heart” track premiere via Stereogum
Youth Culture Forever out May 6 on FatCat Records
Tombs: “Edge of Darkness” track premiere via Pitchfork
Savage Gold out June 10 on Relapse Records
People Get Ready: “Physiques” track premiere via Stereogum
Physiques out June 14 on Brassland
TOBACCO: “Streaker” video premiere via Stereogum
Ultima II Massage out May 13 on Ghostly International
Sebastian Bach: “Taking Back Tomorrow” lyric video premiere via Guitar World
Give ‘Em Hell out now on Frontiers Records
Luke Haines: “Lou Reed Lou Reed” video premiere via Vevo
New York in The ‘70s out May 19 on Cherry Red Records