Screw a Labor Day, it's Music Monday!
As we wait impatiently for the upcoming Whales and Leeches, Red Fang have seen fit to bestow the album's first single "Blood Like Cream" upon us. It is a blaring, full-steam scorcher that gets better as it progresses. Churn it up!
The prolific Log Across the Washer—AKA Tyler Keene, formerly of And And And—released a new album last week. Pancakes, which you can check out in full on Bandcamp, boasts a whopping 22 tracks, all of which are fascinating, skewed rock 'n' pop songs of all stripes. Here's the melancholy but gorgeous "Sit Around and Talk a Lot," set atop some Robert Fripp-esque sustained guitar moans. Pancakes will also be available on cassette, with many songs in alternate mixes, on Crash Symbols. Physical copies can be picked up at Mississippi Records and the Tender Loving Empire store.
Hornet Leg's new album Wrecking Ball comes out next week, and here's the dynamite "Summer's Eve," whose title may possibly be a shortened version of "Summer's Eve in Witches' Hallow." With a dominant bass line and a sinister, vamping intro, this is a fire-flecked nugget of garage rock, perfect for circling around the campfire under a full, fool moon. Hornet Leg plays a record release show at East End on Tuesday, September 10.
Ed and the Red Reds have a new single out—"The Liar's Dream," parts 1 & 2—and it's well worth downloading for free. A canyon waltz that maybe lands somewhere in between outlaw country and Paul Simon, "The Liar's Dream Part 1" boasts a wide scope and a stormy instrumental section. It's a fine follow up to their terrific Lost Leader album from last year.
Quasi covered Black Sabbath's "War Pigs." If you understand all the words in that sentence, no further explanation is needed. It comes from their Interprets CD, a collection of covers that comes free with every pre-order of their new album Mole City. They're also selling it on the merch table during their upcoming tour, which touches home on November 23 at the Doug Fir.
Let's end with another cover, this time Dolorean's heartbreaking rendition of Radiation City's "The Color of Industry," which transforms the brightly colored anthem into a bottom-of-the-beer-glass slow dance in waltz time. This track comes from Side by Side, Marmoset Music's new compilation album of Portland bands covering other Portland bands. (Radiation City returned the favor with an exotic, underwater-tropic version of Dolorean's "What Could You Do?") Side by Side comes in a gorgeous vinyl package and is available digitally as well, with proceeds going to the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. There's more info on the compilation here, and Marmoset also have a killer MusicfestNW day party planned for Thursday. Check out this week's Mercury for more info on that, or submit an RSVP on Marmoset's Marmoset's site.