Maggie May, it's Music Monday!
Here's "Paper Cage," the fine new title track from Just Lions' new EP. (That means the EP is also called Paper Cage. See how this works?) A sparkly, gummy, catchy bit of classic-style indie rock—whatever that mean s—it's a fine introduction to the EP, which comes out October 2. It's Just Lions' second release of 2013, following their equally fine Monsters EP, and will be available as a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp and in handmade, very limited, one-of-a-kind physical editions as well. Just Lions celebrate the EP's release with a show at Mississippi Studios on October 2.
Let's continue our musical journey with Dramady, the Portland duo of Amanda Mason Wiles and Zacery Quintin Stanley. I'm pretty sure I'm not spelling those names wrong—and they're names I should know, as they have both been parts of many other bands like Rollerball, Narwhal vs. Narwhal, and Six Foot Sloth. In Dramady, they're approaching something a little more conventional but no less arresting. "Keep It Up" comes from Dramady's second album, the forthcoming Answer Only to the Sea, which comes out on November 12 via Cochon Records. You won't be getting this one out of your head anytime soon.
After the jump: Casey Neill and the Norway Rats, Butt 2 Butt, Grails, Blitzen Trapper, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra covering Dirty Projectors!
Casey Neill and the Norway Rats have a new one on the way as well: All You Pretty Vandals also comes out November, and here's the title track, a rollicking barrelhouse number that'll incite you to riot and then have you feeling really bad about it. This time around, the Norway Rats include Decemberists Jenny Conlee and John Moen—alongside Jesse Emerson and Chet Lyster—and the album was also produced by Decemberist Chris Funk. Casey Neill and the Norway Rats play the Doug Fir on November 15.
The band Butt 2 Butt still call themselves Butt 2 Butt, and perhaps at this point they deserve some grudging admiration for it. (After all, I saw a band called Diarrhea Planet over the weekend and it was dope.) Name aside, the Portland duo has a fine new release readied, titled Under New Management, and it's seven catchy, rockin' tracks that you can download for free over on Bandcamp. I highly recommend you do that, but if you still need further convincing, here's the great opening track "Lights Out." Dig it, and get with Butt 2 Butt. They're playing Habesha on Friday, September 27.
Let's get weird with Grails, whose newest release Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4, 5 & 6 is coming October 15 on Temporary Residence. You already heard "Self-Hypnosis" from it; now hear "Invitation to Ruin," a deeply moody bit of instrumental exploration with a chopped, almost hiphop beat and an Italian horror-movie vibe, a little reminiscent of Grails side project Lilacs & Champagne.
Blitzen Trapper have a new song as well—"Shine On" comes from their upcoming album VII, and it struts, showing BT's funkier side via slide guitar and harmonica, with guest vocals from Liz Vice. Eric Earley provided a commentary for the song which you can check out here. The new album comes out September 30 on Vagrant, and Blitzen Trapper kick off a lengthy national tour this week, returning home for a pair of Thanksgiving Weekend shows at the Doug Fir, playing both early and late on November 30.
We'll close with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and their cover of Dirty Projectors' "Swing Lo Magellan." It's from UMO's new Blue Record, an upcoming five-song EP that includes three acoustic reworkings of UMO songs alongside this cover, and another cover of a Beck song. Ruban Nielson recorded it in his basement with a single mic after doing a couple solo acoustic sessions to promote the II album. It's due out October 29 on Jagjaguwar.