New and newish ones from Portland bands!
First up is one from the Woolen Men's upcoming album, due on March 5 on Woodsist. We played another teaser track—the excellent "Mayonnaise"—at the beginning of the year, and this one is just as good. "Head on the Ground" is a blurry but not incoherent garage stomper, joyously jangling through its three-chord verses at top speed.
Second is "Lonely, Lonesome and Alone," the new track country ne'er-do-wells Denver posted on their site for Valentine's Day last week. They've got it up for now, but it may not be up for too much longer, so go over to Denver's site now for a first glimpse at the band's next record, which is due out 'round summertime. Expect twang, sadness, whiskey harmonies, and a high-whistling harmonica.
Next up is the first solo album from Portland resident Johnny Marr. While Marr has played in Portland-based bands like Modest Mouse and the Cribs (and I gather he might have played guitar in some other band before that), this is Marr's first solo album all to himself. He left Portland to record The Messenger in his native UK, but the record's out on February 26 and is streaming in full over on The Guardian. (Apparently it is also streaming at Rolling Stone.)
Speaking of full-record streams, you can also hear Natasha Kmeto's new EP, Dirty Mind Melt, before it comes out tomorrow on Dropping Gems. That's over at Dummy.
Meanwhile, art-rock-folk-psych-etc. band the Harvey Girls also have a new EP, recorded live at KBOO in December. It's the first of four free EPs the Portland group has planned for this year. That's streaming on their Bandcamp page as well as here.
Lastly, Portland "blackened experimental" metal band Eight Bells have their new release, the four-song The Captain's Daughter, streaming in full over at Metal Insider. Featuring members of SubArachnoid Space, Eight Bells is a three-piece that colors outside almost every stylistic border. Here's the stream: