Man oh man, it's Music Monday!
Starting the week off is a marvelous new song from Portland band Lubec that moved here from Virginia a couple years ago (and named themselves after a town in Maine). The song's called "Local Celebrity" and it boasts dueling male-female vocals and fuzz-drenched guitars to give it a charming shoegaze-twee feel. The song is a preview from their upcoming album The Thrall, which they're currently recording with Robert Comitz of Nucular Aminals at his Frawg Pound Studio, and it's currently available as a free download over on Bandcamp. Meanwhile, Lubec plays the Alhambra Theatre (formerly Mt. Tabor) on Wednesday, May 8.
The Builders and the Butchers' fourth album is on the way, and here's the first preview track from Western Medicine, which comes out on Badman on July 2. It's a good one: The rollicking "Dirt in the Ground" suggests a slightly brighter sound from the B&TB, at least sonically—the band varies their instrumentation subtly but substantially, incorporating electric guitar and layered backing vocals. The lyrics still suggest their typically black-hearted take on gravedigging folk, however, and the album was reportedly influenced by the cheery, smiley writings of Cormac McCarthy. The band plays a record release show on June 22 at Mississippi Studios.
Lindstrøm recently did a remix of an Unknown Mortal Orchestra song, so it's only fitting that UMO return the favor. This cover of Lindstrøm's "Rà-àkõ-st"—I have no idea how to pronounce it—has been given the full Unknown Mortal Orchestra treatment, with lots of well-laid fretwork and plenty of what sound like a giant envelope filter. Putting Lindstrøm's melody through his lead guitar, Ruban Nielson gives the instrumental track a very progressive/krautrock feel; things get especially fancy around the four-minute mark. UMO has the rest of 2013 filled with tour dates, although another hometown Portland show is not scheduled among them.
Local drums/synth duo Wishyunu have a new EP called Futuray coming this June, and here's the lovely single from it. "Sprayy" is a languid, yawning track with ambience as thick as fog. Making a Beach House reference would be easy, but I think this has quite a bit more going for it, including a sci-fi late-night vibe and a driving beat. This is also available as a free download on Bandcamp and Soundcloud.
Earlier we premiered (in an early mix) the opening track from TeenSpot's upcoming EP, Aggressive Inline Skating, which is now finished and up on Bandcamp. The power-pop ensemble includes Shaky Hands/Spookies' Mayhaw Hoons, Paper Brain's Mike Wroblewski, Profcal's Asher McKenzie, and Your Rival's Mo Troper (full disclosure—Troper is a Mercury contributor). The band is working on putting Aggressive Inline Skating onto 7-inch (jampacked with six songs), but take a listen to the EP's closing song, "On the Floor" above, and check out the whole thing on Bandcamp.