Genders have just announced that they've completed their first album; Get Lost is going to be self-released by the band on December 8. Here's the premiere of the album's first single, "Something to Get You By" (and hey, that's the album cover above). The new song is an ambitious but inviting mini-epic that showcases all of Genders' considerable strengths, chief of which is making feverishly beautiful Northwest rock on a grand scale. There's a lot going on here, so you'll want to listen to this again and again—the song's available for download over on Bandcamp.
Sons of Huns debuted a new song last week on Cvlt Nation. Check out the title track from Banishment Ritual, a blazing rampage of a song complete with backmasking. (You can hear another choice taster from the album here.) Sons of Huns are about to kick off a mini-tour of the Northwest this weekend with Crag Dweller, and will play an album release show Saturday, November 23 at Dante's.
Much more Music Monday after the jump!
Last week, a Beatles tribute album organized by Alex Ebert (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes) hit iTunes, and Portland's own Adventure Galley contributed their version of "Please Please Me." It turns the Beatles' original into a thunderous glo-synth anthem, while retaining the song's inherent effervescence. This is one of my favorite Beatles songs, and I'm happy to say Adventure Galley don't fuck it up in the slightest. Says the band's Brock Grenfell, "Our goal for the cover was to create a totally original sounding piece of music that did justice to the Beatles' original song, resembled our own writing style, and yet is completely unique from both. We wanted to do something interesting and different with the Beatles song, but also get out of our own songwriting box and try new things." You can stream the whole comp over on Nylon Mag.
Ethiopian soul practitioners Tezeta Band have been a staple of the Portland live music scene, and now you can check out a new track from the band, a strutting piece of soulful funk with Ethiopian and jazz undercurrents. Tezeta Band plays Jimmy Mak's for the first time on Saturday, October 19, and you can expect some hot steppin'.
We last checked in with local emcee Dust after he released an ambitious mixtape of four lengthy hiphop suites with the Operator (check it out here). Dust has a new album, Dust Raps the Blues, and as you might have guessed, it's based on some refreshing old-school blues samples: Lightnin' Hopkins, Little Walter, Howlin Wolf, R.L. Burnside, Otis Rush, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Albert King, Big Joe Williams, Robert Johnson, B.B. King, to name a few. The result is a wailin' variety of hiphop that's knee deep in the past, music with more on its mind than money and partying. Check out "Pine Box Blue" here, and then check the full thing out on Bandcamp.
Fen Wik Ren's Ryan Barrett has a side project which further demonstrates his fondness for short, choppy, possibly nonsensical words: Ant Brr Rye is, according to Barrett, "much more simple pop oriented then the stuff I do with Fen Wik ren, with an eye toward playing it out solo (or a duo, or whatever), starting soon. This first record is mix of new songs as well as reworked older songs I had never released for one reason or another." Check out "Alone with the Rainmakers," a more-or-less conventional rock number that makes me think of John Cale and Warren Zevon, for some reason. In other words, it's great. The full Ant Brr Rye album, titled All the Wives Are Demon Spies, is available for free on Bandcamp.
I'll end today with a couple links to other places on the internet:
• You can stream local grindcore punks Transient's demolition-derby of a new album over on Blow the Scene. It's rad, but be ready.
• Relapse Records has a free fall sampler that you can download without spending a dime, either on Amazon or Bandcamp. Among its 26 tracks are new tunes by Portland bands like Toxic Holocaust, Lord Dying, and Red Fang.