It's Monday! There was a big something or other on TV about music last night, but I'm not sure what happened exactly. You can probably check Facebook and find out. In the meantime, here's a lot of new music that you actually care about.
Not long after announcing the details of their next album, the Thermals have a preview track to listen to. The cheerily titled "Born to Kill" is no vast departure for the Portland trio—it's a loud, brash, uber-melodic, punkish, poppish number that's both caustic and super catchy, all over in under two minutes. Desperate Ground comes out April 16 on Saddle Creek. [UPDATE!] The Thermals will play a record release show at Branx on Saturday, April 20.
1939 Ensemble announced their upcoming debut record, to be titled Howl & Bite and to come out April 16 as well, on Portland's Jealous Butcher Records. The all-percussion duo of Jose Medeles and David Coniglio premiered an advance track over on Spin titled "Sabotage."
More new music from Natasha Kmeto, YACHT/Parenthetical Girls, STRFKR, Casey Burge, and Cars & Trains after the jump!
Natasha Kmeto's new EP Dirty Mind Melt is out on Dropping Gems next week (and she's got a full-length due in May). The title track popped up last month, and another track from the EP, "Contranym," premiered on Pigeons and Planes a few days ago. Here it is, an adventurous, weightless-sounding mix of electronic, R&B, and hiphop that ends up sounding like none of those things.
Former Portlanders YACHT got their remixing hands on a track by current Portlanders Parenthetical Girls, reinventing one of the 21 songs from the Privilege series of EPs that will make up the forthcoming, 12-track Privilege (Abridged) full-length, due out next week on February 19, a joint release from Slender Means Society and Marriage Records. YACHT remixed "Young Throats," which you can check out below. (Los Campesinos! also remixed a Privilege track, "Sympathy for Spastics," which you can listen to here.) Meanwhile, Parenthetical Girls play March 6 at Holocene before ducking down to Austin for SXSW. [UPDATE!] You can stream all of the Privilege (Abridged) album over at MTVHive.
Also out on February 19 is the much-anticipated new one from STRFKR, and they've been previewing an ample number of new tracks from that record on their Soundcloud. Here's another advance track (that's not on the Soundcloud); this one's named after the Lebanese author of The Prophet. Reportedly, bassist Shawn Glassford had to re-tune his bass in the middle of recording this track to match the warbling, meandering pitch of Josh Hodges' original demo.
LISTEN: STRFKR - "Kahlil Gibran"
Minden frontman Casey Burge also has a healthy home-recording solo career as well, with a couple releases on the Overland Shark label. This is a new one, a falsetto-sung '70s-gazing bit of glitter pop-funk.
Lastly, here's a song that doesn't exist yet. Tom Filepp, also known as Cars & Trains, is trying a crowdsourcing experiment for a new track. He's asking for people to submit samples—of anything, percussion sounds, melodic sounds, anything at all—which he'll attempt to incorporate into a new song. More info on that, and how to submit your sounds, over on Cars & Trains' site.