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NEW RELEASES FEBRUARY 24 | Culture Clash Records

NEW RELEASES FEBRUARY 24

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Bananamicrotonal banana

The prolific Australian psychonauts are back at it again with what has been billed as a collection of “explorations into microtonal tuning”. After frontman Stu McKenzie had a friend build him a custom guitar that can play in microtones – a series of complex semitones not used in Western musical composition – the band decided to all get on board and record the album with a wide array of microtonal instruments. The result is fascinating; blending snake-charmer reeds with the driving psych-punk of last year’s Nonagon Infinity, King Gizzard find a sweet spot between caricature and the real joy of musical experimentation.

dirty projectors stDirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors, the beloved, decade-plus-long recording pursuit of producer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist David Longstreth, presents the eighth full-length album in the band’s wildly varied and fascinating discography. As with previous Dirty Projectors albums, Dirty Projectors sees Longstreth lead a group of hugely talented contributors, including Solange Knowles, Tyondai Braxton, Mauro Refosco (Atoms For Peace, Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Dawn Richard (D∆WN and Danity Kane), in realizing his creative vision. “‘I would be lying if I said it didn’t feel a little crazy, but I wanted to tell these stories,’ Dirty Projectors leader Dave Longstreth told Rolling Stone of the prolific art-pop group’s new self-titled LP. Dirty Projectors is a self-admitted breakup record that chronicles in vivid detail the entirety of his ultimately doomed relationship with former bandmate Amber Coffman. Ranging from new-love giddiness (‘Little Bubble’) to self-flagellation (‘Winner Take Nothing’) and eventually acceptance (‘Cool Your Heart’), the album is a deep dive into the musician’s life and heart. Rather than bury his emotions, he chose to channel the intense sadness he felt in the wake of his breakup into his most soul-baring, emotionally jarring songs yet” – Rolling Stone

Pissed Jeans – Why Love NowPissedJeans_WhyLoveNow_R7

Pissed Jeans have been making gnarly noise for 13 years, and on their fifth album, Why Love Now, the male-fronted quartet is taking aim at the mundane discomforts of modern life—from fetish webcams to office-supply deliveries. Their gutter-scraped amalgamation of sludge, punk, noise, and bracing wit make the band—frontman Matt Korvette, Brad Fry (guitar), Randy Huth (bass) and Sean McGuinness (drums)—a release valve for a world where absurdity seems in a constant battle trying to outdo itself. Take the grinding rave-up “The Bar Is Low,” which, according to Korvette, is “about how every guy seems to be revealing themselves as a shithead. It seems like every guy is getting outed, across every board of entertainment and politics and music. There’s no guy that isn’t a total creep.” The lyrics on Why Love Now are particularly pointed about gender relations and the minefield they present in 2016. “‘It’s Your Knees’ is about the endless, unrequested, commenting on if you’d f**k a girl. On “Love Without Emotion” Korvette channels Nick Cave’s guttural side while bemoaning his detachment over cavernous guitars. “Ignorecam” twists the idea of fetish cam shows— “where the woman just ignores you and watches TV or eats macaroni and cheese or talks on the phone”—into a showcase for Korvette’s rancid yelp and his bandmates’ pummeling rock.

Check out the rest of the new releases below:

All Them Witches – Sleeping Through The War CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (New West)

David Bowie – No Plan CDEP (Sony)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Tourist CD/LP+MP3 (CYHSY Inc.)

Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy CD/LP (Ipecac Recordings)

Dams Of The West – Youngish American CD/LP+MP3 (30th Century)

Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors CD/2xLP+MP3 (Domino)

Disturbed – Live At Red Rocks 2xLP (Reprise)

DNCE – DNCE LP (Republic)

Dude York – Sincerely CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Hardly Art)

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – Jazz Party [Reissue/1959] LP (Acoustic Sounds)

Emel – Ensen CD/LP+MP3 (PTKF/Partisan)

The Feelies – In Between CD/LP+MP3 (Bar/None)

Hippo Campus – Landmark CD/LP (Grand Jury)

José James – Love In A Time Of Madness CD/LP (Blue Note)

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana CD/LP (ATO)

Philip Lewin – Am I Really Here All Alone [Reissue/1975] CD/LP (Tompkins Square)

Modern Baseball – The Perfect Cast [2015] 12” (Lame-O)

Old 97s – Graveyard Whistling CD/LP+MP3 (ATO)

Pissed Jeans – Why Love Now CD/LP+MP3/Cassette (Sub Pop)

Shadow Band – Wilderness Of Love CD/LP (Mexican Summer)

Pete Silberman – Impermanence CD/LP+MP3 (ANTI-)

Leif Vollebekk – Twin Solitude CD/LP (Secret City)

Xiu Xiu – Forget CD/LP+MP3 (Polyvinyl)

 

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