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8990 "head transfer function"

8990 released their debut cassette, head transfer function, via Reserve Mantinee last week. This is the duo of John Daniel (aka Forest Management) and Faithful, and the album was recorded at Greenview Manor and Windsor Studios. Check out the album's lead single, "Adsense", below.

   

Stuck "Change Is Bad"

Post Punk group Stuck has released the first two singles, "Invisible Wall" and "Bells", from their forthcoming album, Change Is Bad. The album is due out on April 3rd via the local label Born Yesterday despite the band's record release tour being postponed.

This is the work of David Algrim, Tim Green, Greg Obis, and Donny Walsh.

Stuck was scheduled to celebrate the release of Change is Bad on April 3rd at The Hideout, but that show has been postponed.

   

Parijs Plague "The Dogs Barked at Them"

Parjis Plague is returning with their seventh album, their first in eleven years, Poison Under Honey. This is dark, industrial, electronic sounds that will take the listen back to the mid-'90's. The album's first single is called "The Dogs Barked at Them" and the full project will be released via Monstaar Media LLC on April 20th.

   

Scree's experimental instrumentation shines through on "Live from The Owl"

Brooklyn-based post-rock / jazz trio Scree best hone their sound in a live setting — their set opening for Ben Seretan this past February was, in my opinion, one of the more transcendent performances i’ve seen in recent years. Live at The Owl captures much of the unbridled, experimental aspects that make the group such a joy to listen to, brimming with noodling interplay between upbeat bass and live guitar, shuffling freeform percussion, and well-timed discordant segues that introduce a cerebral, melancholic break from melody. Unfortunately not present on the LP are guitarist Ryan Beckley’s inter-track spoken word interludes (which offered a nice reprieve from the band's swirling, blue-toned sound in concert); until the dust settles on New York’s indefinite concert postponement and you can enjoy Scree IRL, stream this masterful instrumental effort below. —Connor Beckett McInerney, Photo by Jason Burger

   

Clown, Baby's vintage synthpop delights on new EP "In My Car"

NJ electropop outfit Clown, Baby make easily danceable tunes with an 80s slant, albeit with an ear for the charmingly irreverent. Over the course of new EP In my car, the band details the merits of choosing a proletarian ride over showboating muscle cars (“toyota corolla”), the virtues of love bites (“eightdog”), and the undeniable attraction of apathetic heart-throbs (“baditude”), all presented with plush, playful synth leads and relaxed, almost lounge-like vocal performances. While the release plays into a number of songwriting tropes from an era of big hair and teenage hedonism, the extended play resonates instead as a joyful, groove focused effort, evocative of both the B-52’s campy jams and the off-kilter stylings of early Metronomy — stream it below if you’re looking for a good time. Photo by Bobby Greco.