Guided by Voices (Beowulf Sheehan photo)
A pair of reunited southwest Ohio legends lead off this week's column. Also: lots of rap and indie rock!
Guided By Voices - "Class Clown Spots a UFO"
Uncle Bob and the boys are closing out opening night of Nelsonville Music Festival tonight at midnight. It's not too late to rocket down US-33 and enjoy that. But first, enjoy "Class Clown Spots a UFO," a song that dates back to the 80s, finally fixed up for release on the upcoming album of the same name. That album — the band's third(!) this year — drops June 12 on Matador.
The Afghan Whigs - "See and Can't See"
The Cincinnati soul-punks' return gets christened with this expertly brooding ballad, the latest proof that Greg Dulli is the king of back-alley anthems. You have to give them your email address to hear it, but it's worth it.
T.I. - "Like That"
Tip's back at it and in top form, as if "Spend It" and "Magic" wasn't sufficient proof. His new album "Trouble Man" is coming Sept. 4 on Atlantic.
Six Organs of Admittance - "Waswasa"
If Six Organs of Admittance releases a loud, fast rock song, isn't that just a Comets on Fire song? Whatever; I'll accept psychedelic goodness from Ben Chasny under whichever guise he chooses, especially if it sounds like a J Mascis freakout. Six Organs' new album "Ascent" drops August 21 on Drag City.
Elite Gymnastics - "Life/Trap"
Production duo Elite Gymnastics delivers a song that sounds like trying to fight your way through a snowstorm in their hometown of Minneapolis. Their next release "Ruin 4," which includes all kinds of goodies, is available for order through Acephele.
Fat Tony and Tom Cruz featuring Bun B and Nick Diamonds - "Bad Habits"
Houston up-and-comer Fat Tony teams with Houston legend Bun B, Atlanta producer Tom Cruz and Canadian indie rocker Nick Diamonds (Islands, The Unicorns). The results are fascinating, but also damn good.
DIIV - "Doused"
I posted another song by this band when they were still known as Dive. Turns out they don't just sound like Beach Fossils, they feature Beach Fossils member Zachary Cole Smith. And yes, "Doused" must refer to reverb. Excellent propulsive new wave rock, Brooklyn bros. Their album "Oshin" is coming June 26 on Captured Tracks.
Chief Keef featuring Young Jeezy - "Understand Me"
Keef is getting a lot of play in these pages because seemingly every star in the game wants to do a track with the 16-year-old Chicagoan. On "Understand Me," Young Jeezy gets his. As you'd expect from both of these gentlemen, this one seriously stomps.
The Tallest Man on Earth - "1904"
The Swedish folkie (coming to the Wex Aug. 2 to dry the tears of disenfranchised Van Halen fans) leaked this beaut from his upcoming album "There's No Leaving Now." The album's out June 12 on Dead Oceans.
JEFF The Brotherhood - "Sixpack"
The Nashville lo-fi rockers just got a lot more hi-fi courtesy of Black Key/producer extraordinaire Dan Auerbach. They also signed to Warner Bros., and they're coming to The Basement on August 1. Party on, JEFF.