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Monday, February 11, 2013

New Music Monday! The Thermals, 1939 Ensemble & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:29 AM

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.

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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.
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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." That one's not available for embedding (boo), so you have to click over to Spin to hear it. A stream has been found! Also, 1939 Ensemble play an album release show at Mississippi Studios on Friday, March 29.

More new music from Natasha Kmeto, YACHT/Parenthetical Girls, STRFKR, Casey Burge, and Cars & Trains after the jump!

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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.
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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.
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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"
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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.

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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.

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