Shy Girls' new EP, Timeshare, comes out today on Hit City USA. You can stream the whole thing here, and read our article on Shy Girls if you haven't already.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra also have a new EP out today. Blue Record is a five-song collection of acoustic recordings, including some UMO tracks reworked, a Dirty Projectors cover, and a Beck cover. It's strikingly different from what UMO has done before; it will appear as a limited-edition vinyl EP and is now available on the deluxe digital version of their II album. Blue Record is currently streaming on KCRW. (UMO is about to kick off a European tour, and they recently wrapped up a string of dates with the astonishing UK band Wolf People, who were playing some of their first-ever shows in America. I saw Wolf People in New York—they are incredible. Get ready.)
LISTEN: Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Blue Record (streaming at KCRW)
Toxic Holocaust's new album Chemistry of Consciousness comes out on Relapse today, and you can listen to the whole thing right now. I'd recommend earphones on if you're in the workplace; this is a brutal, venomous piece of gnashing thrash.
And Portland band Anne dropped off the radar for a little while, but they're back with a new EP. Jerusalem, which comes out today on Run for Cover Records, contains a gothier, dancier vibe than we heard during Anne's first era. Put on the black eyeliner and Doc Martens and get ready to sulk.
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