Each and every week here at INHAILER, not only are we always on the lookout for amazing new music to play for our listeners, we’re sent music from ref
ord promoters and label reps in hopes of getting their artists on the NACC (North American College & Community Radio) charts. Think the Billboard charts but with more of a focus on not only up and coming indie artists but those big name mainstays that are now headlining music festivals around the world. Listening to all of this music is a large undertaking and there is a lot of stuff that doesn’t quite make the cut. Here are the best of our new adds:
1. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake (Rough Trade Records)
Parquet Courts took a turn on their 4th album, working with producer Danger Mouse (who previously produced Demon Days by Gorillaz, Evil Friends by Portugal. The Man, El Camino by The Black Keys and a whole lot more). However, they haven’t lose their post-punk roots, just transformed them into danceable punk rock music to blast on your speakers all summer long. “I’m Wide Awake!”
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Literally every song. This is a hot record
Recommended If You Like: Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips, Ought
2. Mitski - Be The Cowboy (Out 8/17 on Dead Oceans)
Mitski’s bio on Facebook is short and sweet: “music for people who weren’t invited to the party”. Her follow up to 2016’s Puberty 2 will be her experimenting in narrative in fiction. She wanted to create “the image of someone alone on a stage, singing solo with a single spotlight trained on them in an otherwise dark room.” Check out the video from her debut single from Be The Cowboy below.
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Geyser
Recommended If You Like: Japanese Breakfast, Jay Som, Car Seat Headrest
3. Zoo - Tree of Knowledge
Zoo is the solo project of Cory Pavlinac of Carriers. His EP Tree of Knowledge from 2015 is streaming on his bandcamp page. He mentioned he has more music on the way so keep an ear out for that!
Recommended If You Like: Carriers, The War on Drugs, Jonathan Wilson
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Spirit, Bobby, Ruins, Deserts
4. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Sparkle Hard (Domino Recording Company)
The lead singer and songwriter of influential 90’s indie rock band Pavement, Stephen Malkmus, is back with his 7th solo album with his band The Jicks. He’s explored a lot of different musical styles during his near 20 year stint with The Jicks but he wanted this record to be more straightforward and tighter.
Recommended If You Like: Pavement, Guided By Voices, Built To Spill
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Middle America, Shiggy, Refute, Bike Lane
5. Michael Rault - It’s a New Day Tonight (Daptone Records)
There are a lot of musicians who can channel the past with their musical stylings and chase the sound of a different era. None do it better than Michael Rault. His second full length, It’s A New Day Tonight feels like a lost album by the love child of T. Rex and Mott The Hopple.
Recommended If You Like: Cut Worms, Foxygen, The Lemon Twigs
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Sleep With Me, I’ll Be There, New Day Tonight
6. Chromatics - Dear Tommy (TBA)
Known for their feature in the new season of Twin Peaks and what began as a noise-laden post punk group in 2001, they gradually changed their sound to the atmospheric and moody electronic tinged sound they have now. They announced Dear Tommy in 2014 and released a few singles from it before removing them from the internet. The album never came out. Now, they announced it should be out this fall and released a single from it, the first they’ve released from this album in over two years.
What We’re Playing Off The Record: Black Walls
Recommended If You Like: Nite Jewel, Zola Jesus, Wild Nothing