Japanese breakfast, A $ AP Ferg, She & Him, more

So many artists, so little time. Each week we review a handful of new albums (of all genres), put together some more new music that we would call “indie” and talk about what metal is releasing. We post music news, song premieres and more all day long. We update a weekly playlist of some of our favorite tracks right now. Here’s a daily recap with a bunch of interesting, recently released songs in one place.

A $ AP FERG – “GREEN JUICE” (prod. THE NEPTUNES, ft. PHARRELL)

A $ AP Ferg has just signed with Roc Nation management (and apparently now goes as “Ferg”), and his first song since the new contract is “Green Juice”, which was produced by The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) and also features Pharrell singing-rap on the track. The Neptunes provide a bright, menacing pace, and Ferg sounds great on it.

JAPANESE BREAKFAST – “SAY IT AIN’T SO” (WEEZER COVER)

“I once played a very sloppy basement cover of ‘Say It Ain’t So’ once with my band in college, so it was fun to revisit it from the opposite angle, stripped down with a string quartet, ”says Japanese Breakfast. “Craig Hendrix did the arrangement and Quartet 121 played it thoroughly.” This is from his new EP Spotify, Living at Electric Lady, which comes out today.

HIM & SHE – “IT STARTS TO LOOK A LOT AT CHRISTMAS”

It certainly doesn’t start to sound much like Christmas, but we just have to accept that Christmas music comes out before Halloween now, so here is She & Him’s charming take on the classic “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” from the A very him and her Christmas 10th anniversary edition.

WARM LEATHER – “FRIENDS”

Hot Leather has released a new song “Friends”, which also draws from hyperpop, punk and chamber pop. It might sound strange on paper, but it works.

SUNTITLE – “ROYAL BLUE”

NJ Suntitle’s post-hardcore / alt-rock band shared another song from their upcoming album In a dream, and it’s a grungy, high song that Balance & Composure and Superheaven fans can dig into.

SPANISH LOVE SONGS – “I MISS YOU” (BLINK-182 COVER)

Spanish Love Songs released a “doom and gloom” cover of blink-182’s classic “I Miss You”, and they turn it into something much heavier than the original.

CRAIG’S BROTHER – “FAKEBOOK”

Santa Cruz skateboarders Craig’s Brother ended eight-year gap without music with 2019 Devils in details EP, and now they’ve released another new single. It feels like no time has passed since the band’s era in the 90s / early 2000s, and Ted Bond’s snotty voice is more unmistakable than ever.

VOTED – “SHALLOW VACATION”

Boston Vaulted hardcore / death metal mixers to release new LP Left in despair on November 19, and they just shared a heartbreaking new song that’s chock full of badass riffery. Tune in on Metal Injection and stream the previous two singles below.

FINE PLACE (FRANKIE ROSE) – “THIS IS YOUR HOME”

Fine Place, the duo of Frankie Rose (Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls) and Matthew Hord (Running, Pop. 1280, Brandy), will be releasing their debut album on November 11 via Night School and here’s the second look at it. “It’s Your House” has the ethereal harmonies of Rose floating atop a softly arpeggiated synth line, with more vocals added as the song loops. Beautiful.


WILLIAM DOYLE (FKA EAST INDIA YOUTH) – “NOTHING AT ALL”

William Doyle, who recorded as East India Youth, to release new album Great muddy weather beaches March 19. The new single “Nothing At All” is a wonderful synthpop ballad that could have appeared on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack.

MOUSSON – “DO NOT MOVE”

Athens and GA’s Monsoon are back after six-year hiatus with new album Ghost party which will be released in early 2022. To hold you back, here is the warm and inviting first single, “Don’t Move”.

SPOON – “THE HARDEST CUT”

Here is the first taste of Spoon’s new album, Lucifer on the couch, a strutting rocker inspired by ZZ Top with a slasher movie video.

MIDNIGHT OIL – “Rising Seas”

This anthemic Midnight Oil-sounding single on the climate crisis is the first taste of a new album from the great Australians to be released next year.

KELLY LEE OWENS – “UNIT”

“Unity” was written for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. “I made it as epic and daring as it gets,” says Kelly.

AJ LAMBERT – “I DID BAD (AND IT IS NOT GOOD)”

“Sometimes love is like a horror movie,” says AJ Lambert of his new music video, directed by cult horror director Lucky McKee who directed the great 2002 movie. May.

YARD ACT – “LAND OF THE BLIND”

UK band Yard Act just shared a new single and video from their upcoming debut album, Overload. “Land of the Blind” might be their most immediate single to date, with a very catchy “Bah bah bah” hook and a slightly funky beat. The video is great too.

DOWN AGAIN – “LE FEU” (ft. BRENDAN MUPRHY FROM COUNTERPARTS)

The post-hardcore Bay Area Down Again group have released a new take on “The Fire” with the voice of Brendan Murphy from Counterparts and END, and you can read more about it here.

THÉTAN & LIL B – “BASED SERENADE”

Thetan are a powerviolence duo from Nashville, but they also collaborate with rappers. They released an entire album with Kool Keith last year, and now they have a new song with Lil B. To find out more click here.

JACK SWING – “DREAMS”

Jack Swing of Pittsburgh draws inspiration from classic funk and soul as much as modern indie rock, and they are releasing singles as they prepare for their debut album. Learn more about this new song here.

LARS FREDERIKSEN (RANCIDE) – “ARMY OF ZOMBIES”

Rancid guitarist / singer Lars Frederiksen is preparing to release his first solo EP, To victory, which features new versions of songs from his other projects and two covers (Royal Blue Limited Edition pre-order with galaxy black vinyl). Learn more about the new single “Army of Zombies” here.

40 WATTS OF SUN – “THE SPACES BETWEEN”

40 Watt Sun, the slowcore project from Warning frontman Patrick Walker, has announced their third album, Perfect light, and you can read more about the album and that lead single here.

LO (U) SER – “NO HOPE” (members of REEL BIG FISH)

Highly demanded ska / punk music video director Chris Graue also releases music under the name Lo (u) ser, and he often collaborates with big names in the ska and punk communities on his songs. His latest single “No Hope” reunites Reel Big Fish frontman Aaron Barrett with former / classic line-up member Scott Klopfenstein, marking their first new song together in over a decade. Read more about it here.

HOURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF – “RHODODENDRON”

Hourra for the Riff Raff is back with his first album since 2017, Life on earth, and here is the first single, which you can read more about here.

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