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Posted April 17, 2021, 9:16 a.m.
More Quicksand

photo by Annette Rodriguez

Quicksand is back with a new song, "Inversion," their first since Interiors in 2017. Fittingly the new song is a product of isolation:

“The music to ‘Inversion’ was very squatter punk at first,” vocalist Walter Schreifels explains. “To get something going vocally I started singing in an English Niel Nausea kind of vibe (Nausea are a peace/squatter punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan). The lyrics reflect the push and pull of being very connected through technology while at the same time being the most emotionally isolated group of humans to ever walk the planet and fun stuff like that.” 

Watch a video with artwork by Tetsunori Tawaraya, animated by Rob Fidel here:

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KRS30: Califone covers Mecca Normal

Posted April 10, 2021, 9:39 a.m.
KRS30: Califone covers Mecca Normal

As we've covered previously, veteran independent label Kill Rock Stars is celebrating 30 years throughout 2021 with a digital subscription series that covers classic tracks from throughout the label's history. Those tracks are being released individually throughout the year, and this week sees the latest: Califone covering "Family Swan, originally released by Mecca Normal (The Family Swan, 2002).

Speaking of the song/artist choice, Tim Rutili (Califone) states:

I first saw Mecca Normal with the Go Team and Some Velvet Sidewalk in Chicago many years ago. I had my little mind blown and spent all the money I had on 7inch records at the merch table. That show was one of those experiences that changed the way I looked at music and everything - It was microscopic, personal and massive all at the same time. There is truth and heart, existential frustration and self-acceptance in this music that made me feel like I wasn’t so alone in the world. It made me want to move to the Northwest. I still want to move to the Northwest... Maybe someday.

Anyway.. This song is a classic movie that is beautiful, sad, funny and bleak all at the same time. This song is a really good book that breaks your heart with unwanted truth, but you can’t stop reading it and you can’t help but see the good and horrible sides of yourself and everyone you know and love in the world it creates. This song is undeniable humanness.

Thank you Mecca Normal. Happy Birthday, KRS.

Check out the song below and hit the embed to find the subscription song and all previously released cover tracks, including songs originally by Elliott Smith, Bikini Kill, Quasi, and more.

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MP3s Loud Love's "Vox Populi"

Posted Feb. 28, 2021, 10:41 a.m.

Loud Love's "Vox Populi"

Loud Love, who released a self-titled record in 2019 on White Russian Records, are back with a new single called "Vox Populi." The new single is shared below and questions recent moments that deny acceptance ...

MP3s Jello Biafra Celebrates Limbaugh’s Demise with New Single

Posted Feb. 25, 2021, 3:11 p.m.

Jello Biafra Celebrates Limbaugh’s Demise with New Single

Jello Biafra - "Blunder Blubber"

These days, you can find Bay Area hardcore legend Jello Biafra as politically charged as ever, elevating his Alternative Tentacles label as well as fronting Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School of Medicine. And in ...

MP3s Bright Eyes Flirt With Covering Vic Chesnutt

Posted Feb. 25, 2021, 4:43 a.m.

Bright Eyes Flirt With Covering Vic Chesnutt

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Bright Eyes have released their cover of Vic Chesnutt's, "Flirted With You All My Life." The cover originally appeared on the vinyl single release of "Persona Non Grata." Conor Oberst notes:   I had the ...

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MP3s Turquoise "Strawberry Daiquiri"

Posted Feb. 20, 2021, 12:29 p.m. in MP3s by Loren

Turquoise "Strawberry Daiquiri"

Turquoise, a mathy instrumental band from Lincoln, NE, has shared "Strawberry Daiquiri" form their upcoming EP due later this year. The three-piece pulls a variety ...

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MP3s Dan Campbell's first solo song

Posted Feb. 13, 2021, 9:37 a.m. in MP3s by Loren

Dan Campbell's first solo song

photo by Michelle Baumva

Dan Campbell keeps busy with The Wonder Years, Aaron West, and The Roaring Twenties. That said, he's also found time to write and record ...

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MP3s Another Devon Kay & the Solutions single

Posted Jan. 30, 2021, 12:30 p.m. in MP3s by Loren

Another Devon Kay & the Solutions single

photo by Kendra Sheetz

Following their January single, "Oh My, Oh My," Devon Kay & the Solutions is back with "Oh My, Oh My, We're Far Past That Now ...

MP3s Chelsea Wolfe and Emma Ruth Rundle team up

Posted Jan. 29, 2021, 8:06 p.m. in MP3s by Loren

Chelsea Wolfe and Emma Ruth Rundle team up

photo by Loren Green

Chelsea Wolfe has a new single, out now, called "Anhedonia." The new track features labelmate Emma Ruth Rundle on vocals and guitar and was written ...

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MP3s Mike Watt + The Black Gang cover Bikini Kill

Posted Jan. 23, 2021, 5:49 p.m. in MP3s by Loren

Mike Watt + The Black Gang cover Bikini Kill

2021 is a lot of things already. It's also the 30th anniversary of Kill Rock Stars and one way that the label is celebrating ...

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MP3s Bad Religion offers "Emancipation Of The Mind"

Posted Jan. 22, 2021, 6:43 p.m. in MP3s by Loren

Bad Religion offers "Emancipation Of The Mind"

Earlier this week Bad Religion shared a new track with the world, "Emancipation Of The Mind." The song was recorded in the Age of Unreason ...

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MP3s Descendents 0:45

Posted Jan. 18, 2021, 10:32 a.m. in MP3s by Loren

Descendents 0:45

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The Descendents are back with a song for prex 45 that's approximate 45-seconds long. Titled "That's The Breaks," the song follows the band ...

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