LISTEN: Of Montreal’s “Dour Percentage”

Following up their music counterparts Scissor Sisters, Of Montreal drops a peek of its new album Paralytic Streaks which is slated for an early February release. Pitchfork posted the preview song “Dour Percentage” and linked to an interview with singer (and sexually liberated) Kevin Barnes about the album.

The band also hits the road this year coming to Dallas to play at Trees on March. 13.

Spin analyzed the hell out of the song here, but I thought it was an admirable effort. I don’t see too much of a difference as Spin does save for a lack of high energy punch, but it has that certain motif OM is famous for.

of Montreal – “Dour Percentage” by Some Kind of Awesome

—  Rich Lopez

LISTEN: Hunx’s ‘Always Forever’

Throwback garage popsters Hunx and His Punx marked the year with their first full-release Too Young to Fall in Love back in April which I liked enough. This time, Hunx (aka Seth Bogart) strikes out on his own with Hairdresser Blues. He released the preview single “Always Forever” which has some similar tones to the band’s retro-ish sound, but he delivers some added ferocity that makes it his own.

Bogart says that “whenever I write Hunx and His Punx songs, I have to imagine putting on a show to them. People want to see me go crazy, and sometimes it’s hard to sing about something really sad when I’m wasted in a wig and makeup and screaming my head off on stage trying to dazzle people. A lot of this album deals with topics I don’t usually write about. I wasn’t concerned with entertaining people with these songs. I just wanted to get them out of me. Hairdresser Blues doesn’t feel like a Hunx and His Punx album, so I’ve decided to call this just Hunx. It’s the closest thing I’ve done to a solo album. I played all the instruments myself, except for the drums, which were played by Daniel Pitout of Nu Sensae.”

According to Pitchfork’s post Thursday, Blues is set for a Feb. 28 release.

—  Rich Lopez

LISTEN: Diamond Rings’ cover of Teenage Fanclub’s ‘Mellow Doubt’

Pitchfork pointed me to this b-side track by Diamond Rings, who we profiled on his last visit to Dallas. The queer-centric singer covered Teenage Fanclub’s “Mellow Doubt” from their signature 1995 album Grand Prix. The original is already some good stuff, but dare I say Diamond Rings has improved upon the song? His pop perspective turned the somewhat somber song into a spirited tune.

The song is the b-side to his song “You and Me” (check out the video) and comes prior to his European release of Special Affections.

Give it a listen.

Diamond Rings – Mellow Doubt (Teenage Fanclub cover) by diamondringsmusic

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: CSS’ new video ‘Hit Me Like a Rock’

Today, Pitchfork premiered CSS’ newest video “Hit Me Like a Rock,” wherein the band teaches you how to dance. And I know some people who could use this.

This is perfect timing as the band is about to embark on tour again, this time with fellow queer musicians MEN. They were here back in April with Sleigh Bells at the Granada. Now, they come back to House of Blues Oct. 28. Select dates from their tour will feature local drag queens. I wonder if we’ll get to see any of our own on the HOB stage that night.

In the meantime, check out the band’s fun new vid below. You might learn a few moves, too.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Trans-led Antony & the Johnsons releases ‘Swanlights’ video

Last year, trans-headed band Antony & the Johnsons released the EP Thank You For Your Love and the full-length album Swanlights. So what took them so long to release this video of their title-track? Well, Pitchfork reports that the band is releasing Swanlights the EP. It drops in limited release on Record Store Day April 16 and then goes wide on April 26.

A&tJ are usually more subdued so I’m not sure the reasoning behind all these releases.

Pitchfork also mentions that “Antony Hegarty’s sister Sara Hegarty directed the Swanlights video, which features footage from the film The Last Hymn, starring actress Sierra Paris. It suits the tune’s eerie, unsettling vibe quite well, utilizing foggy images of Paris running through the outdoors with an extremely upset look on her face before diving into uncertain, watery depths.”

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart’s new video with his side project Former Ghosts

Freddy Ruppert and Jamie Stewart of FG

Jamie Stewart has a thing for that which grosses us out. Remember this video I posted in which his Xiu Xiu bandmate Angela Seo performed her gagging talents? That’s always a great one before lunch. Now, the gay musician and his side project band Former Ghosts bring us this video for their song “Taurean Nature” from the forthcoming album New Love.The video was posted by Pitchfork.

Stewart bandmate Freddy Ruppert’s day starts off a bit differently than most people’s in this video. In sequined Elvis garb, Ruppert pees, gorges, doesn’t like cute kitties and gets kinda naked. It’s all so strange but also a glorious kind of train wreck I couldn’t stop watching. However, I am swearing off strawberry milk.

—  Rich Lopez