We've got a barrage of new sounds and sights for you on the latest installment of New Music Wednesday, with fresh material from Incubus, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, Bon Iver, The Kills, The Death Set and more lined up! Check it all out below, and make sure to follow us on Twitter for all the latest new music updates.
Incubus: Promises, Promises (Teaser Video)
Incubus plans to premiere the video for their new single "Promises, Promises" on June 23rd, but are offering fans a preview taste with a newly released behind the scenes video.
The song is off of the band’s upcoming album If Not Now, When? due out July 12th on Epic Records. Check out our review of the record, and have a gander at a clip that's… well, it's a bit nauseating, to be honest. How many variations of a band lip-synching to their own music can we really get excited about? Let's up the ante a bit, guys.
Some men dominate the flow so immensely it's hard to even consider them as a part of the same genre as other rappers. The first single from Nas' forthcoming album Life Is Good possesses exactly the kind of fire that sets him apart as an MC.
Over double-quick beats supplied by producer Salaam Remi, Nas drops a breathless breakneck flow as he delivers a run of verses (he even continues when the music stops). No chorus, no guests, just Nas on the mic with destruction on the mind.
Jesse Hughes & Brody Dalle: Boots Electric Theme
After conquering the sex-rock universe with Eagles of Death Metal, frontman Jesse “The Devil” Hughes is unveiling his solo debut as his supercharged alter ego Boots Electric. Titled Honkey Kong, the album will be released on September 20th by Dangerbird Records. It was produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Depeche Mode, The Kooks) and co-written with legendary keyboardist Money Mark, best known for his many collaborations with the Beastie Boys.
Have a listen to the double-dose of sexual sonics called the "Boots Electric Theme", featuring Mrs. Joshua Homme trading lines with the EODM main man:
Bon Iver: Calgary (Video)
"Calgary”, the gorgeous lead single from Bon Iver‘s self-titled sophomore LP, now has a video accompaniment. Filmed in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, the video was conceptualized by Bon Iver nucleus Justin Vernon and directed by Andre Durand and Dan Huiting. Bon Iver is due out June 21st via Jagjaguwar.
The Kills: The Last Goodbye (Video)
We've got a heartbreaker performance for you today from The Kills, who offer up a suffocating rendition of "The Last Goodbye" from their short Blood Pressures unplugged film. Check it:
Weird Al Yankovic: Polka Face
Mr. Yankovic has a new album out next week, and in keeping with tradition it includes a medley of polka versions of recent pop hits. Check out the song below and see if you can name all fourteen songs he’s covering before you're driven to smashing your head against the keyboard until your face is a mangled mess of raw hamburger (cheat sheet can be found at Antiquiet):
The Death Set: Can You Seen Straight? (Video)
Check out The Death Set making their way through Paris and Brooklyn on a recent tour, alongside their track "Can You Seen Straight". Keep an eye on these cats – you'll be hearing more from us on them in the future.
Com Truise: Galactic Melt (Full Album)
Check out the new release from Com Truise titled Galactic Melt, with a full album stream of quirky new sounds. We're not making any promises, but we like what we're hearing.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Hysterical
Ending their two-year hiatus with a blizzard of new show dates, indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have also announced the release of their third album, Hysterical, set for September 20. Our first taste of this long-awaited new material comes in the form of the track “Same Mistake”, which you can stream and download below:
Steve Martin: Jubilation Day (Video)
Last but not least we've got an oddball offering from comic legend Steve Martin, a man your parents are likely far more familiar with than you. Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have released a music video for their song "Jubilation Day" which features some inventive effects work. The subject matter is a bit hilarious, and along with the video mirrors Martin's signature sense of humor quite well. Check it out: