This week we feature new material from Ryan Adams, Mogwai and a video from Sufjan Stevens.
Ryan Adams is quite the enigma. He has shifted from melodic folk, country and right into metal. Now, the sometimes serious musician and all around weird guy has new material from his band The Cardinals.
The new record “III / IV” takes its songs from a 2007 session with the Cardinals that ended with over 60 songs because this is Ryan Adams and why the hell not. To add to the madness he writes that the double album is a “concept rock opera about the 80s, ninjas, cigarettes, sex, and pizza.” You can download the new cut “Destroyers” off “III / IV” over at Adams’ PAX-AM label.
Back in July, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite told us that there was a new record in the works for the Scottish prog-rockers. And so there was. Mogwai are set to release the brutally titled “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will” on February 15 via Sub Pop. But until February you can listen to the new cut “Rano Pano” below which isn’t Mogwai’s brooding best but still does the job.
Sufjan Stevens is known for his odd creativity on his records. Take the aborted yet gorgeous “States Project” for example. With his newest release “The Age of Adz,” Stevens has delved further into the electronic. Now it’s gone visual. The video for “Too Much” features some twitch-step dance moves, a throbbing pile of trash and some tripped-out lights. It’s also perfect for the staggered nature of “Too Much.” Check out the video below or over at Pitchfork.