It’s no big secret that Satan’s Satyrs love Blue Cheer. The Virginia trio are so enamoured with the legendary 1960s heavy rock progenitors that they played a special set at the 2013 Roadburn Festival consisting of nothing but Blue Cheer covers. Their excellent new album Don’t Deliver Us will be released on 30 October, and the track “Creepy Teens” is the Blue Cheeriest of their many Blue Cheer homages. Built around a wicked lead riff, it rampages for an exciting six minutes, bassist Clayton Burgess sneering away in his distinctly petulant voice.
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Brothers Jared and Michael Bell might live at opposite ends of the country—Jared in Brooklyn, Michael in Phoenix—but their long-running project Lymbyc Systym sounds as cohesive as ever on the latest album Split Stones, which comes out on 16 October. Its combination of vintage synthpop, contemporary indie pop, and subtle traces of krautrock make for a shimmering, ebullient piece of work, and you can listen to the album in its entirety below.
If you have big aspirations, you might as well sound the part. Queens-raised MC Koncept and Long Island producer/rapper J57 have collaborated on a new EP titled The Fuel that pulls out all the stops in an attempt to bridge underground hip hop and mainstream fare. The end result is edgy and brutally honest, but at the same time underscored with gigantic beats and arrangements that waste no time getting into your head. “Porcelain” is a great example, with its infectious chorus sung by Hollis, who is best known for her work on Macklemore’s and Ryan Lewis’s 2013 smash “White Walls”. You can watch the new video for the track below.
By the spring of 1981 Art Pepper was riding what would be the last creative wave of his checkered career before dying of a stroke a year and a half later. Incarcerated several times stemming from his heroin addiction, he enjoyed a very prolific period through the late-1970s and the turn of the decade, and in April 1981 55 year-old Pepper played a series of shows at New York’s iconic jazz club Fat Tuesday’s. Backed by pianist Milcho Leviev, bassist Georde Mraz, and drummer Al Foster, Pepper played five shows. An unreleased recording has been unearthed, remastered, and gorgeously packed into the CD/digital release Art Pepper Live at Fat Tuesday’s, which will be released 30 October on Elemental Music.