Stream And Destroy 03.11.22 // Weekly Roundup

Stream And Destroy is a weekly feature on D//E in which we round up tracks and releases we didn't cover canonically during the current week. It's complementary to our regular posts and publishes on Friday release day. Oddments from previous weeks may appear. The feature now comes with an accompanying playlist on Spotify.

Post punk act return with the project’s first new single in two years, a tune focused on an artist's mental health challenges, combining elements of punk, shoegaze, and post punk to produce a gripping listen akin to that of the band’s previous album, Goodbye.

Sextile return after the hiatus which followed the release of their 2018 EP 3. The band is as energised and fascinating as ever on the two-track release Modern Weekend / Contortion.

Invasion is another new offering from the legendary Alan Vega, which was recorded at the close of the 2012-2015 studio sessions for the posthumous record IT, and was one of the artist’s final recordings.

Hopes High is the latest single from Hater, a beautiful tune of hazy dreampop from their upcoming album, Sincere which was produced by long time partner Joakim Lindberg, and mixed and mastered by John Cornfield, who has worked with Ride, The Stone Roses and Robert Plant.

Ministry have a new single and video out featuring Jello Biafra. “Jello and I have been friends and music collaborators for decades,” Al Jourgensen says. “I had no idea he’d never done a video before and I’m honored to pop that creative cherry for him on Sabotage Is Sex. It’s crazy how tech savvy we’ve all gotten yet somehow it all seems very punk rock to shoot a video at home with just an iPhone. Who knows, maybe one day there will be a Lard video?” Biafra adds: “My compliments to the chef!! Not like any other Ministry video either. It’s amazing what can be done dirt cheap in your bedroom, with some kool found footage and a few clever ideas. Two phones, two takes and my work is done. Fun! I knew there’d finally come a day where I could bust out those Fez hats kids stole from their parents, and threw at Dead Kennedys on our ‘85 FrankenChrist tour.

Neurot Recordings, in collaboration with My Proud Mountain, announces the third instalment of the Songs of Townes Van Zandt series, which began in 2012, with diverse musicians interpreting the works of acclaimed American singer-songwriter. The new volume includes fresh renditions from Amenra, Cave In and Marissa Nadler. Kathleen is transformed by Amenra into something haunting and heavy.

Powerhouses of sludge metal, Crowbar, have released their first album in six years, Zero and Below, through MNRK. Bleeding From Every Hole is a dynamic single which showcases Crowbar being still in great shape.

Veteran Dallas-based psychedelic stoner rockers Wo Fat come back with their seventh studio album which seems to be deviating from the band's customary heavy blues direction, and comes across more daring and expansive.

Atlanta psych rockers CHEW release their third album Horses on Stolen Body Records, and the title track's eight-minute exploration sees the band experimenting further and stretching their own limits.

Devil Master will release their new album, Ecstasies of Never Ending Night, on April 29th, 2022 via Relapse. The first single, Acid Black Mass, is described by guitarist Darkest Prince: "The perfect evolution of our sound. It’s Japanese metal-punk d-beat meets black metal. There’s plenty of GISM and Mobs in there, but also Celtic Frost and Gorgoroth."

Members of Jealous, Adi and Paz, recorded a home recording session of one of their favorite Buzzcocks songs and expanded it with supplementary material, resulting in a three-song EP with two extra covers from their solo alter personas, Dane Joe and Sissy Johnny, respectively.

Heavy shoegazers, BLEED, a four-piece from Dallas, Texas, self-released their debut EP Somebody's Closer in 2021 which has just found proper label home in 20 Buck Spin.

Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook will release the new album as Young Guv, GUV III, on March 11th, 2022 via Run For Cover Records, embracing nineties alternative in a very comfortable manner.

Pixies have returned with a new single, Human Crime, together with a video filmed by bassist Paz Lenchantin, who explains: “The storyline is loosely based on an ‘inside joke’ between Charles and I about going on tour. How we go through a door from our reality state into the altered state of becoming and being a Pixie.

Kip Berman, formerly of Pains of Being Pure at Heart, is back with a new release as The Natvral, expected on Prefect Records on April 26th, 2022. Berman says: "A Portrait of Sylvie Vartan is about the allure and the limits of self-invention, and the ways we relate - or don’t - across oceans, language, and time."

Sonancy marks the return of the great Loop. Out on March 25th, 2022 by Cooking Vinyl, it’s their first album since 1990's A Gilded Eternity, and off it Fermion hits hard with its strong motorik background.

Helms Alee have announced their new album, Keep This Be The Way, which will be released on April 29th, 2022 through Sargent House, and aims to be their first album that ventures into a more colorful and experimental direction.

Cold Gawd, a rising shoegaze/post-hardcore band from Rancho Cucamonga, California, has signed with Dais Records. On their new single, Moving to California in March, the band comment: “Moving… is a song about the anxious feeling that is making— what you think is— the biggest next step of your life. ‘Stay in Chicago?’ ‘Go home?’ You’ll always ask yourself, ‘was that the right move?’ but every day remember why you left.

Emma Ruth Rundle has unveiled a new EP, Orpheus Looking Back, which is a short selection of unreleased tracks from the Engine Of Hell sessions. The artist comments: “In the year that has come since recording the song, I feel more and more connected to this love song. It is still speaking to me about the process of parting ways and how romantic arrangements change and relationships close.

Chelsea Wolfe and Tyler Bates score the new A24 slasher flick, X, which will be out on March 18th, 2022. From the soundtrack comes Chelsea's somber cover of Arthur Fields' 1918 song Oui Oui Marie, quite varied from the original.

A preview of the band's forthcoming album, Press Play b/w Concrete Fluid marks the return of the always prolific Soft Kill. The seven-inch single will be out on May 15th, 2022 through the DIY label Convulse Records.

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