Songs of the Week: September 24, 2018 edition

“Away Message” by Surf Rock Is Dead

The Native Sound

Sometime in the coming months, Brooklyn surf rock band Surf Rock Is Dead will follow up on the excellent 2017 We Have No Friends? EP with their debut full-length. This according to My Old Kentucky Blog, which debuted the first track from this as-yet-announced record, “Away Message.” It has a Blue Öyster Cult vibe.

“Begin Again” by The Hidden Shelf


Shoutout and congratulations to bedroom pop artist Minji Kong, who just released Zone Out — a fantastic full-length with her project The Hidden Shelf. Minji was the subject of the first GOODQUESTIONS Q&A last October and her music has grown by leaps and bounds in a short amount of time. Check out album-opener “Begin Again.”

“Get Along” by Fade Awaays

Fried Records

A lot hinges on a band’s debut single, first impressions being as important as they are. Toronto garage rock band Fade Awaays chose wisely: “Get Along” is an explosive track with raw guitars and an aggressive singalong chorus. It’s from the band’s forthcoming debut EP, details TBA.

“Heaven” by Charly Bliss

Barsuk Records

Guppy, the debut LP from the NYC-based band (not person) Charly Bliss, was one of 2017’s most memorable records. New single “Heaven,” which came out last week, is the first we’ve heard from them since that record — and it’s great! Here’s hoping a new one is on the way.

“Red Wine” by Grapetooth

Polyvinyl Record Co.

The duo behind Chicago indie pop act Grapetooth — Clay Frankel of Twin Peaks and Home-Sick’s Chris Bailoni — are connected by their mutual love of 1980s Japanese new wave, disco maverick Arthur Russel and cheap wine. “Red Wine” is the silky-smooth first single from Grapetooth’s self-titled debut, available November 9.

“Unwind” by J Fernandez

Joyful Noise Recordings

Experimental Chicago artist J Fernandez is returning with the album Occasional Din — his first since 2015’s Many Levels of Laughter. It comes out November 9. “Unwind,” the ebullient first single, is a tasty slice of psych-pop.

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