Summer's coming and you don't want to hear sad white blokes with a guitar singing about break-ups, right? This is hot chocolate for the hottest season à la Third Outing. It's summer and it's time to get sexy!
Folding Like Honey - Johnny Utah
Come on, don't tell us it doesn't make you feel a bit different!
Folding Like Honey - Johnny Utah
This is good, isn't it?
Folding Like Honey - Johnny Utah
So, how do you feel?
Folding Like Honey - Johnny Utah
Right it's getting hot?
Folding Like Honey - Johnny Utah
One more time.
*Johnny Utah is currently working on a new record. We'll keep you posted! Find his lastest onZ Tapes.*
Voici la crème de la crème of the new releases in the world of alternative music and as usual they're definitely worth 15 minutes of indulgence. Bonus - you can talk about these songs with real people and brag at the pub 'cos you know all the good new tunes. #WinningTheSmallBattles!
Courtney Barnett - City Looks Pretty
Yes, she's back and yes, she will blow your mind. That's just the way it is - apparently. Great first record but nah don't believe the hype Do you think she gets bored of her own songs? I think she probably fucking does.
Fidlar - Alcohol
Now this is a whopper. Two Thunderbirds Bobby! Because it's Tuesday and let's be honest - booze is what we're all thinking of. The rule is - Wednesday Weekend - you can deal with a hangover at work for 2 days.
Iceage - The Day The Music Dies
We haven't seen someone who looks that good with a tambourine since Liam Gallagher. And the music already destroys 2018. Plus - it's a big FUCK YOU to whatever stupid thing is annoying you this week. Class.
Miles Kane - Loaded
Because why not, eh? Who else failed to get Arctic Monkey's tickets last week? Me too! Forget that with the next best thing - a bit of new Miles Kane. Bobby Gillespie helped him with the song title, apparently. Aye!!
Drinks - Corner Shops
At my Granddad's local corner shop you can get a paper, a pack of Pan Drops, a samosa and a bottle of strawberry Yazoo for £2.45. Quality, eh? Oh and sometimes, it's good to listen to some weird pop tunes.
Andrew Smith - Baby's on Fire (Brian Eno Cover)
Look at us!! We got Andrew Smith to do an absolutely balling cover of Brian Eno's Baby's On Fire. To be honest it's better than the original, just don't tell Eno the sulker. READ ABOUT IT HERE! Cyas!
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When he isn't working his ass off with Super Fan 99, Luke Barham becomes Uncle Luc and makes some pretty good indie pop music. He's back with a new record called 'Sticking To The Rules' which Luke has made a little video teaser for. He here is answering 3 very important questions. Read and watch below!
By dint of releasing original new music with his label, Luke must feel a bit frustrated. That's maybe why when he's got a bit of time ahead of him, he makes music. His début record Humblebrag was released 4 years ago and today he announces LP numéro 2 - Sticking To The Rules - due on May 11. So Uncle Luc...
3rd: People want to know - what have been cooking during the recording process? // LB: There wasn't a lot of cooking going on during the making of this album, mostly just grabbing snacks here and there throughout the day. I'm vegetarian so lots of humus and those chickpea crisps called 'hippies'. Herni (producer) always has a good selection of teas, I think the chai Teapigs were my favourites.
What was your daily routine like? // The studio is just a short walk from my flat in Stepney so I'd head over at 10ish, we'd usually have a coffee and discuss what instruments we'd be recording that day and then crack on. It was largely just myself and Henri so pretty low key. Very peaceful stress free sessions essentially hanging out with a friend. We spent a lot of time making sure everything sounded as good as it could. Nothing rock'n'roll, just lots of cups of tea and maybe discussing Nick Lowe records in between takes.
Cosy! Alright, tell us 3 things about this record people don't know!
BJ Cole plays pedal steel on the track Bones of the Days. He famously played on Elton John's Tiny Dancer and has worked with everyone from R.E.M to Emmy Lou Harris and more recently First Aid Kit. It was an honour to have him guest.
The sound of a plane flying over head in the song Sophie is a direct reference to the 90s pop song Groovejet by Spiller that opens in the same way. I was working with a French producer for this track and we were listening to a lot of those french house productions of the late 90s.
The album was mastered at Metropolis by Andy Baldwin who recently remastered the first three Oasis albums and also did Blur's Under The Westway. Seemed like a safe pair of hands for the job.
If you're depressed because the music industry is fucked, its shattered your dreams and because you feel like you're hearing the same tunes over and over, then this list will do 2 things: give you hope and put a smile on your face. Here's a list of 5 records you will definitely stream in the next few weeks...
As Josh told us a few months back: "Being the cool new band in town isn't our goal, it's to create a sustainable art project that will continue to inspire and nurture us as we grow in our lives as a band, as friends and people". But what's funny, looking back at the interview, is the final question.
One word to describe this record? Ours is homespun, what's yours?
The first taste of the new record Up! is called Not Gonna Burn Myself Anymore. Though the band thought about going more electronic, they've decided to stick with their sound which made them who they are now. After hearing the first song, we're happy the way it turned out.
We first heard about them in 2015, after they had only released 2 tracks on Bandcamp (Castigadas en el Granero and Between Cans) back in 2014. We had a good feeling and guess hard work and many gigs around the world have paid off. Here's New For You, where they show you how to play football.
it sounds like it's been made in California. But what’s a Silver Dollar Moment? “It’s anything that’s unexpectedly brilliant”, says Henry. “We played in Toronto at this bar called the Silver Dollar Room. We’d been in Canada for 36 hours, no sleep, we’d already played at 10, then we played a show at the Silver Dollar at 2am and it was one of the best shows we’ve ever played. So a silver dollar moment became anything that’s good but unexpectedly”.
Basically, the record was never a finished work and Toledo finally figured out how to finish it (how do you know a record is done)? The final touches have been made and the new version is coming out very soon. You can listen to the 2011 version here and below the new version 2018 of Cute Thing. And compare.
Photography by Bronwyn Walls Illustrations
This is not a weekly thing. In fact, we only share these top listens when the time is right and good songs are being released. Here we go, first one is from a band we love here at Third Outing...
With Bonny Doon, it's all about the tunes. The band from Detroit are now signed to Woodsist and have a new full length record on the way called Longwave. Here's a first taste with the beautifully melancholic I Am Here (I Am Alive).
As you should all know, Hovvdy are on the comeback with a new record called Cranberry. After Late, Cranberry and Petal, here's another song from the LP this time entitled In The Sun which you can stream here.
Yo La Tengo
Five years on from their last album, Yo La Tengo are set to return with a new sound! The record is called There's A Riot Going On, and is due to hit shelves in March. Luckily they have shared four tracks. Yes, four! Here we go.
The musician released one of the best records of 2017 in the shape of A Crow Looked At Me, mostly dealing with the death of his wife after being diagnosed with cancer. This new album comes out in March, here Phil Elverum shares a new song called Distortion.
Old favourites of everybody, right? One day after teasing a new Eels project titled The Deconstruction, Mark Oliver Everett has shared the title track off the upcoming album. What a guy. Enjoy!
Spanish garage-pop four-piece Hinds have returned with a new single and details of a new album, too. New For You is the first song from I Don't Run, out April 6 on Mom + Pop Music. It comes with a new video, directed by lead singer Carlotta Cosials, which shows the band playing a wee game of football!
Finally, Lo-Fi master Alex G returnsk with Fay, a melancholy Indie-Rock ballad of the highest quality. The singer manages to convey so many feelings and emotions in his music, the longer you listen the more simple and beautiful it becomes.
© Photo by Bronwyn Walls Illustrations
What's been going on in the world of music since the last big 5? Morrissey is going against Trump and you can now buy Bruce Springsteen's old house. But who cares about that? What matters is the music. Here are the latest 5 which have gained our attention this week.
Austin duo and Third Outing's fan favorite Hovvdy are back with a new record, which will come out in January 2018. The band have already shared two songs, Late and Petal. The upcoming LP is called Cranberry.
The Halifax-based band have confirmed they’ll release their 12 track full-length Silver Dollar Moment in February 2018 on Heavenly Recordings. They unveiled a video for new song Let Your Dogtooth Grow below.
Her debut EP Thrush Metal has this song called Boys Will Be Boys. On it the Australian singer confronts a man who raped her friend and takes to task the accompanying victim-blaming. Listen closely...
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
You've probably heard of the Australian psych band this week and the reason is simple: this LP is free. Here's what the band said on FB: "This album is FREE. Free as in, free. Free to download and if you wish, free to make copies. Make tapes, make CD’s, make records". Pretty cool, right?
The new tunes from one of Glasgow's most exciting band are found of the record Flight Of Stairs and it will make your head bang in a second. See ya!
Let's just listen to the tunes, no need for a big intro here right?
First of all it has to be MGMT, and yes you probably have already heard it two days ago when it came out. We don't know if the video is a tribute to Robert Smith or a strange medieval avant-garde short movie? And who really fucking cares. What's your guess?
If you didn't know, Christopher Owens from Girls has a new band called Curls (we told you this grand news a few months ago, so you should, in theory, already know). Anyway, an EP is on the way and an interview with the band on Third Outing should be published in November. In the meantime, here's a new track called Gentle And Kind.
Glaswegian band Spinning Coin have shared new song Money Is A Drug ahead of releasing their debut album 'Premo'. We like this band a lot, in fact, they're one of the first bands we ever interviewed. Check it, and then check this...
The half-baked song of the week comes from Illinois, where Arnold Friend churns out the same kind of melodies Hovvdy adore. Don't listen if you're in a good mood. But if you're meandering along then play this anthem out loud, dude.
The last song (which has the same title as a Britpop classic) is from Furnsss, who have a brand new shiny cassette out this November. Here's Roll With It for you. And remember, take your time and don't let any fucker get in your way.
Big news folks, 3rd favourites DMA's are back, also recent newcomer Mr Yolk shares another brilliant tune from his upcoming record release and finally, a lost record has been found. Great news, right? Read on to find out who by. Here are the 5 songs you need to hear over the weekend...
Robert Tilden, aka BOYO, is back with "Me, Again", a new album due in January. Stream the new single Insomnia, the first (weird) taste of what's to come.
Insomnia is "an uneasy, anxious and even melancholy indie song with what the craftspeople among you might call “live edges, always the mark of a true artist", as states the label. The video is equally as strange. BOYO goes into random houses and install cameras to spy on people. Find out why below...
Here we are: Wednesday, and it's raining (again). Might as well continue the week with great new songs, and you're lucky, 3rd is giving you the best of the very best; la crème de la crème.
Let's start with a brand new video from CHUCK, who released his final record (as CHUCK) called Frankenstein Songs for the Grocery Store in August. The track, Happy Birthday, is nearly as good as the video clip!
London based Honey Lung have released a début EP entitled Kind Of Alone. Among the new songs out the latest one called Stuttering Mind showcases a more melodic side of the band.
This next one is from Yorkshire. Indie outfit Party Hardly, who made us a great Yorkshire playlist, have chosen a different direction on this new track Mindchanger. Great artwork too!
In the second great come back of the week, Canadian Harley Alexander returns with Tiny Bricks. About the new album, he states "I'm proud to share a song that I wrote this Spring. Like the rest of the album, the music was written to soothe and reconnect with parts of myself that I've neglected or straight up cut out as a means of survival from childhood sexual abuse and the patriarchal conditioning that so much our culture functions on. My hope is that this can help other people to bravely explore and embrace themselves in more full and expansive ways. I can't always be a front-line activist in the battle for equality, truth, and healing but we aren't all made to aid in the same one way. This is my way."
And finally, a tribute to Grant Hart, drummer and songwriter for the influential rock band Hüsker Dü, who has died at the age of 56 years old. The cause of death has not been announced, but Variety reports that he had been fighting cancer. Re-connect below...
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This has to be one of the highlights of the second half of 2017: Pope's upcoming record True Talent Champion is due in November. Until then, listen to these two tracks here.
"We will become the biggest band in the world and enslave our listeners with our loud noise pop. We will also tour with the Cure".
- Pope, 2015
We ask a simple question: Cousin Kula what has happened here?
Brighton-based six piece Cousin Kula, who released their début EP back in November, have a new tune out called Working For It. So far, so good.
But there's one thing they haven't put too much effort: the video clip they put online along with the new track. It's not the official video but still, why? Here's the video below, wear sunglasses but we'll admit do turn the volume up , as the song is worth the pain. Musicians, not film makers!
Busy start after the holidays? No time to check the new tunes out? No worries...3rd is giving you the top 5 tracks of the week (or so)! Let's start with this great collab'; Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile teaming up to release a full LP called Lotta Sea Lice...
The first taste of this new album is finally here. The song is entitled Over Everything and merges the singers' two styles with a dialogue like style. The LP is due in October and from this first single, it's fair to say they were made to work together...
REMEMBER, this week we gave you 5 reasons why you should be excited about the new Catholic Action record? Here's a sixth one: the Scottish band have a new song out, called Black & White.
Scottish band PAWS have been tapped to open on The Cribs‘ upcoming North American tour, which makes for a pretty great pairing. In the meantime, the band have unveiled a new song, Omaha, about "the reflections/second guessing of one’s actions, the stability of new friendships and relationships with family members", the band told Brooklyn Vegan.
Glasgow-based Spinning Coin are on the rise. They've played with Teenage Fanclub recently and soon, they will support Dinosaur Jr in their hometown. Their début record Permo will hit the shelves in November. Listen to the first song from this album Sleepless below...
And finally, the new single from our favourite idiosyncratic pop charmer Jonnie Common is out via Indie label Song, by Toad Records. Restless explores the introverted side of the Scottish songster, reminding us again after his foray into the world of Christmas song, that Common is one of the best sounds to come out of Scotland in the last few years. Check it out below...
We all know a world class prick don't we? On the international stage; Donald Trump. In the UK, anybody on reality TV really, politicians, traffic wardens. It goes on...FACT.
And in Ireland, well I dunno I've never been, but there's going to be a few pricks there too I'm sure. But there's one guy who is keeping them at bay in the big bad scary world of Indie music, our Irish favourite Bobby Aherne and his genius creation No Monster Club.
"Do what you gotta do to make your dreams come true, and say what you gotta say to keep the pricks at bay"...we love this guy and everything he stands for! I mean, we sang his praises enough a few months back with the release of Faqir - Hex, but with this latest installment proving nearly as magic, and the promise of another one to drop soon, No Monster Club and Aherne are keeping the music pricks at bay and bouncing only the good stuff. It just makes you sing, "yaldi"! Listen...
It's 2017 and some unwavering artists still sings the blues. Will it be there forever? Probably. Watch Louis Antoniou's new video for the song I Don't Want No More Woes
Who would have thought singing the blues in 2017 would still be something young musicians want to do? Mad. But Louis Antoniou loves singing the blues. But not any blues, oh no! It's the blues of today's society, of fake news, Trump and Brexxxxxit. So it's still the blues, but the blues of today. The new video for I Don't Want No More Woes is being premiered below. Enjoy!
It's the long-anticipated return of a Third Outing favourite today as Jackson Honeycutt features with Stingray, his first appearance on the site since our first introducing to him last year. The Sweetheart I've Noticed singer enters the psych realm, and he does it oh so naturally. Here's what he had to say about the track, check out the premiere below...
"The song about being in love with someone who is drifting away. The video plays off this idea, we did a beach music video in the snow, so it's just the thought of trying to make something work that doesn't. All of this while trying to pay homage to some beach music video classics most notably just the Beach Boys themselves. It's all about making an effort to be with someone who doesn't really make an effort to be with you, and them just drifting away...
I wanted to make sure that in the version of Stingray released with the video it felt a little more slow and sad than the version that may end up on the album as well. Stingray isn't meant to be all doom and gloom though, so Evan Kidd - the Director and I just tried to have some fun making the video and see what we could come up with. In the end I would definitely say I am happy to be sending Stingray out into the world after what is now like 6 months".
Norwich is slowly becoming the UK's most exciting town for reverb-drenched music. One band is working hard to make it happen. Dazy Crown...
Though the new track is called Multi Vitamin, the rhythm is quite mellow and the song lacks of consistency. The sounds is dreamy, almost jazzy, but maybe just a bit predictable. Here's the track below and tell us what you think.
Glasgow newcomers Savage Mansion have dropped a new song Do You Say Hello To Your Neighbours? taken from the band's début single out on Lost Map Records. This is the sound of the summer. Watch out Only Real, summer 17 is Savage Mansion!
Savage Mansion is essentially a vehicle for the songs of Perth-raised singer and guitarist Craig Angus, with trusty Taylor Stewart on drums, Andrew McPherson and Jamie Dubber from Catholic Action on second guitar and bass. Their latest single is coming out very soon on Lost Map. Make sure you listen to Do You Say Hello To Your Neighbours? below. What a summer sound!
Here's another one for you. Hailing from New York, newcomers Rips are set to release their eponymous début record via Faux Discx Records on June 16. It's a proper guitar riffing band, who develop the NYC sound like the likes of The Strokes can no longer...
On Delay, there's a bit of this band going on, a bit of another band going on. And the list goes on. But Delay proves that Rips have got the knack for catchy punk tunes et al. They're not the only ones, no...but hey, it's a big trend to wave between full vigor and complete disinterest these days. Rips do that perfectly. You'll enjoy this, listen below...
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The Peckham-based band YOWL, who made the Third Outing Top 11 songs from 2016 with Saturday Drag, are back with the brand new song My Headache Likes To Speak
It was already a great piece of work. Almost a masterpiece. YOWL's début EP was clearly one of the highlights of 2016's and almost impossible to beat. And so the band are back to try again with the same ethos as ever. Portray social issues, anxieties and our fucked up world through the art of music. It's a hard task YOWL continue to tackle, and one they do with great spirit. And thankfully, it doesn't seem like they've bottled it. You MUST listen below.
Max Gowan is back with a new record called Far Corners. It shows the singer-song writer growing up, and this maturity is reflecting into his music. Yes, Max Gowan has become more authentic. Here's a quick Q&A with Gowan about the latest record
We first wrote about Gowan back in 2015 when he released his début record Big People. Clearly influenced by the likes of Wilco and Elliott Smith, we found Max dabbing and toying with sounds, trying to capture the essence of his idols. After an even better second record in the form of In Transit, Gowan returns with a fresh new album. From Big People to Far Corners, you can hear the sound becoming more authentic, more subtle and introspective. Clearly, the sounds of a boy becoming a man, growing up and refining his musical tastes and ambitions. By trying to emulate artists like Alex G and Pinegrove, who are leading the way when being honest and genuine with their music, Gowan has tried to be more himself on the record. Expect more intimate. More coherent. And a very successful record...
What have you been up to since we last talked? I guess the last time we talked was around May of 2015, so since then I've started college at American University in Washington DC, and I'm finishing up my second year there now. I've still been writing and recording though, and I put out an album a year ago called Mass Transit. My friends Jose, Robbie, and Danny also helped me form the band to play songs from this project live, they're great.
When did you start working on the new record and how did it go? I would say I've been working on the new one since last April when the last album came out, but most of that time was spent scrapping songs. I scrapped a ton of stuff, so all of the songs that made it onto this album were written and recorded between December 2016 and late march of this year. I had a ton of writers block for a while but these past few months it came really smoothly; I think I write better music in the winter for some reason.
"I think I write better music in the winter for some reason"
You've already mentioned Alex G as one of your influences. What is it about his music that inspires you?
Yeah he definitely is! I would say it's less conscious now, though. My earlier music consciously emulated him and a few other artists like Wilco and Elliott Smith. Now I'm trying a bit more just to do my own thing and write what comes out. I think chord progressions and melodies are the two most important, emotional things for me in music. He's really good at those; his songs sounds like they're from another dimension while still keeping a feeling of familiarity.
Did you try new things on this record? I tried a lot of new stuff on this one. It's more percussion-focused. A lot of the songs have drum sets as well as smaller percussive items and electronic drums scattered throughout. I also think I approached vocals much differently because I sang in a bit more of a vulnerable way than I'm used to singing.
He goes by the name of Samurai Sword and churns out brilliant bedroom pop songs. His latest record Thank You is out today via Little L Records
Samurai Sword is the moniker of 18 year old Floridian musician Ben Rubin. He now joins the family of Little L Records, home of Dr Duloc, Very Happy Boy, Stephen Star, Brotherlode, Thumper and so many others. Listen below.
Hailing from Richmond, VA, Fat Spirit have had many styles and genres to their name. Now the band has released their latest record Nihilist Blues, out via Citrus City Records...
Without a doubt, Fat Spirit are kids from the 90's. Proper 90's kids. And today, they're soaking up more influences with the likes of Guided By Voices, Modest Mouse and Hüsker Dü. "I think a lot of the songs come from trying to reconcile that existence is meaningless and chaotic and at the same time wrought with meaning and purpose", says lead singer John Graham. We say, quite simply, listen below now! This is Nihilist Blues by Fat Spirit.
We usually take the week-end off. But we couldn't miss the opportunity to premiere one of 3rd Outing's favourites Here's Andy and his new track I Like You So Well
About this new track, Andy told us: "This song was written in March of 2017. Recently my influences have included Ween, The Residents, Smile by the Beach Boys, and Alex G. It's a much stranger song than I'm used to writing and I had a ton of fun recording it. Either people will get it, or they won't get it- I'm really fine with whichever." Listen below