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Weyes Blood has released alternate takes of tracks from her 2019 critically acclaimed album “Titanic Rising”. Compiled on an EP titled Rough Trade Session, the set is available now via her label Sub Pop Records.

As end-of-year-list compilation season moves into full swing, most of us have probably been revisiting Weyes Blood’s staggering April release Titanic Rising. The baroque, psychedelic, and very much Jonathan Rado produced LP—and Natalie Mering’s first released via Sub Pop Records caught our ears over six months ago, but now you can hear a handful of the album’s singles anew courtesy of Rough Trade.

Streaming on DSPs worldwide today, Weyes Blood’s Rough Trade Session was recorded by Ariel Rechtshaid, and features a straightforward version of the ethereal  “Wild Times,” as well as slight reworkings of “Everyday,” the anthemic “Something to Believe,” and “A Lot Has Changed” (retitled “A Lot’s Gonna Change”). The alternate takes are stripped down and intimate, with Weyes Blood’s vintage, velvety vocals looming over piano chords.

The Rough Trade Session cover art is from the same photoshoot as Titanic Rising, featuring an underwater bedroom Weyes Blood designed herself.The release comes on the verge of yet another set of tour dates, these ones spanning Europe and Australia through 2020.

Starcrawler are all manic yelps and big-ass, unapologetic riffs; they have a song called “Pussy Tower”; and frontperson Arrow De Wilde, clad in a corset, she moves like she’s drunk off of bat blood and with Cherie Currie’s spit. Any given moment you might see her doing back bends, rolling on the stage, grinding on a tree, and smearing fake blood on her face, before spitting it onto the crowd to alternating disgust and delight. In less capable hands, it would be corny, but Starcrawler just makes it a hell of a lot of fun—less an ode to forebears like Ozzy, than a revitalization that puts some lifeblood back into long-anemic guitar music.

Starcrawler’s debut single “Ants” b/w “Used To Know” is out now on Rough Trade Records on 7″vinyl

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Honey Hahs first single OK and Beer Fear is released on 7” single on Rough Trade. They are three sisters from South London somewhere between Nunhead and Peckham. Their average age is 11 and a ½ years old. Simple, unadorned guitar unrolling like a lazy summer day – rich and pure vocals with the sisters taking it in turn to sing lead. The best bits are the sweet, sweet harmonies – classic wall of voice harmonies but with an added unusual twist that makes them just that bit more interesting and pull at your heart strings. This isn’t ‘good for their age’ (and yes they are pretty young). It’s good full stop. Not just ‘OK’ but great. For fans of Marine Girls, Jane (It’s a Fine Day), The Roches and Moldy Peaches.

Exclusive details! CD and LP of Funs Cool come with a Temporary Tattoo Sheet and Prettiots Lip Balm as seen in the gallery above. In addition, you will receive singles, Boys (That I Dated in High School), Suicide Hotline, Stabler & Anyways when you pre-order the album.

New York City’s The Prettiots will release their debut album,, on Feb 5th 2016 via Rough Trade.

“Funs Cool” is the debut album from Brooklyn-based indie pop duo The Prettiots, made up of lead vocalist Kay Kasparhauser and bassist Lulu Landolfini. The album reads like one long diary entry, covering universal concepts such as lost love, the desire to give up and move to California (you know you’ve thought about it) and weird, embarrassing crushes.The Prettiots’s cover of “Someday” by The Strokes.

“18 Wheeler”
I wrote this song after going through a breakup and then seeing my ex on the street, or on my news feed, with his new girlfriend literally every day. I felt like I was going insane.

“Boys (That I Dated In Highschool)”
Uh, this song is literally about the boys that I dated in high school. It’s all true. I didn’t even change the names that much.

“Hope Yr Happy”
Sometimes you can look back on a relationship, and it seems so perfect it’s hard to remember why it ended. Hindsight is a bitch, and retrospect can be super delusional, but this song is about remembering my ex and hoping he is happy, because he is a genuinely great dude and deserves that.

“Move to L.A.”
New York City in the winter is pretty gross. It’s slushy and grey and cold and wet, and then you get dumped, and it feels 10 times worse. Everyone who gets too depressed to live in New York moves to LA and does yoga all day and finds inner peace. Thats what this song is about.

This is about finding the perfect, unattainable dream boy. I wrote it when I was single for the first time in a long time and had no idea what I was supposed to be doing or looking for. The game was confusing, and I didn’t know how to flirt, so instead I basically wrote a checklist for my dream dude and sang about it.

“Suicide Hotline”
Wanting to kill yourself is very real. It sucks, and it’s lonely and scary. This song is about Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolfe and Hemingway and trying to get through it all, which you can do. This song is about knowing that no feeling lasts forever and that you aren’t alone, and that its okay to feel like shit.

“Kiss me Kinksi”
I really like Herzog, and I really like Klaus Kinski in a weird way. It’s sort of emblematic of my problematic taste in men in general. This song is about having terrible taste in men and loving Klaus Kinski, even though he is a full blown psychopath who is terrifying and not someone I would want to make out with in real life, but secretly yes, maybe.

This song is a Misfits cover. I was recently talking to someone about this song, and they said they liked how our version made it sound sweet when originally it’s like a scary violent song. And then it occurred to me that I always heard this song as being a love song about loving someone so much you wanted to know what their insides looked like and realized that wasn’t the general interpretation, and maybe my view of love is a little morbid.

I really really love Law & Order SVU. I’ve watched more hours of it than anything else in the world. Elliott Stabler is all I can ever hope to find in a man. He is strong and loyal and loving and cares passionately about justice. This song is definitely not creepy at all.

This song is kind of just a conglomeration of sad stuff you think about after you’ve been dumped. And then you start to realize maybe you are stronger than your sad thinking is letting you believe, and maybe you will be okay, and then before you know it, you’re a little okay.

“Me and Little Andy”
This is a Dolly Parton song. It’s really really sad. It’s about a girl and her dog. SPOILER ALERT: Things do not end well for them.

“10-10 Would Chill Again”
This is me and Lulu lamenting the modern age. We are eating chips and talkin’ shit.

The Prettiots: Track-By-Track Guide to <i>Funs Cool</i>

Packed with catchy melodies, memorable hooks and heart on the sleeve lyrics, Funs Cool acts as a thoughtful, funny, and catchy-as-hell state of the union address from young women living in a big city and watching life unfurl in fits and starts before them.

They’ve got a playful aesthetic and a sweet pop sound, but their observations are scalpel-sharp, and the emotional gut-punch their music packs is real. For Kay (vocals and uke) and Lulu (bass), simple instrumentation and no-frills vocals aren’t useful because they’re easy or cute. They’re useful because they’re the fastest way to the truth.

As Kasparhauser explained recently in a Rookie Magazine interview earlier this year, “My lyrics are completely honest…they’re 100% true to my thoughts at any given moment. I like to talk about Werner Herzog and sex.”