One thing I'm really enjoying about this new internet age of music is that we're seeing a return to singles as an independent entity. With iTunes and Emusic and other download sources, when you've got a great new song, why wait till you've got nine others till you release it? And while they never really went away on the independent scene, the 7" is really making a comeback, with a lot of them these days including free digital downloads when you buy them. So you get a cool piece of wax with nice big cover art, and a version for your ipod too. Perfect.
Case in point. The Muslims, who just released their great debut EP earlier this year, are already back with a new single. "Parasites" is more "whaddya got?" rebellion from these Californians, but with a bit harder edge than we've heard from them previously on record. (Actually, it kind of reminds me of Joy Division a little bit.) "Parasites" is a big step up, sonically, for The Muslims too with clear sound that's really got some oomph behind it. I would go as far as calling shit-hot. Here's a live rendition filmed in L.A. back in July:
Vinyl is still at the pressing plant, but you can hear "Parasites" now at their MySpace or from the I Hate Rock n' Roll records website, where you can also pre-order the 7". The b-side is a cover of Spacemen 3's "Walking with Jesus" which they amp-up even more.
The Muslims will be back in NYC for the CMJ Music Marathon but folks on the West Coast can see them this week:
Sep 4 BOTTOM OF THE HILL w/ The Night Marchers San Francisco
Sep 5 DANTE’S Portland, Oregon
Sep 7 KING COBRA w/ The Night Marchers Seattle, Washington
Sep 13 MONOLITH FESTIVAL Morrison, Colorado
Sep 18 PINK ELEPHANT San Diego, California
Sep 19 STREET SCENE San Diego, California