New Mix: Emily Haines, Mt. Wolf, Chastity Belt, Gordi And More : All Songs Considered This week's essential new music includes the frenetic pop of Guerilla Toss, a long-awaited solo return from Metric singer Emily Haines, bruising hardcore rock from Thoughts Of Ionesco and more.
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New Mix: Emily Haines, Mt. Wolf, Chastity Belt, Gordi And More

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New Mix: Emily Haines, Mt. Wolf, Chastity Belt, Gordi And More

New Mix: Emily Haines, Mt. Wolf, Chastity Belt, Gordi And More

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We get right down to business this week with the fantastic, frenetic pop of Guerilla Toss. The New York band has a new album on the way and recently released "Betty Dreams Of Green Men," a cut inspired by alien abduction, addiction and the obsessions that can consume a person's life.

Also on the show: The brash and playful rock group Chastity Belt has a more restrained, introspective sound on its latest album, I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone; Metric singer Emily Haines returns with her first new solo album in more than a decade; the atmospheric rock group Mt. Wolf returns with the ethereal song "Soteria"; Australian singer Gordi, known for her a cappella cover of Bon Iver's "00000 Million," has her own debut full-length on the way; and NPR Music's Lars Gotrich stops by to close out the show with a bruising new song from the Detroit hardcore band Thoughts Of Ionesco.

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01Betty Dreams Of Green Men

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    Guerilla Toss
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    DFA Records
    Released
    2017

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Guerilla Toss

  • Song: Betty Dreams Of Green Men
  • from GT ULTRA

This song from the New York band Guerilla Toss was inspired by the story of Betty and Barney Hill, a New Hampshire couple who claimed to have been abducted by aliens in 1961. The band's upcoming album, GT Ultra, gets its name from MK Ultra, a series of mind-control experiments the CIA conducted between the early 1950s and the 1970s. GT Ultra is out June 23.

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GT ULTRA
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Guerilla Toss
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DFA Records
Released
2017

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04Stuck

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    Stuck
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    I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone
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    Chastity Belt
    Label
    Hardly Art
    Released
    1969

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Chastity Belt

  • Song: Stuck
  • from I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone

The four women who make up the Washington state band Chastity Belt made a name for themselves by making playful, brash and sometimes subversive rock. But on their latest album, they craft a set of more reflective, introspective songs, including this one about confronting change and uncertainty.

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I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone
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I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone
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Chastity Belt
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Hardly Art

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01Fatal Gift

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    Fatal Gift
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    Fatal Gift
    Artist
    Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
    Label
    Last Gang Records
    Released
    2017

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Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton

  • Song: Fatal Gift
  • from Fatal Gift

Emily Haines is best known as the lead singer for Metric, and as a member of Broken Social Scene. But back in 2006 she released a breathtaking solo album called Knives Don't Have Your Back. More than a decade later, she's back with a long-awaited solo followup called Choir Of The Mind and its first single, "Fatal Gift." Choir Of The Mind is out Sept. 15.

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Fatal Gift
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Fatal Gift
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Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
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Last Gang Records
Released
2017

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03Soteria

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    Soteria
    Album
    Aetherlight
    Artist
    Mt. Wolf
    Label
    CRC Music
    Released
    2017

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Mt. Wolf

  • Song: Soteria
  • from Aetherlight

When we last checked in with the London band Mt. Wolf, it was gathered at Bob Boilen's hotel room during South By Southwest for a live performance on his bed. Now, the group is back with a dreamy new song called "Soteria," named after the Greek goddess of safety and deliverance from harm.

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Aetherlight
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Aetherlight
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Mt. Wolf
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CRC Music
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2017

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05Heaven I Know

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    Reservoir
    Artist
    Gordi
    Label
    Jagjaguwar
    Released
    2017

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Gordi

  • Song: Heaven I Know
  • from Reservoir

Originally from rural Australia, the singer known as Gordi first got widespread attention last fall when she released an a cappella version of the Bon Iver song "00000 Million." This summer, she'll release her debut full-length, Reservoir -- named, she says, for the solitary place in her mind where she contemplates the state of the world and her place in it. The album is due out August 25.

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02Culture of the Eternal Snake

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    Skar Cymbals
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    Thoughts of Ionesco
    Label
    Spurious Hits
    Released
    2017

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Thoughts Of Ionesco

  • Song: Culture of the Eternal Snake
  • from Skar Cymbals

The Detroit hardcore band Thoughts Of Ionesco is back after an 18-year break with more nerve-rattling rock. "Culture Of The Eternal Snake" is just one of several new singles from the trio, featuring the group's signature guitar noise, rapid-fire drumming and lots of screaming.

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Skar Cymbals
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Skar Cymbals
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Thoughts of Ionesco
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Spurious Hits
Released
2017

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Reservoir
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Gordi
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Jagjaguwar
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2017

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Skar Cymbals
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Thoughts of Ionesco
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Spurious Hits
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2017

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Aetherlight
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Mt. Wolf
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CRC Music
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2017

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Fatal Gift
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Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
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Last Gang Records
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2017

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I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone
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Chastity Belt
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Hardly Art

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GT ULTRA
Artist
Guerilla Toss
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DFA Records
Released
2017

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