Welcome to the Monday Mix, where each week we highlight standout songs debuting on the opbmusic broadcast.
Modest Mouse - “Ice Cream Party”
The Skinny: The Portland indie rock heavyweights have been dropping singles all year, hinting at a new record, which would be the first LP since 2015’s “Strangers to Ourselves.” At the moment they’re touring with The Black Keys (their stop in Portland was last month). “Ice Cream Party” begins as a kid’s invitation to a party, turned darker by several lyrical revelations, with a slow-moving and kaleidoscopic backdrop.
Release Date: The single dropped Nov. 15.
Upcoming PNW shows: They’ll be at the McDonald Theater in Eugene on Dec. 7.
Rules. - “Sure Enough”
The Skinny: Rules. is the solo project of Portland drummer Parker Hall, who has played with Jackson Boone and Dan Dan. He recorded his new EP, “Nights and Weekends,” in his basement. This song, “Sure Enough,” is a winsome slow burner with a dose of Hammond B3 organ.
Release Date: “Nights and Weekends” will be released Dec. 6.
Upcoming PNW shows: You can see Rules. at Bunk Bar on Dec. 12.
Michael Nau - “Hoops”
The Skinny: Cumberland, Maryland artist Michael Nau has fronted the bands Page France and the (very underrated) Cotton Jones. In “Hoops,” his woolly songwriting meets groovy Mac DeMarco-style guitar tunings, in a record produced by Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken.
Release Date: The album “Less Ready to Go” was released Nov. 15.
Upcoming PNW shows: Nau plays the Roseland Theater in Portland Feb. 16.