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    About a year ago our Black Market column offered a primer on the Ordo Vampyr Orientis, a shadowy collective of lo-fi metal bands with names like BAT MAGIC and BEASTIAL MAJESTY and BAD MANOR who have leaned all the way into their genre’s campy mythology and iconography. Last Halloween the black metal specialists dropped Bad Manor’s gnarly The Haunting on us. Today your favorite Ordo and mine has added another artist to the fold. A project called Bellum Mortis has emerged with a scathingly filthy black metal single called “The Woeful Steel.” It sounds like being lowered into hell against your will, and you can hear it below along with its lengthy prelude.

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  2. Sarah Doyle

    Many members of our comments section and Discord server are stoked on CMAT, aka saucy Irish pop singer-songwriter Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson — and for good reason! Her new album Crazymad, For Me is shaping up real nicely, what with lead single “Whatever’s Inconvenient” leading to today’s new track “Have Fun!” It’s a midtempo piano-led number that finds some space all its own between Spoon’s “Inside Out” and, I don’t know, Lily Allen? Nice string section on the bridge too.

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    I wasn’t ready for this today. Two years ago, Ends Of Sanity, a North Carolina hardcore band whose lineup includes past and present members of groups like Magnitude and Life’s Question, released a shit-stomping self-titled debut EP. This weekend, Ends Of Sanity will play Detroit’s Tied Down festival, which looks like a great time. And today, they’ve dropped another EP that might be even better than the first.

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  4. Michael Leviton

    At the end of June, Joanna Sternberg is releasing their great sophomore album I’ve Got Me, which they recorded with Matt Sweeney. We’ve heard two songs from it already, the title track and “Mountains High,” and today we’re getting another one, “People Are Toys To You,” a takedown track with the lyrics: “You’ll play and play with one till you’re bored and through/ You may want it back when it’s gone and flew ’cause/ People are toys to you.”

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    Fust, the indie country-rock band led by Durham’s Aaron Dowdy (pictured), caught our attention with “Violent Jubilee,” the lead single from new album Genevieve. That one featured Michael Cormier-O’Leary of Friendship, and Indigo de Souza pops up elsewhere on the record. So do Wednesday members Jake Lenderman and Xandy Chelmis, both of whom contribute pedal steel action to today’s new single “Trouble.” Have a listen below.

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    In April, Dutch band Pip Blom released “Tiger,” their first single since sharing 2021’s sophomore album Welcome Break. At the time, the band referenced a new, forthcoming album. Today, we’re getting all of the details, plus a new single, “Is This Love?” featuring Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand. Produced by Dave McCracken, Bobbie will be out October 20 via Heavenly Recordings.

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  7. The original Chromecast.

    The original Chromecast. (credit: Google)

    Rest now, little Chromecast. Google has announced the decade-old Chromecast 1 is finally hitting end of life. A message on Google's Chromecast firmware support page (first spotted by 9to5Google) announced the wind-down of support, saying, "Support for Chromecast (1st gen) has ended, which means these devices no longer receive software or security updates, and Google does not provide technical support for them. Users may notice a degradation in performance." The first-gen Chromecast launched in 2013 for $35.

    The original Chromecast was wildly successful and sold 10 million units in 2014 alone. For years, the device was mentioned in Google earnings calls as the highlight of the company's hardware efforts, and it was essentially the company's first successful piece of hardware. The Chromecast made it easy to beam Internet videos to your TV at a time when that was otherwise pretty complicated.

    Google does not really make "Chromecasts" anymore—or at least it doesn't make products that use the original Chromecast technology stack. The original 2013 Chromecast, 2015's second-generation version, 2016's Chromecast Ultra, and 2018's third-gen versions are all dead-simple streaming sticks. They run the Cast OS, which is an ultra-lightweight OS cobbled together from bits of Chrome OS and Android. They have no default interface, they can't run apps, and they have no control mechanism of their own. Old-school Chromecasts exist solely as media receivers for the cast button in various apps like YouTube. You press the cast button in an app, pick a TV, and the screen turns on and starts playing media. That's it.

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    Usually, I’m happy enough when one scuzzy, brutal fast-hardcore band releases new music. Today, we’ve got two of them, and they’re doing it together. Wilkes-Barre’s Worn and Boston’s C4 have teamed up to release a new split 7″ called Split Your Skull In Half. You get the title, right? See, it’s a play on words. It’s a split release, right? But these bands will also break your skull. It’s all very conceptual. You might have to sit down and think about it for a minute.

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    Steve Gunn and John Truscinski have made lovely, exploratory music together as Gunn-Truscinski Duo. On new album Glass Band, they’re expanding their partnership to include Bill Nace, the experimental musician best known as one half of Body/Head alongside Kim Gordon. The first Gunn Truscinski Nace track to see release is “On Lamp,” a pensive, almost ambient bit of low-key psychedelia that portends great things for this collaboration.

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  10. El Black

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Emi Night, the folk musician who puts out music under the name Strawberry Runners. Their In The Garden, In The Night EP landed on our 2017 best-of list and since then the only thing they’ve put out was a collection of demos in 2021. Today, she’s released a new single, “Circle, Circle,” which kicks off a new chapter for Strawberry Runners. It’s a lovely, hypnotic track that builds as it goes, as Night espouses on the cyclical nature of life. Check it out below.

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  11. Snap apps laid out in a grid

    Enlarge / Some of the many Snap apps available in Ubuntu's Snap Store, the place where users can find apps and Linux enthusiasts can find deep-seated disagreement. (credit: Canonical)

    [Update, 2:00 pm ET, May 31: Ubuntu published a blog post about its Ubuntu Core desktop work after this Ars Technica post was published. Noting that Snaps "are a little famous for having some rough edges on the desktop," Product Manager Oliver Smith writes that, "[n]evertheless, we are excited to explore the idea of a fully containerised [UK sic] desktop, where each component is immutable and isolated." Ubuntu, Smith writes, has been "steadily improving" desktop snaps, and, "in due course, when we think the entire system can be delivered this way," a desktop Core version will be offered.

    Ubuntu's post suggests that a Core-based desktop would allow for "secure boot, recovery states and hardware backed encryption," experiments "with alternative desktop environment snaps," and opting in to certain kernel channels, such as those with the latest NVIDIA drivers. Original post follows.]

    Ubuntu Core has existed since 2014, providing a fully containerized, immutable Linux distribution aimed at Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing applications. Each piece of the system contains all the dependencies it requires, and just enough of its own tiny Linux architecture, that applications are largely sandboxed from one another, providing better security and, in theory, stability and ease of upgrades and rollbacks.

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    Back in 2018, the Canadian musician Ariel Engle released her first album as La Force, which arrived just a year after she made her first on-record appearance as a member of Broken Social Scene on their comeback LP Hug Of Thunder. Engle has deep roots in the Canadian music scene, and earlier this year she teamed up with Efrim Manuel Menuck of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Thee Silver Mt. Zion for a new duo called ALL HANDS_MAKE LIGHT, and they released their debut album just last month.

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  13. Charlie Gross

    In the world of New York punk and hardcore, Walter Schreifels is a legendary figure. Schreifels played skey roles in massively important ’80s hardcore bands like Youth Of Today and Gorilla Biscuits. In the ’90s, he moved on to more experimental post-hardcore styles with his bands Quicksand and Rival Schools. All of those groups are now revered, and all of them are playing reunion shows. At this year’s Riot Fest, Schreifels will play with Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, and Rival Schools. Busy guy!

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