Castanets – My Girl Comes To The City

Here is another track from The Castanet’s forthcoming long player Decimation Blues. (out on 19th August via Asthmatic Kitty – order here.)

My Girl Comes To The City is a crackling, screwed up slice of dysfunctional Americana, and we like it a lot

Well the kids not that smart but the kid he sure knows enough
The good from the bad and the tender from the tough.
Shining bright with the sunrise though the dark was a little more rough
My girl comes to the city and she beats me up



MM Shorts 593: Generationals

Generationals are a duo that have featured a few times on MM, and their infectious brand of breezy, sunshine guitar pop is showcased to excellent effect on new tune Gold Silver Diamond.

It is taken from their upcoming album, Alix, out on the 16th September. Pre-order the album on 180-gram “cloud colored” vinyl (limited to 500), CD, cassette, or digital here.


Pharmacy To Release Spells

The Pharmacy - Spells

Seattle’s The Pharmacy is gearing up to release Spells, an album that favours the mellow, more subdued side of garage rock with hazy reverb and hypnotic psych-tinged melodies.

The band have shared album closer, Strange, a fuzzy, blessed out track propelled by lead singer’s Scottie Yoder’s effortless croon.

Spells is out on the 12th August via Old Flame Records (and on cassette via Burger Records).

[Click through for free download]


New Album From The Pine Hill Haints

New Album From The Pine Hill Haints

The Pine Hill Haints are a group of troubadours and kindred spirits that mix elements of folk, rockabilly, bluegrass and Americana, with just a hint of punk. With the help of a rotating cast of friends and storytellers, the band has travelled the world, sporadically releasing records that have mostly been self-recorded and sold from the back of their van. Their sound has grown and evolved with each new experience, but their goal has always been to capture a living pulse, addressing feelings of loneliness, depression, and everlasting joy and exploring the mysteries of life and death.

Their new LP, The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints, sees a release on 30th September via K Records. It delivers more of the band’s self-described “Alabama Ghost Music,” with its smoky melodies and dark whispers of the haunted South. Opening track Ms Pacman sets the stage with a sweet, storytelling charm and an air of mystery.

Stream it below.

MM Shorts 592: Elephants And Castles

The sobering story of professional footballer Justin Fashanu is one that many football fans will know well – the first million pound black footballer, the first openly gay pro footballer in the UK, and a tragic suicide in May 1998, aged only 37.

Released yesterday, Fashanu is the debut single from South London’s elephants and castles, and it is appropriately described as a gem of bruising, indie-pop.

Have a listen.