We’ve posted a couple of times about Carter Tanton and their excellent album Free Clouds. Here’s a third track from it, Fake Pretend, this time featuring the vocals of another MM fave, the enchanting Marissa Nadler.
Holy Names is the moniker of Seattle based Andy Vaughan and his coterie.
Holy Names’Perpetual Beginner is an astral deviation from today’s standards, pulling taught the tightrope between space-rock and freak-folk. The record’s real stand-out, The American Crowbar Case, commences with a bobbing acoustic march, measured and determined, but as Vaughan croons things begin to zig zag. His rich voice gradually folds into layers of fluttering guitar, while traipsing bass and delightfully pounded piano riffs keep the cacophony alive.
While we’re not great ones for themed mixes on MM, Halloween is one of the exceptions we like to make. Here is a perfect mix for whatever ghoulish event you’ve got lined up today! Fifteen corking tunes, from the skewed new wave pop of XTC and off-kilter indie of the Mountain Goats to the trashy surf rock of The Cramps and from the folk-stomp of the Men They Couldn’t Hang and the gothic drive of Ghost Dance to the pounding blues rock of the Scissormen and 22-20s. Enjoy.
Here’s a stream of Kathleen Edward’s next single Sidecar which is released on Nov 14th via Rounder Records.
The track was co-written with Jim Bryson and produced by Kathleen alongside Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) who also performs on the track. Kathleen Edwards will head back to the UK in February for a headline tour to follow the release of her new album Voyageur, out January 16th.
The Q Magazine cover disk this month features a reworking of U2’s 1991 album Achtung Baby. Titled AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered it features interpretations of the original songs by artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Patti Smith, Garbage, Gavin Friday, and Glasvegas. While the original never had space on our CD shelves, this is one of those tribute disks that is worth a spin and here is Jack White’s version of Love Is Blindness.
Monument Valley is the musical world of London-born Ned Younger. Inspired by classic 1950s rock and roll, Postcard-era indie-pop and the modern poets of hip hop, Younger weaves all his musical touchstones into a passion for timeless story-telling and song-writing. His first release, the TonguesEP is due December 5 on Tritone/PIAS UK Records.
Despite the expansive moniker, it is under the Monument Valley alias that Younger has created an introspective and articulate EP. The seeds of this project had been unwittingly sewn some time ago, during the accumulation of an extensive collection of strangers’ ‘lost’ photographs, which Younger had gradually amassed from markets and car boot sales. It was whilst surveying the hundreds of anonymous faces of these ‘John Doe’ albums that Younger was struck by the thought which spawned Tongues - to narrate the imagined stories behind these images, and thus to articulate the silent and the unfamiliar.
Fittingly, the Tongues release format reflects its distinctive origins- the EP will be accompanied by a beautiful book comprised of lyrics to several of Younger’s ‘imagined’ songs, alongside the original photographs which inspired them and accompanying illustrations by Mikey Smith.
The EP resonates with a narrative ability not dissimilar to the tendencies made so compelling by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Chris Isaak and Elliott Smith. Elsewhere, the guitar intricacy of lead track Round and Round displays a childhood spent hooked into Buddy Holly records, and later tempered with the sardonic poetry of Bright Eyes and Belle & Sebastian.
Hyde & Beast’s next single You Will Be Lonely is released on November 14th and you can watch the video now.
The video follows a giant teddy bear around a desolate landscape on what they’re calling, “a journey of self discovery, on a quest to find himself, with a purgatory metaphor, on the shore of a new beginning and ultimately taking the chance and swimming towards something better. Or maybe it’s just a guy in a bear suit. Either way – who isn’t going to love that?“
This is bound sure to appeal to Mrs M, given her well documented love of people dressed up in full size animal costumes…Buy their excellent album Slow Downhere.
Arrogance is a wholly unpleasant characteristic. Confidence, yes; arrogance, get ye out of my bloody space. Despite the urge to strike back, I pay homage to the way of the Mackerel: bide your time, wait awhile, then just wait for the penny to drop. As MM always says, much better to know, step back, remove from the payroll, metaphorical or otherwise. What goes around often does come around. Not always, but often enough not to ignore.
I know he’s right. But just sometimes… A fin in the face is worth two in the bush?
Go in peace, Friday Friends.
Download Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Revenge mp3 (from Dark Night Of The Soul)
Here’s a new video from the upcoming Active Set album 11.
The song was inspired by an old interview with L.A. songwriter Warren Zevon, who was said to have turned down a story in the New Yorker when he was dying of lung cancer, saying that they should have reached out when he was alive. The song was written as a dark tribute to him.
The video has a different take on the concept – it may be the best zombie music video since Thriller….