Pedestrian At Best is the brilliantly acerbic first taste from Courtney Barnett’s much anticipated ‘proper’ debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Think, which is released on March 23rd worldwide.
York duo …And The Hangnails have announced the release of their next single Everybody’s Luck on the 9th March, along with a series of new live dates to kick off the year.
The two-piece formed back in 2011 with a DIY punk ethos and frenetic approach to both their live shows and releases, their debut album No Time For Naysayers was written and recorded in four days, entirely on dictaphone, and released before their first ever live performance as support to The Computers.
Have a listen.
30 Jan – LONDON – The George Tavern
31 Jan – YORK – Dusk
27 Feb – NEWCASTLE – House party
06 Mar – LONDON – The Garage
13 Mar – YORK – Fibbers
27 May – HULL – Adelphi
03 Apr – SOWERBY BRIDGE – Puzzle Hall
04 Apr – LEEDS – Carpe Diem
Back in 2013, seeing Mackenzie Scott, otherwise known as Torres perform in the back room of a tiny bar at SXSW was a genuine, spine-tingling delight. Now, after the success of the fractured, disconnected Americana of her self-titled debut album of the same year, she is back with a new record, Sprinter, which will be out on Partisan Records in May.
Treading a surefooted path between the minimally sparse and noisy extremes, she describes Splinter as a “space cowboy” record, citing inspirations as diverse as Nirvana and Funkadelic, Ray Bradbury and Joan Didion. “I wanted something that very clearly stemmed from my Southern conservative roots but that sounded futuristic and space-y at the same time.”
While we wait for that, the first taste comes in the shape of the aggressive, bitter rage of Strange Hellos and its visceral, bloodcurdling screams…And she’ll be playing the always wonderful End of the Road festival in early September.
Calexico have announced a new album, Edge of the Sun, their first studio release since Algiers in 2012. It is a collaborative affair with contributions from Sam Beam aka Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from DeVotchka, Neko Case and plenty more.
The first taste is the jaunty, latin tinged Cumbia de Donde.
Girlpool have released a music video for a new song titled Chinatown. The single is available for pre-order now, digitally through iTunes (US only) and on vinyl through Wichita. All pre-orders will receive a Chinatown download instantly.
Stockholm garage pop act Lucern Raze has unveiled new single Someone Like You, from the upcoming debut LP Stockholm One, (due on February 25 via PNKSLM Recordings on vinyl and digitally and Burger Records on cassette).
It follows on from previous singles Sunshine Blues and Yours To Keep (featuring another MM fave, The Hanged Man).
Lucern Raze is the new project from Luke of London’s Sex Beet, that got shedloads of hype a couple of years ago for a few singles, and spent three years going wild around Europe and America with acts like Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and Best Coast. The story goes that in the midst of recording their debut album in Berlin Luke lost his mind and moved from London to Sweden where he’s spent the past few years being broke as hell, working every job imaginable, as well as starting up PNKSLM Recordings.
Deserted in the midsummer ghost town of Stockholm in the summer of 2014 he spent 12 days writing, recording and mixing an album under the new name, so check out the fruits of his labours below.
Psych-rock three piece False-Heads have a blistering new EP of huge riffs and garage fuzztones, Wear and Tear, released March 23rd on Hi4Head Records.
Their lead single, Wrap Up opens this four track release in classic ‘quiet-loud’ manner, with a pounding rhythm section backing the vocals, bringing to mind ferocious London duo Slaves, before crashing into a doom laden, Sabbath-worthy guitar chorus.