MM Shorts 551: Shunkan

MM Shorts 551: Shunkan

On the 5th May, A new five track EP by Shunkan (aka New Zealand based Marina Sakimoto) titled Honey, Milk and Blood, will be released on cassette, limited to 50 and housed in fold out card artwork via Art Is Hard (pre-order here).

It is scuzzy, lo-fi pop that has elements of everything from Tune-yards to Karen O by way of the Coathangers.

Listen/Download EP closing track the driving, fuzzed-out Wash You Away.

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Limited Fanfare Records 2014 Spring​/​Summer Sampler

Limited Fanfare Records Free Spring/Summer Sampler

Limited Fanfare’s Spring/Summer Sampler is available on a pay-what-you-want basis from Bandcamp.

It features ten tracks from such MM faves as Lil Daggers, Gringo Starr, Criminal Hygiene and Denney & The Jets. Check a couple of our favourites below or just head here to get the whole thing.

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Introducing >>> STRNGRS

Introducing >>> STRNGRS

To date rock’n’rolling NY three-piece STRNGRS have released two EPs of originals, a couple covers, and a video of a stripped down live performance from CMJ. They describe themselves as “kinda garage-pop with a blues soul element…

A mess around on their Soundcloud page reveals they’ve been selling themselves a bit short…there are clearly influences ranging from the Stooges and MC5 through to the Black Keys and White Stripes and their output sounds like a whole lot of rollicking good times in a muscular, raw, musical package.

See what you think…

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It’s An Easter Round Up

Easter Round Up

We are kicking off Easter with a massive Round-Up of lots of new music and bands that have been sat in our in-box patiently waiting to be heard. Some of these have been released already, some are about to be, but either way we have fifteen artists that are all well worth checking out.

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Let us begin with Josh Matthews whose work has been compared to Leonard Cohen as well as outcasts such as The Fugs and Captain Beefheart. His enigmatic album Co-Patriot drops April 19th, and this is A Good Life from it.

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Silver Arm’s latest release He of the Slow Creep EP is four tracks of riotous psych-punk. Try on the title track and Gunboat for size…

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We have another fuzzy little stomper of garage-pop from Dead Professional. Listen to I’m Not The One.

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Comrade Question’s second LP, Pepe Polo, is the first release on Superdreamer Records. It’s a psych/garage/pop gem with guy-girl vocals and genius simplicity. Opening track is the sweetly named Bastard.

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Ciara O’Neill is a singer songwriter from Northern Ireland and Dead, Black has a lovely folk noir feel, plaintive and fragile with haunting female vocals.

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Daisy Victoria’s influences are Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth, Gang of Four, P J Harvey et al, and her debut single Heart Full Of Beef is a surrealist exploration of the creative process. It hosts a cast of characters who include a maternal vegetable, a lap-dancer with divine clientele, and a militant typewriter.

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Dizzy Bats use power chords over heavily-picked basslines as a vehicle for fun, energetic, power pop. Check out/download Girls.

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Meet the Betrayers, Edmonton’s new fuzzy psych/garage band. The five-piece recently released their debut album Let the Good Times Die and we have a couple of tracks from it, Spinnin’ Wheel and Cherry Beach here.

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Honeyfeet are a group of loosely affiliated scruff-bags mixing old folk forms, blues grooves and jazz chords to create a unique sound of their own. Latest single is Buried My Husband.

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Ciro Madd has penned a baroque pop tune for the first issue of Pug Records singles series. You and Me is a charming symphony of keyboards and vocals wrapped up in George Harrison-style riffs, recommended for fans of the Beach Boys and The Zombies.

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Cousin Marnie’s debut EP Is Sleeping, re-imagined four Carter Family tracks from the 1930s. The EP is a ticking collection of throbbing beats, synth drones and wistful country sentiment. Check out Cain which showcases her unique combination of country, hip hop and left-field pop.

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The River Monks are a Des Moines folk pop sextet with an organic interplay of instruments, rich lyrical imagery, and layered vocal harmonies that build on the foundation laid by artists like Sufjan Stevens and Good Old War. Beasts is the first single from new long-player Home Is The House.

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Former Backyard Tire Fire member Edward David Anderson will release his debut solo album Lies & Wishes on April 29 through The Royal Potato Family. It is a collection of ten songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots.

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Combining Brit-punk grit with a distinctive pop jangle, Cambridge five-piece 28 Boulevard recently released five-track EP, Sunclouds. The emerging young group expand on the raw, adolescent feel of their debut single, pushing their innovative spin on guitar pop to a spine-rattling, head-splitting climax. This is Electric Feet.

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Lastly, our favourite 50s throwback and rockabilly rebel Dan Sartain has a new album out at the end of this month called Dudesblood. We have no less than three tracks for you to dip into including the paranormal country and western of Marfa Lights, the anarcho-punk of Smash The Tesco and the late-night croon of Rawhide Moon.

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Deer Tick & The Hold Steady Cover Each Other

Deer Tick & The Hold Steady Cover Each Other

To celebrate their undying bromance, as well as their co-headline tour that began last night in Boston, Deer Tick and The Hold Steady have decided to cover each others songs…

Deer Tick are covering The Hold Steady’s Constructive Summer (off 2008′s Stay Positive), and The Hold Steady are taking on Deer Tick’s Easy (off 2009′s Born On Flag Day).

Have a listen.

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New From Wolf Alice

New From Wolf Alice

The hotly tipped London four piece Wolf Alice have announced details of their new EP, Creature Songs, which will be released on the 26th May through Dirty Hit Records.

While we’ve enjoyed previous releases, this EP looks, and sounds, like a big step forward, especially lead track, Moaning Lisa Smile, which opens the EP and showcases the band at their most powerful. It is a snarling single of skyscraping proportions that’s quickly become a fan favourite at the band’s live shows.

Storms meanwhile is attention stealing in its blistering wall of noise opening, as ever complimented by the dynamic beauty of Ellie Rowsell’s chameleon vocal.

Check out both. Pre-order here.

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Triptides – Moonbeams

Triptides - Moonbeams

Colors, the forthcoming six song EP from Bloomington, Indiana’s Triptides expands on the psychedelic lo-fi foundation the band has established for itself over the last couple of years.

The second single from the EP is a dreamy, meandering slice of psych-rock with hints of surf titled Moonbeams and you can stream it below. Order the EP from Bandcamp here.

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Video: PINS – Shoot You

Re-recorded, re-mastered and carved into heart-shaped vinyl, Bella Union’s PINS release two of their hardest hitting tracks for a super limited run in celebration of Record Store Day.

They have also unveiled a brand new video for the new version of Shoot You, watch it here.

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And listen to an older version…

Introducing >>> The Toothe

Introducing >>> The Toothe

The Toothe share a musical chemistry born of a lifetime of collaboration and experimentation. Raised in the same small Piedmont town, they relocated to the mountains of Asheville to explore and develop their mutual love of song.

Their most recent effort is the Talons EP (out on 10th June), a six-song foray into a hook-laden and intensely engaging sound they call Apocalyptic Americana. The EP draws from a deep well of American musical tradition while simultaneously reveling in a jubilant pop energy and outlandishly off-kilter lyrical musings. The songs range from up-beat and lively pop delights to contemplative and intricately-crafted ballads, but united by an aim to take the listener on a psychedelic journey across mesmerizing musical and emotional landscapes.

Listen/download Mustard from the EP below and stream Earthworms.

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