Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our weekly round up of those songs you should have definitely caught this week already, including the welcome returns of Vetiver and the Mountain Goats.

1. The Mountain Goats – The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero
2. Rye Pines – Atlantic Ascent
3. MEW – Satellites
4. The Babies – Got Old
5. Yowler – 7 Towers
6. Marissa Nadler – It’s Easier Now (Jason Molina cover)
7. Vetiver – Current Carry
8. Mount Eerie – Dragon

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New Video: Darlia – I’ve Never Been To Ohio

Darlia release their new single I’ve Never Been To Ohio on the 2nd March, and it also features on their mini-album Petals which is set for release on 23rd February through B-Unique Records.

Managing to evoke the classic grunge era albeit with a heavy injection of melody and some authentic punk snarl, the combination froths and fizzes like the evil experiment of some deranged scientist.

Watch the video. Stream the song.

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Introducing >>> Ethan Jano

Introducing >>> Ethan Jano

Ethan Jano is a young folk singer, whose guttural vocals and peculiar delivery feel akin to the dust bowl protest songs of the 30s and 50s which blended traditional folk with rhythm and blues and even a bit of rockabilly swagger.

It is a musical style inherited from a working class life that he has always known – raised in rural Pennsylvania, he was one of eight children born into a borderline blue-collar family. Some of his earliest memories involve listening to his Dad and great uncle pick out old tunes from the likes of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Elvis and Bob Dylan. 

We have a couple of contrasting tracks from his debut album I’ll Be Fine (out on the 10th February) for your listening pleasure. Check out the joyful strum of Wildfire and the poignant, reflective How You Should Be below.

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Introducing >>> Margaret Mead

Introducing >>> Margaret Mead

A couple of things that we love are The Walking Dead (roll on the continuation of Season 5 next month) and psych-punk.

An unlikely combination you might think, but not so.

Enter Margaret Mead is a primitivist psych-punk band from Brooklyn, made up of the former members of other bands who share an interest in cultural anthropology.

Ape Tag is an estranged love song, inspired by the story of Shannon Richardson, an actress with a minor role on The Walking Dead, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to public officials including President Obama. The song is written from the point of view of Shannon’s husband, whom she attempted to frame for the toxic missives.

Find it on the recently released the Falls EP.

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New Video: Weyes Blood – Bad Magic

Following the release of her critically acclaimed album The Innocents, Pennsylvanian artist Weyes Blood (aka Natalie Mering) will play two UK shows in February, on Saturday 21st at the Old Blue Last in London (free show), and the day after at the Glad Cafe in Glasgow

To mark the dates, their is a new video for album track Bad Magic directed by conceptual artist Joey Frank and shot using drones. It’s a work of cinematic beauty as Mering is shot from a birds-eye viewpoint, walking along the deserted beaches of The Far Rockaways and The Hamptons in a long black cape.

Watch it here.

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Wild Pink – 2 Songs EP

Wild Pink - 2 Songs EP

Wild Pink’s sound can perhaps best be described as paradoxical.

The band’s songs are all at once eerie yet comforting, dissonant yet oddly satisfying, mysterious yet undoubtedly intimate. With an intriguing blend of power pop and singer songwriter, Wild Pink contradicts all expectations.

The band used to play together as the electronic pop group Challenger. After shedding the electronics a handful of EPs are surfacing, the first of which is 2 Songs. Succinctly titled, the songs are sharp and to the point – check out Is This Hotel Haunted? below, or get directly from Bandcamp.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our regular round up of the songs you really should have heard already this week, chief among them a brand new song from MM fave Sharon Van Etten, a couple of cracking covers and a newly discovered Jason Molina song with Will Oldham and Alasdhair Roberts.

Enjoy.

1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. The Smoke Fairies – Steal Softly Through The Snow (Captain Beefheart cover)
3. Jason Molina featuring Will Oldham & Alasdhair Roberts – September 11, 2001
4. Cheatahs – Sunne
5. JEFF The Brotherhood – Coat Check Girl
6. Happyness – Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones cover)
7. Moon King – Roswell
8. The Decemberists – A Beginning Song

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MM Shorts 651: David Strange

David Strange has shared his new single, Lion Tattoo from his debut self-titled EP, out on the 20th January.

It follows the whimsical, carnivalesque Vitamin Pills, and his riff-heavy psych jam Aztec Corn. This time he shows a different side of his EP with a folksy lullaby.

Listen to all three….

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MM Shorts 650: Spit Shake Sisters

The latest act to burst out of Brighton, Spit Shake Sisters operate on a sinister and snarling brand of psych garage. Influenced by White Denim, The Stooges and Ty Segall, current single Blasphemer is a swirling combination of angst, self-assured swagger and doom-surf rock.

Give it a spin.

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