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).
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Here are some brand spanking new videos to enjoy from the Black Angels, Axxa/Abraxas and Rett Smith.
Cloud Nothings have shared an official video for Psychic Trauma, another excellent single from their new album Here and Nowhere Else.
We are loving this track, Who Killed Smiley Culture? by Emily Capell, a moody acoustic musing over the suspicious death of the pivotal rapper. Delivered with a memorably witty vocal line and matched perfectly with this curiously compelling monochrome video.
The single is out via Blang! tomorrow and can be downloaded via iTunes.
Martyr Privates are another fine example of the murky, outsider psych influenced indie and post punk currently spewing from down under.
Something to Sell takes a heavy base of percussion and ramshackle guitar, heaps a few ladles of fuzzy goodness into the pot, adds a dash of drone and couldn’t-give-a-shit vocals and stirs the whole lot into a throughly enjoyable serving that left us wanting more than mere seconds.
Have a listen, and check out You Can’t Stop Progress while you’re at it.
Signed to the ever reliable Fire Records here, they have a full length in the pipeline.
1. Courtney Barnett – Pickles From The Jar
2. Mirel Wagner – The Dirt
3. Vashti Bunyan – Across The Water
4. TRAAMS – Cissa
5. The Rosebuds – Blue Eyes
The scorched, warped Americana and post-punk of The Ukiah Drag with its pulsating organs, flattening riffs and creep beats have long found favour here in the Mackerel abode.
Their new LP is titled In the Reaper’s Quarters and can be pre-ordered from Wharf Cat Records. This is Her Royal Grip from it, and a more remorseless and unsettling four and half minutes of music you’ll be hard pressed to find…
Lightning have announced their first quarterly, part of a larger subscription series the label has put together with four quarterly gonzo style magazines and a 20 album series where artists have been asked to contribute a unique side project or edge creative statement.
Lightning quarterly one includes:
Five new albums by early Brooklyn infamous rock legends People of the North (Oneida), mythological songwriter and long standing MM fave Wooden Wand, Arizona desert outlaw (and another MM fave) Ohioan, primitive futurist guitar poet William Tyler, and rebel rocker and virtuoso guitar shredder Cy Dune.
Here is a track from Wooden Wand’s AZAG-TOTH, a record (apparently) exploring the musical idea of Metempsychosis and recorded at home onto his trusty Tascam 8 Track digital recorder without band or producer. Waveland is classic James Jackson Toth, deceptively simple, profound, intelligent and more proof (were it needed) of a songwriter who seemingly can effortlessly deliver what others strive for years to do, and fall short.
“the off season, it’s always hell,
you can tell each highway from the smell,
Mama’s borders they would scream and shout,
My half-brother kissed me on the mouth”
It doesn’t get much better than this. Treat yourself.
Burn Out The Bruise is the new single from The Wytches, and comes from their forthcoming debut long-player Annabel Dream Reader, which comes out in the UK on Heavenly Records on the 25th August.
It is another top notch example of their reverb filled, doom rock that still carries a hint of a surf undertone.
Have a listen.
On 29th July, the Mark Lanegan Band will release a brand new five track EP entitled No Bells on Sunday through Flooded Soil/Vagrant Records in North America. Only 1,500 copies of the limited edition EP are being pressed on vinyl and will be available exclusively through the Vagrant Records webstore. It precedes a new full length, Phantom Radio, which will be out in the Autumn.
In the meantime, here is the video for the third track on the EP, Sad Lover.
Fans in the U.S. and Canada can pre-order the EP here.