Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

You know the drill. Our weekly gathering of new songs released this week.

1. Best Coast – Feeling OK
2. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Gloria
3. Rose Windows – Strip Mall Babylon
4. Wolf Alice – Bros
5. Susanna – Who By Fire (Leonard Cohen cover)
6. Spray Paint – Day Of The Rope
7. Iron & Wine / Ben Bridwell – Bulletproof Soul (Sade cover)
8. The Milk Carton Kids – Monterey
9. Girlpool – Before The World Was Big

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R. Ring – Loud Underneath

R. Ring - Loud Underneath

Yesterday we shared Protomartyr’s offering from their forthcoming split single with R. Ring. 

Today we have the flip side for you from the aforesaid R. Ring who feature The Breeders’ Kelley Deal and Ampline’s Mike Montgomery.

Loud Underneath, is an abrasive slab of simmering lo-fi garage angst, and we like it a lot.

The single, A half of Seven is out on limited vinyl on the 16th June via Hardly Art, or can be bought digitally here.

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Video Round Up

Time for our ad-hoc Friday collection of excellent new (and some not quite so new) videos. From the beautiful and poignant (Courtney Barnett, Chris Staples, Wilder Daze) to the pulsing animation of Slaves pummelling punk, via the humour of Weird Womb and Abjects.

And plenty more besides…

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U.S. Girls – Damn That Valley

U.S. Girls (aka Meghan Remy) returns with her 4AD debut of more outsider, weirdo pop full of experimental leanings and some pretty uncompromising lyrics. None more so than on the pulsing Damn That Valley, telling the story of a soldier’s widow’s perspective on the pointlessness and crushing loss of war.

Watch it here.

MM Shorts 696: Vomitface

Ah Vomitface, let us count the ways we love your name.

And your new EP Another Bad Year, too – from which we have Never Make It, another satisfyingly sludgey slab of seething punk rock that manages to blast your eardrums into submission without losing any accessibility whatsoever.

Have a listen.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Blind Shake

Mad Mackerel Recommends... The Blind Shake

Despite being around since 2003, Minneapolis residents, and self proclaimed bald-headed freaks, The Blind Shake are new to us.

Latest release, a mini LP titled Fly Right saw the light of day this week and is a prime slab of sweaty garage rock, with spaghetti-western twang and surf punk twinges thrown in for good measure.

Thankfully avoiding the trap of sacrificing the melodies for raw sonic mayhem (like too many others in the genre are wont to do), have a listen to the pulsating thump and wail of Tar Paper and the woozy, tripped-out twang of Diamond Days below.

Buy from Bandcamp here.

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New From T. Hardy Morris

T. Hardy Morris has announced the upcoming release of his new album Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin On A Mountain Top, which is out on the 23rd June via Dangerbird Records.

The Athens, GA based songwriter, who also also lends his talent to other MM faves Diamond Rugs and Dead Confederate, has spent the past year writing and recording the new album, the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2013 solo debut Audition Tapes (one of our albums of the year).

First tastes comes with the single Painted On Attitude, an urgent, souped-up rocker to Audition Tapes more introspective feel, with a strangely complimentary mix of rollicking lo-fi southern rock pedal steel twang, run through a grunge punk buzzsaw with his snarling yet tuneful vocals serving as the sharp end of the blade.

Give it a spin.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Jonathan Boulet

Mad  Mackerel Recommends... Jonathan Boulet

While the name Jonathan Boulet might not sound very “punk rock“, don’t judge a book by its cover.

His latest album, Gubba (out in the UK today via Popfrenzy Records) is music hewn from the rich seams that gave us The Melvins, Les Savy Fav, Jesus Lizard and co.

Direct and uncompromising Gubba bludgeons like a doom record sped up to garage-punk tempos, and is for anyone who likes their music riffy, catchy, but with a thick, scummy outer layer. That’d be us then!

Stream a couple of tracks here including the album opener Don’t Call Me Champ and the appropriately named Creeper. Buy from Bandcamp here.

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MM Shorts 695: Loppa Albon

Chicago-based lo-fi pop/rock artist Loppa Albon will release his upcoming LP, Plumblossoms on the 14th April via Hellhole Supermarket Records.

Check out this single from it, O I Don’t Know (Windows) is a vulnerable pop tune, veiled in reverby guitars and washed out synths. Something like All Things Must Pass era George Harrison meets Lotus Plaza meets Fleet Foxes.

Stream / download it below.

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