It’s Friday – Quick & Dirty Round Up

Round Up Time Again

It’s Friday, all the excuse to round up a few new tracks for you. Ten in all from Priory, Little May, The Lungs, Caddywhompus. Item 9 & The Mad Hatters, Saint Agnes, Sleepy Dreamers, The Yetis, Lazyeyes and Trans Upper Egypt. Just wish we had the time to put the words together to do them justice.

Treat it as a voyage of discovery…

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New Video: Velvet Morning – Green Whale

Bringing an ever increasing hypnotism, to their layered, precisely thought out guitar sounds and smooth rhythm section grooves, long-standing MM faves Velvet Morning will release a new single Green Whale with b-side Pig Scene on the 28th September via RIP Records.

Watch the video below.

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Introducing >>> Bullybones

Introducing >>> Bullybones

The fabulously named Bullybones are a ferocious new sour sweat soaked garage-rock band (for the uninitiated, a bully bone can also mean a dog chew ‘treat’ made up of a shrivelled bull’s penis).

However this particular group on neer-do-wells are named after a Birthday Party song, and the band’s debut double a-side I Feel Sorry For You / Deadflower Girl (out on October 27th via Barnstormer) is wild deliciously evil guitar music.

That they hail from one of our favourite places, the good old Isle of Wight (though sadly no longer boasting Alvin’s Waffle Shack in Shanklin) is just the icing on the cake.

Take a listen to I Feel Sorry For You here.

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MM Shorts 613: The Hanged Man

Stockholm’s Rebecka Rolfart’s solo project The Hanged Man promises some aural gems with her creepy, Sonic Youth inflected track First Time Dreaming, which provides a head-trip through space, down a careening oceanic trench and into the dark woods, illuminated only by the stars.

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Introducing >>> Dream Police

Introducing >>> Dream Police

Having recently announced their debut LP, via Sacred Bones, as Dream Police, Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi (best known as the founding members of The Men) have shared the title track from Hypnotized with us today.

Hypnotized finds the duo delivering the psychedelic, and fuzzed out guitars that they are best known for. Perro’s monotone vocals lay even with the instrumentation in the mix so that the entire track washes over you in a cloud of future primitive psychedelia bursting with glimmering electronics and cinematic, vibrato storytelling.

Have a listen.

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Introducing >>> Alpha Maid

Introducing >>> Alpha Maid

London three piece Alpha Maid merge angular grunge and dominant grooves with raw sample heavy electronics. An explorational genre hybrid based around repetition, rhythms and punk vocals.

Quoting Radiohead, Micachu & The Shapes, Tune Yards, Deerhoof, Bjork and Nirvana as prominent influencers Alpha Maid’s Body Chores is a prime example of a band without restriction.

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MM Shorts 612: The Shanks

Founded in 2005 on a farm in Mono, Ontario, Canada, The Shanks are a blistering rock duo comprised of bass and drums. A combination of 1970s album oriented rock and proto-punk, they belt-out melodic chordal arrangements amidst a sea of low end and pounding rhythms. It’s haunting, tribal arena-rock played on a basement floor.

Their latest full-length offering is titled Surfing The Lexicon and can be ordered from Bandcamp here.

Stream a couple of tracks below.

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So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam…

The only album from virtually unknown Australian singer Howard Enyon is being be reissued by Earth Recordings 40 years after it’s original release. So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam (the lack of apostrophe is deliberate) is a bizarre and wonderful acid folk treasure in the vein of wild-eyed geniuses such as Syd Barret, Kevin Ayers, Neil Innes or Nick Drake, although perhaps even more beautiful and mysterious.

This daffy folksy psychedelic ramble full of tall tales, delightfully quirky melodies, marvellous wordplay, risqué irreverence and beguiling lapses into musical frippery, has not only stood the test of time, but completely and utterly blown it away.

It was originally released in 1974 by Basket/Candle Records but has been out of print ever since. The record ranks amongst the rarest and most sought after acid folk private pressings.

Have a listen to Good Time Songs.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Grouper – Call Across Rooms
2. Bass Drum Of Death – For Blood
3. Girlpool – Jane
4. The Hussy – EZ/PZ
5. Kevin Morby – Parade
6. Parquet Courts – This Is Happening Now
7. King Tuff – Headbanger

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