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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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Ryley Walker

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Ryley Walker

We had an e-mail from a reader recommending we check out Ryley Walker. So we did. Turns out he is a little bit special.

While only 24 years old, on his debut album (released this very day) All Kinds Of You, he delves much further back than that to the fingerpicked style of classic British folk artists, American primitive guitar and classic pastoral psychedelia. The results are mesmerising – bluesy, jazzy, folky – fluid and meditative with expressive vocals edged with just enough grit and emotion.

Try a couple of tracks – Fonda and the gorgeous album closer Tanglewood Spaces, which he describes as “a jam to stub your joint out too”.

You can buy from Tomkins Square, or catch him supporting Cloud Nothings on their current tour.

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Introducing >>> Tijuana Bibles

Introducing >>> Tijuana Bibles

I went to Tijuana for a day once, it was notable for a mouse in a cafe giving up the ghost and simply expiring on the floor whereupon a waitress on her way to deliver my sandwich stopped, picked it up by the tail and expertly threw it into the overflowing trash bin by the door.

Thankfully Tijuana Bibles are a more palatable proposition. They may have honed their craft in Glasgow but they have the same bluesy Cajun-fried bar feel that would make a band like Black Keys jealous.

Somewhere in between the nostalgic Americana of Tom Waits and the sludgy riffs of the grunge resurgence, this four-piece have announced their first free download, the fierce Toledo.

We heartily recommend you listen to said groove-heavy and red blooded tune below, and grab a free download from their website here.

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RIP David Lamb

David Lamb RIP

We were desperately, desperately sad to hear that Brown Bird’s David Lamb finally lost his year long battle with leukaemia this weekend.

There is a lovely and eloquent statement on the band’s website from his partner MorganEve, and we can only add our own condolences for her loss – it is truly a tragic turn of events.

For anyone who has stayed with MM for any length of time you will know how popular Brown Bird were with all those who have written for the blog, notching up almost twenty posts since we migrated to WordPress and many times prior to that too. They featured in many a best of the month round-up as well as end-of-year best of listings, and also featured prominently with the sublime Wrong Black Mare, when we reviewed the favourite songs we had discovered in the first five years of MM.

Like many, many, many others we will miss David Lamb – and may his music live on for a mighty long time.

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Videos of the Day: Sharon Van Etten || Archie Bronson Outfit || The Ukiah Drag || Bleech || Sleepy Sun

Videos of the Day

An absolute plethora of cracking new music videos for you today from the brilliant Sharon Van Etten, the welcome return of the rumbling Archie Bronson Outfit, the desert-burnt junkyard indie of The Ukiah Drag, the super trippy Sleepy Sun, and a satirical sex-education video from Bleech.

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Introducing >>> The Peach Kings

Introducing >>> The Peach Kings

The Peach Kings is made up of Texas-born Paige McClain Wood and Silver Lake native Steven Trezevant Dies, who first met in San Francisco and clicked immediately.

Drawing inspiration from from a range of influences, including Nancy Sinatra and Roy Orbison to Led Zeppelin and The Cramps, the two have have announced the release of their new EP, Mojo Thunder, out June 3rd. Along with the gritty, seductive title track, the five-track release also contains single Be Around, which features some smooth and smoky vocals above bluesy guitar riffs.

Have a listen.

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Ten Ton Man – Chunk Of Change EP

 

Ten Ton Man - Chunk Of Change EPLust, seduction, addiction, sleaze.

All topics that we generally find can help make a mighty fine song. Throw in some deep baritone vocals, rolling rootsy instrumentation and a good helping of despair and frustration and you have something pretty close to New York trio Ten Ton Man’s forthcoming three track EP Chunk Of Change – The Toad Hill Sessions.

Watch the appropriately bawdy video for Fine Line’s cautionary tale of balancing hedonistic desires and restraint, and then grab yourself a free download of both that and the title track.

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The Black Angels – Diamond Eyes

Black Angels - Diamond Eyes

Here is a first taste from the forthcoming Clear Lake Forest EP from The Black Angels. It features seven new songs and will be released on limited edition clear vinyl on Record Store Day (19th April).

Diamond Eyes is an hypnotic, insistent, peyote-fuelled crawl through a parched sonic landscape – the simple fact is these boys do this stuff better than just about everybody else at the moment.

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