New Video: Viet Cong – Continental Shelf

Viet Cong have released their new video for their savagely jagged track Continental Shelf, the first song from their self titled debut record out on the 20th January via Jagjaguwar.

Uncanny and foreboding, the video draws inspiration from a wide range of sources, directly referencing moments from classic horror films, arthouse cinema and the work of painter Michaël Borremans.

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Introducing >>> Grace Sings Sludge

Introducing >>> Grace Sings SludgeRed Light Museum is the third installment of home recordings from Grace Sings Sludge (Grace Cooper of The Sandwitches).

Following two limited edition cassette releases with San Francisco’s Secret Seven Records, This Time It’s Personal and Last Year’s Friend, Red Light Museum stands out for its stunning vocals accompanied by sparse layers of guitar, piano, samples and drums. Each of the ten emotionally captivating songs giving us an exclusive peek into a new chapter in her own personal hell/heaven.

Watch the videos for Such A Version (dedicated to the memory of the the video’s director and male lead, Johnnie Roberto Russell) and Difficult To Luv.

Order from Bandcamp here.

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New Video: Deerhoof – Exit Only

In all honesty the charms and delights of Deerhoof have largely bypassed us here at MM, but you should never say never and their latest album La Isla Bonita contains the stand out track Exit Only which we’ve loved since the first time we heard it.

Now the song has a fittingly insane video starring Michael Shannon of Boardwalk Empire and Man Of Steel fame playing two versions of himself – one seemingly torturing the other across a table. Bonkers, but brilliant.

Watch it here.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

The latest instalment of our regular feature of songs you really should have wrapped your ears around in the past seven days…this week has a bumper crop of eight cracking new tunes.

1. Father John Misty – Bored In The USA
2. The Decemberists – Make You Better
3. The Dodos – Competition
4. Emmy The Great – Swimming Pool
5. The Districts – 4th And Roebling
6. September Girls – Black Oil
7. Terrible Truths – False Hope
8. Jessica Pratt – Back, Baby

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Weyes Blood – Some Winters

Weyes Blood is the work of Natalie Mering, one time member of experimental troupe Jackie-O Motherfucker and guest on Ariel Pink’s Mature Themes.

The sound of Weyes Blood is one of folk (with elements of psych and pop) set against electronics and tape effects, multi-part harmonies, collages and melodic qualities of delay. With vocals, often compared to Nico and of a rare purity and ethereal quality, weaved throughout the songs.

Her album The Innocents is released on 20th October via Mexican Summer and the six minute, haunting, melancholic Some Winters is the latest track to be shared from it.

Download it here.

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MM Shorts 618: Dirt Dress

Post-punk three piece, Dirt Dress have been a fixture of the LA scene since their conception in 2007. Taking influence from bands like Wire and the Fall, they compose a cultivated racket of guitars, horns, synths, and drums that mixes surf rock with synths in a curiously beguiling way.

Revelations is the  the title track from their new EP. Check it out below.

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Six Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Mark Lanegan Band – Harvest Home
2. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Everybody Knows
3. Hollis Brown – Wait For Me Virginia
4. Diarrhea Planet – Heatwave
5. Blitzen Trapper – To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High) (Ryan Adams Cover)
6. Field Report – Marigolden

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Virginia Wing To Release Measures Of Joy

Virginia Wing to release Measures Of Joy

We’ve featured South London’s Virginia Wing a few times on MM and Measures Of Joy will be their long-awaited debut album, due to be released on Fire Records in November.

Retaining the psychedelic majesty that marked them out in the first place, Measures Of Joy encompasses spoken-word passages, brooding electronics, avant pop, and plenty of sonic experimentation to create a collection both immediate and strange – imagine Mr Benn visiting the Wicker Man if you can…

Stream/download World Contact here.

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