FIM – Love Die

MM Shorts 451: FIM

We’re previously featured LA-based experimental indie-pop quartet FIM when we posted a couple of tracks from their excellent seven track EP Alien Beach Party.

So here is another, and while the tracks we previously posted were noisy, manic, and infectious recalling the early freakouts of Butthole Surfers, Ween and Frank ZappaLove Die signals a shift to the more chill, indie pop side of FIM. The track has a pulsing Casio beat and then enters a lounge vibe, like the calm after the storm, or the party after the apocalypse. This is like the downer after the acid shifts gears, and the night takes on a slower vibe.

Have a listen…

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Todo Muere Vol. 4

Todo Meure Vol. 4

Sacred Bones will present the fourth volume of their annual Record Store Day vinyl compilation, Todo Muere. It will be limited to 1,500 copies only.

This year’s edition features eight tracks from a wide variety of their artists, each one new or previously unreleased on any physical format. The first track is the brilliant Lonely Richard by Amen Dunes, a hazy cut from the band’s forthcoming LP, Love that we posted here. That song is followed by a recording of Zola Jesus’ Vessel taken from the sessions for last year’s Versions, the string quartet album she made with the composer J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus). Side A is rounded out by And Light Shines, a David Lynch song from The Big Dream sessions that was previously unavailable outside of Japan, and Marissa Nadler’s spare, haunting take on the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds track The Kindness of Strangers.

Also featured on the compilation is Pop. 1280 with the newly recorded track Kingdom Come. Föllakzoid’s Domingo Garcia-Huidobro contributes a new minimal techno remix of his band’s Pulsar for the penultimate track on the collection, and Illume from Lust for Youth’s forthcoming LP shows the band moving completely out of coldwave into far warmer territory, even adding guitars to the mix.

Side B of Todo Muere, Vol. 4 kicks off with a bang though – two, in fact. Pharmakon’s cover of Bang Bang, the great song written by Sonny Bono for Cher and popularized by Nancy Sinatra, is a sharp cold-water shock that shows a side of Margaret Chardiet that may surprise fans of last year’s Abandon LP.

Todo Muere Vol. 4’s track listing is as eclectic as the Sacred Bones roster itself, and serves as a snapshot of where the label is in 2014.

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Round Up Time

Round Up Time Again

Once again it is time to hurl in the lifesaving post of a Round Up, thrown boldly into the rising tide of cracking new tunes that are lapping against the very top of our inbox. Ten bands, thirteen tracks…dip in!

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First up is the raw, take-no-prisoners rock’n’roll of Scary People’s tracks Crush The Bug and Chicago - pure, unadulterated foot-stomping noise.

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Slow Club release their much anticipated new album Complete Surrender in July. The first single from it is the title track, utilizing sweeping strings, a galloping beat and the band’s rich and soaring vocals.

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The wonderful Timber Timbre will release their new album imminently and the insistent groove and disquieting Americana of Curtains?! is a real gem.

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Creepoid is one of our favourite names for a band and their planned Record Store Day release, an EP titled Wet is their debut on Graveface Records. A one sided 12”, it features 4 new songs and a B side etching. Check out the slow burn sonics of Wet Bread.

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The Los Angeles, via Detroit duo The Singles have given us a couple of singles of glammed-up, garage-pop from their upcoming full length Look How Fast A Heart Can Break, that crackle and hum with energy and

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The irrepresible jangling guitars of The Shilohs are showcased perfectly on their new track Palm Readers that comes from their forthcoming self-titled album.

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Fresh from supporting Cate Le Bon on her recent UK tour, Sweden’s Sea Lion is giving away a free download of the haunting Sanna’s Song, a mesmerising, slow-burning ballad built on finger-picked guitar and warm, analogue organ.

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The mighty Ming City Rockers are also back with a new single, the swaggering, primal rock’n’roll of Twist It.

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Powder Blue have just shared their track Run, and have been described as “a perfect storm of psychedelic rock, shoegaze and drone”. We’ll be catching them at the Great Escape in May!

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Lastly we have the spacey, mind melting electronica infused psychedelia of Hypnotized – listen to a couple of suitably sonically adventurous tracks from their new five track EP Telesto.

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WIAIWYA-7777777 Singles Club

WIAIWYA-7777777 Singles Club

Now in its third year, wiaiwya-7777777 is a seven inch singles club, and a very ambitious seven inch singles club at that – it is a celebration of the format and all things seven…

Subscribers to wiaiwya-7777777 2014 will get seven picture discs (released on the 7th of the month) that together form a fully illustrated seven step guide to releasing your own records – the world’s first all vinyl self help guide, if you will…

The releases will be from Freschard (with the Wave Pictures), Trick Mammoth, the Leaf Library, the School, the Secret History, the Human Hearts, and Eagleowl.

We have a couple for you to listen to – both are absolutely brilliant, and completely different. Try the hypnotic, krautrock disco of the Leaf Library, which is reminiscent of Stereolab at their best, and the halting, gossamer fragility of Clemence Freschard featuring the Wave Pictures with And The Rain, which kicks of the 2014 series.

Get more info here.

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Videos of the Day: Those Darlins || Eliza And The Bear || We are Hex || Suburban Living

Videos of the Day

It’s been a little while since we’ve had a Videos of the Day post, so we’re putting that right with some excellent musical films and tunes from Those Darlins, Eliza And The Bear, We Are Hex, and Suburban Living.

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MM Shorts 536: Conner Youngblood

MM Shorts 536: Conner Youngblood

Mercury is the latest track from Conner Youngblood, it is hauntingly beautiful (he himself describes it as perhaps his prettiest yet), but lying beneath the surface is something a little darker…

I should paint my face before I go outside
I’m gonna bathe in salt till my teeth go numb…devil in disguise

Stream/download it below. It comes from an EP Confidence he will be releasing April 1st.

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Formes – Lights

Formes - Lights

Lights is the latest single from West Yorkshire excellent progressive psych-rockers Formes.

Kicking off like a long-lost Pink Floyd classic, the track builds from a dreamlike, otherworldly introduction until it kicks into gear a minute or so in, ebbing and flowing on the back of a hypnotic guitar riff. Half-way through, the song takes off fully into space rock territory, driven by epic drums, synths and trance inducing vocals.

Have a listen. It will be released on iTunes and Spotify on the 14th April.

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Mad Mackerel’s Monday Round Up

New Release Round Up.

Having got back from discovering some of the many delights of Denmark, there were a few songs to catch up on and share. So starting the week with a round-up of ten fine tunes seemed the right way to go…

We have just discovered the excellent Cornish sisters Hockeysmith, offering an alluring mix of woozy noise-pop, claustrophobic psychedelic and even a hint of menacing, pulsating disco. Put it altogether and the result, But Blood, the first track from their debut EP is nothing short of brilliant.

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The Black Lips are always pretty much nailed on certs to deliver, and they don’t disappoint with the latest track, Justice After All, from forthcoming new long-player Underneath The Rainbow.

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Well Hung Heart will soon release the follow-up to last year’s excellent Young Enough To Know It All with their new album Go Forth And Multiply. If the evidence of Black Lightning is anything to go by, they have ratcheted up the punk-blues howl quota significantly…

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Nick Saxon is a new name to us, but the western twang and rumble of Burn is an absolute delight.

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We have another track from the brilliant You Be My Heart compilation (see our other posts here). Put together by songwriter Devon Reed, this time it is Maps & Atlases performing Reed’s She’s Like A Hologram.

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We posted about the languid, trippy psychedelia of Southend-on-Sea’s Velvet Morning back in December, but since the CD of their forthcoming excellent EP Velvet Moon dropped through the letterbox and it is officially released today, it seemed churlish not to post another track, so here is the hazy, somnambulistic Octo City.

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James Leg will release a new solo album in May via Alive Naturalsound Records and it will include this heavier-than-heavy, slow blues jam of Nina Simone’s Oh, Sinner Man.

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The wonderful Cate Le Bon is giving away a previously unreleased, new track He’s Leaving, which sounds like it was waiting to be discovered on a previously unheard Velvet Underground album.

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We also posted about the brash energy and righteous anger of Darlia towards the end of 2013. The band will release their new EP Candyman at the end of March. Take a listen to the fizzing guitar of the title track.

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And lastly for now we have DZ Deathrays’ scorching Gina Works At Hearts, the latest single to be taken from their forthcoming album Black Rat (pre-order here).

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