MM Shorts 657: Best Friends

We first posted about Best Friends back in the summer, and since then they have signed to FatCat Records and are offering up a free download of Shred Til You’re Dead, which is taken from their forthcoming debut album.

It is a propulsive whirl of jangly guitars and garage-pop fuzz and we like it a lot.

Have a listen.

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Video: The Bohicas – To Die For

Building upon the interest that was provoked by last year’s tracks XXX and Swarm, two kraut-engined, lazer-guided garage rock missiles which introduced The Bohicas as a formidable new force of both brain and brawn, here is the video for their next single To Die For (out on March 2nd).

Watch it below, and check out the earlier tracks too.

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Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

A veritable plethora of tunes to pick through this week – tunes that, by rights, you should already have been spinning…

1. Lower Dens – To Die In L.A.
2. Isobel Campbell – How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees cover)
3. Akron/Family – Everyone Is Guilty
4. Los Angeles Police Department – Insecurity
5. Gal Pals – Here’s To The Gals
6. Rye Pines – Pessimist
7. Seratones – Chokin’ On Your Spit
8. Evans The Death – Enabler
9. Colleen Green – TV
10. Drenge – We Can Do What We Want

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Lucern Raze

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Lucern Raze

Stockholm garage pop act Lucern Raze has unveiled new single Someone Like You, from the upcoming debut LP Stockholm One, (due on February 25 via PNKSLM Recordings on vinyl and digitally and Burger Records on cassette).

It follows on from previous singles Sunshine Blues and Yours To Keep (featuring another MM fave, The Hanged Man).

Lucern Raze is the new project from Luke of London’s Sex Beet, that got shedloads of hype a couple of years ago for a few singles, and spent three years going wild around Europe and America with acts like Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and Best Coast. The story goes that in the midst of recording their debut album in Berlin Luke lost his mind and moved from London to Sweden where he’s spent the past few years being broke as hell, working every job imaginable, as well as starting up PNKSLM Recordings.

Deserted in the midsummer ghost town of Stockholm in the summer of 2014 he spent 12 days writing, recording and mixing an album under the new name, so check out the fruits of his labours below.

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New Video: The Voyeurs – Train To Minsk

The Voyeurs (formerly Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs) have announced details of the release of their new single – Train To Minsk will be released on Heavenly Recordings on 9th March.

One of our favourite tracks on their recently released long player Rhubarb Rhubarb, the song is accompanied by a suitably dayglow video directed by renowned film-maker Douglas Hart.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our regular round up of the songs you really should have heard already this week, chief among them a brand new song from MM fave Sharon Van Etten, a couple of cracking covers and a newly discovered Jason Molina song with Will Oldham and Alasdhair Roberts.

Enjoy.

1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. The Smoke Fairies – Steal Softly Through The Snow (Captain Beefheart cover)
3. Jason Molina featuring Will Oldham & Alasdhair Roberts – September 11, 2001
4. Cheatahs – Sunne
5. JEFF The Brotherhood – Coat Check Girl
6. Happyness – Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones cover)
7. Moon King – Roswell
8. The Decemberists – A Beginning Song

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MM Shorts 650: Spit Shake Sisters

The latest act to burst out of Brighton, Spit Shake Sisters operate on a sinister and snarling brand of psych garage. Influenced by White Denim, The Stooges and Ty Segall, current single Blasphemer is a swirling combination of angst, self-assured swagger and doom-surf rock.

Give it a spin.

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Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight

Hanni El Khatib - Moonlight

Hanni El Khatib has been tickling the earbuds of Chris T Popper recently who was turned on to Moonlight, the title track of his forthcoming album.

A man of impeccably good taste (mostly), Mr Popper was quite right and proper with his recommendation, and so we’re pleased to share both that track and The Teeth and a final taster from the record before it is released next week with the brilliant Melt Me.

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