MM Shorts 669: Surf City

New Zealand psychgazers Surf City return with an album of sticky summer jams and fuzzy swirls and out and out dream pop blasts. Harnessing the explorations of 2013’s We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This into more focused packages, the group still delivers reverb-soaked joy at every turn in their endeavours to deliver the perfect jittery motorik pop song,

Check out Hollow Veins and Leave Your Worries here.

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Mega Video Round Up

Time for some more entertainment in the form of musical films. Here are ten of the more entertaining tunes and videos that have landed in our in-box over the past couple of weeks. They come from the likes of Protomartyr, Dogheart, Split Screens,  Mind Brains, Colleen Green, Gaz Coombes, Slaves, …And The Hangnails, Jamie T, and Tom Williams.

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Debut EP From Daddy Issues

Debut EP From Daddy Issues

Surf influenced garage rock four-piece Daddy Issues (but not the same Daddy Issues we posted about late last year!) have just released their debut EP Double Loser.

Confused? Don’t be!

The EP opens with Sex On The Beach with its fabulous harmonies and thumping percussion, and then swerves into a risqué love song of sorts with the infectious and irrepressible So Hard (love the fact they’ve added the tag “boner” to the soundcloud stream). Let’s Go To The Mall wraps a moody, fuck you tantrum in a contradictory tangle of twangy guitars and sweetly sung choruses, before finally finishing up with the slow, honeyed pop swirl of Lethal Dose.

In eleven short minutes Daddy Issues will charm your socks off, and then gleefully run off with them.

Order the limited edition cassette from Bandcamp here.

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MM Shorts 667: 1955

1955’s new EP is called The French Had A Name For It and was released earlier this month. A copy just arrived at MM Towers…

It’s raw rock and roll without any processed shellacking – lean, tight songs with a stripped back garage rock feel and with a lovely, simplistic clarity to them.

Lead single is Upside Down. Watch the video for it and download it below.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Here, a little later than usual, is our collection of the tunes that, by rights, you should have already heard this week. They include the return of Sufjan Stevens and Crocodiles and new songs from together PANGEA and Eula.

Enjoy.

1. Waxahatchee – Under A Rock
2. Sufjan Stevens – No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross
3. Crocodiles – Crybaby Demon
4. Jacco Gardner – Find Yourself
5. Eula – Like No Other
6. Together PANGEA – I Looked In Too
7. Bill Fay – War Machine

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MM Shorts 666: Culture Abuse

Obviously, we needed the right kind of track for our six hundredth and sixty sixth post in our “Shorts” series, and Bay Area quintet Culture Abuse’s delivery of scuzzy post-punk at it’s most primal seemed nigh on perfect, especially with Nicotine, the lead track to the band’s upcoming Spray Paint The Dog 7″.

So if chaotic noise rock, deviant garage punk, and elements of hardcore are your thing and if abrasive dissonance, crushing riffs and infectious hooks tickle your fancy then we suggest you hit play below….and check out the b-side Perfect Light too.

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Rathborne – SOFT

Tomorrow sees the release of SOFT, the new album from Rathborne, a band centred on songwriter Luke Rathborne.

At times bouncy-Ramones, with splashes of Dylan, Pavement, The Strokes and Lou Reed, SOFT feels concise and poppy, with plenty of darkness lying under the surface, dusting its cotton candy melodies with a fine layer of grit.

Nowhere is this better demonstrated than on the latest track to be shared from it, the infectious slice of NYC garage rock, Why.

Give it a spin.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

That’s right, title says it all. But if you’ve not wrapped your ears round these yet this week, now’s your chance.

1. Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers – Trailways Ramble
2. Wire – Joust & Jostle
3. Marika Hackman – Monday Afternoon
4. Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate
5. Yowler – The Offer
6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
7. Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love – Dispel

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MM Shorts 664: Nai Harvest

Check out the new single from Nai Harvest who have shared Sick On My Heart, a fervid and hazy slice of garage punk taken from duo’s forthcoming album Hairball which is set for release on 28th April via Topshelf Records.

It is an altogether more energetic and feedback-laden grunge sound then we’ve heard from them previously…

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MM Shorts 662: Dogheart

Dogheart formed in early 2014 and draw influences from bands like Diamond Rugs, Guided by Voices, Neva Dinova, the Clash, and Real Estate. Their debut album, What Burns the Best, was tracked and recorded over five days, and is due out February 17th.

Over the recording process over 40 songs were written, and the 10 best were chosen, becoming a 30-minute glimpse into stripped down rock ‘n’ roll that you can follow along with, and shake your bowl cut to…

This is their single Jawbone, taken from the album.

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