R. Ring – Loud Underneath

R. Ring - Loud Underneath

Yesterday we shared Protomartyr’s offering from their forthcoming split single with R. Ring. 

Today we have the flip side for you from the aforesaid R. Ring who feature The Breeders’ Kelley Deal and Ampline’s Mike Montgomery.

Loud Underneath, is an abrasive slab of simmering lo-fi garage angst, and we like it a lot.

The single, A half of Seven is out on limited vinyl on the 16th June via Hardly Art, or can be bought digitally here.

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Video Round Up

Time for our ad-hoc Friday collection of excellent new (and some not quite so new) videos. From the beautiful and poignant (Courtney Barnett, Chris Staples, Wilder Daze) to the pulsing animation of Slaves pummelling punk, via the humour of Weird Womb and Abjects.

And plenty more besides…

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Blind Shake

Mad Mackerel Recommends... The Blind Shake

Despite being around since 2003, Minneapolis residents, and self proclaimed bald-headed freaks, The Blind Shake are new to us.

Latest release, a mini LP titled Fly Right saw the light of day this week and is a prime slab of sweaty garage rock, with spaghetti-western twang and surf punk twinges thrown in for good measure.

Thankfully avoiding the trap of sacrificing the melodies for raw sonic mayhem (like too many others in the genre are wont to do), have a listen to the pulsating thump and wail of Tar Paper and the woozy, tripped-out twang of Diamond Days below.

Buy from Bandcamp here.

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Regular as clockwork, here is our end-of-week catch-up of some of the best tunes released over the past seven days.

Enjoy.

1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. The Telescopes – I Wanna Be Your Dog (Stooges cover)
3. White Reaper – Make Me Wanna Die
4. Stealing Sheep – Greed
5. Holydrug Couple – Baby I’m Going Away
6. Fake Palms – Sun Drips
7. Kenny Knight – Whiskey
8. Bully – Trying
9. Desaparecidos – City On The Hill

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Introducing >>> Baby Jesus

MM Shorts 691: Baby Jesus

Heavily influenced by the psychedelic sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, the swagger of MC5/Stooges-era Detroit rock and roll, and the guttural noise of the 1960s garage-punk highlighted within the Back From the Grave series, Swedish five piece Baby Jesus have put together an explosive 10-track mind-melting self-titled debut release.

Check out the face-melting groove of Nothing’s For Me and the frenetic angst of Cry, Cry, Cry below.

Buy from Bandcamp here.

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Video Round Up

Forget the eggs and celebrate Easter with a selection box of musical videos that are all pre-screened to ensure the equivalent of the orange creme hasn’t sneaked through…instead take your pick from folk, indie, psychedelia, punk, Americana….

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Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Easter weekend, and a bumper collection of ten songs for you to dip into that were released this week.

1. The National – Sunshine On My Back
2. Southern – Lone Driver
3. Cheatahs – Murasaki
4. Heartless Bastards – Gates Of Dawn
5. Woodpigeon – When You Look For Trouble, Trouble Comes
6. Radkey – Parade It
7. Allo Darlin’ – Half Heart Necklace
8. Virginia Wing – A Complex Outline
9. Speedy Ortiz – Puffer
10. Christopher Paul Stelling – Warm Enemy

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Introducing >>> Gateway Drugs

LA’s Gateway Drugs rather intriguingly comprise of three siblings (all children of the Knack’s Prescott Niles) and another non-family musician.

Rather than giving us an updated My Sharona, instead the band delivers dark, heavy rock that borders on noisy and psychedelic with obvious reference points being the Jesus & Mary Chain, Sonic Youth and Brian Jonestown Massacre.  

Try the fuzzy melodies and swirling guitars of Fridays Are For Suckers below, which is taken from forthcoming long player Magick Spells.

MM Shorts 684: Susan

MM Shorts 684: Susan

Susan is a three piece band from Los Angeles playing twee-garage-punk-pop.

Drawing on their mutual love of Shop Assistants, The Darling Buds and The Go Betweens they crafted three effervescent, fizzing slices of power-pop that make up their debut 7″ EP Just Call It.

Listen to the whole EP here. Order from Bandcamp here.

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