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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MM Shorts 685: Stick Figures

The Stick Figures are Brazilian duo Rodrigo Freire and Fabricio von Finck.

New seven track EP Dusk is due for release in April/May and is a fine mix of classic Pixies style indie rock, Bowie-era electronics and even a hint of 80s new wave pop.

Have a listen to the darkly brooding Mr Je Ne Sais Quoi here.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It is the weekend and time for our regular round up of the songs from the past week that are well worth some listening time…

1. Torres – Sprinter
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City
3. Nai Harvest – All The Time
4. Uniform – Perfect World
5. Shadow Age – Silaluk
6. Fight Like Apes – Pretty Keen On Centerfolds
7. Marshmallow Coast – Hash Out Cash Out
8. Elijah Ocean – Drunk Drummer

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MM Shorts 680: The Venus Lyx

The Venus Lyx is a trinity of sorts. Three brothers, all alike under a certain kind of light. The brothers Traylen.

Formed a little under a year ago, the trio has since been creating and fashioning their own distinct brand of jagged freak-folk. Now they have their debut single available for your listening pleasure, however uncomfortable that might be…

Keep Your Hands Off My Familiar is a tempestuous tale. One of witchcraft and zealotry, biblical wrath and holy fire. Of cats, dogs, rats, frogs, and sexual deviancy.

Perfect for a Friday. Have a listen.

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New Video: Duke Garwood – Disco Lights

Duke Garwood’s soulful, stripped-bare sound has been receiving much acclaim for his fifth album Heavy Love, his first for Heavenly Recordings.

The word looks set to continue to spread with new single Disco Lights, which has had an appropriately psychedelic treatment for the video.

Watch it here.

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Tuesday Morning Video Round Up

Much like yesterday’s Monday morning round-up post, we’ve now selected just a few of the excellent videos that have arrived in our in-box over the past few days and weeks for your viewing (and listening) pleasure.

So without further ado start with the wonderful old time banjo of Willie Watson at Pickathon, and by way of Andy Shauf, Darren Hayman, The Asylums, Streets Of Laredo, The April Maze, Chastity Belt, and John Joseph Brill arrive at the of gothic, noir-folk of Robert Chaney.

Enjoy the ride.

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Monday Morning Round Up

Monday Morning Round-Up

We’ve been clearing up (or down, or out, or whatever the term is) our in-box over the weekend and from the plethora of remixes, ‘bangers’, and electro-pop that went straight into the trash we have picked these gems for you to set your working week off on the right foot…

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Goldishack’s Devil Can Dance is a dark, fuzzed-out dirge, a tale of moral conflict and decay. It is the lead single off Devil’s Road (out this month), a collection of gritty, folk-infused rock from the Go Rogue Records roster that resonates with eerie intimations of the end times.

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Charles Howl are a London-based brit psych-pop group with a brilliantly infectious and melodic sound. This track, Going Down With A Hi comes from forthcoming album Sir Vices and is one of our favourite tracks of the year so far.

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Trent Halliday is a musician currently releasing material under the recording alias Three Days Dark. The second single from his forthcoming second album due in April is Some Days, a slow burning psych-rock sound, seeped in reverb and phase, with solid grooves, motoric rhythms and crafted noise. The B-side Violet Sunrise is a sprawling, almost freak beat track, with an uplifting kind of eclecticism inspired by 60s cuts from Os Mutantes, Pretty Things and the like.

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Moon King have shared a second track from their forthcoming debut album Secret Life, which will be released on Last Gang Records on April 14th. A regular live opener, Apocalypse embodies the brittle emotional landscape and fraught, combustible energy which threads through the album. Beginning with the confession “Somehow I feel no release when I’m alone with anyone else / somehow I fall to pieces when I wake up to nothing where you should be“, the song builds in intensity and speed until overflowing in a rush of cathartic noise.

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We’ve already posted the warm, engrossing fuzz of Best Friends’ single Shred Til You’re Dead. Next up is new single Fake Spit, to be released March 9th, showing that despite a seemingly effortless ability to kick things up through absorbing, head-shaking rhythm; a more melodic-wrapped approach also rests in their arsenal.

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For contrast try the blue-collar cross-dressing boogie of Shake It Little Tina, it comes from Low Cut Connie’s new album Hi Honey, to be released on April 21 on Contender Records.

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And lastly we have the first taste from the soul-searching new album from singer-songwriter Matthew The Oxx. Beyond The Gates is taken from the long player First Aid For The Drowning.

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New From Adia Victoria

Adia Victoria - Sea Of Sand

Sea Of Sand is the follow up to Adia Victoria’s excellent, and haunting, gothic country of Stuck In The South that we posted last year, and which marked her out as something rather special.

This new track was written in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and is a reflection on life experiences and how much they define us, and is another wonderful slice of primitive, southern country that is as bold as it is stark.

Have a listen.

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Torres Announces New Album Sprinter

Torres - Strange Hellos

Back in 2013, seeing Mackenzie Scott, otherwise known as Torres perform in the back room of a tiny bar at SXSW was a genuine, spine-tingling delight. Now, after the success of the fractured, disconnected Americana of her self-titled debut album of the same year, she is back with a new record, Sprinter, which will be out on Partisan Records in May.

Treading a surefooted path between the minimally sparse and noisy extremes, she describes Splinter as a “space cowboy” record, citing inspirations as diverse as Nirvana and Funkadelic, Ray Bradbury and Joan Didion. “I wanted something that very clearly stemmed from my Southern conservative roots but that sounded futuristic and space-y at the same time.”

While we wait for that, the first taste comes in the shape of the aggressive, bitter rage of Strange Hellos and its visceral, bloodcurdling screams…And she’ll be playing the always wonderful End of the Road festival in early September.

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