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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Diamond Rugs Are Back

Diamond Rugs Are Back

Diamond Rugs have released their second record, Cosmetics into the big wide world.

A joyfully rowdy follow-up to their equally rowdy 2012 self-titled debut (which we loved), and which still features the incomparable collaboration of John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pé (ex-Black Lips guitarist), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), T. Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite).

So a supergroup of sorts, but one focused on celebrating the good times with classic blue-collar barroom anthems. This is all about rock ‘n’ roll in its most pure and uncorrupted form – a bunch of good-time buddies getting together to do what they love most, crank the amps and let it rip.

That’s it. Pure and simple. And sometimes what can be better than that?

Take our advice and stream Thunk and Live And Shout It. Just enjoy.

 

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New Album From Moses Luster

New Album From Moses Luster

We just received news of a new album release from Moses Luster and the Hollywood Lights, titled The Hangman’s Door.

Purveyors of very fine, melancholic and sometimes dark, Americana, with this their third release, the band has focused on honing their sound while exploring some new diversions. For sure, the album continues along the path of previous releases of exploring the drudgery of everyday lives of drunks, losers, and broken hearts, but it also explores their country side with Until I’m Saved, and the rolling, road-weary song Sorrow Town.

The Dirt is a sober and haunting exploration of coming to terms with death, while Hangman’s Door finds Moses accepting his fate while facing down bigger troubles. On Sold Out they poke fun at their heroes and the way of the world – the song being written after being floored by witnessing Bob Dylan selling cars during last year’s Super Bowl.

Listen to a selection of tracks below and order from Bandcamp here.

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New Wolf Alice Single

Wolf Alice created swathes of online and offline coverage last year and deservedly earned the much overused phrase “breakthrough“. They will release their debut album My Love Is Cool in June.

In the meantime we have a new single, Giant Peach, that emphasises even further their predilection for a hypnotic motorik groove, whilst singer Ellie Rowsell is at her snapping, snarling best.

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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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New Album From William Elliott Whitmore

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Hot on the heels of details of a new album from The Tallest Man On Earth comes similar news for another MM singer-songwriter fave with the announcement of a new album from William Elliott Whitmore.

Titled Radium Death, it signals somewhat of a departure from his previous sparse and haunting solo recordings. He describes it thus, “I purposefully went into it wanting to make a little bit of a departure, sonically, using an electric guitar a little bit more and adding more instrumentation, more full-band type stuff”.

The expanded new sound can be heard on the urgent hum of the opening track Healing To Do.

The album is out via Anti- on the 31st March – you can pre-order via iTunes here.

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New From The Tallest Man On Earth

The Tallest Man On Earth has been quiet for far too long, but will release his first new album since 2012 this spring with Dark Bird Is Home via Dead Oceans.

It’s an album that presents Kristian Mattson at his most personal and direct, deeper and darker than ever at times, yet also an album with strokes of whimsy and the scent of new beginnings.

Listen to the first single, Sagres below. Just love those vocals…

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The Last Bison – Dorado EP

The Last Bison are following up last year’s much lauded VA long player with a new EP Dorado. It is full of expansive Americana where the anthemic choruses are blended with more experimental flourishes and some powerful percussion.

The first track from it is This Changes Everything, stream it here.

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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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