Introducing >>> Mini Mansions

Gathering comparisons from 80s New Wave to dreamy psychedelic pop, Mini Mansions’ forthcoming new album, The Great Pretenders, is due in early 2015.

The fast-paced first single, Death Is A Girl plays out with a sense of urgency, daring you to stand still, while the reverse sees the band take on a cover of Sherlock Holmes originally by Sparks.

Have a listen to both below. You can also catch them supporting Royal Blood on a big European tour, also early next year.



Tour Dates with Royal Blood

February 22 Glasgow Barrowlands
February 27 Plymouth Pavilions
February 28 Bridlington Spa
March 2 Portsmouth Guildhall
March 3 Newport Centre
March 5 Norwich UEA
March 6 Blackpool Empress Ballroom
March 8 Belfast Ulster Hall
March 9 Dublin, Ireland Olympia
March 11 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
March 13 London Brixton
March 14 Nottingham Rock City


MM Shorts 624: Magic Castles

Magic Castles’ new album Sky Sounds, was released yesterday through A Recordings Ltd, Anton Newcombe’s UK-based imprint. The Minneapolis 5-piece combine the hazy, hypnotic atmospherics of bands like Spacemen 3 and Galaxie 500 with the organ-drenched psych sound of the mid/late ’60s outfits – particularly American West Coast folk-rock -for an altogether otherworldly sound.

Have a listen to the laid back, reverb laden, title track.




Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea

Frankly we’re still trying to understand the whole Parquet Courts / Parkay Quarts thing, where the overlaps are and what the significance of the two names are…

However, that aside, Content Nausea will be a new release from the latter: recorded, mixed and mastered in two weeks on a 4-track tape machine. Apparently the band wanted something that listeners could “live with over the winter.” At 35 minutes, the record lies somewhere between an EP and an LP, and finds the band exploring sounds that were previously only hinted at; Townes Van Zandt, Warren Zevon, and Dylan are evident points of departure on Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth, a lonesome tale about “two men tragically colliding in the deep south“.

The 13th Floor Elevators get a hat tip via NYC reinterpretation of Slide Machine, and there’s even an unexpected, gender-bending cover of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walking.

Who cares about the names when it sounds this good…