Four Thousand Posts On MM

According to the WordPress stats, this is our 4,000th post since we were removed from the internet by the Stalinesque Google Blogspot in April 2010, and forced to start MM all over again.

To celebrate we thought we would treat ourselves and post ten songs from prior to MM’s existence that helped shape our own musical landscape. A self-indulgent Desert Island discs if you will…from listening for the swearwords in the first Stiff Little Fingers album to following the Cropdusters all over the UK to an ill advised dalliance into the world of goths…

Here then are a special ten for MM…

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Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster

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Neil Young – After The Goldrush

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The Butthole Surfers – Human Cannonball

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The Clash – Armagideon Time

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The Cropdusters – Just Poppin Out To Fight A War

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The Doors – Cars Hiss By My Window

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The Woodentops – Well Well Well

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The Screaming Blue Messiahs – Sweet Water Pools

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Lou Reed – How Do You Think It Feels?

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The Mission – Deliverance

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New Single From Eula

New Single From Eula

Last year’s single I Collapse by Eula found much favour here at MM, grabbing a place in our favourite tracks of the year, and on first listen, latest 7″ release Orderly is destined to do the same.

It is a brilliantly discordant cacophony of angular, clashing rhythms, viscerally wailed vocals and industrial, skull numbing percussion.

Have a listen. Out on Bloodmoss Records on the 15th July (order here).

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Todo Muere Vol. 4

Todo Meure Vol. 4

Sacred Bones will present the fourth volume of their annual Record Store Day vinyl compilation, Todo Muere. It will be limited to 1,500 copies only.

This year’s edition features eight tracks from a wide variety of their artists, each one new or previously unreleased on any physical format. The first track is the brilliant Lonely Richard by Amen Dunes, a hazy cut from the band’s forthcoming LP, Love that we posted here. That song is followed by a recording of Zola Jesus’ Vessel taken from the sessions for last year’s Versions, the string quartet album she made with the composer J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus). Side A is rounded out by And Light Shines, a David Lynch song from The Big Dream sessions that was previously unavailable outside of Japan, and Marissa Nadler’s spare, haunting take on the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds track The Kindness of Strangers.

Also featured on the compilation is Pop. 1280 with the newly recorded track Kingdom Come. Föllakzoid’s Domingo Garcia-Huidobro contributes a new minimal techno remix of his band’s Pulsar for the penultimate track on the collection, and Illume from Lust for Youth’s forthcoming LP shows the band moving completely out of coldwave into far warmer territory, even adding guitars to the mix.

Side B of Todo Muere, Vol. 4 kicks off with a bang though – two, in fact. Pharmakon’s cover of Bang Bang, the great song written by Sonny Bono for Cher and popularized by Nancy Sinatra, is a sharp cold-water shock that shows a side of Margaret Chardiet that may surprise fans of last year’s Abandon LP.

Todo Muere Vol. 4’s track listing is as eclectic as the Sacred Bones roster itself, and serves as a snapshot of where the label is in 2014.

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Videos of the Day: Ruby The Rabbitfoot || Daddy Lion || Hounds || Made Violent || Together Pangea

Videos of the Day

Our five music films come today from Ruby the RabbitFoot and her beguiling track Ways, from Daddy Lion and their new video for No Solution But Resolution. Then we turn it up a bit with Hounds’ cover of the classic Ministry track Stigmata, the Strokes style swagger of Made Violent’s anthem of youthful decadence Wasted Days and lastly together PANGEA’s give us a glimpse into their world with the video for Offer.

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Girl Band – Lawman (Free Download)

Girl Band - Lawman

Firstly, Girl Band does not contain any girls. They are a four piece in their late teens / early 20’s from Dublin, wet behind the ears, and they play music that sits somewhere between Pissed Jeans, !!!, Butthole Surfers, Shellac and Liars.

The frankly awesome six minute tribal stomp and slash of new single Lawman was released on the 10th January on limited 7″, on cotton duck fabric, hand stitched and hand numbered up to 300. Following healthy sales, they are also giving it away digitally for free.

It is backed with the frantic noise onslaught of Heckle The Frames.

Buy via Bandcamp here.

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And then there is their fearsome cover of Blawan’s techno anthem Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage. Also free…

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MM’s 5:1 Interview No. 15: Young Knives

Mad Mackerel 5:1 Young Knives

A month ago, Young Knives released their fourth album proper (and fifth if you count debut mini-album The Young Knives …Are Dead) entitled Sick Octave. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign, it is a typically wilful and exhilarating sharp left turn from the band following the bright indie pop of Ornaments From The Silver Arcade, encompassing jagged industrial beats, ferocious krautrock, the occasional sneering brit-pop pastiche, and plenty more besides.The Young Knives Sick Octave

Thankfully, it is also brilliant – a thrilling, buzzing, breakneck ride through their observations of a declining, drowning modern Britain drawn with their ever persistent caustic black humour.

We love them too for being sort of local boys, Oxford by way of Leicestershire, and for being deliverers of some of the best gigs we’ve ever seen in our city of dreaming spires.

So grab the album here, and see how they responded to our 5:1 questions!

Five words to describe your music:
Fucked up white boy shit.

One book you’d recommend to an alien:
Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground.

Five bands (or albums) that have most influenced you?
The Pop Group – Y
Steely Dan – Katy Lied
MIA – Kala
This Heat – Deceit
The Raincoats – Odyshape

One moment in time you’d like to have witnessed:
I’d quite like to have seen Jimi Hendrix’s first UK gig at the Cromellian surrounded by the cool cats of the time all shitting themselves, especially Clapton.

Five people (living or dead) you’d love to share a stage-jam with:
I don’t do jams but if I had to I would choose: Charles Bullen, Don Van Vliet, Viv Albertine, George Clinton, and Robert Wyatt.

One biggest regret in your career (to date):
Letting our then manager turn down an appearance on the IT Crowd, we wanted to do it so badly but he said we would look like dicks.

Five things on your perfect rider:young knives
A fruit mountain, preferably with fresh figs
A cheese board
Indian head massage
All the ingredients for a Margarita
KP Skips

One hour to live – who would you spend it with, and why?
My wife and kids because I like them.

Five Perfect Songs:
The Slits – Typical Girls
This Heat – Health And Efficiency
Alien Sex Fiend – Ignore The Machine
Fat White Family – Cream Of The Young
The Pop Group – She Is Beyond Good And Evil

One song of yours that you’d most like to be played in 50 years time:
Any really but I’ll pick We Could be Blood from the new album.

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Remember to check the side bar for details of all our other five to one interviews with Blitzen Trapper, John Murry, Simone Felice and many more.

New From DZ Deathrays

New From DZ Deathrays

After releasing their excellent debut LP of ferocious, thrash party anthems Bloodstreams last year, Australia’s DZ Deathrays have literally spent the last eighteen months touring the world.

Now the duo have offered up the first taste of their forthcoming sophomore LP (scheduled for the first half of 2014) in the form of a crushing new single entitled Northern Lights.

New Young Knives Track

New Young Knives Track

We have had a taste already from the Young Knives forthcoming album Sick Octave, which sees a release on November 4th following a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Here is another, and Something Awful would seem to confirm that the three piece have gleefully taken a sharp left to deliver something darker and more industrial than anything they have done before.

The band say of the song, “Something Awful is a mix of all different musical styles that we like. It’s got bits from Silver Apples, Bowie, Major Lazer, Led Zeppelin all mixed together. My grandpa’s Alzheimer’s inspired the lyrics, but I used that real experience to inform something more vaguely about metamorphosis. It’s also about changing into some kind of super killer monster.”

Have a listen.

Pop. 1280 – Imps Of Perversion

Pop. 1280 - Imps Of Perversion

Pop. 1280 memorably delivered a debut album, The Horror, that was so brutal in parts it managed to be almost physically painful to listen to.

At the same time it had enough within its hardest of hardcore sensibilities to keep the visceral savagery tautly contained, imprisoned in a way that was mighty tense, but which also rewarded the listener with some mighty fine tunes to, well to smash things too.

So now we have Imps of Perversion and if it were possible the band have notched up the tension another couple of levels, whilst retaining a focus that is as unsettling and as uncompromising as ever: check the unambiguous “You’re all lubed up, for a night of pain” from The Dawn Of Man or simply the song titles, The Control Freak, Nailhouse, Coma Baby, Human Probe

Thankfully these nightmarish visions of a dystopian future where domination, paranoia and degradation are the norm, where tongues crawl under doors, and where gruesomely surreal horror is simply de rigeur, are set to sonic soundscapes of snarling, sneering power. Wiry guitar lines needle and jar and percussion thunders, but the sacrifice never includes the song itself – there are tunes here too, and a production that is crisper and sharper than before.

The end result is an album that is as thrilling as it is unrelenting, and as absorbing as it is unshakeable.

Order the album from Sacred Bones here.