Alex Calder – Lola

Lola is the latest track to be shared from Alex Calder’s upcoming debut album Strange Dreams (out via Captured Tracks on the 20th January).

Artfully pitched somewhere between indie jangle and drowsy, hazy psych-pop, Lola offers a dark enchantment all of its own, like reaching for the stars whilst wading through the silt at the bottom of a pond.

Watch/stream it here.

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Joyce Manor & Toys That Kill Split EP

Joyce Manor and Toys That Kill will be embarking on a West Coast tour together and have an upcoming split EP to promote at the same time.

Here are a couple of tracks from it, Joyce Manor deliver up their trademark power punk whilst Toys That Kill head down more of a bubblegum punk route that is as sweet as it is spiky.

The EP is out on the 9th December.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Dear friends, here is our weekly selection of fine new tunes you really should have already heard by now…

…but if not!

1. Steve Earle & The Dukes – You’re The Best Lover I Ever Had
2. Colleen Green – Pay Attention
3. A Place To Bury Strangers – Straight
4. Elvis Perkins – Hogus Pogus
5. Marissa Nadler – Pitseleh (Elliott Smith cover)
6. Mourn – Otitis
7. Sonny & The Sunsets – Cheap Extensions
8. Wilco – Blasting Fonda

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MM Shorts 634: American Wrestlers

American Wrestlers is a new signing to the excellent Fat Possum label, and his debut single is titled I Can Do No Wrong.

Born near Glasgow and now residing in Missouri he sits in a world similar to Kurt Vile and Granddaddy, and has that classic American lo-fi indie sound.

The single is a gorgeous slice of jaunty psych-pop and we recommend wrapping your ears around it immediately.

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Video Round Up

A plethora of excellent videos have hit our in-box recently and here is a small selection which are well worth hitting play on – from stoned out psychedelia to bleak nihilistic punk rock by way of traditional British folk, classic Americana and infectious indie rock.

So dive into musical films from Side Saddle, The Wands, Caddywhompus, WATERS, The Unthanks and Bad Breeding.

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Burning Palms – Thorns

With aesthetic roots in American gothic literature, post punk, and 60s garage Tucson’s Burning Palms cites influences ranging from Nick Cave to Bauhaus to Patti Smith and even more contemporary punk stalwarts in the late Jay Reatard.

Confidently tiptoeing on the threshold of punchy psych-rock and seductive whimsy, they create music shot through with an expansive moody melancholia.

Check out/download Thorns below and order their self-titled debut via Lolipop Records here.

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