MM Shorts 593: Generationals

Generationals are a duo that have featured a few times on MM, and their infectious brand of breezy, sunshine guitar pop is showcased to excellent effect on new tune Gold Silver Diamond.

It is taken from their upcoming album, Alix, out on the 16th September. Pre-order the album on 180-gram “cloud colored” vinyl (limited to 500), CD, cassette, or digital here.

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MM Shorts 592: Elephants And Castles

The sobering story of professional footballer Justin Fashanu is one that many football fans will know well – the first million pound black footballer, the first openly gay pro footballer in the UK, and a tragic suicide in May 1998, aged only 37.

Released yesterday, Fashanu is the debut single from South London’s elephants and castles, and it is appropriately described as a gem of bruising, indie-pop.

Have a listen.

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Joe Jack Talcum – Home Recordings: 1993-1999

Joe Jack Talcum - Home Recordings: 1993-99

For most people the idea of an intimate evening with Joe Jack Talcum playing songs in their living room sounds terrifying given the reputation of his better-known band The Dead Milkmen, but the appearance in 2011 of Home Recordings: 1984-1990 revealed a sadder, more intimate side to a songwriter better known for his sense of humour.

Now via HHBTM Records, comes the second volume, from one of America’s great unheralded songwriters, pulled from an archive that makes you want to hear more, to wonder what else might be in there. Home Recordings: 1993-1999 contains a cosmos of emotion—from funeral marches to rave-ups, irreverence to lament—sometimes even in the same song. A solo album in every sense of the word, it’s like eavesdropping on a soliloquy.

Check out Madonna’s Weep with it’s tweaked-out 3am surreality that recalls Robyn Hitchock’s I Often Dream of Trains.

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Introducing >>> Ladada

Introducing >>> Ladada

Comets is the first taste from Ladada’s forthcoming debut EP.

It is a blissful slice of languid yet sunny, psych-drenched atmospheric pop that carries at its heart the good natured optimism of classic Motown. Take a ride and float away on the back of its slow-moving melodies.

Download it below.

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MM Shorts 590: Eureka California

Eureka California is a skuzz-pop, indie-rock duo from Athens, Georgia.

Crunch marks their second long player in eighteen months; eleven eminently hummable tracks that recall the Replacements, early Jam and a scrappier Ramones. 

Check out Twin Cities. The album is out now via HHBTM Records.

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Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires – Born In The USA
2. DZ Deathrays – Less Out Of Sync
3. Bat For Lashes – Skin Song
4. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Terrified
5. Speedy Ortiz – Bigger Party

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