Video: Föllakzoid – Electric

Föllakzoid’s pulsating psych-grooves are heavily informed by the heritage of the ancient music of South America’s Andes Mountains, techno and trance.

This eye-opening, freaked out video that was shot during an occultist happening in The Municipal Theatre of Santiago is for their epic twelve minute track Electric, which comes from new album III, out this coming week via Sacred Bones.

Order via Amazon.com here or in the UK order here.

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TOY Cover Robert Wyatt

This week there was a powerful and thought-provoking piece on the Guardian Music blog about accessibility to music for people with hearing impairments. Written by Lee Walker it is well worth reading, and goes on to mention TOY’s captioned and subtitled gig (the first time this has happened) at the Islington Assembly Hall which took place on the 24th March.

Robert Wyatt is is the patron of Attitude Is Everything, a charity dedicated to improving venue accessibility for deaf and disabled music fans and this is TOY’s excellent cover of their favourite Wyatt track Free Will And Testament.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It is the weekend and time for our regular round up of the songs from the past week that are well worth some listening time…

1. Torres – Sprinter
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City
3. Nai Harvest – All The Time
4. Uniform – Perfect World
5. Shadow Age – Silaluk
6. Fight Like Apes – Pretty Keen On Centerfolds
7. Marshmallow Coast – Hash Out Cash Out
8. Elijah Ocean – Drunk Drummer

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New Video: The Tambourines – Another Day

Brazilian-born, London-based duo The Tamborines release their second album Sea of Murmur on 30 March through their own imprint Beat-Mo Records.  Lyrically the record strikes a more emotional chord than its predecessor and serves almost as a snapshot of their relationship coming to an end.

New single Another Day is a perfect combination of sweetly delivered psych-pop that at the same time confronts their relationship on the verge of breakdown and trying to come to terms with its inevitable conclusion.

Watch the video here.

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New Single From Big Harp

Husband and wife indie-popsters Big Harp will release the follow up to 2013’s excellent Chain Letters album later this year.

The first single from it is the recently released, and fuzzily infectious, It’s a Shame, which adds some ‘60s psych and a bit of ‘80s flamboyant pop to their established ingredients, creating a vibrant new sound that is exemplified in this instant bittersweet, power-pop classic.

Groove around the living room to this one…

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New Single From H. Hawkline

H. Hawkline’s previous single, the off-kilter, woozy Spooky Dog has proved mighty popular round these parts, and has established the surrealistic singer-songwriter as a firm MM fave.

His latest single, Everybody’s On The Line is also taken from his recent critically acclaimed album In The Pink Of Condition, and further cements the MM love affair with another gem of oddball psych-pop.

Dive in.

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New Video: False-Heads – Wrap Up

Grungy psych-rockers False-Heads have released the video to their new single Wrap Up (which we previously posted about here).

It is packed with swirled out psychedelics, blossoming flowers and 60s go-go dancers.

It’s quite a sight and the tune’s a crackerjack too.

Watch it here.

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MM Shorts 681: Los Trasgos Muertos

Los Trasgos Muertos are a psych influenced garage rock band from Manchester, who have just put out their first eponymous EP.

Some of the band also play in Hawker Reunion who have featured previously on MM, albeit with a very different sound! This though is crunchy and raw, proper riff-driven rock ‘n’ roll that is guaranteed to put hairs on your chest – whatever your gender…

Listen to Fire In The Sky here.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It’s Saturday, time for our mop up of some of the tunes released this week that are well worth giving a whirl too.

1. Girlpool – Ideal World
2. Houndstooth – Borderlands
3. Death Cab For Cutie – Little Wanderer
4. Aquarian Blood – Savage Mind
5. Sheer Mag – Button Up
6. Wolf Alice – I Saw You (In A Corridor)
7. Teleman – Strange Combinations

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Friday Afternoon Round Up

Friday Round Up

It’s Friday and a trawl through the overloaded MM in-box has been well overdue. So here are a few tunes, new and not quite so new, that are well worth giving some ear-time to0…

And your starter for ten:

Inspired by 70s Punk and 90s Brit Pop, NYC band Public Access T.V. have announced the release of their debut EP in the US on Terrible Records. The first track to be shared the from the EP is Metropolis.

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Citing wildly diverse influences: Gary Glitter, Slade, uppers, cartoonish depression, Iggy Pop, 70s iron on font, Sex Pistols, booze and Hawkwind, Cheena’s unifying theme is defiantly one of late ’70s proto-punk. Did I Tell You Last Night? comes from their forthcoming self-titled 7″ via Sacred Bones.

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Wartime Blues is an indie-Americana octet based in the small, mountainous town of Missoula, Montana. Their sound has been compared to Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen, Wilco and the more acoustic aspects of Yo La Tengo. Build A Sun comes from their third long player April, Texas.

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Human Form is a new London punk band consisting of ex/current members of Vertical Slump, Keel Her, Slowcoaches, Feature, Warmhammer et al. They play a twisted form of doomy punk, informed by the likes of The Wipers, Moss Icon and 80s SST Records, as well as the recent output from the DIY scenes of Olympia and Sydney, but with distinctly British-sounding vocals. Listen to new song, Pith.

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Chick Quest’s music is something akin to Violent Femmes or Talking Heads mixed with music from old 60s spaghetti westerns and pulp films. This is Girl On Fire from their debut record, Vs. Galore, which comes out on April 20th.

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Plum are a Denver based psych rock band aiming to place the psychedelic 60s and early 70s into a modern context. This is their recently released second single Behind Your Man.

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Human Behavior are a dark freak-folk group from Tucson, AZ who have just released the second album in a trilogy encompassing Catholic guilt, drug addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, and ethnic identity confusion. Consisting of 13 songs or chapters, listen to Chapter 2.

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Ancient River, the sonic brainchild of singer/songwriter James Barreto, is an ever-changing snapshot of rock n’ roll and psychedelia, flowing from the swampy roots of the American south to the far reaches of innerspace. Listen to the pulsating, fuzziness of the title track from their their forthcoming album Keeper Of The Dawn.

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The Districts will release their new single Heavy Begs on 27th April, another slab of raw and energetic blues-inspired rock. Woozy guitars are grounded by a driving rhythm and lead singer Rob Grotes’ distinctive distorted vocals.

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Lastly, meet Art Nikels, a freeform blend of electronically fused psych-rock, citing influences ranging from hip-rock to kraut-höp. Hesitation Makes comes from their upcoming debut EP, Primitives.

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