New Single From Wild Smiles

Wild Smiles will release their debut album, Always Tomorrow, on Sunday Best Recordings on 27th October. The fast-rising trio, comprising brothers Chris and Joe Peden with drummer Ben Cook, have also released their new single, Never Wanted This, today.

Taking in elements of Beach Boys surf pop, Velvet Underground drones, Jesus & Mary Chain low-fi garage clatter and Nirvana filth, they manage to concoct a dazzling stew of sound.

Watch the video and stream the single below.

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May McDonough & Company – bullyboywithaglasseye

May McDonough & Company - bullyboywithaglasseye

Neo-psychedelic-sex-punk band May McDonough & Company from Orange, CA, recently released their new full length album Bullyboywithaglasseye. They describe themselves as “kinda like Thee Oh Sees - meets- The Growlers - meets- Jefferson Airplane“. Sounds mighty fine to us.

Take a listen to Wrap Around Porch… they might even have sold themselves a little short!

Buy from Bandcamp here.

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MM Shorts 597: The Highway Hymnal

The Highway Hymnal are a brooding psych rock four-piece from Boston. Their experimental sound has been influenced by artists coming from a variety of genres such as the 60s pop of The Beatles, the 70s garage rock of The Stooges, and the late 80s/early 90s shoegaze of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Spacemen 3.

Listen to the intense noise-rock of Television below.

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Six Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Avi Buffalo – Memories Of You
2. Sam Amidon – Walkin’ Boss
3. Bass Drum Of Death – Left For Dead
4. Weyes Blood – Hang On
5. Spray Paint – Cussin
6. Los Angeles Police Department – She Came Through (Again)

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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 Bands, New Singles, New Stuff – A Round Up (Pt. 2)

New Songs New Bands New StuffFollowing on from yesterday’s round-up of all things new and shiny in the MM inbox, here is a second instalment for your listening edification.

First up are Philadelphia’s cult indie favourites Literature, who have shared New Jacket, another slice of master-crafted indiepop from their upcoming album, Chorus. Larkin Poe’s sister duo Rebecca and Megan Lovell, are descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allen Poe. They celebrate that unique genealogy and their own eccentricities with their debut full-length album, Kin, from which we have the excellent Crown of Fire.

Triptides have a new 7″ single release on offer, A side Clementine is a giddy rush of classic psych-pop jangle, while the new 7″ from The Grand Rapids is heavier, though equally skilfully executed psychedelic rock. Lead track Copper Girl is a tale of obtaining the unobtainable; with hints of The Byrds and The Brian Jonestown Massacre as brawling vocals and 80s post punk dramatics shines amongst the droning wall of guitars, and bright solos burn over the lumbering beats.

Winter In Moscow are a London based four piece indie rock act taking influences from Guided by Voices, Wire, The Wedding Present, and other college/garage rock acts. Their debut EP can be downloaded for free from Bandcamp here, and opening track is the full on driving rocker, The Good Clean Fun Police. Meanwhile, blending shades of blues, soul and roots music, Americana rockers Buffalo Stack have recently released their new single Dangerous.

Spooky Wagons describe themselves as a five piece sunshine-folk-indie-pop band and the good natured, uptempo Seatbelts from debut EP All Again Tomorrow certainly bears out the description and Soft Power, taken from LVL UP’s forthcoming long player Hoodwink’d is a brilliant slice of gritty lo-fi rock drawing on influences from 90s indie rock, 80s new wave and 70s power pop.

LA punks Girl Tears have signed to Captured Tracks’ sister label Sinderlyn. Candy Darling will be their first single for the label. And lastly, we have the brilliant haunting, Southern Gothica of  Adia Victoria’s first-ever single Stuck In The South, an absolute gem.

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New Bands, New Singles, New Stuff – A Round-Up (Pt. 1)

New Songs New Bands New StuffHaving returned from a few sunny days on the coast the in-box has been bulging with new singles, new bands and all manners of new stuff that is well worth sharing.

So dive in and have a listen and we’ll put some more up tomorrow.

San Diego’s Sister Speak’s first single from new album Rise Up For Love is the gritty Americana of Chicago Dream, whilst Wolvves’ offering Home is a stoned surfing-skater-punk classic in waiting.

Philadelphia-based foursome Mumblr are readying their first full-length album, Full of Snakes, due out September 16th via Fleeting Youth Records. The first song from the album is appropriately enough, the pummelling indie rock of Philadelphia. By contrast Helsinki’s Koria Kitten Riot’s Cold Cold Arms bring together pedal steel, country infused guitars and vocal lines to create a charming and alluring sound, that recalls the mellower end of Wilco’s spectrum and even Neil Young.

Passport To Stockholm’s new single Imperfections is a lovely slice of gently pastoral folk-rock, and in a similar vein, but from the other side of the pond, comes Manna Frost Trio’s Show Up Alone, the new single from their upcoming album Overgrowth.

Dead Sexy Sheila who play what they call psychedelic junk rock, take their influences from garage, goth, surf and indie rock and call to mind bands like Thee Oh Sees, Pavement and Gun Club. They are releasing a new single from their upcoming EP, Death Bat Flies Again, simply called Death Bat Flies. The equally exhilerating Menace Beach’s new single is a double A-sided release Tennis Court/Lowtalkin’, you can download the latter, a sub-two minute blast of fuzzed-up noise, below.

Lastly we have the gorgeous pedal steel and 5am woozy, country melancholia of Emma Swift’s Bittersweet which comes from her recently released self-titled debut mini-album (which we are very much looking forward to getting very well acquainted with – buy from Bandcamp here).

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Happyness To Release Anything I Do Is All Right EP

Happyness To Release Anything I Do Is All Right EP

It is fair to say that the Happyness debut album Weird Little Birthday has been one of our discoveries of the year so far, woozy, odd, imaginative and captivating in equal measure.

They have a new EP, Anything I Do Is All Right coming out on the 1st September and you can listen to You Come To Kill Me?! below. Brilliant stuff.

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See them on tour in October:
8 The Rocking Chair, Sheffield
10 The Parish, Huddersfield
11 Twisterella Festival, Middlesbrough
12 The Fulford Arms, York
14 Electrowerkz, London
15 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
16 The Old Bookshop, Bristol
17 The Cookie, Leicester