MM Shorts 670: Obnox

From a foundation of dirt-level garage punk, Lamont “Bim” Thomas aka Obnox sculpts deep cuts out of blown-out beats, redline guitar damage, and soulful singing, as if your local gospel choir had been raised on a steady diet of The Pagans and Back From the Grave compilations.

Know America, Obnox’s fifth full-length, is already the second of three albums to come out in 2015. Listen to the brilliant Menocause, a stately wonder of slo-mo guitar fuzz and minimal percussion.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

As per usual, here is our weekly round up of the tunes and tracks you need to have heard by now…

1. Simon Joyner – Nostalgia Blues
2. Ryley Walker – Sweet Satisfaction
3. Weed – Stay In The Summer
4. Pale Honey – Youth
5. Death Cab For Cutie – No Room In Frame
6. Calexico – Falling From The Sky
7. Little Wings – By Now
8. Comet Gain – To The City’s Core

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Mega Video Round Up

Time for some more entertainment in the form of musical films. Here are ten of the more entertaining tunes and videos that have landed in our in-box over the past couple of weeks. They come from the likes of Protomartyr, Dogheart, Split Screens,  Mind Brains, Colleen Green, Gaz Coombes, Slaves, …And The Hangnails, Jamie T, and Tom Williams.

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MM Shorts 668: Ulrika Spacek

Originally from Berlin and now based in London, Ulrika Spacek initially formed under the joke that the music would sound like Wooden Shijps trying to cover Television.

In reality, their first track up on Soundcloud, I Don’t Know, is a most promising slab of heaving, pulsating, spaced out psych-rock that  suggests they should be setting their sights a whole lot higher – for the heart of the sun perhaps?

Drop in (or out) to their freakbeat groove below…

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Physical Graffiti Redrawn

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Mojo magazine have put together an excellent cover album of Led Zeppelin’s seminal Physical Graffiti. It will be available as the free cover CD on the April edition in the UK, and it will also be released on a limited edition double vinyl format of 5,000.

Fifteen artists including Laura Marling, Syd Arthur, Sun Kil Moon, Duke Garwood, and Michael Kiwanuka have delivered their own interpretation of classic album tracks.

For now, stream White Denim’s version of opening track Custard Pie and Hiss Golden Messenger’s unique take on Black Country Woman below.

Mojo magazine details and record ordering details can be found here.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Here, a little later than usual, is our collection of the tunes that, by rights, you should have already heard this week. They include the return of Sufjan Stevens and Crocodiles and new songs from together PANGEA and Eula.

Enjoy.

1. Waxahatchee – Under A Rock
2. Sufjan Stevens – No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross
3. Crocodiles – Crybaby Demon
4. Jacco Gardner – Find Yourself
5. Eula – Like No Other
6. Together PANGEA – I Looked In Too
7. Bill Fay – War Machine

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Jackson Scott – Sunshine Redux

We were big fans of Jackson Scott’s 2013 release Melbourne and his sophomore full-length release Sunshine Redux is out in April via Bloodmoss Records.

This track is PRPLMTV, a brilliant excursion into sonically charged psych-pop that submerges hazy vocals beneath a viscerally slow guitar burn. He says, “PRPLMTV is inspired by some kids I used to hang with in college. My generation loves apathy. There’s a secret message in the chorus.

Check it out below.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

That’s right, title says it all. But if you’ve not wrapped your ears round these yet this week, now’s your chance.

1. Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers – Trailways Ramble
2. Wire – Joust & Jostle
3. Marika Hackman – Monday Afternoon
4. Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate
5. Yowler – The Offer
6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
7. Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love – Dispel

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