White Lung – Snake Jaw

White Lung - Snake Jaw

Uncompromising and confrontational punk rockers White Lung have offered up Snake Jaw, the b-side to forthcoming 7″ single Drown With The Monster. It will also appear on their forthcoming third album Deep Fantasy (which you can pre-order here from Domino Records).

It is a typically provocative offering, as hard hitting and as hardcore as ever, but with a nod to a more melodic approach that we are very much looking forward to seeing and hearing live at the Great Escape next month.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Bones Of J.R. Jones

Mad Mackerel Recommends... The Bones Of JR Jones

 

Based in Brooklyn, The Bones of J.R. Jones (aka Jonathon Linaberry) has made a musical descent from the hardcore punk scene to roots and blues after being gifted a collection of albums entitled American Roots Music by his father. He dove in head first, never looked back and developed a deep seeded love for classic folk and blues, by early torch bearers like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lightin’ Hopkins.

Forthcoming album Dark Was The Yearling is out on the 20th May, and our advance copy has been getting some serious repeat plays here at MM. It is an album that stomps, hollers, kicks and gleefully embraces the hellfire and brimstone damnation of classic garage-blues. Have a listen to the first single, the excellent Good Friend Of Mine.

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Video: Baby Baby – You Can’t Spell Conch Without The Ch

Channeling the Beastie Boyʼs silly irreverence and party-rockinʼ spirit, Atlanta’s Baby Baby blend pop punk songwriting with a hip-hop swagger. Watch their new Lord of the Flies-esque video for You Can’t Spell Conch Without The Ch. Download it below too.

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Video: Wytches – Robe For Juda

The Wytches have shared their new video for Robe For Juda.

The trio had a £200 budget for the video, so they rented the local town hall in their Peterborough hometown and shot it on a VHS camera with their mates. The results - a kind of middle-school-talent-show-meets-Clockwork-Orange tone somehow works for their raucous and unruly sound, decorated with vivid wordplay and Egyptian-esque harmonic-minor scales.

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FIM – Love Die

MM Shorts 451: FIM

We’re previously featured LA-based experimental indie-pop quartet FIM when we posted a couple of tracks from their excellent seven track EP Alien Beach Party.

So here is another, and while the tracks we previously posted were noisy, manic, and infectious recalling the early freakouts of Butthole Surfers, Ween and Frank ZappaLove Die signals a shift to the more chill, indie pop side of FIM. The track has a pulsing Casio beat and then enters a lounge vibe, like the calm after the storm, or the party after the apocalypse. This is like the downer after the acid shifts gears, and the night takes on a slower vibe.

Have a listen…

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Limited Fanfare Records 2014 Spring​/​Summer Sampler

Limited Fanfare Records Free Spring/Summer Sampler

Limited Fanfare’s Spring/Summer Sampler is available on a pay-what-you-want basis from Bandcamp.

It features ten tracks from such MM faves as Lil Daggers, Gringo Starr, Criminal Hygiene and Denney & The Jets. Check a couple of our favourites below or just head here to get the whole thing.

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Introducing >>> STRNGRS

Introducing >>> STRNGRS

To date rock’n’rolling NY three-piece STRNGRS have released two EPs of originals, a couple covers, and a video of a stripped down live performance from CMJ. They describe themselves as “kinda garage-pop with a blues soul element…

A mess around on their Soundcloud page reveals they’ve been selling themselves a bit short…there are clearly influences ranging from the Stooges and MC5 through to the Black Keys and White Stripes and their output sounds like a whole lot of rollicking good times in a muscular, raw, musical package.

See what you think…

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It’s An Easter Round Up

Easter Round Up

We are kicking off Easter with a massive Round-Up of lots of new music and bands that have been sat in our in-box patiently waiting to be heard. Some of these have been released already, some are about to be, but either way we have fifteen artists that are all well worth checking out.

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Let us begin with Josh Matthews whose work has been compared to Leonard Cohen as well as outcasts such as The Fugs and Captain Beefheart. His enigmatic album Co-Patriot drops April 19th, and this is A Good Life from it.

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Silver Arm’s latest release He of the Slow Creep EP is four tracks of riotous psych-punk. Try on the title track and Gunboat for size…

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We have another fuzzy little stomper of garage-pop from Dead Professional. Listen to I’m Not The One.

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Comrade Question’s second LP, Pepe Polo, is the first release on Superdreamer Records. It’s a psych/garage/pop gem with guy-girl vocals and genius simplicity. Opening track is the sweetly named Bastard.

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Ciara O’Neill is a singer songwriter from Northern Ireland and Dead, Black has a lovely folk noir feel, plaintive and fragile with haunting female vocals.

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Daisy Victoria’s influences are Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth, Gang of Four, P J Harvey et al, and her debut single Heart Full Of Beef is a surrealist exploration of the creative process. It hosts a cast of characters who include a maternal vegetable, a lap-dancer with divine clientele, and a militant typewriter.

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Dizzy Bats use power chords over heavily-picked basslines as a vehicle for fun, energetic, power pop. Check out/download Girls.

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Meet the Betrayers, Edmonton’s new fuzzy psych/garage band. The five-piece recently released their debut album Let the Good Times Die and we have a couple of tracks from it, Spinnin’ Wheel and Cherry Beach here.

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Honeyfeet are a group of loosely affiliated scruff-bags mixing old folk forms, blues grooves and jazz chords to create a unique sound of their own. Latest single is Buried My Husband.

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Ciro Madd has penned a baroque pop tune for the first issue of Pug Records singles series. You and Me is a charming symphony of keyboards and vocals wrapped up in George Harrison-style riffs, recommended for fans of the Beach Boys and The Zombies.

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Cousin Marnie’s debut EP Is Sleeping, re-imagined four Carter Family tracks from the 1930s. The EP is a ticking collection of throbbing beats, synth drones and wistful country sentiment. Check out Cain which showcases her unique combination of country, hip hop and left-field pop.

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The River Monks are a Des Moines folk pop sextet with an organic interplay of instruments, rich lyrical imagery, and layered vocal harmonies that build on the foundation laid by artists like Sufjan Stevens and Good Old War. Beasts is the first single from new long-player Home Is The House.

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Former Backyard Tire Fire member Edward David Anderson will release his debut solo album Lies & Wishes on April 29 through The Royal Potato Family. It is a collection of ten songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots.

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Combining Brit-punk grit with a distinctive pop jangle, Cambridge five-piece 28 Boulevard recently released five-track EP, Sunclouds. The emerging young group expand on the raw, adolescent feel of their debut single, pushing their innovative spin on guitar pop to a spine-rattling, head-splitting climax. This is Electric Feet.

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Lastly, our favourite 50s throwback and rockabilly rebel Dan Sartain has a new album out at the end of this month called Dudesblood. We have no less than three tracks for you to dip into including the paranormal country and western of Marfa Lights, the anarcho-punk of Smash The Tesco and the late-night croon of Rawhide Moon.

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