MM Shorts 621: The Bloodhounds

From East L.A., The Bloodhounds play fresh, edgy R&B tinged blues with a hint of punk swagger and latin groove, but always with maximum emphasis placed on good old fashioned rock’n’roll.

Debut album Let Loose is out in early November via Alive Naturalsound Records, and until then you can check out the first track from the album, the somewhat self explanatory Try A Little Reefer.

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The Shivas – Manson Girls

The Shivas - Manson GirlsPortland’s The Shivas have announced the release of their fourth LP, You Know What To Do, out October 28th on Olympia-based label K and on cassette via Burger Records.

Having drawn comparisons to bands like Thee Oh Sees and Black Lips, The Shivas blend elements of surf-pop, garage-rock, and good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, dousing their hook-filled melodies with a healthy dose of reverb. There are fuzzy, frenetic jams and hazy slower tunes, and the sub-90 second crackle of Manson Girls is one of the former.

Have a listen.

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Introducing >>> The Falling Birds

Introducing >>> The Falling Birds

We’re throughly enjoying this EP from NYC’s Falling Birds, whose fuzzed up garage rock recalls the The Black Lips, but with a dash of Bright Eyes’ folky storytelling sensibilities and a smattering of classic rock’n’roll thrown in for good measure.

The five track EP is called Native America and can be grabbed from Bandcamp here on a name-your-price offer. We suggest you head there right away, but if you need more convincing check out EP opener Darling, and Dead Man Walking below.

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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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Chain & The Gang – Devitalize

Chain & The Gang - Devitalize

Devitalize is the first single to come from Chain & The Gang’s new long player Minimum Rock N Roll, which sees a release via Fortuna POP! on the 14th April.

It is an appropriate album title, as the band gleefully appropriate rock n roll, blues, gospel, and those classic vocal quartets from the late 50s /early 60s and turn it into something minimal and ferocious.

The single is a scuzzy call to arms. A rejection of the vapid commercialisation of just about everything and a diatribe against the stupefied torpor of the self-satisfied consumer.

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Videos of the Day: The Coathangers || Reverend Horton Heat || The Sea The Sea || Such Hounds || Rare Monk

Videos of the Day

Spoiling you with five excellent videos this morning. I don’t know where you are, but we’ve got yet another day of dank, dreary, drizzly rain and I need something to brighten up my Friday.

So, contrast and compare scrappy indie jangle from Such Hounds, gentle intricate harmonies from The Sea The Sea, tough, catchy garage from The Coathangers, fevered, intense pop from Rare Monks, and the classic country-punk rock’n’roll of Reverend Horton Heat.

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Videos of the Day: Radical Face || Drowners || Mona & Maria || Reverend Horton Heat || Twin Rivers

Videos of the Day

We’re catching up with a backlog of excellent videos to accompany excellent songs. Today watch Radical Face, Drowners, Mona & Maria’s pretty and epic pastoral ode to 60s/70s psych, Reverend Horton Heat’s octane-fueled pyschobilly with a little help from burlesque star Michelle L’Amour, and finally Twin Rivers story of a praying mantis living in the perils of a modern world. The praying mantis in the film is called Florence.

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