Tyrannosaurus Dead – Local Bullies

Tyrannosaurus Dead - Local Bullies

Flying Ant Day, will be the first full-length from the Brighton five-piece Tyrannosaurus Dead.

The first track to air from it is Local Bullies, a charming indie pop-meets-scuzzy punk hit in the making – distorted guitars break out, followed shortly by beautiful layered vocals, flitting from crazy to calm and back again.

The album is out on Odd Box Records on 3rd November. Order here.

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MM Shorts 604: Abattoir Blues

Brighton’s Abattoir Blues feature on Beech Coma Vol. 2,  a Leeds based label’s compilation of new acts that they describe as “negotiating a sun-bleached and apathetic world with a lazy-day quality and an old-fashioned frustration“.

This track, Blinded, is firmly in the latter camp – a raw, seething explosion of bilious anger, beneath which a melody fights furiously to breathe. Cracking stuff.

Download the full compilation for just £2 from Bandcamp here. Check out a previous track from Abattoir Blues on MM here.

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The Voyeurs – England Sings Rhubarb Rhubarb

The Voyeurs - England Sings

The marvellous Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs are now just The Voyeurs, which seems like an eminently sensible move in the band-name stakes.

Having released the much underrated Clarietta album last year, they return with a new album Rhubarb Rhubarb which will see the light of day in November.

Drawing on classic influences such as The Doors, the Jesus & Mary Chain and adjusting the balance more in favour of dark psychedelics than classic indie punk, the first single is the oddly titled England Sings Rhubarb Rhubarb.

It simmers with repressed melancholy and angst, and is as good as anything they’ve done to date.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Terry Malts – Don’t
2. Grass House – All I Have To Do Is Dream (Everly Brothers cover)
3. We Were Promised Jetpacks – I Keep It Composed
4. Vashti Bunyan – Holy Smoke
5. Ming City Rockers – Get Outta Your Head
6. Real Estate – Paper Dolls (Nerves cover)
7. Blood Sister – Paralysis

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Split 7″ from Cass McCombs And Meat Puppets

Split 7" From Cass McCombs and Meat Puppets

To mark their upcoming tour together, Cass McCombs and Meat Puppets have announced the release of a split 7-inch single.

Comprising of four tracks – two originals by McCombs and two covers from Meat Puppets who take on Cathy’s Clown by the Everly Brothers and Texas Tornados’ (Hey Baby) Que Paso.

Listen to the brilliant funky folk of McCombs’ Night Of The World and the rollicking Meat Puppets version of (Hey Baby) Que Paso below.

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New Video: Pink Mountaintops – Shakedown

Pink Mountaintops’ brilliant Get Back is one of our favourite records of the year and the band have released a new video for album track Shakedown.

It tells the story of a not-so-typical commute through Los Angeles. The video floats through a headphone fueled dreamland full of arcade video games, roller skating, mixed drinks and kiddie pools. It stars Mandy-Lyn Antoniou and features a guest appearance by J. Mascis.

Watch it here.

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MM Shorts 603: Elle Mary & Hawker Reunion

Elle Mary is a noir-ish folksinger from Manchester who has joined forces with fellow folkies Hawker Reunion on a track called Plateau.

It is an intriguing listen, beautiful slow moving Americana that slowly pushes into psych and noise territories. And stunning vocals too.

Stream it below, or download for free from her Bandcamp page here.

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New Album From Mark Lanegan Band

New Album From Mark Lanegan Band

In late October, Phantom Radio will become Mark Lanegan’s ninth solo release. Apparently, much of the record was written using a $6 phone app called Funk Box.

First single is the ominous, yet catchy, Floor Of The Ocean, which mixes shimmering electronics with churning guitars and and bleakly affecting vocals.

Give it a spin.

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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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