American Songwriter’s latest free Muse sampler is a gem featuring twelve tracks that includes such MM faves as Phosphorescent, Caitlin Rose, Water Liars, Cheyenne Marie Mize and Futurebirds alongside some Americana heavyweights like Son Volt and Will Johnson and the new-wave inspired indie rock of the Features.
Just head over to their Bandcamp page here and download it all for nothing.
Q: I need to screw up my Friday. Have you got any backwoods psychedelic doom rock?
Buy the split single with Cough via Bandcamp.
Videos today from the wonderful Parson Red Heads and their studio film for new track Times, and also a brand new video from the Lumineers for Stubborn Love. Lastly we have Barry Brusseau’s new video for Til The Wind Blows Everything from his wonderful album The Royal Violent Birds.
Portland, Oregon’s Typhoon are certainly rapidly becoming one of the most talked about new bands on the web and elsewhere. They have released a new song, Dreams of Cannibalism, from their upcoming album White Lighter, for free download.
We wondered what all the fuss was about – now we know. Orchestral, vibrant, energetic, emotional, flamboyant, melodic – describe it how you like, but the hype is more than justified for once!
San Francisco natives, and MM faves, The Dodos have announced the release of their new LP, Carrier, out worldwide on August 27 via Polyvinyl Records.
Listen to the first single, the excellent Confidence below. Pre-order the album here.
We recently posted a couple of tracks from the new Baptist Generals album, Jackleg Devotional To The Heart (out next week via Sub Pop), and they have continued to grow on us exponentially, so it seemed only reasonable to offer up a stream of the whole album now.
A brilliant blend of left-field Americana, twisted, drunken folk and a whole lot more. You can order it here.
Drawing on the ramshackle melodies of the Lemonheads, the lo-fi drawl of Pavement and some of the self-deprecating humour of Art Brut, throw in some Velvet’s chug and Stooges sonics and you have a reasonable approximation of Scott & Charlene’s Wedding.
We’ve known about the band for a while, but it has been since the relocation to New York from Melbourne and the reissue of the sublime Gammy Leg from the outstanding Two Weeks EP that they have really caught our attention.
Next up will be their first new recordings for more than two years with the release of a new single, Fakin’ NYC, which in turn is taken from forthcoming new long player Any Port In A Storm (out July 22nd via Fire Records). The single is a typically ragged anthem of wry observation as frontman Craig Dermody reflects on adjusting to life in a new city, job-hunting, and feeling totally out of place as a security guard for a trendy wine bar. Sex in the City it ain’t.
Download it here, and check their first ever UK tour dates below.
And in case you missed it…
Those tour dates:
June 29 – Glastonbury @ Glastonbury Festival
June 30 – London @ The Garage
July 1 – Brighton @ The Haunt
July 2 – London @ Green Door Store
July 4 – Cardiff @ Undertone Bar
July 5 – Southsea @ Registry
July 6 – London @ The Victoria
July 13 – London @ East End Festival
August 7 – Liverpool @ Shipping Forecast
August 8 – Newcastle @ Heart Attack & Vine
August 10 – York @ Rook & Gaskill
August 12 – Hull @ Adelphi
August 13 – Leeds @ Wharf Chambers
August 14 – Colchester @ Arts Center
August 15 – Derby @ Hungry Dog
August 16 – London @ Yes Way Festival
Watch the tripped out video for Secret Colours excellent track Blackhole and the unsettling and spooky video for Arrows of Love delicate yet blood-splattered murder ballad The Knife. We have more kaleidoscopic effects on Temples video for forthcoming single Colours To Life, and finally (via a heads-up from Slowcoustic) comes Bird Of Song from a Show Me Shows session by the wonderful Water Liars that was way too good not to re-post.
Having first been been fascinated by the seven minute melancholic churn and burn of Blank Realm’s Cleaning Up My Mess, then charmed by the scuzzy guitars and 90s slacker indie of second track (and album title) Go Easy, we have now been left grinning like maniacs after listening to the utterly seductive, completely irresistible, and totally infectious Working On Love.
It pairs an increasingly frantic and frazzled chorus with an inspired rock’n'roll stomp that has been dragged from a 1950s diner, turned upside down and shaken until all its secrets have fallen out its pockets. Unstable, slightly bonkers even, but so very, very good!
Download it below and order yourself one of the albums of the year so far from Fire Records here.
Videos today follow a bit of a natural history theme. We have a mesmerising film for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito and feathers fly in Oracle O.’s video for excellent single Rosy Princess. We have Youth Blood, the exuberant indie single from As Elephants Are, and finally we have the sepia toned film for The Callen Sisters Light Bringer, an excursion into baroque pop and traditional folk.