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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MM Shorts 669: Surf City

New Zealand psychgazers Surf City return with an album of sticky summer jams and fuzzy swirls and out and out dream pop blasts. Harnessing the explorations of 2013’s We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This into more focused packages, the group still delivers reverb-soaked joy at every turn in their endeavours to deliver the perfect jittery motorik pop song,

Check out Hollow Veins and Leave Your Worries here.

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Diamond Rugs Are Back

Diamond Rugs Are Back

Diamond Rugs have released their second record, Cosmetics into the big wide world.

A joyfully rowdy follow-up to their equally rowdy 2012 self-titled debut (which we loved), and which still features the incomparable collaboration of John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pé (ex-Black Lips guitarist), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), T. Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite).

So a supergroup of sorts, but one focused on celebrating the good times with classic blue-collar barroom anthems. This is all about rock ‘n’ roll in its most pure and uncorrupted form – a bunch of good-time buddies getting together to do what they love most, crank the amps and let it rip.

That’s it. Pure and simple. And sometimes what can be better than that?

Take our advice and stream Thunk and Live And Shout It. Just enjoy.

 

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New Album From Moses Luster

New Album From Moses Luster

We just received news of a new album release from Moses Luster and the Hollywood Lights, titled The Hangman’s Door.

Purveyors of very fine, melancholic and sometimes dark, Americana, with this their third release, the band has focused on honing their sound while exploring some new diversions. For sure, the album continues along the path of previous releases of exploring the drudgery of everyday lives of drunks, losers, and broken hearts, but it also explores their country side with Until I’m Saved, and the rolling, road-weary song Sorrow Town.

The Dirt is a sober and haunting exploration of coming to terms with death, while Hangman’s Door finds Moses accepting his fate while facing down bigger troubles. On Sold Out they poke fun at their heroes and the way of the world – the song being written after being floored by witnessing Bob Dylan selling cars during last year’s Super Bowl.

Listen to a selection of tracks below and order from Bandcamp here.

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New Wolf Alice Single

Wolf Alice created swathes of online and offline coverage last year and deservedly earned the much overused phrase “breakthrough“. They will release their debut album My Love Is Cool in June.

In the meantime we have a new single, Giant Peach, that emphasises even further their predilection for a hypnotic motorik groove, whilst singer Ellie Rowsell is at her snapping, snarling best.

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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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New Album From William Elliott Whitmore

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Hot on the heels of details of a new album from The Tallest Man On Earth comes similar news for another MM singer-songwriter fave with the announcement of a new album from William Elliott Whitmore.

Titled Radium Death, it signals somewhat of a departure from his previous sparse and haunting solo recordings. He describes it thus, “I purposefully went into it wanting to make a little bit of a departure, sonically, using an electric guitar a little bit more and adding more instrumentation, more full-band type stuff”.

The expanded new sound can be heard on the urgent hum of the opening track Healing To Do.

The album is out via Anti- on the 31st March – you can pre-order via iTunes here.

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The Last Bison – Dorado EP

The Last Bison are following up last year’s much lauded VA long player with a new EP Dorado. It is full of expansive Americana where the anthemic choruses are blended with more experimental flourishes and some powerful percussion.

The first track from it is This Changes Everything, stream it here.

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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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