MM Shorts 624: Magic Castles

Magic Castles’ new album Sky Sounds, was released yesterday through A Recordings Ltd, Anton Newcombe’s UK-based imprint. The Minneapolis 5-piece combine the hazy, hypnotic atmospherics of bands like Spacemen 3 and Galaxie 500 with the organ-drenched psych sound of the mid/late ’60s outfits – particularly American West Coast folk-rock -for an altogether otherworldly sound.

Have a listen to the laid back, reverb laden, title track.

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MM Shorts 623: Saint Agnes

A short while ago we posted the new single from cinematic psych outfit Saint Agnes, titled A Beautiful Day For Murder. Now we have the b-side Where The Lightning Strikes - a blues stomping, dirty rock n roll number with psychedelic organs, screaming guitars and haunting harmonica.

And we have the video for you, with a stream of both the a and the b-side for you.

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MM Recommends…Christian Bland & The Revelators

MM Recommends... Christian Bland & The Revelators

Christian Bland & The Revelators are led by the guitarist for longstanding MM faves, US psych-warriors The Black Angels.

New album The Unseen Green Obscene is a masterpiece of rolling, hypnotic, guitars that throughout manage to create a lovingly authentic homage to the classic kaleidoscopic psychedelia of the 60s.

Check out CB160 below, and order the record here.

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Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea

Frankly we’re still trying to understand the whole Parquet Courts / Parkay Quarts thing, where the overlaps are and what the significance of the two names are…

However, that aside, Content Nausea will be a new release from the latter: recorded, mixed and mastered in two weeks on a 4-track tape machine. Apparently the band wanted something that listeners could “live with over the winter.” At 35 minutes, the record lies somewhere between an EP and an LP, and finds the band exploring sounds that were previously only hinted at; Townes Van Zandt, Warren Zevon, and Dylan are evident points of departure on Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth, a lonesome tale about “two men tragically colliding in the deep south“.

The 13th Floor Elevators get a hat tip via NYC reinterpretation of Slide Machine, and there’s even an unexpected, gender-bending cover of Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walking.

Who cares about the names when it sounds this good…

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New Videos: Lola Colt || The Franklys || September Girls || Meat Wave

Four videos to set pulses racing from Lola Colt, The Franklys, September Girls and finishing with Meat Wave’s insanely catchy punk rock.

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(Download the whole album on a pay-what-you-want deal from Bandcamp).

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