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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New Video: Hyena – Mental Home

There is something undeniably great about a new band playing their guitars really, really fast and really, really loud.

This is exactly what you get on Hyena’s debut single Mental Home, three minutes of pure, pissed-off aggression and adrenalin – it will see a release on the legendary Stiff Records label on 9th March.

Watch the new video for it below.

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Debut EP From Daddy Issues

Debut EP From Daddy Issues

Surf influenced garage rock four-piece Daddy Issues (but not the same Daddy Issues we posted about late last year!) have just released their debut EP Double Loser.

Confused? Don’t be!

The EP opens with Sex On The Beach with its fabulous harmonies and thumping percussion, and then swerves into a risqué love song of sorts with the infectious and irrepressible So Hard (love the fact they’ve added the tag “boner” to the soundcloud stream). Let’s Go To The Mall wraps a moody, fuck you tantrum in a contradictory tangle of twangy guitars and sweetly sung choruses, before finally finishing up with the slow, honeyed pop swirl of Lethal Dose.

In eleven short minutes Daddy Issues will charm your socks off, and then gleefully run off with them.

Order the limited edition cassette from Bandcamp here.

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MM Shorts 667: 1955

1955’s new EP is called The French Had A Name For It and was released earlier this month. A copy just arrived at MM Towers…

It’s raw rock and roll without any processed shellacking – lean, tight songs with a stripped back garage rock feel and with a lovely, simplistic clarity to them.

Lead single is Upside Down. Watch the video for it and download it below.

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Physical Graffiti Redrawn

physica graffiti redrawn

Mojo magazine have put together an excellent cover album of Led Zeppelin’s seminal Physical Graffiti. It will be available as the free cover CD on the April edition in the UK, and it will also be released on a limited edition double vinyl format of 5,000.

Fifteen artists including Laura Marling, Syd Arthur, Sun Kil Moon, Duke Garwood, and Michael Kiwanuka have delivered their own interpretation of classic album tracks.

For now, stream White Denim’s version of opening track Custard Pie and Hiss Golden Messenger’s unique take on Black Country Woman below.

Mojo magazine details and record ordering details can be found here.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Here, a little later than usual, is our collection of the tunes that, by rights, you should have already heard this week. They include the return of Sufjan Stevens and Crocodiles and new songs from together PANGEA and Eula.

Enjoy.

1. Waxahatchee – Under A Rock
2. Sufjan Stevens – No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross
3. Crocodiles – Crybaby Demon
4. Jacco Gardner – Find Yourself
5. Eula – Like No Other
6. Together PANGEA – I Looked In Too
7. Bill Fay – War Machine

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Tom Brosseau – Hard Luck Boy

Tom Brosseau - Hard Luck Boy

We’ve already posted a track this week, just a couple of days ago in fact, from Tom Brosseau’s forthcoming long player Perfect Abandon, the sweet folkish ramble of Take Fountain.

However, as soon as we heard Hard Luck Boy, we knew we had to share this too.

It is a tale of casual, yet wholly deliberate abandonment, told in an autobiographical style. Conversational, matter of fact, exact on observed details and minutiae, and ultimately heart breaking.

Left to play ‘fort’ in a rack of sale garments by his mother, he watches the lights eventually go down and the shop close up, and little Tommy realises he has simply been left “four or five” states from home in a city he’s never been to before.

In a way it is reminiscent of classic Arlo Guthrie in style and delivery yet in contrast to his good natured, stoned and rambling tales of being stoned, Hard Luck Boy is equal parts upsetting, puzzling and chilling in its matter-of-factness, and is a mini masterpiece of storytelling.

We are looking forward to the release of Perfect Abandon immensely…

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Video Premiere: Ten Ton Man – Lifesaver

Ten Ton Man - LifesaverWe are pleased to bring you the premiere of Ten Ton Man’s new video for latest single Lifesaver.

Concentrating as they do on the darker side of life with themes of addiction, alcoholism, loneliness and despair the band are a pretty much hand in glove fit for Mad Mackerel, and have featured in posts a few times in the past.

With echoes of the great Johnny Cash at his best, and built around a stripped back live performance, this song is a perfect example of their gritty, tense, and sometimes downright morose Americana, delivering a perfect juxtaposition of catchy melody and ultimately downbeat lyrics. Frontman Paul Livornese says about the song, “Lifesaver is about a player getting played. Leading a woman on for the sheer joy of the hunt and unwittingly falling for her while all along she was just looking for a fling herself. In a lustful rage, if he can’t have her nobody can…

Watch it in all its monochrome glory here. Visit the band’s website here.

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Jackson Scott – Sunshine Redux

We were big fans of Jackson Scott’s 2013 release Melbourne and his sophomore full-length release Sunshine Redux is out in April via Bloodmoss Records.

This track is PRPLMTV, a brilliant excursion into sonically charged psych-pop that submerges hazy vocals beneath a viscerally slow guitar burn. He says, “PRPLMTV is inspired by some kids I used to hang with in college. My generation loves apathy. There’s a secret message in the chorus.

Check it out below.

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