Having already shared the campfire Americana of Big Sycamore today, we now have New York’s “Earth folk/rock” 5J Barrow for your listening pleasure. A band who has taken their hometown by storm and who is gearing up to release their first LP, From the Dim, Sweet Light on 24th June.
Influenced by the band members’ individual and diverse backgrounds and relationships with the city and nature, 5J Barrow creates a sound reminiscent of The Civil Wars, Of Monsters and Men, The Avett Brothers, and Ani DiFranco. The ensemble also brings a theatricality born from the core members time in theater – lead vocalist Eryn Murman spent over a year on Broadway in Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening, playing every female character, including the leads, and guitarist Jason Hite starred in Bare, off-broadway.
Grab yourself Talking My Soul from the album.
In the style of the Avett Brothers or the Tallest Man On Earth, Big Sycamore’s self-titled four track EP is a lovely collection of folky Americana that sounds as though it were made to be song on the back-porch.
Listen/download Fall Asleep and our favourite from the EP, Green Fire below.
In my sights I found the oldest in the pack
Hot hell fire bursting from my gun
The old wolf limped away into the rocks
Oh my God what have I done.
The Wytches have shared their new video for Robe For Juda.
The trio had a £200 budget for the video, so they rented the local town hall in their Peterborough hometown and shot it on a VHS camera with their mates. The results - a kind of middle-school-talent-show-meets-Clockwork-Orange tone somehow works for their raucous and unruly sound, decorated with vivid wordplay and Egyptian-esque harmonic-minor scales.
New Orleans band Yelephants recently released a new four track EP called You Look Divorced.
It’s a most enjoyable blend of fuzzy, garage inspired punk-pop and can be grabbed as a free download from Bandcamp here.
Atlanta’s Black Lips were joined by none other than Boy George on Friday to perform a cover of T.Rex’s classic single Bang A Gong (Get it On). Both artists were performing their own individual sessions at WXPN’s Free At Noon concert and joined forces for a one-off performance.
Never thought we’d be posting about Boy George on MM….
We’re previously featured LA-based experimental indie-pop quartet FIM when we posted a couple of tracks from their excellent seven track EP Alien Beach Party.
So here is another, and while the tracks we previously posted were noisy, manic, and infectious recalling the early freakouts of Butthole Surfers, Ween and Frank Zappa, Love Die signals a shift to the more chill, indie pop side of FIM. The track has a pulsing Casio beat and then enters a lounge vibe, like the calm after the storm, or the party after the apocalypse. This is like the downer after the acid shifts gears, and the night takes on a slower vibe.
Have a listen…
Courtney Barnett has unveiled a new video for Anonymous Club ahead of her UK tour kicking off in May.
1 – Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool
3 – Live at Leeds, Leeds
6 – Cluny 2, Newcastle
7 – The Horn, St Albans
8 – The Great Escape, Brighton
12 – Portland Arms, Cambridge
13 – Waterfront Studio, Norwich
14 – The Duchess, York
15 – The Adelphi, Hull
17 – The Harley, Sheffield
18 – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
19 – Musician, Leicester
20 – Joiners, Southampton
23 – Dot To Dot, Manchester
24 – Dot To Dot, Bristol
25 – Dot To Dot, Nottingham
29 – Islington Academy Hall, London
On the 5th May, A new five track EP by Shunkan (aka New Zealand based Marina Sakimoto) titled Honey, Milk and Blood, will be released on cassette, limited to 50 and housed in fold out card artwork via Art Is Hard (pre-order here).
It is scuzzy, lo-fi pop that has elements of everything from Tune-yards to Karen O by way of the Coathangers.
Listen/Download EP closing track the driving, fuzzed-out Wash You Away.
Limited Fanfare’s Spring/Summer Sampler is available on a pay-what-you-want basis from Bandcamp.
It features ten tracks from such MM faves as Lil Daggers, Gringo Starr, Criminal Hygiene and Denney & The Jets. Check a couple of our favourites below or just head here to get the whole thing.
To date rock’n’rolling NY three-piece STRNGRS have released two EPs of originals, a couple covers, and a video of a stripped down live performance from CMJ. They describe themselves as “kinda garage-pop with a blues soul element…“
A mess around on their Soundcloud page reveals they’ve been selling themselves a bit short…there are clearly influences ranging from the Stooges and MC5 through to the Black Keys and White Stripes and their output sounds like a whole lot of rollicking good times in a muscular, raw, musical package.
See what you think…