Communist Daughter Return

It has been far too long since we last featured Minneapolis’ Communist Daughter on MM and happily we can remedy that today with two new tracks, Hold Back and Roll A Stone.

Hold Back opens new album The Cracks That Built the Wall (out October 21) and overflows with male-female harmonies, airy echoes, and a complex acoustic sound that meets reverberating rock.

Listen / watch below.


Mad Mackerel’s Free Show at Blogtober Festival


Blogtober is assembling a month of free new music every night at The Finsbury, with names such as CLASH, Artrocker, Louder Than War, For Folk’s Sake, Indie Shuffle all hosting evenings amongst others.

We’re delighted to be hosting  too – next Monday 3rd to be exact, when we will have the  triple delights of the acerbic social commentary of Coates, matched with the offbeat melancholy indie of Organised Scum and the raucous guitars and live show of incendiary duo Desert Planes.

Good times guaranteed. Free tickets can be obtained here.





Temples – Certainty

Psych-rock four piece, Temples have announced details of Certainty, the first track to be taken from their forthcoming album, due out early next year on Heavenly Recordings.

Frontman James Bagshaw, describes it as wanting to create “something with almost an eerie, early Disney vibe, something playful and harmonious, but with a dark twist. The verses needed to reveal the thumping motion of the bass and the chorus was approached in an opposite way, layer after layer, thickening the sound.

Give it a spin below.


Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekAnd so as we head north to Mackem country here are 8 songs to keep you company over the weekend. All lovingly culled from the week’s new releases for you and including songs from Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions featuring Kurt Vile, Greys, MV & EE, Honeyblood, Luxury Death and the incomparable Leonard Cohen.


  1. Greys – Fresh Hell
  2. Itasca – No Consequence
  3. Black Honey – Hello Today
  4. Honeyblood – Sea Hearts
  5. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions featuring Kurt Vile – Let Me Get There
  6. Luxury Death – I Feel Your Pain
  7. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  8. MV & EE – Feel Alright










The Regrettes Get Hot…

Writing songs that proudly bear a brazen and unabashed attitude in the vein of acts Courtney Barnett or Karen O – but with a pop aesthetic reminiscent of 50s and 60s acts a la the Temptations or Buddy Holly – LA based four piece The Regrettes create infectious, heart-on-your-sleeve, punk driven tracks.

We’ve previously shared A Living Human Girl and now you can wrap your ears around the follow-up, the fizzing, urgent Hot. 

Oldermost cover Graham Nash

Melding southern rock, gorgeous lap steel, and folk into their own heady and hazy brew of Americana, Oldermost’s cover of Graham Nash’s 1971 classic I Used To Be A King is well worth a listen.

It is the third and final song that Oldermost is releasing this year, following their two excellent previous singles, Honey With Tea and Finally Unsure.

Dive in…



Another From Aathens

We were very taken with the juddering, post-punk leanings of Aathens’ track I Wanna Be A Totem that we recently shared.

Now we have another – the equally good, and equally confrontational, Idiot Thing. Both come from their debut TVEP.

Have a listen.


Introducing >>> Swampmeat

Punk Slime Recordings have announced the official debut album from Birmingham’s wonderfully named Swampmeat.

Gin & Tonic will be released on November 25 and is a collection of countrified rock and roll, that recalls Creedence, The Clash and the man in black, confidently straddling the edge between country, punk and rock and roll.

Lead single Brand New Cadillac (not a cover!) serves as a perfect introduction to the world of Swampmeat for the uninitiated.

Listen below. Top banana.


MM Shorts 877: Jonny Debt

Sexy Cowboy, the alluring single (taken from the debut album Forever released later this year) showcases Jonny Debt’s unique and honest vocal style and his classic poetic approach reminiscent of the 1960s psychedelic era of songwriting.  He  pairs vocal hooks with erotic guitars in a way that has shades of Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison.

Have a listen.

New Wave Pictures Single

Pool Hall is the new single by The Wave Pictures, taken from their forthcoming album Bamboo Diner in the Rain, due out on Moshi Moshi on 11th November.

The new album is a bluesy, boozy love letter to the guitar, filled with American Primitive instrumentals, John Lee Hooker chugs and Link Wray style minor-key surf music.

Listen to the single below and check out tour dates for November and December too.



3 – Manchester (Deaf Institute)
4 – Halifax (Arden Road Social Club0
5 – Sheffield (Plug)
6 – Nottingham (The Maze)
7 – Cambridge (The Portland Arms)
8 – Leeds (Brudenell Social Club)
9 – Hull (The Adelphi)
10 – Edinburgh (Sneaky Pete’s)
12 – Glasgow (CCA)
13 – Newcastle (Cluny 2)
14 – Birmingham (Hare & Hounds)
15 – Chester (Telfords Warehouse)
16 – Bath (Komedia)
17 – Oxford (The Cellar)
20 – Bristol (Start The Bus)
21 – Brighton (Komedia)

1 – London (XOYO)
2 – Ramsgate (Ramsgate Music Hall)