MM Shorts 922: Saint Pé

Posted: February 20, 2017 in Alternative, Garage, Music, Rock
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Fixed Focus is the debut album from Saint Pé (Ian Saint Pé, longtime Black Lips and Diamond Rugs guitarist).

After moving to Nashville, he settled down in a log cabin formerly owned by country legend Roy Acuff, which is where the record was born. it maintains all the hooks and pop sensibilities of his previous acts, while refining them with a bit of Nashville class and a hint of the darkness that ten long years on the road imbues upon the soul.

The first track is singalong stomper Kiss It Goodbye. Have a listen.

 

South London’s Phobophobes share the same DIY aesthetic and healthy cynicism for the commercial world as contemporaries like Fat White Family, Meatraffle, and Goat Girl.

And never more so on latest single The Never Never, an ode to the precarious survivalism of society’s most disenfranchised. Swirling through repetitive slogans, rubbishing the adverts that promise a life we can’t really afford as pastiche, and asking earnestly, “what separates those treading water to survive from the religious idols who struggled so similarly?

It is a cracking track. Listen below. Pre-order the vinyl here.

 

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We first featured the grunge influenced post-punk noise of The Karma Repair Kit back in December 2015.

New single BITE carries on the good work – raucous, intense and dissonant with nods to the likes of Mudhoney, Slint and Savages, the Bristol four piece are marking themselves out as ones to watch.

Stream it below. Buy from Bandcamp here.

 

Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album NOMAD released via Squiggly Records on 12th May.

It has subtle undertones of old country music flittering throughout, and suggestions of rock and pop, but it is primarily a record that pairs the intimacy of acoustic guitar and voice to expansive electric guitar, slide guitar, banjo and string arrangements.

NOMAD will be preceded by a double A-side single; Nomad Blood which invites the listener to make a fire outside and lie back, looking up at the stars around and embrace the environment in which we live, backed with Little Arrow, a song about loss and guidance.

Listen to both below – a perfect start for a Sunday morning.

 

 

ShitKid – Sugartown

Posted: February 18, 2017 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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With a distinctly lo-fi sound and DIY aesthetic that starkly contrasts with the regular image of Scandinavian music, Sweden’s ShitKid, aka 24-year-old Stockholm based Åsa Söderqvist, returns with a new release EP 2, and a new single Sugar Town.

Probably the best thing she’s done to date with its garage pop swagger and catchy refrain, you can listen to the single below, and pre-order the EP here.

 

best of the weekAfter last week’s bonanza of new tunes, we’re back with eleven more tracks gathered up from the past seven days. No reduction in quality either with another (and the best yet) taste from Laura Marling’s new record Semper Femina, a brand new instrumental track from pastoral psych rockers Allah Las and another ominous slice of brooding Americana from Timber Timbre.

We also have new singles from Hater, Luxury Death and WATERS, a Talking Heads cover from Japandroids and another entry from the Our First 100 Days Project – this time it is DRINKS and a hazy, 60’s inspired tune. We have another song from Adam Torres’ upcoming EP and an unbearably sad Mount Eerie track. Finally that rarest of sightings on MM, a remix of sorts with Parquet Courts’ Captive of the Sun brilliantly reworked in tandem with rapper Bun B.

Enjoy y’all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Song By Toad Records have shared details of Volume 6 in their series of split 12″ releases, and this is a cracker, featuring no lesser lights than Willard Grant Conspiracy and Micah P. Hinson from over the water and Scotland’s own Tissø Lake and Kitchen Cynics.

It is a fabulous 12 track collection and will be released on the 6th March on limited edition clear orange vinyl. Pre-order here.

Listen to The Only Child by Willard Grant Conspiracy and Spaceman by Micah P. Hinson below.

 

 

Sun Abduction surfaced in 2015 in Brooklyn with the release of their autonomous self titled EP. Heavily involved in the NYC underground psychedelic scene, the band are back with two new singles Acid Pyramid / Pale Rider ahead of a nine date US tour and to introduce their debut LP.

Watch / stream the excellent Acid Pyramid below.

 

 

MM Shorts 920: Moor Hound

Posted: February 15, 2017 in Americana, Folk, Music
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Moor Hound is a folk project from Bloomington, Indiana’s Steve Marino. He writes haunting and beautiful acoustic songs fit for summer nights and rainy days.

New EP Green is an intimate six song album – the tracks shine with the nostalgia, melancholy, and earnestness of living your 20s in a dusty Midwest college town.

Listen to I Went South from the EP.

 

BAIT’s brilliant debut track I’m Still Here was so good it made it into our end of year best of lists.

Now, with an insistent hybrid of wonky electronics and angular post-punk (that tips the hat to Killing Joke, Death in Vegas, and The Fall), we get to hear Push The Elephant, the debut single proper from the anonymous audio/visual artist.

Great stuff – stream it here.