best of the weekAs the year draws to a close and the best of lists start to appear, here is our pick from a surprisingly good week of new releases.

We have the first taste from Laura Marling’s new album, Besnard Lakes’ new 12′, and Milo Greene’s new EP as well new tracks from Grandaddy’s, Las Kellies and Syd Arthur’s recent releases and a track from indie rockers Sloppy Heads’ debut long player Useless Smile.

Over to you.

  1. Laura Marling – Soothing
  2. Milo Greene – We Kept The Lights On
  3. Grandaddy – A Lost Machine
  4. Allo Darlin’ – Hymn On The 45
  5. The Besnard Lakes – Laura Lee
  6. Syd Arthur – Monsters
  7. Las Kellies – Sugar Beat
  8. The Sloppy Heads – Suck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our second festive offering comes from Grammy nominated folk troubadours The Lumineers.

A reworking of the Elvis Presley festive classic, the band craft their own sweetly-tinged take on Blue Christmas, one of the holiday’s most endearing anthems.

Listen below.

 

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We’ve not heard much from Timothy Showalter aka Strand of Oaks since 2014’s HEAL.

That’s set to change with the announcement of a new album Hard Love, due in February on Dead Oceans.

The first taste comes in the shape of Radio Kids, a typically fuzzy slab of indie rock that recalls the halcyon 90s in its crunchy guitar riffs and anthemic chorus.

Listen below.

 

MM Shorts 901: Wilderado

Posted: December 2, 2016 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock
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Following this year’s earlier two EP releases, Latigo and Misty Shrub, which both garnered much critical acclaim, LA band Wilderado have shared a new track, Talking About Love To A Cigarette.

It is lovely, unhurried, rolling Americana tinged with just the right amount of pathos and longing.

Stream it below.

 

Christmas Is Coming…Here Are Low

Posted: December 1, 2016 in Music
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It is December, which means (decent) seasonal and festive songs are now fair game!

So, to kick us off we have a new Christmas offering from Low, a band with an unparalleled pedigree when it comes to releasing seasonal aural delights. Their eight-song 1999 EP Christmas is one of best Christmas records ever.

To coincide with the start of their UK & Ireland tour – on which they’re set to play tracks from the above mentioned EP – the Duluth trio present a brand new festive recording. Some Hearts (at Christmas Time) finds Mimi Parker’s lead vocal soaring above Alan Sparhawk’s own artfully processed vocal and plaintive guitar motif.

The song comes with a short message from the band: “To friends who have moved away and friends who have passed on this year. To one and all, especially those who are alone, we wish you a Merry Christmas and new hope for the new year. May we all find ways to lift each other. With love, Mimi, Alan and Steve.

Stream it below. Tour dates too – though most are already sold out!

 

01 December – Norwich – Arts Centre (SOLD OUT)
02 December – Buxton – Opera House
03 December – Brighton – St. Georges (SOLD OUT)
05 December – London – Union Chapel (SOLD OUT)
06 December – London – Union Chapel (SOLD OUT)
07 December – Bristol – St. Georges (SOLD OUT)
08 December – Salford – Eagle Inn* (SOLD OUT)
09 December – Halifax – Minster (SOLD OUT)
10 December – Glasgow – St. Lukes Church (SOLD OUT)
12 December – Belfast – Empire
13 December – Dublin – Christchurch (SOLD OUT)
14 December – Kilkenny – Set Theatre

 

Hailing from Pennsylvania, the marvellously monikered Jellyspine Jenkins makes homemade lo-fi indie-rock that has a dash of garage, a splash of glam, some nuggets of psych and a flavouring of folk.

All these and more are contained in his latest release titled it’s gonna be ok/lets hide for a while – which reminds us of a more aggressive Mac DeMarco crossed with Ezra Furman and Lou Reed.

Listen to album opener Maybe She Knows below, and grab the album for a pay-what-you-want deal on Bandcamp.

 

New Album From Dr. Dog

Posted: November 30, 2016 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock
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Dr. Dog have given us an early Christmas present with a surprise new album, Abandoned Mansion released yesterday via Bandcamp.

The band did a song a day for two weeks and almost everything was tracked live – the results are classic soulful, Americana that the band are so good at and you can stream the record’s opening and closing tracks below.

As an added incentive, if you buy a download of the album between now and the end of January, 100% of proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

 

 

Emmett Drueding featured on MM a fair few times in 2015. Recently he flew out to Los Angeles in March to record a full length album, drunkenly cutting ten tracks in four days – the end result was a new band Loverboy Wanderers and a record titled Let’s Hook.

Big Boy is the first single off the album, and is a characterization of what it takes to succeed in Corporate America. “You gotta stab your brother if you wanna win” / “Shame life is looking up from the bottom of a well” / “I am dead without a soul, a hole,” are example of lines showcasing the often vicious battle to achieve monetary success in the good old U.S of A.

Listen below. Buy from Bandcamp here.

 

Combining post-punk and psychedelia with a garage feel, Dooms Virginia (formerly known as Annie Girl and The Flight) have shared their new track Devour.

Listen here.

 

MM Shorts 898: Cairobi

Posted: November 28, 2016 in Alternative, Music, Psychedelic, Rock
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Immediate, glorious and trippy in equal measure, Saint is the most captivating track on Cairobi’s new self-titled record out on 27th January via Some Other Planet Records; their most potent tab of bugged out psychedelia.

Jangly percussion meets washed out vocals and a riff straight from the sands of the Middle East culminating in an atmosphere that will make you grin ear to ear.

Give it a whirl.