Christmas In The Asylum by Big Top Heartbreak is a part fiction/part biographical tale. It explores, in a kitsch and darkly twisted way, the downs and the ups of a decadent and ultimately sordid existence… It comes from the album Deadbeat Ballads which can be bought from Bandcamp.

Watch it here.

 

Time for our latest selection of tasty musical films.

Sit back and check out no less than ten new videos from TOY, Gazebos, Desert Planes, Howe Gelb, Chambers, OhBoy!, Einar Stray Orchestra, Underground Youth, The Orwells and Spectres.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our latest festive offering is from Elouise with their menacing ‘Blackgrass’ rendition of the holiday classic Silent Night.

Listen below and click for a free download for the month of December!

 

Longstanding MM faves, Hurray For The Riff Raff have announced details of their new album The Navigator. It will be released on March 10th via ATO Records and tells an interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul; a street kid named Navita traversing a perpetually burning city in search of herself.

It also finds Alynda Segarra and her band at their own musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads.

Watch the lyric video for  the first track, Rican Beach below.

 

MM Shorts 902: The Velveteins

Posted: December 5, 2016 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Hailing from sunny Edmonton, Canadian trio The Velveteins are a rock n’ roll band dealing in raucous, heavyweight guitar pop that takes its cues from surf-pop and garage rock as well as such luminaries as the Kinks, and the Libertines.

New single is Don’t Yah Feel Better? and comes with a sweet guitar melody inspired by classic Indian influences.

Well worth a listen. Stream it below.

 

Our third festive offering comes from hardcore rocking stalwarts Melvins and their version of Carol Of The Bells, which is part of Amazon’s Indie for the Holidays playlist, released at the end of last month on Amazon Music.

The band simply say, “the song has scared us since we were children, that’s why we wanted to do it.

Good enough for us!

 

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.