Archive for February, 2012

Introducing >>> The Naturals

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rock

Introducing...The Naturals.The Naturals hail from Bristol and will release Finishing MovesConcrete Sea, a limited edition 7″ in April via the Howling Owl label.

It is a blend of shoegaze, noisy math-rock and some epic orchestral flourishes that create an enduring and compelling wall of sound that sits nicely with the Foals, Wu Lyf or the Twilight Sad.

Watch the video for the a-side and then grab the melancholy tinged grandeur of b-side Concrete Sea below.


Order the single from Rough Trade here. Visit the band’s website here.

Download The Naturals – Concrete Sea mp3 (from Finishing Moves / Concrete Sea 7″)

MM Shorts 106: More From Alice Michel.

Here is our third offering from pure-voiced French chanteuse Alice Michel. This is the piano led Lightning and Thunder.

Have a listen.


Uncut's Watch That Band: New Cover CD. Uncut have produced their best cover disk in a goodly while on their April edition. Showcasing their pick of “new music” for 2012 it includes tracks from a few MM favourites who have all featured here since the start of the year including Simone Felice, Shearwater, First Aid Kit, Django Django, Beth Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny, Lambchop and Craig Finn.

Here are two of our favourites that we’ve yet to feature (before now of course). Firstly a cut from folk singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell’s very well received new album Young Man In America and what’s described as a “thrillingly mystical meditation of other-wordly vocals, cosmic jamming and dub-reggae” from esteemed LA psych-experimentalists Sun Araw with reggae legends The Congos.

Buy Uncut from any decent newsagent, or subscribe here.

Download Anais Mitchell – Dyin’ Day mp3 (from Watch That Band, Uncut April Cover Disk)

Download Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras, The Congos – Happy Song mp3 (from Watch That Band, Uncut April Cover Disk)

Introducing >>> TRMRS

Posted: February 28, 2012 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Rock


TRMRS (pronounced Tremors) hail from Costa Mesa, CA. and have an upcoming 7″ split with another MM fave, Night Beats.

Released on Volcom Entertainment & Resurrection Records, you can pre-order  the 7″ vinyl from both labels. It includes their new single Goodtime Blues and comes with immediate digital downloads for both that, and a bonus song Enter the Door.

You can also grab yourself both below – particularly recommended is the excellent lead track as it heads from stoned, junkyard pop to hi-energy, primal sleaze in the blink of an eye. This checks all the boxes for top notch, authentic garage rock ‘n’ roll – reverb, distortion, fuzzy vocals, machine gun percussion and attitude in spades. Marvellous.

Pre-order the vinyl from their Bandcamp page here.


New Single from Town Hall

Posted: February 28, 2012 in Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Indie, Music, Pop

New Single From Town Hall.

Town Hall win us over afresh with each new track we hear. Yesterday we posted their cover of Always On Time and have already heartily recommended their debut EP Sticky Notes And Paper Scraps.

Now we are pleased to share Swim Team with you, it is lovely slice of pastoral folk – initially poignant as it meanders and gently ebbs and flows, before finally building to a sweetly cacophonous coda. It is the first single from their debut album Roots And Bells, due out in April.

Listen. Enjoy.


MM Shorts 105: Mirroring. Mirroring is a new collaboration between Liz Harris (aka Grouper) and her icy, fog-shrouded menace and Jesy Fortino of Tiny Vipers. This is the suitably eerie and off-kilter Fell Sound from the appropriately named Foreign Body album out next month.

Pre-order here.

Download Mirroring – Fell Sound mp3 (from Foreign Body)

Eux Autres Release Sun Is Sunk EP Tomorrow.

We posted about the smart, infectious garage pop of Eux Autres recently with news of their new EP Sun Is Sunk.

It gets its official release tomorrow and the band have made a second track available for free download. This is the fizzy, effervescent Home Tonight.

Watch it/download it.


The Sun Is Sunk EP is out on Bons Mots Records. Order it direct here.

Download Eux Autres – Home Tonight mp3 (from Sun Is Sunk EP)

Download Eux Autres – Right Again mp3 (from Sun Is Sunk EP)

We’ve been trawling through a whole mass of videos recently and here are some of our favourites assembled for your viewing and listening pleasure.

First up is Crybaby’s video for excellent debut I Cherish The Heartbreak More Than The Love That I Lost, shot in the gloomy surrounds of Bristol hospital and is a noirish loveletter to the exquisite pain of a broken heart.


Hotly tipped Essex 4-piece The Milk’s new single Broke Up The Family is a stormer of an anthem.


Death Hawk are new to us, and it isn’t the greatest video to be fair, but the pounding psychedelia and Sabbath like riffs of new song Shining has been a real treat and makes it worth sharing.


By Contrast, Saint Motel’s At Least I Have Nothing is a introspective work made up of a combination of 16mm, Super 8, Flip-Cam, Video, Cell Phone, and still photography that they’ve accumulated throughout the years. It fits the upbeat nostalgia of the song perfectly.


Describing her sound as ‘Doom Soul’, Cold Specks’ music is steeped in the musical traditions of the Deep South. With influences from the Lomax Field Recordings and James Carr to Bill Callahan and Tom Waits, her sparse arrangements and chain gang rhythms stop you dead in your tracks.


Hindershot make unusual, complex, catchy indie-pop that calls to mind everything from Soft Cell to T-Rex. The video for Curse Us All is a colourful one of wanton destruction.


Brother Gruesome have featured a few times on MM and are established faves of ours. This is the video for the pounding Cut It Out, a song off their cassette tape that was released by Slanty Shanty Records in 2010.  A little late coming, but it is a great song with a cool video featuring street artists from Oklahoma.


You & I Belong is the first single from Simone Felice’s debut solo album. Another great song, fun video.


Danish sextet Alcoholic Faith Mission has debuted a new video for Running With Insanity from new album Ask Me This. Watch it and download it.



We take a considerably more rustic turn with Max & The Wild Things video for the excellent Wind Through The Window. Just the feel of a barn-dance stomp and that banjo lead was enough to remind me of the halcyon days of the Cropdusters.


Popstrangers hail from New Zealand and make a most edifying racket from a cauldron of grunge, shoegaze, psychedelia and noise pop. The video for What Else Could They Do comes heartily recommended.


We’re hoping for big things for Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny this year. This is a live session recording for the new single Sweet Tooth Bird. Like sherbert filled with razor blades.


Beirut have just posted a new video for Vagabond from last year’s excellent The Rip Tide.


Sweet Lights have this beautifully animated video for Endless Town – the new single out on March 5th via Highline.


The Skints are about as close to rap as we get, but this hybrid of rap, ragga, rock and ska beats on Ratatat is undeniably infectious. Like the Selecter crossed with Senser…maybe.


Short is sweet, with this 90 second video for Pillow Talk’s rootsy Faux Fur, the lead track from their new EP of the same name.


Gently harmonious five-piece Good Dangers feature a stripped back version of their song Abigail, filmed in a skate park. Download the full version too.



And lastly, new MM faves Town Hall have produced their own unique take on Ja Rule & Ashanti’s Always on Time. Watch it and download it.


Download Town Hall – Always On Time mp3 (Ja Rule & Ashanti Cover)

MM Shorts 104: Free Andrew Bird Sampler. Noisetrade’s latest free sampler offering is a four track EP from Andrew Bird who releases with his latest studio album Break It Yourself next week.

It contains four tracks including the recent single Eyeoneye, The Crown Salesman and So Much Wine from his recent 7″ and a track from the Break It Yourself sessions titled After Dinner Jam.

Grab the EP for free by heading here.

Download Andrew Bird – So Much Wine mp3 (from Noisetrade Sampler)

Solo Album From Ryan Monroe (Band of Horses).

Ryan Monroe of Band of Horses will release his debut album A Painting Of A Painting On Fire on May 22nd.

Covering a spectrum from progressive rock to elaborate pop, via nods to country and even classical, the first taste is the sunny upbeat (in contrast to the title) Any Way, Shape Or Deformity that has more than an echo of ELO about it…

Download Ryan Monroe – Any Way, Shape Or Deformity mp3 (from A Painting Of A Painting On Fire)