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We’ve already shared three cracking tunes with you today, and now we have another in the shape of LA based indie rockers Western Scene’s Strange But True.

It is their latest single, released via Grand Jury Music, and is a chugging, exhilarating earworm of a song that we’ve had on repeat for a while.  It recalls something of the best of Lord Huron or Wilco, with its irresistible melody and immediate emotional energy.

Give it a spin.

 

We posted a track from Italian garage-psych trio Bee Bee Sea in our most recent New Year Round Up, and now we have another for you, and it is an absolute cracker.

The marvellously titled This Dog Is The King Of Losers also comes from their upcoming long player Sonic Boomerang, and undoubtedly has the riff of the year so far! A perfect mix of the outrageously weird and wonderful with a totally contagious melody, and energy that is off the charts. It is mutant garage punk of the highest quality.

And how often do you hear a band repeating, “Who is the doggy? Who is doggy?”

Listen below – howlingly good! Pre-order the album here.

 

MM Shorts 991: Hitlist Youth

Posted: January 16, 2018 in Alternative, Music, Punk, Rock
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With its blend of visceral punk, scratchy art-rock and needling guitars, we’re loving Is This Disco?, the debut single from the brilliantly monikered Hitlist Youth.

Listen below. The single is out officially on the 16th March via Flowers In The Dustbin. Order here.

 

New Single From The Orielles

Posted: January 16, 2018 in Disco, Electronic, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Halifax’s fast-rising The Orielles have announced details of the excellently titled Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist), the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming debut album, Silver Dollar Moment which is released on the 16th February via Heavenly Recordings.

Talking about the track, the band said:

“Blue Suitcase is a track that was mostly written over the last few days of summer, inspired by events, discussions and ‘philosophical’ musings that took place in the studio during the recording of the album. We wanted to completely let loose with the track, combining psych- garage wig outs with elements of our favourite disco and dance boogie tracks, such as Luther Davis Group’s ‘You Can Be A Star’ and Rita Lee’s ‘Chega Mais’. The lyrics also fuse together an anecdotal story of spotting an unaccompanied case on a train platform, and the allegorical discussions and theories that followed. This included topics ranging from Schrodingers Cat to James and the Giant Peach!”

Sounds good! Hear for yourself.

 

New From Dr. Dog

Posted: January 15, 2018 in Americana, Indie, Music, Psychedelic, Rock
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Dr. Dog have shared a new track Listening In, which appeared in our Soundcloud feed this afternoon.

All we’ve been able to establish thus far is that it comes from their Critical Equation album, which will be available on the 27th April.

We also know it is another fine example of their psych infused Americana, carried along on metronomic percussion and a typically plaintive and questioning vocal.

Take our word for it… well worth a listen below.

 

New From Meat Wave

Posted: January 15, 2018 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Rock
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Chicago’s Meat Wave are back in business with the bracing one-two of new single Shame and Dogs at Night, the trio’s first new material since last year’s acclaimed The Incessant LP which arrived in March and made our end-of-year best of lists.

Both tracks were recorded during the Incessant sessions and continue to mine the more playful, dexterous elements that the record brought to the band’s sound, all tumbling drums, spidery guitar patterns and pensive, provocative vocals. Dogs at Night previously appeared as part of last year’s Our First 100 Days project (we posted it here), while the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Shame is seeing the light of day for the first time.

Listen here.

 

Another of our round-ups of songs we should have posted from the end of 2017.

Restless was a stomping single from Brooklyn-based folk rocker Common Jack. It’s anthemic take on Americana draws favourable comparisons to Lumineers, Neil Young and The Avett Brothers.

 

Swedish indie rockers Francobello shared Future Lover, which rises and falls, building to a crescendo of gorgeous harmonies and ferocious guitar runs.

 

LA-based Space-Psych outfit Tombstones In Their Eyes released an excellent Double A-side single towards the end of the year. Listen to the cavernous, post-rock soundscape of Shutting Down.

 

Family Fiction are a four-piece based in Brighton. They lie somewhere between indie folk and Americana in style and this is their most recent single, Old Money.

 

Trudy and the Romance take the good-hearted ramshackles off Jonathan Richman, punch out The Four Freshmen’s surf harmonies and scruff them up through the raw audacity of the noughties whilst tightrope-dancing somewhere between reality and fantasy. Twist It, Shake It. Rock & Roll comes from their recent Junkyard Jazz EP.

 

The alluring, ghostly folk of Waterloo Suns comes from Richmond based duo Lean Year’s eponymous debut record.

 

New York City trio Show Me The Body released 7″ single Challenge Coin back in November. K-9 is the A side, a potent mix of hardcore and punk.

 

Italian band Bee Bee Sea play a fuzzed-out mix of garage and psych that’s drawn comparisons to Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips, and King Gizzard. D.I. Why Why Why comes from their sophomore LP, Sonic Boomerang.

 

Adam Barnes is local to us and Electron was the third single to be released from his upcoming album Vacancy At Nasa, which is due for release on 7th February. It tells the tale of Donald Crowhurst – an amateur sailor who quit his job to enter the Golden Globe Boat race in the sixties – and unfolds the lies and psychotic episodes as he sailed ‘the Teignmouth Electron’ to his tragic death.

 

We finish with psych-rock outfit Elephant Fire music video for the swirling Natural Heart, the title track of their recently released album.

 

  1. First Aid Kit – Ruins
  2. Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain
  3. Suuns – Watch You, Watch Me
  4. Alela Diane – Ether & Wood
  5. Nap Eyes – I’m Bad Now
  6. Prism Tats – Daggers
  7. Public Access T.V. – Lost In The Game
  8. U.S. Girls – Pearly Gates
  9. Sunflower Bean – Crisis Fest
  10. Rik & The Pigs – America
  11. Frankie Cosmos – Jesse
  12. Kal Marks – Today I Walked Down To The Tree, Read A Book, And When I Was Done I Went Back Inside
  13. Shitkid – Yooouuu
  14. H.C. McEntire – Quartz In The Valley
  15. Van William – Cosmic Sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MM Shorts 990: Jodee Lewis

Posted: January 11, 2018 in Americana, Country, Music, Rock
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Though a Chicago native for nearly two decades now, Jodee Lewis was raised in Osceola – a town of 800 people in the Missouri Ozarks. Her childhood home was down a secluded dirt track, set amongst 190 acres of woodland, where days were spent running through the trees, building forts and secret hideouts.

She grew up in a household where Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline and EmmyLou Harris were fixtures on the radio and these country, honky-tonk and Americana roots still shine through in her own music.

Her new single, Buzzard’s Bluff opens with a haunting chill that quickly becomes an anthemic march. Listen below.

 

Ron Gallo Covers Nada Surf

Posted: January 10, 2018 in Indie, Music, Pop, Post Punk, Rock
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In celebration of the 15th anniversary of their seminal album Let Go, Nada Surf are self-releasing Standing At The Gates: The Songs of Nada Surf’s Let Go, a charity album featuring a diverse list of artists covering the record including Aimee Mann, Rogue Wave, Ed Harcourt, Manchester Orchestra, Charly Bliss, Holly Miranda, Adia Victoria, and more.

To ring in the announcement, the band has shared Ron Gallo’s cover of Happy Kid. Of his version, he says, “I first heard Nada Surf on a mix CD a friend made me in high school that was pretty life-changing. It was 20+ songs from bands I had never heard of before. It opened the door to “underground” or “indie” music for me, and also the door to actually good songs being written by weirdos in the present day, which I didn’t know existed from listening to mostly south jersey pop-punk and hardcore music. I’m pretty sure it was the song “Paper Boats” from Let Go. I really sucked at making music back then so it’s cool to have this resurface many years later and be able to be apart of the compilation.

Listen below. The album is out digitally on the 2nd February and on CD a month later.