Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

  1. Fat Earthers -Letter Bomb
  2. Howe Gelb – A Thousand Kisses Deep (featuring M.Ward)
  3. The Chills – Bad Sugar
  4. Mount Hudson – Write A Book
  5. Yak -Fried
  6. Steve Gunn – Stonehurst Cowboy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very sad to hear the news of Pete Shelley’s passing yesterday. One of the true punk pioneers and, with the Buzzcocks, created some timeless classics of irrepressible, irreverent, and thrilling punk rock.

Here’s a small selection, together with his wonderful solo track Homosapien and the Honey Ants’ poignant cover of Ever Fallen In Love, which is gorgeous and probably just about right for the mood today.

 

 

 

 

 

Traveling On is the title song from The Decemberists’ new EP, all five of which are unreleased tracks from the same sessions that produced their excellent album I’ll Be Your Girl.

Top tune.

 

It somehow seems appropriate that a band called Cabbage, an irreverent, malevolent, and downright scuzzy band to boot, should choose to share a Christmas record.

The result, Smells Like Christmas, is another addition to their catalogue of churning, scathing post-punk releases imbued with more than their usual dose of grim, observational humour and existentialist dread. This is a festive song more likely to sit somewhere between Half Man Half Biscuit and a (feral) version of the Kinks.

They’re long standing MM faves so enjoy.

 

We’ve not been able to post much recently, which is a great shame, given how much good new stuff has been appearing over the last week or two. Chief amongst them is this eerie, evocative new track from Sharon Van Etten’s upcoming new record Remind Me Tomorrow (due out on January 18th).

Titled Jupiter 4, you can stream it below or watch the particularly good video that has been released to accompany it…

 

 

It’s soon to be the most wonderful time of the year! And in the old tradition, Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert invites you to gather round the fire for Ghost Stories for Christmas.

These are the ghosts of love, haunting happy homes and fairy-lit bars; these are the ghosts of memory, of haunted mirrors, pagan festivities, and unforgettable friends. Aidan Moffat’s quiet, pensive storytelling finds a perfect partner in RM Hubbert’s intimately intricate, flamenco-flavoured guitar. Across eight new original compositions and two deftly executed covers, here they offer a very alternative view on the Season To Be Jolly.

Stream the lead single A Ghost Story At Christmas, which has some fabulous lyrics…

“he’d check his breath before he phoned,
she’d fix her hair before she answered,
But the snow must turn to slush,
and then to water, then to steam,
Impermanence is certain,
happy endings just a dream,
Another silent night in bleak midwinter,
getting drunker, getting skinter”

It’s brilliant stuff. Any justice in the world and this becomes a Christmas classic!

 

Introducing >>> Post Lovers

Posted: November 27, 2018 in Americana, Folk, Music
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Post Lovers, the Athens-based act of songwriter and vocalist Eleni Karageorgou have announced the release of their self-titled debut album, due out on December 10th via Inner Ear and they’ve also shared the album’s first single Tiger.

It is gorgeously crafted and sweetly melancholic with echoes of Cate Le Bon and is well worth a listen.

Great artwork too!

 

Moulded in the raw poeticism of Lou Reed and Nico-era Velvet Underground, sixteen year old Gabriella Rose’s dynamic songwriting comes from a deeply broken place. Her roots inject even more piercing context to the songs on her debut Lost In Translation EP, on which her voice houses her turbulent past – the loneliness, the uncertainty, and the gloom. But in analyzing her past, she has taken those experiences and written a powerful independent debut that fuses retro pop songwriting with heart and soul.

The EP also tackles themes relating to mental health, a struggle Rose is all too familiar with… songs like Welcome to the Dollhouse explore her own journey that weaves in and out of sorrow, vulnerability and an inability to understand those feelings, along with her brief stay in a psychiatric ward.

Listen to the reverb-laden title track below. The EP can be pre-ordered here.

 

Frog – Bones

Posted: November 26, 2018 in Americana, Folk, Indie, Music
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Loving this track of stripped back, insistently sparse folk from New York duo Frog.

The wonderfully poignant and unrestrained Bones comes from new album Whatever We Probably Already Had It, out on Audio Antihero, and which can be ordered from Bandcamp here.

Listen to it below, along with the (possibly equally good) frantic strum of American.

 

 

New From Silverbacks

Posted: November 22, 2018 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Rock
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Irish art punks Silverbacks have shared an excellent new track – Just In The Band – it is out tomorrow on PK Miami.

Produced by Daniel Fox from fellow Dubliners Girl Band (when will we get something new from them?) the single has the same nagging unease as previous (outstanding) single Dunkirk with taut drums and unrelenting bass underpinning seasick guitar arps and Daniel O’Kelly’s blunt commentary on the ‘problems down the back’.

There is something of Parquet Courts about them – that all too rare ability to match a frazzled grove with a pop sensibility and a “so what” attitude, and then expertly combine it all into something that is just as much sharp social commentary as it is mosh-pit dynamite.

Enjoy!