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We’ve been remiss in sharing details of Wooden Wand’s Toth’s Law recordings. Volume 1 came out back in June, which we did cover, but Volumes 2 and 3 have followed since then.

They are collections of outtakes, demos and songs that never, for one reason or another, made it onto his other recording output. Nevertheless the collection contains songs that frankly, other singer-songwriters would be giving their right arms for, or at least looking to do a deal similar to that of Robert Johnson’s mythical crossroads.

Here are a couple of top notch tasters from them with JJT’s description. Head over to Bandcamp to purchase the albums.

Drug Sniffing Dogs is about conflicts of interest and cognitive dissonance. I was probably also thinking about Fugazi’s Great Cop.

It’s A Lie – a song about the toxic mythology of rock and roll, and a condemnation of the rock demigod’s sense of entitlement.

 

 

  1. Widowspeak – Harvest Moon  (Neil Young cover)
  2. Wilco – Dynamite My Soul
  3. Kal Marks – Adventure
  4. The Staves & yMusic – The Way Is Read
  5. Ty Segall – My Lady’s On Fire
  6. Drive-By Truckers – The Perilous Night
  7. Johanna Warren – Here To Tell
  8. Angel Olsen – Sans
  9. Dama Scout – Toothache
  10. The Liminanas – Shadow People (featuring Emmanuelle Seigner)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MM Shorts 973: Tuvaband

Posted: October 5, 2017 in Acoustic, Folk, Music
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Tuvaband are a Norwegian/English duo creating beautiful folk songs reminiscent of oft-featured MM alumni Laura Marling and The Staves.

Featuring female Norwegian vocals and English male guitar playing, the band are in London soon to promo their upcoming EP with shows in Rough Trade In-Store gig on 27th Oct, followed by a show at Mirrors Festival on 28th Oct.

Listen to the stripped-back sound, vocal layering and reverb-drenched guitars of Trees below.

 

There isn’t much that sounds better than the gorgeous harmonies created by Swedish sisters First Aid Kit.

New single It’s A Shame is a perfect case in point. Simply lovely.

 

Some musical films and lyric videos. They’re good.

Offa My Hands is the third song unveiled from Jessica Lea Mayfield’s anticipated new album, Sorry Is Gone.

 

Phoebe Bridgers has shared Funeral, another haunting and introspective track from her upcoming debut album Stranger In The Alps.

 

Norwegian chanteuse Ane Brun’s new record consists of fourteen covers of tracks by Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan and even Foreigner amongst others. This is her stunning version of Radiohead’s How To Disappear Completely.

 

Equally haunting and beautiful is Julien Baker’s video for Appointments taken from forthcoming long player Turn Out The Lights.

 

Montreal, QC-based trio Timber Timbre have revealed new track Les Egouts. The song comes after the recent release of their sixth studio album Sincerely, Future Pollution.

 

Meadowlark have shared a striking video for their new single Sunlight. The track is the latest to be lifted from the Bristol based boy-girl duo’s debut album Postcards, which is out now.

 

Jangly indie-pop maestros Alvvays have shared their fun new video for current single Dreams Tonite.

 

David Lynch enthusiasts 68creep have unveiled the video for Stone Cold Kiss which should find favour with fans of BRMC, J&MC and the Kills.

 

Lastly Chastity Belt take off on a surreally silly road-trip in their video for Stuck taken from their latest album I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone. 

 

Ten new songs for you collected from the week’s new releases. Lots to discover including two stunning covers by The Tallest Man On Earth and Marie Danielle, snotty punk done to perfection by Amyl & The Sniffers, tracks from Americana heavyweights Deer Tick and Blitzen Trapper and classic country from Margo Price. Plenty more besides… enjoy.

  1. The Tallest Man On Earth – Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell cover)
  2. Deer Tick – Card House
  3. Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts featuring Karen O – Talisa
  4. Margo Price – A Little Pain
  5. Gun Outfit – Strange Insistence
  6. The Dream Syndicate – Filter Me Through You
  7. Amyl & The Sniffers – I’m Not A Loser
  8. Marie Danielle – White Shoes  (Conor Oberst cover)
  9. Blitzen Trapper – Rebel
  10. Acid Tongue – Humpty Dumpty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Time for some more musical films…

Hull Goth Punk outfit Lumer have released the video for their unhinged new single Gruel on Warren Records.  Reminiscent of Bauhaus, Killing Joke and YAK it is a brutally thrilling cut.

 

Spirit Valley’s expansive, primal psych-rock falls somewhere between the fuzzed out rock’n’roll of The Black Angels and the warped synths of Moon Duo check out new single Waiting For Real.

 

Fuzz Club Records’ live session series – the Fuzz Club Sessions – has already seen cracking releases from the likes of Night Beats, Heaters, The Entrance Band and 10,000 Russos and it’s still showing no sign of slowing down. The latest to join the club is Austin’s finest garage/surf heavyweights, Holy Wave.

During a UK tour in support of their 2016 LP Freaks Of Nurture, Fuzz Club invited the band to an analogue recording studio in South London to lay down a live album. As with all the sessions, it’s to be released as a series of videos from the day and pressed to vinyl (released July 20th). Here is the video for the sublime, washed-out croons of California Took My Bobby Away.

 

Grunge-pop four-piece Otherkin have shared the video for their new single React. They describe it as “a trivial, little joke-man ends up massive, and acts like a total plum with his new-found size. He is still, at core though, a fat, old human, and his reign of terror doesn’t last long. It’s a pretty simple analogy.”

 

The video for Muertos’ excellent  single Spin takes their vintage garage sleaze and dials it right up – a full sonic assault of feedback collides with a motoric beat and the band’s signature duel vocals. Drawing influences from the likes of Jesus and Mary Chain, The Kills, and The Black Angels, this single marks the announcement of the band’s first long player which will be released later in the year.

 

Weasels may well be our favourite (land) animal so any song with it in the title automatically gets a thumbs up from us. Crumbs’ sound comprises a bumper post-punk/pop party bag mix of sprightly basslines, super-danceable cowbell-tinged rhythms, fizzing guitars and effervescent interchanging vocal lines. Weasels Can Wait is a two minute jangly romp – a party song about being the one crying at the party. The video also features an inexplicably long worm!

 

Saint Leonard’s Horses bewitching gothic video for latest single Little Girl Scientist features Sophie Kennedy Clark (Nymphomaniac, The Danish Girl) as a tortured soul who uses witchcraft to conjure up her lover. It is book-ended with a voice over by acclaimed author and journalist Jonathan Meades. 

 

Brighton three-piece LOM combine their love of folk, soul and pop to create songs centred around the rich vocal harmonies of two sisters Leila and Millie Watts, and the finger picking style of Owen Davey’s acoustic guitar. There is some nice animation in their video for recent single There Is A Place. It follows the journey of a woman who sets out to regain her youthful joy in simple things.

 

Sandgrown is the title of Jack Cooper of Ultimate Painting’s first solo record – it is nine concisely beautiful songs inspired by his hometown of Blackpool and his upbringing on England’s Fylde Coast.

Evoking the delicate but often widescreen musicality of Bill Fay and the abstract lyricism of the late 60s Scott Walker records, as well as the more experimental sounds of John Cale and Robert Wyatt, Sandgrown’s tranquil ballads evoke feelings of nostalgia and re-evaluation about where you come from, wherever that may be.

Listen to the excellent lead single North of Anywhere below, and check out his live dates.

 

Live Dates:

Sunday 10th September – The Hope and Ruin, Brighton
Monday 11th September – BBC 6 Music Session
Tuesday 12th September – The Waiting Room, London (tickets)
Wednesday 13th September – Cafe Kino, Bristol (tickets)
Thursday 14th September – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (tickets)
Friday 15th September – The Eagle Inn, Salford (tickets)
Saturday 16th September – venue TBC, Blackpool
Sunday 17th September – The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow (tickets)

Mutual Benefit, the folk project led by songwriter Jordan Lee, will release a full album cover of Vashti Bunyan’s storied 1970 debut album Just Another Diamond Day on 23rd June exclusively via Turntable Kitchen’s SOUNDS DELICIOUS vinyl subscription series.

You can listen to two tracks, Jog Along Bess and Glow Worms, both of which have a wonderfully understated and reverential feel that give them a real sense of depth and affinity.

You can order here.

 

 

At just 20 singer-songwriter Rosie Carney has already experienced more of the tumult of life than most her age. Having struggled with depression and anorexia half her life, music has been one of the only releases from some terribly difficult times (read her blog here).

She writes gorgeous songs that are as fragile as they are powerful. New single Your Moon is a beauty, one of those rare songs that manages to combine being gently poetic and understated with a compelling and sometimes raw emotional payoff.

You don’t want to miss this one. Stream it below.