Archive for the ‘Alternative’ Category

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!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

Hailing from Pennsylvania, the marvellously monikered Jellyspine Jenkins makes homemade lo-fi indie-rock that has a dash of garage, a splash of glam, some nuggets of psych and a flavouring of folk.

All these and more are contained in his latest release titled it’s gonna be ok/lets hide for a while – which reminds us of a more aggressive Mac DeMarco crossed with Ezra Furman and Lou Reed.

Listen to album opener Maybe She Knows below, and grab the album for a pay-what-you-want deal on Bandcamp.

 

Emmett Drueding featured on MM a fair few times in 2015. Recently he flew out to Los Angeles in March to record a full length album, drunkenly cutting ten tracks in four days – the end result was a new band Loverboy Wanderers and a record titled Let’s Hook.

Big Boy is the first single off the album, and is a characterization of what it takes to succeed in Corporate America. “You gotta stab your brother if you wanna win” / “Shame life is looking up from the bottom of a well” / “I am dead without a soul, a hole,” are example of lines showcasing the often vicious battle to achieve monetary success in the good old U.S of A.

Listen below. Buy from Bandcamp here.

 

Combining post-punk and psychedelia with a garage feel, Dooms Virginia (formerly known as Annie Girl and The Flight) have shared their new track Devour.

Listen here.