Archive for the ‘Alternative’ Category

best of the weekHere we are again, but with lighter nights, spring flowers beginning to bloom and eight songs from the past week rounded up for your listening pleasure.

From a new benefit single for the Southern Poverty Law Center, we have wonderfully spectral folk from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and some equally wonderful psych-folk from a re-issue of a long-lost 70s classic by Philip Lewin. There is a excellent video for Conor Oberst’s muzzy new drinking song and some rousing, full-on punk rock from Whips. We also have Speedy Ortiz’s contribution to the Our First 100 Days project, a blast of classic power-pop from veteran indie royalty Robyn Hitchcock, and classic indie rock from The New Pornographers. Rounding us off is a chugging new Bleached track with some enjoyably hefty power chords.

All yours.

  1. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Treasure Map
  2. Conor Oberst – Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out
  3. The New Pornographers – This Is The World Of The Theater
  4. Whips – Goldmine
  5. Philip Lewin – Watercolours
  6. Speedy Ortiz – In My Way
  7. Robyn Hitchcock – Mad Shelley’s Letterbox
  8. Bleached – Flipside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bar is Low is the lead single from Why Love Now, the fifth album from Pissed Jeans, out today worldwide on Sub Pop.

The song is one of our favourites from the record and is now the subject of a humorous new video, following the band members on a trip to the gym. Except they don’t know how to properly use the equipment. An absurd competition ensues.

Watch it here.

 

 

 

 

We’ve already shared Oakland, California four piece RAYS’ raging single Drop Dead, and now we have another track for you from their upcoming self-titled debut release via Trouble In Mind.

New single, Made of Shadows is just over 90 seconds of derisive, reckless, scrappy punk, speaking to the absurdities of everyday life, but with a wry smile.

Watch the video below. The album is out on the 30th March.

 

New Mountain Goats Album

Posted: February 23, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rock
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The ever-wonderful Mountain Goats return with a new album Goths, due on 19th May (order here).

It is a particularly appropriate/nostalgic title for those of us (Mrs M & I) of a certain age who were in the thick of the original Goth movement, all black with purple hints, eyeliner and gloom all pervading and its capital in the heart of the north of England.

It is summed up perfectly by the first single Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds, of which John Darnielle has to say of the undisputed godfather of Goth, “In the lyric, I imagine one of my teenage heroes, Andrew Eldritch, returning to the town where the band worked and played when they were young. His friends give him a hard time about ending up back where he started, but not because they’re mad: it’s good to see an old friend wearing the marks of time on his hands and face like well-loved tattoos. So shall it be in these times: your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions, and Andrew Eldritch, whose music has reached spirits in every corner of the globe, will move back to Leeds.”

And from bassist Peter Hughes:

Anyone old enough to have had the experience of finding oneself at sea in a cultural landscape that’s suddenly indecipherable will empathize with Pat Travers showing up to a Bauhaus show looking to jam, for example. But underneath the outward humor, there is evident throughout a real tenderness toward, and solidarity with, our former fellow travelers—the friends whose bands never made it out of Fender’s Ballroom, the Gene Loves Jezebels of the world—the ones whose gothic paths were overtaken by the realities of life, or of its opposite. It’s something we talk about a lot, how fortunate and grateful we are to share this work, a career that’s become something more rewarding and fulfilling than I think any of us could have imagined. We all know how easily it could’ve gone the other way, and indeed for a long time did.

Hear hear.

And stream it here.

 

Through Windows is the excellent new single from Happyness’ second album Write In.

With a chorus that started out as kind of a purposeful mishearing of the Velvet Underground’s Ride Into The Sun, the single has a undercurrent of psych-infused, blissful euphoria that reminds us of prime-time Pink Floyd.

Have a listen and check out UK tour dates below.

 

April Tour Dates:

11 Fulford Arms, York
12 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
13 Picture House Social Club, Sheffield
14 The Cellar, Oxford
15 Olby’s Cafe, Margate (Moshi Moshi Easter Show)
18 The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
19 The Louisiana, Bristol
20 Buyer’s Club, Liverpool
21 Whelan’s, Dublin
22 The Hug & Pint, Glasgow,
24 Think Tank, Newcastle
25 Gullivers, Manchester
26 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
28 The Dome, Tufnell Park, London
30 Handmade Festival (Academy 2), Leicester

 

Los Angeles queer punk group French Vanilla was formed by four UCLA undergrads and the nine vigorous tracks on their debut record regulate the dance floor with socially sensitive lyrics, vocal freneticism, punchy basslines, and catchy sax.

Check out the socially conscious lead single Anti-Aging Global Warming.

 

MM Shorts 923: The Knitts

Posted: February 21, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rock
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Sitting comfortably somewhere between Wolf Parade, The Libertines and Deer Tick is The Knitt’s own brand of indie rock – intense, passionate and catchy with a mix of energetic guitars, anthemic choruses and pop hooks.

Listen to a couple of tracks from upcoming album Retreat below – Vamanos Mexico and Sorry Sonny.

 

 

MM Shorts 922: Saint Pé

Posted: February 20, 2017 in Alternative, Garage, Music, Rock
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Fixed Focus is the debut album from Saint Pé (Ian Saint Pé, longtime Black Lips and Diamond Rugs guitarist).

After moving to Nashville, he settled down in a log cabin formerly owned by country legend Roy Acuff, which is where the record was born. it maintains all the hooks and pop sensibilities of his previous acts, while refining them with a bit of Nashville class and a hint of the darkness that ten long years on the road imbues upon the soul.

The first track is singalong stomper Kiss It Goodbye. Have a listen.

 

South London’s Phobophobes share the same DIY aesthetic and healthy cynicism for the commercial world as contemporaries like Fat White Family, Meatraffle, and Goat Girl.

And never more so on latest single The Never Never, an ode to the precarious survivalism of society’s most disenfranchised. Swirling through repetitive slogans, rubbishing the adverts that promise a life we can’t really afford as pastiche, and asking earnestly, “what separates those treading water to survive from the religious idols who struggled so similarly?

It is a cracking track. Listen below. Pre-order the vinyl here.

 

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We first featured the grunge influenced post-punk noise of The Karma Repair Kit back in December 2015.

New single BITE carries on the good work – raucous, intense and dissonant with nods to the likes of Mudhoney, Slint and Savages, the Bristol four piece are marking themselves out as ones to watch.

Stream it below. Buy from Bandcamp here.