MM Shorts 862: Ancient Whales

To Be comes from Ancient Whales’ new album Vestiges Of Tails Appear In All Of Us and is a satisfyingly crunchy slab of grungy, garage inflected indie rock.

Stream it here. Order the album from Wiener Records here.

 

Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekHere they are, all wrapped and presented in a tidy bow for you. Ten new songs from the past week including Screaming Females, Goat, Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, of Montreal, a gorgeous new song from Alex Bleeker and an excellent cover of Gun Club’s classic Sex Beat by Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan.

Good stuff indeed. Happy weekend.

  1. Screaming Females – Skeleton
  2. Jeff The Brotherhood – Punishment
  3. Virginia Wing – Grapefruit
  4. Goat – Try My Robe
  5. of Montreal – My Fair Lady
  6. Slothrust – Horseshoe Crab
  7. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – A 1000 Times
  8. Alex Bleeker – Bet Your Ass
  9. Magic Trick – More
  10. Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Sex Beat  (Gun Club cover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing >>> Ritual Howls

Ritual Howls are industrial, cinematic deathrock creating sounds and words that shift from the violent expression of fear to an obsession with baptism and cleansing. Their combination of drum machines, synths, fuzz bass and twang guitar produce a Skinny Puppy meets Lee Hazlewood soundtrack that embraces both paranoia and tranquility – like a love song to the devil.

These are macabre tales with lyrics that Poe or Lovecraft would have been proud of… listen below to new single Park Around The Corner, from their forthcoming album Into The Water (out on felte) next month.

 

Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 21)

Nickel In The Jukebox

It has been a good while since we last shared a Nickel In The Jukebox post, but here are ten tracks making up for lost time. You decide… hit or miss?

My Son Bison – Two Faces And A Vase  [RIYL: Psych-pop, The Beach Boys, The Shins] 

 

The Blind Owls – All Day And Night  [RIYL: 60s Pop, Little Richard , The Kinks]

 

Bess Atwell – Cobbled Streets  [RIYL: Folk, Agnes Obel, Sharon Van Etten]

 

The Begowatts – Lawmaker  [RIYL: Garage Rock, Rolling Stones, Futurebirds]

 

Coates – Grin And Tonic  [RIYL: Urban-folk, Frank Turner, Jamie T]

 

Luke Bell – Bullfighter  [RIYL: Outlaw Country, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard]

 

Ghost Camp – Ganymede  [RIYL: Arty post-punk, New Order, Talking Heads]

 

Boys Forever – Cold Is The Colour  [RIYL: Woozy garage-pop, Mac DeMarco, Kurt Vile]

 

Honey Bucket – Unexplainable Phenomenon  [RIYL: Mutant pop, The Clean, Television Personalities]

 

Blurred Moon – Far  [RIYL: Melancholic Folk, Sufjan Stevens, Fanfarlo]

 

More From Allah-Las

Allah-Las

Here’s a second track from the Allah-Las much anticipated new album Calico Review  out via Mexican Summer on the 9th September.

This is Could Be You, and it is another gem from their collection of classic, psych-infused, pop jangles.

Pre-order the album here.

 

Kings Of Lowertown – Quebec Roulette

Kings of Lowertown

Kings Of Lowertown are from Pembroke, Ontario. Their new single Quebec Roulette is a gritty blues track written in the vein of Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits.

The song was inspired by the rough and tumble of Chapeau, Quebec – just across the mighty Ottawa River from Pembroke.

Stream it below.

 

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Don’t Bother Me

Following the upcoming release of new EP Delivered, Scott And Charlene’s Wedding return with new single Don’t Bother Me, out 8th July on Fire Records.

Don’t Bother Me is another in the band’s collection of irresistible pumped up slacker pop anthems, one which recalls The Lemonheads at their best. Dysfunctional and disenchanted, our care-free but knowing protagonist ain’t growing up and doesn’t give a damn what you think about it.

Have a listen.

 

Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekIt is that time again. Ten more of the week’s best new releases rounded up for your listening pleasure.

This week we have new songs from the likes of Hiss Golden Messenger, Beach Slang, Gringo Star and Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, as well as tasty covers from The Avett Brothers and Sharon Van Etten.

Have fun.

  1. Hiss Golden Messenger – Biloxi
  2. The Avett Brothers – What A Wonderful World  (Louis Armstrong cover)
  3. Sharon Van Etten – Do You Realise?  (Flaming Lips cover)
  4. Beach Slang – Punks In A Disco Bar
  5. Cool Ghouls – Days
  6. Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – La Distinciôn
  7. Pill – Vagabond
  8. Flock Of Dimes – Semaphore
  9. Toby Coke – Time Negator
  10. Gringo Star – Magic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More From Happy Diving

Happy DiversWe shared a couple of tracks from sludgy West Coast punk rockers Happy Diving last month, and now we have a third for you.

Don’t Be Afraid Of Love might be the best of the lot though. Taken from upcoming long player Electric Soul Unity, it opens with a classic ’70s rock riff a la Thin Lizzy and hurtles through three and a half minutes of scorching rock’n’roll.

Listen below.

 

New From Honeyblood

Honeyblood the Glasgow two-piece, have shared their incendiary new single and video Ready For Magic.

Detuned doom riffage and disco-punk rhythms make space for a tornado of a chorus ode to “the explosive nature of infatuation“. It is a perfect match for the video which is set in post-apocalyptic Scottish countryside, and follows a tribe of young feral girls who’ve been abandoned and left to fend for themselves in a dystopian world. We won’t completely spoil its ending, but safe to say that there is a grizzly fate.

It comes from their upcoming second album, the emphatically titled Babes Never Die, out on Fat Cat Records October 28th.

Watch / stream it here.