Archive for the ‘Blues’ Category

Back with a bang – no less than fifteen corking new tunes to check out from last week…

  1. Sleaford Mods – Kebab Spider
  2. The Coathangers – Bimbo
  3. Mercury Rev featuring Norah Jones – Okolona River Bottom Band
  4. Ryan Adams – Manchester
  5. FIDLAR – By Myself
  6. Meat Puppets – Nine Pins
  7. Stella Donnelly – Old Man
  8. Beirut – Landslide
  9. PRIESTS – The Seduction Of Kansas
  10. Cherry Glazerr – Wasted Nun
  11. Abjects – Never Give Up
  12. Ex Hex – Cosmic Cave
  13. Adia Victoria – Different Kind Of Love
  14. TOY – Mechanism
  15. Wintersleep – Beneficiary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Roddy had been gone for a while trying to make a new life on land. Fuckwit.

I have been absent from the house of Mackerel for a couple of years now, and have missed this time of year so it is nice to be welcomed back to the shoal. What a time to re-join, a bountiful year of boss tuneage.

10 Drenge – Bonfire Of The City Boys
Always nice to receive a playlist with Drenge on it. I have loved these noisy pair of scoundrels for years. Their mix of blues, heavy rock riffs and total noise is right up my alley. This track doesn’t disappoint. Metallic ear assault escorts shouted hate to just the right part of your brain.

 

9 Cass McCombs – Sleeping Volcanoes
The dreamy guitar intro soon gives into a lazy plodding bass line, which sets the scene nicely for this ambling piece of stoner heaven. It has a soporific quality to the vocal delivery. Perfect for lazy summer days or late winter nights.

 

8 Rod Picott – Coal
Great piece of foot stomping country. Rod Picott gets a menacing sound out of the acoustic guitar and delivers us a bleak portrait of life in and around the Pittsburgh industrial scene. I love songs about hard rural life, tough lives, and tough men. Of course I do. I live in Oxfordshire, I’ve got a beard and a plaid shirt….. (to be fair, Dr Roddy is a tough man and rule breaker himself – I once witnessed with my own eyes him lighting a roll-up whilst fielding on the boundary during a cricket match…)

 

7 Cabbage – Arms Of Pleonexia
The Manchester boys serve up a good wedge of fuzz, feedback and fuck you in this track. There are burning questions in the lyrics and the whole piece has a frantic feel about it. Just when you think it’s going to tip up, it gets pinned together by a chorus chanted straight from the terraces.

 

6 The Lost Brothers – Come Tomorrow
I love the feel of this song. It reminds me a bit of “Ruby don’t take your love to town”. Maybe not the most upbeat of tunes, but it seems resigned to its own melancholy and who doesn’t like to wallow in a bit of lost love. If you don’t, you’re probably not drinking on your own enough.

 

5 American Pets – Bad Bream
A perfect piece of 80s synth sounds draped around an upbeat pop arrangement. It belies the depth of regret and misfortune that our protagonist finds himself in. I mean, in the first verse we find that he has smashed his phone screen while “high as a kite”. Then there’s heartbreak and toxic love. All backed up by an awesome bass line.

 

4 Spiritualized – I’m Your Man
In my humble opinion this is a about as good a piece of modern day blues as you are going to get. Perfectly paced, it gathers momentum into a “foot on the speaker” guitar break, which never ebbs into corny, only to fall back into its solemn wonder through the “wasted, faded, permantly jaded…” life of the song.

 

3 Jon Spencer – Hornet
This is just a rollicking good piece of rock and roll. It has a razor sharp riff and a drumbeat that moves the head and feet. All of this with a bass line so cool it could be Rick James.

 

2 Oh Sees – Nail House Needle Boys
This song is the perfect amalgamation of loads of bands that I have loved, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Charlatans, Stone Roses etc…. That is the reason I love it. Many of my musical needs sated in one song. Delivered by a truly talented outfit.

 

1 Katie Toupin – Danger
The feeling that drips of every word that comes from Katie Toupin in this tune is astounding. You get the sense that what is happening is so fresh and that she is talking directly to you. The band seem to encompass the fragile lyrics before they fall apart. Don’t get it twisted though – this song is written from a strong perspective. Get a large drink, turn it up real loud and sit back.

 

Great to have you back Dr Roddy! Check in tomorrow for Chris T Popper’s selections.

Having been very focused on our Best of Year tracks recently, we’ve built up a bit of a backlog of new tunes to share, so thought we’d spend a couple of posts catching up and try to slip them in before the end of 2018.

First up, it has been nearly 13 years since his proper debut as Viking Moses, and Baltimore musician Brendon Massei is soon to release his fifth album, Cruel Child. New single Headstrong is stripped back, dark Americana for fans of Cat Power, Will Oldham, and Smog.

 

Keeping the dark Americana theme going, Old Nobodaddy has shared the rootsy, driving rhythm of new single Read ’em and Weep.

 

With a sound that is raw, expressive, and strange, Lonesome Shack’s music is part hill country blues, part urban folk rock, and owes as much to Alan Wilson’s Canned Heat as it does to Junior Kimbrough. The trio have featured a few times on MM and this is new single Past The Ditch taken from upcoming album Desert Dreams.

 

Just shy of two minutes of sonic mayhem from Cowgirl’s debut single She Picks Me Up. The raucous duo mix the Jesus & Mary Chain and the Ramones with the Ronettes, and a soupçon of Beach Boys to thrilling effect.

 

Recalling the early ragged glory of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Black Angels, Black Doldrums deal a nicely malevolent combination of heavy drums and sonic ferocious riffs. Listen to the relentless euphoric swirl of People’s Temple.

 

Reverend Beat-Man & Izobel Garcia have announced the release of Baile Bruja Muerto (out in January 2019), this is the video for their blues trash rework of Venom’s Black Metal.

 

It’s time for MM’s annual round up of our favourite songs of the year. Thanks as always go to all our regular contributors – Mrs Mackerel, Chris T Popper, the Italian Job, Polly Pocket and a very welcome return to the fold for Dr Roddy.

So without further ado, lets start the countdown.

100 Cabbage – Preach To The Converted

 

In a year that we lost the great Mark E Smith, Manc neighbours Cabbage stepped up to the plate and delivered an album of sneering, swaggering and violently nihilistic songs that were cut from the same cloth as the Fall. Preach to the Converted is a prime example, a snarling, surf-tinged punk stomper.

 

99 Yowl – Warm (In The Soft White Fire Of Modern Living

 

Yowl capture the frustration of the 9-to-5 London grind like few others (also making Chris T Popper’s best of the year list in 2016). In frontman Gabriel Byrde, they have someone who can spin poetry on songs about alienation and exhaustion. Yowl are often viciously loud, but on Warm (In The Soft White Fire Of Modern Living) it is tempered with a more fatalistic, loose feel that calls to mind Lou Reed as much as it does Parquet Courts.

 

98 Teenage Cavegirl – No Good/So Bad

 

Austin, Texas boy/girl duo Teenage Cavegirl offer exactly what their name says they should. The tribal drums and trash-pop guitar lines combine to create a deceptively simple slab of primal garage rock. Throw in some plaintive lyrics, an anthemic chorus and wrap it all up in under two minutes.

 

97 Black Delta Movement – Let The Rain Come

 

Inspired by the ghosts of the Sonics and MC5, influenced by the kaleidoscopic thrum of the Black Angels and Wooden Shjips, Let The Rain Come is a propulsive, mesmerising gem of powerful psych-rock that layers an industrial sheen over it’s pummelling hypnotic heart.

 

96 Cool Ghouls – CCR Bootleg

 

A boisterous, jerky slice of indie that rambles along with an unshakeable airy confidence and a knowing nod to the great band’s chooglin’ style.

 

95 Parquet Courts – Wide Awake

 

Channelling their inner Talking Heads, Wide Awake is a shout along anthem propelled on something akin to tropical percussion and a sparse, funky and naggingly insistent guitar refrain.

 

94 Yak – White Male Carnivore

 

A welcome return from the noisenik trio. White Male Carnivore is what, in the old days, we’d have called a rip-snorter. Crunchy, muscular and prone to an odd left turn (those weird backing vocals, the wry nod to American spirituals), the song careers along moving everything out of its path with sheer force of will.

 

93 Sunflowers – Sleepy Sun

 

A mutating slab of space rock – all slurred riffs and acid-bleached vocals. Just as likely to be a nightmare as a dream depending on your drug of choice…

 

92 Strange Cages – Hypothalmus Blues

 

Brighton’s Strange Cages are purveyors of a snotty, psych-surf rock ‘n’ roll sound in the vein of The Cramps or Ty Segall. The wonderfully titled Hypothalamus Blues combines elements of krautrock and post-punk with a paranoid, schizophrenic vocal.

 

91 Sleep Eaters – Ghost On Fire

 

Just over two minutes of cacophonous, fuzzed out, desert, cowboy garage-rock, that sounds like a feral cross between The Black Lips, The Stooges and the Screaming Blue Messiahs – imagine all three dropped into a sun-baked, spaghetti western playing to a whiskey bar full of gunslingers on speed.

 

90 Ron Gallo – Really Nice Guys

 

Taking aim squarely at the music industry and those bands who are “better people than musicians“, Ron Gallo’s blackly acerbic wit is filtered directly through the prism of 60s garage rock and fuzzy psychedelia.

 

89 Nest Egg – Denied Doctrine

 

A three-piece from Asheville, North Carolina who describe their head-heavy and kosmische psych-rock wig-outs as ‘mood music for nihilists’. Denied Doctrine is a mind scrambling swirl of malevolent, chugging guitars and hypnotic reverb.

 

88 Mothers – Pink

 

Pink grips like a vice and over seven taut, potent minutes of nervy, hypnotic, krautrock it builds layer upon layer of bewitching intensity that never lets up.

 

87 Lonely Parade – I’m So Tired

 

A mix of wiry post-punk and buzzsaw guitars – disaffected dissonance never sounded so good!

 

86 Crepes – Bicycle Man

 

Infectious indie-pop par excellence. A groovy bass-line and hooks sharp enough to burrow deep under the skin.

 

85 American Pets – Forgetting

 

Taking inspiration from the likes of The Velvet Underground, Wilco, Tom Petty, and Serge Gainsbourg, LA based indie band American Pets’ Forgetting is a quietly strummed mix of bleak suburban nostalgia and nightmare.

 

84 Wharves – High School Hero

 

The naggingly, groove infused High School Hero sounds like a weird mash up of glam-rock era Bowie, Devo, Nick Cave, The Clash’s Magnificent Seven and Tom Tom Club’s Wordy Rappinghood. Even more weirdly it works… brilliantly.

 

83 Lord Huron – Ancient Names (Part II)

 

Lord Huron are not particularly known for their garage rock credentials, but Ancient Names (Part II) bursts out the blocks with a heavy, distorted sense of urgency proclaiming “gone are the days of laughter and love“, and over the course of two short minutes conveys a darkness of heart and soul that is epitome of resigned despair and hopelessness.

 

82 Thurston Moore – Mx Liberty

 

A typically corrosive broadside at the “mockery of democracy” that currently prevails in the USA. Thurston Moore’s brings his trademark barbed guitar squall and brutal, bruising percussion to the table and wins the argument. Hands down.

 

81 Flasher – Skim Milk

 

Crisp, exhilarating guitar riffs matched to a melodic ease and with some enjoyably rowdy call and response vocals, Skim Milk is a gem of sharp, precise indie rock.

 

80 LICE – The Human Parasite

 

Lyrically obtuse, melodically caustic and revelling in ugly, uncomfortable home truths, LICE’s debut single was a scratchy, skronky, instant classic. “All humans carry, through their daily lives / A compulsion to torture and destroy / Be not afeared of your impulse to despise / Your neighbour just because they have an accent you dislike.

 

79 The Men – Maybe I’m Crazy

 

A wired, pulsating, synth-driven rocker complete with wonky sax at the end. Play loud.

 

78 Phosphorescent – Around The Horn

 

The centrepiece of latest album C’est La Vie, on Around the Horn Phosphorescent calls the shimmering motorik of the War on Drugs and then raises it with an eight minute mini masterpiece of swelling, throbbing country-psych.

 

77 Gong Gong Gong – Siren 追逐劇

 

Desert psych anyone? South-east Asian freakout? Chinese blues? All this and more is thrown into the melting pot and stirred to a magnificent, galloping frenzy.

 

76 Phobophobes – Where Is My Owner?

 

The low rumble of menacing, dirty sleaze – a fetid, swampy stomp set atop twinkling drums and sweet organ flourishes. Over it all is the sardonic refrain of “Where is my owner? I thought that I came with one”

 

Venom & Faith is the new album from Nashville based sister duo Larkin Poe, to be released on the 9th November.

The Atlanta-born sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell are descendants of celebrated US writer Edgar Allen Poe and have an appropriately gothic feel to their country blues churn and holler. Even the record’s title, taken from a lyric from album track Honey Honey, is intended to conjure a southern gothic image.

The excellently titled Bleach Bottle Blond Blues is the latest track to be shared from the album – it rattles, stomps and slides into a modern-day depiction of what roots rock should sound like. Watch the video below.

 

Catch them live at the Islington Assembly Hall in London on the 21st November.

Colorado fuzz-rockers The Velveteers create raw and aggressive grunge with blues-rock roots, and will be arriving in the UK this month for a tour spanning the entire country. In celebration they’ve released their brand new video for EP highlight Anastasia Sings, a horror-fuelled theatrical nightmare-scape that serves as a perfect visual accompaniment to their psychedelic leanings.

Watch / stream it below and check out the live dates. Buy their self titled EP here.

 

 

Live Dates
13/10 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
14/10 – Broadcast, Glasgow
17/10 – EBGB’s, Liverpool
18/10 – Gullivers, Manchester
19/10 – The Dragonffli, Pontypool
20/10 – The Cotswold Inn, Cheltenham
22/10 – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
23/10 – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
24/10 – The Victoria, London
25/10 – Bermuda Bobs, Norwich
27/10 – Esquires, Bedford

 

Adia Victoria’s musical introduction to the world came in the form of 3 tracks released over 18 months – Stuck In The South, Sea of Sand, and Howlin’ Shame. Her mixture of gothic country blues, eerie vocals, righteous anger and some thrilling guitar riffs immediately set her apart from the usual crowd.

Her newest track is Dope Queen Blues, written about her time in Atlanta during her early 20s – carefree, wild and vice ridden – and we have the lyric video for you below. Great stuff.

 

We’re loving this track from Beijing’s Gong Gong Gong who make driving, stripped-down transnational blues, tapping into the spirit of Bo Diddley, the Monks, and psychedelic music from West Africa to Southeast Asia.

Shot-by-shot, frame-by-frame, Siren 追逐劇 is a story of galloping hooves and screeching tires—a horse and car racing each other through mountains and desert, charging into the city and all set to a thumping, hypnotic low-end pulse.

 

Catch them live

14/2/19 Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
15/2/19 Glasgow @ The Art School
16/2/19 Dublin @ Whelan’s
18/2/19 Manchester @ Gorilla
19/2/19 Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
20/2/19 London @ Scala

A round up of some sweet new videos.

Shimmering psych-pop from Whyte Horses, some charming Syd Barrett inspired bedroom lo-fi from Tiny Eyes, gentle pastoral folk from Queen of the Meadow, rambling, soulful Americana from Valley Maker, vintage outlaw bluegrass country from the Tennessee Stiffs, rural fuzz-folk from Stray Owls, classic indie-pop from Doe, anthemic, heavy duty indie from Tired All The Time, and last, but not least, punk rock fury from Glitoris,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Slaves – Cut And Run
  2. Low – Quorum
  3. Protomartyr (feat. Kelley Deal) – You Always Win
  4. Jon Spencer – Do The Trash Can
  5. M. Ward – Miracle Man
  6. Menace Beach (feat. Brix Smith) – Black Rainbow Sound
  7. Muncie Girls – Picture Of Health
  8. Culture Abuse – Dip
  9. Interpol – The Rover
  10. Jason Isbell – The Assassin  (Patterson Hood cover)
  11. Lumerians – Space Curse
  12. Death Cab For Cutie – Gold Rush
  13. Juanita Stein – Easy Street