New Wave Pictures Single

Pool Hall is the new single by The Wave Pictures, taken from their forthcoming album Bamboo Diner in the Rain, due out on Moshi Moshi on 11th November.

The new album is a bluesy, boozy love letter to the guitar, filled with American Primitive instrumentals, John Lee Hooker chugs and Link Wray style minor-key surf music.

Listen to the single below and check out tour dates for November and December too.



3 – Manchester (Deaf Institute)
4 – Halifax (Arden Road Social Club0
5 – Sheffield (Plug)
6 – Nottingham (The Maze)
7 – Cambridge (The Portland Arms)
8 – Leeds (Brudenell Social Club)
9 – Hull (The Adelphi)
10 – Edinburgh (Sneaky Pete’s)
12 – Glasgow (CCA)
13 – Newcastle (Cluny 2)
14 – Birmingham (Hare & Hounds)
15 – Chester (Telfords Warehouse)
16 – Bath (Komedia)
17 – Oxford (The Cellar)
20 – Bristol (Start The Bus)
21 – Brighton (Komedia)

1 – London (XOYO)
2 – Ramsgate (Ramsgate Music Hall)

MM Shorts 875: Planchettes


The Planchettes are a duo from New Orleans and purveyors of some pretty mean electric blues.

They have a new four track single out. You can watch the videos for Shackle Me Not and Degenerate Sin from it below and experience first hand what they describe as their very own gritty, dirt-muffled, punch-in-the-face, spider-legged rock’n’roll.

Order the single here.


MM Shorts 866: Elouise

Good old fashioned suicides, murders, and alcoholic depravity followed by church on Sunday—Welcome to Elouise— an eccentric collaboration of Los Angeles-based musicians who came together to create an ominous, raw and cinematic genre of music they identify as Blackgrass.

Debut album Deep Water is a mix of low end drone and virtuosic strings combined with sounds from traditional Bluegrass instrumentation.

Listen to a couple of tracks below…



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)












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.


MM Shorts 858: Ian Francis

Ian Francis

Gun Is Coming is a wonderful slice of swampy folk with radical gospel roots and more than just a whiff of the blues.

It is taken from the upcoming debut from Baltimore singer-songwriter Ian Francis and can be grabbed for a pay-what-you-want deal from Bandcamp here.


Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekYou know the score – a sweep up of some of the week’s best new releases, new tunes and new artists.

This week we have no less than eleven tracks for you including The Avett Brothers, Left Lane Cruiser, The Devil Makes Three, Deerhoof and plenty more.

Dive in…

  1. The Avett Brothers – Satan Pulls The Strings
  2. Band Of Horses – Barrel House
  3. Holly Miranda – Mary Won’t You Call My Name (live)  (Morphine cover)
  4. Wye Oak – Watching The Waiting
  5. The Parrots – Jane Gumb
  6. Left Lane Cruiser – The Pusher
  7. Freedom Fry – Shaky Ground
  8. Morgan Delt – I Don’t Wanna See What’s Happening Outside
  9. The Devil Makes Three – Drunken Hearted Man
  10. GØGGS – Needle Trade Off
  11. Deerhoof – Acceptance Speech













Black Oil Brothers – Talk To Me

The Black Oil Brothers are one of those bands that effortlessly manage to evoke both classic, authentic Delta blues and rootsy, rolling Americana – combining them in a way that suggest campfire singalong as much as liquor fuelled Mississippi roadhouses.

Talk To Me, with its bluesy slide guitar, is the perfect case in point, and comes from forthcoming long player Mean Business which is out on the 8th July.

Have a listen.


Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 19)

Nickel In The Jukebox

Another day, another dollar. Or nickel in this case. Check out Volume 19 of our virtual jukebox with another ten tunes of all shapes and sizes taken from our bulging in-box.


The Van T’s – 35mm  [RIYL: Surf-rock, Hinds, The B-52s]


Wonky Tonk – Suitors  [RIYL: Independent Country,  Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton]


NARCS – Bullingdon Boys  [RIYL: Post-punk, Future Of The Left, Pulled Apart By Horses]


Consolers – Harry  [RIYL: Indie rock, Velvet Underground, Mac DeMarco]


Pure Joy – O’Sullivan  [RIYL: Psych rock, The Kinks, Kurt Vile]


BD Harrington – Black Waves  [RIYL: Singer-songwriters, Bill Callahan, Leonard Cohen]


Blind Pets – Big Kids  [RIYL: Garage grunge, The Cramps, Southern Culture On The Skids ]


Supermoon – Witching Hour!  [RIYL: Moody pop, The Chills, Beach Boys]


Arrows of Love – Toad  [RIYL: Hardcore, Fugazi, McClusky]


Doby Watson – Natural Ice  [RIYL: Confessional Americana, Songs: Ohia, Sun Kil Moon]


Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 18)


Still wading through a massive backlog of high calibre new tunes. Here are ten more of all shapes and sizes for you to check up on and decide hit or miss…


Mud Howlers – Magic Place  [RIYL: Desert-Blues, Led Zeppelin, Richie Valens ]


Mark McGowan – Fugazi  [RIYL: Soulful country, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding]


Casper Skulls – Mink Coats  [RIYL: Noise-punk, Screaming Females, the Dirty Nil]


Gallery Circus – Holland On Fire  [RIYL: Abrasive garage rock, Drenge, Royal Blood]


The Hairs – Barbarians!  [RIYL: Freak-pop, Cloud Nothings, Happy Flowers]


Crepes – Hidden Star  [RIYL: Cosmic surf-pop, Oxygen, Ariel Pink]


Proto Idiot – Idiot Blues  [RIYL: Garage rock, Soft Boys, TV Personalties]


Posture – I Just Can’t Wait To See My Girl  [RIYL: Surf-Pop, Girls, Beach Boys]


Traitrs – Witch Trials  [RIYL: Gothic Post Punk, Bauhaus, The Cure]


Psychic Heat – In Two  [RIYL: Fuzz punk, Thee Oh Sees, The Zombies]