New Video: Quiet Quiet Band – In The Body

We shared Quiet Quiet Band’s excellent In The Body at the start of the month, but here is the band’s new video for the track.

The song is a deliciously lilting country-swing voyaging on a sashaying groove of woody bass and shuffling brushes, while violas flurry and electric guitars flare.

Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekHere they are, all rounded up in a nice neat package for you – eight new releases from the past week.

They include the return of punk blues band Boss Hog after sixteen years, and of desert blues aficionados Tiniariwen as well as new singles from IDLES, Our Girl, and Sundara Karma amongst others.


  1. Boss Hog – Wichita Grey
  2. IDLES – Well Done
  3. Esme Patterson – Not Feeling Any Pain  (William Elliott Whitmore cover)
  4. Our Girl – No Big Deal
  5. joyride! – Girls Who Wanna Realize Themselves
  6. Forth Wanderers – Nerves
  7. Tinariwen – Ténéré Tàqqàl
  8. Sundara Karma – Olympia










Fauna Twin – Hydra EP

An unorthodox collaboration borne of Paris and Wales, Fauna Twin is a duo combining ultra suave pop, Lynchian imagery and macabre lyrics rooted in traditional folklore and coming together into one catchy as hell psychedelic labyrinth. A kind of hybrid shoegazish-drama-pop if you will.

On their new Hydra EP, standard pop arrangements are twisted into something unique, innovative and subtly savage, and nowhere more so than on Edge of the Coin.

Have a listen.


Video Tuesday: (7) The Wharves

We have too many good videos for too many good songs in our inbox and it would not be right not to share. So we will be dedicating the rest of today to video only posts…

Seventh up is The Wharves who combine gracefully minimal psyche-rock with fuzzed out folk, and the video for L’autre.


Video Tuesday: (3) Jack Ingram

We have too many good videos for too many good songs in our inbox and it would not be right not to share. So we will be dedicating the rest of today to video only posts…

Our third offering comes from Jack Ingram and the late-night Americana feel of I’m Drinking Through It.


Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 25)

Nickel In The Jukebox

The in-box overfloweth with new tunes, videos and music of every variety. Even once we’ve deleted the electro-trance-house-mash-up-rave-bangers and all the shitty remixes there are still far too many good tracks to share with you.

Here are ten of them – from baroque pop to slacker indie rock and from pastoral Americana to garage punk. An eclectic digital jukebox and something for anyone with a modicum of taste and an enquiring mind. You decide, hit or miss.


Jay Leo Phillips – (Do The) 20th Century  [RIYL: Post-punk, Wire, Elvis Costello]


Luke De-Sciscio – Vivid Love  [RIYL: Singer-songwriters, Jeff Buckley, Ben Howard]


Lower Plenty – Bondi’s Dead  [RIYL: Psych-folk, Blank Realm, Timber Timbre]


Michigan Rattlers – Last Week  [RIYL: Alt-country, Whiskeytown, Old 97’s]


Sam Kogon – Something’s Wrong  [RIYL: Baroque pop, Beach Boys, Coke Weed]


Magana – Inches Apart  [RIYL: Alternative pop, St Vincent, Scout Niblett]


Catch Prichard – Hometown  [RIYL: Pastoral Americana, Townes Van Zandt, A.A. Bondy]


Drakulas – Neon Town  [RIYL: Garage punk, Marked Men, Dickies]


Girl Ray – Trouble  [RIYL: Lo-fi pop, Cate le Bon, Veronica Falls ]


Golden Suits – Don’t Let Love Go By  [RIYL: Indie folk, Department of Eagles, Randy Newman]


Arborist Share Dark Stream


Dark Stream is the new single from Northern Ireland’s Arborist. Beginning with a stark, quasi-funeral horn it launches in to a haunting and affecting lament, awash with typically gorgeous melodies and arrangements that showcase Mark McCambridge’s rich vocals and thoughtful songwriting.

We’ve already shared the six minute ramble of A Man Of My Age and the subtly melancholic I Heard Him Leaving, but this may well be the best of them all so far. All come from forthcoming album Home Burial, due out on 11 November via Kirkinrola Records.

Have a listen.


Springtime Carnivore – Midnight Room

Following her recent collaboration with Katy Goodman of La Sera on an excellent covers album Take It, It’s Yours, LA singer/songwriter Greta Morgan aka Springtime Carnivore released her own second album Midnight Room last week.

It is a record borne of a relationship breakup and subsequent insomnia, and is in equal parts reflective, questioning, tender and heartbreaking.

There are echoes of Neko Case and Jenny Lewis, and excursions into folk, indie pop and electronica, but more than anything else, this is an assured and self-possessed record with a clear identity of its own.

Listen to the beautifully melancholic title track, the jaunty yet delicate  Raised By Wolves and the arrestingly cryptic Double Infinity.




Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekYou know the score by now.

This week we have new tunes from Thee Oh Sees, Potty Mouth, Menace Beach, Mutual Benefit, Honeyblood, Crystal Fairy, Jacuzzi Boys, Hazel English, Teen Suicide and some vintage 60s garage rock from Film Jacket 35.

Enjoy the weekend.

  1. Thee Oh Sees – The Poem
  2. Menace Beach – Maybe We’ll Drown
  3. Hazel English – Control
  4. Potty Mouth – Smash Hit
  5. Teen Suicide – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  6. Honeyblood – Babes Never Die
  7. Mutual Benefit – Getting Gone
  8. Film Jacket 35 – Waiting For A Way Out
  9. Jacuzzi Boys – Lucky Blade
  10. Crystal Fairy – Drugs On The Bus












Communist Daughter – Balboa Bridge

Here is another track from Communist Daughter’s upcoming long player The Cracks That Built the Wall which is out October 21.

Balboa Bridge is a beautiful, gently rolling folk song, but one which covers some difficult and troubling topics – primarily the struggles with mental health and the loneliness and isolation that can come with it.

Frontman John Solomon told Stereogum, “There’s this gorgeous park in the middle of San Diego, and there’s a bridge right in the middle of it that runs over the highway. My mom told me that when she was younger, they used to call that suicide bridge. I remember the times when I was thinking of that option, and how far away that bridge was from me, All I could think about was that it was this place, so far away from that basement in Wisconsin where I was getting high, it was this magical place in my mind where I wouldn’t feel the way I did anymore.

Have a listen.