Archive for the ‘Garage’ Category

  1. The Decemberists – Once In My Life
  2. The Black Lips & The Khan Family – Too Much In Love
  3. The Hold Steady – Eureka
  4. Flasher – Skim Milk
  5. Jess Williamson – I See The White
  6. Hinds – The Club
  7. Forth Wanderers – Nevermine
  8. Gang Of Four – Lucky
  9. Courtney Marie Andrews – I’ve Hurt Worse
  10. Half Waif – Torches
  11. Iron & Wine – Tomorrow On The Runway  (Innocence Mission cover)
  12. Neko Case – Hell-On















New EP From Birdskulls

Posted: March 7, 2018 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Rock

The unfailingly reliable Art Is Hard record label have a bunch of tasty looking releases coming up in the next few weeks or so, and amongst them is a new self-titled four-track EP by Birdskulls.

Why not listen to the grungy, hook-filled Sleep Walking below, and order the EP via Bandcamp here.


We’re big fans of Table Scraps’ fuzzed-up, scuzzy rock’n’roll that draws as much from Dinosaur Jr as it does the Cramps or even Suicide.

Excellent new single I’m A Failure (from just released, and also excellent long player Autonomy), comes with a top notch sock-puppet video. And frankly anyone who doesn’t love a sock puppet doesn’t have a soul.

Watch it here.



Friday Round Up

Time for a quick and dirty round-up from our unkempt and overflowing in-box, looking back over the past month or so.

We have fuzzy art-rock from Sego who mix together warped psych rock and indie pop to create bleak pop songs that soar into big hooks and brilliant melodic noise. Opting for a slower tempo on Cigarette Kids, their most recent single is less skronk and more groove, a song that captures the mood of early shoegaze and post-punk.


Brooklyn three-piece Big Bliss deliver shimmering, jangling, energetic post punk, Override is the b-side to latest single Contact.


The Monster from Bird Concerns features gritty guitars, tight vocal harmonies and driving drum beats. Fueled by early musical influences of punk and garage artists, this is an excellent three and a half minute surf rock confessional.


Not much known about the excellently named The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness, but they have a lovely line in sugary, jangle pop of C86 vintage. Listen to Nervous Man.


We’ve featured Falmouth based Tinnedfruit a couple of times and new single Oh Matron is another tasty slice of fuzzed up garage psych.


Vancouver trip Bad Pop shared the gentle On Your Own, a sweetly melancholic slacker-pop song.


Ricky Hell & The Voidboys take their name and influences from obvious sources, but their self-styled Cleveland gutter-pop works brilliantly on the buzzsaw riff and nihilistic lyrics of The Feeling Is Alright. It comes from their Hell Is Real album available on Bandcamp.


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


The Tillers’ are a country string band capable of seamlessly moving from hard-tackle thump to tender graceful melody – lightening-fast banjo to intricate guitar flat picking, plaintive fiddle, deep anchoring bass and clear tenor harmonies. Revolution Row comes from their new self-titled record, which is out next month.


Lastly we have some more snotty, psych-surf rock ‘n’ roll sound in the vein of The Cramps or Ty Segall, from Brighton’s Strange Cages. They’ve appeared on MM a few times and excellent new single Hypothalamus Blues combines elements of krautrock and post-punk with a paranoid, schizophrenic vocal.


  1. Screaming Females – I’ll Make You Sorry
  2. Car Seat Headrest – Fallen Horses  (Smash Mouth cover)
  3. Sunflower Bean – Twentytwo
  4. Wavves & Culture Abuse – Big Cloud
  5. Mount Eerie – Tintin In Tibet
  6. Speedy Ortiz – Lucky 88
  7. Wye Oak – It Was Not Natural
  8. Rixe – La Cle
  9. Melvins – Stop Moving To Florida
  10. Table Scraps – Lyin’ Thru Yer Teeth
  11. Father John Misty – Mr. Tillman
  12. Freedom Fry – Classic













March 16th will see the release of San Diego based Hot Snakes’ Jericho Sirens, the band’s fourth album, and their first in 14 long years. It will be out on Sub Pop Records.

We’ve already shared Six Wave Hold Down and now we have the equally good second offering from the new record, entitled, Death Camp Fantasy, it is another doozy of snarling garage punk.

Stream it here.


  1. PJ Harvey & Harry Escott – An Acre Of Land
  2. Goat Girl – The Man
  3. Screaming Females – No More I Love You’s  (Annie Lennox cover)
  4. EELS – Today Is The Day
  5. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Middle America
  6. King Tuff – Psycho Star
  7. Say Sue Me – Old Town
  8. Shakey Graves – Counting Sheep
  9. Plain Dog – Reptile Boy











  1. Hookworms – Static Resistance
  2. Thurston Moore – Mx Liberty
  3. Olden Yolk – Vital Sign
  4. King Tuff – The Other
  5. Wye Oak – The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
  6. Alexis Krauss & The Our Land Collective – Our Land
  7. Charly Bliss – The Way You Wear Your Head  (Nada Surf cover)
  8. A Place To Bury Strangers – Never Coming Back
  9. The Messthetics – Serpent Tongue
  10. Bat Fangs – Boy Of Summer












Brooklyn’s Las Rosas will release their excellent Christa 7″ this Friday via Greenway Records. It’s currently available for pre-order on pink vinyl, limited to 200 copies.

The 7″ pairs the title track with an exclusive b-side Lost Cat. Both tracks feature the band’s catchy, effervescent, psych-tinged brand of garage rock.

Stream both below.



Not sure what it is about southern Europe at the moment, but hot on the heels of our belated discovery of Italy’s brilliant Bee Bee Sea, we have Portugal’s Sunflowers.

They have an album coming out on February 9th, titled Castle Spell and the two tracks we have for you are just about as good as it gets in terms of full-on, punked-up, psych-rock riffola.

They’ve both been on repeat and both will be in the end of year best of lists – guaranteed.

Check out the pulverising riffing of the title track and the equally good Sleepy Sun. Fabulous stuff.