Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category

The Cactus Blossoms are a Minneapolis-based brother duo and will release their forthcoming album Easy Way (out 1st March via Walkie Talkie Records).

This track is a co-write with Dan Auerbach and it is a gorgeous, mellow trip, tinged with a retro vibes and just about perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Stream it here.

 

For a band who released five albums in 2017, over 12-months without anything new seems like an eternity, but Melbourne’s freewheeling 7-piece, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, have ended their musical drought in some style with Cyboogie, a stomping near seven minute electro-shuffle that filters all that’s great about about the band through the Moroder-filter.

Freak out to it below.

 

  1. Spiral Stairs – HYP-NO-TIZED
  2. Lady Lamb – Even In The Tremor
  3. Keston Cobblers’ Club – Esta
  4. Mercury Rev featuring Lucinda Williams – Ode To Billie Joe  (Bobbie Gentry cover)
  5. John Vanderslice – I’ll Wait For You
  6. Rat Boy – Don’t Hesitate
  7. Frankie & The Witch Fingers – Pleasure
  8. BAILEN – I WAs Wrong
  9. Ohmme – Give Me back My Man  (B52’s cover)
  10. Marry Waterson & Emily Barker – Twister

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re thoroughly enjoying our first introduction to Working Men’s Club.

Named after the venues they used to sneak into, they are a new band made up of teenagers from Calder Valley – an area of old mill towns that links Leeds and Manchester.

Their jerky debut single Bad Blood fuses 70s Magazine style guitar lines with the stomp of Parquet Courts’ at their most punky. From The Knack style infectious grooves to half-spoken words with more than a touch of the late, great Mark E Smith drawl about them, it’s the feeling of a Saturday spent scuffing about in thrift stores and hanging out with friends.

Stream it here – ones to keep an eye, and an ear, on!

 

New Song From The Parrots

Posted: January 21, 2019 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Madrid’s finest primordial garage rockers The Parrots have shared their latest song Cigarette Burns, which is brought to you via the always reliable Heavenly Recordings.

Stream it here.

 

  1. Flat Worms – Shouting At The Wall
  2. Cass McCombs – The Great Pixley Train Robbery
  3. Low Life – The Pitts
  4. Weyes Blood – Andromeda
  5. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Cannot Be Saved
  6. Grim Streaker – A.D.D.
  7. Potty Mouth – 22
  8. The Cowboys – Somethings Never Change
  9. Arre! Arre! – Anthem
  10. Shana Cleveland – Face Of The Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 12th April, Native Harrow, an indie folk-pop outfit out of New York’s Hudson River Valley will release their new album Happier Now via Different Time Records.

They have shared the lead single Can’t Go On Like This, which perfectly evokes some of the classic hippy folk sounds of the late 60s and early 70s (as does the cover of the album…).

It is a gently swirling pastoral tune that calls to mind Carole King and Joni Mitchell and Devin Tuel’s gorgeous vocals offer a sweetly invigorating antidote to some of the harsher, confrontational everyday norms that we all now seem to face with depressing regularity.

Uplift yourself – stream it here.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round Up

Here is a quick round up of some new tunes and videos to start the year properly.

First up, Los Angeles duo Girlpool has shared the title track from their upcoming album, What Chaos Is Imaginary, featuring strings, synths, drum machines and stream-of-consciousness lyrics.

 

Australia’s Press Club have emerged from the underground punk scene, to become one of the country’s buzziest new bands. This is new single Suburbia, which comes from upcoming long player Late Teens.

 

Similarly born out of a staunchly independent Melbourne scene, The Stroppies meld brash post-punk and highly melodic, catchy indie guitar pop. Drawing on the classic Flying Nun catalogue as well as local pals The Goon Sax and Twerps, their debut was recorded in two days under tight monetary conditions, hammered out in between shifts at the local operating theatre, Turkish kebabs, bouts of existential dread and corporate sabotage. Check out the video for Cellophane Car.

 

Meg Duffy grew up in a small town in Upstate New York and cut her teeth as a session guitarist and touring member of Kevin Morby’s band. The Hand Habits project emerged after Meg moved to Los Angeles; it started as a private songwriting outlet but soon evolved into a fully-fledged band with Meg at the helm. Hand Habits’ debut album, Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), was released by Woodsist Records in 2017. Two years later, Hand Habits has returned with their sophomore album, placeholder, due out March 1st on Saddle Creek. This is the video for the title track, which on its surface is about a break-up. “Oh but I was just a placeholder/ A lesson to be learned,” a scorned Meg sings over a lush bed of twangy guitars. The blame quickly shifts, though, as Meg begins to take on partial responsibility for the partnership’s collapse: “Oh but now you are just a placeholder/ Blinded by desire/ Oh now you’re just a placeholder for someone wasting time.”

 

Following the release of singles New Moon and Stonehurst Cowboy, Steve Gunn has shared a third song off of The Unseen In Between (out January 18th on Matador Records). The gorgeous Vagabond is named after Gunn’s favourite Agnes Varda film, and could almost be the soundtrack to a Denis Johnson short story or Sam Shepard play, with its rich cast of characters whose lives have gone astray – like Mona who “camped out in a graveyard” and Jean-Pierre who “came from the road, his artwork remains unsold.” Accompanied by gorgeous harmonies from Meg Baird, the song is a meditation on our restless times, an ode to the runaways, drifters, and vagabonds trying to make ends meet. Watch the stylish black and white video for the track.

 

Don’t Hesitate comes from Rat Boy’s upcoming new release Internationally Unknown. It is a blend of anthemic aggro punk with boisterous hip-hop beats, all the while maintaining the personality and attitude that first earned him attention. Meanwhile, the lyrics explore a conflict between outlaws and the police during a post-apocalyptic disorder.

 

The Wave Pictures have shared the video for their new single Shelly, which is taken from their recent album Look Inside Your Heart (out now via Moshi Moshi). Singer and guitarist Dave Tattersall describes the track as, “A love song in the laid back style of late 70s Grateful Dead only with even better lyrics.”

 

Ånge Teenage Angst have released Hanging Party a rather tasty debut single of taut anxiety, angst and darkness from the north of Sweden.

 

Oxford has long had a vibrant and eclectic music scene and our good friend Ronan at Nightshift has been documenting it every single month since before we can remember – ever since Mrs Mackerel introduced us more than quarter of a century ago, he has shared some of our favourite music, film and books with us and even taken us to some Wycombe Wanderers games…

Anyway, here is his track of the year from a brilliant Oxford band called Self Help, and an absolute belter it is too.

Last month Self Help were on the cover [of Nightshift], grinning like the kids who got all the cake and deservedly so, since no other band caused such a frenzy of excitement locally in 2018 as this quartet, who could mix pure, unadulterated exuberance with pure, unadulterated noisy bastardness and make it look and sound like it was as easy as breathing and as much fun as a box of kittens. While their live shows were ebullient celebrations of youthful musical zest and belligerent displays of firepower all at once, the band’s new EP showed they could write cracking pop songs into the bargain, and this track, released as a single in November, was everything we love about Self Help: joy as a musical weapon. A song to leap around your living room to, hug complete strangers in the moshpit to, break all your furniture to and sing along to from the top of mountains or tall building. It’s an absolute blast from start to finish, and since it’s just three minutes long, you can rewind and play it again and again til they come to take you away.

Have a listen. Get the EP here.