MAINLAND – Permission Slip

A couple of years ago we described Brooklyn band MAINLAND as creating urgent and erratic tunes influenced by the likes of Guided By Voices and Lou Reed.

Now they are back with a burst of uptempo, breezy, indie-pop that is as charming as it is effervescent.

Listen to Permission Slip below.


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.


MM Shorts 885: The Inspired & The Sleep

The Inspired & The Sleep’s new single is an upbeat mix of psych flecked dream pop in the vein of Foster the People or Metronomy.

Listen to the insistent, bouncy  fizz of Getting Through below.


Video Tuesday: (8) Navy Gangs

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 eighth offering is the exuberant garage tinged, indie rock of Navy Gangs and the fuzzy, catchy delights of Mondays.




Video Tuesday: (4) DTCV

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…

Fourth are  French garage-posters DTCV and their video for Histoire Seule.






MM Shorts 883: Savage Mansion


Everyone To The Savage Mansion is the debut ep from Glasgow’s Savage Mansion.

It contains four tracks of effervescent power-pop informed by the likes of Big Star, Teenage Fanclub and Guided By Voices and is well worth some ear-time.

Buy from Bandcamp here.


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]


MM Shorts 882: Many Voices Speak

 Many Voices Speak’s debut Away for All Time EP is out on the 28th October.

Her version of the classic Rodgers and Hart ballad, Blue Moon is an out-take from the recording sessions for the EP.

Melancholic, mournful, and in parts chilling, it is well worth a listen. And check out Video Child from the EP proper as well.


New From Pale Honey

pale honey

We’ve posted about Swedish duo Pale Honey a few times in the past, but they have been pretty quiet for the past eighteen months or so. The pair have oft drawn comparisons to the likes of PJ Harvey and Sleater-Kinney, but there is a lot more to them than mere pale imitation.

What is certain is that they have their own breed of nervy, direct, and distortion heavy indie rock at their disposal and happily their new single Real Thing sees the band continue to plough these furrows, but also experiment more with percussion and electronics.

Stream it here.