Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category

MM Shorts 908: The Mites

Posted: January 17, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

The Mites play the kind of girl-fronted alternative rock that seamlessly blends power pop, lo-fi, and elements of shoegaze into muscular slabs of pop perfection that harken back to the golden years of MTV.

Their new EP, Asphalt Ocean, takes the band’s tried-and-true marriage of pop melodies and heavy guitars and puts them on full display on the title track, while the B-side Brianna blends the marred beauty of Medicine with the enchanting harmonies of Cosmic Thing-era B-52s into a hypnotic art-pop lullaby.

Have a listen.


best of the weekDespite already sharing a host of new tracks from the likes of Diet Cig, Pissed Jeans and Laura Marling earlier in the week, we still have nine more new tunes gathered from the past seven days for you.

Lots of female voices this week, which is never a bad thing – check out tracks from Allison Crutchfield, Hand Habits, a gem from Phoebe Bridgers, Cleo Tucker and a nice Violent Femmes cover from BETS. We also have new songs from Cherry Glazerr and Menace Beach, a brand new single from Penelope Isles and another new track from Mark Eitzel.


  1. Allison Crutchfield – I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California
  2. Hand Habits – Sun Beholds Me
  3. Cherry Glazerr – Nuclear Bomb
  4. Menace Beach – Suck It Out
  5. Mark Eitzel – An Answer
  6. Phoebe Bridgers – Smoke Signals
  7. Penelope Isles – Cut Your Hair
  8. Cleo Tucker – Minute In Your Mind
  9. BETS – Gone Daddy Gone  (Violent Femmes cover)











MM Shorts 906: Hiccup

Posted: January 11, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Punk, Rock

Hiccup pen breakneck songs within the realm of girl-group pop meets buzzsaw distorted guitars that the Ramones pioneered. Imaginary Enemies, the trio’s debut full-length effort will be released on Father/Daughter Records on March 24.

Listen to the effervescently infectious track Teasing’, a perfectly judged track of punk immediacy shot through with a classic pop sensibility.


Nickel In The Jukebox

Welcome to our first Nickel in the Jukebox feature of 2017. Ten recent, and not-so-recent, tunes scooped up over the past couple of months from our bulging in-box. We have everything from noisy punk to swamp-blues and mellow folk and all points in-between. Something for everyone as the cliche goes – and you decide hit or miss!


EAT FAST – Sand Drone  [RIYL: Fuzz Rock, No Age, Ty Segall]


Courtney Marie Andrews – Rookie Dreaming  [RIYL: Country, Caitlin Rose, Hooray For The Riff Raff]


Rebel Kind – Just For Fools  [RIYL: punk-pop, Alvvays, Best Coast]


Meat Wave – Incessant  [RIYL: lo-fi punk, The Men, Woolen Men]


Sewer Rats – Mother Acid  [RIYL: Stoner rock, Motorhead, The Doors]


A Valley Son – In The Low Late Of The Late Afternoon [RIYL: Country soul, Dr. Dog, Allman Brothers Band]


Charlotte Carpenter – Lately  [RIYL: Confessional folk, Joni Mitchell, Marika Hackman]


Hardcore Sex – Clarksdale, MS  [RIYL: Swamp Blues, Scott H Biram, Dead Weather]


Thula Borah – The Psychopath Test  [RIYL: Post-rock, My Bloody Valentine, Silversun Pickups ]


Heat – Sometimes  [RIYL: Post-punk, Echo & The Bunnymen, Merchandise]



best of the weekWe’re back with our regular weekly round-up of the best new releases of the past seven days.

As might be expected a slightly slow start being our first of the year, but still seven tracks for your listening pleasure including tasty covers from Flo Morrisey with Matthew E White and Gooch Palms, some brutal, hardcore noise from Uniform, another taster from their new albums from RainbrotherThe Shins and Boss Hog and a MM debut for Gold Connections.


  1. Flo Morrisey & Matthew E White – Sunday Morning  (Velvet Underground cover)
  2. The Shins – Name For You
  3. Gooch Palms – Tomorrow  (Silverchair cover)
  4. Uniform – The Killing Of America
  5. Gold Connections – New Religion
  6. Rainbrother – Blue
  7. Boss Hog – 17









Jens Lekman’s long awaited follow up to 2012’s I Know What Love Isn’t is called Life Will See You Now, and it is out on 17th February via Secretly Canadian.

The first single is the lyrically melancholic, yet tropically upbeat What’s That Perfume That You Wear?

Listen below.


Another From Yucky Duster

Posted: December 31, 2016 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock


Here is another taste from Yucky Duster’s forthcoming EP Duster’s Lament, the first release of 2017 from Infinity Cat.

The Ropes is a sublime two minute of off-kilter jangle pop – a sweetly judged mix of 60s harmonies, twee indie and psych-pop, with just the right amount of woozy haziness beneath the bubblegum surface.

Listen below. It is out on 13th January – pre-order here.



Purveyors of mighty fine 60s influenced garage punk and jangly power pop, LA’s Cigarette Bums will release their new, self-titled album in March.

With influences ranging from The Stooges, Stones, and The Black Lips to name a few, we’re looking forward to getting acquainted with the full record, but for now have a listen to the rather good Death In Texas and order from Bandcamp here.


First Snow is a collection of six wintery songs from dream poppers The Arctic Flow. All the songs have been previously released as singles, compilation tracks and b-sides, but they have been unavailable for some time.

Each song is set in winter, or feels like winter. There are also two Christmas songs in this collection – listen to Do You Hear What I Hear below, and get the whole thing as a free download from Bandcamp.


Communal Bathroom’s have offered us a wry festive folk song about family disharmony around the dinner table on Christmas Day. Apparently the single is musically influenced by Bob Dylan & The Band and the South Yorkshire carolling tradition!

Give it a spin.