Archive for the ‘Pop’ Category

  1. Eels – The Deconstruction
  2. The Decemberists – Severed
  3. No Age – Send Me
  4. Haley Heynderickx – Untitled God Song
  5. Hot Snakes – Six Wave Hold-Down
  6. Bonny Doon – I Am here (I Am Alive)
  7. Radkey – Not Smart
  8. Micah P. Hinson – Beneath The Rose ((Marc Riley BBC 6 Music Session 06/11/2012)
  9. Jack Cooper – Fat Old Sun  (Pink Floyd cover)
  10. The Soft Moon – Choke
  11. The Exbats – I Was In Your Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Single From The Orielles

Posted: January 16, 2018 in Disco, Electronic, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Halifax’s fast-rising The Orielles have announced details of the excellently titled Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist), the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming debut album, Silver Dollar Moment which is released on the 16th February via Heavenly Recordings.

Talking about the track, the band said:

“Blue Suitcase is a track that was mostly written over the last few days of summer, inspired by events, discussions and ‘philosophical’ musings that took place in the studio during the recording of the album. We wanted to completely let loose with the track, combining psych- garage wig outs with elements of our favourite disco and dance boogie tracks, such as Luther Davis Group’s ‘You Can Be A Star’ and Rita Lee’s ‘Chega Mais’. The lyrics also fuse together an anecdotal story of spotting an unaccompanied case on a train platform, and the allegorical discussions and theories that followed. This included topics ranging from Schrodingers Cat to James and the Giant Peach!”

Sounds good! Hear for yourself.

 

Another of our round-ups of songs we should have posted from the end of 2017.

Restless was a stomping single from Brooklyn-based folk rocker Common Jack. It’s anthemic take on Americana draws favourable comparisons to Lumineers, Neil Young and The Avett Brothers.

 

Swedish indie rockers Francobello shared Future Lover, which rises and falls, building to a crescendo of gorgeous harmonies and ferocious guitar runs.

 

LA-based Space-Psych outfit Tombstones In Their Eyes released an excellent Double A-side single towards the end of the year. Listen to the cavernous, post-rock soundscape of Shutting Down.

 

Family Fiction are a four-piece based in Brighton. They lie somewhere between indie folk and Americana in style and this is their most recent single, Old Money.

 

Trudy and the Romance take the good-hearted ramshackles off Jonathan Richman, punch out The Four Freshmen’s surf harmonies and scruff them up through the raw audacity of the noughties whilst tightrope-dancing somewhere between reality and fantasy. Twist It, Shake It. Rock & Roll comes from their recent Junkyard Jazz EP.

 

The alluring, ghostly folk of Waterloo Suns comes from Richmond based duo Lean Year’s eponymous debut record.

 

New York City trio Show Me The Body released 7″ single Challenge Coin back in November. K-9 is the A side, a potent mix of hardcore and punk.

 

Italian band Bee Bee Sea play a fuzzed-out mix of garage and psych that’s drawn comparisons to Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips, and King Gizzard. D.I. Why Why Why comes from their sophomore LP, Sonic Boomerang.

 

Adam Barnes is local to us and Electron was the third single to be released from his upcoming album Vacancy At Nasa, which is due for release on 7th February. It tells the tale of Donald Crowhurst – an amateur sailor who quit his job to enter the Golden Globe Boat race in the sixties – and unfolds the lies and psychotic episodes as he sailed ‘the Teignmouth Electron’ to his tragic death.

 

We finish with psych-rock outfit Elephant Fire music video for the swirling Natural Heart, the title track of their recently released album.

 

  1. First Aid Kit – Ruins
  2. Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain
  3. Suuns – Watch You, Watch Me
  4. Alela Diane – Ether & Wood
  5. Nap Eyes – I’m Bad Now
  6. Prism Tats – Daggers
  7. Public Access T.V. – Lost In The Game
  8. U.S. Girls – Pearly Gates
  9. Sunflower Bean – Crisis Fest
  10. Rik & The Pigs – America
  11. Frankie Cosmos – Jesse
  12. Kal Marks – Today I Walked Down To The Tree, Read A Book, And When I Was Done I Went Back Inside
  13. Shitkid – Yooouuu
  14. H.C. McEntire – Quartz In The Valley
  15. Van William – Cosmic Sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Gallo Covers Nada Surf

Posted: January 10, 2018 in Indie, Music, Pop, Post Punk, Rock
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In celebration of the 15th anniversary of their seminal album Let Go, Nada Surf are self-releasing Standing At The Gates: The Songs of Nada Surf’s Let Go, a charity album featuring a diverse list of artists covering the record including Aimee Mann, Rogue Wave, Ed Harcourt, Manchester Orchestra, Charly Bliss, Holly Miranda, Adia Victoria, and more.

To ring in the announcement, the band has shared Ron Gallo’s cover of Happy Kid. Of his version, he says, “I first heard Nada Surf on a mix CD a friend made me in high school that was pretty life-changing. It was 20+ songs from bands I had never heard of before. It opened the door to “underground” or “indie” music for me, and also the door to actually good songs being written by weirdos in the present day, which I didn’t know existed from listening to mostly south jersey pop-punk and hardcore music. I’m pretty sure it was the song “Paper Boats” from Let Go. I really sucked at making music back then so it’s cool to have this resurface many years later and be able to be apart of the compilation.

Listen below. The album is out digitally on the 2nd February and on CD a month later.

 

Suck The Blood From My Wound is the third single to be shared from Ezra Furman’s upcoming album Transangelic Exodus. It is a choppy, hook filled indie rocker that dials up the intensity and paranoia from his previous releases.

Listen below, and pre-order the album, which is out on the 9th February, here.

 

Yep, the good stuff from last year keeps on coming…

This time, we begin with Flesh from post-punk duo Chastity, a chaotic, antagonistic and downright eerie single released way back in October.

 

Cut Worms (a.k.a. Max Clarke) shared Song of the Highest Tower, a seven minute track that combines a poignant, nostalgic Americana with classic Roy Orbison style licks.

 

At the other end of the musical spectrum is the violent, post-hardcore squall of Big Heet’s slow burning anthem Failure At Work.

 

Taking their influences from NEU and Faust, as well as the space rock of Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, Swedish Kraut-Rock three-piece Norma released a timely ode to seasonal affective disorder and inner demons of all kinds on their new single S.A.D.

 

Feed is a rock band from Seattle, WA. With fuzz pedals set to melted, phasers are wide and slimey, and amps that are cookin’, listen to blistering first single, Different Life.

 

Apparently Neko Case’s track Deep Red Bells is about a about a serial killer that stalked the Northwest. On his version of the track Mark Erelli gives the vocal a appropriately sinister edge…

 

The Good Graces is an indie-folk collective based in Atlanta, GA formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter Kim Ware, whose plaintive, utterly appealing drawl of a voice grounds each song with raw honesty and homespun warmth. Listen to The First Girl from The Hummingbird EP.

 

Oklahoma band, Helen Kelter Skelter release their sophomore full-length, Melter next week. With vintage organ flourishes over frenetic bass lines, vocals delivered with glam rock swagger over subtle and intricate guitar work, deep in the mix, droning loops, and pulsing beats it promises to be a cracker. Listen to lead-off single Minding.

 

We loved Breakfast Muff’s track R U A Feminist which almost made it into our end of year lists. Clam is another excellent track from the uncompromising Glasgow DIY pop trio, who all switch between guitar, bass and drums in a cacophony of anxiety, celebration and creativity.

 

Lastly we have Future Tense from Daddy Lion. It nods its head to the classic new wave and the indie rock sound of the 90s,  a la REM and Bob Mould.

 

  1. Titus Andronicus – Number One (In New York)
  2. Dream Wife – Hey Heartbreaker
  3. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Echo
  4. Moon Duo – Jukebox Babe  (Alan Vega cover)
  5. Mind Spiders – Furies
  6. Sonny Smith – Burnin’ Up (featuring Angel Olsen)
  7. Corey Flood – Feel Okay
  8. Fidlar – Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle  (Nirvana cover)
  9. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Muddy Water
  10. First Aid Kit – Fireworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re pretty glad to see the back of 2017, and looking forward to our ten year anniversary this year as well as lots of new music to post and share. However, before that, and as is traditional for MM, we’re going to round up some tunes from the past two or three months that should have made it on to the blog, but for whatever reason never quite got there.

Without further ado, let’s kick off with PLAZA’s blistering, grunge-pop anthem Speak It.

 

Mining a similar vein are Durham’s Yada Yada Yada’s and single Oceans, which should find favour with fans of Wavves and Yuck.

 

Next up is some LA indie punk from Black Adidas and the gravelly vocals and crunchy guitars of the uncompromisingly titled Free Shit.

 

Father Mountain’s Friends is a cracking slice of punchy, intense indie rock.

 

The Cohen-esque Ballad of the Quiet Citizen is a beautifully poetic and haunting track from Amsterdam based singer-songwriter Van Wyck.

 

By contrast, the infectious Mott-like piano romp Dominoes in Drag from The Paranoid Style is a rollicking, toe-tapping mash of glam and jangle-rock.

 

The brilliant Next To Nothing by Swedish psych-rockers Sekel is a propulsive, pulsating track that blurs the lines between repetitive, hypnotic krautrock rhythms and biting, angular post-punk.

 

Gun Outfit offer some perfect cosmic country vibes with the gorgeous Landscape Painter.

 

In a more honky-tonk vein is Jacob Thomas Jr.’s Whiskey Roller Coaster, a rock-infused, alt-country journey that finds him reflecting on his favorite vice.

 

Finally The Orielles came up with another slice of sublime, jangly indie pop with their single Let Your Dogtooth Grow.

 

 

Our final personal list of the year is from the fairest, and finest, of fishes… Mrs Mackerel.

2017: probably a year when I’ve listened to the least new music in recent times, so this is very much a short list in all senses.

Life – and death – gets in the way sometimes.

10 PINS – Serve the Rich
It’s no surprise that Jamie Hince of The Kills produced this anti-Conservative polemic. It may be no surprise then that I like this so much.

 

9 Queens of the Stone Age – The Way You Used To Do
I just really, really love the frenetic pace of the drumming on this tune, which greatly appeals to my rock chick lineage. There are some things that I just haven’t grown out of.

 

8 The Divine Comedy – To the Rescue
This songs punctuates a particularly difficult point in the year and its wistful sadness reminds me very much of that time. Apparently, it’s dedicated to Neil Hannon’s long term girlfriend, who cares for mistreated and neglected horses over in Ireland. Perhaps MM will pen a similar tune for me as my plan for feline domination of West Oxfordshire takes hold?

 

7 The Moonlandingz – Vessels
Oh hello, here’s another dominant drum roll – I seem to be developing a theme… A fantastic slice of psychedelic, electro pop as recommended to me by my very good friend, Mr Nightshift.

 

6 Mark Lanegan – Beehive
Much as I suspect that Lanners’ liver might be held together with vinegar and brown paper, his voice retains the growling, tremulous signature that is all his own. Sweeping guitars and a catchy chorus made this one to remember – and he was spellbinding live.

 

5 Cherry Glazer – Nurse Ratched
I loved this song right from the off, dedicated to the avenging angel who needs no introduction, Nurse Ratched. Some lovely twiddly guitar bits and harmonies, presumably as an antidote to Nurse R’s very individual bedside manner.

 

4 Cabbage – Celebration of Disease
Scratchy guitars and an earworm of a chorus meant that this was always going to bed itself into my subconscious. A celebration of a disease, a symptom of emotional greed/A celebration of disease, corrected by technology/A celebration of disease, a prescription to the new age dream.

 

3 Whispertown – Born to Ride
A floaty Americana sound with an ode to the open road and the promise of freedom, delivered through Morgan Nagler’s wonderfully hazy vocals. Hey watch out, the road will try to own you. I often sing this to the dog as we set off on our daily trek. Not really.

 

2 Laura Marling – Don’t Pass Me By
Semper Femina was my album of the year; the one I listened to on repeat. There’s something about the melancholy of her vocals over the finger-picking guitar beneath that’s so haunting: Take my old tune/Turn it into something new/Something good. Laura Marling is peerless, a one-off.

 

1 Big Thief – Shark Smile
So I thought I would crown my top ten with another uplifting ditty: a road trip song that ends in tragedy. The understated delivery of the lyrics, undercut with the slidey guitar are so tender you can almost hear her heart breaking. A very worthy, if rather poignant, number one.

 

This year’s footnote:

Louis Armstrong – We have all the Time in the World

We have all the love in the world
If that’s all we have, you will find
We need nothing more.

This one’s always for you, Dad. Our goodbye song.