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A little earlier this month, we were very sad to learn of the loss of Psychic Ills founder, frontman, and songwriter Tres Warren at just 41 years old. Regulars on MM, at the time of his death, Warren was overflowing with creativity, actively writing new songs, and excited about the next phase of the band and was getting ready to go into the studio alongside longtime collaborator Elizabeth Hart and their bandmates to record the sixth Psychic Ills full-length, which was supposed to be out this fall.

While those songs were tragically not recorded, the band did record a pair of covers for a new 7″, which we’ve got for you today. Never Learn Not to Love and Cease to Exist are the first new Psychic Ills songs to be released since 2016’s Inner Journey Out, and while they no longer precede a new album as originally intended, they stand as a celebration of Tres Warren’s beautiful musical spirit. You can listen to both songs now, and order the vinyl from the Sacred Bones website.

Originally appearing on The Beach Boys 1969 album 20/20, credited to Dennis Wilson and with changes to the arrangement and lyrics, Never Learn Not To Love was written as Cease To Exist by a then unknown songwriter named Charles Manson. His version would eventually appear on his album Lie: The Love and Terror Cult, released in 1970, by which time he was already incarcerated for the events that he is most commonly known for today.

Stream them both below.

 

 

Cabbage are back in our time of global crisis to share a new single – You’ve Made An Art Form (From Falling To Pieces) is three minutes of wiry, full-bodied and typically erudite new-wave-post-punk-agit-indie.

Watch the band immersed in a world of heady, arts and crafts-meets-shroomy psychedelia for the single’s colourful video.

Now just need to find something to fill the other twenty three hours and fifty six minutes of daily lockdown…

 

Brooklyn band SAVAK have shared their latest single, What is Compassion?, from their forthcoming album, the excellently titled, Rotting Teeth In The Horse’s Mouth.

It is a wonderfully bleak sub-three minute blast of spiky, but infectious, post-punk.

Another city
Reduced to rubble
Assets sold off
Are we surprised?

Stream it here.

 

 

End of the World permitting, they will tour here in May.

May 15 – Cambridge – The Blue Moon
May 16 – London – The Lexington – with Dealing With Damage
May 17 – Nottingham – JT Soar
May 18 – Newcastle – The Cumberland Arms
May 19 – Glasgow – The Old Hairdresser’s
May 20 – Manchester – The Peer Hat
May 21 – Liverpool – Outpost
May 22 – Stoke-on-Trent – Pilgrims Pit – with Radioactivity

Nazarbayev Applause Laughing is the latest single from David Cronenberg’s Wife, taken from new album The Ship (Necrologies).

It is another example of their brilliant lo-fi antifolk that thrums along in a hypnotic and surreal way. Acerbic and bleakly black humoured, the band are an acquired taste, but for those of you who like the off-kilter, the weird and the musical equivalent of the League of Gentlemen, look no further.

 

 

Bristol’s LICE are back with a brand new single Conveyor, via their own label Settled Law.

LICE first gained national attention with debut single The Human Parasite, which we loved, and which established a literate, eccentric brand of satirical art-punk.

But what has followed has been a complete about-turn. Disillusioned with the sonic conservatism, twee platitudes and toothless commentary of the ‘satirical guitar music boom’ they were now aligned with, LICE began a period of sonic and lyrical experimentation – subverting the prevailing aesthetics and ideas of contemporary punk. They forged a new line in driving, experimental art-rock. Taking cues from science fiction and early 20th century polemicists, their new lyrics use vivid prose-based vignettes (replete with sharp character arcs, black humour and absurdist storylines) to set out bold stances on satire, humanity, and the content and direction of art.

Conveyor the first of these new songs, brings us to The Wasteland – the nationless space inhabited by the new music’s stories and cast of characters. We are introduced to its raging, Shakespearian protagonist The Conveyor, and their mission to expose the mysterious R.D.C.’s plots to engineer the human race’s self-destruction; a journey that will take us through sci-fi odysseys and Burroughsian grotesques. LICE thereby declare a new period, presenting a satirical music commensurate to these militant years.

Sound fun? Give it a listen.

 

BRITISH SERATAS TOUR

10th March – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
11th March – Glasgow, Hug and Pint
12th March – Manchester, Castle Hotel
13th March – Newcastle, Cluny 2
14th March – Birmingham, Dead Wax
16th March – Southampton, Heartbreakers
17th March – Brighton, Green Door Store
18th March – London, Shacklewell Arms
19th March – Bristol, The Island

The Men – Breeze

Posted: January 29, 2020 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Rock
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The Men are stalwarts of MM posts. Back with a new album (their eighth) titled Mercy, which is out on the 14th February via Sacred Bones, they have shared a first taste with Breeze.

For those of you expecting a total fuzzed out stomper… you got it!

Listen below.

 

Porridge Radio are pretty new to us, but we’re loving the sounds of latest single Sweet.

Sweet is a schizophrenic sounding track – on the one hand the verses are initially, like the song’s title, sweet, almost delicate, but as the song progresses, increasingly angry and cachophonous guitars squall and battle over vocals that are only a couple of decibels shy of unhinged.

The whole package somehow works brilliantly and we’ve had this one on repeat.

The single is taken from their forthcoming album Every Bad due 13th March. Pre-order here.

 

Catch them live:
26th March – Soup Kitchen, Manchester
27th March – Studio 2, Liverpool
28th March – Ritual Union Festival, Bristol
29th March – Glad Cafe, Glasgow
31st March – Record Junkee, Sheffield
1st April – Colours, London
3rd April – The Bullingdon, Oxford
4th April – The Westhill Hall, Brighton

Chris T Popper has been with MM from the very first post. Every year he produces his own list of favourite tunes and here are his selections for 2019. This year he was helped by Stan the greyhound. Next year I’m hoping we get Stan’s choices…

 

10. She Keeps Bees – Kinship
Never got bored of that opening drum groove. Backed up by Jessica Larabee’s smooth intonations it’s aural ketamine for the ears. Her voice really is something special, giving the song an affecting, unique quality.

 

9. Water Music- It Ain’t Over…
As time went by I got proper gripped up by this tune. It’s dreamlike; alternating between the plaintive wonderfully sparse vocal to a splendid guitar pay-off three quarters through. ‘Everyone’s a leader but no one’s got a plan’ warbles Matty Barker, the creative force behind Water Music. Which seems to nail it, the year 2019 summed up in 9 words.

 

8. DJ Shadow (feat Rockwell Knuckles, Tef Poe, Daemon) – Urgent, Important, Please Read
Over Shadow’s gnarled chords and clashing drum breaks, Rockwell Knuckles, Tef Poe and Daemon take turns to administer the warnings. Angry and bleak it also feels kind of uplifting which is what makes it so interesting for me. Buried inside is a glimmer of hope, somewhere. A properly brutal record when played loud, which is always an added bonus.

 

7. Baxter Dury – Slumlord
Every time I sit down at the laptop to write about this song I play it, quite loud to be fair, to help my creative juices flow. Transfixed I listen to the whole song and by the end I haven’t written a single word. Just listened to it. Again. Baxter Dury has a way with words, a sort of analgesic to the unremittingly dull male solo artists currently filling the airwaves. Baxter’s world is shadowy betting shops, dodgy landlords, grimy comedowns and all the other type of things I readily relate to.

 

6. Lightning Dust – Led Astray
From the album Spectre, their first in four years comes this absolute gem. I’ve kept an eye on Lightning Dust since I heard I Knew, which I think was 2009ish when LD were more of a side project for Amber Webber and Josh Wells. Since the beginning Webber’s vocals have had me under a bit of a spell and the arrangement on Led Astray feels utterly flawless, including some groovy tremolo guitar. This year’s earworm for me, just couldn’t get it out of my noggin.

 

5. Siskiyou – Unreal Erections///Severed Heads
Another four year hiatus for Siskiyou’s Colin Huebert before releasing this mini epic. Whatever is happening in those four years seems to work. There is a sense of wretchedness to the whole song which appeals to my darker inclinations. Although half way through it almost gets upbeat with a wonderfully maniacal ‘ha ha’ thrown in for good measure. It ends up feeling quite playful, horns blaring out but… but… it still feels like it’s simply masking the futility of it all. Echoes of one of my favourite artists Howling Owls, which is as big a compliment as I can pay.

 

4. Hideous Sun Demon – Cheap Association
A deep bassline coupled with a sneering Australian accent is right up there on my list of ‘musical triggers I like’. It’s one of those tunes that hits you square between the eyes at first listen. It’s so damn accessible I was singing along with the ‘Mac DeMarco’ bits from the get-go. With each passing year I find myself getting a little more cynical and disappointed. When I do, I just put this on and I instantly know someone else understands.

 

3. Sleaford Mods – OBCT
I’m in a love/hate relationship with Sleaford Mods (mainly love) and this song encapsulates the problem. The authenticity of what you carp on about. Well everything changes and you can’t be a gobshite forever. Cognitive dissonance with a kazoo. And Fearn’s banging bass line which is guaranteed to get my jaw grinding along. Favourite line of the year is Williamson’s guilty admission ‘You know, now I just fantasiiiissse in a house 3 times the sizzzzzze… of my old one’ A belter of a tune and probably the song I have played the most this year.

 

2. Dry Cleaning – Magic of Meghan
Tackling the complexities of the UK’s relationship with Meghan Markle using a belter of a guitar lick (just like Meghan ‘it’s a smasher!’) and Florence Shaw’s superbly droll narration this is perhaps the only lens to view the chaos through. Considering recent events I like Meghan more and more. Maybe she’ll bring down the monarchy. Fingers crossed.

 

1. hd hausman – a modern weight
So my favourite song of the year… Many a time my greyhound Stanley has pricked up his ears as I whistle the whistling bit from a modern weight for the 9,000th time. He fucking hates this song now. It never grows tired to my ears though. The catchy melody shimmers about your lugholes with multiple layers of instruments and Liam Palmer’s brilliant vocal combining to make a song so packed with emotional punch I can get a bit teary. And I have no idea why. The power of music eh. Stan still hates it though.

 

 

And here we have the final part of our favourite tunes of 2019… Discover and enjoy.

25 UV Race – Mr Blame
A brash, unapologetic race through proto-punk stomp and malodorous glam-punk aesthetics.

 

24 Lonesome Shack – The City is a Desert
Anchored by an insistent country blues refrain that has a touch of something primal about it, and sounds like it could almost be a lost take from the Doors’ LA Woman.

 

 

23 Sudakistan – Automaton
A storming, irresistible slab of psych infused garage rock. Prepare to be pounded into submission.

 

22 Siskiyou – Nothing Disease
Hushed, twilight folk matched with a macabre, ironic pathos. Gorgeous stuff.

 

21 Ezra Furman – Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone
Vicious. A fast and furious thrash. Like an amphetamine fuelled Lou Reed for our own desperate times.

 

20 The Felice Brothers – Special Announcement
I’m saving up my money / To be president / I can promise more berries / On Blueberry Hill / I can promise you this / Charlie Parker on the ten dollar bill
Classic Felice Brothers ramshackle Americana and our favourite lyrics of the year – mobsters eating lobsters in dim-lit rooms!

 

19 The Lumineers – Gloria
A song about addiction and love. The catchy uptempo folky strum is perfectly juxtaposed with the resigned sadness of the lyrics.

 

18 DIIV – Blankenship
Capitalist greed, climate destruction. Explosive riffs and distortion sets off the condemnation perfectly.

 

17 Lightning Dust – Led Astray
A haunting reflective ballad set to cosmic synths.

 

16 The Tallest Man On Earth – I’m A Stranger Now
A poetic, heartbreaking rumination on growing apart. A little drop of poison in the rain / a little drop of madness in my heart

 

15 FEWS – More Than Ever
More Than Ever takes FEWS’ propulsive menace and aligns it once more to themes of estrangement and alienation. It is a song about apathy and pointlessness, and is a brilliant, unrelenting anthem for the disenfranchised.

 

14 Water Music – It Ain’t Over Yet…
Outsider folk of the very best kind. Dark, melancholic and lyrical.

 

13 Fontaines DC – Big
Dogrel was album of the year for many, and a host of Fontaines DC’s tunes from it featured in our round up last year. However, Big was one of the new tracks, and it was another crackerjack of short, snappy, irresistibly catchy punk rock.

 

12 Baxter Dury – Slumlord
Slumlord is a tale of the unpleasant, the tainted and the grotesque, whilst still retaining a sense of something despairingly romantic about it. It is the musical equivalent of a bare lightbulb swinging in a dingy bedsit, casting sickly light on things you might not want to see, and then suddenly illuminating something that might break your heart. Musically there are echoes of The Clash, of Straight to Hell perhaps, and some Nile Rodgers style funk that just settles into a groove that quickly becomes irresistible.

 

11 She Keeps Bees – Kinship
Drum heavy, hypnotic folk. A meditative hymn to mother nature.

 

10 Hideous Sun Demon – Cheap Association
Savage, scuzzy slab of punk rock that is so good it would give Buddha a migraine.

 

9 Ohtis- Runnin
Beautifully dark country-Americana taking us through songwriter Sam Swinson’s autobiographical journey of indoctrination and addiction. Has a touch of Lord Huron about it.

 

8 Ian Noe – Meth Head
Stark, brutal and unforgettable folk. A despairing, unflinching story of prowling junkies that are way beyond hope or redemption. I just kept pacing by / Swattin’ through the flies / And her stench, rancid and stout / While she stood there cryin’ “Please!” / With her fist between her knees / And the sores drainin’ ’round her mouth

 

7 Dry Cleaning – Magic of Meghan
A sparkling, effervescent joy of shimmering guitars and indie jangle. And prophetic to boot…

 

6 Party Hardly – Rats in the Kitchen
A rousing indie anthem that is the musical equivalent of waking a guard dog – a bit woozy in places, but equally likely to suddenly tear your ears off with no warning and no apology! 

 

5 WIVES – Servants
Like the Rolling Stones seen through the prism of New York’s seediest underside, a perfect bass-driven combination of menacing modern blues and post-punk rumble.

 

4 Deliluh – Lickspittle A Nut In The Paste
By equal measure propulsive and laconic, it hums along at a fair old pace with something of classic era Sonic Youth about it.

 

3 The Murder Capital – Feeling Fades
Intense, brooding post-punk par excellence, a song with menace aforethought…

 

2 Guru – Ltd
Reminiscent  of the best of Traams, Brighton punks Guru deliver a brilliantly tense, propulsive anthem that builds to a frenzied crescendo.

 

1 hd hausmann – A Modern Weight
Taking in elements of folk and Americana but ultimately producing a kind of outsider pop, hd hausmann recall the early works of The National or David Kitt crossed with Leonard Cohen’s poetic charms. Anchored by a deep, velvety vocal the gently hypnotic A Modern Weight surreptitiously wormed its way into our consciousness and would not be dislodged. A slow burner that creeps up and grips like a vice.

 

 

 

50 Sleaford Mods – O.B.C.T 

 

49 Deliluh – Freeloader Feast

 

48 The Paranoyds – Hungry Sam

 

47 Cherry Pickles – Lily Is A Spy

 

46 The Warlocks – Disfigured Figure

 

45 Silverbacks – Pink Tide

 

44 Marika Hackman – The One

 

43 Lonesome Shack – Too Bad

 

42 FEWS – Anything Else

 

41 Darrin Bradbury – So Many Ways To Die (Frozen Pizza)

 

40 Drahla – Stimulus For Living

 

39 The Mountain Goats – Cadaver Sniffing Dog

 

38 Purple Mountains – All My Happiness Is Gone

 

37 Iguana Death Cult – Nude Casino

 

36 WIVES – Waving Past Nirvana

 

35 DZ Deathrays – Year Of The Dog

 

34 Black Futures – Me.TV

 

33 Siskiyou – Unreal Erections /// Severed Heads

 

32 Guru – Suntrap

 

31 Spray Paint – Squeaker’s Theme

 

30 Guru – Don’t Talk

 

29 The Murder Capital – Don’t Cling To Life

 

28 Squid – Houseplants

 

27 JOHN – Future Thinker

 

26 Working Men’s Club – Bad Blood