MM Shorts 864: Anti Pony

Out today on Lazy Octopus Records, Under The Palm Trees is the first new material from Anti Pony since their debut 7″ on PNKSLM in 2014.

It is a perfect slice of hazy, summer-soaked psych-pop infused with a spaghetti western twang.

Perfect. Give it a spin.

 

New Album From Elephant Stone

Our favourite Montreal psych-rock trio Elephant Stone have announced their fourth full-length Ship Of Fools, which will see a digital release on September 16 via Elephants on Parade and a physical release on November 25 via Burger Records.

The group has shared album opener Manipulator together with a lyric video for the track with the simple statement “Pokémon GO = Mind Control.”

The song retains their trademark psychedelia whilst emphasizing catchy grooves and vocal melodies that smack of infectious pop and dance.

Watch/stream below.

 

Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekHere they are, all wrapped and presented in a tidy bow for you. Ten new songs from the past week including Screaming Females, Goat, Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, of Montreal, a gorgeous new song from Alex Bleeker and an excellent cover of Gun Club’s classic Sex Beat by Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan.

Good stuff indeed. Happy weekend.

  1. Screaming Females – Skeleton
  2. Jeff The Brotherhood – Punishment
  3. Virginia Wing – Grapefruit
  4. Goat – Try My Robe
  5. of Montreal – My Fair Lady
  6. Slothrust – Horseshoe Crab
  7. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – A 1000 Times
  8. Alex Bleeker – Bet Your Ass
  9. Magic Trick – More
  10. Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Sex Beat  (Gun Club cover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MM Shorts 861: PJ ORR

Woozy Australian PJ Orr’s new album out Foggy Notion hashes together acoustic folk and blues forms with a healthy doses of psychedelia, all underpinned by a cathartic story telling quality.

Taking his cues from influences as disparate as Marc Bolan, Primal Scream and Ariel Pink, we suggest you could do a lot worse than check out the smoky beat of Mona Lisa below.

 

Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 21)

Nickel In The Jukebox

It has been a good while since we last shared a Nickel In The Jukebox post, but here are ten tracks making up for lost time. You decide… hit or miss?

My Son Bison – Two Faces And A Vase  [RIYL: Psych-pop, The Beach Boys, The Shins] 

 

The Blind Owls – All Day And Night  [RIYL: 60s Pop, Little Richard , The Kinks]

 

Bess Atwell – Cobbled Streets  [RIYL: Folk, Agnes Obel, Sharon Van Etten]

 

The Begowatts – Lawmaker  [RIYL: Garage Rock, Rolling Stones, Futurebirds]

 

Coates – Grin And Tonic  [RIYL: Urban-folk, Frank Turner, Jamie T]

 

Luke Bell – Bullfighter  [RIYL: Outlaw Country, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard]

 

Ghost Camp – Ganymede  [RIYL: Arty post-punk, New Order, Talking Heads]

 

Boys Forever – Cold Is The Colour  [RIYL: Woozy garage-pop, Mac DeMarco, Kurt Vile]

 

Honey Bucket – Unexplainable Phenomenon  [RIYL: Mutant pop, The Clean, Television Personalities]

 

Blurred Moon – Far  [RIYL: Melancholic Folk, Sufjan Stevens, Fanfarlo]

 

More From Allah-Las

Allah-Las

Here’s a second track from the Allah-Las much anticipated new album Calico Review  out via Mexican Summer on the 9th September.

This is Could Be You, and it is another gem from their collection of classic, psych-infused, pop jangles.

Pre-order the album here.

 

Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekIt is that time again. Ten more of the week’s best new releases rounded up for your listening pleasure.

This week we have new songs from the likes of Hiss Golden Messenger, Beach Slang, Gringo Star and Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, as well as tasty covers from The Avett Brothers and Sharon Van Etten.

Have fun.

  1. Hiss Golden Messenger – Biloxi
  2. The Avett Brothers – What A Wonderful World  (Louis Armstrong cover)
  3. Sharon Van Etten – Do You Realise?  (Flaming Lips cover)
  4. Beach Slang – Punks In A Disco Bar
  5. Cool Ghouls – Days
  6. Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – La Distinciôn
  7. Pill – Vagabond
  8. Flock Of Dimes – Semaphore
  9. Toby Coke – Time Negator
  10. Gringo Star – Magic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grant Earl Lavalley – Let The Light Shine In

To understand Grant Earl Lavalley, with his deep country moan and hints of Appalachian yodel, you must read his tweets…”Just like my van, my new shack also has no windows.” For his byline, he writes, “…as a child I used to enjoy finding fleas and ticks in dog hair.

His ‘shack’ is a cabin on the dirt backroads of Joshua Tree, in the Mojave desert, California. He’s an artist straight from the school of the runaway – the dropout, a hermetic and hardworking, psychedelic warrior.

Originally from Ohio, Lavalley spent his formative years in San Francisco, making art and playing in punk bands before retreating to tend an emerald crop of future doobage on a Northern California mountaintop. It was alone on that mountain that he began writing his darkly poetic, pensive campfire songs.

A haunting otherworldly combination of Townes Van Zandt, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen, comes to mind. Watch the video for the brilliant Let The Light Shine In, the B-side of his debut 7″ single titled Dark Love and released via Exit Stencil.

 

 

Bosco Rogers – Beach Beach Beach

Back in November 2014 we described French-Anglo duo Bosco Rogers as “laid back, catchy-as-hell, sun-tinged psych-pop of the very best kind“.

We’re pleased to say they more than live up to that early promise with their new single Beach Beach Beach, taken from new album Post Exotic.

The album is a kaleidoscopic collection of flower punk and joyous psychedelia. It is surf-pop made by urban-dwelling land lubbers, garage rock dragged out into the sunlight. It’s the sound of San Francisco in 1967 and Wigan Casino in 1977. It is LA’s Paisley Underground in 1987, the desert rocking Joshua Tree in 1997 and London in 2017.

Best of all in these dreary, rain-filled post Brexit days of gloom, the single is sun-drenched in tuneful, fun harmonies and droll narratives, all propelled by an undeniable joie de vivre.

We might be Europe’s homeless nation now, but at least we can still enjoy this…

 

Some New Videos

We’ve had a recent influx of videos for some excellent new tunes and thought it was high time we shared some of them…

We’ve got TERRY’s line-dancing vid for Hot Heads, dancers from Ballet Austin in Adam Torres’ new video for Juniper Arms, Julie Ruin’s video for their excellent track I’m Done, the return of MM faves Loch Lomond and their video for Pens From Spain, and Metronomy’s new video for Night Owl.

Then there is Diane & The Gentle Men’s tongue-in-cheek video for Motorcycle, a classic tale of teenage rebellion, and finally Soft Fang’s excellent musical film for The Wilderness.