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It’s been ages since we’ve posted a round up of some of the new music videos we’ve liked. Here then is a Sunday treat for you…eight of the best.

Kevin Morby’s title track off his forthcoming record, City Music nearly hits the 7-minute mark and challenges what fans may have come to expect from him. The song builds like a slowly accelerating subway train, as does this deeply impressionistic video.

 

During a UK tour early last year, Grand Rapids four-piece Heaters spent a day off in a South London studio to lay down a live album – the result is the band’s excellent and totally debauched addition to the Fuzz Club Session series. This video from the session – a scuzzy rendition of Cap Gun is just under five minutes of lethargic, sun-soaked garage-rock that oozes with a hopeful, lysergic goodness. The reverb-coated vocals float effortlessly over jangling surf rock guitars and a spaced out psychedelic groove, like an utterly cosmic take on Nuggets-era 60s garage.

 

Yungblud, aka 19 year old Dominic Harrison has been surrounded by music all his life. Born and raised in a family in love with music; Harrison’s father was a vintage guitar dealer and his grandfather played with T-Rex in the 70s. Spoon fed music like The Clash, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan since birth – he’s been playing guitar and singing since he can remember. Blending superbly catchy lyrical quips, with explosive pop rock-tinged instrumentation, King Charles is a massively confident, and finely executed first offering.

 

How quickly do you think you could eat 1kg of hummus? Ethan and Skinny from Sail On! Sail On! set to find out if they could get through it in the 2:50 running time of their latest single, Hobart.

 

Following the release of their excellent album You’re Welcome, Wavves have shared a new video for Stupid in Love, a tongue in cheek statement on the state of romance in the 21st century.

 

Los Angeles based Prism Tats (the project of South African transplant Garett van der Spek) has released a new single, the fuzzed-out rocker The Liar and the video is a surprisingly disturbing visual metaphor about the themes of the song.

 

Andy Shauf’s The Party was a concept album of sorts, the story of all the different unsavoury characters that come and go at a small town gathering… full of humour and melancholy, it’s a great record and we have a new video for Early To The Party.

 

Finally, up and coming death-gospel female artist Louise Lemón hails from Sweden and intertwines the dark, windy and cold Scandi ambiance into her music. Having recorded her debut EP Purge in a haunted cabin, the setting is eerie and many light years away from the current pop landscape. The single Appalacherna is airy, dreamy, dusty, nostalgic and melancholic, but the official video, shot in the Californian desert  is… airy, nightmarish, dusty, nostalgic and… mysterious on the verge of disturbing…

 

  1. Chad VanGaalen – Old Heads
  2. Mutual Benefit – Diamond Day (Vashti Bunyan cover)
  3. Jen Cloher – Forgot Myself
  4. Lo Tom – Covered Wagon
  5. The Deslondes – (This Ain’t A) Sad Song
  6. NØMADS – Dementophobia
  7. Winter – Jaded
  8. Offa Rex – The Old Churchyard
  9. The Yawpers – Mon Dieu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return Of Black Mekon

Posted: June 21, 2017 in Alternative, Garage, Music, Punk, Rock
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Lo-fi garage punk legends Black Mekon are back with a new LP One In The Hate. It will see a worldwide release on 25th August via PNKSLM Recordings. It is the long awaited follow up to 2013’s Stolen Bible 2.

The masked duo (Black Mekon, and his brother Black Mekon) keep the same raw energy heard on the previous album – and with song titles like Janet Was A Klepto, Hold On To Your Hate and Frank Died Hanging From An Electric Fence you can be pretty sure that their wonderfully scuzzy, feral attitude remains right to the fore.

Listen to Salt Liquor below. Order the album here.

 

Friday Round Up

We have a hopelessly inadequate amount of time to listen to all the new music we receive, even after we automatically filter out the remixes, electro-bangers, and crappy dance tunes we get sent.

So here is a hasty pick and mix selection for you of some of the best of recent weeks – just dive in…

 

Rainy Sundays comes from a Tomkins Square reissue of Will Beeley’s 1979 album Passing Dream, it showcases his emerging tough, husky, alt-country sound, presaging modern day troubadours like Chris Stapleton and Jamey Johnson.

 

Erin Rae’s new single is Like The First Time, which has a lovely languid feel combined with retro fuzz drenched guitar solos. Think European 60s psyche guitar soundscapes created by the Beatles and Yardbirds combined with creatively disparate influences such as Richard Harley, Wilco and Michael Nau.

 

With a deep reverence for all things Grateful Dead, The Dan Ryan aren’t afraid to allow their songs to open and evolve in their own time while also holding on to the folk tradition of Texas natives like Townes Van Zandt, whose picking style and strong narratives sits as the base coat to Guidance which is the title track of their forthcoming long player.

 

Johnny Kills are a garage-surf-indie-rock trio based in Brighton/London/York and Let’s Talk About Me is their excellent self-released debut single.

 

The Big Drops have just released their latest single, the trippy psych-folk of Gong Gong Jar. They describe it thus, “This song is about letting go of the imaginary drug induced monkey inside your head and going with the flow of it all. Sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. The aristocrats sucking up to the king. The monkey’s in control of the human spaceship.

 

Norway’s Sløtface have shared new track Nancy Drew one of the band’s most hard-hitting releases to date. The new single continues in Sløtface’s fiery feminist footsteps, with vocalist Haley Shea reimagining the track’s teen detective namesake as the noble vanquisher of indie rock’s boys’ club. “My girl is wiping slates clear / And I long for the look / And a soundtrack of women who all know what’s up / I keep hearing their cherry bombs through the walls,” she seethes amid sneaky, plundering guitars.

 

Warsaw Radio are a Brighton based folk five-piece band. Channelling big folk-pop moments reminiscent of Frank Turner, while throwing in inspirations of Wilco and Fleetwood Mac, Still Have You to Hold is a bold mix of the relevant and the retro.

 

With the gloomy psychedelia of The Growlers, self assured swagger of The Velvet Underground, spaced out vocals of Jesus & Mary Chain and the expansive instrumentation of Brian Jonestown MassacreDream Joints weave together a patchwork of influences to create a unique sound that stretches from vampiric to blissful. Check out Everyday Obstacle from new album Just Like Medicine.

 

Also from Brighton, Other States are a six piece psychedelic indie band that tell desert stories of stragglers and strays. New single Make Amends has a seductive tone and laidback groove underpinned by western style guitars and smooth Americana, all the while frontman Mark S. Aaron’s baritone croon spins a romantic tale.

 

The new single from BANNERSSomeone to You, is an uplifting and universal track that has elements that recall Mumford & Sons (when they weren’t shit).

 

Despite already sharing some great new songs this week from Deer Tick, Quiet Hollers, She Keeps Bees, WaxahatcheeHappyness and Alvvays this week, we’ve also rounded up a collection of eight more cracking new tunes for you too. Enjoy.

  1. PJ Harvey & Ramy Essam – The Camp
  2. Diet Cig – Together We Can Conquer Whatever
  3. Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Nathan Salsburg – Fare You Well, My Little Annie Darling
  4. Iron & Wine – Call It Dreaming
  5. Oh Sees – The Static God
  6. Torres – Skim
  7. Hater – Coming Down
  8. Ride – Lannoy Point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later today I will go to the Polling Station to cast my vote. After the EU Referendum and the Trump debacle I go pretty much without hope or expectation but more in despair and defiance and the grim knowledge we probably have five more years of selfish, small-minded, jingoistic bullshit to lap up whilst services close, people get poorer and those that voted for Brexit insist that it is still better than it would have been…

At least I will have Eat The Evidence’s wonderful Tories Go To Waitrose playing in my earbuds as I place my cross on the paper. A wonderfully irreverent depiction of the bourgeois shopping habits of those who’ve decimated the country’s public services, it is a hilarious punk-rock takedown of the toffs at the top, delivered via propulsive skank and overdriven amphetamine pop. The track comes from the band’s upcoming album, Sex, Drugs, & Wishy-Washy Politics, produced by Sam Duckworth, aka Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

Anyway, it reminds me of the good old days when protest songs could become vital terrace chants and people cared about each other…

 

New From NOTS

Posted: June 7, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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NOTS are still that punky, wild guitar band that we saw and loved at the Great Escape last year, but move into a whole new level of potency on their upcoming Cruel Friend / Violence 7″ due out on Goner later this month.

In fact Violence creepy crawls without guitars in a synthier, stealthier attack, whilst Cruel Friend combines excellent riffage with near-Hawkwind levels of linear soarage and soak from the synths, with Natalie Hoffmann’s dominating presence on vocals intact.

As ever NOTS deal in speed, aggression and slow-motion menace. Stream Violence below.

 

  1. Guantanamo Baywatch – Video
  2. Slaid Cleaves – Drunken Barbers Hand
  3. The Districts – If Before I Wake
  4. Marika Hackman – Cigarette
  5. The Orielles – I Only Bought It For The Bottle
  6. TOPS – Further
  7. Muertos – Spin
  8. Tom Williams – Get High

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. TERRY – Take Me To The City
  2. Screaming Females – I’ll Make You Sorry
  3. Darlia – Beam Me Up
  4. Daddy Issues – High Street
  5. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – If We Were Vampires
  6. Yowler – Go
  7. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Anymore
  8. Whitehorse – Nighthawks
  9. Mikah Wilson – Sweet Jules

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday we had ShitKid, today we have London based duo Shit Girlfriend, which, if anything is an even better name!

Formed earlier this after coming up with the concept on a trip to LA (a DIY period-punk femme explosion meets the sticking out tongue emoji), they recorded and shared their debut single Mummy’s Boy in February and soon signed to PNKSLM Recordings for the release of their debut AA-sided 7″, which is due today.

Now they’ve shared the second track from the single, I Don’t Wanna Die – have a listen.