Archive for the ‘Rock’ Category


We’ve not heard much from Timothy Showalter aka Strand of Oaks since 2014’s HEAL.

That’s set to change with the announcement of a new album Hard Love, due in February on Dead Oceans.

The first taste comes in the shape of Radio Kids, a typically fuzzy slab of indie rock that recalls the halcyon 90s in its crunchy guitar riffs and anthemic chorus.

Listen below.


MM Shorts 901: Wilderado

Posted: December 2, 2016 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock

Following this year’s earlier two EP releases, Latigo and Misty Shrub, which both garnered much critical acclaim, LA band Wilderado have shared a new track, Talking About Love To A Cigarette.

It is lovely, unhurried, rolling Americana tinged with just the right amount of pathos and longing.

Stream it below.


Hailing from Pennsylvania, the marvellously monikered Jellyspine Jenkins makes homemade lo-fi indie-rock that has a dash of garage, a splash of glam, some nuggets of psych and a flavouring of folk.

All these and more are contained in his latest release titled it’s gonna be ok/lets hide for a while – which reminds us of a more aggressive Mac DeMarco crossed with Ezra Furman and Lou Reed.

Listen to album opener Maybe She Knows below, and grab the album for a pay-what-you-want deal on Bandcamp.


New Album From Dr. Dog

Posted: November 30, 2016 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock


Dr. Dog have given us an early Christmas present with a surprise new album, Abandoned Mansion released yesterday via Bandcamp.

The band did a song a day for two weeks and almost everything was tracked live – the results are classic soulful, Americana that the band are so good at and you can stream the record’s opening and closing tracks below.

As an added incentive, if you buy a download of the album between now and the end of January, 100% of proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.



Emmett Drueding featured on MM a fair few times in 2015. Recently he flew out to Los Angeles in March to record a full length album, drunkenly cutting ten tracks in four days – the end result was a new band Loverboy Wanderers and a record titled Let’s Hook.

Big Boy is the first single off the album, and is a characterization of what it takes to succeed in Corporate America. “You gotta stab your brother if you wanna win” / “Shame life is looking up from the bottom of a well” / “I am dead without a soul, a hole,” are example of lines showcasing the often vicious battle to achieve monetary success in the good old U.S of A.

Listen below. Buy from Bandcamp here.


Combining post-punk and psychedelia with a garage feel, Dooms Virginia (formerly known as Annie Girl and The Flight) have shared their new track Devour.

Listen here.


MM Shorts 898: Cairobi

Posted: November 28, 2016 in Alternative, Music, Psychedelic, Rock

Immediate, glorious and trippy in equal measure, Saint is the most captivating track on Cairobi’s new self-titled record out on 27th January via Some Other Planet Records; their most potent tab of bugged out psychedelia.

Jangly percussion meets washed out vocals and a riff straight from the sands of the Middle East culminating in an atmosphere that will make you grin ear to ear.

Give it a whirl.


best of the weekA slightly quieter week due I suspect to Thanksgiving, but still we have eight new songs from you.

Check out tracks from Father John Misty, Cate Le Bon, Howe Gelb and Tim Cohen (of the Fresh & Onlys), another taste from the Lower Plenty’s album Sister Sister, as well as excellent new singles from  Proper Ornaments, Beachheads and Matthew Squires & The Learning Disorders.

Over to you…

  1. Father John Misty – Holy Hell
  2. Cate Le Bon – Rock Pool
  3. Proper Ornaments – Blown Away
  4. Howe Gelb – Impossible Thing
  5. Lower Plenty – Glory Rats
  6. Tim Cohen – John Hughes
  7. Matthew Squires & The Learning Disorders – Shape Of Your Heart
  8. Beachheads – Your Highness










San Antonio’s We Leave At Midnight recently announced their new album The Holy Rolling Flower Band will be released on December 9th via Texas Is Funny Records.

Mixing together swirls of vivid psych, shimmering pop, indie rock, folk, upbeat power-pop, garage rock and alt-country, the band have created a sound that resides somewhere sonically between The Beach Boys and Of Montreal. It’s a headtrip with delicate melodies and soulful wonder.

Do You Get The Joke is one of the album’s undeniable stand out moments, a gorgeous psych pop nugget of lush orchestration, harmonized beauty, and avant folk charm. The song’s vibrant instrumentation and gentle vocals swirl together with a joyous wonder – have a listen.


New From The Dune Rats

Posted: November 25, 2016 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock

The marvellously entertaining Dune Rats have shared a new track.

Scott Green is two minutes of wonderfully dumb-ass punk rock that hits the sweet spot.

Has anybody seen Scott Green? (Scott Green)
I been lookin for that fucker all week
He owes me twenty
And I can’t call the police
He blew it all away
And now there’s nothin left for me

Listen below.