Motel Radio – Desert Surf Films EP

We’ve become very taken with this track Palmilla, the third song released off Motel Radio’s forthcoming new EP Desert Surf Films, which will be released on August 12, via Roll Call Records.

It is a lovely, breezy slice of rolling Americana with a  tinge of surfy, psych rock woven seamlessly throughout.

It follows the equally lovely Gimme Your Love and any fans of Houndmouth or Great American Canyon Band will surely find much to like here.

Stream both below.

 

 

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.

 

MM Shorts 862: Ancient Whales

To Be comes from Ancient Whales’ new album Vestiges Of Tails Appear In All Of Us and is a satisfyingly crunchy slab of grungy, garage inflected indie rock.

Stream it here. Order the album from Wiener Records here.

 

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Organised Scum

organised scum

Despite boasting a moniker than suggests some kind of hardcore thrash punk outfit, Organised Scum are altogether more subtle than that. Instead they deal in off-beat, melodic arrangements more akin to Pavement, Lambchop, or XTC.

The duo’s debut double-A-side single, Insane Making Behaviour/Who’s the Prick? officially came out yesterday and is a top quality combo of stoner-folk, slacker melancholy and svelte indie-pop.

Listen below or download both tracks for free here.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Introducing >>> Ritual Howls

Ritual Howls are industrial, cinematic deathrock creating sounds and words that shift from the violent expression of fear to an obsession with baptism and cleansing. Their combination of drum machines, synths, fuzz bass and twang guitar produce a Skinny Puppy meets Lee Hazlewood soundtrack that embraces both paranoia and tranquility – like a love song to the devil.

These are macabre tales with lyrics that Poe or Lovecraft would have been proud of… listen below to new single Park Around The Corner, from their forthcoming album Into The Water (out on felte) next month.

 

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.

 

Kings Of Lowertown – Quebec Roulette

Kings of Lowertown

Kings Of Lowertown are from Pembroke, Ontario. Their new single Quebec Roulette is a gritty blues track written in the vein of Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits.

The song was inspired by the rough and tumble of Chapeau, Quebec – just across the mighty Ottawa River from Pembroke.

Stream it below.