Archive for the ‘Soul’ Category

The final entry in our MM Shorts series (which started with Bleached back in September 2011) comes in the shape of the wonderful Cold Spell, the first taste from RF Shannon’s upcoming long player Trickster Blues.

It is an exquisite blend of dusky Western and spectral psychedelia and you can stream it below. You can also order the album here.


50 Hiccup – Teasin’


49 Nervous Dater – Bad Spanish


48 Sun Abduction – Acid Pyramid


47 Roadhouses – Drinkin’


46 Dream Police – Revenge


45 BAIT – Push The Elephant


44 Meat Wave – The Incessant


43 Young Fathers – Only God Knows


42 Ty Segall – Big Man


41 The Sugarmen – Our Gallows


40 The War On Drugs – Holding On


39 Sleaford Mods – Drayton Manored


38 DZ Deathrays – Shred For Summer


37 Pontiak – Tomorrow Is Forgetting


36 Protomartyr – My Children


35 Black Mekon – Janey Was A Klepto


34 together PANGEA – Money On It


33 Gay Blades – Hurricane Boys


32 Pissed Jeans – The Bar Is Low


31 Screaming Females – Glass House


30 The Divine Comedy – To The Rescue


29 Idles – Mother


28 Deer Tick – Sea Of Clouds


27 The Black Angels – I’d Kill For Her


26 The Queens Of The Stone Age – The Way You Used To Be



Best of 2017: 75 – 51

Best of 2017: 100 – 76

Founding member of the wonderful Mekons and also the Waco Brothers, Jon Langford’s new album Four Lost Souls was recorded in The Shoals, Alabama with members of the Swampers in just four dark days following the U.S. election.

It is a record of pure Americana, not just because of where it was recorded or who played on it, but because it is beyond the news of the day. It is a travelogue of sorts; it goes to a place where the differences between country, soul, blues, and rock-and-roll are blown aside by the warm languid breezes and we’re looking forward to it immensely – it is out on September 22nd via Bloodshot Records.

For now though, the first taste comes with Fish Out Of Water, listen below.


  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











Nickel In The Jukebox

Welcome to our first Nickel in the Jukebox feature of 2017. Ten recent, and not-so-recent, tunes scooped up over the past couple of months from our bulging in-box. We have everything from noisy punk to swamp-blues and mellow folk and all points in-between. Something for everyone as the cliche goes – and you decide hit or miss!


EAT FAST – Sand Drone  [RIYL: Fuzz Rock, No Age, Ty Segall]


Courtney Marie Andrews – Rookie Dreaming  [RIYL: Country, Caitlin Rose, Hooray For The Riff Raff]


Rebel Kind – Just For Fools  [RIYL: punk-pop, Alvvays, Best Coast]


Meat Wave – Incessant  [RIYL: lo-fi punk, The Men, Woolen Men]


Sewer Rats – Mother Acid  [RIYL: Stoner rock, Motorhead, The Doors]


A Valley Son – In The Low Late Of The Late Afternoon [RIYL: Country soul, Dr. Dog, Allman Brothers Band]


Charlotte Carpenter – Lately  [RIYL: Confessional folk, Joni Mitchell, Marika Hackman]


Hardcore Sex – Clarksdale, MS  [RIYL: Swamp Blues, Scott H Biram, Dead Weather]


Thula Borah – The Psychopath Test  [RIYL: Post-rock, My Bloody Valentine, Silversun Pickups ]


Heat – Sometimes  [RIYL: Post-punk, Echo & The Bunnymen, Merchandise]




Much like their home base of New York City, A Valley Son (who take their name from the title of a Grandaddy song) is an anomaly, comprised of three Southern transplants that grew up on Stax and Motown, and one Yonkers-born Gospel drummer turned bassist.

Their debut EP Sunset Park is Southern gothic-inspired, harmony-laden, soulful rock & roll and is well worth checking out.

This is Lights In The Sky. Have a listen.


Despite the ominous name, Los Angeles band Bloody Death Skull is not scary, not in the traditional sense. Swirling together electrified ukulele with toys and whatever sounds and instruments they like over the classic chord structures that launched early rock and soul, BDS makes fun music rooted in the ’50s & ’60s with a garage-punk mentality and lyrics that sweetly break some taboos.

Just in time for Halloween, listen to Betsy’s Back below, all the while imagining The Shirelles meeting Roky Erickson on a playground in outer space.



Still wading through a massive backlog of high calibre new tunes. Here are ten more of all shapes and sizes for you to check up on and decide hit or miss…


Mud Howlers – Magic Place  [RIYL: Desert-Blues, Led Zeppelin, Richie Valens ]


Mark McGowan – Fugazi  [RIYL: Soulful country, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding]


Casper Skulls – Mink Coats  [RIYL: Noise-punk, Screaming Females, the Dirty Nil]


Gallery Circus – Holland On Fire  [RIYL: Abrasive garage rock, Drenge, Royal Blood]


The Hairs – Barbarians!  [RIYL: Freak-pop, Cloud Nothings, Happy Flowers]


Crepes – Hidden Star  [RIYL: Cosmic surf-pop, Oxygen, Ariel Pink]


Proto Idiot – Idiot Blues  [RIYL: Garage rock, Soft Boys, TV Personalties]


Posture – I Just Can’t Wait To See My Girl  [RIYL: Surf-Pop, Girls, Beach Boys]


Traitrs – Witch Trials  [RIYL: Gothic Post Punk, Bauhaus, The Cure]


Psychic Heat – In Two  [RIYL: Fuzz punk, Thee Oh Sees, The Zombies]



Little Brother Eli band

It is always extra pleasing when a local band demands some attention. And so it is with Oxford’s excellently named Little Brother Eli, a five piece offering up their own take on bluesy garage rock combined with powerful, soulful vocals and appropriately growling guitars.

Little Brother EliOur very good friends at Nightshift describes them thus, “These boys have got the blues, and dirt under their fingernails, like White Denim living in a Mississippi shack, hosting whisky parties for Jack White.

As usual, we couldn’t put it better ourselves, so check out Hanging from their forthcoming long player Cold Tales below, and you can  pre-order the album here.


best of the week

Here is this week’s offering of songs gathered from the past seven days that are surely worth a bit of your attention and ear-time.

From the garage rock of The Limiñanas and Music Band to the proto-punk of The Gotobeds, the haunting gothic pop of Marissa Nadler and the soulful delta blues of C.W. Stinking.  We have Easter treats for everyone.

All yours…

  1. The Limiñanas – Prisunic
  2. Arbor Labor Union – Belief’d
  3. The Gotobeds – Real Maths/Too Much
  4. Marissa Nadler – All The Colors Of The Dark
  5. Music Band – Fortune Guns
  6. C.W. Stoneking – Get On The Floor
  7. The Raveonettes – Excuses
  8. The So So Glos – Missionary
  9. Tancred – Control Me
  10. FEWS – 100 Goosebumps