best of the weekDespite already sharing a host of new tracks from the likes of Diet Cig, Pissed Jeans and Laura Marling earlier in the week, we still have nine more new tunes gathered from the past seven days for you.

Lots of female voices this week, which is never a bad thing – check out tracks from Allison Crutchfield, Hand Habits, a gem from Phoebe Bridgers, Cleo Tucker and a nice Violent Femmes cover from BETS. We also have new songs from Cherry Glazerr and Menace Beach, a brand new single from Penelope Isles and another new track from Mark Eitzel.

Enjoy.

  1. Allison Crutchfield – I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California
  2. Hand Habits – Sun Beholds Me
  3. Cherry Glazerr – Nuclear Bomb
  4. Menace Beach – Suck It Out
  5. Mark Eitzel – An Answer
  6. Phoebe Bridgers – Smoke Signals
  7. Penelope Isles – Cut Your Hair
  8. Cleo Tucker – Minute In Your Mind
  9. BETS – Gone Daddy Gone  (Violent Femmes cover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is another (excellent) taste of Tobin Sprout’s upcoming sixth solo album The Universe And Me (out via Burger Records next month).

A Walk Across The Human Bridge is two and a half heavy-hitting minutes of shredding guitars and lyrics describing the decline of humanity.

Stream it below and play it loud.

 

Tobin Sprout

Countryside from Charlotte, North Carolina psych-rockers Shadowgraphs expertly weaves 60s flower-power with swirling organs to create a nostalgic headrush of hazy escapism.

Imagine The Doors and the Beach Boys colliding with Tame Impala and the Allah Las.

Stream it below. It comes from their debut album Venomous Blossoms, out on the 7th April.

 

Introducing >>> RAYS

Posted: January 12, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Punk, Rock
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Calling Oakland, California foursome RAYS a “supergroup” might be misleading, but not entirely inaccurate; comprised as they are of four Bay-area music veterans; Stanley Martinez, Eva Hannan, Troy Hewitt & Alexa Pantalone whose current and past musical projects include local bands-of-note like The World, Life Stinks, Violent Change, and Dadfag.

On their debut album the band spins eleven tunes of wiry, urgent post-punk, one foot planted firmly in the nihilistic apathy of 70 & 80’s punk (Wire, Electric Eels, Pere Ubu, Eno, Television The Fall), Australian punk past & present (UV Race, Terry, Victims, Babeez), and the addictive strum of 80’s & 90’s New Zealand/Flying Nun pop; all of whom have found their own way to meld the ferocity and thuggery of punk with a singular melodic voice.

Listen to the raging Drop Dead below.

 

Round Up

The new releases juggernaut has well and truly got into gear for 2017 with a whole host of new tracks from some longstanding MM faves seeing the light of day this week.

So, rather than post them all one-by-one, we’ve rounded them up for you into one neat package.

Wonderful New York duo Diet Cig have announced the forthcoming release of their hugely anticipated debut album entitled Swear I’m Good At This. The album will be released on 7th April via Frenchkiss Records. Today the band have shared the first single off the album – the highly infectious Tummy Ache.

 

Toronto alt-rock quartet The Wooden Sky will also release their new album Swimming in Strange Waters on 7th April via Nevado Music. Drawing its title from a line in Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, DuneSurvival is the ability to swim in strange water – the record finds frontman and multi-instrumentalist Gavin Gardiner struggling to come to terms with the trauma and unknowns haunting both his personal life and the world at large. Have a listen to the title track.

 

Churning out hauntingly bittersweet lo-fi, Manchester girlfriend/boyfriend duo Luxury Death are back with their new single Glue, alongside the announcement of their debut EP of the same name.

 

Laura Marling has shared a second track, Wild Fire, from her upcoming new album Semper Femina.

 

Laura Marling also contributes backing vocals to Karen Elson’s new track Distant Shore, which comes from the English-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s sophomore album Double Roses – also out on 7th April (mark the date!) via H.O.T Records Ltd.

 

Long-running Toronto indie-folk trio Rural Alberta Advantage have shared Beacon Hill, it comes ahead of a planned new album for later in the year.

 

Experimental psych-rock institution Grails have just shared a second track Pelham, ahead of their first studio album in six years, Chalice Hymnal. The track is a visceral collusion of acid-psych, 20th century Western film scores, and jazz-infused prog.

 

Ignorecam is Pissed Jeans crushing new offering from Why Love Now, their forthcoming fifth album available 24th February on Sub Pop.

 

And finally, noisy post-punk duo Japandroids have given us No Known Drink Or Drug, a new track from their long awaited third album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life.

 

 

 

 

MM Shorts 906: Hiccup

Posted: January 11, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Punk, Rock
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Hiccup pen breakneck songs within the realm of girl-group pop meets buzzsaw distorted guitars that the Ramones pioneered. Imaginary Enemies, the trio’s debut full-length effort will be released on Father/Daughter Records on March 24.

Listen to the effervescently infectious track Teasing’, a perfectly judged track of punk immediacy shot through with a classic pop sensibility.

 

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]

 

 

New London noiseniks Dead Pretties have announced their debut single in the shape of the rasping, coruscating, Social Experiment, the inaugural release from newcomers Nice Swan Records, available via limited 7” vinyl and digital on 10th February.

Whilst pulling inspiration from an assortment of artists, think The Velvets, The Cramps, Sonic Youth, Joni Mitchell, and The White Stripes – it’s the band’s essential biting of the fabric of contemporary culture that really separates them from the pack – the song is a savage critique of their generation’s desire to fit in and stick together like sheep.

Give it a blast…

 

The Proper Ornaments – the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy) will release their second album Foxhole through Tough Love Records on Friday 20th January.

With a gentler, sparser sound than their debut Wooden Head, have a listen to Bridge By A Tunnel, the third track they have shared so far.

 

best of the weekWe’re back with our regular weekly round-up of the best new releases of the past seven days.

As might be expected a slightly slow start being our first of the year, but still seven tracks for your listening pleasure including tasty covers from Flo Morrisey with Matthew E White and Gooch Palms, some brutal, hardcore noise from Uniform, another taster from their new albums from RainbrotherThe Shins and Boss Hog and a MM debut for Gold Connections.

Enjoy…

  1. Flo Morrisey & Matthew E White – Sunday Morning  (Velvet Underground cover)
  2. The Shins – Name For You
  3. Gooch Palms – Tomorrow  (Silverchair cover)
  4. Uniform – The Killing Of America
  5. Gold Connections – New Religion
  6. Rainbrother – Blue
  7. Boss Hog – 17