RiP Jessi Zazu

Posted: September 14, 2017 in Alternative, Country, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock

We were big fans of the countrified punk of Those Darlins and they graced the virtual pages of MM on many an occasion.

So, we were very sad to hear of the passing of singer Jessi Zazu on Tuesday at just 28 years old, after a long struggle with cervical cancer.

Those Darlins’ first EP Wild One was released in 2008 followed by their self-titled debut LP the following year. They went onto record two more albums, Screws Get Loose (2011) and Blur The Line (2013), along with several EPs and singles. The band’s music spanned many genres, often sounding on early recordings like a punk rock version of the Carter Family.

As the band’s drummer and close friend Linwood Regensburg eloquently says…

Shout-out to your contagious spirit that inspired all who crossed it. Shout-out to the creative dynamo who continued to flourish even against insurmountable odds. Shout-out to all the little triumphs over the last 16 months. Shout-out to the ridiculous van rides and the fights and to the fact that we never turned our backs on one another over the last decade. Shout-out to the dreams we made and the ones left to come. And shout-out to all of you who have supported her until the end.






New Album From Autobahn

Posted: September 13, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Rock

The excellent Leeds based post-punk doom and gloom merchants Autobahn have shared their new single Future, which comes from their upcoming second album The Moral Crossing.

Listen below as they embrace their inner pop selves, and also check out the first single from the record, the title track. The Moral Crossing is out on 3rd November on Tough Love Records



Ten new songs for you collected from the week’s new releases. Lots to discover including two stunning covers by The Tallest Man On Earth and Marie Danielle, snotty punk done to perfection by Amyl & The Sniffers, tracks from Americana heavyweights Deer Tick and Blitzen Trapper and classic country from Margo Price. Plenty more besides… enjoy.

  1. The Tallest Man On Earth – Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell cover)
  2. Deer Tick – Card House
  3. Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts featuring Karen O – Talisa
  4. Margo Price – A Little Pain
  5. Gun Outfit – Strange Insistence
  6. The Dream Syndicate – Filter Me Through You
  7. Amyl & The Sniffers – I’m Not A Loser
  8. Marie Danielle – White Shoes  (Conor Oberst cover)
  9. Blitzen Trapper – Rebel
  10. Acid Tongue – Humpty Dumpty













A couple of interesting releases coming up, both from longstanding MM faves, on the excellent Mexican Summer label.

The first recorded Weyes Blood music since her 2016 breakthrough album Front Row Seat To Earth, Natalie Mering will release a 7″ of cover songs that have helped define her sound over the years. It contains versions of Soft Machines’ A Certain Kind b/w Fred Neil’s Everybody’s Talkin’, as imagined by Harry Nilsson for the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack.


Allah-Las also release the first cover track from their forthcoming EP, Covers #1, sharing their take on Kathy Heidman’s The Earth Won’t Hold Me.


Keep The Car Running is the second track to be shared from Silver Torches’ upcoming record Let It Be A Dream.

With echoes of Ryan Adams or the pin-sharp observations of Paul Westerberg, it also shares some of the same expansive melancholia of the new War On Drugs record, but without sacrificing anything of the robustness of songwriting that marked out their excellent debut Heatherfield.

Keep The Car Running freewheels along on the back of an almost jaunty guitar riff and catchy percussion and is well worth three minutes of your time.

Have a listen.


Surfer Blood Covers EP

Posted: September 7, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rock

Surfer Blood are releasing a Covers EP as a one-time vinyl pressing, covering some wildly disparate artists like Outkast, Pavement, Cream, Mudhoney, Breeders, and even Hey Sandy by Polaris (aka, the theme-song from The Adventures of Pete & Pete).

You can stream their take on Mudhoney’s Good Enough below. Unavailable in record stores, the nine track EP is limited to 1,000 foil-numbered copies on amber vinyl with black splatter. You can pre-order here.


MM Shorts 970: Wes Youssi

Posted: September 5, 2017 in Americana, Country, Folk, Music, Rock

The upcoming outlaw country album from Wes Youssi, Down Low, is a freight train speeding past an iconic stretch of Americana coastline. It is the product of bar room brawls, unexpected lay-offs, a marriage, raising children, moving across the country, and unknowingly purchasing a police cruiser.

The album, due out next January (19th), is being released on Never Lucky Records. The first single, High Time, is available to stream or as a free download below.


Pretty much figure we’ve all been waiting to hear this… Over Everything is the first fruits of the collaboration between Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile and is taken from the forthcoming album Lotta Sea Lice.

Enjoy those dovetailing vocal lines and intricate, shimmering guitar! We are…


Longstanding MM faves, the Hamilton, Ontario-based folk/alt-country trio Elliott BROOD  have shared a new track from their sixth studio album Ghost Gardens, which will see a release on September 15, 2017 via Paper Bag Records.

The road to the new album began with the rediscovery of lost demo songs from early in the band’s career, nearly a decade and a half ago. The misplaced hard drive had long been forgotten in a garage sitting dormant in an old suitcase. The rediscovered recordings were demos and rough sketches of song lyrics and melody ideas. On Ghost Gardens, the fuzzed-up roots rockers get to relive their past through a lens that is that much more mature both musically and lyrically.

Dig A Little Hole is the latest track to hear – stream it below.


Baxter Dury – Miami

Posted: August 29, 2017 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rock

Baxter Dury has announced details of his new album Prince of Tears, to be released on 27th October via his new label Heavenly Recordings – available on vinyl, CD and digital download.

To coincide, he has shared the new video for Miami, the album’s opening track and portal into his hazy, anti-wonderland. We are guided by Miami himself; a foul-mouthed and cocksure character created by Dury, centred on the delusions that can come with heartbreak. ‘He thinks he’s got swagger, he thinks he’s someone, but he’s not’.

Watch it below.