More From Loch Lomond

Here is a second track from Loch Lomond’s forthcoming long player Pens From Spain.

Silver Felt is (yet) another fine example of their multilayered, harmony-filled orchestral folk – ensemble playing at its best, but this time with added synths and drum machines.

The album is out on the 2nd September. Let this tide you over ’til then.


MM Shorts 870: Forth Wanderers

Forth Wanderers are a teen based New Jersey band who have a new EP Slop, due out shortly.

The EP is an Alvvays / Pavement / Mac Demarco hybrid, and the title track is a definite keeper. Very impressive stuff.

Have a listen.


Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 22)

Nickel In The Jukebox

Here is the latest instalment in our Nickel In The Jukebox series – simple proposition – ten songs, you decide… hit or miss.

Have at it.

Rue Snider – Blue Skies And Telephone Poles  [RIYL: Americana, Bright Eyes, Billy Bragg]


The Persian Leaps – See Me Unaware  [RIYL: Power-pop, Bob Mould, The Ramones]


Naked Giants – Ya Ya  [RIYL: Garage Rock, The Sonics, Ty Segall]


Lina Tullgren – Grace  [RIYL: Singer-Songwriters, Julien Baker, Eskimeaux]


Conquerors – Turned Me To Stone  [RIYL: Vintage Psych-pop, Kinks, Beatles]


Coot Wilson – 5 a.m. Fog  [RIYL: Folk, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt]


Cigarette Bums – Strange  [RIYL: Garage-punk, The Stooges, The Black Lips]


Sat. Nite Duets – TAFKA Salieri  [RIYL: Indie Rock, Guided By Voices, Violent Femmes]


BJ Barham – Rockingham  [RIYL: Country-Folk, James McMurtry, Sturgill Simpson]


Bonfire Nights – Easy Touch  [RIYL: Post-punk, Jesus & Mary Chain, Lola Colts]


MM Shorts 869: Oldermost

Oldermost are a new band out of Philadelphia who have shared their first single Honey with Tea and it is well worth a listen.

Gorgeous lap steel anchors the song’s despairing wit and questionable advice, which buoyantly tumbles over a sea of lush strings and the steady rhythms of some focused and passionate drumming.

Stream it below.


Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekHere are our selections from the week’s new releases. Tracks from UK indie royalty such as Jamie T, Slaves, and TOY, some brilliant Dylan-esque protest folk from Kyle Craft, three very different covers from Sam Beam & Jesca HoopSt. Vincent, and Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan, jerky, infectious punk rock from Sex Stains, and more raw country from Lydia Loveless.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  1. Jamie T – Power Over Men
  2. TOY– Fast Silver
  3. Slaves – Spit It Out
  4. Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Where Eagles Dare  (Misfits cover)
  5. Kyle Craft – Before The Wall
  6. St. Vincent – Something On Your Mind  (Karen Dalton cover)
  7. Sex Stains – Land Of La LA
  8. Lydia Loveless – Same To You
  9. Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – Love Is A Stranger  (Eurythmics cover)











MM Shorts 868: SeaWitches

SeaWitches most recent single is the double A-side Tempest / Skylight.

It is the sound of The Velvet Underground, Joy Division, The Doors, Public Image Ltd and re-imagined by LCD Soundsystem main man James Murphy, the two tracks showcase the band’s sulphurous post-punk jaggedness and propulsive grooves to dazzling effect.

Have a listen.






Introducing >>> The Tumbling Wheels

Tumbling Wheels

The Tumbling Wheels formed in New Orleans about eighteen months ago out of a love for classic country sounds including clear melodies, lush vocal harmonies, and good storytelling.

They have an album, The Tumbling Wheels Play The No Counts, due out this September through United Bakery Records and have shared a couple of tracks from it.

With echoes of the Milk Carton Kids, Patsy Cline and Bessie Smith they blend genres together for a sound that abounds in rich vocal harmony, dynamic instrumentation, and colourful tales .

Lovely stuff – listen below.




MM Shorts 867: Wild Raccoon

wild racoon

Wild Raccoon is a one man garage band from Lille, France, who plays a lo-fi mix of fuzzed up garage rock  and psych rock, influenced by King Khan, Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin among others.

His new album Half Pine Cone is out now on Bandcamp. Check out Corn Cob from it below.


MM Shorts 866: Elouise

Good old fashioned suicides, murders, and alcoholic depravity followed by church on Sunday—Welcome to Elouise— an eccentric collaboration of Los Angeles-based musicians who came together to create an ominous, raw and cinematic genre of music they identify as Blackgrass.

Debut album Deep Water is a mix of low end drone and virtuosic strings combined with sounds from traditional Bluegrass instrumentation.

Listen to a couple of tracks below…



More From Ritual Howls

We shared Ritual Howls’ Park Around The Corner last month, a noisy combination of drum machines, synths, fuzz bass and twangy guitar, and now we have Spirit Murder for you – happily in much the same vein.

Listen below for a blast of darkness with a buried pop sensibility…