Posts Tagged ‘Coathangers’

Our second personal countdown comes from long time top twenty stalwart Chris T Popper, a fish of fine musical taste and the Steve Bould of Mad Mackerel.

20 Nervous Dater – Bad Spanish


19 The Moonlandingz – Black Hanz


18 Meat Wave – The Incessant


17 Roadhouses – Drinkin’


16 Ty Segall – Big Man


15 Public Serivce Broadcasting – All Out


14 The Gay Blades – Hurricane Boys


13 DZ Deathrays – Shred For Summer


12 King Lizard & The Gizzard Wizard – Vomit Coffin


11 Sleaford Mods – Drayton Manored


10 Pontiak – Tomorrow Is Forgetting
A methodic rollercoaster of a tune. Flurry of drums at the start and we’re in to the somniferous beat with some ominous guitar work echoing in the background. It’s heavy shit – plenty of reverb and that shamanic thump carries on ricocheting inside your head like a tripped out game of Pong.


9 Black Mekon – Janey Was A Klepto
Fantastic title for a song and the band name isn’t bad either; this comes from the album One in the Hate (which also includes the track ‘Frank Died Hanging From An Electric Fence’ which has to be worth a mention). It certainly hurtles along at a frantic pace and honed down to less than 2 and half minutes it packs plenty in with minimal fuss.


8 Big Thief – Shark Smile
Infused with a sadness that you sense immediately, Adrianne Lenker’s divine vocals transports you to chasing that yellow van on the moonlit road. It feels effortless with Lenker’s precision and timing. I especially loved her line comparing a kiss to the need for oxygen. A song that feels both poignant and strangely uplifting.


7 Lød – Folder
Folder is a rather splendid 8 and a half minute journey that takes the scenic route. Borrows from pretty much all my favourite bands and still sounds original. Fantastic breaks using keyboards and real good bass, never fails to keep you amused and bemused.


6 The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead
I’m still coming to terms with the fact I missed The Coathangers UK tour this year. Vocalist and guitarist Julia Kugel said the song was partly a response to the direction America has taken under a certain person elected to office in January lamenting ‘The reward for malicious action is often a bag of shit, one way or another’. The sense of disappointment is palpable and brilliantly observed.


5 Cool Ghoul – Gord’s Horse
My top ten wouldn’t be complete without a Gord’s Horse. San Francisco quartet Cool Ghouls put this laid back beauty together that plods along like… a horse I guess. A horse tripping on acid but still a horse.


4 Whispertown – Born To Ride
Whispertown is the rather marvellous LA based singer/songwriter Morgan Meyn Nagler. She possesses such an engaging and warm vocal style it hooked me in pretty much straight away. The song is so damn smart, feeling fresh and inventive and I absolutely love the hazy backing vocals.


3 Terry – Take Me To The City
Following last year’s entry at number 6 Terry have nabbed the no 3 spot this year with the instantly likeable Take Me To The City. The ‘All they talk about…’ refrain hints at longing for brighter lights but you get the feeling no one is escaping soon. Possesses a hook and riff you would die for.


2 Idles – Exeter
Idles so nearly managed a clean sweep for me this year. My favourite album with Brutalism, my favourite live act of the year and finally very nearly the best song of 2017. Joe Talbot’s lyrics are delivered with a most agreeable ferocity. Hands up whose ready for a bar fight, there’s plenty of takers here. A tour de force of barely contained anger at the banality of it all.


1 Metz – Drained Lake
Opening a song with feedback is always good in my book. I’m a simple soul. From it’s urgent, jarring beginning and opening line (‘Forever getting nowhere, while blankly staring in to space’) Drained Lake is just pure badass from start to finish. Guitar like buzzsaws, manic drumbeat and a sense of barely held together chaos throughout. It’s relentless and uncompromising and it delivers.



25 The Moonlandingz – Black Hanz


24 FEWS – La Guardia


23 The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead


22 Cherry Glazerr – Nurse Ratched


21 Beaches – Void


20 Lo Tom – Covered Wagon


19 Trevor Sensor – High Beams


18 Mark Lanegan – Beehive


17 Sun Seeker – Won’t Keep Me Up At Night


16 Laura Marling – Don’t Pass Me By


15 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Vomit Coffin


14 Terry – Take Me To The City


13 The Moonlandingz – Vessels


12 Ha Ha Tonka – Race To The Bottom


11 Lød – Folder


10 Public Service Broadcasting – All Out


9 Metz – Drained Lake


8 Cool Ghouls – Gord’s Horse


7 PINS – Serve The Rich


6 Idles – Exeter


5 The Fresh & Onlys – Wolf Lie Down


4 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Sleep Drifter


3 Whispertown – Born To Ride


2 Cabbage – Celebration Of A Disease




Best of 2017: 50 – 26

Best of 2017: 75 – 51

Best of 2017: 100 – 76

Atlanta garage punk ensemble and MM faves The Coathangers have announced a new EP, Parasite and shared the first track from it Captain’s Dead, with its sultry verses, triumphant chorus, and a bombastic freak-out of noisy guitar.

Best of all the band are playing some live shows in the UK, including our local town Oxford – it seems miracles can still happen.

Anyway, stream the single below and check the tour dates too.


May Tour Dates
12 Manchester @ Night & Day
13 Brighton @ The Joker
15 Bristol @ The Exchange
16 Oxford @ The Bullingdon
17 London @ Oslo
18 Hastings @ The Printworks
19 Leicester @ The Cookie
20 Leeds @ Gold Sounds at Brudenell Social
21 Sheffield@ The Harley
23 Ramsgate @ Music Hall


It’s here! Our countdown of our favourite tracks of 2016 as nominated by MM, Mrs Mackerel, Chris T Popper and The Italian Job. Part One sees us counting down from 100 to 76.

So without further ado…


100 Oldermost – Finally Unsure


99 Slaves – People That You Meet


98 Spoilers – No Pressure


97 Adam Torres – Morning Rain


96 Johnny Dowd – Whiskey Ate My Brain


95 Molly Parden – Kentucky, I


94 The Felice Brothers – Jack At The Asylum


93 Horse Thief – Another Youth


92 Courtney Barnett – Three Packs A Day


91 The Coathangers – Watch Your Back


90 Whitney – No Woman


89 Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker


88 Haybaby – Joke/Rope


87 Springtime Carnivore – Raised By Wolves


86 Jamie T – Tescoland


85 VATS – Melting Culture


84 Holly Throsby – What Do You Say


83 Happyness – Falling Down


82 Hooded Fang – Tunnel Vision


81 The Felice Brothers – Aerosol Ball


80 Bueno – Babyface


79 Loch Lomond – Silver Felt


78 Velcro Hooks – Galaxy Police Club


77 Carter Tanton – Twentynine Palms


76 Avers – Insects


Check back for Part 2 (75-51) tomorrow.

The Coathangers’ excellent new album Nosebleed Weekend has been getting regular spins here at MM. The record kicks off with Perfume, a song that marries sultry pop vocals with toothy guitar riffs and is the subject of a brand new video from the band.

Watch it below.



Squeeki Tiki is the latest single taken from The Coathangers upcoming album Nosebleed Weekend, which is out on the 15th April.

It is another perfect example of their infectious, fizzing, garage-inspired punk. A song that buzzes and careers all over the place like a kid waving a piece of barbed wire in a kindergarten!



The Coathangers who release their fifth LP, Nosebleed Weekend, on 15th April via Suicide Squeeze Records have shared the excellent title track and also announced a one-off London show at the Moth Club on the 5th May before heading off on a string of European dates.

Stream it here.


best of the weekBeen a busy week away from the blog so we’ve not been able to post as much as we would like. Here then is our usual round-up of tunes released in the past week.

  1. The Coathangers – Make It Right
  2. Cat’s Eyes – Chameleon Queen
  3. Mary Chapin Carpenter – Something Tamed Something Wild
  4. Elephant Stone – Where I’m Going
  5. Gun Outfit – King Of Hearts
  6. Eagulls – Lemontrees
  7. Sun Seeker – Georgia Dust
  8. Tiny Deaths – The Gardener









We have already given you Freedom Fries, the Black Lips side of their forthcoming split single with The Coathangers.

Now we have Watch Your Back, the buzzing, indignant anthem that makes up the other side from the aforementioned Coathangers.

Marvellous stuff – stream it below.

Coathangers & These Arms Are Snakes Split 7"These Arms Are Snakes released their first song in five years since the band’s abrupt dissolution which ended their seven-year run.

Their bleary and blighted artcore version of Lost Sounds’ Energy Drink And The Long Walk Home was mastered and brought back to life this year as the B side on a split 7″ with ex tour and label mates, The Coathangers who in turn offer their jagged, garage rock take on The Gun Club’s classic tune, Sex Beat.

It is out today. Order here.