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Lots and lots of good new stuff this week…lucky thirteen in fact!

  1. Courtney Barnett – City Looks Pretty
  2. Father John Misty – Disappointing Diamonds Are The Rarest Of Them All
  3. T. Hardy Morris – Be
  4. Fidlar – Alcohol
  5. Okkervil River – Famous Tracheotomies
  6. Wavves – All Star Goth
  7. Tancred – Queen Of New York
  8. Iceage – The Day The Music Dies
  9. Mazzy Star – Quiet, The Winter Harbour
  10. Jim James – Just A Fool
  11. Brian Jonestown Massacre – Hold That Thought
  12. American Wrestlers – Ignoramus
  13. Milk Carton Kids – One More For The Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the second track from Courtney Barnett’s upcoming long player Tell Me How You Really Feel.

Need A Little Time is a more fragile, tender beast than we are perhaps used to and hints at further depths while its plaintive tone and floating arrangement makes it just as memorable as the fizzing punk tones of first single Nameless Faceless.

Watch the excellent video for it here.

 

Courtney Barnett will release her follow-up to her acclaimed debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit on the 18th May.

Titled Tell Me How You Feel, the first single from it, Nameless, Faceless is an infectious indie anthem that simmers with indignation and sarcasm. It examines the phenomenon of incessant and anonymous internet trolls, and every lyric is memorable as Barnett quotes one of the more creative burns she’s received in a comments section, “I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and spit out better words than you”.

In fact, it would be pure comedy if it didn’t invariably and insidiously cross over into anxiety about ones safety in the real world… illustrated perfectly by the chorus which borrows from a famous Margaret Atwood quote “I want to walk through the park in the dark / Men are scared that women will laugh at them / I want to walk through the park in the dark / Women are scared that men will kill them / I hold my keys between my fingers”.

Typically strong, and unflinching stuff. Watch it below.

 

Four cracking new tracks for you this morning. The latest from Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s much anticipated collaboration, another absolute shredder from Aussie duo DZ Deathrays, more potent pop-punk from Bully, and indie-pop God Ezra Furman’s new track Driving Down To L.A., which he describes as “This is a song of paranoia, escape and ecstatic ego-death. We decided to make a video about me and my angel companion escaping from modern-day Nazis. It is terrible to watch America’s white supremacist roots flourish like this again, not to mention the accompanying misogyny, queerphobia and anti-Semitism. I intend this song, video and my entire career as a protest against those attitudes.

Hear hear – enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

Typically infectious, barnstorming and deadpan How To Boil An Egg is a standalone brand new track from Courtney Barnett.

It was recorded as a contribution to an new collaboration between two of Australia’s leading independent labels, Milk! Records (the label which she founded with partner Jen Cloher) and Bedroom Suck.

Have a listen.


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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.

Day of the Dead

On May 20th, 4AD will release Day of the Dead – a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National.

It has been a massive undertaking. The compilation is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead, which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks and is almost 6 hours long.

Day of the Dead will be released digitally, on a 5 X CD, and as a limited edition vinyl boxed set.  All profits will help fight for AIDS/ HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organisation.

Among the first five songs shared from it today include the first new music from The War on Drugs since 2014’s brilliant Lost In The Dream with their cover of the Dead’s 1987 hit Touch of Grey.

MM faves Phosphorescent and Jenny Lewis combine with the backing of the in-house band (featuring 4/5 of the National) that contributed to numerous recordings on the compilation, to cover 1971’s Sugaree.

Courtney Barnett puts her characteristic slant on New Speedway Boogie, and The National cover Bonnie Dobson’s Morning Dew, a Grateful Dead staple since 1967, one of two songs that they contributed to the compilation.

Watch them all below.

 

 

 

 

best of the weekWe’re a bit late to the party this weekend with our round-up of the best of the new releases of the past seven days.

No matter – consider it a nice late finish to Sunday or a nice new start to the new week.

  1. Courtney Barnett – Three Packs A Day
  2. Woods – Sun City Creeps
  3. Soft Fangs – Birthday
  4. Matthew And The Atlas – Elijah
  5. Dilly Dally – Know Yourself (Drake cover)
  6. Charlie Hilton – Funny Anyway
  7. Yuck – Hearts In Motion
  8. Murals – Watching In The Dark
  9. Beach Baby – Sleeperhead
  10. Gun Outfit – Expansion Pact
  11. Quilt – Roller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MM Best of 2015 no guitarAnd so here is the final personal Top Twenty of the year. This time it is my turn!

Another twelve months neatly wrapped up and delivered for your listening pleasure and here’s to 2016…

20. Quiet Hollers – Mont Blanc

An apocalyptic, “end-is-nigh” rolling, country rock anthem. Pure poetry with the best coda to a song I heard all year, “shed a tear for the books I shoulda read“.

 

19. H. Hawkline – Spooky Dog

Melodic, haunting, weird. Perfect psych-pop with added twisted electronics.

 

18. Arborist – Twisted Arrow

Brilliant debut single of lilting folk-rock concealing a bleak heart and featuring the hushed vocals of none other than Kim Deal of the Pixies.

 

17. Courtney Barnett – Depreston

With her forensic eye for lyrical detail and the ability to capture emotional turmoil in the sparest of sentences, Depreston is the sombre standout from her brilliant debut album proper. A tale of house hunting in Melbourne suburbia that travels from the mundane to the tender to the revealing.

 

16. Grandparents – Kids In The Alley

Take the most infectiously catchy refrain, add jangly guitars, carefree percussion and bubblegum melodies. This is what you get. A hallucinatory classic.

 

15. Futurekids – White Girl In A Wu Tang T-Shirt

Irresistible foot-tapping indie rock, the like of which you just don’t hear very much anymore.

 

14. Woolen Men – Life In Hell

A clattering, staccato burst of tense, nervy post-punk that recalls the best of Wire and The Wipers. The aural equivalent of being jabbed in the throat by a stray elbow in the mosh pit.

 

13. Rats On Rafts – Last Day On Earth

A mini masterpiece of epic, circling, incessant grooves. Far, far, far out man.

 

12. Decemberists – Carolina Low

This was one of those stopped-in-your-tracks moments that music gives you sometimes. Watching the Decemberists live in Bristol at the start of the year and Colin Meloy transfixing the whole audience into rapt attention with just guitar and voice. Also spent much of the year repeating “You’ve got an ugly little mouth boy” in a poor imitation of an American accent.

 

11. Low – What Part Of Me

Classic Low – haunting, spectral, fuzzy and quietly, poignantly devastating.

 

10. Spray Paint – Signal Master

Like Chris T Popper, Spray Paint are my favourite discovery of 2015. Easily the sleaziest, seediest offering of the year – caustic, dead-eyed junkie punk, bleak, repetitive, and crushingly brilliant. “It’s time to put the dog down“.

 

9. Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake

The Agent Intellect was unexpectedly my favourite record of 2015 and any number of tracks could legitimately have gatecrashed my favourite songs of the year. In the end I had to limit myself to two. This one, Why Does It Shake is described by the band as a “back-handed ode to humanity’s resilient self regard in the face of inevitable oblivion. Then the trap door opens.” and is equally exasperated and eloquent. It sets the tone with the doom-laden “False happiness is on the rise, See the victims pile high” and concludes in a stunning climax of clatter and squall.

 

8. Quiet Hollers – Côte d’Azur

A hit man, a traffic jam. A sparkling ocean. Another extraordinary track of ominous, foreboding beauty from the Quiet Hollers.

 

7. Gun Outfit – Gotta Wanna

I’m a sucker for dusty, sun-parched rock and expansive widescreen Americana and Gotta Wanna combines the two in perfect unison. This is humming road-weary, dusty desert blues of the finest vintage.

 

6. Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts – Scowling Crackhead Ian

The latecomers entry to the list. Over the course of a few short weeks Jeffrey Lewis’s wryly told tale of growing up with the evil anti-hero of his school days, until they are the only two left in the neighbourhood has firmly embedded itself in to my psyche. It effortlessly helps you to recall your own equivalent of Ian, someone you actively tried to avoid and whose unpredictability could be shocking and whose meanness was legendary (mine was Robert Beckett). “Forever you’ve been Crackhead Ian, It was your kid nickname if we spoke it, You were an insane human being, Whether you ever did or didn’t really smoke it“. Says it all really.

 

5. Girl Band – Pears For Lunch

Girl Band’s Holding Hands With Jamie was a criminally underrated release this year. A band that manages to take the most discordant, contradictory noise and meld it into something magnetically compelling that grips like a vice. Pears For Lunch combines a manic energy with Dara Kiely’s lethargic, disinterested vocals as he intones, “Spend my time watching Top Gear with my trousers down, Covered in Sudocrem and talking to myself, Garlic Curry Cheese Chips“. Exactly!

 

4. Traams – Succulent Thunder Anthem

Just shy of three minutes of propulsive, throbbing bass, skimming guitars and urgent vocals. This is Traams at their rollicking, ferocious best.

 

3. Protomartyr – Pontiac 87

The finest riff of the year, and a brilliantly hypnotic reflection on a dispiriting Papal visit to Pontiac, Michigan in the late eighties.

 

2. Houndmouth – Sedona

The best sing-a-long chorus of the year bar none. Altogether now, “Hey little Hollywood, You’re gone but you’re not forgot, You got the cash but your credit’s no good, You flipped the script and you shot the plot, And I remember I remember when your neon used to burn so bright and pink, A Saturday night kinda pink“.

 

1 Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin’

Probably the most overwhelming choice for number one song of the year that we’ve had in seven years of voting. A fingerpicked earworm, a sprawl of twangy guitar and surreal, laconic lyrics combine to create the perfect ode to stoned self-reflection.

 

And some other random choices..

Favourite cover of the year: Kinky Friedman – My Shit’s Fucked Up (Warren Zevon cover)

 

Gigs of the year: Fat White Family (Oxford) and The Decemberists (Bristol)

 

Song I wished I’d heard earlier in the year: Robert Chaney – The Ballad Of Edward And Lisa

 

Best Songs Heard For The First Time, But Not From This Year: Justin Townes Earle – Yuma & Sleaford Mods – Chop Chop Chop

 

 

You can see our full countdown of our favourite 100 Tracks of the year here (100-76), (75-51), (50-26), (25-1) and favourite 30 Albums here (30-16), (15-1).