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best of the weekYou know the score – a sweep up of some of the week’s best new releases, new tunes and new artists.

This week we have no less than eleven tracks for you including The Avett Brothers, Left Lane Cruiser, The Devil Makes Three, Deerhoof and plenty more.

Dive in…

  1. The Avett Brothers – Satan Pulls The Strings
  2. Band Of Horses – Barrel House
  3. Holly Miranda – Mary Won’t You Call My Name (live)  (Morphine cover)
  4. Wye Oak – Watching The Waiting
  5. The Parrots – Jane Gumb
  6. Left Lane Cruiser – The Pusher
  7. Freedom Fry – Shaky Ground
  8. Morgan Delt – I Don’t Wanna See What’s Happening Outside
  9. The Devil Makes Three – Drunken Hearted Man
  10. GØGGS – Needle Trade Off
  11. Deerhoof – Acceptance Speech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festive Fayre (10): Freedom Fry

Posted: December 10, 2015 in Indie, Music, Pop
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Our favourite indie-popsters, Freedom Fry have shared a Christmas song.

Oh Santa (Bad World) brings a few darker clouds to their usual blend of sunshine melodies, and is a very welcome addition to our musical advent of festively themed tracks.

Enjoy…

 

best of the weekOur regular collection of the best of this week’s new releases for you including a couple of tasty cover versions.

  1. Freakwater – The Asp And The Albatross
  2. Quilt – Eliot St.
  3. The Brainstems – Simple Joys
  4. Freedom Fry – 1979 (Smashing Pumpkins cover)
  5. Coves – Stormy
  6. Coke Weed – Malocchio
  7. Noun – Loveblood
  8. Little May – Skeletons (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)
  9. Kite Base – Miracle Waves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel In The Jukebox

Our second collection of ten new tunes for you to spin and decide… hit or miss?

The Yawpers – Deacon Brodie (RIYL: Biker blues, MC5, Blue Cheer)

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Tedo Stone – By Your Side (RIYL: Fuzzy guitar rock, T Rex, Dinosaur Jr)

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Alberta Cross – Ghost Of Santa Fe (RIYL: Southern rock, My Morning Jacket, Crazy Horse)

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Flora Cash – This Breeze (RIYL: Folk, First Aid Kit, Angus & Julia Stone)

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Freedom Fry – Tropicana (RIYL: Indie pop, Vampire Weekend, Beirut)

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Landlines – Things Haven’t Been The Same (Since You Got back From Italy) (RIYL: Power pop, Weezer, Mikal Cronin)

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E B U – Dead Of Night (RIYL: Torch songs, Mirel Wagner, Billie Holiday)

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Grandparents – Kids In The Alley (RIYL: Psych-pop, The Flaming Lips, The Seeds)

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Outer Rooms (ft Terrorista) – Driver (RIYL: Punk, Japandroids, No Age)

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Silent Sleep – Everything I Own (RIYL: Singer-songwriters, Sufjan Stevens, Great Lake Swimmers)

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New Freedom Fry Single

Posted: May 28, 2015 in Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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New Single From Freedom Fry

It doesn’t matter when you’re 21 …

By our reckoning no one does infectious, feelgood indie-pop like Freedom Fry, the combination of French songstress Marie Seyrat and Michigan-born musical chameleon Bruce Driscoll (also of Blondfire).

With each release they up the ante and on irresistible new single 21 they have added in audience vocals and claps from their recent residency at the Echo in LA.

Listen below, and let some sunshine in.

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Freedom Fry – Shaky Ground

Posted: January 25, 2015 in Indie, Music, Pop
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No one does sunny indie-pop quite like Freedom Fry.

Shaky Ground is their first single of 2015 and is another gem – upbeat, infectious and filled with a classic “Hey Na Na Na” chorus. Guaranteed to dispel the clouds and cheer up a January Sunday morning.

Give it a spin.

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American French duo, Freedom Fry have unveiled their video for The Wilder Mile, another unashamedly summery, and catchy, indie-pop gem. They do this stuff better than anyone else we know.

Watch here.

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MM Shorts 581: Freedom Fry

Posted: June 22, 2014 in Indie, Music, Pop
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MM Shorts 581: Freedom Fry

We loved Freedom Fry’s track Summer In The City – infectious, indie pop that almost gatecrashed Chris T Poppers Top Ten of 2012, so it is a pleasure to have the French/American duo back with two new tracks.

One song is called Home, an ode to LA, and the other is a cover of Scarborough Fair.

Stream them below or head over to Bandcamp to download.

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MM's Best of 2012 (100-81)

So the waiting is over, and here are the first twenty entries in our Top 100 of 2012, part of MM’s much expanded Best of the Year review. Over the next five days we will reveal our favourite songs and those of our contributors: Mrs Mackerel, Christy Popper, Barry-Sean, Dr Roddy, Polly Pocket, Middle Sprat, Starbie, and Toy Steve. These are not the most “popular” songs of the year, nor do they lay any subjective claim to being the “best”, but they are without doubt the favourites of all those who have written for MM one way or another this year.

So without further ado…

100 GRASSFIGHT – NASSAU
With shades of Interpol in the hypnotic, propulsive percussion, echoes of Dinosaur Jr in the swirling guitar, and a classic indie deep, monotone vocal, Nassau successfully ticks all the necessary boxes for a post-punk extravaganza.

Download Grassfight – Nassau mp3

99 FUTURE OF THE LEFT – CITY OF EXPLODED CHILDREN
Humming, hypnotic , menacing krautrock rumble over which Andy Falkous intones possibly the best opening lyric of the year:  “Chicken tikka bathsalts found at bus stops

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98 WELL HUNG HEART – DEVIL
Like the feral lovechild of Howling Wolf, Mick Jagger, Joan Jett and Suzi Quattro fronting a hybrid of Nirvana and the Black Keys. All in a good way. A very good way.

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97 FIELD REPORT – I AM NOT WAITING ANYMORE
Haunting, poignant and fragile first single that heralded a stunning debut album of more than five years in the making.

Download Field Report – I Am Not Waiting Anymore mp3

96 THE WAVE PICTURES – SEAGULLS
With an infectious guitar jangle and clever lyrics – reminiscent of classic 80s UK indie bands like The Brilliant Corners – this year The Wave Pictures finally became the UK’s answer to the brilliant Mountain Goats. (BSF)

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95 JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE – LOWER EAST SIDE
In the Spring of 2012 Justin Townes Earle released Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now. His best record to date, this song, tucked away in the middle of the album perfectly captured how it feels to be in a city of millions yet to be completely alone.

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94 BECK – I JUST STARTED HATING SOME PEOPLE TODAY
A track of three very distinctive parts. The first to the twang of country guitar and cowboy vocals telling us that he’s seen the light and that people really aren’t very nice at all. He hates them all. Then ears are suddenly assaulted by a volley of Jack White’s fury reminiscent of late 70s punk before finishing on smooth, jazzy notes as Karen Elson,with silky tones, lets a bloke called Randy know that he is “Sooooooooooo dead“. Insane but brilliant. (BSF)

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93 DAUGHN GIBSON – ALL HELL
Rarely can the opening “insane preacher monologue” approach been used as effectively as this. Yet 45 seconds of spittle-flecked insanity is taken far, far deeper into black, murky waters as over  a humming bassline and fragmented crackles and loops, Gibson’s unflinching baritone reminds us over and over again “its a long way down“.

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92 CALEXICO – FORTUNE TELLER
Gorgeous standout from the Algiers album with the ghostliest of vocals.

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91 THE MARK LANEGAN BAND – GRAY GOES BLACK
Gravel voiced soul-searching carried out over a motorik rhythm.

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90 THE MAGNETIC FIELDS – ANDREW IN DRAG
This song is really a bit of fun and it makes me smile every time I hear it. A guy turns up to see his mate, Andrew, dress up in drag. He does it on a whim for a laugh but ends up fancying him. An amusing story that bobs along with a catchy, but low-key tune. (BSF)

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89 BEN HOWARD – ESMERELDA
Murkier, darker waters abound for this highlight from this year’s Burgh Island EP. Howard’s lonely voice struggles to break free from a claustrophobic and ominous backdrop.

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88 SHOVELS & ROPE – BIRMINGHAM
Much like The Lumineers, Shovels & Rope deal in unashamed folk anthems whose harmonies effortlessly evoke good-time, back porch sing-a-longs amongst the fireflies and the moonshine.

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87 LAST AMERICAN BUFFALO – BREAK MY HEART
At the turn of the year, Last American Buffalo released a short series of free-to-download digital signals that were uniformly brilliant. The first of two entries in our Best Of listing, Break My Heart is exquisitely blended folk, blues and classic country rock with a bitter edge that spits and snarls its discontent with the world.

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86 FATHER JOHN MISTY – ONLY SON OF THE LADIESMAN
What a voice. This song is worth a listen just for Father John Misty’s delivery. It’s like bubble bath without the bathwater – a hymn to the dead ladies man. Try sitting back with a cup of coffee, closing your eyes and letting this track soothe away your mental aches and pains (BSF)

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85 S T E A K H O U S E – SPIDER BITE
Somehow crossing 70s krautrock with desert blues and a stoned rockabilly twang to create a mesmerising journey through a venom-induced surreal otherworld.

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84 THE LUMINEERS – HO-HEY
As winning a combination of catchy folk-stomp and hollered vocals as it is possible to imagine. A deserved break-out hit for one of the most heartwarming success stories of the year.

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83 THE WALKMEN – HEARTBREAKER
The first of four entries from one of the finest albums of the year. Heartbreaker is the sound of a band in complete control of their own destiny, who know their destination and exactly how they’re going to get there. Thrilling, urgent and vital. It’s not the singer, it’s the song.

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82 FREEDOM FRY – SUMMER IN THE CITY
If there was any justice, Summer In The City would have been the soundtrack of barbecues and bakeouts the world over. It was as perfect as indie-pop is able to get, it made you want to pop the top off a cold one and party on the rooftops all day long.

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81 KESTON COBBLER’S CLUB – FOR WORDS
A truly beautiful folk composition, light of touch and sure of foot.

Download Keston Cobblers’ Club – For Words mp3

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CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR TRACKS 80 – 61

Mega Roundup

Having abjectly failed to regain control of our In-box since returning from holiday, we are still working our way through a sackful of new bands, new albums, new singles, new tracks, new demos and everything in-between. So with apologies for the delay in posting some of these, here is one awesome round-up of stuff that has caught our ears, our imagination, or, best of all, both.

First up is Terrible Beauty a track of swirling hypnotic texture-pop from the Daymoths upcoming sophomore album,

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We have more heartwarming hobo-pop from Skipping Girl Vinegar, full of lyrical twists and sonic layers – You Can comes from forthcoming album Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey.

Download Skipping Girl Vinegar – You Can mp3 (from Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey)

Five years after the breakthrough of their debut album We Came Here to Die, the Arkansas music collective Bear Colony return with their new full-length Soft Eyes. The first taste is the densely melodic Flask Retort.

Download Bear Colony – Flask Retort mp3 (from Soft Eyes)

Royal Canoe is a six piece indie pop-rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Show Me Your Eyes comes from new digital only single Purple and Gold and is as catchy as it is quirky.

Download Royal Canoe – Show Me Your Eyes mp3 (from Purple And Gold)

By contrast Kings of Lowertown play what they describe as “…deep Ottawa Valley dirt blues“. They have an EP released on the 31st October, but you can check out some tracks on their Bandcamp page here. This is the excellent primal blues chug of Down Tobacco Road.

Download Kings of Lowertown – Down Tobacco Road mp3 (from Kings of Lowertown EP)

The Sugargliders have a twenty track retrospective compilation of sweetly chiming indie pop from this much loved and sorely missed Australian band out via Matinee Recordings. This is lead track Ahprahran. You can order from Matinee here.

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Dundonian three-piece, the excellently named Fat Goth release their second album Stud via Hefty Dafty Records on 28th January 2013. Grab the fast-paced, dirty basslines and thumping lightning quick beats of album opener (the also excellently named) Debbie’s Dirty Harry.

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Fjords are a five piece electro-indie outfit from Cardiff, their Dead Diamonds EP was released on 24th September. Click through to download the glacial synths and dark dance rhythms of Russian Doll.

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King Of Spain’s recently released album of spacious indie rock and jaunty pop hooks, All I Did Was Tell Was Tell Them The Truth And They Thought It Was Hell has been growing on us with every spin, and the jaunty Green Eyes might well be our favourite track from the record.

Download King Of Spain – Green Eyes mp3 (from All I Did Was Tell Was Tell Them The Truth And They Thought It Was Hell)

Daytona’s self-released EP Storm So Long has been out for a little while, but free track Undertow is a gem of understated indie swirl – all fatigued vocals and pulsing bass, so just in case you missed it first time round…

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We posted the excellent upbeat, ultra catchy Summer In The City by Freedom Fry back in July, and Jesse James showcases another side of the duo entirely, being a beguiling slice of melancholic indie pop.

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Gus By Heart is the work of Swedish singer and songwriter Gustav Svedung. Late last month, he released his debut single, the yearning and plaintive Hideous Sounds, and it will be followed by the cassette EP Rather Be Singing Than Thinking, which is out tomorrow.

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Meanwhile, Driving Cassady, a quartet with members from both the US and Sweden, have a debut EP release On the Ties out now. It is a mix of warm American with garage rock fingers and some good ole Tex Mex. Think the Black Keys jamming with Jim Morrison and Sly & The Family Stone.

Download Driving Cassady – You Ain’t The One mp3 (from On The Ties EP)

Lastly Calaca Strides is a dark, experimental folk musician based in the North West of England. Having recently completed a second EP called Brittle Breeze, the lead track is called Row by Row and can be downloaded here. You can get the whole EP from Soundcloud here.

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