Posts Tagged ‘Hooded Fang’


Our second individual listing comes from long-standing contributor Chris T Popper, he of the creaking joints and club foot (and yet still the second-best footballer in his family). Another cracking collection of tunes, and you can always listen on Spotify here.

20 Big Thief – Paul


19 Mind Spiders – Running


18 Hooded Fang – Dead Battery


17 Van William – Revolution


16 Staches – Total Commitment


15 Yowl – The Imminent Return


14 Ultimate Painting – Bills


13 Great American Canyon Band – Undertow


12 Flat Worms – Petulance


11 Jacuzzi Boys – Lucky Blade


10 Neighbors – Angel O

To begin my countdown we have the troubled Neighbors. The band are new to me and unfortunately I won’t be getting to hear any new material as they split up earlier this year. Thankfully they did have the good sense to sign off with a cracker. Angel O with its spiky guitars, rhythm changes and Jose Diaz’s Rohena’s distorted vocal ending the song audibly weeping is definitely one to pique my interest in checking out their back catalogue.


9 Parquet Courts – Dust

Dust is everywhere – it’s all around you ‘you’re biting it now’ it taunts. Held together by a driving tempo that breaks occasionally for a trip around all kinds of added extras including traffic noise it’s a celebration of the mundane. Sweep.


8 PJ Harvey – Guilty

The foreboding nature of the beat – a combination of tom tom through a whammy pedal – and lyrics feels particularly pertinent considering what a strange year’s 2016 has been. Decrying the US drone strikes ‘what’s he doing with that stick, which one is guilty?’ and ‘nobody asked us if we’re one of ‘them…’’ feels like a question likely to be repeated in 2017.


7 Magic Potion – Milk

I love the weirdly tuned guitars, slacker attitude and the way it just does it’s thing almost unnoticed. There is a kind of warmth to the whole thing (it was recorded and produced by the band) that seems to permeate and the doleful tones of lead singer Gustaf Montelius are a perfect match to the fab wonky guitar.


6 Terry – Don’t Say Sorry

Melbourne quartet Terry are a band made up of Australian post punk royalty. With members from different bands (including the wonderfully monikered Constant Mongrel) they’ve created an insanely catchy song with the sort of chorus that strikes earworm gold. Obviously I can’t help but sing along with it every time – it’s just instinctive.


5 The Wave Pictures – Pool Hall

This one ambles in to my top 5 with a nicely laid back swagger. Inspired by the disconnection of a society that’s seems intent on closing all our interesting places of social interaction, it’s a bluesy lament to those smoky pool halls now disappeared ‘your past gets closed down bit by bit’ says guitarist/vocalist and songwriter Dave Tattersall, adding (we’re now living)‘…in a bankrupt culture, one that celebrates bongo pop morons and largely ignores the real thing’. About right.


4 Underworld – I Exhale

From humble beginnings it’s when the synth cracks in to life that I Exhale starts it’s inexorable rise to becoming my go to record of the year. How many times did I put this on really loud when I was feeling shitty and found Hyde’s spoken word lyrics carrying me off to a different place, ably assisted by that pounding hypnotic beat.


3 Little Barrie – I.5.C.A.

Little Barrie made an appearance in a previous top 10 of mine and they’ve delivered another beauty with I.5.C.A. Bit of a slow burner, but that filthy opening riff soon pulls you in and the guitar throughout is just extraordinary. Inspired by hallucinatory trips driving up and down Interstate 5 on their last tour goes some way to explaining it’s otherworldly appeal.


2 Terry Malts – Used To Be

I have a real soft spot for Terry Malts, their tune I Was Not There was a big favourite from 2013. Now three years later they’re back with another cracker. I love the lyrics, grieving for a life that is just a nostalgic mirage. Do you want it back how it used to be? it asks before signing off with a ‘not me’ slapping any rose tinted glasses off your face in the process.


1 Yak – Victorious (National Anthem)

The chaos this song provides in just over 2 minutes is quite magnificent. The monster bass break preceding the chorus is proper badass and coupled with the strangulated vocals it gallops along with such an endearing lunacy I knew it was my favourite record of the year pretty quickly. There is something I love about a band doing exactly what they want… and it works a treat.


Tomorrow we have Mrs Mackerel’s dirty dozen. To check out the Italian Job’s top 20 click here or click for the full run down of our 100 favourite tracks (100-76, 75-51, 50-26, 25-1) and albums.


Here are our favourite albums of 2016. We have to go against the flow a bit and say up front there is no place for David Bowie. Great though he was, and tragic that he died two days after the release of a good album, for us that was what it was, a good album, but not a great one. And besides he is topping damn near every other list.

30 Adam Torres – Pearls To Swine



29 BRONCHO – Double Vanity



28 Communist Daughter – The Cracks That Built The Wall



27 Cold Pumas – The Hanging Valley



26 Hooded Fang – Venus On Edge



25 Jamie T – Trick



24 The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset



23 Goat – Requiem



22 Kevin Morby – Singing Saw



21 The Cave Singers – Banshee



20 Conor Oberst – Ruminations



19 Black Mountain – IV



18 Pixies – Head Carrier



17 Big Thief – Masterpiece



16 Wilco – Shmilco



15 Velcro Hooks – Velcro Hooks



14 Terry Malts – Lost At The Party



13 Terry – Terry HQ



12 PJ Harvey – Hope Six Demolition Project



11 Mind Spiders – Prosthesis



10 Angel Olsen – My Woman



9 Lucy Dacus – No Burden



8 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity



7 Cass McCombs – Mangy Love



6 Damien Jurado – Vision Of Us On The Land


5 Dr. Dog – Psychedelic Swamp


4 The Felice Brothers – Life In The Dark



3 Great American Canyon Band – Only You Remain



2 Parquet Courts – Human Performance



1 Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial



Check out our favourite 100 tracks of the year here (100-76, 75-51, 50-26, 25-1) and look out tomorrow for the start of our individual lists…


Inside the top fifty of our favourite songs of the year now. Check numbers 50 – 26 and come back tomorrow for the final countdown…

50 BAIT – I’m Still Here


49 Big Thief – Paul


48 Kyle Craft – Before The Wall


47 Staches – Total Commitment


46 Arborist – I Heard Him Leaving


45 Hooded Fang – Dead Battery


44 Yowl – The Imminent Return


43 Quiet Hollers – Broken Guitar


42 Ultimate Painting – Bills


41 Mind Spiders – Cold


40 Flat Worms – Petulance


39 Lucy Dacus – I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore


38 Old Sea Brigade – Sleep In The Park


37 Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree


36 Jacuzzi Boys – Lucky Blade


35 Fat White Family – Breaking Into Aldi


34 The Cave Singers – That’s Why


33 Neighbors – Angel O


32 The Lumineers – Gale Song


31 The Julie Ruin – I Decide


30 The Bones Of J.R. Jones – Hammers And Nails


29 PJ Harvey – Guilty


28 Joseph Coward – Peanut Girl


27 Magic Potion – Milk


26 Agnes Obel – Its Happening Again


Check the full list so far: 100-76, 75-51.


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.

best of the week

After a week away, we’re back with eight tracks selected from the past week and covering everything from hardcore to goth-pop by way of some shoegaze and a classic cover.


  1. Hooded Fang – Dead Battery
  2. M. Ward – Time Won’t Wait
  3. Bonnie Prince Billy & Friends – Rubin & Cherise (Grateful Dead cover)
  4. Joana Serrat featuring Neil Halstead – Cloudy Heart
  5. The Don Darlings – Speed Of Light
  6. Local Natives – Past Lives
  7. Cat’s Eyes – Be Careful Where You Park Your Car
  8. Haybaby – What It Is










To their eternal credit, Toronto’s Hooded Fang continue to blast their sound to smithereens before picking up the the most jagged pieces and moving forth.

Due out on the 13th May via their own Daps Records, their latest musical offering, Venus On Edge, is full of Ritalin tempos, sheet metal guitars, manic riffs, hypnotic basslines and spastic rhythms.

The band have shared album standout A Final Hello from it in the form of a seizure-inducing video for the track.


best of the weekJust home from a lovely week with family in the Arctic circle, and already pining for the fjords, here are this week’s collection of top tunes neatly gathered up solely for your listening edification.

  1. Julian Casablancas – Run Run Run (Velvet Underground cover)
  2. Bat For Lashes – I Do
  3. Mind Spiders – Running
  4. Hooded Fang – Tunnel Vision
  5. Wintersleep – Territory
  6. Frightened Rabbit – Death Dream
  7. Drug Pizza – No Reaction
  8. Prism Tats – Pacifist Masochist
  9. Jennifer O’Connor – Black Sky Blanket











Videos of the Day

A treat in store today with new videos from Deer Tick and a brilliant tap-dancing film from Waxahatchee, from excellent experimental folksters Bird Courage and to finish Hooded Fang’s video for Wasteland featuring Dim Sum and a donkey.





Videos of the Day

Videos this morning from Low for Plastic Cup (one of our favourite songs of the year so far), and from ‘slowcore’ to the sonic mayhem of Destruction Unit and their video for Sonic Pearl. We also have intelligent, sophisticated indie-pop from Big Scary and their video for Luck Now.

Finally in Guanajuato, Mexico, nine girls bail out of two 4x4s and immediately start their freaky dancing – what starts off as debauched, playful film soon descends into something a lot darker and sinister offset by the gleeful paranoia of Hooded Fang’s Bye Bye Land.




MM Shorts 355: Hooded Fang's Graves

We’re loving this, the first taste from Hooded Fang’s forthcoming album Gravez.

Graves is the ultra catchy, fuzzy album opener, “So many faces and they’re all the same… why you lookin’ at me?”, it is a perfect mix of paranoid tripped out psych-pop and garage rock.

Gravez is out 27th May (UK) / 28th May (USA) on Full Time Hobby.