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Day four of our countdown of our favourite 200 songs of the past 10 years.

140 Chelsea Light Moving – Groovy & Linda (2012)


A distorted, bloody jam in tune with the bloody, violent nature of the 1960s shooting it narrates. Any Sonic Youth undertones? What do you think.


 139 Dan Auerbach – Heartbroken, In Disrepair (2009)

The gritty guitar sound sets up a soulful, dirty blues where hopelessness finally overpowers determination.


138 Spectrum Meets Captain Memphis – The Lonesome Death Of Johnny Ace (2008)

Biopic-epic groover shows the two musicians playing off a southern fried radiation telling the tale of a famous singer’s Russian Roulette tragedy on Christmas day.


137 Houndmouth – For No One (2015)

Spare and epic. Surreal and vivid. Plaintive and slyly humorous. An absolute gem of Dylan-esque storytelling that manages to be anything but derivative.


136 Deer Tick – Chevy Express (2011)

Sombre, reflective, and undeniably sobering. Chevy Express is the soundtrack to a heavy heart and lonely regret washed by the first light of an early morning dawn and may well be the best thing they’ve ever done.


135 Howling Owls – Family Tree (2010)


Sinister, noir-ish folk from the Howling Owls. Family Tree is ominous, forbidding, baleful – all the things we love from one of our favourite discoveries of the past ten years.


134 The Silver Jews – Strange Victory, Strange Defeat (2008)

David Berman’s lyrics were amongst the sharpest, wittiest, pithiest and most potent in the whole of indie-rockdom. The rumbling Strange Victory, Strange Defeat’s opening verse is Squirrels imported from Connecticut / Just in time for fall / How much fun is a lot more fun? / Not much fun at all and it just gets better from there…


133 Tweak Bird – A Sun / Ahh Ahh (2010)


Brilliant mix of full-on old-school metal riffing with psychedelic overtones and an absurdly heavy climax. Rock on dudes.


132 A.A. Bondy – I Can See The Pines Are Dancing (2009)

Both intriguing and evocative, A.A. Bondy’s lovely, road-weary voice conveys a rarely felt depth of experience on the back of a melody steeped in warm melancholy.


131 Angus Stone – It Was Blue (2012)

Borrowing a Stooges’ style riff, It Was Blue is a stunningly good, modern day excursion into fuzzy 70s psychedelic rock.


130 Joe Pug – Hymn 35 (2009)

Classic singer-songwriter fare, but set apart from the crowded competition by the the consistently thought-provoking lyrical wordplay and the chance to holler along in the car with I have done wrong / I will do wrong / There’s nothing wrong / With doing wrong.


129 James Arthur’s Manhunt – Killzone (2016)


An intense, tribal, maelstrom of churning, filthy guitars and pounding percussion that veers into space rock by way of spaghetti westerns and Italian horror films.


128 Nightjar – Poor Man’s Son (2008)


A wonderfully simple tale of a son done wrong set to a classic bluegrass inflected folk-strum.


127 Southerly – Desolation Row (2013)


Darkest of dark pop, infectious melody, ominous drone, sparing song structure and astute lyricism.


126 Protomartyr – Pontiac 87 (2015)


Brilliantly hypnotic riff. Brilliantly hypnotic reflection on a dispiriting Papal visit to Pontiac, Michigan in the late eighties.


125 Julie Ruin – I Decide (2016)


Somehow manages to be outrageously catchy, while simultaneously sounding like an angry bunch of wasps trapped in a jam jar.


124 Low – Plastic Cup (2013)


Moody and smart-ass sarcastic story of substance abuse, a lifetime of dependence on others, and the soul-crushing future of pointless drug tests. All set to an understated, super-low tempo, and wonderful co-ed vocal harmonies between Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker.


123 Port O’Brien – I Woke Up Today (2008)


A chaotic, swelling modern day seafarer’s shanty. And the biggest damn sing along chorus in the whole list.


122 Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight (2008)

What can you say. Overblown, theatrical, bombastic and yet still one of the greatest indie rock songs of the past ten years. The bluster eventually revealing the true pain and sorrow of desolate heartbreak.


121 Fritjof Norrmo – Set Me On Fire (2015)


Swedish singer-songwriter’s endearing and somewhat nostalgic tale of a brief, but passionate love encounter. A true heart warmer.


Don’t forget to check out tracks 200-181, 180-161, 160-141.

We are hugely looking forward to Joe Pug’s new record Windfall and have already shared the brilliant album closer If Still It Can’t Be Found. Now we have another, equally good, track for you to stream.

This is Stay And Dance. Have a listen.


New Track From Joe Pug

Posted: December 27, 2014 in Acoustic, Americana, Country, Folk, Music

With his upcoming full-length record Windfall, to be released on the 10th March, Joe Pug has shared the debut single from the album.

If Still It Can’t Be Found, which features Pat Sansone from Wilco on mellotron, is a yearning, sweetly strummed ballad that perhaps captures some of the hard times and question marks over his future as he struggled with writers block and, as he says, “fell out of love with music“.

If it’s not around this corner it’s around the next
If it’s not beyond this river it’s beyond the next
And if still it can’t be found
It’s prob’ly for the best


Joe Pug / Vandaveer CoversWell, seeing as our last posts were covers by Eagulls and Shearwater, and seeing as they say good things come in threes, here is long standing favourite of our blog, Joe Pug covering another long standing favourite of our blog, Vandaveer and vice versa. It comes courtesy of the excellent I Am Fuel, You Are Friends blog.

The two are touring together throughout October and the dates (and tickets) can be found here – sounds like it will be pretty much the perfect show to us.

Download Joe’s version of Waking Hour and Vandaveer’s take on Call It What You Will below.

Videos of the Day

An excellent set of videos/tunes today from the outstanding Joe Pug with a lyric video with a slight difference and the song itself, a cover of Harvey “Tex” Thomas Young’s Deep Dark Wells is a stunner. We have the Young Knives continuing their welcome return with their new musical film for Maureen, and Soledad Velez’s video for Black Light In The Forest. Lastly, we have MM faves, Hookworms and their new video for On Returning.




To finish off our favourites of the year, here are numbers thirty to sixteen of the albums we have most enjoyed in 2012.

Don’t forget to check back for our 100 Favourite Tunes and the MM contributor’s best of lists too.

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30 Joe Pug – The Great Despiser



29 David Cronenberg’s Wife – Don’t Wait To Be Hunted To Hide


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28 Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock


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27 Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams


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26 JBM – Stray Ashes


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25 Mama Rosin – Bye Bye Bayou


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24 Red River Dialect – Awellupontheway


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23 Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams)

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Loose Ends mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams)

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22 Diamond Rugs – Diamond Rugs


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21 Gravenhurst – The Ghost In Daylight


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20 Daughn Gibson – All Hell


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19 Waves Of Fury – Thirst


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18 The Felice Brothers – God Bless You Amigo

Download The Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental mp3 (from God Bless You Amigo)

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17 Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny – Yours Truly Cellophane Nose


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16 Simone Felice – Simone Felice


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15 The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

Video of the Day: Joe Pug ||  Colour The Atlas.


Download Joe Pug – Hymn 76 (Daytrotter Session) mp3



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Joe Pug & Timber Timbre On Daytrotter. Every so often we highlight the Daytrotter Studio session downloads that can be yours for a mere $2 per month. Often three sessions per day handpicked from the very best of both the up and coming and well established artists across a whole range of musical genres – there are treats and delights galore to be found.

Just in the past few days there have been sessions from Dinosaur Feathers, Luke Roberts and Twin Shadow. However, two of our favourites have been from the wonderful Joe Pug and the spooky, swamp folk of Timber Timbre.

Check out a couple of tracks below and sign up for your own Daytrotter account here.

Download Joe Pug – Hymn #76 mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Timber Timbre – Bad Ritual/Obelisk mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

MM Shorts 110: First taste of Joe Pug's new album.

A new album from Joe Pug is just cause for celebration round these parts and The Great Despiser will be released on April 24th.

The first taste and following on from Hymn numbers 35 and 101, which have already seen daylight on his Nation of Heat EP, is Hymn #76. It features in this preview video for the album and provides plenty of reasons to look forward to April.



Nice Free Sampler From Noisetrade.

Noisetrade are offering a very nice free sampler featuring the Best of The American Songwriter sessions. It has thirty tracks including such MM faves as Joe Pug, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Vetiver, Justin Townes Earle and The White Buffalo amongst many others.

There are a couple of choice tracks from it below, but just visit their Facebook page here and click on the Like button to get the whole thing for free.

Download Joe Pug – Speak Plainly, Diana mp3 (from Noisetrade Best Of American Songwriters)

Download Josh Rouse – Oh Look What The Sun Did mp3 (from Noisetrade Best Of American Songwriters)