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best of the weekAfter a week’s break, we’re back with our regular round up of the best new tunes of the past seven days.

It includes the return of a number of MM regulars too: No Age, The Growlers and Pop. 1280 as well a stunning new track from Annie Hardy (ex of Giant Drag) and plenty more besides.

So then, ten cracking songs – dive in.

  1. Pop. 1280 – Pulse
  2. Hiss Golden Messenger – Tell Her I’m Just Dancing
  3. The Growlers – City Club
  4. Angel Olsen – Sister
  5. Magic Trick – First Thought
  6. Shilpa Ray – Paisley
  7. The Raveonettes – A Good Fight
  8. Annie Hardy – Go Hey Raku Sake
  9. No Age – Separation
  10. Cory Hanson – Ordinary People

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here we go again, another collection of eight handpicked tunes released this week, including the return of the wonderful Mercury Rev, that are more than worth a few minutes of your time.

1. Mercury Rev – The Queen Of Swans
2. Wolf Alice – Freazy
3. Shannon And The Clams – Corvette
4. Weaves – Tick
5. No Age – It’s Oh So Quiet (Bjork cover)
6. Hyde & Beast – Hard Times Good Times
7. Eagles Of Death Metal – Complexity
8. David Ramirez – Harder To Lie

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2:54’s cover of a Doors classic, No Ages’s cover of a Black Flag classic and the welcome return of Other Lives heads our biggest ever weekly round up of the songs you really should have found some time to listen to already. But if not, here they are in one neat package for you.

1. 2:54 – Take It As It Comes (Doors cover)
2. WATERS – Stupid Games
3. Matthew E. White – Tranquility
4. Pile – Mr. Fish
5. Modest Mouse – The Best Room
6. Other Lives – Reconfiguration
7. Moon Duo – Slow Down Low
8. No Age – Six Pack (Black Flag cover)
9. Dorthia Cottrell – Oak Grove
10. Houndstooth – No News From Home
11. Marika Hackman – Open Wide

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Perhaps unusually, this year seemed a better one for albums rather than individual tracks with some fabulous releases over the past twelve months. There were many contenders for our end of year list, but here, after much deliberation, is Part One of our favourites of 2013.

50 Daughn Gibson – Me Moan

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49 The Men – New Moon

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48 Pissed Jeans – Honeys

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47 The Dodos – Confidence

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46 Holograms – Forever

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45 Colleen Green – Sock It To Me

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44 Blank Realm – Go Easy

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43 Night Beds – Country Sleep

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42 Agnes Obel – Aventine

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41 Grass House – A Sun Full And Drowning

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40 The Oblivians – Desperation

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39 Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Any Port In A Storm

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38 No Age – An Object

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37 Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain

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36 Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum

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35 Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium

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34 John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

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33 Fuzz – Fuzz

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32 I See Hawks In L.A. – Mystery Drug

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31 Savages – Silence Yourself

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MM Shorts 390: No Age Are Back

Posted: June 13, 2013 in Alternative, Music, Punk, Rock
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What a treat to have the anthemic, high powered punk riffing of No Age back on the scene. This is C’mon Stimmung, a first taste from new album, An Object, out via Sub Pop in August.

Have no fear, it doesn’t disappoint!

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Here are a few more of the cover versions that have recently crossed MM’s path and are well worth a listen.

First up, Stereogum have released an excellent tribute to the Strokes Is This It album featuring a whole host of buzzworthy bands and available completely free from their website. Just click here to grab it, or listen to Real Estate’s version of Barely Legal below.

Download Real Estate – Barely Legal mp3 (from Stereogum Presents… STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It)

Also a tribute is BEAT L.A. a charity benefit album (the compilation’s proceeds to go benefit Doctors Without Borders’ Haiti relief efforts – details here) featuring current L.A. bands covering songs from the city’s past. For example, tracks by X, the Germs, and the Minutemen, as well as the Doors and Cheech & Chong. Here are a couple of tasters covering The Urinals and Black Randy & the Metrosquads that have been doing the rounds.

Download No Age – Male Masturbation mp3 (from L.A. Beat)

Download Crystal Antlers – I Slept In An Arcade mp3 (from L.A. Beat)

Elsewhere The Postelles have made an EP of cover versions available for the price of an e-mail address – called Summer Undercovers, you can get it here. This is their take on a Smiths classic.

Download The Postelles – Ask mp3 (from Summer Undercovers)

Two new (to us anyway) singer songwriters, AIVA and Jodie Marie have tackled Nick Drake and Joan Baez and offered up the results for free. See what you think.

Download AIVA – Pink Moon mp3 (Nick Drake cover)

Download Jodie Marie – Silver Dagger mp3 (Joan Baez cover)

The Kinks track Alcohol from 1972 album Everybody’s In Show-Biz is covered by Mr Lewis & The Funeral 5 on their new album Delirium Tremendous.

Download Mr Lewis & The Funeral 5 – Alcohol mp3 (from Delirium Tremendous)

And lastly, here is The Kills with their own take on Marilyn Monroe’s One Silver Dollar. It is from an in-studio acoustic session for Australian radio station Triple J.

Download The Kills – One Silver Dollar mp3 (Marilyn Monroe cover)

Here at MM we share, chat, argue, bury and praise music on a pretty regular basis…like daily. So throughout the year, the Mackerel crew (Mrs Mackerel, Barry-Sean, Christy-Popper, Dr Roddy, Polly Pocket, Starbar, MM and others) keep their own ever-changing top tens ready for publication at the climax of the festive season.

So here are MM’s ten favourite tunes from 2010 – no claims on them being the best, but for many different reasons, these are the tracks that most struck a chord (no pun intended).

10 Phosphorescent – The Mermaid Parade (Download Here)

Phosphorescent just seem to get better and better. A wonderful album provided this superb tale of failed love told in a resigned, accepting way and accompanied by mournful pedal steel and piano.

9 Red Clay River – Rattlesnake Mountain (Download here)

Always loved a good dose of black hearted, downbeat, gothic country and Red Clay River deliver in spades with this skeletal gem.

8 Strand Of Oaks – Alex Kona

Alex Kona was 12 feet tall, his mother was killed by a bowling ball“, how could you not want to know the rest of the story? A standout track from a wonderful album of sparse fingerpicked folk and occasional psychedelic wigouts…Fast forward to track 5 below, or just stream the whole wonderful record.

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7 Local Natives – World News (Download here)

While others in the Mackerel shoal may have been seduced by Airplanes, it was the propulsive, upbeat rhythms and effortlessly catchy chorus of World News that claimed my ears.

6 Stornoway – I Saw You Blink

The runaway feel good hit of the summer. Catchy, uplifting and a perfect soundtrack to the setting sun at the Truck Festival.

5 No Age – Fever Dreaming (Download here)

This song steamed out of the traps like it had just been released from the punk heydey of 1977 – and there is no higher praise in my book. Turn up loud and abuse the neighbours – especially if they’re like some of ours. Wankers.

4 Blitzen Trapper – The Man Who Would Speak True

On a par with their classic Black River Killer – a wonderfully surreal and compelling story of murder, trains, truth and gardening. Exceptional.

3 Howling Owls – Family Tree (Download here)

My favourite new band discovery of the year. One after another they sent songs MM’s way and all could have been top ten contenders. In the end it was this majestically malevolent ode to a dysfunctional family life where nothing is at it seems, or as it should be, that won out.

2 Wooden Wand – Uncle Bill (Download here)

A wonderfully poignant and nostalgic paean to a relative who is casting a knowing eye over his nephew’s mistakes and while he knows, he doesn’t tell. With lyrics that cut to the chase and tell a story that is as warm as it is personal. In a different day and age Wooden Wand would be a household name.

1 Black Mountain – Let Spirits Ride

Who cares if the riff is nicked from another song, or if it sounds like 1972. I don’t when it as good as this. Probably the one song in 2010 that I never ever skipped, that I always turned up to 11, and which, seen live at the End of the Road cemented its place as my number one.

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Bubbling Under

1. Dr Dog – Later

2. Lumerians – Burning Mirrors

3.Tweak BirdA Sun Ahh Ahh

4. PaleoThe King James Fakebook

5. Mathew Sawyer & The Ghosts – Revenge Of The Extra From Zulu

Best Songs First Heard in 2010, but not 2010

1. Joe PugHymn 35

2.The Willard Grant Conspiracy – Drunkard’s Prayer

3.Knife In The Water – Young Blood In The River

Guilty Pleasure

I’m with Dr Roddy. Pure Eurovision perfection…Lena Mayer and Satellite.

More from No Age

Posted: October 4, 2010 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rock
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Fever Dreaming is the latest offering from No Age’s Everything In Between, and is hands-down our favourite track of theirs to date.

It is a full on, take-no-prisoners punk rock anthem with a massive guitar riff, howling vocals that somehow remind me of the end of Anarchy In The UK, and brutal, pummelling percussive support. Absolutely marvellous.

Buy the album direct from Sub Pop here.

Visit their MySpace here.

Download No Age – Fever Dreaming mp3 (from Everything In Between)

Download No Age – Glitter mp3 (from Everything In Between)

We’ve been away for most of the past two weeks and relying on forward scheduling posts for the most part, but it means we’ve missed out on some of the more recent releases. So a first quick trawl through the in box has picked out these three for you.

First up is Glitter, the first single from the forthcoming No Age album Everything In Between. It begins with an almost glam rock feel and is certainly a touch more polished and a touch more pop then previous efforts, but the rumbling drums, low-key vocals and hazy feedback are still present and correct and it all adds up to a mighty fine opener for the album.

Download No Age – Glitter mp3 (from Everything In Between)

MM gets the feeling that Salem might be less inclined to compromise than No Age, certainly if second track from forthcoming album King Night is anything to go by. It is bleak, spectral, and brilliantly uncomfortable listening, the disembodied (even disembowelled) vocals are enough to give you nightmares on their own!

Download Salem – Asia mp3 (from King Night)

Third up are much under-rated MM faves, and post-punk, art-rock weirdos The Victorian English Gentlemens Club whom we first saw a few years ago as the support band at a gig in Oxford. They are now preparing their third album for release and are offering up the marvellously titled A Biting Wind Followed By An Occasional Drift Of Snow (Was No Way To Cure A Hangover) – every bit as good as it sounds it should be.

Download The Victorian English Gentlemens Club – A Biting Wind Followed By An Occasional Drift Of Snow (Was No Way To Cure A Hangover) mp3