Posts Tagged ‘Rare Monk’

best of the weekA perfect ten (count ’em) rounded up for you this week, all fresh and emerging blinking into the daylight. Or something like that…

  1. Menace Beach – Holidays Are Heavy
  2. The Big Pink – High Times
  3. So Pitted – Rot In Hell
  4. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Hell
  5. Pretty Vicious – Are You Ready For Me
  6. Rare Monk – California
  7. Sunflower Bean – Wall Watcher
  8. Lanterns On The Lake – Through The Cellar Door
  9. The Bernard Lakes – Motorway
  10. The Tindersticks – Hey Lucinda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Escape - A PlaylistToday, Chris T Popper and I are heading south to Brighton and our first visit to the Great Escape festival.

There are a whole host of bands we’re looking forward to seeing, from the South American punk-pop of Las Kellies, the angst of Gambles, the spectral folk of Mirel Wagner and the junkyard blues of the Amazing Snakeheads, to the stoned slacker indie of Dune Rats and the growling garage of Theo Verney.

Perhaps best of all though is that element of surprise, the anticipation of stumbling across something new that makes an event like this such good fun. And there is plenty of scope for that here with over 400 bands playing sets. Happy days.

Until then, have a listen to some of the highlights that we have already picked out – these are all high on our must-see list…a twenty five song salute!

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Videos of the Day

Spoiling you with five excellent videos this morning. I don’t know where you are, but we’ve got yet another day of dank, dreary, drizzly rain and I need something to brighten up my Friday.

So, contrast and compare scrappy indie jangle from Such Hounds, gentle intricate harmonies from The Sea The Sea, tough, catchy garage from The Coathangers, fevered, intense pop from Rare Monks, and the classic country-punk rock’n’roll of Reverend Horton Heat.

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Round Up

Now that the new year is slowly grinding into gear and starting to pick up some momentum, we are starting to see some really tasty new releases being promoted. Here is our pick of a few new tunes from new records that we are really looking forward to…

First up, we have another gorgeous track from Marissa Nadler’s new album July, and a live taster of the first new record in two years from We Were Promised Jetpacks. The near perfect indie rock of Portland, Oregon’s Rare Monk is well worth checking out, and we have the sonic intensity of Brooklyn two-piece NØMADS to contrast with the vintage, ‘swingadelic’ heady bliss of the brilliantly named Jitterbug Vipers.

Next up is the degenerate raucous rock of Fat White Family’s new single Touch The Leather, and finally (for now) the brilliant Kelley Stoltz has a new single of shimmering psych-pop titled Cross Your Mind backed with The Anarchist In Me – you can stream the latter below.

Dig in…

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Debut Album From Rare Monk

Portland, Oregon’s Rare Monk have a sound that is both familiar and distinctly their own. With a slew of brand new tracks, Sleep/Attack is their first long player (out 26th February) and a follow up to their excellent Death by Proxy EP (see our original post here).

It’s an upbeat and ambitious album that takes inspiration from such diverse concepts as the enormity of the universe to the danger of imbuing dreams with too much power. Influences range from the obvious (Modest Mouse, Phoenix) to the less immediate and more experimental end of the musical spectrum. The end results are songs that are filled as much with surprises as they are with hooks. Thrilling stuff.

Try the funky, slow burn of Underground, the soaring Mama Bear and the one-way staccato riffola of Drumhead.

MM Shorts 268: Rare Monk.

Rare Monk are from Portland, Oregon and meld their love of the late 90s alternative music scene with a splash of psych-rock in a way that defies easy categorisation. Their latest EP is titled Death By Proxy and will be followed by a full length album in February.

For now, content yourself with listening to the giddy, effervescent pop fizz of the EP’s title track.

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