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best of the weekSo many good new tunes released this week – fourteen and counting – that we’ve had to split them into two posts.

Here are the first seven including a brilliant new single from the UK’s new saviour of indie guitar rock, Cabbage. Like a cross between Fat White Family, The Fall, and the Amazing Snakeheads. We have the new single from Samantha Crain’s upcoming album and three more excellent offerings from Secretly Canadian’s anti-Trump protest the First 100 Days project – Adam Torres, Jessica Lea Mayfield and a haunting solo performance from Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra.

Rounding off Part 1 is some crushing, nihilistic punk from RMBLR and the return of indie folk trio The Staves who are sounding seriously fed up.

Listen. Enjoy. Check Part 2 tomorrow.

  1. Cabbage – Gibraltar Ape
  2. Samantha Crain – Antiseptic Greeting
  3. RMBLR – Miracle
  4. The Staves – Tired As Fuck
  5. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Everybody Knows
  6. Jessica Lea Mayfield – The World Won’t Stop (Demo)
  7. Adam Torres – Dreamers In America










As we’re halfway through our tracks of the year (see 100-76 here, and 75-51 here) which resume on Monday, it felt like a good time to break things up with our choices of our favourite albums of 2015. Here then are numbers 30 through to 16.

30 Sarah Cracknell – Red Kite

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29 Desaparecidos – Payola



28 Kodiak Deathbeds – Kodiak Deathbeds

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27 Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

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26 Lord Huron – Strange Trails

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25 Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

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24 Torres – Sprinter



23 Wavves – V



22 Woolen Men – Temporary Monument

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21 Laura Marling – Short Movie

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20 Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home

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19 Samantha Crain – Under Branch & Thorn & Tree

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18 Rats On Rafts – Tape Hiss

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17 Traams – Modern Dancing



16 Wilco – Star Wars



You can get our top fifteen album list tomorrow. For our favourite tracks of the year click here for numbers 100-76 and here for 75-51.


Time for the MM countdown of our favourite tracks of the year to begin. Over the next few days we’ll be revealing our top 100 tracks and top 30 albums of 2015, with contributions from Mrs Mackerel, Chris T Popper, Polly Pocket and Franca. We’ll also share their personal choices with you next week.

So without further ado, here are numbers 100 through to 76.

100 Ultimate Painting – Woken By Noises


99 Samantha Crain – Elk City


98 Diet Cig – Dinner Date


97 Cruising – Safe Corridor


96 Gold Class – Life As A Gun


95 Beach Slang – Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas


94 Arborist – Twisted Arrow


93 Kodiak Deathbeds – Borderline


92 Summer Twins – Demons


91 Together PANGEA – Blue Mirror


90 Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home


89 Wilco – Random Name Generator


88 James McMurtry – South Dakota


87 J Fernandez – Between The Channels


86 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang – I’ve Been A Long Time Leaving


85 Drenge – We Can Do What We Want


84 Spray Paint – Thrash Master


83 Bueno – Babyface


82 Slaves – Despair And Traffic


81 Ezra Furman – Ordinary Life


80 Table Scraps – Motorcycle (Straight To Hell)


79 Trance Farmers – Garbage Night


78 The Felice Brothers – Carriage


77 Wavves – My Head Hurts


76 Titus Andronicus – Into The Void (Filler)


Check back tomorrow for numbers 75 – 51.

Samantha Crain has unveiled a new video for the heartfelt Kathleen, one of the standout tracks on her new album Under Branch & Thorn & Tree.



Time for one of our sporadic video round up posts. Lots of new musical films and songs to enjoy – here are a selection of some of our favourites from Fidlar and the Sewer Rats to Samantha Crain and Ruby The Rabbitfoot via Du Blonde and all stops inbetween.












Following on from our post earlier today, here are the remaining songs from our selection of 15 new tunes from last week, worth some serious ear-time this weekend.

9. Jacuzzi Boys – Happy Damage
10. Wavves – Way Too Much
11. Adult Mom – Laying On My Floor
12. Little Wings – Live To Tell (Madonna cover)
13. Promised Land Sound – She Takes Me There
14. Samantha Crain – When You Come Back
15. Royal Headache – Another World









New Album From Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain justifiably received much acclaim for last year’s excellent Kid Face album and will release the follow-up Under Branch & Thorn & Tree via Full Time Hobby on the 17th July.

As with previous releases, her smoky, sultry voice is a distinctive joy, set further apart from the norm with her use of jazz style vocal phrasing. The album is a sombre one with darkness tugging at its edges, but lifted by the striking arrangements that bring unexpected flashes of illumination and expansiveness to even the blackest of scenarios.

The first track from it is the exquisite Outside The Pale – have a listen below. You can pre-order the album here.


It has been a couple of years nearly since we featured the softly crafted folk of Small Houses, aka Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Jeremy Quentin.

This track, Seventeen In Roselore comes from his upcoming album Still Talk; Second City, it is a bare, wistful song, steeped in poignant nostalgia, lyrically brilliant, and which also features vocals by Samantha Crain.

It is well worth a few minutes in the headphones.