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We’ve been catching up (again) on some new tunes and, well frankly, there are just too many of the bloody things.

Here are a few of the loud / fast / brutal / noisy ones we’ve really liked from the last month or so, and there’ll be a few more (quieter ones) tomorrow.

So here we go…

The Hives are back with new single Good Samaritan. They’ve still got it.

 

Slaves new EP The Velvet Ditch features four songs that didn’t make the cut for most recent album Acts of Fear And Love. This is One More Day Won’t Hurt.

 

And Flake is a highlight from Fidlar’s latest long player Almost Free – a great video too.

 

Garage psych legends Oh Sees have shared the brilliant Poisoned Stones from upcoming album Face Stabber.

 

Out next month, Nottingham punk rock lifers Grey Hairs have announced their third album Health & Social Care – a scorching reflection on balancing your creative impulses against the commitments of impending middle age. This is the video for Tory Nurse.

 

Alien Thing’s sound is described as danceable late 90s punk, peppered in midwest depression. Some references are Shellac, Tom Waits, Fugazi, and Primus. This single, the excellently titled How to Build an Earthworm Farm, is loud and impassioned. Lyrically, it’s half psycho-narration and half diss-track aimed at the prison-industrial-complex…

 

Meanwhile Frauds are back with a brilliant new single full of jagged riffs – Putin’s Day Off is acerbic and savage. Never heard the phrase “critically acclaimed major label debut” spat quite so viciously…

 

Crushed BeaksSky Burial is driven by squalls of feedback wrestling with pop melodies turned inside out, pushing forward sheets of distortion and psyched out rushes of noise pop.

 

Brooklyn based band Pink Mexico’s track Dirty & Stupid, from the recently released album DUMP, is an anthem of torrid times, self-medication and self-sabotage.

 

The twisted music of Knife Wife gets a new outing on Family Party. The album is a medley of violent indifference, sorrow, general nastiness, bitter joy, and the symbolism of dogs. Check out The Dentist.

 

Black Mekon and his brother Black Mekon were named after the legendary Black Mekong, illegitimate children of prostitutes visited by missionary preachers, abandoned to fend for themselves on the banks of The Mekong River. Now joined by their cousin Black Mekon they deliver blistering in-the-red punk blues as a three piece. New single Immunity is 63 seconds of of jet-engine noise and pelvis-shattering drums. It comes from new album Destroy Nostalgia (out August 16).

 

London cosmic punk quartet WACO have returned with a new single, Levenshulme Lover,  and have a new full length, Human Magic, set for release on November 1st.

 

Bay area jangle post punks Neutrals have shared the video for Hate the Summer of Love off their debut album Kebab Disco.

 

London-based punk outfit Real Authority have released a third track Depression Issues from their upcoming debut EP True Motion. Guitarist Johann Saul describes it thus, “This is probably the heaviest track in our set. You’ve got Slayer-esque cymbal grabs, twisted spoken word passages, creepy organ parts, down tuned bendy riffs, and a brutal half time breakdown. A real journey through the fiery riffs of hell!” 

 

And finally, Discordant, claustrophobic and unforgiving, Icelandic psych-rock heavyweights Singapore Sling have been conjuring their own scuzzy nihilistic anthems for nearly two decades and are back with their tenth full-length, Killer Classics, that’s due for release August 15th on Fuzz Club. Here is the morbid, blown-out hip-shaker that is album-opener Suicide Twist – an unholy attack on the senses comprised of blistering guitar- noise, mechanical drum-machine and atonal, deadpan vocals.

 

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The second instalment of our favourite tracks of 2018. Enjoy…

75 Holly Miranda – Golden Spiral

 

This wonky, horn-led track taken from her excellent Mutual Horse album, dips its toes into the swirling whirlpools of off-kilter indie pop with a buoyant rhythmic pulse and nods to glam rock and funk.

 

74 Ezra Furman – Suck The Blood From My Wound

 

Suck The Blood From My Wound is a choppy, hook filled indie rocker that dials up the intensity and paranoia from the outset (check the horror film opening sample) to create a visceral, desperate dash from government pursuers. Throughout the narrator’s pain and defiance remain constants, “Angel, don’t fight it – to them, you know we’ll always be freaks.”

 

73 Fontaines DC – Boys In The Better Land

 

Fontaines DC are our favourite discovery of 2018. Boys In The Better Land, the b-side to the excellent Chequeless Reckless, is a resolutely retro nod to classic Irish rock’n’roll – a concise, gritty and utterly irresistible slice of indie-punk that conjures up images of the Stooges jamming with the Fall.

 

72 Flat Worms – Melt The Arms

 

Furious, buzzing, magnificent, garage-punk that will put hairs on your chest and then melt them off again – all in just over two minutes.

 

71 First Aid Kit – It’s A Shame

 

There isn’t much that sounds better than the gorgeous harmonies created by Swedish sisters First Aid KitIt’s A Shame is a perfect case in point. Simply lovely.

 

70 Deaf Wish – FFS

 

FFS erupts out of the speakers like a runaway train and over the next 130 seconds or so simply picks up the pace even further – unstoppable. A fizzing, furious, outburst of potent punk rock.

 

69 Eric Church – The Snake

 

Built on a sinewy, swampy acoustic riff, The Snake is classic country protest. America’s two polarised parties are portrayed as two serpents greedily preying on the electorate. Church’s wonderful spoken drawl vocals add just the right tinge of bleak menace and give extra depth to the bitter lyrics, “Rattlesnake said to the copperhead / Ain’t no way they win / ‘Cause the mice are sheep / And the shepherd’s asleep / And the copperhead said “amen

 

68 Drahla – Twelve Divisions Of The Day

 

A naggingly insistent earworm of a tune, blending the band’s wiry art-rock with krautrock inspired experimentalism, all underpinned by singer/guitarist Luciel Brown’s captivating spoken drawl.

 

67 Dr. Dog – Buzzing In The Light

 

Dr. Dog have long been the purveyors of perfectly judged psych-tinged Americana that draws on elements of pastoral folk, soul and jazz. Buzzing In The Light is wonderfully mellow and laid back, hazily meandering to a dreamy conclusion on the back of a slow drumbeat and keyboards.

 

66 Big Joanie – Fall Asleep

 

A fabulous amalgamation of Ronettes style bubble-gum pop and Sleater-Kinney wig-out. The high speed Fall Asleep is an instantly hummable, toe-tapping frolic through the highs and lows of dreams and nightmares.

 

65 Queen Zee – Victim Age

 

Queer-core punks Queen Zee’s energetic, politically charged call to arms – anarchic and borne of a deep frustration with the status quo. Another to play loud!

 

64 Dunes – Mountain

 

Mined from the same sonic territory that hosts the Black Angels, Warlocks and Wooden Shjips, Mountain is thick with reverb, fuzz and deliciously dark undertones.

 

63 Slaves – Bugs

 

Bugs is a classic Slaves staccato stomper. Anthemic call and response vocals and thumping percussion deliver a savage verdict on our collective politicians’ utter failure to do anything but look after their own porcine interests whilst the country slides down the drain with barely a whimper. “Two arms, two legs, two faces, That’s what they got” Exactly.

 

62 Freschard & Stanley Brinks – Going To The Bar

 

Stanley Brinks is one of indie music’s true one-offs. Amongst many other things he has recorded more than 100 albums, been part of the New York Antifolk scene, and played a lot with The Wave Pictures. On this wonderful collaboration with Freschard, the pair deliver a wistfully off-kilter and woozy gem of a tale that takes in drinking alone, the bedridden Fred (with the big round head) and broken hearts. A rueful and poignant tune for the dead of night.

 

61 Goat Girl – The Man

 

A stand-out from Goat Girl’s self-titled debut, The Man is perfectly observed garage-punk that comes wrapped in delightfully sleazy guitar and a rattling sing-a-long chorus. Seedy never sounded so alluring.

 

60 Goat – Let It Burn

 

Let It Burn was written specifically for the climatic scene in the short movie Killing Gävle, a film about the famous Gävle Goat in Sweden – every year local custodians try to protect a giant straw goat (built for the town every Christmas) being burnt down by mischievous pagans. It all sounds very Wicker Man (no doubt our very own folk horror aficionado Chris T Popper would approve) and to which the epic nature of the song – six minutes of Goat’s unstoppable hypnotic fuzzy groove – does complete justice.

 

59 Dunes – (Just Because You’re Not Being Followed Doesn’t Mean You’re Not) Paranoid

 

Another from the Aussie psych-rockers. Spacier, woozier, but just as hypnotic.

 

58 Cash Savage & The Last Drinks – Pack Animals

 

Pack Animals is a the grubby, cheeky nephew of a union between classic early 70s pub-rock and punk. Underneath it’s cheery, pumping exterior and chugging refrain is a searing indictment of the inherent arrogance of gig-goers giving the girls in the band some “helpful” advice, almost always prefaced with the opening “The gig was great, but…

 

57 Amen Dunes – Miki Dora

 

A song about the iconic 60s surfer and lifelong criminal, Miki Dora is a haunting pop gem that evokes the shimmering, untouchable horizon with its gorgeous blurry vocals and shifting, restless tones, like waves endlessly rolling up the shore.

 

56 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Bike Lane

 

Kick off your jackboots, it’s time to unwind”. Unsurprisingly there have been many political songs this year and Lord knows from Trump to the insanity of Brexit there has been plenty of material to work with. But none have quite the impact of Bike Lane, a song dealing with the death of Freddie Grey, a victim of police brutality in Baltimore. It is unflinching and straightforward and set to a classic chugging riff. “The cops, the cops that killed Freddie, Sweet, young Freddie Gray, Got behind him with their truncheons, And choked the life right out of him“.

 

55 Young Fathers – Toy

 

Confidently and gleefully leaping between genres with nary a backwards glance, Toy effortlessly bridges a gap between rap and full on sing-a-long indie anthem.

 

54 Eels – The Deconstruction

 

A laid-back wander through some classic rock territory. Echoes of Pink Floyd and Massive Attack burble and hum behind Mark Oliver Everett’s understated vocal, “The deconstruction has begun. Time for me to fall apart.” Sometimes funky, sometimes elaborate and always unpredictable, The Deconstruction is the sound of a revised world view and a weary philosophical acceptance of the nebulous state of things.

 

53 The Callas with Lee Ranaldo – Acid Books

 

A post-punk burner brimming with frenzied energy. Opening with a swirl of droning ambiance and the rhetorical question, “Do you sleep at night?”, the track quickly launches headlong into a fever of activity. With the anxious pulse of a hard-driving bassline to lead the way, and punctuated by terse outbursts of hypnotic, scuzzed-up guitar lines.

 

52 Slaves – Cut And Run

 

Everything about Cut And Run is ridiculous. The spoof workout video, the high pitched guitars and the “You’re looking unwell” mantra, yet it still all combines to create another infectiously catchy, sledgehammer punk song.

 

51 Idles – Love Song

 

Idles somehow manage to pair howling, horror-flick guitars and thumping percussion with fierce, redemptive lyrics on the complexities of relationships and love.

 

Check out tracks 100 – 76 from yesterday here.

  1. Yak – Bellyache
  2. Du Blonde – Buddy
  3. Speedy Ortiz – DTMFA
  4. FIDLAR – Can’t You See
  5. Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe – Life After Youth
  6. SAVAK – Nature Erased
  7. Slaves – Magnolia
  8. Cloud Nothings – So Right So Clean
  9. Wasted Cathedral – Smoked, Out Somewhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Slaves – Chokehold
  2. Sleaford Mods – Stick In A Five And Go
  3. Spiritualized – Here It Comes (The Road) Let’s Go
  4. Interpol – Number 10
  5. All The Witches – Fishbelly 86 Onions
  6. Mutual Benefit – Come To Pass
  7. Ron Gallo – It’s All Gonna Be OK
  8. Dirty Lungs – Dumps Like A Truck
  9. Maxband – Means To An End
  10. Muncie Girls – Locked Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Slaves – Cut And Run
  2. Low – Quorum
  3. Protomartyr (feat. Kelley Deal) – You Always Win
  4. Jon Spencer – Do The Trash Can
  5. M. Ward – Miracle Man
  6. Menace Beach (feat. Brix Smith) – Black Rainbow Sound
  7. Muncie Girls – Picture Of Health
  8. Culture Abuse – Dip
  9. Interpol – The Rover
  10. Jason Isbell – The Assassin  (Patterson Hood cover)
  11. Lumerians – Space Curse
  12. Death Cab For Cutie – Gold Rush
  13. Juanita Stein – Easy Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 weekCheck out our selection of the best of the new releases from this week.

New songs from Slaves, Wytches and a rocking’ cover of a Led Zeppelin classic from La Sera should blast the weekend cobwebs away while Hiss Golden Messenger, Jess Williamson and Moses Sumney offer up altogether more gentle and fragile fare.

Enjoy.

  1. Slaves – Consume Or Be Consumed
  2. La Sera – Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover)
  3. Las Kellies – Make It Real
  4. Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like A Levee
  5. The Wytches – Crest Of Death
  6. Jess Williamson – See You In A Dream
  7. Moses Sumney – Lonely World
  8. The Wharves – The Strike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Track From Slaves

Posted: September 15, 2016 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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People That You Meet is the latest song to be shared from Slaves’ upcoming album Take Control (out on the 30th September).

The raucously, infectious new track was written with Joel Amey from Wolf Alice whilst on the road in the US, and he also features on drums.

Watch the chaotic, hairdressing themed video for it below.

 

best of the weekHere are our selections from the week’s new releases. Tracks from UK indie royalty such as Jamie T, Slaves, and TOY, some brilliant Dylan-esque protest folk from Kyle Craft, three very different covers from Sam Beam & Jesca HoopSt. Vincent, and Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan, jerky, infectious punk rock from Sex Stains, and more raw country from Lydia Loveless.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  1. Jamie T – Power Over Men
  2. TOY– Fast Silver
  3. Slaves – Spit It Out
  4. Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Where Eagles Dare  (Misfits cover)
  5. Kyle Craft – Before The Wall
  6. St. Vincent – Something On Your Mind  (Karen Dalton cover)
  7. Sex Stains – Land Of La LA
  8. Lydia Loveless – Same To You
  9. Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – Love Is A Stranger  (Eurythmics cover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MM Best of 2015 no guitarFollowing Barry-Sean’s welcome return to the MM bosom yesterday, we are equally delighted to now introduce The Italian Job’s debut entry into MM’s Best Of annals (and don’t try saying that when you’ve had too much eggnog).

Providing us with a welcome European flavour, and writing better in her second language than we can in our first, we invite you to sample her pleasingly punk-tinged favourites of 2015.

20 Chris Staples – Dark Side of the Moon
19 Ex-Cult – Stick the Knife In
18 Abandoned Delta – I Never Lived in New Orleans
17 Protomartyr – Pontiac 87
16 Faith Healer – No Car
15 Creepoid – American Smile
14 John Grant – Disappointing
13 Slaves – Ninety Nine
12 Low – What Part of Me
11 Elephant Stone – The Devil’s Shelter

10 Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake
Strong and hypnotic this track takes you through a slow and unavoidable declining of the mind. While the singer aggressively and repeatedly shouts out that he’s never gonna lose it (almost to persuade himself of it, more than anyone else), the first cracks suddenly appear to precisely prove him wrong! The rhythm completely changes to mimic a slow and heavy heart beat as the background to confused, anxious and slightly mad lyrics. At this point the mind is lost, and me too! I can’t shut this song out of my head!

 

9 Traams – Silver Lining
A great tune from Traams. Maybe it’s for its brilliant guitar work (but that, admittedly, you’ll find in any of their pieces), or maybe because of the same-y, captivating and catchy chorus. Despite the title it does not end well, however. “So go along, accept it all, it’s over”. No Silver Lining then. Oh well. Brilliant song anyway.

 

8 Fritjof Norrmo – Set Me on Fire
This is a bit of an unexpected one for me. With an overplayed classic country guitar, an overindulgent silly voice and a chorus adorned with a round of equally frivolous ‘para-pa-pa’, I should really dislike this song. And yet, I have inexplicably never been able to ignore it; allowing myself instead to get completely sucked into Fritjof Norrmo’s endearing and somewhat nostalgic tale of a brief but passionate love encounter. Every time I listen to this song, my little heart warms up a tiny bit.

 

7 Chaika – The Mirror
Wow! This is my killer track! What’s not to love about it? Dark, with superb drums and glorious guitar, this piece ticks all the boxes for me! I have just learnt that Leeds-based Chaika have only been together since late 2014 and have, apparently, done no wrong so far. With a single like The Mirror they have definitely set the bar very high for my estimation and earned a decent spot on my top 10 best songs of the year. With no doubt, I will keep an eye on them.

 

6 This is the Kit – Silver John
A stunningly epic song. It deservedly kept on sneaking up my top 10 to finally set at number 6. Its vibe is dense and covered in mystery. Who or What Silver John is, is not quite clear until, with her reassuringly beautiful voice, Kate Stables innocently drops foreboding lyrics such as “you apocalypse on us, yes” and “best get used to dark, used to wet”. Only then you realise she is poetically reflecting on none other than the impending end of the world. And she does it in such a mesmerising style that, all at once, the apocalypse does not seem so awful, after all. This song sends shivers down my spine.

 

5 Mikal Cronin – iv) Ready
Talking of killer tracks, here’s another one. Another great one! Packed with adrenaline and outstanding guitar work this song is one that, once played, I cannot easily get out of my head.

 

4 Man of Moon – The Road
Provided I’d have a clear road ahead of me (and provided it’d be ‘legal and safe to do so’ – right, not a daredevil me!) I would sit in my lovely little (but remarkably fast) car, put the foot down and have this song as loud as possible and, obviously, on repeat!! Albeit with a slight mainstream-y tinge, this song is a great goosebumps-inducer for me, pretty much from the get go. Holding the steering wheel while shaking my head to the fantastic guitar and bass, I cannot get enough of this song. I doubt it would have the same effect if listened to while stuck in traffic though.

 

3 Decemberists – Carolina Low
Carolina Low is a bare, simple, and undeniably menacing song. There is something dark and intriguing about this piece that I cannot quite place. So much so that it proudly sits at number three. Its brilliantly executed guitar work is accompanied by a sound which is evocative of old American tales from old times. I learnt The Decemberists’ lead singer wrote this song just hours before a performance for Q Live in Portland. “I didn’t know what to play so I thought I would write something for it,” Maloy told the audience. Well, well done Mr Maloy. It took you a few minutes to write a song that will stay with me for a very long time!

 

2 Slaves – Feed The Mantaray
Bring.It.On! Laurie Vincent’s amazing guitar comes on – heart pumps a little faster. Immediately after, Isaac Holman attacks with the drums. That’s it, from this point on my very excitable ‘twenty-something’ is channelled out of my slightly older self and I can’t help head-banging (provided nobody is looking, of course) to this brilliantly arrogant, cocky and humorous piece. Holman’s increasingly agitated and shouty state throughout the song at his own aggressive and obsessive need to know ‘whaaaat‘ (and somebody answer him, please!) makes the whole experience all the more amusing. These are two mischievous, talented young boys (Laurie Vincent has just won Total Guitar “Best New Guitarist of 2015, by the way) who, in my eyes, can afford being as brassy as they wish because have demonstrated all along the full credentials to play cracking music. And they do so all the way. Long live Slaves!

 

1 Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin
My very favourite song of the year! From the moment I was invited to take part in this year’s Top 10 I knew this would be my number one. And how couldn’t it have been? With wicked lyrics vaguely reminiscent of a Peter Crumb*-esque case of split personality, Kurt Vile brilliantly takes us through his befuddled state of mind where, one moment, all he wants ‘is to just have fun‘ and the other he ‘proceeds to brush some strangers teeth‘… Can’t keep up! The man in the ‘meeeerror‘ is fabulously mad and I love him for that.
* Seven Days of Peter Crumb – Jonny Glynn (read it at your peril)

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You can see our countdown of our favourite 100 Tracks of the year here (100-76), (75-51), (50-26), (25-1) and favourite 30 Albums here (30-16), (15-1).