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Here is Part 2 of our countdown of our favourite songs from the past ten years…

180 Strand Of Oaks – Alex Kona (2010)

“Alex Kona was twelve feet tall, his mother got killed by a bowling ball”. What else is there?

 

179 Port O’Brien – My Will Is Good (2009)

 

Rhythmic and punchy folk-rock, but with a hook most pop songs would die for.

 

178 Savages – Husbands (2013)

 

A stealthy, thrumming motorik bassline anchors a dark post punk nightmare. As intense as they come…

 

177 Old NobaddaddyGun Is Coming (2016)

 

Swampy blues built on a stomping revivalist rhythm that leans towards the dark side. This is brooding, gospel-noir of the highest order.

 

176 Spray Paint Cussin’ (2014)

 

A relentlessly ominous, intense slab of brooding punk rock. Terrifying in a totally good way.

 

175 The Magnetic FieldsToo Drunk To Dream (2008)

Sober life is a prison / Shit faced it is a blessing / Sober nobody wants you / Shit faced they’re all undressing / Sober you’re old and ugly / Shit faced who needs a mirror The best drinking song of the past ten years? Probably.

 

174 FoxygenNo Destruction (2013)

 

We may have lost Lou Reed, but his spirit lives on in No Destruction, a naturally laconic pretender to his throne, and this song has the best use of “weaseled” in any song we’ve heard

 

173 My People Sleeping – Seahorse (2008)

 

A  hypnotic and sorrowful journey into dream pop with flowery psychedelic overtones and an absolute ear-worm of a chorus.

 

172 Real Estate – Fake Blues (2009)

 

A bit surf-rock, a bit pastoral psych, but really this is a gem of a twisted country tune smothered in a melancholy haze of gentle reverb.

 

171 Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Dog Scratched Ear (2011)

 

Anthemic, swaggering blues boogie at its fiery best.

 

170 Fontaines DC – Chequeless Reckless (2018)

Chequeless Reckless is built on a beefy,  hypnotic, kraut-rock infused cyclical riff and some scalpel sharp lyrics. Play really loud.

 

169 Ezra Furman – Restless Year (2015)

 

A wonderful slab of feelgood indie rock, doo-wop refrains and bristling, unrestrained energy.

 

168 Blessed Feathers – Real Song For Emily (2013)

 

Stunning folk song with fierce harmonies and a tense, urgent feel. Despite being only two and a half minutes long, the song’s plaintive coda has a bitter air of finality. “Nowhere to look at that horizon, I can’t help, but feel nothing”

 

167 together PANGEA – Money On It (2017)

 

Borrows some surf-rock vibes and not a little guitar jangle to fashion a strutting, intense rocker.

 

166 William Elliott Whitmore – Old Devils (2009)

 

Foot-tapping, frenzied social commentary, with a strangely prophetic feel

 

165 The Obits – Two Headed Coin (2009)

 

Simply wonderful sleazy, rockabilly rumble. Should lurk in the shadows with a greasy quiff and a flick-knife.

 

164 Vic Chesnutt – Little Fucker (2008)

No one does vindictive, savage, and just plain nasty with such confidence and certainty. Bullseye.

 

163 The Walkmen – Heartbreaker (2012)

 

An initial riff wound so tight it might snap morphs into a mid-tempo jangle of light-touch guitars and jubilant percussion.

 

162 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin (2009)

 

A horn-driven, totally infectious tune that is utterly without peer for indie-pop charm.

 

 161 Houndmouth – Penitentiary (2013)

 

Lyrically and vocally perfect, Houndmouth’s debut single is a classic down-on-my-luck tale matched to a rootsy persuasive groove. Nigh on perfect Americana.

 

You can see tracks 200-181 here.

  1. Sufjan Stevens – Tonya Harding
  2. Jim White – Silver Threads
  3. Strand of Oaks – Passing Out
  4. Ty Segall – Every 1’s A Winner  (Hot Chocolate cover)
  5. Kal Marks – Loosed
  6. Windhand – Old Evil
  7. Long Neck – Mine/Yours
  8. Lionlimb – Maria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Protomartyr – Sweeney Ashtray
  2. Strand Of Oaks – I Know YOU Know You Are Evil
  3. Mitski – Fireproof  (One Direction cover)
  4. Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy
  5. Daddy Issues – I’m Not
  6. Big Thief – Mythological Beauty
  7. Chemtrails – Headless Pin Up Girl
  8. H.Grimace – Lipsyncer
  9. Vulgarians – Of Humdrum Consumption
  10. The Wooden Sky – Deadhorse Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

best of the weekWe’ve already had a pretty good week of new releases (Ty SegallTimber Timbre, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Surfer Blood, Adam Torres, Cloud Nothings,Ha Ha Tonka and Hurray for the Riff Raff amongst others, but to kick off the weekend we’ve gathered up a few (ten!) more tunes that have been shared over the past seven days.

So, check out new offerings from Angel Olsen who kicks off the anti-Trump Our First 100 Days campaign with all profits raised going directly to organisations working on the front lines of climate, women’s rights, immigration and fairness. On a similar theme we have case/lang/veirs’ live cover of Patti Smith’s classic People Have The Power and new singles from Seattle’s indie-rock trio Dude York, Swedish indie band Hater, punk rockers Grim Streakers and Damaged Bug’s mind-melting psych-rock. Also new songs from forthcoming albums from Conor Oberst, Strand of Oaks, Ryan Adams and Menace Beach.

I know, we spoil you. Dive in.

  1. Angel Olsen – Fly On Your Wall
  2. Damaged Bug – Bog Dash
  3. Ryan Adams – Doomsday
  4. Hater – Had It All
  5. case/lang/veirs – People Have The Power  (Patti Smith cover)
  6. Menace Beach – Maybe We’ll Drown
  7. Conor Oberst – Napalm
  8. Grim Streaker – Guts
  9. Strand Of Oaks – Rest Of It
  10. Dude York – Tonight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We’ve not heard much from Timothy Showalter aka Strand of Oaks since 2014’s HEAL.

That’s set to change with the announcement of a new album Hard Love, due in February on Dead Oceans.

The first taste comes in the shape of Radio Kids, a typically fuzzy slab of indie rock that recalls the halcyon 90s in its crunchy guitar riffs and anthemic chorus.

Listen below.

 

We’re coming to the end of the year and with Thanksgiving and all that, the new releases slowed ever so slightly this week. Here then is our round-up of wholesome new tracks from the past seven days, gathered from all corners for your listening edification…

  1. The Arcs – Young
  2. Strand Of Oaks – Wonderful (The Way I Feel) (My Morning Jacket cover)
  3. Braves – Dropout
  4. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – China (Tori Amos cover)
  5. Mothers – Too Small For Eyes
  6. Flowers – Pull My Arm
  7. Night Beats – Power Child

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are our favourite twenty albums of 2014. Don’t forget to check out numbers 40 – 21 here.

20 Together PANGEA – Badillac

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19 Meatbodies – Meatbodies

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18 Strand of Oaks – Heal

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17 Jessica Lea Mayfield – Make My Head Sing

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16 Eagulls – Eagulls

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15 Happyness – Weird Little Birthday

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14 Felice Brothers – Favourite Waitress

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13 Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

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12 Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

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11 Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

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10 The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

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9 Dream Police – Hypnotised

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8 Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

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7 Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

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6 Damien Jurado – Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son

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5 Pink Mountaintops – Get Back

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4 Sun Kil Moon – Benji

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3 Water Liars – Water Liars

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2 Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads

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1 Jamie T – Carry On The Grudge

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Here are our selections of new tunes from this week that you really ought to have heard by now.

1. Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy
2. The Soft Moon – Black
3. Elephant Micah – Slow Time Vultures
4. Strand of Oaks – Alex Chilton (Replacements cover)
5. The Dodos – Goodbyes And Endings

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Here are 5 tunes that you should have heard already, but if not…

1. Sun Kil Moon – The Possum
2. Strand Of Oaks – My Wrecking Ball (Ryan Adams cover)
3. Kal Marks – Don’t Pussy Foot With A Pussyfooter
4. HOLY – Golden Fog
5. Swearing At Motorists – Groundhog Day (Damn The Piper)

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MM's Best of 2014 So Far

The longest day has come and gone, and halfway through the year we are. It seemed a good point to reflect and share thirty of our favourite albums of 2014 so far, and so here they are, in strictly alphabetical order of course…

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The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads

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Amen Dunes – Love

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Avers – Empty Light

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Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket

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Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

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The Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans

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Dune Rats – Dune Rats

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Simone Felice – Strangers

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The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress

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First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

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Emil Friis – Sand In Your Eyes

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Micah P. Hinson & The Nothing – Micah P. Hinson & The Nothing

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Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

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Damien Jurado – Brothers & Sisters Of The Eternal Mind

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Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours

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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Chambers

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Jessica Lea Mayfield – Make My Head Sing

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Natural Child – Dancin With Wolves

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Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

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Orwells – Disgraceland

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Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

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Pink Mountaintops – Get Back

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Strand Of Oaks – Heal

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Sun Kil Moon – Benji

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Together Pangea – Badillac

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Vacant Lots – Departure

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Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

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The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

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Water Liars – Water Liars

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Wooden Wand – Farmers Corner

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