Posts Tagged ‘The Men’

The Men – Crime

Posted: October 20, 2016 in Alternative, Music, Post Punk, Punk, Rock

The Men are back in action for their first album since 2014’s Tomorrow’s Hits. Devil Music is a deliberate return to the The Men’s noisy punk roots, and like those early recordings, it’s being self-released on the band’s own We Are The Men Records.

Stream the raw two-minute single Crime below.


Round Up Time Again

A few very choice tunes have come our way recently and which for one reason or another we’ve been slow to post them.

So here is a quick and dirty round up of some of them!

First up the very welcome return of the wonderful Pink Mountaintops and the first taste from their forthcoming album Get Back. We also have the brilliant Bass Drum Of Death and new single Black Don’t Glow, and very much in a similar vein we have more sonic mayhem from NØMADS.

We also have new tracks from two of our favourite songwriters; Richard Buckner in the form of Gauzy Dress In The Sun from the forthcoming expanded reissue of Bloomed and Chad VanGaalen’s Where Are You? from his new long player Shrink Dust. We have the spaced out punk of The Ketamines and the much anticipated new single from The Men, and Magic Bones’ excellent ode to Aussie punk rock, Round The Block.

Rounding off our rounding up are a track from the Woolen Men’s latest EP Quick Trips, and from Those Darlins, Why Can’t I,  one of the standout tracks from last year’s excellent Blur The Line album. Finally Let’s Wrestle’s new album is garnering lots of positive column inches and you can hear just why with Rain Ruins Revolution – witty, sarcastic indie rock at its best.













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

More From Daughn Gibson


49 The Men – New Moon

MM Shorts 331: The Men - New Moon


48 Pissed Jeans – Honeys

Pissed Jeans - Honeys


47 The Dodos – Confidence



46 Holograms – Forever

holograms forever


45 Colleen Green – Sock It To Me

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44 Blank Realm – Go Easy

Blank Realm Go Easy


43 Night Beds – Country Sleep

night beds


42 Agnes Obel – Aventine

agnes obel aventine


41 Grass House – A Sun Full And Drowning

Grass House Debut Album


40 The Oblivians – Desperation



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

Scott & Charlene's Wedding - New Single & Album


38 No Age – An Object

no age an object


37 Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain

public service broadcasting


36 Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum

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35 Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium

okkervil river


34 John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

John Grant - Pale Green Ghosts


33 Fuzz – Fuzz



32 I See Hawks In L.A. – Mystery Drug

New Album From I See Hawks In L.A.


31 Savages – Silence Yourself

Savages Silence Yourself


The Men will follow up the release of their excellent New Moon long player with an acoustic EP called Campfire Songs, recorded (you guessed it) around a campfire.

This is the six minute, spaced out drone of Turn Your Color.

It is out on the 15th October via Sacred Bones.

MM Shorts 354: Sacred Bones Record Store Day Compilation

Sacred Bones is a fantastic record label and this Record Store Day (20th April) they will release a limited-edition (1,000 copies only) of a vinyl compilation, Todo Muere Vol. 3.

It includes a plethora of MM faves including Moon Duo, Zola Jesus, Holydrug Couple, Wymond Miles, Case Studies and this the sampler’s opening track, B Minor, a fuzzed up special courtesy of the Men.

Videos of the Day

Today’s videos are from our favourite southern fried country rockers The Futurebirds, Colleen Green as a cabbie in her new video for Taxi Driver, indie psych-rockers TOY’s video for latest single Heart Skips A Beat, and a 1990s VHS inspired video from The Men for I Saw Her Face, one of the moodier tracks from excellent new album New Moon.




MM Shorts 331: The Men - New Moon

With Sacred Bones release of New Moon, The Men will have delivered their fourth full length album in four years.

And this might well be the best. Piano, mandolin, harmonica, four-part vocal harmonies and even no-input harsh noise all weave their way through the record in the most perfectly judged and engaging manner.

Proof? Take a listen to I Saw Her Face.

Here are three cracking reasons to turn the volume all the way up to 11 on your stereo and blast these into your neighbourhood.

Turn The Volume Up To 11...

First up is The Men with the title track to their forthcoming album Open Your Heart – this has more than an echo of the Buzzcocks classic Ever Fallen In Love as they submerge an almost-pop riff beneath dissonant, strident guitar hooks and breakdowns.


Turn The Volume Up To 11.

Next is thrash-pop duo DZ Deathrays and their new single No Sleep, which comes from their soon-to-be-released debut album. A needle sharp riff, brutal guitar and a Beastie Boys style chorus. What’s not to like?


Turn The Volume Up To 11.

Lastly we have All The Saints, self-styled shoegaze champions of Atlanta. Half Red, Half Way is the taster from their forthcoming album and is all anxious, propulsive rumble before it implodes with a cacophony of guitar squall that is nothing short of sublime.

Download All The Saints – Half Red, Half Way mp3 (from Intro To Fractions)

So, as the New Year approaches, here are our favourite albums of 2011 for your consideration. Feel free to dispute, argue, or otherwise put us right because, if nothing else, music is as about as subjective topic as it is possible to get. Some of these may not be the “best” albums of the year as far as the critics are concerned, but that matters not, as they were the ones we enjoyed listening to most – give them a try, you might feel the same.

50 Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me

Download Jessica Lea Mayfield – Our Hearts Are Wrong mp3 (from Tell Me)

49 Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread

Download Ty Segall – You Make The Sun Fry mp3 (from Goodbye Bread)

48 Wire – Red Barked Trees

Download Wire – Two Minutes mp3 (from Red Barked Trees)

New Album From Blessed Feathers.

47 Blessed Feathers – From the Mouths of the Middle Class

Download Blessed Feathers – Stinging Nettle, Honeysuckle mp3 (from From The Mouths Of The Middle Class)

Download Blessed Feathers – By Song Through The Americas mp3 (from From The Mouths Of The Middle Class)

46 The Men – Leave Home

Download The Men – Bataille mp3 (from Leave Home)

45 Lanterns On The Lake – Gracious Tide, Take Me Home

Download Lanterns On The Lake – You’re Almost There mp3 (from Gracious Tide, Take Me Home)

New Album From The Pack A.D.

44 The Pack A.D. – Unpersons

Download The Pack A.D. – Sirens mp3 (from Unpersons)

43 The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh


42 Other Lives – Tamer Animals

Download Other Lives – For 12 mp3 (from Tamer Animals)

41 Country Mice – Twister

Download Country Mice – Morning Son mp3 (from Twister)

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40 Siskiyou – Keep Away The Dead

Download Siskiyou – Twigs And Stones mp3 (from Keep Away The Dead)

39 The Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

Download The Smith Westerns – All Die Young mp3 (from Dye It Blonde)

38 Jolie Holland – Pint Of Blood


37 Lydia Lunch & Big Sexy Noise – Trust The Witch

Download Lydia Lunch & The Big Sexy Noise – Where You Gonna Run mp3 (from Trust The Witch)

New Album From Lonesome Wyatt & The Holy Spooks.

36 Lonesome Wyatt & The Holy Spooks – Heartsick


35 Wye Oak – Civilian

Download Wye Oak – Civilian mp3 (from Civilian)

34 Jeff The Brotherhood – We Are The Champions

Download Jeff The Brotherhood – Mellow Out mp3 (from We Are The Champions)

33 William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs

Download William Elliott Whitmore – Bury Your Burdens In The Ground mp3 (from Field Songs)

32 Natural Child – 1971

Download Natural Child – Hard Workin Man mp3 (from 1971)

31 LONG – American Primitive

Download LONG – Shoot Your Dog mp3 (from American Primitive)