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The third part of our epic countdown of our favourite songs of the past ten years.

160 The Pink Mountaintops – North Hollywood Microwaves (2014)

 

Filthy, snarling, primal rock’n’roll featuring some pornographic rapping from Annie Hardy (ex-Giant Drag). A case of the bite being much worse than the bark.

 

159 Calexico – Two Silver Trees (2008)

Atmospheric and relaxed, Two Silver Trees meanders on a river of accordion, keys, hushed guitars and seductive vocals.

 

158 Mountain Man – Animal Tracks (2009)

 

A perfect combination of old-timey acoustic guitars and lilting, reverbed harmonies. And that chorus was made for a campfire late in the evening.

 

157 Wire – One Of Us (2008)

One of Us is a coiled spring of minimalist musical tension. Taut, melodic and streamlined, it is a post-punk classic.

 

156 The Willard Grant Conspiracy – Preparing For The Fall (2009)

Set to a vivid strummed guitar, Robert Fisher sings a sprawling apocalyptic tale about the soul of man with a voice rich in world weary resignation. “And  I see the devil sitting in my favorite chair / he says he wonders why I’m, I’m still here / And I say that I’m having trouble finding the door / And he says if we wait a little longer / Won’t have trouble anymore / And I’m just preparing for the fall

 

155 Dr. Dog – Bring My Baby Back (2017)

 

Laying a yearning, plaintive vocal over the top of a perfect mix of  pop, gospel and psych rock, the nigh on perfect Bring My Baby Back majors on themes of betrayal, repentance, solitude, and revenge, wrapped up in a perfectly strummed acoustic guitar. It was the most innocently beguiling tune of 2016.

 

154 Whalers – That Rabbit (2010)

 

What. A. Riff. A wonderfully straightforward blend of thudding, bass-heavy rock that makes us think of the best bits of QotSA melded with the Black Angels and then given some 60s style reverb treatment.

 

153 Van William – Revolution (2017)

 

Van William is a return to the folksier roots of his previous band Port O’Brien. Add in a mournful trumpet and the gorgeous harmonies of First Aid Kit and this lovely record is suddenly elevated to another plane altogether.

 

152 Tom Williams & The Boat – Get Older (2011)

 

Get Older is a musical storm of thumping bass drum, growled, restrained vocals and a stunning violin-led riff – it all combines to deliver an energy and edginess that is on a par with its catchiness.

 

151 Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band – Nikorette (2009)

 

Riding in on the back of a classic rock groove, and morphing into a loping country rock shuffle, Nikorette sounds like a brilliant lost outtake from a late-era Clash album.

 

150 The Black Angels – Don’t Play With Guns (2013)

Their trademark psych-drone is matched to provocative lyrics,  a big, ominous organ groove and an even bigger riff. Wonderful stuff.

 

149 The Low Anthem – Charlie Darwin (2008)

Haunting and lachrymose, Ben Knox’s pitch perfect falsetto weaves a sad tale on the back of tranquil beauty.

 

158 Chad VanGaalen – Cries Of The Dead (2008)

 

I can hear the cries of the dead / Maybe it’s your neighbour beating his dog in the basement. Emotive vocals and a twee, but never saccharine harmony tinged with sadness, sets this fractured slice of indie-pop apart from the also-rans.

 

147 Middle Brother – Daydreaming (2011)

From the simple picked guitar line and weary, melancholy opening lyric, the scene is set for a raw, unflinching excursion courtesy of McCauley’s craggy vocals and beer-soaked romanticism. Loneliness never sounded so…well, lonely.

 

146 Arborist – Twisted Arrow (2015)

 

A fabulous slice of rolling, countrified folk and Kim Deal’s hushed and plaintive vocal adds weight to a familial tale of detachment and is the perfect counterpoint to Mark McCambridge’s sharp delivery.

 

145 Tom Williams & The Boat – See My Evil (2011)

 

Menacing, righteous fury set to threatening percussion and a thick, pulsing bass-line.

 

144 Sparks – Let The Monkey Drive (2008)

Ultra catchy surreal tale of a couple so eager to consummate their love that they’d let a primate steer the car while they fumble in the back seat. And it has one of our favourite lyrical couplets of the past ten years too: “Let the monkey drive, and it’s only fair / It’s the monkey’s car and he hates to share

 

143 Titus Andronicus – Titus Andronicus (2008)

Huge drums start thumping behind the rhythm guitar, throw in bass, piano and a wicked harmonica as frontman Patrick Stickles thrashes through the song. All together now “Your life is over / your life is over“.

 

142 TRAAMS – Succulent Thunder Anthem (2015)

Traams at their absolute, unstoppable motorik best. Propulsive, urgent, threatening.

 

141 Pontiak – Shell Skull (2008)

 

A serrated rhythmic stomp and slow crawling groove captures the ghosts of Black Sabbath and the Doors in this bass heavy rocker.

 

Check out songs 200-181 and 180-161 as well.

  1. Titus Andronicus – Number One (In New York)
  2. Dream Wife – Hey Heartbreaker
  3. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Echo
  4. Moon Duo – Jukebox Babe  (Alan Vega cover)
  5. Mind Spiders – Furies
  6. Sonny Smith – Burnin’ Up (featuring Angel Olsen)
  7. Corey Flood – Feel Okay
  8. Fidlar – Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle  (Nirvana cover)
  9. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Muddy Water
  10. First Aid Kit – Fireworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Finn and Titus Andronicus are heading out together for some live dates starting next week, and as is becoming increasingly de rigour with tours, it has prompted a cover of one another’s songs.

So here is Craig Finn’s take on Titus Andronicus’ brilliant No Future, which is not bad by any means, and does an excellent job of showcasing what an excellent lyricist Patrick Stickles is.

If you’re weary, I don’t mind sharing the load
Just keep me some company on the road
All I’ve got is a bottle that I ought to leave alone
But it’s the only thing that I can call my own

 

See them live:

2/29/16 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
3/1/16 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
3/2/16 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
3/3/16 – Asheville, NC – Lincoln Theatre
3/4/16 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt
3/5/16 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
3/6/16 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
3/8/16 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn
3/9/16 – Norman, OK – Opolis
3/10/16 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
3/11/16 – Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
3/12/16 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
3/13/16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
3/15/16 – St Louis, MO – Off Broadway
3/16/16 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird
3/18/16 – Cincinnati, OH – Ballroom at Taft Theatre
3/19/16 – Akron, OH – Musica
3/20/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
3/21/16 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
3/22/16 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
3/23/16 – Albany, NY – Hollow
3/24/16 – Easthampton, MA – Pearl Street
3/25/16 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
3/26/16 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met
3/27/16 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

MM BEST OF 2015

Here are our favourite albums of 2015.

15 Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle

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14 Joe Ely – Panhandle Rambler

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13 Low – Ones And Sixes

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12 James McMurtry – Complicated Game

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11 Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy

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10 Quiet Hollers – Quiet Hollers

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9 Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie

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8 Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion

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7 The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

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6 Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…

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5 Slaves – Are You Satisfied

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4 Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts – Manhattan

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3 Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

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2 Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit

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1 Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

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Check the list from 30-16 here, and our tracks of the year so far here and here.

MM BEST OF 2015

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.

Coming in typical fashion from a band soon to release a 90+ minute, 29-track indie-rock odyssey of an album, New York’s Titus Andronicus have shared video’s for not one but six tracks (including a brilliant Daniel Johnston cover), or as the band call it “the album’s second act”, known as The Magic Morning/Beside Himself.

Clocking in at nearly 15 minutes, prepare to be amused and abused, frightened and saddened. Shot against a fairly stark backdrop, it – like the Shakespeare plays from which the band draw their name – keeps your focus on the human drama unfolding before you, relaying the ‘act’’s core messages through a mix of comedy and drama; tension and release.

It is wonderful, compelling stuff and we can’t wait for the album proper.

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We’re loving Fatal Flaw, a track from New York’s art punks Titus Andronicus’ upcoming long player The Most Lamentable Tragedy.

Watch the video for it here. Can’t wait to see them in Oxford in November….

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Here is the second part of our weekly round up of cracking new tunes – another nine from a bumper collection from the past seven days! See Part 1 here.

1. Titus Andronicus – Dimed Out
2. Angelic Milk – IDK How
3. Pet Symmetry – Gone Gone Gone (Even Further Gone)
4. God Damn – Vultures
5. Communions – Summer Oath
6. Guantanamo Baywatch – Corey Baum’s Theme
7. Mates Of State – Staring Contest
8. Battle Ave. – Solar Queen
9. Young Jesus – Dirt

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1. Titus Andronicus – Stranded (On My Own)
2. Cat Meat – Vog
3. Naomi Punk – Firehose Face
4. Goat – Hide From The Sun
5. The John Steel Singers – Common Thread

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Thursday Means Eight of the Best!

A sudden plethora of new tunes have hit the web, and here are eight of our favourites for your aural delight.

First up is psych-heavyweights White Hills persistently hypnotic In Your Room that comes from the space rockers forthoming album So You Are … So You’ll Be, which is out next month on Thrill Jockey. Regina Spektor has an upbeat new song featuring in new Netflix comedy Orange Is The New Black, called You’ve Got Time. Third we have Titus Andronicus and their awesome eight minute cover of Icona Pop’s I Love It, only retitled as I Don’t Care.

Via Brooklyn Vegan, we have Ty Segall’s side project FUZZ who have offered up Loose Sutres – a thrilling slab of slow burning distorted rock ‘n’ roll sleaze from their soon to be released self-titled debut long player. The wonderful Widowspeak have a new single of woozy, narcotic folk that is truly stunning, True Believer comes from their Swamps EP due out in October on Captured Tracks.

Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado is releasing a solo EP titled Law And Order in September, this is Hand In Mine that sounds like it might be an undiscovered gem from Lou Reed’s back catalogue. Next is Owl Paws and their lush, but haunting track Cold Lead Path that is the title track of their upcoming acoustic EP of indie-folk. Lastly we have a track from EONS called Brothers & Sisters which is a wonderfully intimate marriage of fragile folk and sonic exploration. It comes from new album Arctic Radio.


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