Oh Boland – ‘Where’s The Beach?

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Oh Boland are a garage rock trio – Niall Murphy, Éanna Mac Donnchadha and Simon McDonagh – from Tuam, Co. Galway.

Since first catching our attention with 2013 EPs Oh! & Ho!, Oh Boland have steadily and consistently proven their brilliance (and gradually become one of my favourite acts on the planet). Their latest single, ‘Where’s The Beach?’ is a rumbustious, ragged and rough-around-the-edges, blast of lo-fi garage-rock. Although it trashes, screeches and rumbles along, it is supremely catchy and continues the trend of brilliance set out from day one. That, and it reminds us that bands of this ilk are relatively scarce commodity in Ireland and rarely are they so brilliant, and why we need an album from Oh Boland HQ sooner rather than later.

‘Where’s The Beach?’ is taken from an upcoming cassette, to be released on Dublin’s Little L Records and was recorded with Liam Day, in his home studio, with the accompanying video, coming courtesy of my pal and all round good guy, Stephen Connelly.

You can check out ‘Where’s The Beach?’ and it’s superb video below. You can also check out their GruffWuff inclusion – ‘White Boy’ – of which you can download the full 19-track compilation here, for FREE.

Millions Like Us Podcast – Episode #16

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After some Mac related issued hampered our first attempt at Podcast #16, we’re thrilled (and relieved) to share yet another Millions Like Us with you all.

Every two weeks, Justin & I, in conjunction with Vancouver news & culture site 604now, aim to deliver an eclectic and hand-picked selection of top class music. There’s plenty to chew on with #16, well over an hour in fact, of great tunes and plenty of chat, encompassing all manner of topics and music including festivals as we talk Music Waste and Levitation Vancouver.

You can read more on it over here and of course, listen below (and the tracklist (with links) is after the jump too). You can subscribe to ‘Millions Like Us’ on iTunes & Podcast Republic, Mixcloud & SoundCloud, or find us on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can email us at millionslikeuspodcast[at]gmail[dot]com.

As mentioned previously, Justin has been busy compiling tracks featured in the series. If you’re a Spotify user, then you can access this 6 hours plus playlist here.

Podcast #16 Tracklist:

PLAZAS  – ‘2 leave U Behind’

Jay Arner – ‘Like A Dracula’

Rusangano Family – ‘Lights On’

Ffug – ‘Love is Stupid’

Com Truise – ‘Diffraction’

Holy Wave – ‘Minstrel’s Gallop’

IcebergFerg – ‘You’re All On My Mind’

Words Hurt – ”Chekov’s Gun feat. Marilyn Carino’

Hinds – ‘San Diego’

Jade Statues – ‘Hydra’

Trails & Ways – ‘My Things’

Jo Passed – ‘Lego My Ego’

Watch Anderson’s Superb New Video for ‘The Existential Vacuum’

Anderson released his beautiful and beguiling debut last year, influenced by late 60s pop and early 70s singer-songwriting, it was one of 2015’s stand-out records, from Ireland or anywhere else for that matter.

You may also remember that Anderson teamed up with film-maker Colm Russell for a video in which he went door-to-door around his neighbourhood in Dublin, selling and spreading the good word about his wonderful debut album, Patterns. Well, he’s joined forces with the film-maker once again, to create a delightful visual companion to his latest single, ‘The Existential Vacuum’. The brilliantly imaginative music video, perfectly compliments playful, jaunty and colourful nature of this rich and beautiful song. In a mere two-and-a-half minutes, it demonstrates so clearly, why Anderson is an absolute treasure.

Now it’s time for me to step away and let you enjoy all that ‘The Existential Vacuum’ has to offer. You can stream / purchase Patterns here and here too.

Metronomy Announce ‘Summer 08′ LP, Share New Single ‘Old Skool’

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Metronomy are back! Indeed they are, and back with news of a new album Summer 08, the follow up to 2014’s Love Letters, due for release on July 1st, and they’ve shared the video for first single ‘Old Skool’.

It’s a funky disco-leaning gem laced with deep grooves, bouncy beats, dripping synths and super catchy melodies combining for an irresistible, danceble adventure. Add to that, Beastie Boys’ turntablist extraordinaire Mix Master Mike also lends a hand, making an appearance with some nimble scratching. It’s been quite some time since we had heard anything new from the electronic outfit, but ‘Old Skool’ has been worth the wait. Marvellous.

Check out ‘Old Skool’ below. Summer 08 is out on July 1st, and the tracklisting is after the jump.

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Billy Bragg & Joe Henry Team Up for Album, ‘Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad’

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In March, 2016, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry caught a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Over the course of the 2,728 miles of winding track, they recorded a collection of classic railroad folk and blues songs – originally made famous by Hank Williams, Lead Belly, The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Glen Campbell & more – at various stations along the way.

The result is the new album, Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad, which they recorded live at train stations, and will be released on September 23 via Cooking Vinyl. To get us right in the mood, accompanying this announcement is ‘The Midnight Special’. First recorded in 1926 by Pistol Pete, a member of the western group Otto Gray and his Oklahoma Cowboys, the song is generally attributed to Leadbelly, who recorded his version while serving time for attempted homicide at Louisiana’s Angola Prison Farm. Bragg and Henry have stuck with the acoustic roots of ‘The Midnight Special’, and the result is pretty damn fine. Those rough harmonies and rustic sound, work ever so well.

Watch a trailer for the album and listen to ‘The Midnight Special’ below.

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Super Furry Animals – ‘Bing Bong’

 

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Super Furry Animals made their return last year, with a number of reunion shows supporting the 15th anniversary and reissue of Mwng. With loads of dates across Europe and North America this year, Super Furries are back with a sprightly new single, ‘Bing Bong’.

An unofficial Euro 2016 song to support Wales’ quest for European dominance, ‘Bing Bong’ marks the band’s first new offering since 2009’s Dark Days/Light Years. Inspired by ‘defeat, victory, cosmic disco and Buck Rodgers’, ‘Bing Bong’ is bouncy, jaunty and cosmic jam. Sang in Welsh, it’s upbeat, fun and so, so catchy. It’s a little bit mad, in a playfully mad way if that makes sense, but most importantly it’s a great tune with all the recognizable sheen Super Furry magic.

‘Bing Bong’ is out digitally today and will be released physically on 12”, June 17th through Strangetown Records. It also features artwork by long-time collaborator Pete Fowler – and a suitably stimulating video by Mark James and Ryan Eddleston, watch that below now.

 

Introducing: Bad Sea

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Bad Sea are Dublin duo Ciara Thompson and Alan Farrell (occasionally joined live by violinist Éna, from Tandem Felix).

Their sound flows from a rich well of influences and styles to produce a smooth, smokey, alt-country sound. The pair’s most recent release, single ‘I’d Want U’, is a simply stunning example of their prowess. It is intimate and sincere, with a slightly rough around the edges feel amplifying the wounded, raw emotion. Amid these gloomy, doleful surroundings and stark strum, Thompson’s rich, distinctive and emotive voice is buoyed by a swelling guitar, paired so well against a sparse, smokey backdrop. A smooth, tender and stunning, emotive little gem and if you’re anyway human, ‘I’d Want U’ should stir something in you and leave the hairs on the back of your neck on end.

Nothing concrete but Bad Sea are rumored to be recording more material but. if you’re back home, keep an eye out for them as they seem to busy on the gig front around Ireland. For now, sit back and enjoy ‘I’d Want U’.

Trails And Ways – ‘My Things’

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California foursome Trails And Ways have been pasting smiles on faces with their alluring, bright and joyous sounds for quite some time.

Having released their wonderfully infectious debut LP, Pathology only last year, the foursome are already prepping it’s follow up. While there is no concrete release date as yet, Trails And Ways have presented us with a taste of what is to come, in the shape of new single, ‘My Things’. It is yet another strong offering of sun-drenched, tropical-tinged indie-pop but with a shift towards a more rock and roll sound, while retaining their signature infectious, dream-pop air. ‘My Things’ is a simply sublime, joyful distillation of sweet summery vibes. Trails And Ways’ music is always particularly suited to summer, good on them for obliging us, and providing us with some early summery sounds.

You can listen to ‘My Things’ below and it is out now, and available free of charge, here. Keep an ear out for the forthcoming LP.

Rozi Plain – ‘Marshes’

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Rozi Plain’s Friend is an absolute treasure, and the album is one of 2015’s choice releases.

Following up from that, the Bristol songwriter and musician has compiled a collection rarities, session tracks and remixes for a new release, with new song ‘Marshes’ leading the way. A gentle and deftly-arranged distillation of folky, indie and ambient pop that utterly beguiles, as Plain’s voice punctures the gloomy aura fashioned by distant cymbals and ghostly atmospherics. A sleepy, whispering and otherworldly number that like the finest moments from Friend, discovers beauty in the most curious of places. A wonderful song, demonstrating perfectly what Rozi Plain is all about. A timely reminder, in that regard.

You can check out ‘Marshes’ below and Friend of a Friend is out now via Lost Map – listen here.

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Ghost Culture – ‘Multiply’

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It’s been just over a year since the release of Ghost Culture‘s self-tilted debut album – one of the finest releases of 2015 by the way – the London-based artist has emerged fresh from the studio with double A-side single Safe/Multiply.

Having previously shared ‘Safe’, it’s now time for ‘Multiply’ to utterly consume you. It is a direct, driven track that builds and builds, headed straight toward the dancefloor with precision beats, immaculate production and clutches of spoken word. ‘Multiply’ is a genuinely emphatic track and one that feels alive, and embodies all that is great about electronic (and dance) music. This of course, will come as little surprise to those who have crossed paths with Ghost Culture’s 2015 self-titled debut album. If you have not yet had that pleasure, now is as perfect a time as ever to get acquainted with it.

You can listen to both ‘Multiply’ and ‘Safe’ below, while you can check out Ghost Culture’s debut here.