Listen to new King Tuff single, the ghostly rum seller ‘Danger In the Dark’

As if King Tuff’s recent brilliant album ‘Black Moon Spell’ weren’t enough, along comes fresh newbie ‘Danger In the Dark’, about as good– if different– as anything on the aforementioned Sub Pop/Burgar-issued LP. This single is released to coincide with rum producer Captain Morgan’s latest advertising campaign, and features less guitar strangling and fret twisting, more desert-rock dishonesty and ghostly tones than what can be found on ‘Black Moon Spell’, and is all the interesting for it.

King Tuff — ‘Black Moon Spell’

One of the things you should enjoy the most whilst listening to ‘Black Moon Spell’, the witchcraft -rockin’ new album of psyche-tinged glam-punk delights from King Tuff, is spotting the subtle– and sometimes less so– guitar riff rip-offs. You’ll swear that you hear bits of The Only Ones, almost inevitably the Ramones, T Rex, and The Jam. Why ‘Eyes On the Muse’ even recalls the theme to the Rockford Files.  Continue reading

Hookworms preview new album with new track ‘The Impasse’

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Wild and heavy– but no doubt ultimately lovable– psych-rockers Hookworms released their debut album ‘Pearl Mystic’ to generally head-nodding-in-approval reception last year. New cut ‘The Impasse’ is a freewheeling little brute indeed, and has been previewed to help set us up for new album ‘The Hum’. The album gets a Domino release– once that label sobers up after last night’s AIM Label of the Year award– November 10. And while we’re on the subject, below find the complete list of winners at this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards.
Best Live Act (in association with Songkick): Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Independent Breakthrough of The Year (sponsored by 7digital): London Grammar
Hardest Working Band or Artist (in association with Jack Daniel’s): Ghetts 
Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album (in association with Xfm): Ben Watt – Hendra 
Independent Album of The Year (sponsored by MixRadio): Arctic Monkeys – AM 
Best Small Label (sponsored by Disc Manufacturing Services): Hyperdub
PPL Award For Most Played New Independent Act: London Grammar 
Special Catalogue Release of The Year (in association with Amazon Music): Various – Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
Independent Label of The Year (sponsored by Believe Digital): Domino
Independent Track of The Year (sponsored by Spotify): Twin Atlantic – Heart & Soul 
Independent Video of The Year (sponsored by VEVO): Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – You Will See 
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Indie Champion Award (sponsored by CI): John Doran, The Quietus
Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival (in association with AIF and DIY): Barn on the Farm
Special Recognition Award: Alison Wenham, AIM Chairman and CEO
Outstanding Contribution to Music (sponsored by eMusic): Richie Hawtin
Pioneer Award: Martin Mills, Beggars Group
Innovator Award (sponsored by The Orchard): Steve Goodman aka Kode9 of Hyperdub Records

Psych-rock lovelies Purling Hiss to release new record on Drag City, listen to ‘Forcefield Of Solitude’

Philly psych-rock combo Purling Hiss are seemingly never far away from a recording studio, this confirmed with news of another new album ‘Weirdon’ due later this month, the follower to last year’s ‘Water On Mars’. The band also re-issued the 6-track ‘Purling Hiss’ release on Permanent Records at the beginning of the year. In the meantime whet your collective appetites to excellent new track ‘Forcefield Of Solitude’. The album from which it comes is to released on the Drag City label.