062 – The Men

Since emerging to the wider consciousness in 2011, Brooklyn’s The Men have lived the lives of many bands. Touring like crazy, yet still somehow churning out a record on their chosen home Sacred Bones ever 9-12 months, each album cycle seems to witness a band under a different guise: the ferocious garage punk and at points grotesque brutality of their breakthrough Leave Home; the life-affirming Sonic Youth-isms of their finest so far (and our 4th best album of 2012) Open Your Heart; last year’s divergence into Neil Young-esque country-rock New Moon; and now the double-denim, rootin’, tootin’ all-American rock of Tomorrow’s Hits. The bring the whole lot to Village Underground this Thursday as part of a UK tour which also takes in shows in Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow, and to warm us up, have thrown together a mixtape of songs they’ve loved and been influenced by. It’s a total riot, drawing from across decades and genres, and it’s guaranteed to make you smile: check out a tracklist below, right click to download it, and go and see them.

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Fleetwood Mac – Dreams (vocal)

Cherubs – Coonass

Harry Nilsson – Subterranean Homesick Blues

Devo – Clockout (demo)

The Gun Club – Brother And Sister

Middle Class – Out Of My Hands

Easter Monkeys – Nailed To The Cross

Gun Outfit – The Lack

Simon Finn – Laughing ’til Tomorrow

Guided By Voices – Song of Below


Vladislav Delay – Endor

Bob Dylan – Tell Me, Momma (live)

The Clash – Rock the Casbah (keys)