Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

As per usual, here is our weekly round up of the tunes and tracks you need to have heard by now…

1. Simon Joyner – Nostalgia Blues
2. Ryley Walker – Sweet Satisfaction
3. Weed – Stay In The Summer
4. Pale Honey – Youth
5. Death Cab For Cutie – No Room In Frame
6. Calexico – Falling From The Sky
7. Little Wings – By Now
8. Comet Gain – To The City’s Core

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Diamond Rugs Are Back

Diamond Rugs Are Back

Diamond Rugs have released their second record, Cosmetics into the big wide world.

A joyfully rowdy follow-up to their equally rowdy 2012 self-titled debut (which we loved), and which still features the incomparable collaboration of John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pé (ex-Black Lips guitarist), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), T. Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite).

So a supergroup of sorts, but one focused on celebrating the good times with classic blue-collar barroom anthems. This is all about rock ‘n’ roll in its most pure and uncorrupted form – a bunch of good-time buddies getting together to do what they love most, crank the amps and let it rip.

That’s it. Pure and simple. And sometimes what can be better than that?

Take our advice and stream Thunk and Live And Shout It. Just enjoy.

 

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New Album From Moses Luster

New Album From Moses Luster

We just received news of a new album release from Moses Luster and the Hollywood Lights, titled The Hangman’s Door.

Purveyors of very fine, melancholic and sometimes dark, Americana, with this their third release, the band has focused on honing their sound while exploring some new diversions. For sure, the album continues along the path of previous releases of exploring the drudgery of everyday lives of drunks, losers, and broken hearts, but it also explores their country side with Until I’m Saved, and the rolling, road-weary song Sorrow Town.

The Dirt is a sober and haunting exploration of coming to terms with death, while Hangman’s Door finds Moses accepting his fate while facing down bigger troubles. On Sold Out they poke fun at their heroes and the way of the world – the song being written after being floored by witnessing Bob Dylan selling cars during last year’s Super Bowl.

Listen to a selection of tracks below and order from Bandcamp here.

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New Album From William Elliott Whitmore

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Hot on the heels of details of a new album from The Tallest Man On Earth comes similar news for another MM singer-songwriter fave with the announcement of a new album from William Elliott Whitmore.

Titled Radium Death, it signals somewhat of a departure from his previous sparse and haunting solo recordings. He describes it thus, “I purposefully went into it wanting to make a little bit of a departure, sonically, using an electric guitar a little bit more and adding more instrumentation, more full-band type stuff”.

The expanded new sound can be heard on the urgent hum of the opening track Healing To Do.

The album is out via Anti- on the 31st March – you can pre-order via iTunes here.

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New From The Tallest Man On Earth

The Tallest Man On Earth has been quiet for far too long, but will release his first new album since 2012 this spring with Dark Bird Is Home via Dead Oceans.

It’s an album that presents Kristian Mattson at his most personal and direct, deeper and darker than ever at times, yet also an album with strokes of whimsy and the scent of new beginnings.

Listen to the first single, Sagres below. Just love those vocals…

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The Last Bison – Dorado EP

The Last Bison are following up last year’s much lauded VA long player with a new EP Dorado. It is full of expansive Americana where the anthemic choruses are blended with more experimental flourishes and some powerful percussion.

The first track from it is This Changes Everything, stream it here.

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Physical Graffiti Redrawn

physica graffiti redrawn

Mojo magazine have put together an excellent cover album of Led Zeppelin’s seminal Physical Graffiti. It will be available as the free cover CD on the April edition in the UK, and it will also be released on a limited edition double vinyl format of 5,000.

Fifteen artists including Laura Marling, Syd Arthur, Sun Kil Moon, Duke Garwood, and Michael Kiwanuka have delivered their own interpretation of classic album tracks.

For now, stream White Denim’s version of opening track Custard Pie and Hiss Golden Messenger’s unique take on Black Country Woman below.

Mojo magazine details and record ordering details can be found here.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Here, a little later than usual, is our collection of the tunes that, by rights, you should have already heard this week. They include the return of Sufjan Stevens and Crocodiles and new songs from together PANGEA and Eula.

Enjoy.

1. Waxahatchee – Under A Rock
2. Sufjan Stevens – No Shade In The Shadow Of The Cross
3. Crocodiles – Crybaby Demon
4. Jacco Gardner – Find Yourself
5. Eula – Like No Other
6. Together PANGEA – I Looked In Too
7. Bill Fay – War Machine

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Tom Brosseau – Hard Luck Boy

Tom Brosseau - Hard Luck Boy

We’ve already posted a track this week, just a couple of days ago in fact, from Tom Brosseau’s forthcoming long player Perfect Abandon, the sweet folkish ramble of Take Fountain.

However, as soon as we heard Hard Luck Boy, we knew we had to share this too.

It is a tale of casual, yet wholly deliberate abandonment, told in an autobiographical style. Conversational, matter of fact, exact on observed details and minutiae, and ultimately heart breaking.

Left to play ‘fort’ in a rack of sale garments by his mother, he watches the lights eventually go down and the shop close up, and little Tommy realises he has simply been left “four or five” states from home in a city he’s never been to before.

In a way it is reminiscent of classic Arlo Guthrie in style and delivery yet in contrast to his good natured, stoned and rambling tales of being stoned, Hard Luck Boy is equal parts upsetting, puzzling and chilling in its matter-of-factness, and is a mini masterpiece of storytelling.

We are looking forward to the release of Perfect Abandon immensely…

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