Roadkill Ghost Choir Covers EP

Roadkill Ghost Choir have put together a four track cover EP of some 80s classics. Chief among them is a brilliantly squally, garage-rockin’ version of Dire Straits’ Walk Of Life.

Stream it below together with EP closer, Don Henley’s Boys Of Summer, an altogether more sedate take on the bittersweet original.

Out on the road today, I saw a DEADHEAD sticker on a Cadillac
A little voice inside my head said, “Don’t look back. You can never look back

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Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Another day, another week, another collection of ten excellent tunes from the past seven days collected for your listening pleasure and gratification.

1. Torres – Cowboy Guilt
2. Creepoid – Dried Out
3. Loop – Precession
4. Sweet Spirit & Britt Daniel – Have Mercy
5. Left Lane Cruiser – Tres Borrachos
6. Little Wings – Where
7. Thee Oh Sees – Withered Hand
8. PINS – Young Girls
9. Courtney Barnett – Close Watch (John Cale cover)
10. Father John Misty – Never Been A Woman

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The Cerny Brothers – Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant (out May 12th) is the upcoming album from Americana/folk band The Cerny Brothers. 

The record signifies a new direction for the band, as the music has turned from an acoustic, folk element to a more electric, American rock sound while still keeping the folk spirit from their earlier work. The songs deal with becoming a man and finding identity in a constantly changing world, and realizing that we all have a sleeping giant inside of us waiting to be set free.

Listen to album opener Porch Lights.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Barna Howard

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Barna Howard

A short while ago we were sent a digital copy of Barna Howard’s new album Quite A Feelin’ and it has gradually become a constant soundtrack to everything we’ve been doing over the past few days.

It is a country music album in the classic sense – in the Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt sense. Yep, that good!

Eloquent, poetic, heartfelt stories told with warmth and in an easy-going, unhurried style that lets each song unfurl at its own pace like smoke rising from a campfire. And each one a scalpel sharp observation on life, the critical minutiae that add up to the trials and tribulations that trouble us all and drive decisions good and bad.

Have a listen to album opener Indiana Rose below.

Quite A Feelin’ is out on the 18th May in the UK. Pre-order from Loose Music here.

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UK Dates:
13 May – Rough Trade West, London
14 May – Servant Jazz Quarter, London
17 May – Wood Festival, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire

Hollis Brown – 3 Shots

As you might expect from a band named after a Dylan song, New York’s Hollis Brown mix gritty Americana, rootsy twang and classic country rock into a seductive simmering whole.

Have a listen to 3 Shots the title track from their forthcoming album out on May 5th on Jullian Records.

Pre-order from Amazon here.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Tim Foljahn

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Tim FoljahnTim Foljahn’s solo records have always been inward looking. They’re sparsely set, late night interior monologues intoned in an echoey baritone that pretty much defines the sound of being alone.

His latest solo album, Fucking Love Songs, is out now on Kiam Records. With a beautifully layered, dense, full-band sound that amplifies Foljahn’s evocative songs, you can listen to Legends with its cavorting, porch-picked guitar lick, its lilting, group-sung chorus, its sunny, folk-scented lift. Or check out Etant Donnés a headlong, full-on garage rocker.

You can order the album here, limited to 100 hand-signed and numbered vinyl copies.

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

You know the drill. Our weekly gathering of new songs released this week.

1. Best Coast – Feeling OK
2. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Gloria
3. Rose Windows – Strip Mall Babylon
4. Wolf Alice – Bros
5. Susanna – Who By Fire (Leonard Cohen cover)
6. Spray Paint – Day Of The Rope
7. Iron & Wine / Ben Bridwell – Bulletproof Soul (Sade cover)
8. The Milk Carton Kids – Monterey
9. Girlpool – Before The World Was Big

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Video Round Up

Time for our ad-hoc Friday collection of excellent new (and some not quite so new) videos. From the beautiful and poignant (Courtney Barnett, Chris Staples, Wilder Daze) to the pulsing animation of Slaves pummelling punk, via the humour of Weird Womb and Abjects.

And plenty more besides…

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Another From The Tallest Man On Earth

We’ve already posted one track, Sagres, from the forthcoming new album by The Tallest Man On Earth.

Now we have the second, Dark Bird Is Home is the title track of the album and it is an absolute stunner.

Suddenly the day gets you down
but this is not the end
no, this is fine

Stream it below. Pre-order the album here.

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