Mary Gauthier To Release Trouble & Love

Mary Gautier To Release Trouble & Love

One of our favourite battle-scarred trailblazers and songwriting powerhouses Mary Gauthier returns with a new album, her first in four years, Trouble & Love, and a new Canadian label home, the excellent Six Shooter Records.

The pain and ache in Gauthier’s music comes from her own life’s jagged edges and gutting experiences. As a chronicler of bad luck and hard times, she has carved out a particular place of emotional honesty and immediacy in the Americana world. The new record tells yet more tales survival and struggle with new rays of hope and growth piercing the caverns of hurt.

Have a listen to When A Woman Goes Cold.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Bones Of J.R. Jones

Mad Mackerel Recommends... The Bones Of JR Jones

 

Based in Brooklyn, The Bones of J.R. Jones (aka Jonathon Linaberry) has made a musical descent from the hardcore punk scene to roots and blues after being gifted a collection of albums entitled American Roots Music by his father. He dove in head first, never looked back and developed a deep seeded love for classic folk and blues, by early torch bearers like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Lightin’ Hopkins.

Forthcoming album Dark Was The Yearling is out on the 20th May, and our advance copy has been getting some serious repeat plays here at MM. It is an album that stomps, hollers, kicks and gleefully embraces the hellfire and brimstone damnation of classic garage-blues. Have a listen to the first single, the excellent Good Friend Of Mine.

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Video: Jolie Holland – Dark Days

How good it is to have Jolie Holland back with a new record, and especially when the first taste is as good as this…Watch the video for Dark Days, a stunning song of blistering rock and roll, and taken from forthcoming long player Wine Dark Sea, out on the 20th May via Anti-.

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Joseph LeMay – Seventeen Acres

Joseph LeMay - Trailer Trash EP

Described as “stories of desolation and commitment from a singlewide trailer on seventeen acres in Tennessee“, Americana artist Joseph LeMay’s debut full length release Seventeen Acres, is out on May 20th.

Filled with tales dissecting the nuances of tenderness and uncertainty, Seventeen Acres aches with missed expectations and hope, yet is driven by love and all the desperation, fear and commitment that comes with it.

He has also made a live EP available for free via NoiseTrade, containing barebones versions of three of the album’s tracks – to go get the Trailer Trash EP just click here.

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Video: Sturgill Simpson – Turtles All The Way Down

God, drugs and lizard aliens: rising Country star, Sturgill Simpson’s excellent new video for recent single Turtles All The Way Down has all these and more…

“Every time I take a look inside that old and fabled book/I’m blinded and reminded of the pain caused by some old man in the sky/Marijuana, LSD, psilocybin, DMT, they all changed the way I see/But love’s the only thing that’s ever saved my life.”

Pre-order his new album from Loose Music here.

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New From Blessed Feathers

New From Blessed Feathers

Blessed Feathers are one of our favourite bands who regularly appear on MM, so we’re delighted to share their new track Huaycan Song #2, released by Honeytone Records as part of their ‘Singles Series‘ project. The song was written partly on a concrete rooftop outside of Lima, Peru, and partly in the various bedrooms and basements of their friends across Wisconsin.

Needless to say it is a winner – have a listen.

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Introducing >>> 5J Barrow

Introducing >>> 5J Barrow

Having already shared the campfire Americana of Big Sycamore today, we now have New York’s “Earth folk/rock” 5J Barrow for your listening pleasure. A band who has taken their hometown by storm and who is gearing up to release their first LP, From the Dim, Sweet Light on 24th June.

Influenced by the band members’ individual and diverse backgrounds and relationships with the city and nature, 5J Barrow creates a sound reminiscent of The Civil Wars, Of Monsters and Men, The Avett Brothers, and Ani DiFranco. The ensemble also brings a theatricality born from the core members time in theater – lead vocalist Eryn Murman spent over a year on Broadway in Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening, playing every female character, including the leads, and guitarist Jason Hite starred in Bare, off-broadway.

Grab yourself Talking My Soul from the album.

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Introducing >>> Big Sycamore

Introducing >>> Big Sycamore

In the style of the Avett Brothers or the Tallest Man On Earth, Big Sycamore’s self-titled four track EP is a lovely collection of folky Americana that sounds as though it were made to be song on the back-porch.

Listen/download Fall Asleep and our favourite from the EP, Green Fire below.

In my sights I found the oldest in the pack
Hot hell fire bursting from my gun
The old wolf limped away into the rocks
Oh my God what have I done.

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It’s An Easter Round Up

Easter Round Up

We are kicking off Easter with a massive Round-Up of lots of new music and bands that have been sat in our in-box patiently waiting to be heard. Some of these have been released already, some are about to be, but either way we have fifteen artists that are all well worth checking out.

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Let us begin with Josh Matthews whose work has been compared to Leonard Cohen as well as outcasts such as The Fugs and Captain Beefheart. His enigmatic album Co-Patriot drops April 19th, and this is A Good Life from it.

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Silver Arm’s latest release He of the Slow Creep EP is four tracks of riotous psych-punk. Try on the title track and Gunboat for size…

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We have another fuzzy little stomper of garage-pop from Dead Professional. Listen to I’m Not The One.

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Comrade Question’s second LP, Pepe Polo, is the first release on Superdreamer Records. It’s a psych/garage/pop gem with guy-girl vocals and genius simplicity. Opening track is the sweetly named Bastard.

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Ciara O’Neill is a singer songwriter from Northern Ireland and Dead, Black has a lovely folk noir feel, plaintive and fragile with haunting female vocals.

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Daisy Victoria’s influences are Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth, Gang of Four, P J Harvey et al, and her debut single Heart Full Of Beef is a surrealist exploration of the creative process. It hosts a cast of characters who include a maternal vegetable, a lap-dancer with divine clientele, and a militant typewriter.

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Dizzy Bats use power chords over heavily-picked basslines as a vehicle for fun, energetic, power pop. Check out/download Girls.

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Meet the Betrayers, Edmonton’s new fuzzy psych/garage band. The five-piece recently released their debut album Let the Good Times Die and we have a couple of tracks from it, Spinnin’ Wheel and Cherry Beach here.

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Honeyfeet are a group of loosely affiliated scruff-bags mixing old folk forms, blues grooves and jazz chords to create a unique sound of their own. Latest single is Buried My Husband.

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Ciro Madd has penned a baroque pop tune for the first issue of Pug Records singles series. You and Me is a charming symphony of keyboards and vocals wrapped up in George Harrison-style riffs, recommended for fans of the Beach Boys and The Zombies.

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Cousin Marnie’s debut EP Is Sleeping, re-imagined four Carter Family tracks from the 1930s. The EP is a ticking collection of throbbing beats, synth drones and wistful country sentiment. Check out Cain which showcases her unique combination of country, hip hop and left-field pop.

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The River Monks are a Des Moines folk pop sextet with an organic interplay of instruments, rich lyrical imagery, and layered vocal harmonies that build on the foundation laid by artists like Sufjan Stevens and Good Old War. Beasts is the first single from new long-player Home Is The House.

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Former Backyard Tire Fire member Edward David Anderson will release his debut solo album Lies & Wishes on April 29 through The Royal Potato Family. It is a collection of ten songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots.

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Combining Brit-punk grit with a distinctive pop jangle, Cambridge five-piece 28 Boulevard recently released five-track EP, Sunclouds. The emerging young group expand on the raw, adolescent feel of their debut single, pushing their innovative spin on guitar pop to a spine-rattling, head-splitting climax. This is Electric Feet.

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Lastly, our favourite 50s throwback and rockabilly rebel Dan Sartain has a new album out at the end of this month called Dudesblood. We have no less than three tracks for you to dip into including the paranormal country and western of Marfa Lights, the anarcho-punk of Smash The Tesco and the late-night croon of Rawhide Moon.

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Deer Tick & The Hold Steady Cover Each Other

Deer Tick & The Hold Steady Cover Each Other

To celebrate their undying bromance, as well as their co-headline tour that began last night in Boston, Deer Tick and The Hold Steady have decided to cover each others songs…

Deer Tick are covering The Hold Steady’s Constructive Summer (off 2008′s Stay Positive), and The Hold Steady are taking on Deer Tick’s Easy (off 2009′s Born On Flag Day).

Have a listen.

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