New Video: T. Hardy Morris – My Me

T. Hardy Morris has been taking time this spring to record what will be his forthcoming sophomore album. The grungy-punk-meets-southern-rock-twang of the new material is a distinct departure from the laidback arrangements divinely dripping with summer humidity and heat found on Audition Tapes.

Watch a live performance in Austin this spring featuring the new song My Me.

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Castanets – My Girl Comes To The City

Here is another track from The Castanet’s forthcoming long player Decimation Blues. (out on 19th August via Asthmatic Kitty – order here.)

My Girl Comes To The City is a crackling, screwed up slice of dysfunctional Americana, and we like it a lot

Well the kids not that smart but the kid he sure knows enough
The good from the bad and the tender from the tough.
Shining bright with the sunrise though the dark was a little more rough
My girl comes to the city and she beats me up

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New Album From The Pine Hill Haints

New Album From The Pine Hill Haints

The Pine Hill Haints are a group of troubadours and kindred spirits that mix elements of folk, rockabilly, bluegrass and Americana, with just a hint of punk. With the help of a rotating cast of friends and storytellers, the band has travelled the world, sporadically releasing records that have mostly been self-recorded and sold from the back of their van. Their sound has grown and evolved with each new experience, but their goal has always been to capture a living pulse, addressing feelings of loneliness, depression, and everlasting joy and exploring the mysteries of life and death.

Their new LP, The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints, sees a release on 30th September via K Records. It delivers more of the band’s self-described “Alabama Ghost Music,” with its smoky melodies and dark whispers of the haunted South. Opening track Ms Pacman sets the stage with a sweet, storytelling charm and an air of mystery.

Stream it below.

More From The Barr Brothers

More From The Barr Brothers

Canadian folkies, The Barr Brothers have unveiled another new track from their forthcoming album as well as details of a UK tour for the Autumn.

The new track is Half-Crazy, also taken from their new album Sleeping Operator, released on the 6th October through Secret City Records.

The band describe the song as “the tenacious offspring of the North African desert music of Mali/Morocco, and the sweat and electricity of the Chicago and Mississippi Delta blues.”

It sounds mighty fine to us. Have a listen.

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Tour Dates

30th August – End of the Road Festival
31st August – End of the Road Festival
14th October – The Lexington, London
23rd October – The Castle, Manchester
24th October – Whelan’s, Dublin
25th October – Beach House, Bangor
26th October – Sligo Live Festival, Ireland
28th October – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
29th October – The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

The Story of Smoke Dawson

The Story Of Smoke Dawson

George “Smoke” Dawson played banjo in MacGrundy’s Old-Timey Wool Thumpers with Peter Stampfel (later of Holy Modal Rounders) in 1960, lived for years at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY, and roamed around the US as an itinerant bagpipe and fiddle player for decades. His life is laced with small triumphs, and lots of tragedy. But he’s still with us.

Tompkins Square will reissue his only album, Fiddle, a remarkable 1971 private press LP, on 19th August in all formats.

The excerpt from the sleeve notes tell one of those brilliant musical stories of rediscovery.

“I was doing some research for a box set of music recorded at Caffe Lena, the hallowed folk music venue located in Saratoga Springs, NY, when I came upon a photograph of a musician I didn’t recognise. He looked like a sixth member of The Band – a handsome fiddler with wax moustache, goatee, black Western hat. There was a traditional air to him, a seriousness, but there was also something wild there.

I needed to know who he was, and everything about him. The producers told me his name was Smoke Dawson, and they had tape on him. We listened, and his live version of Devil’s Dream made it onto the box set. Then I started digging. I found a 1996 blog post from someone named Oliver Seeler, who claimed to have recorded a solo album by Dawson in 1971. I called the number on the site, not expecting much from an 18 year old blog post. But he picked up. He gave me background on the record. And, he gave me Smoke Dawson’s phone number . . .

Listen to Connaughtman’s Rambles / Devil’s Dream / Marche Venerie.

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New From The Ukiah Drag

New From Ukiah Drag

The scorched, warped Americana and post-punk of The Ukiah Drag with its pulsating organs, flattening riffs and creep beats have long found favour here in the Mackerel abode.

Their new LP is titled In the Reaper’s Quarters and can be pre-ordered from Wharf Cat Records. This is Her Royal Grip from it, and a more remorseless and unsettling four and half minutes of music you’ll be hard pressed to find…

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