Split 7″ from Cass McCombs And Meat Puppets

Split 7" From Cass McCombs and Meat Puppets

To mark their upcoming tour together, Cass McCombs and Meat Puppets have announced the release of a split 7-inch single.

Comprising of four tracks – two originals by McCombs and two covers from Meat Puppets who take on Cathy’s Clown by the Everly Brothers and Texas Tornados’ (Hey Baby) Que Paso.

Listen to the brilliant funky folk of McCombs’ Night Of The World and the rollicking Meat Puppets version of (Hey Baby) Que Paso below.

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MM Shorts 603: Elle Mary & Hawker Reunion

Elle Mary is a noir-ish folksinger from Manchester who has joined forces with fellow folkies Hawker Reunion on a track called Plateau.

It is an intriguing listen, beautiful slow moving Americana that slowly pushes into psych and noise territories. And stunning vocals too.

Stream it below, or download for free from her Bandcamp page here.

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The Ukiah Drag – Final Prayer

Ukiah Drag - Final Prayer

The Ukiah Drag probably make perfect bedfellows for our earlier post from The Girl Band.

Their debut long player In The Reaper’s Quarters will drop on the 9th September via Wharf Cat Records, an unholy alliance of drone, pummelling riffs, creepy gothica, and sinful piano that takes in everything from Link Wray to The Fall by way of the Stooges.

We’ve previously posted Her Royal Grip and now we have the eight unforgiving minutes of Final Prayer, a destructive one-way journey to musical ruination.

Marvellous.

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MM Shorts 601: Elijah Ocean

Finish the weekend by submerging yourself in the lovely, warm Americana of Elijah Ocean’s Ride It Out, a sweetly evocative and plaintive track that recalls such luminaries as Neil Young, Gram Parsons and The Band.

It is taken from his forthcoming album Bring It All In, released on October 8th via New Wheel.

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Quiet Life – Housebroken Man

Quiet Life - Housebroken Man

Here are a couple of tracks from Quiet Life’s recent, excellent EP Housebroken Man.

The first, the title track, features a rollicking cameo from Cary Ann Hearst from Shovels & Rope, and the second, a mesmerising and poignant cover of Townes Van Zandt’s Waiting Around To Die features Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

Buy it here.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Thurston Moore – The Best Day
2. Hiss Golden Messenger – Mahogany Dread
3. Wampire – Wizard Staff
4. Twilight Sad – There’s A Girl In The Corner
5. Dinosaur Feathers – Zeitgeist
6. Terror Pigeon! – Girl!
7. Tyrannosaurus Dead – Local Bullies
8. King Tuff – Black Moon Spell

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The Futurebirds & Jittery Joe’s…

Like yesterday’s post about Elliott Brood, The Futurebirds are another long-term staple of MM. Their brand of southern-fried psych-jams and gothic tinged Americana has resulted in a whole series of excellent releases, and they remain one of the bands we would most like to see live.

From Athens in Georgia, the band have teamed up with Jittery Joe’s Coffee to create the new Baba Java blend of coffee and they are also releasing a new four track EP to commemorate the occasion. The closing song is this rollicking cover of REM’s (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville.

Download it below.

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New Album From Elliott Brood

Long standing MM faves Elliott Brood are back with a new album in September titled Work And Love.

The album mines the bare histories of their own lives: penning verses about the ends of relationships and the tests of adulthood, long drives, childhood retreating in a rear-view mirror. Work and Love also serves as a eulogy for the moments on the doorstep of manhood: first loves, lost loves, and young men’s just desserts.

The first taste from it comes in the shape of the infectious, bluegrass-inflected chug of Jigsaw Heart.

You can pre-order the album from Paper Bag Records here, or grab it digitally via iTunes.

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