Michael Dean Damron – When the Darkness Come

Michael Dean Damron - When The Darkness Come

Michael Dean Damron, former frontman of I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, will release his new solo album When The Darkness Come on the 24th May.

It is beautifully lonely, moving between quiet acoustic contemplation to a more progressive and punk feel, all driven by Damron’s distinctive growl. Our favourite (just) is the haunting Simmer in the Pot, an acoustic piece with wonderful lyrics that features a suitably creepy nerve-jangling electric bridge. Check it out below together with the choppy, military march of the uncompromising Diabetes Blues.

Highly recommended for all lovers of outlaw country, junkyard blues and outsider folk!

You sure learn fast when your hand is on the stove

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It is the weekend and time for our regular round up of the songs from the past week that are well worth some listening time…

1. Torres – Sprinter
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City
3. Nai Harvest – All The Time
4. Uniform – Perfect World
5. Shadow Age – Silaluk
6. Fight Like Apes – Pretty Keen On Centerfolds
7. Marshmallow Coast – Hash Out Cash Out
8. Elijah Ocean – Drunk Drummer

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It’s Saturday, time for our mop up of some of the tunes released this week that are well worth giving a whirl too.

1. Girlpool – Ideal World
2. Houndstooth – Borderlands
3. Death Cab For Cutie – Little Wanderer
4. Aquarian Blood – Savage Mind
5. Sheer Mag – Button Up
6. Wolf Alice – I Saw You (In A Corridor)
7. Teleman – Strange Combinations

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Friday Afternoon Round Up

Friday Round Up

It’s Friday and a trawl through the overloaded MM in-box has been well overdue. So here are a few tunes, new and not quite so new, that are well worth giving some ear-time to0…

And your starter for ten:

Inspired by 70s Punk and 90s Brit Pop, NYC band Public Access T.V. have announced the release of their debut EP in the US on Terrible Records. The first track to be shared the from the EP is Metropolis.

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Citing wildly diverse influences: Gary Glitter, Slade, uppers, cartoonish depression, Iggy Pop, 70s iron on font, Sex Pistols, booze and Hawkwind, Cheena’s unifying theme is defiantly one of late ’70s proto-punk. Did I Tell You Last Night? comes from their forthcoming self-titled 7″ via Sacred Bones.

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Wartime Blues is an indie-Americana octet based in the small, mountainous town of Missoula, Montana. Their sound has been compared to Nebraska-era Bruce Springsteen, Wilco and the more acoustic aspects of Yo La Tengo. Build A Sun comes from their third long player April, Texas.

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Human Form is a new London punk band consisting of ex/current members of Vertical Slump, Keel Her, Slowcoaches, Feature, Warmhammer et al. They play a twisted form of doomy punk, informed by the likes of The Wipers, Moss Icon and 80s SST Records, as well as the recent output from the DIY scenes of Olympia and Sydney, but with distinctly British-sounding vocals. Listen to new song, Pith.

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Chick Quest’s music is something akin to Violent Femmes or Talking Heads mixed with music from old 60s spaghetti westerns and pulp films. This is Girl On Fire from their debut record, Vs. Galore, which comes out on April 20th.

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Plum are a Denver based psych rock band aiming to place the psychedelic 60s and early 70s into a modern context. This is their recently released second single Behind Your Man.

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Human Behavior are a dark freak-folk group from Tucson, AZ who have just released the second album in a trilogy encompassing Catholic guilt, drug addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder, and ethnic identity confusion. Consisting of 13 songs or chapters, listen to Chapter 2.

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Ancient River, the sonic brainchild of singer/songwriter James Barreto, is an ever-changing snapshot of rock n’ roll and psychedelia, flowing from the swampy roots of the American south to the far reaches of innerspace. Listen to the pulsating, fuzziness of the title track from their their forthcoming album Keeper Of The Dawn.

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The Districts will release their new single Heavy Begs on 27th April, another slab of raw and energetic blues-inspired rock. Woozy guitars are grounded by a driving rhythm and lead singer Rob Grotes’ distinctive distorted vocals.

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Lastly, meet Art Nikels, a freeform blend of electronically fused psych-rock, citing influences ranging from hip-rock to kraut-höp. Hesitation Makes comes from their upcoming debut EP, Primitives.

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New Video: Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift – Follow Your Money

Robyn Hitchcock has announced a limited-release 7” for RSD on 18th April, a duet with with Australian songwriter Emma Swift. The release will feature the pair’s cover of Neil Young’s Motion Pictures along with this new track, a gorgeous, poignant country-ish ballad called Follow Your Money.

Watch it here.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Trans Van Santos

Moon Mirage is the new album from Trans Van Santos, the latest incarnation of acid gospel visionary Mark Matos and his transcendent tunes. Formerly head of rambling San Francisco psych-folk collective the Family Folk Explosion, psychedelic anti-band Os Beaches, and dusty desert rockers Campo Bravo —Matos has spent decades chasing his muse. Weary eyed and ragged on the old road he had a vision and was thus transfigured, reborn in life and song as Trans Van Santos.

Moon Mirage is set of tunes, dusty crooners and parched, baked ballads, inspired by the sun and sands of the new, weird West and tells the story of this life, all full of light and love and darkness and pain.

Immerse yourself in a couple of tracks below. Released yesterday, you can order the record here.

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New Giant Sand Album

Giant Sand, the iconic and influential band fronted by luminary Howe Gelb, celebrates 30 years of freewheeling and ever-evolving music making on new album, Heartbreak Pass, out on the 5th May via New West Records.

The album spans founder Gelb’s far-reaching career and mixes the rollicking nature of the band’s 1985 debut, Valley of Rain, with the dusty alt-folk, desert-rock and jazzy lounge-piano explorations of his most recent releases. It is a collaborative effort in every sense of the word with contributions from Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, Grant-Lee Phillips, Croatian indie folk singer Lovely Quinces, Ilse DeLange and JB Meijers of Dutch Americana band The Common Linnets, and frequent PJ Harvey collaborator, John Parish, who also mixed the record.

Have a listen to Transponder featuring the aforementioned Jason Lytle.

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John Andrews & The Yawns – I’ll Go To Your Funeral (If You Go To Mine)

Aside from hitting the skins for Quilt and playing keys for Woods, John Andrews also has his hand in a whole host of other creative projects from story animation to releasing home recordings via tape.

Bit By The Fang is his debut solo release via Woodsist (the Yawns are an imaginary backing band), and if the evidence of I’ll Go To Your Funeral (If You Go To Mine) is representative then we are in for an absolute treat. A slow, psych-tinged folk song that begs repeated listens.

Start here…

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Here is our regular gathering up of some of this week’s best new releases for you. Enjoy.

1. Daughn Gibson – Shatter You Through
2. Laura Marling – Strange
3. This Is The Kit – Silver John
4. Bully – I Remember
5. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
6. Adam Torres – Dusty Wing Spirit
7. Lower Dens – Ondine
8. Mikal Cronin – ii) Gold

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PS – Phil, I hope that’s better! ;-)