Radio Birds – Hold On Me

Radio Birds have been described as a Southern-fried version of The Hold Steady and compared to fellow Georgian’s The Drive By Truckers.

They have just released a music video for Hold On Me, the lead single from their new album Contemporary American Slang, which will be released on the 3rd February.

This fuzz heavy Southern Rock tune has a video following a day in the life of a… lighter. From its initial purchase at a liquor store to a night out on the town, this hapless Bic is in for a wild night.

Watch it below.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our weekly round up of those songs you should have definitely caught this week already, including the welcome returns of Vetiver and the Mountain Goats.

1. The Mountain Goats – The Legend Of Chavo Guerrero
2. Rye Pines – Atlantic Ascent
3. MEW – Satellites
4. The Babies – Got Old
5. Yowler – 7 Towers
6. Marissa Nadler – It’s Easier Now (Jason Molina cover)
7. Vetiver – Current Carry
8. Mount Eerie – Dragon

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Introducing >>> Ethan Jano

Introducing >>> Ethan Jano

Ethan Jano is a young folk singer, whose guttural vocals and peculiar delivery feel akin to the dust bowl protest songs of the 30s and 50s which blended traditional folk with rhythm and blues and even a bit of rockabilly swagger.

It is a musical style inherited from a working class life that he has always known – raised in rural Pennsylvania, he was one of eight children born into a borderline blue-collar family. Some of his earliest memories involve listening to his Dad and great uncle pick out old tunes from the likes of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Elvis and Bob Dylan. 

We have a couple of contrasting tracks from his debut album I’ll Be Fine (out on the 10th February) for your listening pleasure. Check out the joyful strum of Wildfire and the poignant, reflective How You Should Be below.

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MM Shorts 653: Mike Collins Jr.

At the very end of 2014 Mike Collins Jr. released a new record Tryin’ To Stay Ahead on Fork & Spoon Records.

He has got stories to tell having travelled the world – hitchhiking through Europe, hopping freight trains in North America, sleeping whereever he can, on a stranger’s couch or under the stars –  busking his brand of one-man-band folk music.

Homesick Carolina Blues is the first single from the album.

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New Video: Tom Brosseau – Roll Along With Me

The excellent Tom Brosseau returns with a brand new album, Perfect Abandon, out on the 3rd March via Crossbill Records.

For now, watch the beautiful video for the lead single, Roll Along With Me.

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<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/109960189″>Tom Brosseau – Roll Along With Me</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/andrewvanbaal”>Andrew van Baal</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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MM Shorts 652: Matthew O’Neill

Matthew O’Neill’s Campfire Cook is an old-school record, recorded live in a studio cabin in the mountains a couple of hours east of LA.

Listen to the rolling folk of the title track that has echoes of Neil Young, and more than a little feel of the wonderful Wooden Wand about it – we’re liking this a lot…

The record is out on the 24th February.

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The Migrant – Flood

The Migrant - Flood

We were big fans of previous releases by The Migrant, a Danish folksinger of “psychedelic travel stories“, and two years after the release of Beads, he is back with a new album The Flood which has just seen the light of day.

The album opens with the easy-going strum and yearning vocals of Climbers, which soon turns into a surreal tale of bath-tubs, goats, beer and fireworks.

I was a-climbing a mountain
when I came across a goat
he said jump on my back now
I can use an extra coat

Check it out below, together with another standout track in Belly of a Man.

 

Buy The Flood via Bandcamp here.

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See our other posts on The Migrant here.

Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our regular round up of the songs you really should have heard already this week, chief among them a brand new song from MM fave Sharon Van Etten, a couple of cracking covers and a newly discovered Jason Molina song with Will Oldham and Alasdhair Roberts.

Enjoy.

1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. The Smoke Fairies – Steal Softly Through The Snow (Captain Beefheart cover)
3. Jason Molina featuring Will Oldham & Alasdhair Roberts – September 11, 2001
4. Cheatahs – Sunne
5. JEFF The Brotherhood – Coat Check Girl
6. Happyness – Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones cover)
7. Moon King – Roswell
8. The Decemberists – A Beginning Song

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MM Shorts 651: David Strange

David Strange has shared his new single, Lion Tattoo from his debut self-titled EP, out on the 20th January.

It follows the whimsical, carnivalesque Vitamin Pills, and his riff-heavy psych jam Aztec Corn. This time he shows a different side of his EP with a folksy lullaby.

Listen to all three….

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New Video: The Barr Brothers – Love Ain’t Enough

The Barr Brothers have unveiled an excellent video for their single Love Ain’t Enough, filmed through one continuous shot of 50 cardboard cut-outs and 15 paintings, totalling 2100 frames.

The track is taken from the Montreal based band’s current album Sleeping Operator, which is out now on Secret City Records.

 

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