Diamond Rugs Are Back

Diamond Rugs Are Back

Diamond Rugs have released their second record, Cosmetics into the big wide world.

A joyfully rowdy follow-up to their equally rowdy 2012 self-titled debut (which we loved), and which still features the incomparable collaboration of John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pé (ex-Black Lips guitarist), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), T. Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite).

So a supergroup of sorts, but one focused on celebrating the good times with classic blue-collar barroom anthems. This is all about rock ‘n’ roll in its most pure and uncorrupted form – a bunch of good-time buddies getting together to do what they love most, crank the amps and let it rip.

That’s it. Pure and simple. And sometimes what can be better than that?

Take our advice and stream Thunk and Live And Shout It. Just enjoy.

 

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MM Shorts 661: Lost Dawn

Cornish three-piece Lost Dawn take a starting point of raw garage-rock and infuse it with voodoo psychedelia, blues, 60s-70s classic rock influences and a sparkle of heavy Glam rock swag.

The end results can be heard on latest single Count On Me, taken from their forthcoming self-titled debut album released on the 13th April.

Watch it / stream it here.

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Beth Jeans Houghton Becomes Du Blonde

Beth Jeans Houghton will release a brand new album this spring on Mute under the name Du Blonde. The new moniker announces a fresh start for Beth whose forthcoming album is a big change in musical direction – as evidenced by the short taster video below.

Her 2012 album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose was a standalone piece of polymath pop, and a big favourite of Mrs M (who became an honorary hoof of destiny). However, 25-year-old Houghton has always been something of a musical chameleon always playing by her own rules so it probably no surprise that she has taken another sharp left turn away from the predictable.

We await the album with interest…

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More From Kings Of Lowertown

More From Kings Of Lowertown

Here is another track from Kings Of Lowertown, this time they have slowed the pace to a more sedate rolling blues with vocals that Tom Waits would be proud of…

Listen to 6 Shots Of Orphan Barrel To My Black Heart below, and download for a pay-what-you-want deal from Bandcamp.

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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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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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New From Kings Of Lowertown

New From The Kings Of Lowertown

The mighty Kings Of Lowertown are about to release their first single of 2015.

New Orleans Woman is a bourbon soaked, blues shoutin’, Preservation Hall inspired song that checks in at a blazing 2 minutes and 36 second combination of dirt-blues and crazy jazz.

The track is the follow-up to Kings Of Lowertown’s brilliant, slide-guitar drenched Swamp King collaboration with bassist Mike Watt (The Minutemen, The Stooges). Also, the band will be releasing their digital 2014 Mississippi Flood/Blues Haul single as a double A-side single on vinyl in the early part of this year.

For now though, this is just the way we like it. Have a listen…

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Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014: 40 -21

MM's Best of 2014 40-21

Day four of five – reaching the top of the MM charts for 2014. Here are our favourites from 40 down to 21.

40 Natural Child – Dancin’ With Wolves

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39 Dead Fingers – Twisted

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38 Alt J – Left Hand Free

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37 Screaming Females – Ripe

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36 Sleaford Mods – Tiswas

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35 Sun Kil Moon – Dogs

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34 Jamie T – Zombie

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33 Spookyland – Silly Fucking Thing

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32 Dream Police – My Mama’s Dead

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31 The Felice Brothers – Constituents

 

30 Jonah Tolchin – Mockingbird

 

29 Mac DeMarco – Brother

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28 The Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones

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27 Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Body Electric

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26 Sharon Van Etten – Everytime The Sun Comes Up

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25 Wooden Wand – Waveland

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24 Mark Erelli – Ice Fishing

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23 Bombadil - Have Me

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22 Faces On Film – Percy

 

21 The Felice Brothers – Cherry Licorice

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Don’t forget to check out numbers 100 – 81 here, 80 – 61 here, and 60 – 41 here.

Owsley Brothers Ready Release Of TOB

Owsley Brothers Release TOB

The new Owsley Brothers album TOB sees a release on the 2nd December.

They have just posted a new video for lead track, the brilliant Diamond In The Raw, a two minute sonic assault of heavy psych-blues and garage rock that is up there with anything else we’ve posted from them in the past.

You can pre-order the album from their Bandcamp page here.

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