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 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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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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Introducing >>> Quiet Quiet Band

Telling tales of love, death and terrible beings from beneath the sea, Quiet Quiet Band are the rotting fruits in nu-folk’s verdant pastures. Extrovert practitioners of hillbilly hoedowns, sociopathic shanties and warped waltzes, QQB’s macabre alternative ditties are further animated by a vociferous lyrical delivery, drawing comparisons with such rootsy luminaries as Violent Femmes, Nick Cave and Johnny Cash.

They have unveiled their eye-catching video for Battery Human. A thrilling concoction of raucous aggro-folk, the track is the first single from their debut album Low Noon, which will be released in March.

Watch it! Download it.

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New Video: Cariad Harmon – Wicked Town

MM Shorts 649: Cariad Harmon

Cariad Harmon’s video for the single, Wicked Town, from her self-titled album release depicts living in New York from the vantage point of a musician, artist, bartender and those striving to make it in a city where so many come to make their mark.

Have a watch, and download a couple more tracks from the album, which is a lovely collection of folky Americana cut through with folky and jazz undertones. This is one for fans of Cat Power, Joni Mitchell and Carole King.

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New Phosphorescent Live Album

New Live Album From Phosphorescent

Those who’ve paid more than an occasional visit to MM will know of our love for Matthew Houck’s
Phosphorescent, and next month Dead Oceans will release a live triple album taken from their four night residency (including one night solo) at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn in December 2013.

Ten hours of music was eventually edited down to 19 tracks covering four Phosphorescent albums, including 2005’s Aw Come Aw Wry, 2007’s Pride, breakout 2010 album Here’s To Taking It Easy, and ultimately, 2013’s brilliant Muchacho.

A whole host of MM faves appear including two versions, one solo, of Wolves, our favourite song of 2013, Song For Zula and many others. Have a listen to the wonderful Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly) below.

Phosphorescent Live At The Music Hall is out on the 17th February. Pre-order here or from iTunes here.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Small Houses

It has been a couple of years nearly since we featured the softly crafted folk of Small Houses, aka Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Jeremy Quentin.

This track, Seventeen In Roselore comes from his upcoming album Still Talk; Second City, it is a bare, wistful song, steeped in poignant nostalgia, lyrically brilliant, and which also features vocals by Samantha Crain.

It is well worth a few minutes in the headphones.

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