Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Another day, another week, another collection of ten excellent tunes from the past seven days collected for your listening pleasure and gratification.

1. Torres – Cowboy Guilt
2. Creepoid – Dried Out
3. Loop – Precession
4. Sweet Spirit & Britt Daniel – Have Mercy
5. Left Lane Cruiser – Tres Borrachos
6. Little Wings – Where
7. Thee Oh Sees – Withered Hand
8. PINS – Young Girls
9. Courtney Barnett – Close Watch (John Cale cover)
10. Father John Misty – Never Been A Woman

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Barna Howard

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Barna Howard

A short while ago we were sent a digital copy of Barna Howard’s new album Quite A Feelin’ and it has gradually become a constant soundtrack to everything we’ve been doing over the past few days.

It is a country music album in the classic sense – in the Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt sense. Yep, that good!

Eloquent, poetic, heartfelt stories told with warmth and in an easy-going, unhurried style that lets each song unfurl at its own pace like smoke rising from a campfire. And each one a scalpel sharp observation on life, the critical minutiae that add up to the trials and tribulations that trouble us all and drive decisions good and bad.

Have a listen to album opener Indiana Rose below.

Quite A Feelin’ is out on the 18th May in the UK. Pre-order from Loose Music here.

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UK Dates:
13 May – Rough Trade West, London
14 May – Servant Jazz Quarter, London
17 May – Wood Festival, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire

Hollis Brown – 3 Shots

As you might expect from a band named after a Dylan song, New York’s Hollis Brown mix gritty Americana, rootsy twang and classic country rock into a seductive simmering whole.

Have a listen to 3 Shots the title track from their forthcoming album out on May 5th on Jullian Records.

Pre-order from Amazon here.

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

You know the drill. Our weekly gathering of new songs released this week.

1. Best Coast – Feeling OK
2. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Gloria
3. Rose Windows – Strip Mall Babylon
4. Wolf Alice – Bros
5. Susanna – Who By Fire (Leonard Cohen cover)
6. Spray Paint – Day Of The Rope
7. Iron & Wine / Ben Bridwell – Bulletproof Soul (Sade cover)
8. The Milk Carton Kids – Monterey
9. Girlpool – Before The World Was Big

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Grayson Capps – Reissue of If You Knew My Mind

Grayson Capps - If You Knew My Mind Reissue

Grayson Capps’ debut solo album If You Knew My Mind turns ten this year. In light of the milestone, Royal Potato Family is honoring the now classic recording with a special 10th anniversary reissue edition to be released for Record Store Day.

Kicking off with the lazy rhythms of Get Back Up, it boasts one of our favourite album openings ever, “Yesterday was a very fine day indeed, I got a pint of beer, went outside and brushed my teeth”, the reissued set will feature three never-before-released bonus tracks, including a stunning version of the American roots standard Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning. It also features an essay written by Capps addressing the period in his life when he recorded the album, alongside previously unpublished photos.

The album recounts his time living in an abandoned house on the outskirts of New Orleans (Get Back Up), busking for change on Royal Street (Washboard Lisa) and the birth of his daughter (If You Knew My Mind), while many other tracks remain staples of his live repertoire to this day.

Grayson Capps’ impassioned songwriting draws direct inspiration from southern literary tradition, often writing about the South and the idiosyncrasies of its people, landscapes and tempos. His lyrics, imparted with a profound poetic wisdom, take form as steamy, front porch blues and road-wise Americana.

If you’ve never sampled the delights of the record, stream a couple of tracks below and add it to your mental “must-have” list…

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New From T. Hardy Morris

T. Hardy Morris has announced the upcoming release of his new album Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin On A Mountain Top, which is out on the 23rd June via Dangerbird Records.

The Athens, GA based songwriter, who also also lends his talent to other MM faves Diamond Rugs and Dead Confederate, has spent the past year writing and recording the new album, the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2013 solo debut Audition Tapes (one of our albums of the year).

First tastes comes with the single Painted On Attitude, an urgent, souped-up rocker to Audition Tapes more introspective feel, with a strangely complimentary mix of rollicking lo-fi southern rock pedal steel twang, run through a grunge punk buzzsaw with his snarling yet tuneful vocals serving as the sharp end of the blade.

Give it a spin.

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Regular as clockwork, here is our end-of-week catch-up of some of the best tunes released over the past seven days.

Enjoy.

1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. The Telescopes – I Wanna Be Your Dog (Stooges cover)
3. White Reaper – Make Me Wanna Die
4. Stealing Sheep – Greed
5. Holydrug Couple – Baby I’m Going Away
6. Fake Palms – Sun Drips
7. Kenny Knight – Whiskey
8. Bully – Trying
9. Desaparecidos – City On The Hill

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New Album From The Wooden Sky

Canadian band The Wooden Sky have announced their fourth album Let’s Be Ready, will be out on the 15th June via Nevado Music.

The first single Maybe It’s No Secret (out on 11th May) is an uptempo rocker that finds the band harnessing their raw live energy against a backdrop of jangly guitar riffs and sweaty drums.

Have a listen.

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MM Shorts 689: Triumph Of The Wild

We’re loving this slice of classic, old-time Americana from San Diego duo Triumph Of The Wild’s sophomore album We Come With The Dust.

California to the Crossroads opens the album and is a travelling song in every sense of the word –  a powerful, foot stomping barrelhouse of a song that begs for a dusty, sun-baked open road, the windows down and the volume right up.

Dive in.

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