MM Shorts 601: Elijah Ocean

Finish the weekend by submerging yourself in the lovely, warm Americana of Elijah Ocean’s Ride It Out, a sweetly evocative and plaintive track that recalls such luminaries as Neil Young, Gram Parsons and The Band.

It is taken from his forthcoming album Bring It All In, released on October 8th via New Wheel.

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Quiet Life – Housebroken Man

Quiet Life - Housebroken Man

Here are a couple of tracks from Quiet Life’s recent, excellent EP Housebroken Man.

The first, the title track, features a rollicking cameo from Cary Ann Hearst from Shovels & Rope, and the second, a mesmerising and poignant cover of Townes Van Zandt’s Waiting Around To Die features Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

Buy it here.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Thurston Moore – The Best Day
2. Hiss Golden Messenger – Mahogany Dread
3. Wampire – Wizard Staff
4. Twilight Sad – There’s A Girl In The Corner
5. Dinosaur Feathers – Zeitgeist
6. Terror Pigeon! – Girl!
7. Tyrannosaurus Dead – Local Bullies
8. King Tuff – Black Moon Spell

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The Futurebirds & Jittery Joe’s…

Like yesterday’s post about Elliott Brood, The Futurebirds are another long-term staple of MM. Their brand of southern-fried psych-jams and gothic tinged Americana has resulted in a whole series of excellent releases, and they remain one of the bands we would most like to see live.

From Athens in Georgia, the band have teamed up with Jittery Joe’s Coffee to create the new Baba Java blend of coffee and they are also releasing a new four track EP to commemorate the occasion. The closing song is this rollicking cover of REM’s (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville.

Download it below.

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Video: Christian Lee Hutson – Ghost To Coast

Christian Lee Hutson, 24-year-old Nashville-via-Los Angeles singer-songwriter rooted in country tradition and vibrating with youthful energy (think a drunk and sedentary George Jones being channeled through a drunk and animated Conor Oberst), is spending the summer on tour in support of his forthcoming sophomore album Yeah Okay, I Know.

The album is being released digitally in installments throughout the year with one new song and video revealed per month, culminating in a physical release at the end of the year on vinyl and CD formats.

Ghost To Coast is Hutson’s most recent offering, and the video features a preponderance of blow-up pools, fish tanks, confetti-filled dance floors, vigorous paddle-based competition and a snuggly pit bull. The song manages to perfectly capture Hutson’s tendency to be the death of the party…

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Video: Lera Lynn – La Di Da

We were big fans of Lera Lynn’s 2011 long player and she is back with a new album in September called Avenues. Watch the video for La Di Da below.

“Like a flag on a crane, in the wind and the rain, I’m gonna tear you up
As the world’s flowin’ by, we’ll be high in the sky, on a lie that is love
We will sing we will dance, we can bank on the chance, that it’s more than just lust.”

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Maggie Bjorklund To Release Shaken

Maggie Bjorkland To Release Shaken

Maggie Bjorklund is a pedal steel guitarist/singer/composer from Copenhagen, Denmark. She has made a name for herself as a stylistically unique musician, combining the tastes and techniques a wide variety of music – country, indie rock, film scores, psychedelia, pop – into a seamless blend of roots music.

Her new album Shaken was written while Bjorklund was recently tending to her mother in the hospital, just before she passed away. The album is full of potent memories and emotional outpouring, as translated into the warm but dark sonic textures. Much of the music here – whether instrumental or with vocals – flows like lucid dreams with the subtly dominant and defining touches of Bjorklund’s pedal steel melody lines at their core.

Have a listen to Missing At Sea below.

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MM Shorts 595: Roadkill Ghost Choir

Emerging from the desolate heart of Central Florida, Roadkill Ghost Choir make unsettling, powerful American rock – Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy.

The band have shared Down & Out, another new song, from the band’s upcoming album In Tongues.

Listen here.

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