Introducing >>> The Don Darlings

Introducing >>> The Don Darlings

The new single from Gothenburg based The Don Darlings is a masterpiece of southern gothic Americana.

If You Can’t Be Good is an odyssey about the life of an infamously pathological liar who some believe was named Johnny Bode. The title is a veiled, yet precise, warning about how life can turn out through a destructive device of doing everything you can in the most horrendous manner possible. Yet at the same time, there is an enormous power to this come-back king. He was a driven by a thirst to prove his talent and fight against the narrow-mindedness of his age. An unbearable ability to always find new ways to succeed despite the chains of his powerful madness.

It comes from their forthcoming self-titled second album due out on the 24th October.

Listen/download it here.

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New Album From Steakhouse

New Album From Steakhouse

A couple of years back we waxed lyrical about the drifter rock of San Francisco’s Steakhouse, which somehow managed to merge dusty country inflected Americana with krautrock influences to create something that was as hypnotic as it was eerie.

We’re pleased to report that they have a first “proper” full length album coming out soon, and here are a couple of tracks from it for your listening pleasure: the expressive Downcountry Blues and album closer Sleeper.

Check their website for more details here.

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Another From Elijah Ocean

We’ve already posted the lovely warm Americana of Elijah Ocean’s Ride It Out, and now we have a second track to share with you.

Bring It All In is another fine example of classic backwoods, porch-rocking folk, and is the title track of his new album released yesterday and available to buy via Bandcamp here.

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Mad Mackerel Premiere: Gwyneth Moreland’s Slaughterhouse Gulch

MM Premiere Gwyneth Moreland

We are proud to be able to bring you the premiere of Gwyneth Moreland’s brilliant new single Slaughterhouse Gulch, taken from her forthcoming album Ceilings, Floors, and Open Doors, which is out on November 18th.

It is a perfect blend of authentic, classic country that feels as genuine as it does timeless, with songs that are steeped in the rural landscapes and the rugged coastline of Northern California. Boldly eschewing the unnecessary and the superfluous to strip things back to the essence of genuinely intimate songwriting means she has created a record of stunning simplicity and feeling, which is undeniably moving and affecting.

Slight jazzy undertones, rich, warm vocals and subtle instrumentation help deliver something of rare and fragile beauty. So, download and immerse yourself in the single below. Gorgeous.

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Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. The Amazing Snakeheads – Can’t Let You Go
2. Angel Olsen – All Right Now
3. Hookworms – On Leaving
4. Ultimate Painting – Ten Street
5. Chumped – Songs About Boats

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Six Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Mark Lanegan Band – Harvest Home
2. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Everybody Knows
3. Hollis Brown – Wait For Me Virginia
4. Diarrhea Planet – Heatwave
5. Blitzen Trapper – To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High) (Ryan Adams Cover)
6. Field Report – Marigolden

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Video Round Up

We’ve had more than a few tasty videos for tasty tunes fly our way in the recent days and weeks. Here is a quick round-up of some of our favourites from the likes of Landlady, alansmithee, Handsome Jack, Hiss Golden Messenger, Split Screens, Stone Jack Jones, Yes I’m Leaving, Slaves, The Last Bison, The Ruminaters, Buffalo Stack and Chris Staples.

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