Introducing >>> Chief Ghoul

chief ghoulAlt-country, folk-rocker Lee Miles, aka Chief Ghoul, is gearing up to release his 13-track third album, III, this Spring.

Hailing from Chicago, the current home of the the USA’s most prominent garage scene, he cooks up a most satisfying retro-vibe that echos Woody Guthrie’s storytelling with some righteous garage blues guitar.

We have a couple of tracks of distorted, spooky Americana for you to spin that are as thrilling as they are haunting.

Check out Done Dabbled and Bed of Nails here.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

As per usual, here is our weekly round up of the tunes and tracks you need to have heard by now…

1. Simon Joyner – Nostalgia Blues
2. Ryley Walker – Sweet Satisfaction
3. Weed – Stay In The Summer
4. Pale Honey – Youth
5. Death Cab For Cutie – No Room In Frame
6. Calexico – Falling From The Sky
7. Little Wings – By Now
8. Comet Gain – To The City’s Core

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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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New Album From Moses Luster

New Album From Moses Luster

We just received news of a new album release from Moses Luster and the Hollywood Lights, titled The Hangman’s Door.

Purveyors of very fine, melancholic and sometimes dark, Americana, with this their third release, the band has focused on honing their sound while exploring some new diversions. For sure, the album continues along the path of previous releases of exploring the drudgery of everyday lives of drunks, losers, and broken hearts, but it also explores their country side with Until I’m Saved, and the rolling, road-weary song Sorrow Town.

The Dirt is a sober and haunting exploration of coming to terms with death, while Hangman’s Door finds Moses accepting his fate while facing down bigger troubles. On Sold Out they poke fun at their heroes and the way of the world – the song being written after being floored by witnessing Bob Dylan selling cars during last year’s Super Bowl.

Listen to a selection of tracks below and order from Bandcamp here.

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Video Premiere: Ten Ton Man – Lifesaver

Ten Ton Man - LifesaverWe are pleased to bring you the premiere of Ten Ton Man’s new video for latest single Lifesaver.

Concentrating as they do on the darker side of life with themes of addiction, alcoholism, loneliness and despair the band are a pretty much hand in glove fit for Mad Mackerel, and have featured in posts a few times in the past.

With echoes of the great Johnny Cash at his best, and built around a stripped back live performance, this song is a perfect example of their gritty, tense, and sometimes downright morose Americana, delivering a perfect juxtaposition of catchy melody and ultimately downbeat lyrics. Frontman Paul Livornese says about the song, “Lifesaver is about a player getting played. Leading a woman on for the sheer joy of the hunt and unwittingly falling for her while all along she was just looking for a fling herself. In a lustful rage, if he can’t have her nobody can…

Watch it in all its monochrome glory here. Visit the band’s website here.

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More From Tom Brosseau

Having so far assailed your ears today with the super-charged sonics of Du Blonde and the bruising hardcore punk of Metz, it is time for a change of direction, a change of pace, and a change of mood, with some more expertly judged country-folk from singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau.

Take Fountain comes from forthcoming long player Perfect Abandon, it sounds like the kind of classic rambling folk tune that could have been written anytime in the past fifty years and played in bars, on back porches and round campfires ever since.

Stream it here.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

That’s right, title says it all. But if you’ve not wrapped your ears round these yet this week, now’s your chance.

1. Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers – Trailways Ramble
2. Wire – Joust & Jostle
3. Marika Hackman – Monday Afternoon
4. Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate
5. Yowler – The Offer
6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
7. Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love – Dispel

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Tuesday Morning Video Round Up

Much like yesterday’s Monday morning round-up post, we’ve now selected just a few of the excellent videos that have arrived in our in-box over the past few days and weeks for your viewing (and listening) pleasure.

So without further ado start with the wonderful old time banjo of Willie Watson at Pickathon, and by way of Andy Shauf, Darren Hayman, The Asylums, Streets Of Laredo, The April Maze, Chastity Belt, and John Joseph Brill arrive at the of gothic, noir-folk of Robert Chaney.

Enjoy the ride.

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