It’s An Easter Round Up

Easter Round Up

We are kicking off Easter with a massive Round-Up of lots of new music and bands that have been sat in our in-box patiently waiting to be heard. Some of these have been released already, some are about to be, but either way we have fifteen artists that are all well worth checking out.

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Let us begin with Josh Matthews whose work has been compared to Leonard Cohen as well as outcasts such as The Fugs and Captain Beefheart. His enigmatic album Co-Patriot drops April 19th, and this is A Good Life from it.

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Silver Arm’s latest release He of the Slow Creep EP is four tracks of riotous psych-punk. Try on the title track and Gunboat for size…

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We have another fuzzy little stomper of garage-pop from Dead Professional. Listen to I’m Not The One.

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Comrade Question’s second LP, Pepe Polo, is the first release on Superdreamer Records. It’s a psych/garage/pop gem with guy-girl vocals and genius simplicity. Opening track is the sweetly named Bastard.

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Ciara O’Neill is a singer songwriter from Northern Ireland and Dead, Black has a lovely folk noir feel, plaintive and fragile with haunting female vocals.

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Daisy Victoria’s influences are Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth, Gang of Four, P J Harvey et al, and her debut single Heart Full Of Beef is a surrealist exploration of the creative process. It hosts a cast of characters who include a maternal vegetable, a lap-dancer with divine clientele, and a militant typewriter.

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Dizzy Bats use power chords over heavily-picked basslines as a vehicle for fun, energetic, power pop. Check out/download Girls.

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Meet the Betrayers, Edmonton’s new fuzzy psych/garage band. The five-piece recently released their debut album Let the Good Times Die and we have a couple of tracks from it, Spinnin’ Wheel and Cherry Beach here.

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Honeyfeet are a group of loosely affiliated scruff-bags mixing old folk forms, blues grooves and jazz chords to create a unique sound of their own. Latest single is Buried My Husband.

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Ciro Madd has penned a baroque pop tune for the first issue of Pug Records singles series. You and Me is a charming symphony of keyboards and vocals wrapped up in George Harrison-style riffs, recommended for fans of the Beach Boys and The Zombies.

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Cousin Marnie’s debut EP Is Sleeping, re-imagined four Carter Family tracks from the 1930s. The EP is a ticking collection of throbbing beats, synth drones and wistful country sentiment. Check out Cain which showcases her unique combination of country, hip hop and left-field pop.

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The River Monks are a Des Moines folk pop sextet with an organic interplay of instruments, rich lyrical imagery, and layered vocal harmonies that build on the foundation laid by artists like Sufjan Stevens and Good Old War. Beasts is the first single from new long-player Home Is The House.

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Former Backyard Tire Fire member Edward David Anderson will release his debut solo album Lies & Wishes on April 29 through The Royal Potato Family. It is a collection of ten songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots.

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Combining Brit-punk grit with a distinctive pop jangle, Cambridge five-piece 28 Boulevard recently released five-track EP, Sunclouds. The emerging young group expand on the raw, adolescent feel of their debut single, pushing their innovative spin on guitar pop to a spine-rattling, head-splitting climax. This is Electric Feet.

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Lastly, our favourite 50s throwback and rockabilly rebel Dan Sartain has a new album out at the end of this month called Dudesblood. We have no less than three tracks for you to dip into including the paranormal country and western of Marfa Lights, the anarcho-punk of Smash The Tesco and the late-night croon of Rawhide Moon.

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Deer Tick & The Hold Steady Cover Each Other

Deer Tick & The Hold Steady Cover Each Other

To celebrate their undying bromance, as well as their co-headline tour that began last night in Boston, Deer Tick and The Hold Steady have decided to cover each others songs…

Deer Tick are covering The Hold Steady’s Constructive Summer (off 2008′s Stay Positive), and The Hold Steady are taking on Deer Tick’s Easy (off 2009′s Born On Flag Day).

Have a listen.

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Introducing >>> The Toothe

Introducing >>> The Toothe

The Toothe share a musical chemistry born of a lifetime of collaboration and experimentation. Raised in the same small Piedmont town, they relocated to the mountains of Asheville to explore and develop their mutual love of song.

Their most recent effort is the Talons EP (out on 10th June), a six-song foray into a hook-laden and intensely engaging sound they call Apocalyptic Americana. The EP draws from a deep well of American musical tradition while simultaneously reveling in a jubilant pop energy and outlandishly off-kilter lyrical musings. The songs range from up-beat and lively pop delights to contemplative and intricately-crafted ballads, but united by an aim to take the listener on a psychedelic journey across mesmerizing musical and emotional landscapes.

Listen/download Mustard from the EP below and stream Earthworms.

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MM Shorts 549: Grand Lake Islands

MM Shorts 549: Grand Lake Islands

Grand lake Islands six track EP Wake of Waking is a collection of thoughtful indie-folk that ranges from warm and lush organic instrumentation to thin guitar lines and shaky vocals.

Fans of Phosphorescent, A.A. Bondy and Jason Molina will find much to enjoy here.

Listen to the EP’s opening track, Flood. And buy from Bandcamp here.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Ryley Walker

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Ryley Walker

We had an e-mail from a reader recommending we check out Ryley Walker. So we did. Turns out he is a little bit special.

While only 24 years old, on his debut album (released this very day) All Kinds Of You, he delves much further back than that to the fingerpicked style of classic British folk artists, American primitive guitar and classic pastoral psychedelia. The results are mesmerising – bluesy, jazzy, folky – fluid and meditative with expressive vocals edged with just enough grit and emotion.

Try a couple of tracks – Fonda and the gorgeous album closer Tanglewood Spaces, which he describes as “a jam to stub your joint out too”.

You can buy from Tomkins Square, or catch him supporting Cloud Nothings on their current tour.

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Another From Wooden Wand’s Farmer’s Corner

More From Wooden Wand's Farmer's Corner

Farmer’s Corner, the new album from Wooden Wand promises to be a rawer, more personal affair than the brilliant Blood Oaths Of The New Blues and we have already shared the wonderful Dambuilding with you here.

Now we have Alpha Dawn for your listening pleasure, another sublime cut of relaxed, informal, wandering folk that evokes all those classic intimate campfire and back-porch scenarios, as acoustic strings meander sweetly beneath James Jackson Toth’s gently sung vocals.

Absolutely gorgeous. Listen/download it below.

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MM Shorts 547: Liza Anne

MM Shorts 547: Liza Anne

“Maybe I’ll go make love with another man,
forget about you for the evening and say I’m just playing pretend,
I’ll be someone’s fantasy then maybe you’ll want more of me.”

Thin Ice is from 19 year old Liza Anne’s recently released debut album The Colder Months. It fully justifies the haunting, melancholy, and beautiful descriptors that it has been attracting.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Roof Beams

MM Recommends... Roof Beams

The latest effort from Roof Beams, Tectonics EP, though true to the band’s storytelling lyrics and ramshackle Americana roots, comes from a new place. Frontman Nathan Robinson wrote these songs during quiet evenings after work, while his daughter was asleep and his wife was at night school. This led to a more thoughtful, reiterative process resulting in thick layers of harmonies using quieter, lower registers.

Along the theme of big life changes, Tectonics is an analysis of long-term relationships, as they move apart or together at an almost imperceptible pace.

Listen to Your Shoes, the first single from the six-track EP. Purchase from Bandcamp here.

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Introducing >>> Tijuana Bibles

Introducing >>> Tijuana Bibles

I went to Tijuana for a day once, it was notable for a mouse in a cafe giving up the ghost and simply expiring on the floor whereupon a waitress on her way to deliver my sandwich stopped, picked it up by the tail and expertly threw it into the overflowing trash bin by the door.

Thankfully Tijuana Bibles are a more palatable proposition. They may have honed their craft in Glasgow but they have the same bluesy Cajun-fried bar feel that would make a band like Black Keys jealous.

Somewhere in between the nostalgic Americana of Tom Waits and the sludgy riffs of the grunge resurgence, this four-piece have announced their first free download, the fierce Toledo.

We heartily recommend you listen to said groove-heavy and red blooded tune below, and grab a free download from their website here.

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Friday Round Up

New Release Round Up.

So many tunes to share – time for another Round Up just in time for the weekend. All pre-screened for your guaranteed listening pleasure.

So away we go…

Easing us in gently is some ethereal folk from Owls of the Swamp and the gentle Shapeshifter is a perfect introduction to forthcoming album Atlas.

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At the other end of the noise spectrum we have aggressive post-punk from Total Control’s Flesh War, taken from upcoming long player Typical System.

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The Honey Trees debut LP Bright Fire has just been released, this is the lovely By The River.

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Kristy And The Kraks new self-titled release is a glamorous 4-track masterpiece of snotty girls-in-the-garage stomp & 60s-girl group-punk raunch. Check out No No No No No from it.

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Derek Luttrell’s debut album Tired Dogs, Old Trees is to get lost in the pensive pitter-patter of an unpretentious folk ballad before being thrust upright for the thump-thump-thumping of a soil-scattering Americana jam. Try on Wayside for size…

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Old Smokey is an Athens, Georgia folk collaboration that is a little hard to pin down: there are traces of Ennio Morricone spaghetti-western, east Indian psychedelia, and Appalachian stomp. Dead Man’s Pose, is an upbeat scorcher with rolling, brushed drums, chanted group vocals, and a clarinet that brings to mind a New Orleans second line. Their upcoming full-length, Wester Easter, will be released on April 29 via Cloud Recordings.

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The Lottery Winners just might be making some of the most gloriously british guitar-pop we’ve heard in years – bright, infectious, sweeping verses and stick-in-your-head choruses. This is Heavy Heart.

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Finally, some orchestral folk from Cajita’s new album Tiny Ghosts. Three tracks starting with Broken Glass, an observation on romantic love with proud horns and wandering guitars that speckle a reminiscent groove playing well with the songs smart lyrical content. Swooping vocals and shining synth sounds are brought to bear on love and memory in The Stars is and Shake is a crisp acoustic number with intimate up-close vocals.

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