New Calexico Album – Edge Of The Sun

Calexico have announced a new album, Edge of the Sun, their first studio release since Algiers in 2012. It is a collaborative affair with contributions from Sam Beam aka Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from DeVotchka, Neko Case and plenty more.

The first taste is the jaunty, latin tinged Cumbia de Donde.

Have a listen. The album is out in April.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Lucern Raze

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Lucern Raze

Stockholm garage pop act Lucern Raze has unveiled new single Someone Like You, from the upcoming debut LP Stockholm One, (due on February 25 via PNKSLM Recordings on vinyl and digitally and Burger Records on cassette).

It follows on from previous singles Sunshine Blues and Yours To Keep (featuring another MM fave, The Hanged Man).

Lucern Raze is the new project from Luke of London’s Sex Beet, that got shedloads of hype a couple of years ago for a few singles, and spent three years going wild around Europe and America with acts like Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and Best Coast. The story goes that in the midst of recording their debut album in Berlin Luke lost his mind and moved from London to Sweden where he’s spent the past few years being broke as hell, working every job imaginable, as well as starting up PNKSLM Recordings.

Deserted in the midsummer ghost town of Stockholm in the summer of 2014 he spent 12 days writing, recording and mixing an album under the new name, so check out the fruits of his labours below.

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Marika Hackman – Ophelia

Marika Hackman has  revealed Ophelia, the third track from her forthcoming debut album, We Slept At Last, as well as announcing a Spring 2015 UK headline tour, which will go on sale this coming Friday 23rd January and kicks off on March 23rd in Leicester.

Listen to Ophelia below and check out all the tour dates..

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Tour dates:

Monday 23 – Leicester – The Musician
Tuesday 24 – Hull – Adelphi
Wednesday 25 – Stoke – Sugarmill
Thursday 26 – Birmingham – The Rainbow
Saturday 28 – Nottingham – Bodega
Monday 30 – Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms
Tuesday 31 – London – Bush Hall

April

Wednesday 1 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 2 – Newcastle – Think Tank
Friday 3 – York – Duchess
Saturday 4 – Manchester – Night and Day
Sunday 5 – Glasgow – King Tuts
Thursday 9 – Bristol – Thekla
Friday 10 – Cardiff – St John’s Church
Saturday 11 – Aldershot – West End Centre
Sunday 12 – Bedford – Esquires
Tuesday 14 – Cambridge – Portland Arms
Wednesday 15 – Southampton – Joiners

Wild Pink – 2 Songs EP

Wild Pink - 2 Songs EP

Wild Pink’s sound can perhaps best be described as paradoxical.

The band’s songs are all at once eerie yet comforting, dissonant yet oddly satisfying, mysterious yet undoubtedly intimate. With an intriguing blend of power pop and singer songwriter, Wild Pink contradicts all expectations.

The band used to play together as the electronic pop group Challenger. After shedding the electronics a handful of EPs are surfacing, the first of which is 2 Songs. Succinctly titled, the songs are sharp and to the point – check out Is This Hotel Haunted? below, or get directly from Bandcamp.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our regular round up of the songs you really should have heard already this week, chief among them a brand new song from MM fave Sharon Van Etten, a couple of cracking covers and a newly discovered Jason Molina song with Will Oldham and Alasdhair Roberts.

Enjoy.

1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. The Smoke Fairies – Steal Softly Through The Snow (Captain Beefheart cover)
3. Jason Molina featuring Will Oldham & Alasdhair Roberts – September 11, 2001
4. Cheatahs – Sunne
5. JEFF The Brotherhood – Coat Check Girl
6. Happyness – Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones cover)
7. Moon King – Roswell
8. The Decemberists – A Beginning Song

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Django Django – First Light

Django Django delivered an excellent debut album in 2012 that brilliantly mixed a glam rock stomp with funky electronica and smothered it all in a glistening, infectious psych-pop sheen.

They are back with a new track and First Light is as slinky, as sinewy, and as effortlessly catchy as you’d expect.

Dive in.

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New Video: Cariad Harmon – Wicked Town

MM Shorts 649: Cariad Harmon

Cariad Harmon’s video for the single, Wicked Town, from her self-titled album release depicts living in New York from the vantage point of a musician, artist, bartender and those striving to make it in a city where so many come to make their mark.

Have a watch, and download a couple more tracks from the album, which is a lovely collection of folky Americana cut through with folky and jazz undertones. This is one for fans of Cat Power, Joni Mitchell and Carole King.

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our regular weekend feature highlighting some of the tunes you really ought to have heard already this week is back. First one of 2015 kicks off with no less than nine new tunes and some real corkers too.

1. Iron & Wine – Everyone’s Summer of ’95
2. Stornoway – The Road You Didn’t Take
3. Sonny & The Sunsets – Happy Carrot Health Store
4. Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
5. Girlpool – Alone At The Show
6. Screaming Females – Criminal Image
7. Wand – Self Hypnosis In 3 Days
8. Of Montreal – Empyrean Abattoir
9. Beech Creeps – Times Be Short

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