Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

The Cactus Blossoms are a Minneapolis-based brother duo and will release their forthcoming album Easy Way (out 1st March via Walkie Talkie Records).

This track is a co-write with Dan Auerbach and it is a gorgeous, mellow trip, tinged with a retro vibes and just about perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Stream it here.

 

Renee Wahl – Cut To The Bone

Posted: February 14, 2019 in Americana, Country, Music
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We’re a sucker for some outlaw country and southern gothic and Renee Wahl delivers in spades on her new album Cut To The Bone, which is out on the 15th March.

We have a couple of tracks to share from it – To The Bone is a swampy, swaggering rocker that almost has a touch of Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus about it, and the bittersweet From Here To There is more poignant and reflective and has echoes of artists like Jolie Holland and Mary Gauthier.

It’s mighty good stuff. Check it out below.

 

 

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Danish band PowerSolo are apparently Donkey-Punk legends!

We don’t even know what that means, but we like the sound of it and happily enough their brand new 7″ release Transfixing Motherfucker is a raw blast of primordial proto-punk that fair blew the cobwebs out of our ears and our speakers. We have lead track Backstab for your listening pleasure below.

They’ll be in the US for SXSW next month if you’re lucky enough to be going. Or buy from Bandcamp here.

 

Lonesome Shack – Too Bad

Posted: February 12, 2019 in Americana, Blues, Music, Rock
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We’ve already posted a couple of tracks from Lonesome Shack’s upcoming long player Desert Dreams. Our advance copy is already becoming one of our most played records of the year so far, and the Seattle formed, but now London based, trio have shared another excellent tune from the record.

Too Bad is one of our favourites from the album, it is deceptively simple desert blues, imbued with a dark, sparse humour, and it is all round wonderful to boot.

Stream it here.

 

Quite literally just last week I was talking to someone about what had happened to A.A.Bondy who was last heard of (musically at least) back in 2011 when he released the outstanding Believers, itself a follow-up to 2009’s equally brilliant When The Devil’s Loose album. Two fabulous records from a brilliant songwriter who then just seemed to disappear without trace. I was excited for a Felice Brothers gig in London a few years ago that he was named as support for, but he couldn’t make it and he remained one of those artists you long to see live, but begin to doubt you ever will.

Now eight long years later, we have news of a new album Enderness, that will see a release via Fat Possum Records on the 10th May, and he’s announced some UK live dates in June too.

The album was finished the day before a wildfire burned his house down.

He recorded and played everything himself.

The first single is Images Of Love.

It is great.

You can watch/stream it here, and check the live dates as well.

 

 

UK tour dates:

4 Jun – London @ St Matthias Church
6 Jun – Leeds @ The Brudenell Social Club
7 Jun – Manchester @ Gullivers
8 Jun – Edinburgh @ Summerhall

Sabrina is Not in This Chat is a three-piece experimental rock band from Los Angeles.

Combining influences from Lightning Bolt and Primus to Slint and Don Caballero, the band have disregarded the rules of genre, tempo and songwriting, to make a sound that is uniquely challenging but also familiar. Their sprawling debut record Not Recommended for Sensitive Skin, is out now on L.A. DIY collective label Penniback Records (order from Bandcamp here).

Check out the off-kilter punk drone of It’s Been A Weird Day and the menacing stop-start threat of Sink Into Me.

 

 

LA trio Together PANGEA will release a new EP Dispassionate at the end of May.

Bet You Wish I Would Call is the first track from it and finds the band in a mellower, sunnier mood than usual, tapping into an easy going back porch feel and some 60s pop vibes.

Kick back and enjoy an advance taste of summer!

 

For more than two decades, Damien Jurado has sung folk songs brimming with prophetic imagination. Whether singing ballads about killers, wounded lovers, UFO cults, or the phantoms of departed friends, he’s populated his work with eerie foretelling, the sense that he’s divining something just on the verge of happening. He wrote his last record, 2018’s The Horizon Just Laughed as a goodbye letter to his home of Seattle, Washington, before he’d even decided to leave there for sunny Los Angeles. And while he recorded the ten songs featured on In the Shape of a Storm months before the passing of his longtime collaborator and close friend Richard Swift, it’s no coincidence that Swift’s death looms over the album. “His absence is very much felt on this record,” Jurado says.

Recorded over the course of just two hours one California afternoon, it’s Jurado’s sparsest album to date. Gone are the thundering drums and psychedelic arrangements that defined the trilogy of concept albums he made with Swift. Gone even is the atmospheric air that hovered above his early albums for Sub Pop. Here, there’s only his voice, acoustic guitar, and occasional accompaniment from Josh Gordon, playing a high-strung guitar tuned Nashville style, rendering its sound spooky and celestial. It will see a release on the 12th April via Loose here in the UK.

Check out the first track, the austerely brilliant South.

 

  1. Flat Worms – Surreal New Year
  2. The Uranium Club – Man Is The Loneliest Animal
  3. Ånge Teenage Angst – Ånge Teenage Angst
  4. A Merge Group Plays “Heroes” – V-2 Schneider  (David Bowie cover)
  5. Esther Rose – Don’t Blame It On The Moon
  6. W.H. Lung – Simpatico People
  7. MELTS – Echoes
  8. Wand – Scarecrow
  9. Sharon Van Etten – Never Grow Old  (James Cleveland Moore, Sr cover)
  10. Laura Stevenson – Living Room, NY
  11. Steve Earle & The Dukes – L.A. Freeway  (Guy Clarke cover)
  12. Adia Victoria – The Needle’s Eye
  13. Flying Fish Cove – Johnny Paper
  14. Charly Bliss – Capacity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day just keeps on getting better.

No sooner did we have the details of the new Felice Brothers album, than we discover a new single release from another long, long standing MM favourite, Dr. Dog in our Soundcloud feed.

Titled Critical, it consists of two tracks, Can’t Catch Me and Can She Dance. The former is an uptempo country tinged psych rocker that they are so damn good at, and the latter imbues itself with a big dash of hometown Philly soul groove.

Both are cracking tunes, and you can hear them below.