Blitzen Trapper – Dead Billie Jean

The third song to be shared from Blitzen Trapper’s upcoming long player Holy Smokes Future Jokes is Dead Billie Jean. It is another marvellous example of their surreal, psychedelic take on Americana with frontman Eric Earley saying, “Pulling together Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo and MJ’s Billie Jean wherein the real Billie Jean has indeed killed herself as she promised Michael she would and now … Continue reading Blitzen Trapper – Dead Billie Jean

Native Harrow – Shake

Pennsylvania folk/rock duo Native Harrow are back with a new song, Shake, the first to be taken from new long-player Closeness (out on the 4th September via Loose). Taking cues from classic Laurel Canyon folk, pastoral psychedelia and baroque pop, the band expertly craft a kind of timeless, vintage Americana that entwines nostalgia with immediacy creating a classic cocoon of sound and melody that you can … Continue reading Native Harrow – Shake

Bloodshot Records Pandemophenia Compilation

New Bloodshot Records compilation album Pandemophenia, is only available for download or stream on Bandcamp. It’s a collection of 17 limited or never-before-released tracks by the likes of Murder By Death, Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers, William Elliott Whitmore, Cory Branan, Ruby Boots, Ramblin’ Deano & Jon Langford, Ha Ha Tonka, Scott H. Biram, and plenty more. Featuring original songs, b-sides, alternate versions, … Continue reading Bloodshot Records Pandemophenia Compilation

Bill Callahan Announces Gold Record

Pigeons is the first taste from Bill Callahan’s newly announced long player Gold Record (out via Drag City on the 4th September – pre-order here) The track is set in the heart of Texas, where from the wheel of his long white limousine, a man gently advises a pair of newly weds with reflections from his own experience. As always it is a lyrical treasure … Continue reading Bill Callahan Announces Gold Record

Widowspeak Announce Plum, Share Money

Money is the latest track to be shared from Widowspeak’s upcoming long player Plum. A song focused on the worth of contribution versus the cost of selling out, it is gloriously hypnotic, built on a cyclical repeating motif, with singer Molly Hamilton asking “Will you get back what you put in?” over an insistent guitar riff. Love this – listen below and click through to … Continue reading Widowspeak Announce Plum, Share Money

Delta Spirit Return

Delta Spirit have announced their first new album in six years, What Is There, out on 11th September via New West Records. The first taste comes with the cinematic How Bout It, and you can watch the video below, which was shot during the Covid-19 pandemic at over 30 locations throughout North America. After speaking with roughly 70 cinematographers to learn about their particular circumstances, video … Continue reading Delta Spirit Return

Cass McCombs & Steve Gunn Collaboration

  Songwriters Cass McCombs and Steve Gunn have collaborated on a new single. They present a lilting, laid-back take on Michael Hurley’s psychedelic folk classic Sweet Lucy as well as a beautiful rendition of traditional Scottish tune Wild Mountain Thyme. This two-song single is also available as a 7” via Bandcamp, with all profits being donated to the NAACP legal defense fund as well as … Continue reading Cass McCombs & Steve Gunn Collaboration

Bright Eyes – Mariana Trench

Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was is the new, long, long awaited album from Bright Eyes and will be released on the 21st August via Dead Oceans. It is nine years since the release of The People’s Key. Here is the hand-painted, animated video for new track Mariana Trench which fair rattles with anxiety, its epic sprawl exploding with the forward-chugging momentum of syncopated … Continue reading Bright Eyes – Mariana Trench

ATO Records – Silence Is Not An Option Compilation

Reprinted in full: ATO Records, an independent record label out of New York City, has been reflecting deeply on the injustices and inequality in our world. We recognize that music is not just an agent for change, but a space of solace. As we approach our 20th anniversary as a label, we remain proud to represent a diverse range of artists whose music imparts messages … Continue reading ATO Records – Silence Is Not An Option Compilation