Archive for the ‘Americana’ Category

It has been nearly five years since Ha Ha Tonka appeared on MM and even longer since The Usual Suspects featured in our Best of Year listings.

They will be releasing a new album Heart-Shaped Mountain via Bloodshot Records on the 10th March and the first track from it is the upbeat, jaunty folk-rock of Race To The Bottom – a veritable toe-tapper if ever there was one…

Listen.

 

Bundled up three cracking new tunes for you this morning in a hear one, get two free kind of deal.

First up an irrepressibly brilliant new track from prolific psychedelic warriors King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Sleep Drifter is the latest track to be lifted from their forthcoming new album, Flying Microtonal Banana, which is released on Heavenly Recordings on 24th February (pre-order here).

Second off the rank is Surfer Blood’s new song, a jaunty slice of indie rock, Frozen is taken from forthcoming album Snowdonia (pre-order here).

Last, but by no means least, Adam Torres will release a new EP, I Came To Sing The Song (also on 24th February via Fat Possum). The title track is a gorgeous folk ballad with a simply stunning vocal performance over gently plucked guitar and violin (pre-order here).

Listen and enjoy!

 

 

On the 7th April, Timber Timbre will release their new album Sincerely, Future Pollution.

The first single, Sewer Blues, is an ironclad groove marked by plodding, heavy rhythm, cavernous delay, and a backdrop of starry synthesizers. Taylor Kirk’s nearly spoken words seem to emit from the underbelly of urban decay, carried on the ominous air of these troubled days.

It’s powerful stuff – watch / listen below.

 

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The experimental, ghostly, haunting and sometimes-countryish croon of singer-songwriter Daughn Gibson has been a regular on MM in more recent times, yet somehow we totally missed this Bandcamp release of a new EP, titled Vas 1.

It came out back in October apparently and is four songs about friendship. Listen to 31, ’16 in which a young boy confesses love to the ghost of his dead babysitter.

 

best of the weekDespite already sharing a host of new tracks from the likes of Diet Cig, Pissed Jeans and Laura Marling earlier in the week, we still have nine more new tunes gathered from the past seven days for you.

Lots of female voices this week, which is never a bad thing – check out tracks from Allison Crutchfield, Hand Habits, a gem from Phoebe Bridgers, Cleo Tucker and a nice Violent Femmes cover from BETS. We also have new songs from Cherry Glazerr and Menace Beach, a brand new single from Penelope Isles and another new track from Mark Eitzel.

Enjoy.

  1. Allison Crutchfield – I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California
  2. Hand Habits – Sun Beholds Me
  3. Cherry Glazerr – Nuclear Bomb
  4. Menace Beach – Suck It Out
  5. Mark Eitzel – An Answer
  6. Phoebe Bridgers – Smoke Signals
  7. Penelope Isles – Cut Your Hair
  8. Cleo Tucker – Minute In Your Mind
  9. BETS – Gone Daddy Gone  (Violent Femmes cover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round Up

The new releases juggernaut has well and truly got into gear for 2017 with a whole host of new tracks from some longstanding MM faves seeing the light of day this week.

So, rather than post them all one-by-one, we’ve rounded them up for you into one neat package.

Wonderful New York duo Diet Cig have announced the forthcoming release of their hugely anticipated debut album entitled Swear I’m Good At This. The album will be released on 7th April via Frenchkiss Records. Today the band have shared the first single off the album – the highly infectious Tummy Ache.

 

Toronto alt-rock quartet The Wooden Sky will also release their new album Swimming in Strange Waters on 7th April via Nevado Music. Drawing its title from a line in Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, DuneSurvival is the ability to swim in strange water – the record finds frontman and multi-instrumentalist Gavin Gardiner struggling to come to terms with the trauma and unknowns haunting both his personal life and the world at large. Have a listen to the title track.

 

Churning out hauntingly bittersweet lo-fi, Manchester girlfriend/boyfriend duo Luxury Death are back with their new single Glue, alongside the announcement of their debut EP of the same name.

 

Laura Marling has shared a second track, Wild Fire, from her upcoming new album Semper Femina.

 

Laura Marling also contributes backing vocals to Karen Elson’s new track Distant Shore, which comes from the English-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s sophomore album Double Roses – also out on 7th April (mark the date!) via H.O.T Records Ltd.

 

Long-running Toronto indie-folk trio Rural Alberta Advantage have shared Beacon Hill, it comes ahead of a planned new album for later in the year.

 

Experimental psych-rock institution Grails have just shared a second track Pelham, ahead of their first studio album in six years, Chalice Hymnal. The track is a visceral collusion of acid-psych, 20th century Western film scores, and jazz-infused prog.

 

Ignorecam is Pissed Jeans crushing new offering from Why Love Now, their forthcoming fifth album available 24th February on Sub Pop.

 

And finally, noisy post-punk duo Japandroids have given us No Known Drink Or Drug, a new track from their long awaited third album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life.

 

 

 

 

Nickel In The Jukebox

Welcome to our first Nickel in the Jukebox feature of 2017. Ten recent, and not-so-recent, tunes scooped up over the past couple of months from our bulging in-box. We have everything from noisy punk to swamp-blues and mellow folk and all points in-between. Something for everyone as the cliche goes – and you decide hit or miss!

 

EAT FAST – Sand Drone  [RIYL: Fuzz Rock, No Age, Ty Segall]

 

Courtney Marie Andrews – Rookie Dreaming  [RIYL: Country, Caitlin Rose, Hooray For The Riff Raff]

 

Rebel Kind – Just For Fools  [RIYL: punk-pop, Alvvays, Best Coast]

 

Meat Wave – Incessant  [RIYL: lo-fi punk, The Men, Woolen Men]

 

Sewer Rats – Mother Acid  [RIYL: Stoner rock, Motorhead, The Doors]

 

A Valley Son – In The Low Late Of The Late Afternoon [RIYL: Country soul, Dr. Dog, Allman Brothers Band]

 

Charlotte Carpenter – Lately  [RIYL: Confessional folk, Joni Mitchell, Marika Hackman]

 

Hardcore Sex – Clarksdale, MS  [RIYL: Swamp Blues, Scott H Biram, Dead Weather]

 

Thula Borah – The Psychopath Test  [RIYL: Post-rock, My Bloody Valentine, Silversun Pickups ]

 

Heat – Sometimes  [RIYL: Post-punk, Echo & The Bunnymen, Merchandise]

 

 

best of the weekWe’re back with our regular weekly round-up of the best new releases of the past seven days.

As might be expected a slightly slow start being our first of the year, but still seven tracks for your listening pleasure including tasty covers from Flo Morrisey with Matthew E White and Gooch Palms, some brutal, hardcore noise from Uniform, another taster from their new albums from RainbrotherThe Shins and Boss Hog and a MM debut for Gold Connections.

Enjoy…

  1. Flo Morrisey & Matthew E White – Sunday Morning  (Velvet Underground cover)
  2. The Shins – Name For You
  3. Gooch Palms – Tomorrow  (Silverchair cover)
  4. Uniform – The Killing Of America
  5. Gold Connections – New Religion
  6. Rainbrother – Blue
  7. Boss Hog – 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Old Nobodaddy is a New Orleans based songsmith and his latest single Gun is Coming is brooding, gospel-noir of the highest order.

Swampy blues with a stomping revivalist rhythm that leans towards the dark – think Nick Cave meets a dust covered Father John Misty – it is a fabulous taster for his soon-to-be-released, The Pretty Plea’s EP.

Listen here. Get it for a pay-what-you-want deal here.

 

Bonny Doon

We’re really enjoying this track, I See You from Detroit four piece Bonny Doon.

Shambling along like a car with wobbly wheels, the world-weary vocals bely tender years and are matched with an uncommon mastery of restraint and melodically vulnerable songwriting. Its essence is floating, folk-ish rock that summons the tossed-off grandeur of early Smog or the Silver Jews boombox tapes, and the dead-eyed poignancy of Eels.

Stream it here. It comes from their forthcoming self-titled debut album, out in March via Salinas Records.