Archive for the ‘Americana’ Category

Sam Doores – Let It Roll

Posted: December 12, 2019 in Americana, Folk, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Soul

Sam Doores, formerly of The Deslondes and Hurray for the Riff Raff will release his self-titled solo debut on 13th March via New West Records.

The thirteen song set blends traditional southern roots, New Orleans R&B, and psychedelic landscapes into a cinematic and infectious whole that reckons with heartache and loss, love and gratitude, fresh starts and, ultimately, a whole lotta change.

For now we have the video for the album track Let It Roll. Sounding like a soulful lost classic from the 60s, it is simply gorgeous.

Watch it below.


We’ve not posted any festive tunes as yet, and so we’re putting that right as of now with Birmingham based Americana band Swampmeat Family Band’s A Present For You.

All profits from sales with go to benefit homeless charities in Birmingham, so click through on the Bandcamp link below to purchase.


Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky, who released a critically acclaimed collaborative album Droneflower on Sacred Bones earlier this year have shared two cover songs that make up a new single via Sacred Bones – Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight and Extreme’s More Than Words.

Being unfortunately old enough to be of an age where I can remember the original, it must be said that I absolutely loathed In the Air Tonight, and still do, but when Marissa Nadler says “We wanted to make a creepy, sexy version...”, then I’m prepared to give it a listen. This should have been the original is all I can say…

Listen to both here.



A few weeks ago we shared some tracks from Uncut magazine’s Wilco covers CD.

Longstanding MM faves The Handsome Family also contributed a cover – of Capitol City – from 2011’s The Whole Love.

Like pretty much everything they do, it is wonderful and Loose have now released it as a single.



And the original…


Drive-By Truckers’ first new LP in more than three years – THE UNRAVELING – will be released at the end of January.

The songs that have eventually emerged for the new record are shaped by our troubled times and number among the band’s most direct and pointedly provocative, tackling head-on the myriad horrors of our new normal.

The first track to be shared illustrates this perfectly, Armageddon’s Back in Town takes a whirlwind joyride through the whiplash of events we collectively deal with each day, diving headfirst into the despair and pain roiled up by consistently plumbing new depths of intolerance and hate – wherever you are in the world.

Watch it here and check out a couple of live dates for summer next year.


Live Dates 2020

June 3 – Dublin – Vicar Street
June 5 – Leeds – Irish Centre
June 6 – London – O2 Forum


More From Hurt Valley

Posted: November 19, 2019 in Americana, Folk, Music, Pop

Hurt Valley, the enigmatic folk-pop project of Los Angeles’ Brian Collins, has shared a new single from his forthcoming debut album Glacial Pace.

Due out on the 6th December, the record is inspired by Death Valley and also features the previously shared single Apartment Houses. It is available for pre-order from Bandcamp here.

But for now, the pastoral twang of opening track Geology Dreamer is a delight – stream it here.


Wounded Bird – Fall In Line

Posted: November 13, 2019 in Americana, Country, Folk, Music

Wounded Bird is a male/female harmony-focused duo from Denver, Colorado (and not to be confused with (sadly) long gone MM indie-surf faves Two Wounded Birds).

Latest single Fall in Line is a sweetly stripped back affair of classic Americana, featuring acoustic guitar, fiddle and pedal steel along with their signature vocal harmonies.

Stream it here.


Dan Bejar has announced that his thirteenth album as Destroyer, titled Have We Met, will be released on 31st January via Dead Oceans. To coincide, a London headline show at Village Underground has been announced for 5th May, with more tour news to follow.

The first single is Crimson Tide, a six-minute journey that sits rightfully alongside previous Destroyer epics. In typical Bejar fashion, it is a melancholy mover, whisked along by a driving beat, rumbling bass and whimsical piano, it comes as the band’s first new song since 2017’s Ken.

You can watch the cinematic video to accompany it below.


Hurt Valley, the enigmatic folk-pop project of California songwriter Brian Collins, will release his debut album Glacial Pace on 6th December via the wonderful Woodsist label.

Collins’ life has taken him from playing in punk bands as a teenager in the DC area to his current role as the head of the science department at a Hollywood high school. He wrote the sun-drenched songs of Glacial Pace after a trip to Death Valley – coming across a clearing full of burnt out, vandalized vehicle carcasses inspired him to write about desolation and the things we leave behind.

The first single is the gorgeously melancholic Apartment Houses – well worth three minutes of your day we’d suggest!



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