MM Shorts 872: The Afterglows

Afterglows

Philadelphia duo The Afterglows have released a self-titled album of lo-fi indie rock that has nods to power-pop, punk and a kind of warped, mournful Americana.

Available on a  pay-what-you-want deal from Bandcamp, it is a fine listen that we’re thoroughly enjoying. Grab it here or listen to a couple of tracks below first, Spitting Blood and Punks From The Past.

 

 

Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekAfter a week’s break, we’re back with our regular round up of the best new tunes of the past seven days.

It includes the return of a number of MM regulars too: No Age, The Growlers and Pop. 1280 as well a stunning new track from Annie Hardy (ex of Giant Drag) and plenty more besides.

So then, ten cracking songs – dive in.

  1. Pop. 1280 – Pulse
  2. Hiss Golden Messenger – Tell Her I’m Just Dancing
  3. The Growlers – City Club
  4. Angel Olsen – Sister
  5. Magic Trick – First Thought
  6. Shilpa Ray – Paisley
  7. The Raveonettes – A Good Fight
  8. Annie Hardy – Go Hey Raku Sake
  9. No Age – Separation
  10. Cory Hanson – Ordinary People

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moondoggies Release Don’t Be A Stranger on Vinyl. Share Unheard B-Side.

moondoggies

Ten years ago in the woodsy city of Everett, Washington, five friends banded together to form The Moondoggies.

A northwest Americana band whose 2008 debut full-length Don’t Be A Stranger was a much-loved fave of MM’s right back in the earliest days of Mad Mackerel.

On 7th October, the record will finally be made available on vinyl for the first time via Hardly Art (pre-order here). The double LP will also include five b-sides from the band’s early days, including the raw, rollicking Oh Now Honey, which you can stream / download below.

 

Sharon Van Etten – Not Myself

sharon van etten

Sharon Van Etten has released Not Myself in memory of the victims of the Orlando shooting.

It is available for a minimum $1 donation via Bandcamp here, and she says of the song, “I was home with my parents in New Jersey when I heard of the shooting at the nightclub in Florida. Hate, violence, and intolerance has always upset me, but I haven’t been this overwhelmed with sadness and disbelief in a long time. The victims were only trying to be themselves and be comfortable and safe in their surroundings. That safety was violated out of fear and with a gun.

I originally wanted to raise money for the victims and their families, but I knew the issue was bigger than this. I wrote “Not Myself” for the victims of this horrific event, but I chose to support the research and awareness work of Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund: a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.

In the memory of those trying to be safe and be themselves, I hope we can all come together to help prevent another massacre like this and end gun violence.

Hear hear.

 

Video Time

Time for some new vids methinks.

So sit back and enjoy ten musical films from the likes of Slowcoaches, Freakwater, Dead Heavens, The Two Tracks, Dawes, Dan Michelson & The Coastguards, Hans Chew and Ed Harcourt amongst others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Album From Tom Brosseau

Tom Brosseau

North Dakota Impressions, singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau’s new album, is the final of a trilogy to visit life from a local perspective, taking the listener on a journey begun with Grass Punks (2014) and the excellent Perfect Abandon (2015).

It travels through time that doesn’t clip along uniformly on some common highway, but treads at its own pace on a rural route. More glances, more investigations and introspections, more light, more dark. Memories, imaginings, longings for a place, a home.

Brosseau is a mighty fine songwriter and folksinger, one whose tales of hope and optimism gently rub shoulders with weary melancholy and fading memories, and not a note, or word, is wasted.

Listen to two excellent tracks from the record below: No Matter Where I Roam and You Can’t Stop.

 

 

More From Loch Lomond

Here is a second track from Loch Lomond’s forthcoming long player Pens From Spain.

Silver Felt is (yet) another fine example of their multilayered, harmony-filled orchestral folk – ensemble playing at its best, but this time with added synths and drum machines.

The album is out on the 2nd September. Let this tide you over ’til then.

 

Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 22)

Nickel In The Jukebox

Here is the latest instalment in our Nickel In The Jukebox series – simple proposition – ten songs, you decide… hit or miss.

Have at it.

Rue Snider – Blue Skies And Telephone Poles  [RIYL: Americana, Bright Eyes, Billy Bragg]

 

The Persian Leaps – See Me Unaware  [RIYL: Power-pop, Bob Mould, The Ramones]

 

Naked Giants – Ya Ya  [RIYL: Garage Rock, The Sonics, Ty Segall]

 

Lina Tullgren – Grace  [RIYL: Singer-Songwriters, Julien Baker, Eskimeaux]

 

Conquerors – Turned Me To Stone  [RIYL: Vintage Psych-pop, Kinks, Beatles]

 

Coot Wilson – 5 a.m. Fog  [RIYL: Folk, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt]

 

Cigarette Bums – Strange  [RIYL: Garage-punk, The Stooges, The Black Lips]

 

Sat. Nite Duets – TAFKA Salieri  [RIYL: Indie Rock, Guided By Voices, Violent Femmes]

 

BJ Barham – Rockingham  [RIYL: Country-Folk, James McMurtry, Sturgill Simpson]

 

Bonfire Nights – Easy Touch  [RIYL: Post-punk, Jesus & Mary Chain, Lola Colts]

 

MM Shorts 869: Oldermost

Oldermost are a new band out of Philadelphia who have shared their first single Honey with Tea and it is well worth a listen.

Gorgeous lap steel anchors the song’s despairing wit and questionable advice, which buoyantly tumbles over a sea of lush strings and the steady rhythms of some focused and passionate drumming.

Stream it below.

 

Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekHere are our selections from the week’s new releases. Tracks from UK indie royalty such as Jamie T, Slaves, and TOY, some brilliant Dylan-esque protest folk from Kyle Craft, three very different covers from Sam Beam & Jesca HoopSt. Vincent, and Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan, jerky, infectious punk rock from Sex Stains, and more raw country from Lydia Loveless.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  1. Jamie T – Power Over Men
  2. TOY– Fast Silver
  3. Slaves – Spit It Out
  4. Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Where Eagles Dare  (Misfits cover)
  5. Kyle Craft – Before The Wall
  6. St. Vincent – Something On Your Mind  (Karen Dalton cover)
  7. Sex Stains – Land Of La LA
  8. Lydia Loveless – Same To You
  9. Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – Love Is A Stranger  (Eurythmics cover)