Archive for the ‘Blues’ Category

Nashville trio The Bad Signs are vocalist Samantha Harlow and brothers Nat and Rob Rufus. Rob is also the author of the book Die Young With Me (Simon & Schuster) about his own battle with cancer. Together they create a wonderfully seedy tribute to the fringe culture of 1960s America – the beatniks, the beehives, the bikers, the whole scene. 

New EP, Black Magic Moments, will be an “official release” of Record Store Day 2017, and you can listen to Love Lock from it below.

 

This week has seen a few MM faves all share some top-notch new tunes via YouTube, and so here is a quick video collection from garage rockers Black Lips, psych-juggernauts Black Angels, psych-freaks King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, hazy troubadour Mac DeMArco, some classic old-time Americana from The Deslondes and some amphetamine filled blues boogie from Left Lane Cruiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Right Stuff is the new single to be released by latest signings to the marvellous Loose label, The Americans.

Hailing from Los Angeles, the quartet blend country and blues with a fiery blue collar rock’n’roll attitude, absorbing and reconfiguring the history of American music from Chuck Berry and Tom Waits to Bruce Springsteen. The band named themselves after the controversial photo series by Robert Frank, which was first published in 1958. Like Frank’s photos, The Americans’ songs are miniature biographies, intimate and empathic portraits of individuals that leave much unsaid.

They are releasing the single as part of a four-track EP this month, with a one-off show at Sebright Arms in London on 3 May and a full-length album, I’ll Be Yours, due later in the year, also via Loose. Stream it below.

 

Started in conjunction with Secretly Group and 30 Songs, 30 Days, Our First 100 Days aims to raise funds for organizations supporting causes that are currently under threat by the Trump administration. We’ve already featured a few songs from the project, which has raised over $80,000 so far.

For their contribution, Courtney Marie Andrews and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy have collaborated on a cover of I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free is an amazing gospel tune that the incomparable Nina Simone covered and it became an important song for the civil rights movement in the 60s. A lot of these issues are still relevant today and I wanted to sing a song that had a palpable voice for those issues. I’ll never know what it was like to walk the rocky path that Nina did, but her power and unyielding strength was and is something to aspire to. “ – Courtney Marie Andrews.

We figured to make a song that would keep folks’ minds, tongues and fingers in motion. James Baldwin: ‘This is not the land of the free. It is only very unwillingly and sporadically the home of the brave.’” – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

Sold in a subscription format for a minimum contribution of $30, fans receive one song per day across the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. All profits from Our First 100 Days will benefit organisations that stand in opposition to a Trump presidency: All Above All, Cosecha, Hoosier Action, People’s Climate Movement, and Southerners On New Ground.

Listen below. Visit the Bandcamp page here.

 

Here is the title track from Left Lane Cruiser’s new full-length studio effort, Claw Machine Wizard.

The duo are still putting out some of the gnarliest, primordial, gut-bucket blues-punk imaginable…

Praise be for that! Stream it below.

 

best of the weekSo many good new tunes released this week – fourteen and counting – that we’ve had to split them into two posts.

Here are the first seven including a brilliant new single from the UK’s new saviour of indie guitar rock, Cabbage. Like a cross between Fat White Family, The Fall, and the Amazing Snakeheads. We have the new single from Samantha Crain’s upcoming album and three more excellent offerings from Secretly Canadian’s anti-Trump protest the First 100 Days project – Adam Torres, Jessica Lea Mayfield and a haunting solo performance from Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra.

Rounding off Part 1 is some crushing, nihilistic punk from RMBLR and the return of indie folk trio The Staves who are sounding seriously fed up.

Listen. Enjoy. Check Part 2 tomorrow.

  1. Cabbage – Gibraltar Ape
  2. Samantha Crain – Antiseptic Greeting
  3. RMBLR – Miracle
  4. The Staves – Tired As Fuck
  5. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Everybody Knows
  6. Jessica Lea Mayfield – The World Won’t Stop (Demo)
  7. Adam Torres – Dreamers In America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guitarist, singer, harmonica player, and songwriter Mark Porkchop Holder is a founding member of the seminal Tennessee punk-rock/blues band The Black Diamond Heavies.

Holder plays the blues, and after more than a decade of struggling with depression and addiction, he has finally come back home, in Chattanooga TN, and his debut solo studio effort Let It Slide (out on 10th February via Alive Naturalsound Records) is a blistering blues album that marries both modern and traditional.

Listen to Disappearing and My Black Name below.

 

 

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]

 

 

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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.

 

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Let’s hope the next 365 days are a vast improvement on 2016. Fingers crossed Trump gets impeached, we somehow find a way back into the EU, Sunderland don’t get relegated, Yorkshire reach the T20 finals again, there are new albums from Wooden Wand, Deer Tick and Phosphorescent, and Neil Young and Bob Dylan manage to stay alive. That would do nicely for starters.

Let us kick off the year with this barnstormer from garage blues rockers Kings of Lowertown, a longstanding MM fave. and Burning Black Diesel is one of their best tracks yet.

As the cliche goes, play loud.