Archive for the ‘Blues’ Category

We first posted about L.A. Witch back in March last year and now the threesome have signed to Suicide Squeeze Records for the release of their eponymous debut album.

Reverb-drenched guitar jangle and sultry vocals conjure the analogue sound of a collector’s prized 45 from some short-lived footnote cult band. The melodies forgo the bubblegum pop for a druggy haze that straddles the line between seedy glory and ominous balladry.

Check out Untitled from the record below.

 

Glassmaps is the solo project of Joel Stein, lead guitarist in the much-loved Howling Bells. After four successful albums with the band, the UK-based Australian has embarked on a new endeavour with the result, an album titled Strangely Addicted, due out later this year.

The record delivers melodic, punchy, pretty, infectious tunes coupled with fascinating psychedelic soundscapes. Autobiographical lyrics speak of universal themes of life, love and loss. The first taste comes in the shape of Summer Rain, a pugilistic blues-rock stomp with the sunny psych harmonics of its dreamy chorus and the insouciant twang of surf guitar. Stein’s swooping vocals muse on the concept of wanting to be saved from oneself, of blaming others for one’s own demons. “It’s about the voice in your head that tells you the things you don’t wanna hear,” says Joel, “a necessary evil without which we wouldn’t really know who we are.

Stream it here.

  1. Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts
  2. Lydia Loveless – Desire
  3. The Deslondes – Muddy Water
  4. Black Lips – Occidental Front
  5. Hunx & His Punx – Baby Of The Band
  6. Left Lane Cruiser – The Point Is Over Flowing
  7. The Geraldine Fibbers – Thank You For Giving Me Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.