Archive for the ‘Blues’ Category

Steve Earle & The Dukes will release new album Ghosts of West Virginia on 22nd May via New West Records.

The album centres on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed twenty-nine men in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. Investigations revealed hundreds of safety violations, as well as attempts to cover them up, and the mine’s owners were forced to pay more than $200 million in criminal liabilities.

First taste comes with the bluesy stomp and hypnotic country drone of Devil Put the Coal in the Ground.

Listen here.

 

Raw Texas duo The Ghost Wolves consists of husband and wife, drummer/vocalist Jonny and vocalist/guitarist Carley Wolf. Their sound is a fusion of punk, rock ‘n’ roll, garage punk, and blues with an equally ripe appetite for electronic imagination.

Like the bastard child of The Cramps and The Ramones, latest (unhinged) release is Let’s Go To Mars backed with Last Man.

Stream both here and click through to purchase. Grand stuff!

 

 

 

And here we have the final part of our favourite tunes of 2019… Discover and enjoy.

25 UV Race – Mr Blame
A brash, unapologetic race through proto-punk stomp and malodorous glam-punk aesthetics.

 

24 Lonesome Shack – The City is a Desert
Anchored by an insistent country blues refrain that has a touch of something primal about it, and sounds like it could almost be a lost take from the Doors’ LA Woman.

 

 

23 Sudakistan – Automaton
A storming, irresistible slab of psych infused garage rock. Prepare to be pounded into submission.

 

22 Siskiyou – Nothing Disease
Hushed, twilight folk matched with a macabre, ironic pathos. Gorgeous stuff.

 

21 Ezra Furman – Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone
Vicious. A fast and furious thrash. Like an amphetamine fuelled Lou Reed for our own desperate times.

 

20 The Felice Brothers – Special Announcement
I’m saving up my money / To be president / I can promise more berries / On Blueberry Hill / I can promise you this / Charlie Parker on the ten dollar bill
Classic Felice Brothers ramshackle Americana and our favourite lyrics of the year – mobsters eating lobsters in dim-lit rooms!

 

19 The Lumineers – Gloria
A song about addiction and love. The catchy uptempo folky strum is perfectly juxtaposed with the resigned sadness of the lyrics.

 

18 DIIV – Blankenship
Capitalist greed, climate destruction. Explosive riffs and distortion sets off the condemnation perfectly.

 

17 Lightning Dust – Led Astray
A haunting reflective ballad set to cosmic synths.

 

16 The Tallest Man On Earth – I’m A Stranger Now
A poetic, heartbreaking rumination on growing apart. A little drop of poison in the rain / a little drop of madness in my heart

 

15 FEWS – More Than Ever
More Than Ever takes FEWS’ propulsive menace and aligns it once more to themes of estrangement and alienation. It is a song about apathy and pointlessness, and is a brilliant, unrelenting anthem for the disenfranchised.

 

14 Water Music – It Ain’t Over Yet…
Outsider folk of the very best kind. Dark, melancholic and lyrical.

 

13 Fontaines DC – Big
Dogrel was album of the year for many, and a host of Fontaines DC’s tunes from it featured in our round up last year. However, Big was one of the new tracks, and it was another crackerjack of short, snappy, irresistibly catchy punk rock.

 

12 Baxter Dury – Slumlord
Slumlord is a tale of the unpleasant, the tainted and the grotesque, whilst still retaining a sense of something despairingly romantic about it. It is the musical equivalent of a bare lightbulb swinging in a dingy bedsit, casting sickly light on things you might not want to see, and then suddenly illuminating something that might break your heart. Musically there are echoes of The Clash, of Straight to Hell perhaps, and some Nile Rodgers style funk that just settles into a groove that quickly becomes irresistible.

 

11 She Keeps Bees – Kinship
Drum heavy, hypnotic folk. A meditative hymn to mother nature.

 

10 Hideous Sun Demon – Cheap Association
Savage, scuzzy slab of punk rock that is so good it would give Buddha a migraine.

 

9 Ohtis- Runnin
Beautifully dark country-Americana taking us through songwriter Sam Swinson’s autobiographical journey of indoctrination and addiction. Has a touch of Lord Huron about it.

 

8 Ian Noe – Meth Head
Stark, brutal and unforgettable folk. A despairing, unflinching story of prowling junkies that are way beyond hope or redemption. I just kept pacing by / Swattin’ through the flies / And her stench, rancid and stout / While she stood there cryin’ “Please!” / With her fist between her knees / And the sores drainin’ ’round her mouth

 

7 Dry Cleaning – Magic of Meghan
A sparkling, effervescent joy of shimmering guitars and indie jangle. And prophetic to boot…

 

6 Party Hardly – Rats in the Kitchen
A rousing indie anthem that is the musical equivalent of waking a guard dog – a bit woozy in places, but equally likely to suddenly tear your ears off with no warning and no apology! 

 

5 WIVES – Servants
Like the Rolling Stones seen through the prism of New York’s seediest underside, a perfect bass-driven combination of menacing modern blues and post-punk rumble.

 

4 Deliluh – Lickspittle A Nut In The Paste
By equal measure propulsive and laconic, it hums along at a fair old pace with something of classic era Sonic Youth about it.

 

3 The Murder Capital – Feeling Fades
Intense, brooding post-punk par excellence, a song with menace aforethought…

 

2 Guru – Ltd
Reminiscent  of the best of Traams, Brighton punks Guru deliver a brilliantly tense, propulsive anthem that builds to a frenzied crescendo.

 

1 hd hausmann – A Modern Weight
Taking in elements of folk and Americana but ultimately producing a kind of outsider pop, hd hausmann recall the early works of The National or David Kitt crossed with Leonard Cohen’s poetic charms. Anchored by a deep, velvety vocal the gently hypnotic A Modern Weight surreptitiously wormed its way into our consciousness and would not be dislodged. A slow burner that creeps up and grips like a vice.

 

 

 

50 Sleaford Mods – O.B.C.T 

 

49 Deliluh – Freeloader Feast

 

48 The Paranoyds – Hungry Sam

 

47 Cherry Pickles – Lily Is A Spy

 

46 The Warlocks – Disfigured Figure

 

45 Silverbacks – Pink Tide

 

44 Marika Hackman – The One

 

43 Lonesome Shack – Too Bad

 

42 FEWS – Anything Else

 

41 Darrin Bradbury – So Many Ways To Die (Frozen Pizza)

 

40 Drahla – Stimulus For Living

 

39 The Mountain Goats – Cadaver Sniffing Dog

 

38 Purple Mountains – All My Happiness Is Gone

 

37 Iguana Death Cult – Nude Casino

 

36 WIVES – Waving Past Nirvana

 

35 DZ Deathrays – Year Of The Dog

 

34 Black Futures – Me.TV

 

33 Siskiyou – Unreal Erections /// Severed Heads

 

32 Guru – Suntrap

 

31 Spray Paint – Squeaker’s Theme

 

30 Guru – Don’t Talk

 

29 The Murder Capital – Don’t Cling To Life

 

28 Squid – Houseplants

 

27 JOHN – Future Thinker

 

26 Working Men’s Club – Bad Blood

 

Sometimes you get an email from a band that already pretty much sums up everything we might want to say about a record in a couple of brilliant sentences.

Deeside’s Chupa Cabra is a perfect case in point. First, they describe their music as “nauseating, salivating, hypnotizing, no good sucker-punch-piss-yourself polystyrene agitator Blues“. Nice!

And they go on to describe their new single Violent Urges as “a word-salad murder-ballad set to the beat of a brick in a washing machine. It’s the urge to shout at the telly, it’s quitting smoking, it’s the space between the holes in your memory. Chupa Cabra’s new single is a call to trepan the masses. Bring your own anaesthetic.

‘Word-salad murder ballad’ might be our favourite song descriptor of the year.

Good tune too. Listen in.

 

Fun fact: The Chupacabra translates as literally “goat-sucker”; from chupar, “to suck”, and cabra, “goat”, it is a legendary creature in the folklore of parts of the Americas, with its first purported sightings reported in Puerto Rico.

Human Touch is the new single from Nottingham duo Whisky Stain.

A lean howl of squalor and heartache, the track adds a soupçon of tenderness to an otherwise raw and visceral punch to the guts – file somewhere near BRMC, Royal Trux and Death From Above 1979.

Stream it below, or watch the single’s video – an emotive study of sexuality, violence, stigma and healing. Buy it here.

 

 

Raw blues duo Left Lane Cruiser are back with a new record, Shake and Bake – meaning another tasty helping of their lowdown, sleaze-ridden garage blues.

The Waltz is the latest track shared from the record and it is a heavy-duty monolith of fuzzy, fried rock’n’roll, just like the devil intended.

Give it a spin here. The album is out on the 31st May via Alive NaturalSound Records.

 

 

Courtney Barnett is releasing Everybody Here Hates You as a standalone single and as an exclusive 12″ single for Record Store Day.

Everybody Here Hates You is built on a bluesy guitar chug and is a a rollicking paean to depression and self-belief; complete with squalling guitars, organs and tambourines.

Watch the lyric video below.

 

Inspired by artists like Leonard Cohen, Ane Brun, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Alela Diane, and Joni Mitchell amongst others, Vilma Flood is a songwriter from the northern part of Sweden.

She has shared a track called Green Eyed Moron (great title) and her powerful, dark and vibrating voice is combined with big marching drums, acoustic guitars and pedal steel to deliver a really compelling and intoxicating slab of melancholic, bluesy Americana. It reminds us of Jolie Holland or Gretchen Peters no less.

Liking this one a lot. Give it a spin below.

 

An absolute overload of stonking new tunes this week…including the returns of Black Mountain, The Black Keys and Clinic and a stunning Iggy & The Stooges cover… in Spanish.

Enjoy!

  1. The Claque – Hush
  2. Black Mountain – Future Shade
  3. The Black Keys – Lo/Hi
  4. Clinic – Rubber Bullets
  5. A.A. Bondy – Images Of Love
  6. The Coathangers – The Devil You Know
  7. The National – You Had Your Soul With You
  8. The Mystery Lights – Someone Else Is In Control
  9. Laura Stevenson – Value Inn
  10. Strand Of Oaks – Keys
  11. Christian Lee Hutson – Northsiders
  12. Greys – These Things Happen
  13. Sudakistan – Quiero Ser Tu Perro  (Iggy & The Stooges cover)
  14. Arre! Arre! – His-Story Moves In Circles
  15. Cherry Pickles – Lily Is A Spy
  16. Gotobeds – Calquer The Hound
  17. Patio – New Reality
  18. Possible Humans – The Thumps