Archive for the ‘Blues’ Category

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.

 

Jesse Gilmore is an indie musician out of Texas who fuses dark psychedelic ballads of cosmic gloom with reggae, classical, electronica, folk, and the blues. A couple of weeks ago he released his debut LP, Heartbreak, on the indie label, Santa Rosa Records.

Have a listen to The Horror from it below. Buy the album here.

 

We’re interrupting out Best of Countdown and festive tune postings to share the news that Scott H. Biram will release a new album, his tenth overall, entitled The Bad Testament, via Bloodshot Records on 24th February 24.

It his first release since 2014’s Nothin’ But Blood and lands somewhere west of the Old Testament and south of the AA handbook, straddling the chasm between sin and redemption. It’s a record of hard-grinding lost love, blues and deep, dark Americana.

Just the sort of thing we like! Stream Long Old Time from the album.

 

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The first of our four individual listings comes from The Italian Job – she of the detailed spreadsheets and punk rock outlook. Listen on Spotify here.

20. Underworld – I Exhale

 

19. The Wave Pictures – Pool Hall

 

18. Arborist – I Heard Him Leaving

 

17. Kyle Craft – Before The Wall

 

16. Terry Malts – Used To Be

 

15. Quiet Hollers – Broken Guitar

 

14. Parquet Courts – Dust

 

13. Black Mountain – Florian Saucer Attack

 

12. Old Sea Brigade – Sleep In The Park

 

11. Mind Spiders –  Cold

 

10. Jamie T – Tinfoil Boy
Let’s start with this song that, quite frankly (and weirdly) I am still not quite sure what to make of. It is an unusual Jamie T’s song, to say the list, but I have to be true to my admit that I just find it absolutely brilliant and totally catching. So, in all its glorious eccentricity, there it is, happily sitting at no.10.

 

9. The Julie Ruin – I Decide
This song nearly didn’t make it to my top ten because, you know, fierce competition and all that.. but I was just kidding myself! These girls managed to combine whimsical and nonsensical lyrics sung with a childish, cheeky voice with earth-shattering bass guitars mixed with a slightly dark but brilliant beat. It’s catchy, it works, I love it!

 

8. Flat Worms – Red Hot Sand
This track’s got it all. The noise, the energy, the sand, the heat, the sweat, the City of Angels.. you can feel it all! Without a doubt the best intro of my entire top 20, a screechy prelude to bold and distorted guitars reminiscent of the soundtrack to a particularly violent ’70 television crime drama. Hot!

 

7. James Arthur’s Manhunt – Kill Zone
A last minute entry, this song delivers the perfect balance between anger and.. more anger; my cup of tea, it hit me instantly! The ‘wicked’ brief guitar solo about two minutes into the song is what definitely sealed the deal for me! A powerful track.

 

6. The Bones of J.R. Jones – Hammers and Nails
It could not get more ‘folk’ than this, totally captivating! Hammers and Nails tells of ancient tales from the deep south, ritualistic dance routines around bonfires (well, in my head at least) and unnerving dark secrets. With its infectious beats it has firmly remained one of my favourite songs of this year since the first time I’ve listened to it.

 

5. Communist Daughter – Balboa Bridge
This is another last minute entry and holds a special place in my heart -and in my top 10. I read there is a story behind this song, a story of difficult times and a mental health struggle that gives it a deep meaning that goes beyond the beautiful, sweet and romantic tone. The lead singers’ voices are stunning and heart warming, this is a true gem of a song.

 

4. Mind Spiders – Running
Brilliantly played, from the first sharp guitar note this song’s pace is relentless and intense, borderline exhausting. It perfectly conveys the message in the title, setting off my little brain on a mild state of underlying-anxiety. It starts on a high that unrelentingly continues throughout. Cannot get enough of it.

 

3. Great American Canyon Band – Undertow
What a beautiful, beautiful song. A deep, languid ballad that gets better and better with every upcoming note, until the lead guitar comes in and suddenly takes it to yet another level. I could get lost in this song, I could praise it ‘at infinitum’. It’s an outstanding piece of music.

 

2. TRAAMS – A House on Fire
Seeing TRAAMS live recently was a revelation in itself, their performance was nothing short of magnificent! Powerful, aggressive, implacable, with unbelievably impressive guitars. Their latest single A House on Fire is all this and even more, if any more is possible! An 8-minute long, epic, mind-blogging track that totally blew me away. One thing is clear, TRAAMS do not mess about.

 

1. Ashley Shadow – Tired
Every now and then a song comes along that, like a mirror, seems to have the power to reflect a bit of your life back at you, that makes you think and makes you ‘feel’, with a message comforting and melancholic at the same time. This is what this stunning, timeless piece does for me. Ashley Shadow’s voice is angelic, warm and reassuring; the song is classy, beautiful, unsophisticated. My indisputable choice for the top spot of the year. Totally deserves it!

 

Tomorrow we have Chris T Popper’s favourite twenty songs of the year. Click through to check out our favourite 100 tracks of 2016 (100-76, 75-51, 50-26, 25-1) and our album choices here.

Longstanding MM faves, Hurray For The Riff Raff have announced details of their new album The Navigator. It will be released on March 10th via ATO Records and tells an interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul; a street kid named Navita traversing a perpetually burning city in search of herself.

It also finds Alynda Segarra and her band at their own musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads.

Watch the lyric video for  the first track, Rican Beach below.

 

Seattle R&B/garage-rock trio Night Beats have shared another track from their recent Fuzz Club Session, a brilliant white-knuckle cover of Bo Diddley’s blues classic Mama, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut.

The Fuzz Club Sessions are a new series from the London label, the idea is to take the best names in rock and roll, bring them to a studio to lay down some tracks, recorded live in one take and straight to tape. The result is then to be released as a 12″ and a series of videos.

Watch / listen below.