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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.

 

  1. Julien Baker – Good News (Piano Version)
  2. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Hope The High Road
  3. BNQT – Unlikely Force
  4. Bonnie Prince Billy & Nathan Salsburg – Wallin Creek Girls
  5. Kevin Morby – Come To Me Now
  6. Diet Cig – Link In Bio
  7. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
  8. Marissa Nadler – Rosemary
  9. W.H. Lung – Nothing Is
  10. Soccer Mommy – Be Seeing You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week our round up includes a brilliantly angry and frustrated single from Swedish sisters First Aid Kit for International Women’s Day, another track from the prolific Ty Segall’s upcoming EP, the first taste from Bonnie Prince Billy’s Merle Haggard covers record with a version of the classic Mama Tried.

This week’s offering from the Our First 100 Days Project comes from Self Esteem (none other than Mikal Cronin and Kim Gordon), and there is some woozy, easy-going psychedelia from Moon Duo, and the title track from Woods’ new mini-LP Love Is Love. finishing up with cracking new singles from Black HoneyChastity Belt and the punky Dream Wife.

Over to you…

  1. First Aid Kit – You Are The Problem Here
  2. Ty Segall – Black Magick
  3. Bonnie Prince Billy – Mama Tried  (Merle Haggard cover)
  4. Woods – Love Is Love
  5. Moon Duo – Lost In Light
  6. Self Esteem – War / Golden God (Demo)
  7. Chastity Belt – Different Now
  8. Black Honey – Somebody Better
  9. Dream Wife – Somebody

 

 

 


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/205447487″>Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Mama Tried – 360 version</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/evenardt”>evenardt</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy days! After too many years of silence, Portland, Oregon folk-rockers The Builders and the Butchers are back with a new record, Spark.

Name checking influences for the new album as later Tom Waits and White Blood Cells era White Stripes, they’ve shared Older Than Sin, a singalong rush of rumbling guitars and anthemic vocals.

Listen below and check out that album art too – always fabulous.

 

best of the weekOnce again some cracking tuneage for you today in Part 1 of our regular weekly round-up of some of the best new releases.

We are ultra excited by the return of Justin Townes Earle and Champagne Corolla, which comes from forthcoming album Kids In The Street,  T. Hardy Morris who has shared a new track NY and Sharon Van Etten who reimagines the Skeeter Davis track End of the World for a new soundtrack compilation based around The Man In The High Castle TV series. Bonny Doon have also shared some more rolling, meditative Americana with Relieved and for the folkies we have the first taste of Keston Cobblers Club’s new album.

Big Walnuts Yonder is a new band that consists of members from Wilco, Deerhoof, Tera Melos and Minutemen and Raise The Drawbridges? is suitably manic while Sam Amidon is suitably surreal for just over 90 seconds on his First 100 Days Offering that also features Inga.

Enjoy. Check out Part Two tomorrow.

  1. Justin Townes Earle – Champagne Corolla
  2. T. Hardy Morris – NY
  3. Sharon Van Etten – The End Of The World  (Skeeter Davis cover)
  4. Big Walnuts Yonder – Raise The Drawbridges?
  5. Keston Cobblers Club – Almost Home
  6. Sam Amidon (featuring Inga) – Correspondence
  7. Bonny Doon – Relieved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hailing from Santa Ana, California, The Venisons play a woozy, desert parched style of Americana that combines the grittiness of old-school country with some indie rock vibes.

They have a self-titled four track EP out (available for free from Bandcamp) which is well worth getting – listen to Heart from it below, which reminds us a lot of another MM favourite Coke Weed.

 

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Wild & Reckless is the title of a new musical from Americana stalwarts Blitzen Trapper that debuts in their hometown of Portland next month (opens 24th March at The Armory).

Frontman Eric Early told Entertainment Weekly, “It’s the story of a kid that comes to the city looking to play music, [but] instead he meets and falls for this girl; she turns out to be addicted to this opioid type drug…The drug’s origins are tied up with lightning as an energy source, the harvesting of lightning. [That] happens to impart certain strange abilities to the girl. At its core, it’s a love story, with this bizarre rabbit hole that this guy goes down following after this girl he loves.

The soundtrack will be available as a limited-edition LP (show sales only) containing all of the songs in the musical. It is a mix of older and new songs (it includes the wonderful Black River Killer amongst others) and the band have shared the excellent Love Live On from it.

Listen below. Get tickets here.

 

Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album NOMAD released via Squiggly Records on 12th May.

It has subtle undertones of old country music flittering throughout, and suggestions of rock and pop, but it is primarily a record that pairs the intimacy of acoustic guitar and voice to expansive electric guitar, slide guitar, banjo and string arrangements.

NOMAD will be preceded by a double A-side single; Nomad Blood which invites the listener to make a fire outside and lie back, looking up at the stars around and embrace the environment in which we live, backed with Little Arrow, a song about loss and guidance.

Listen to both below – a perfect start for a Sunday morning.

 

 

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Song By Toad Records have shared details of Volume 6 in their series of split 12″ releases, and this is a cracker, featuring no lesser lights than Willard Grant Conspiracy and Micah P. Hinson from over the water and Scotland’s own Tissø Lake and Kitchen Cynics.

It is a fabulous 12 track collection and will be released on the 6th March on limited edition clear orange vinyl. Pre-order here.

Listen to The Only Child by Willard Grant Conspiracy and Spaceman by Micah P. Hinson 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