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New Album From Bonny Doon

Posted: March 20, 2018 in Americana, Country, Folk, Music, Rock


The hazy melancholy and summery guitar swirls of Boony Doon’s self-titled debut album, released early last year, was a delightful discovery.

Now the band are back with its follow-up Longwave, a conscious about-face from the sonic experimentation of the first album, and a journey inward. Delicate and spartan, we have the earnest and compassionate title track for you as well as the churning lope of A Lotta Things.

Listen to both below, and pre-order the album here.



  1. The Decemberists – Once In My Life
  2. The Black Lips & The Khan Family – Too Much In Love
  3. The Hold Steady – Eureka
  4. Flasher – Skim Milk
  5. Jess Williamson – I See The White
  6. Hinds – The Club
  7. Forth Wanderers – Nevermine
  8. Gang Of Four – Lucky
  9. Courtney Marie Andrews – I’ve Hurt Worse
  10. Half Waif – Torches
  11. Iron & Wine – Tomorrow On The Runway  (Innocence Mission cover)
  12. Neko Case – Hell-On















Portland based band Horse Feathers have announced the release of their forthcoming album Appreciation, out on the 4th May via Kill Rock Stars.

It is a mixture of strutting ‘70s-style country-pop, supple soul and folk ballads. The first single from the album is Without Applause. It is a singularly upbeat song which shows off their Northern Soul sensibilities in a swirl of Hammond organ, strings, and horns, while the lyrics show off a darker, far bleaker side. “It’s not the drinking, but the worry that does you in

Listen below.


  1. The Moondoggies – Sick In Bed
  2. Margaret Glaspy – Before We Were Together
  3. Spielbergs – We Are All Going To Die
  4. Yo La Tengo – For You Too
  5. Iceage – Pain Killer (feat. Sky Ferreira)
  6. Wand – The Gift
  7. Laura Veirs – Watch Fire (feat. Sufjan Stevens)
  8. The Voidz – All Words Are Made Up
  9. A Place To Bury Strangers – There’s Only One Of Us
  10. Ryley Walker – Telluride Speed












Downey To Lubbock, is a collaboration between Dave Alvin (the founder of seminal punk roots band The Blasters) and Jimmie Dale Gilmore (of the pioneering country-folk trio The Flatlanders).

It is a twelve-song collection that takes on a diverse range of American music spanning nearly one hundred years. Along with ten covers, Alvin wrote two originals for the record: the autobiographical title track and the fantastical Billy The Kid and Geronimo – about an imagined meeting between the two 19th century outlaws whose lives became the stuff of legend in the American West. Gilmore, who is part Native American, voices the thoughts Alvin wrote for Geronimo, the Chiricahua Apache chief who was one of the last Native American leaders to abandon his resistance against white colonization of the American Southwest.

Listen to it here.


Friday Round Up

Time for a quick and dirty round-up from our unkempt and overflowing in-box, looking back over the past month or so.

We have fuzzy art-rock from Sego who mix together warped psych rock and indie pop to create bleak pop songs that soar into big hooks and brilliant melodic noise. Opting for a slower tempo on Cigarette Kids, their most recent single is less skronk and more groove, a song that captures the mood of early shoegaze and post-punk.


Brooklyn three-piece Big Bliss deliver shimmering, jangling, energetic post punk, Override is the b-side to latest single Contact.


The Monster from Bird Concerns features gritty guitars, tight vocal harmonies and driving drum beats. Fueled by early musical influences of punk and garage artists, this is an excellent three and a half minute surf rock confessional.


Not much known about the excellently named The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness, but they have a lovely line in sugary, jangle pop of C86 vintage. Listen to Nervous Man.


We’ve featured Falmouth based Tinnedfruit a couple of times and new single Oh Matron is another tasty slice of fuzzed up garage psych.


Vancouver trip Bad Pop shared the gentle On Your Own, a sweetly melancholic slacker-pop song.


Ricky Hell & The Voidboys take their name and influences from obvious sources, but their self-styled Cleveland gutter-pop works brilliantly on the buzzsaw riff and nihilistic lyrics of The Feeling Is Alright. It comes from their Hell Is Real album available on Bandcamp.


Taking inspiration from the likes of  The Velvet Underground, Wilco, Tom Petty, and Serge Gainsbourg, LA based indie band American Pets’ Forgetting from new release Doing The Best We Can is a quietly strummed mix of suburban nostalgia and nightmare.


The Tillers’ are a country string band capable of seamlessly moving from hard-tackle thump to tender graceful melody – lightening-fast banjo to intricate guitar flat picking, plaintive fiddle, deep anchoring bass and clear tenor harmonies. Revolution Row comes from their new self-titled record, which is out next month.


Lastly we have some more snotty, psych-surf rock ‘n’ roll sound in the vein of The Cramps or Ty Segall, from Brighton’s Strange Cages. They’ve appeared on MM a few times and excellent new single Hypothalamus Blues combines elements of krautrock and post-punk with a paranoid, schizophrenic vocal.


Nashville label and small press, Cosmic Thug Records, will release a digital split single from Emma Swift and Pony Boy next week featuring two reinterpretations of classic Neil Young songs.

Emma Swift performs a wonderfully poignant Mellow My Mind and Pony Boy (Marchelle Bradanini) who we once featured on MM way back in 2012, offers up a slow-as-molasses, haunting take on Like A Hurricane.

Both are great versions and well worth a listen. There is also a rather nice video for Mellow My Mind too.





Colorado based Gasoline Lollipops released their latest long player Soul Mine at the very back end of last year. It means we’re a bit late sharing, but seeing as the band effortlessly manage to meld the sincerity of dirt-floor folk with the energy and rebelliousness of punk we figured you wouldn’t hold it against us. It’s an all-new incarnation of alt-country that’s both high-energy and heartfelt, like the American highway’s soundtrack.

Listen to the title track, the blues inflected stomp of Mustangs that has more than a touch of Scott H Biram about it, and maybe the best of the lot, Montreal that calls to mind a countrified National.

Stream them all below.




  1. Dr Dog – Go Out Fighting
  2. Simone Felice – The Projector
  3. Vintage Crop – Gerald Part 2
  4. Drinks – Real Outside
  5. The Low Anthem – Give My Body Back
  6. Bonny Doon – A Lotta Things
  7. Dan Michaelson – Sand
  8. Beach House – Lemon Glow
  9. Swampmeat Family Band – Needle & Thread
  10. Eleanor Friedberger – In Between Stars
  11. Holly Miranda – To Be Loved













Kindness of Strangers is the second song unveiled from Courtney Marie Andrews’ much anticipated new full-length album, May Your Kindness Remain, which will be released March 23 on the ever reliable Loose Records in the UK and elsewhere via Fat Possum Records/Mama Bird Recording Co.

The new track takes a confident step away from the straight ahead, classic country/folk route to take in a little gospel, some church organ and even a little soul. It locks into a sweet groove whilst her incredible vocals remain centre stage and more than justifies the buzz that is building around her.

Listen here.