Archive for the ‘Country’ Category

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.




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









Nickel In The Jukebox

Here is volume 27 of Nickel in the Jukebox – a semi regular roundup of new (and some not so new) tunes for your listening pleasure. Within these ten tunes we have frantic noise punk, classic country, slow-burning folk, indie guitars and fuzzy pastoral psychedelia and plenty more besides. Listen and decide… hit or miss?


Tangerines – Peckham Boys  [RIYL: Art-punk, Television, Modern Lovers]


Steady Sun – Life At One Twenty Two  [RIYL: Psych-rock, Jefferson Airplane, Tame Impala]


Wild Pink – Broke On  [RIYL: Introspective indie rock, Dr. Dog, Tom Petty]


Fast Friends – I Don’t Wanna Die  [RIYL: Punk, Prawn, Into it. Over It]


Hayes Peebles – Home  [RIYL: Country-rock, Johnny Cash, The Sadies]


Wolf Girl – Moody  [RIYL: Garage pop, Speedy Ortiz, Tacocat]


Unveig Aas – What Hurts The Most (Is Knowing You Want To Leave)  [RIYL: Classic country, Caitlin Rose, Samantha Crain]


Tinnedfruit – Tattoo  [RIYL: Proto-punk, MC5, Devo]



Mara Simpson – Ghosts  [RIYL: Folk, Marissa Nadler, Beth Orton]


BOYTOY – Want  [RIYL: Fuzzy rock, Throwing Muses, Belly]


We loved the recent track Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing on a Sweet Potato Vine? from Jake Xerxes Fussell’s second full-length album, What in the Natural World, which like its predecessor explores traditional songs from the American South, due out on 31st March via Paradise of Bachelors.

Now, the Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist has shared Furniture Man, a desperate tale of poverty, dispossession, and imminent homelessness, as relevant and heartrending now as it was when first recorded in the 1920s.

As the man himself explains, “I learned “Furniture Man” from hearing the 1930 recording by Lil’ McClintock, who apparently was a street singer from South Carolina. I’ve been playing the song for years now, but I’ve always changed up the arrangement in little ways to keep it going. Some of the guitar playing I’m doing on this recording is based on some little treble riffs I learned in Mexico — nothing too advanced but they help the narrative roll along. Long before I’d heard McClintock’s recording I was already partially familiar with the story because I knew a version of “Cocaine Blues” that this guy Doug Booth from Dothan, Alabama, used to sing which included a verse about the furniture man and how he was “a devil without any horns.” I always loved that imagery. There are a lot of variants of the “furniture man” character out there in different folksongs. Country preachers even recorded sermons about the furniture man. The furniture man, the rent man, whatever you want to call him. The guy who’s always there to collect a debt of some kind, whether you really owe him or not. Devil without any horns. It was a big topic for a while there, and in many ways, it still is.

It is a gem. Stream it here.


New From Bonny Doon

Posted: February 2, 2017 in Americana, Country, Folk, Music, Rock

We were big fans of I See You the first track from Bonny Doon’s upcoming self-titled debut.

A beautifully judged mix of rolling Americana, freak folk, and a little psychedelia, the second track to be shared from the album is the equally good What Time Is It In Portland?

Stream it below – the album is out on the 10th March via Salinas Records.


Here is a quick selection of five excellent new videos that have caught our eye (and ears) recently.

Jade Jackson creates a sound that is simultaneously new and old, merging a youthful spiritedness with a weary storyteller’s perspective usually reserved for veteran artists. Stylistically the sound is unapologetically country rock. It merges the heartbreak and resilience of Lucinda Williams with the melodic confidence of Emmylou Harris, yet contains the emotional presence of a young musician who cherished albums by The Gun Club and Smiths alongside the works of George Jones and Hank WilliamsMotorcycle is a song that channels a tough girl swagger and reluctant vulnerability set to a haunting post-punk Western sound.


Fast rising post punks IDLES have released a chaotic and hilarious video for outstanding new single Stendhal Syndrome. Just watch it.


Psychedelic heroes Singapore Sling have shared the video for Riffermania (KILL KILL KILL), the second single from their forthcoming LP Kill Kill Kill (Songs About Nothing), officially released on Fuzz Club on 2nd February. Their latest effort sees the band at their most sinister, immersive and unforgiving and the Lynch-esque video showcases their sleazy and discordant rock’n’ roll at it’s best.


Baked are sharing the video for their new single Danelectroladyland which captures the band on the road from last year’s US tour with Titus Andronicus and Spider Bags. The track comes from the band’s upcoming album Farnham, due out February 24th, a mix of dusty country, blistering shoegaze, fuzzed out indie, and slow burning rock ‘n’ roll. Steeped in a slow rolling fog, Danelectroladyland opens with a warbling calm before eventually peeling its way into a thick wall of sound.


Lastly, Garrett Pierce shares his first visual from his forthcoming LP Dusk. The video for Distant Thought is a gorgeous journey through his natural habitat along the coast of the Sonoma and Mendocino counties in Northern California.


best of the weekAnother seven days have come and gone, although these felt infinitely more dangerous than any others. Hats off to Ewan McGregor at least this week!

If nothing else it means new songs from those horrified by the new leader of the free world – so to kick us off we have offerings from Suuns, Meat Wave, Father John Misty and an update on a protest song classic from Billy Bragg. Elsewhere a raw articulation of grief from Mount Eerie, and some sparkling new releases from none others than Real Estate’s Byrds-ian jangle, Promised Land Sound’s space-country, FEWS’ post-punk motorik squall, some sunny indie from Tim Darcy (of Ought), garage-grunge from Meatbodies, a brilliant slab of shoegazey beach-punk from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and to round it all off a new song from power-pop-punks White Reaper.

Twelve songs – a perfect playlist to kick off the weekend.


  1. Suuns – Native Tongue
  2. Billy Bragg – The Times They Are A-Changing Back
  3. Meat Wave – Dogs At Night
  4. Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
  5. Meatbodies – Haunted History
  6. Real Estate – Darling
  7. Tim Darcy – Still Waking Up
  8. Promised Land Sound – By The Rain
  9. Mount Eerie – Real Death
  10. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – French Press
  11. FEWS – LaGuardia
  12. White Reaper – Judy French














Debut Album From Molly Burch

Posted: January 25, 2017 in Americana, Country, Music

Molly Burch

We originally featured the retro-Country stylings of Molly Burch last October in one of our Nickel in the Jukebox round-ups.

Her debut album, Please Be Mine, is out on Captured Tracks on the 17th February. It is ten beautiful, wistful love songs of loss, loneliness and reconnecting.

Watch the video for Try – a song of unrequited love and solitude matched with a touch of reverb and some gorgeously smoky vocals.



Austrian duo, Son of the Velvet Rat, have shared a new single, Carry On, off the upcoming release of their album, Dorado.

Like Blood Red Shoes, the track we previously shared, Carry On is another wonderfully smoldering, smokey walk through the California desert.