Blitzen Trapper – Dead Billie Jean

The third song to be shared from Blitzen Trapper’s upcoming long player Holy Smokes Future Jokes is Dead Billie Jean. It is another marvellous example of their surreal, psychedelic take on Americana with frontman Eric Earley saying, “Pulling together Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo and MJ’s Billie Jean wherein the real Billie Jean has indeed killed herself as she promised Michael she would and now … Continue reading Blitzen Trapper – Dead Billie Jean

Immigrant Union – Judas

We first posted about Melbourne’s Immigrant Union back in 2013 or so, and to be honest they had kind of slipped off our radar somewhat. By happy chance, we came across new album Judas and very quickly got ourselves reacquainted with their heady brew of country-psych, garage rock and power pop. It is an excellent album. I mean a properly excellent album, full of twangy … Continue reading Immigrant Union – Judas

Cass McCombs & Steve Gunn Collaboration

  Songwriters Cass McCombs and Steve Gunn have collaborated on a new single. They present a lilting, laid-back take on Michael Hurley’s psychedelic folk classic Sweet Lucy as well as a beautiful rendition of traditional Scottish tune Wild Mountain Thyme. This two-song single is also available as a 7” via Bandcamp, with all profits being donated to the NAACP legal defense fund as well as … Continue reading Cass McCombs & Steve Gunn Collaboration

ATO Records – Silence Is Not An Option Compilation

Reprinted in full: ATO Records, an independent record label out of New York City, has been reflecting deeply on the injustices and inequality in our world. We recognize that music is not just an agent for change, but a space of solace. As we approach our 20th anniversary as a label, we remain proud to represent a diverse range of artists whose music imparts messages … Continue reading ATO Records – Silence Is Not An Option Compilation

Suicide Country Hour – Dark Town

Dark Town is the second release from Brisbane alt-country outfit, Suicide Country Hour. The new album expands on the introspective feeling of the sextet’s 2017 self titled debut with an even darker, more heartbroken collection of songs which speak to the bitterness and sadness in us all. Who can argue with something so bleak in these current times? Check out a couple of tracks from … Continue reading Suicide Country Hour – Dark Town

New Video: The Dead Tongues – Deja Vu

The Dead Tongues, the moniker of North Carolina based songwriter Ryan Gustafson, has released a new single off of his upcoming album, Transmigration Blues (out on the 26th June). Deja Vu, which features backup vocals from MM faves Mountain Man, is Gustafson’s light in the darkness song, a wistful track that serves as both a lamentation and a way forward, which culminates in the joyous, … Continue reading New Video: The Dead Tongues – Deja Vu

Blitzen Trapper – Masonic Temple Microdose #1

Blitzen Trapper open their arms and embrace the world of psychedelic, cosmic Americana with new single Masonic Temple Microdose #1, a jaunty, twangy country bop that belies its lyrical message of American apathy and nihilism. Watch the video, and pre-order new album Holy Smokes Future Jokes from Bandcamp here.     Continue reading Blitzen Trapper – Masonic Temple Microdose #1

Steve Earle – Times Like These

Steve Earle has released a brand new song, Times Like These (Acoustic Version) on the heels of his recently released, and excellent, Ghosts of West Virginia album. Times Like These was originally written at the beginning of the Trump Presidency with Earle intending it for his next studio album. He was then approached by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, a playwright team who would create Coal … Continue reading Steve Earle – Times Like These

Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Gabbard Brothers

From the ashes of the Ohio rock band Buffalo Killers (who featured many times on MM), singers/songwriters/siblings Zachary and Andy Gabbard have re-emerged as The Gabbard Brothers. And while there are still similarities to their previous band, with nods to greats like Neil Young, James Gang and Buffalo Springfield, there’s a hazier, organic, earthy-psych vibe running through the brothers’ new music. Ease into your day with … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Gabbard Brothers