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We’ve been remiss in sharing details of Wooden Wand’s Toth’s Law recordings. Volume 1 came out back in June, which we did cover, but Volumes 2 and 3 have followed since then.

They are collections of outtakes, demos and songs that never, for one reason or another, made it onto his other recording output. Nevertheless the collection contains songs that frankly, other singer-songwriters would be giving their right arms for, or at least looking to do a deal similar to that of Robert Johnson’s mythical crossroads.

Here are a couple of top notch tasters from them with JJT’s description. Head over to Bandcamp to purchase the albums.

Drug Sniffing Dogs is about conflicts of interest and cognitive dissonance. I was probably also thinking about Fugazi’s Great Cop.

It’s A Lie – a song about the toxic mythology of rock and roll, and a condemnation of the rock demigod’s sense of entitlement.

 

 

  1. Widowspeak – Harvest Moon  (Neil Young cover)
  2. Wilco – Dynamite My Soul
  3. Kal Marks – Adventure
  4. The Staves & yMusic – The Way Is Read
  5. Ty Segall – My Lady’s On Fire
  6. Drive-By Truckers – The Perilous Night
  7. Johanna Warren – Here To Tell
  8. Angel Olsen – Sans
  9. Dama Scout – Toothache
  10. The Liminanas – Shadow People (featuring Emmanuelle Seigner)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kentucky based newcomer Willie Breeding will release his debut album of beguiling, off-kilter Americana Big Sky in early 2018.  With influences ranging from Lee Hazlewood to The Strokes, Marty Robbins to A Tribe Called Quest, Big Sky is first and foremost an album of well-crafted tunes. The melodies are rich and wavy, complementing well the lyrics of someone torn between their years in New York City, and their generations in Kentucky.

The first single from the album is the excellent Prague Spring featuring guest vocal from MM fave Caitlin Rose.

 

Hailing outta Brisbane, Dumb Things have released their first self-titled album.  It’s a collection of country-burnt pop songs, scruffy enough to get stopped at the door, but charming enough to talk its way in.

Listen to the excellent opener Drivin’ Home that offers up more than a nod to Parquet Courts. The cassette can be bought for $5 via Bandcamp or the digital version is on a “pay-what-you-want” deal.

 

  1. Ty Segall – Meaning
  2. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Crumbling Castle
  3. Destroyer – Cover From The Sun
  4. Chris Stapleton – Millionaire
  5. Blitzen Trapper – Dance With Me
  6. Hans Chew – Give Up The Ghost
  7. Trance Farmers – Witches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Calexico – End Of The World With You
  2. No Age – Soft Collar Fad
  3. Jim White – Far Beyond The Spoken Word
  4. Father John Misty – Pure Country
  5. Hater – Blushing
  6. Django Django – Tic Tac Toe
  7. A. Savage – Ladies From Houston
  8. Surfing Magazines – One Of These Days
  9. Anna St. Louis – Fire
  10. The Deep Dark Woods – Deep Flooding Waters
  11. Miss World – Click And Yr Mine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India Ramey – Snake Handler

Posted: October 11, 2017 in Americana, Country, Folk, Music
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Blasting twin barrels of Americana noir and southern-gothic songwriting, India Ramey fires on all cylinders with her new long player, Snake Handler.

Pentecostal churches, broken households, crooked family trees, forgotten pockets of the Deep South, and domestic violence all fill the album’s ten songs, whose autobiographical lyrics pull from Ramey’s experience as a young girl in rural Georgia. Her family home was a violent one, the product of an addicted father who flew into an abusive rage whenever his vices took control. Despite being the youngest of three children, Ramey grew up quickly, robbed of a typical childhood by her unpredictable home life.

She recollects those early years in The Baby. Listen to it and the record’s title track below.

 

 

  1. Mountain Goats – Shirtless In Hamburg
  2. OCS – The Fool
  3. U.S. Girls – Mad As Hell
  4. Patsy – Tommy, Bobby, Johnny
  5. Gun Outfit – Landscape Painter
  6. Nots – Anxious Trend
  7. Evan Stephens Hall – Burnout  (Green Day cover)
  8. Adults – MSN
  9. Silver Torches – Bartender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well, better late than never! And some great new tunes.

  1. Ty Segall – Alta
  2. The Limiñanas featuring Anton Newcombe – Istanbul Is Sleepy
  3. Who Is She? – Seattle Freeze
  4. Langhorne Slim – Life Is Confusing
  5. A. Savage – Phantom Limbo
  6. Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
  7. Joint Effort – Blue Lightning
  8. Nervous Dater – Don’t Be A Stranger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the 27th October, The Hanging Stars will release the first single from their forthcoming second album Songs From Somewhere Else.

Taking their cues from both sides of the Atlantic – from the dying embers of the early 70s psychedelic folk and cosmic country scenes – Honeywater opens with a mesmerising steel guitar riff, which drifts into a shimmering melody framed by singer and guitarist Richard Olson’s honeyed vocals, then soars into a rapturous chorus before ending with an intense coda.

Have a listen.